The Lakers drop the rubber match but rebound to top Oregon City

The showdown between the Lake Oswego and Clackamas baseball teams lived up to its billing last week. The teams played in three pitcher's duels with neither team able to post more than three runs in a single game.

After dropping the opener 2-1, Lake Oswego returned the favor on Wednesday. Tyler Coleman got the start and threw five and a third scoreless innings.

Coleman also helped his own cause in the top of the second, knocking a two-out RBI single to play Jordan Horak.

In the top of the fourth, Lake Oswego got some insurance when Travis Sanders belted a lead-off home run.

Lake Oswego only had three hits in the game but it was enough support for Coleman.

Clackamas would score on a bases loaded walk in the sixth inning but Jack Kjemhus avoided disaster by getting the final out of the inning.

He then retired the side in order in the seventh inning to seal the victory.

In the rubber match, Logan Wilson pitched four strong innings, giving up just a pair of first-inning runs but Lake Oswego couldn't get its offense going.

The Lakers scored their lone run in the seventh inning when Mitch McLaughlin's double plated Harrison Reece.

Lake Oswego has been dealing with a string of tough injuries, losing pitchers Reece and Sanders and forcing the Lakers to scramble in the rotation.

However, the pitching continues to be the team's strong point this year.

“Each game could have gone either way. We're just not executing very well on offense. Baseball's in the details and we're not doing a lot of those things well right now,” coach Jake Anders said.

Lake Oswego also lost starting shortstop Harrison Ramey to a broken finger. Reece is expected to return soon while Sanders figures to be back for the playoffs and Ramey's return is still up in the air.

“When guys get injured there's an expectation that other players are going to step up and that's what we've been doing,” Anders said.

On Monday, Lake Oswego got back in the win column with an impressive 6-1 win over defending state champion Oregon City.

Jordan Horak threw a complete game, giving up just four hits as he continues to be a rock as the Lakers' Monday starter.

“Jordan's been outstanding for us. He's been really consistent and the defense played well behind him,” Anders said.

Jack Anderson started the scoring for Lake Oswego in the first inning, reaching on a lead-off double and scoring on a double steal attempt but the Lakers squandered an opportunity for a big inning.

The Lakers started to break things open in the top of the fourth when Sanders belted a two-run home run.

Horak and Kenny Oyama would each knock RBI singles in the top of the seventh to pad the lead.

Lake Oswego currently sits just one game behind first-place Clackamas in the league and will wrap up its series with Oregon City this week, knowing it can ill-afford many more losses if it hopes to win the league title.

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