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Lakeridge wins Jesuit Tournament

The Pacers knock off one of the states hottest teams in the championship game


The Lakeridge baseball team poses with the trophy it earned at Jesuit High School last week. The Pacers topped the Crusaders 11-1 in the final.The Lakeridge baseball team picked up some momentum as it heads into the postseason of the OIBA schedule.

The Pacers recently captured the competitive Jesuit wood bat tournament and got a bit of revenge in the process.

In the eight-team tournament, Lakeridge opened up against Thurston, the team that knocked the Pacers out of the playoffs in the spring.

Lakeridge's bats were hot and, against a line-up that fared well against fastballs, Lakeridge went to Austin Ruffner out of the bullpen who mixed in a steady dose of off-speed pitches to help the Pacers to a 13-11 win.

“We've really tried to develop the change-up with our kids and that's the toughest pitch to teach,” coach Colin Griffin said.

In the semifinals, Lakeridge took on Mid-Valley from Vancouver, Wash. and came away with another solid victory to make the title game against Jesuit.

The Crusaders have been one of the hottest teams in the state this year and were the winners of Lakeridge's own Firecracker tournament.

This time, it was the Pacers' turn to spoil the party.

After Dutton Elske hit a two-run double to spot the Pacers a 2-0 lead, Mitch Maynes took the mound. He gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced but then didn't yield a hit until the sixth inning.

“He had all of his pitches working and got ahead in the count,” Griffin said.

Lakeridge's bats continued to stay hot as the Pacers cruised to an 11-1 victory.

In the tournament, Elske finished with hits in all eight of hits final eight at bats, collecting six RBIs in that period.

Lakeridge began the OIBA playoffs on Wednesday night with a do-or-die game with Century.



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