The Lions salvage a game vs. Lakeridge and then knock off Clackamas

The West Linn baseball team was in danger of falling out of contention for a top-three finish in league after dropping its opening two games to Lakeridge last week.

However, the Lions rallied to play some of their best baseball of the season, winning the finale with the Pacers 12-3. That momentum then carried over into Monday where West Linn scored a huge 7-2 victory over No. 4 Clackamas.

Suddenly, West Linn is back in the hunt in the TRL, currently sitting in third place albeit with a tough schedule to close out the year.

The Lions broke through against Lakeridge after a pair of tough losses with an early offensive explosion.

In the top of the first, Will Matthiessen, who has been a catalyst for the team on offense recently, belted a two-run double to open the scoring.

After Lakeridge got a run back off Matthiessen in the bottom of the inning, the Lions started to blow the game open in the second.

Karsen Lindell had an RBI single and the Lions batted around to Matthiessen again, who responded with a two-run double, making it 5-1.

Lakeridge tried to keep pace on offense but, after RBI doubles by Jackson Brooke and Nicholas Yokubaitis in the fourth, West Linn led 8-3 and cruised to the finish.

Matthiessen picked up the win, throwing six strong innings and recording eight strike outs. West Linn belted 12 hits on the afternoon. Yokubaitis added another RBI single while Tim Tawa had three hits and scored four runs in the contest for the Lions as the Pacers struggled to get him out.

Monday, West Linn got to the Cavaliers, a team that has been ranked No. 1 in the state at times this year. Lindell, who has had some hard-luck losses this season, gave up just five hits and was one out away from tossing a complete game.

West Linn opened the scoring in third inning. Braden Vogt reached base with a two-out walk and Tawa followed with and RBI double into the gap. Lindell then reached on an infield hit to plate Tawa.

The Lions would then post a five-run inning in the fourth to blow things open.

Brayden Pene got things started with a one-out single, followed by a hit from Brooke, a bunt by Ben Jacobs to load the bases and an RBI single by Nikko Mills.

Clackamas then started to hurt itself with a pair of wild pitches that allowed runs to score and an error that plated the final West Linn run of the game.

The Cavaliers scored twice in the fifth inning but Lindell worked his way out of the jam. He also received strong defense behind him, highlighted by Tawa throwing out a runner at home for the second straight game.

The Lions wrap up their series with Clackamas this week before facing first-place Lake Oswego starting Monday.

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