But they have to go to extra innings twice to sweep Canby

League baseball series from Canby, but it wasn’t easy. Two of the three games went to extra innings.

The Cavaliers won 8-2 in eight innings on April 28, they defeated the Cougars 6-1 on April 30, and they won 10-6 in a 12-inning slugfest in a game at Canby on Friday.

“The kids showed a lot of character and mental toughness [in Friday’s 12-inning win],” said Clackamas coach John Arntson. “They maintained their composure, battled tough for 12 innings, and found a way to win.”

Friday’s game was a barnburner. Trailing 5-1, the Cavaliers scored five runs in the top of the sixth to get back in the game. Canby answered with a singled tally in the bottom of the sixth to force the extra innings.

Things appeared grim for the Cavaliers in the bottom of the ninth when Canby loaded the bases with one down. The Cougars attempted to squeeze in the game-winner. But Clackamas third baseball Cole Scruggs hustled to collect a popped up bunt and fired back to shortstop Aaron Ahlstrom covering third base for an inning-ending double play.

Clackamas strung four hits together with a Cougar error in the top of the 12th to pull out the win. Cole Scruggs plated the winning run when he squeezed in Jared Bell, who had reached on a single and then moved to third on a bunt single by Elliott Cary.

Luke Burns singled; Taylor Stinson plated a second run when he reached on an error; and Justin Garry rapped a two-run single to round out the 12th-inning rally.

Cary, Garry, Luke Burns, Bell, Cade Wilkins and Danny Houf all hit singles, and Garret Myers smacked a double, in the Cavaliers’ big sixth inning. Taylor MacClanathan had a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

Led by Garry (4-for-6, 2 doubles) and Bell (3-for-5), the Cavaliers pounded out 17 hits in the 12-inning game.

Canby reached four Clackamas pitchers for nine hits. Josh Devore and Zach Stouder were sharp in five innings of relief, combining to strike out seven Canby batters, while walking one and allowing just two hits.

The 8-2 Cavalier win was another come-from-behind victory.

The Cougars went up 2-0 in the third inning when senior Trevin Stephens turned Clackamas’ only error into a two-run home run, driving the ball over Canby’s left-field fence.

Clackamas got a run back in the fourth when Burns followed up a Scruggs base hit with a run-scoring double to left-center.

And the Cavaliers brought the tying run across in the top of the fifth. Michael McDonald reached on a fielder’s choice, advance on a base hit by Myers, and scored — with two down — on a passed ball.

The wheels fell off for Canby in the top of the eighth, when Canby’s starting pitcher, Jake Posey, walked five batters (two intentional), hit a batter, and gave up two hits. Cary had a RBI double and Devore stroked a run-scoring single in the big inning.

Through the first six frames, Posey had given up only five scattered hits and no walks, while striking out two Clackamas batters.

Bell pitched a complete game for Clackamas, striking out four, walking one and allowing just four hits.

“Jared did a pretty good job of keeping them off balance,” said Arntson. “He made only one mistake the whole game — the home run.”

The Cavaliers earned only an 8-7 edge in hitting in their 6-1 home win over Canby. But the Cavaliers made their hits count, with time hitting.

“We moved the runners around when we needed to,” said Arntson.

The Cavaliers scored runs in four different innings and they were up 3-0 before they let the Cougars get on the scoreboard with a single tally in the top of the sixth.

Myers (2-for-4, triple), Burns (2-for-4, two-run double), Bell and Cary all drove in runs in the winning effort.

Stinson pitched the first six innings, striking out seven and walking no one, while yielding six hits. The Cavaliers played error-free defense behind Stinson and reliever Cary (1 hit, no walks, one strike out).

Heading into play this week, Bell and Stinson were the Cavaliers’ top pitchers. Bell had a 6-1 record with a 0.67 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 41 innings; Stinson had a 5-1 record with a 1.06 ERA.

The Cavaliers were hitting .317 as a team, led by Cary (.517), Scruggs (.391) and Garry (.364).

They had 67 stolen bases, led by Cary (19-for-21), Ahlstrom (10-for-11) and Myers (9-for-12).

Ranked fourth in the state in the OSAA RPI rankings, the Cavaliers (16-3-1) had a three-game series scheduled with West Linn (10-10, 5-4) this week. They play host to the Lions this afternoon and play the Lions on the road on Friday.

Three Rivers League leader Lake Oswego (14-6, 8-1) had a series scheduled with Canby (11-8, 4-5) this week. The Lakers swept Oregon City last week, winning 8-7, 9-1 and 14-1.

Pioneers test Lakers

The Oregon City Pioneers gave the Lakers a run for their money in their 8-7 loss on May 28.

Oregon City had the tying and winning runs on base in the top of the seventh inning when Wiley Braun flew out to centerfield to end the game.

Both teams played error-free defense, and both teams did most of their scoring early in the game.

The Pioneers put one run on the scoreboard in the top of the first on base hits by Clay Valenzuela-Reece and Zach Sprague and two walks. Sprague got the RBI.

The Lakers answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, when they reached Pioneer starter Wiley Braun for four hits.

Oregon City went up 5-3 in the top of the second, scoring four runs on three walks, a hit batter, a run-scoring single by Jalen Satter and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Christian Hood.

The Lakers added five runs in the bottom of the second, scoring on two walks, three base hits and a sacrifice fly.

Oregon City scored single runs in the fifth and seventh to close the gap to 8-7, but the Pioneers couldn’t get any closer.

Satter drew a one-out walk to get things started in the seventh. Austin Johnson singled and Sprague loaded up the bases when he reached as a hit batter. Hood then drove in a run when the Lakers got a second out on a fielder’s choice. But the Lakers then flagged down Braun’s fly to center to end the game.

Sophomore right-hander Taylor Cloyd was sharp for Oregon City on the mound in five innings of relief, allowing only two hits and no runs, while striking out one and walking no one.

Jordan Horak (5 strikeouts, 8 walks, 4 hits) pitched the first 4-1/3 innings for Lake Oswego and picked up the win.

Valenzuela-Reece (2-for-5), Satter (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Johnson (2-for-2) led Oregon City in an eight-hit offensive attack.

Kenny Oyama (2-for-4), Joey Martin (2-for-3) and Mitchell Verburg (2-for-3) headed up a nine-hit attack for the Lakers.

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