The Lions rebound from a series loss to Canby with a 16-2 victory

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Trevor Wells deals a pitch during a league game with Canby last week. The Lions rebounded from a series loss with a victory over Oregon City. West Linn shook off a disappointing finish to its opening TRL series with Canby and throttled Oregon City 16-2 Tuesday to move to 2-2 in league.

After a stretch where West Linn's offense struggled to string big hits together, the Lions never let up against the Pioneers, putting up runs in five of six innings.

Will Matthiessen got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning and West Linn blew the game open with a five-spot in the bottom of the second.

Karsen Lindell ripped an RBI single to stay hot for the Lions in the frame.

On the mound, Garrett Meisen was solid in five innings of work, holding the Pioneers scoreless through three as the Lions built their lead.

Lindell punctuated the victory with a resounding home run in the sixth inning.

It was a big win to get West Linn back on the right foot after a rough close to the Canby series.

After claiming the first game in its series with Canby, the Cougars rallied to win the next two last week, dropping the Lions into an early hole in league.

Wednesday, West Linn grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Brayden Pene plated Matthiessen with a sacrifice fly.

However, Canby responded immediately. After being held without a hit through the first three innings by Meissen, the Cougars came alive in the bottom of the fourth, getting four timely hits and a pair of walks in a five-run frame.

The Lions couldn't rally, scoring just one more run in a 7-2 loss that evened the series.

Friday, West Linn got off to a rough start and never recovered in a 6-1 loss.

Canby put the ball in play early on and the Lions' defense struggled, committing three errors at inopportune times which allowed the Cougars to post five early runs.

The Cougars only had two hits in the first four innings but were able to take advantage of their base runners.

Faced with another deficit, West Linn couldn't string together hits to chip away at the lead.

Karsen Lindell had two hits in the game including the lone RBI for the Lions.

The Lions will finish off their series with the Pioneers this week and will face Lakeridge beginning Monday.

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