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Baseball team drops Oregon City series

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn shortstop Karsen Lindell tags on a Lakeridge runner trying to steal second base in Monday's game against the Pacers. After getting off to a 2-0 start in league, the West Linn baseball team has struggled to find its groove, particularly on offense.

The Lions have since dropped five straight games after a sweep at the hands of Oregon City and a 4-1 loss on Monday to Lakeridge.

Against the Pioneers, West Linn could only muster a total of four runs in the final two games of the series, falling 5-1 and 10-3 on Wednesday and Friday.

Oregon City played inspired baseball, coming off a sweep at the hands of Clackamas and its pitching depth got the better of the Lions.

On Monday, West Linn looked to right the ship against Lakeridge but, again, ran into a strong starting pitcher.

The Pacers' ace, Cooper Webster, did a nice job changing speeds and locating his pitchers to keep West Linn batters guessing.

Matt Fletcher handled the Lakeridge line-up admirably, yielding three runs in five innings of work.

The Pacers would tack on another run in the top of the sixth on a balk.

West Linn looked to start a rally in the bottom of the inning, getting a lead-off single by Connor Huffman. However, a double play would end the game.

West Linn will close out its series with Lakeridge this week and plays a series with Clackamas starting on Monday.




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