Clackamas drops LO 1-0 in the LO Tournament final

The Clackamas Outlaws continued as one of the hottest high school OIBA baseball teams around last week, playing seven games in seven days and winning five of the seven.

The losses were in close games with Oregon City (4-2) and Canby (3-2). The wins were over Westview (5-2), Tualatin (5-1) and Lake Oswego (1-0) in a four-day tournament at Lake Oswego; and in a doubleheader with Aloha (15-1 and 8-6).

With the 1-0 win over Three Rivers League rival Lake Oswego in Sunday night's championship game of the Lake Oswego Tournament, the Outlaws improved their summer record to 12-4.

"We're playing really good baseball," said Clackamas coach John Arntson. "We've been getting some really good pitching performances. We've had five or six guys throwing strikes, and for the most part, we've been playing pretty good defense. Our hitting could be better, but it's getting there."

Sunday's final with Lake Oswego was a defensive slugfest. Clackamas pitcher Austin Kelly fanned four batters, walked two and allowed only two hits in a complete game, and his teammates played error-free defense behind him. Kelly helped his own cause with five assists in the game.

Lake Oswego's pitcher struck out three, walked no one and allowed only four hits in a complete game, and his teammates played error-free defense."

"It was just a great high school game," said Arntson. "It was intense, because it was with a league rival, and both teams played well. Austin pitched really well. He did a great job of keeping them off balance."

The Outlaws manufactured the game's only run in the top of the second. Cade Wilkins led off the inning with a base hit, stole second, advanced to third on Michael McDonald's ground ball to second, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor MacClanathan.

Lake Oswego's only scoring threat came in the bottom of the sixth. The Lakers loaded the bases with one down on a base hit, an intentional walk to all-state first baseman Reid Penny, and an attempted squeeze bunt that loaded the bases. Kelly fielded the bunt, and held the runner on third, but the batter reached first base on the play.

Kelly got the force out at the plate on the next batter; he then retired a batter on a full-count, called third strike, to end the inning with no damage done.

Jarrod Switzer (2-for-3) had two hits in the winning effort.

Aaron Ahlstrom was solid on the mound for the Outlaws on Saturday, as they dropped Tualatin 5-1. Ahlstrom pitched a complete game, striking out five, walking no one and scattering four this. Tualatin's only run was unearned.

The Outlaws showed up ready to play, as they scored all five of their runs in the first inning, when they strung together four hits with a walk and a hit batsman. Jake Iverson (double), Kelly (2-for-3), Ryan Gilbert (2-for-3) and Wilkins had run-scoring hits in the big inning.

The Outlaws defeated Westview 5-2 in their first game of the tournament, and they lost to Canby (3-2) in the second game.

With the score tied at 2-2, the Outlaws scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to rally past the Wildcats.

McDonald (2-for-2) drew a walk to lead off the fifth, and he scored on a triple by Iverson.

The Outlaws added two insurance runs in the sixth. Cole Scruggs (2-for-3) rapped a base hit, advanced on a stolen base and a passed ball, and scored on MacClanathan's squeeze bunt.

Taylor Stinson singled, and pinch runner Ryan Gilbert scored on a base hit by McDonald.

Scruggs pitched a complete game, striking out five, while walking one and giving up four hits.

Clackamas gave a Canby area team made up of high school graduates a run for its money in last Friday's 3-2 loss at Lake Oswego. The Outlaws outhit the Cougars 7-4 in the losing effort and they committed just one error behind sophomore-to-be Luke Burns (2 strikeouts, 3 walks), who pitched a complete game.

Canby scored the winning run with one down in the bottom of the seventh on a base hit and a run-scoring double by graduate Brady Thompson.

The Outlaws made quick-work of Aloha in the first game of their twinbill with the Warriors, pounding out 13 hits and dispatching with their guests in five innings in the 15-1 win.

Switzer led the hit parade, going 2-for-4 with a 3-run home run and a two-run single.

Other big sticks in the rout were juniors Garrett Myers (2-for-3, double), McDonald, Wilkins and Ahlstrom, each with a pair of hits.

Stinson pitched all five innings, striking out seven, walking no one and scattering five hits. He was supported by error-free defensive play.

The Outlaws scored in five different innings in the 8-6 win over the Warriors.

Josh Devore struck out three, walked two and scattered seven hits in a complete game.

Iverson headed an 11-hit attack for the Cavaliers, going 3-for-4, with a double and a triple, and scoring two times. Kelly and Connor Randol both made contact for a pair of hits.

One bad inning proved costly, as the Outlaws fell to Oregon City 4-2 in a June 19 OIBA league game with the Black Sox.

The Sox strung five hits together in a three-run third inning. Cary Swalwell and Rilyn Lewchuk both had run-scoring doubles in the pivotal inning.

Myers (2-for-3, double) and Scruggs (2-for-3, double) headed up Clackamas' offense.

Lewchuk pitched a complete game for Oregon City, striking out four and walking two, while giving up eight hits.

Ahlstrom pitched for Clackamas, striking out five, walking one, and allowing eight hits.

Clackamas plays Oregon City on the road at 1 p.m. this Friday.

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