LO continues its winning streak by completing a sweep of Canby

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Jordan Horak makes a pitch in the Lakers' 7-1 victory over West Linn on Monday.The Lake Oswego baseball team capped a sweep of Canby last week with a 9-2 victory. In the series, Lake Oswego gave up just a total of four runs.

The Lakers scored twice in the top of the first, getting an RBI single by Reid Penney to plate Jack Anderson and then an RBI ground out by Travis Sanders.

On the mound, Jack Kjemhus was strong again, allowing very few hard-hit balls by the Cougars.

Lake Oswego broke the game open in the top of the third.

After Horak was hit by a pitch, Penney reached on an error. Sanders and Mitch McLaughlin followed with back-to-back RBI doubles and Calvin Hermanson hit an RBI single to cap a four-run inning.

Hermanson joined the team midseason and has been working his way into the line-up. He may also help shore up the team's pitching staff which has been hurt by injuries this year.

Canby scored twice in the fifth inning but Kjemhus worked out of the jam and received plenty of support on offense.

“Our pitching's been terrific. Jack has really shored up that No. 3 starter position,” coach Jake Anders said.

In the top of the seventh, Lake Oswego padded its lead. Penney led off with a solo home run and Coleman had a two-run base hit.

Lake Oswego would also win its opener against West Linn on Monday 7-1.

Jordan Horak continued his strong season, throwing another complete game with six strikeouts.

“Jordan just keeps getting stronger. He was a guy who struggled with his control last year but he made some mechanical changes and he's been lights out,” Anders said.

Lake Oswego got on the board in the second inning with a two-run home run by Harrison Reece.

The Lakers then chased West Linn's starter after posting a four-run third inning.

Sanders had a two-run single to plate Anderson and Horak and McLaughlin would follow with an RBI single.

The Lakers will finish up the regular season this week against West Linn and will play a non-league game against Bend to try and stay fresh for the playoffs.

“It's a long lay-off so you just have to hope you're doing the right things to keep your guys hungry,” Anders said.

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