The Lions move above .500 in league after a sweep of OC

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn catcher Chase Meyers records a force-out at home Monday during the Lions' 3-2 loss to Lakeridge. West Linn's baseball team recorded a much-needed sweep of Oregon City last week before dropping a heartbreaker to Lakeridge on Monday in the opening game of a key series with the Pacers.

The Lions dismantled the Pioneers last week, winning the last two games of the series to jump to 4-2 in league.

Karsen Lindell got the start and held Oregon City in check early on. The Lions built a 3-0 lead before the Pioneers got to Lindell in the fifth, posting two of their own.

In the top of the sixth, Nikko Mills belted a double to the fence and would then score on a single from Braden Vogt to up the lead to 4-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, Trevor Wells worked out of a base-loaded jam, recording a key strikeout for the final out of the frame and would later record a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the win.

On Friday, West Linn never let up on the gas, scoring early and often against Oregon City in an 8-4 victory to lock down the sweep.

Will Matthiessen put West Linn on the board in the top of the first with an RBI single and West Linn plated two more in the second on an RBI single by Mills and a sacrifice fly from Vogt.

Another sacrifice fly, this time from Jackson Brooke made it 5-1 after the top of the fifth.

Matthiessen held Oregon City to just one run through four innings but the Pioneers were able to muster a late rally.

Oregon City closed the gap to 5-4 after the sixth inning but West Linn rallied to put the game away in the top of the seventh.

Parker Huffman singled to put runners on the corners with one out and Brooke followed with an RBI single that scored both runners.

Vogt also had another RBI to complete the scoring.

On Monday, West Linn's tough luck in one-run games cropped up again as a late rally wasn't quite enough to overcome the Pacers in the series opener.

Lakeridge got on the board in the bottom of the first with a pair of unearned runs but Lindell was brilliant on the mound after that point.

The Pacers didn't muster many scoring threats from that point on and West Linn was bolstered by strong defense all over the field.

However, the Lions' bats were kept in check by the Pacers' Mitch Maynes, who offered a steady die of off-speed pitches.

West Linn would break up the shutout in the top of the fifth. Three consecutive errors by the Lakeridge shortstop allowed Mills to score but, the Lions then hit into a double play to end the threat.

The game stayed at 2-1 until the top of the seventh.

After Deavenn Thielen reached on a one-out single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch, Brooke came in to pinch run.

On a shallow fly ball to centerfield, Brooke tested the Pacers' arm and tagged up. The incoming throw sailed wide and Brooke was able to score the tying run.

However, in the bottom of the seventh, Lakeridge came up with at two-out single and, on a stolen base attempt, the throw to second went into the outfield, moving the runner to third.

After an intentional walk, the Pacers' Michael Sheldon hit a walk-off single to seal the win for the home team.

West Linn fell to 1-5 in one-run games this year. The Lions are 4-3 in league and will finish the series with Lakeridge this week.

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