Harrison Reeces two-run double breaks open the game

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Travis Sanders looks to make a play at second base Monday in the Lakers' 4-1 win over Lakeridge. Sanders would come in to pitch in the seventh inning to close out the game. Lake Oswego claimed the first win of the series against Lakeridge 4-1 at home Monday behind a solid performance on the mound from Jordan Horak and some timely hitting by lead-off hitter Harrison Reece.

Horak danced out of trouble for much of the game, leaving two runners in scoring position in the top of the first after Graham Leib and Jacob Tipton each singled.

Lake Oswego would get on the board in the bottom of the inning. Reece singled to open the inning and moved to second when Travis Sanders was hit by a pitch, then scored on a single from Tyler Coleman.

Much of the game was a pitcher's duel between Horak and Lakeridge's Cooper Webster and it came down to which team could come up with a big two-out hit.

Lakeridge put two more runners in scoring position in the second inning after Michael Sheldon and Kevan Thomas each singled and moved up a base on a passed ball but Horak got a key strikeout to end the inning.

The Pacers would tie the game in the top of the third. Jack Daraee led off with a single and Tipton walked with one out. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Bo McClintock grounded out to plate Daraee.

After a walk to Webster, Horak got another two-out strikeout to leave the game tied.

The teams continued to put the ball in play but the game stayed tied until the bottom of the fifth.

With one out, Gus Tolleson and Mitch Verburg each singled. Reece then doubled to left-centerfield to plate both runners.

Lakeridge recorded a key pick-off with runners on first and third and would then load the bases before reliever Kyle Delfatti got the final out to keep the game at 3-1.

Pick-offs were an issue for both teams in the game as the Lakers and Pacers each squandered their share of runners.

Lake Oswego picked up an insurance run in the sixth when Max Anderson and Verburg each doubled.

Lakeridge would muster a rally in the seventh when Daraee led off by reaching on a dropped third strike and Dutton Elske followed with a single.

Travis Sanders came on to close out the game and, after a fielder's choice put runners on the corners with one out, a huge pick-off at first base all but ended Lakeridge's chances.

Sanders then got a pop-out for the final play of the game to pick up the save.

Lakeridge had won five of its last six games heading into the series while Lake Oswego was coming off narrow wins over Jesuit and North Salem.

The teams wrap up the series Friday at Lake Oswego High School.

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