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Cav hardballers, Putnam coeds are league co-champions


ALSO: Putnam is third in NWOC baseball

Three Rivers League baseball ended in a three-team logjam for first place.

West Linn (15-11, 10-5) last week knocked off the league-leading Lake Oswego Lakers three times — 5-3, 9-2 and 6-0 — to finish in a tie for first place with the Lakers (16-10, 10-5) and Clackamas (19-6-1, 10-5).

Clackamas, which was state runner-up in Class 6A baseball a year ago, closed out the regular season with two wins over the Lakeridge Pacers (12-7 and 4-2), and a loss to the Pacers in a 6-5 eight-inning barnburner.

As the top three teams in the TRL, West Linn, Lake Oswego and Clackamas advance directly to next Monday’s first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Canby (13-12, 6-9), Lakeridge (14-12, 6-9) and Oregon City (8-18, 3-12) had loser-out state playoff play-in games scheduled on Tuesday (May 20).

Clackamas, Lake Oswego and West Linn enter postseason play ranked fifth, 10th and 12th respectively in the OSAA RPI rankings.

In Class 5A baseball, Putnam (15-10, 11-6) finished in third place — back of Sherwood (19-6, 16-1) and Sandy (17-8, 14-3) — in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

The Kingsmen closed out the final week of the league season with a 12-0 win at Milwaukie and two losses to Liberty, 5-4 and 3-1.

Putnam will play a Class 5A state baseball playoff play-in game this Friday.

In Class 5A softball, Putnam (19-6, 12-2) and St. Helens (17-7, 12-2) tied for first place in the NWOC.

The Kingsmen closed out the regular season strong, with wins last week over Parkrose (8-2), St. Helens (5-2) and Sherwood (13-0).

Putnam enters postseason as the NWOC’s top seed, and riding an eight-game win string. Putnam has two league wins over defending state champion Sandy, and last week’s win over St. Helens avenged an earlier 1-0 loss to the Lions.

Ranked fifth in the state in the final OSAA power rankings, Putnam’s softball team will host a first-round state playoff game next Wednesday (May 28).

The NWOC proved to be the strongest Class 5A softball league in the state in 2014. Sandy, Putnam, Liberty and St. Helens were all ranked in the top eight in the final OSAA rankings.