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Lions down Canby in league opener

Karsen Lindell throws six scoreless innings and adds a home run


by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Shane Delong delivers to the plate in a relief appearance for the Lions in the team's non-league victory over Hermiston last week.The West Linn baseball team captured its first league win Monday in impressive fashion, downing Canby at home 7-0.

The Lions did a little bit of everything as Karsen Lindell mowed through the Cougars' line-up for six innings and West Linn chipped away against Canby's ace, scoring in all but one inning.

Lindell also stayed hot at the plate, belting a solo home run in the game.

West Linn struck early when Will Matthiessen hit a double to plate Tim Tawa.

Virtually everyone contributed on offense for the Lions, who racked up 10 hits and never took the pressure off the Cougars.

“They were never really more than three or four batters away from being able to tie it up,” coach Joe Monahan said.

Braden Vogt had a pair of hits as the team's leadoff hitter. Tawa knocked in a pair of runs and Brayden Pene, Trevor Wells and Deaven Thielen all had RBIs.

The win comes on the heels of a 12-2 victory over Hermiston last week.

In that game, Matthiessen picked up the victory for the Lions with five scoreless innings of one-hit ball on the mound.

The Lions are starting to settle into a more consistent line-up as they enter league play and the offense has started to respond.

“We've been trying to find the right guys to have in the line-up since we have a lot who are really close in skill. Now we've narrowed it down to 9, 10 or 11 guys who are in the mix,” Monahan said.

West Linn will wrap up its series with Canby this week, playing at home again Friday and will start its series with Oregon City Monday.

“It's probably the best league in the state so every one's important,” Monahan said.




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