The Lions knock off OC and Canby to clinch a spot in the playoffs

The West Linn softball is in the midst of a four-game win streak which clinched second place in the Three Rivers League for the young Lions team.

“The kids have done much more than I thought they would. Sara' VonAhn's pitching has kept us in every game and a few kids have emerged for us,” coach Jamie LeVeque said.

The run included another dramatic rally against Oregon City as the Lions used a four-run seventh inning to win the season series with Pioneers with a 4-2 victory.

Up until the seventh inning, the game had been a pitcher's duel. West Linn's VonAhn yielded just one run in the fourth inning but was on the hook for the loss.

The Lions had been kept scoreless but had loaded the bases and put runners on first and second in the fifth and sixth innings.

In the top of the seventh, pinch hitter Carly Savoy led off by drawing a walk. Briana Barzola followed with a sharp single and Maddi Higgins reached on a bunt to load the bases with one out.

Following a strike out, Mackenzie Hartdegen tied the game with a single that still left the bases loaded.

Oregon City responded with another strike out but, with two outs, Hannah Siciliani doubled to left field on a ball that was misplayed, clearing the bases.

West Linn wasn't out of the woods yet, though. Oregon City drew a lead-off walk but that runner was thrown out trying to steal by Caroline Freiling.

Oregon City would tack on a run on an RBI single and bring the tying run to the plate, but Von Ahn coaxed a ground out to seal the victory.

That win was followed by another 4-2 victory against Canby in the rubber match of the season series with the Cougars.

The Lions struck in the first inning when Higgins singled and scored on an error on a ball hit by Hartdegen.

VonAhn worked out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning to keep Canby scoreless and West Linn tacked on another run in the top of the fifth when Freiling's single plated Barzola.

When Haley Olmstead's RBI single made it 3-0 in the top of the sixth, it appeared the Lions were on cruise control.

However, Canby made it a game in the bottom of the inning, scoring twice before VonAhn tallied a strikeout to preserve a 3-2 lead.

“We're limiting our mistakes right now which is a big deal,” LeVeque said.

West Linn picked up an insurance run in the seventh on another Freiling single to score Barzola.

VonAhn then shut the door in the seventh for another big win.

West Linn would clinch second place in the league on Monday with a 10-1 win over Lake Oswego.

Barzola was 4-for-4 in the game with three RBIs and MacKenzie Baker picked up the victory for the Lions.

“We're fortunate that we can't finish any better or worse than second place right now. We just need to clean up our game a bit heading into the playoffs,” LeVeque said.

The Lions wrap up the regular season this week against Clackamas and Lakeridge.

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