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Laker baseball closes in on league title


LO falters late against West Linn but benefits from Cavs' loss to Lakeridge

Despite being shocked by a late West Linn rally in the first game of its final league series of the year, Lake Oswego's baseball team still clinched at least a share of the league title Monday with Clackamas' extra innings loss to Lakeridge.

The Lakers, after dropping the series opener to Canby last week, rallied behind some incredibly impressive pitching to win the final two games against the Cougars.

Harrison Reece got the start on Wednesday and pitched six and a third scoreless innings to keep Canby in check.

Friday, it was Travis Sanders' turn to throw a gem. He tossed a shut-out, giving up just one hit in seven innings and striking out 11 batters.

Sanders also provided a key two-run single in the 5-0 victory.

Monday, Lake Oswego appeared close to tossing its third straight shut out and Jordan Horak mowed West Linn down through five innings.

Lake Oswego led just 1-0 until the top of the sixth. Sanders singled and Mitch Verburg drew a walk, followed by Max Anderson belting a double which scored both runners with two outs.

But, in the bottom of the inning, the Lakers ran into some trouble.

The first five batters in the inning reached for the Lions, including a two-run double by Karsen Lindell. Lindell would then score on a wild pitch to tie the game.

With still nobody out, the Lakers were then seemingly able to get the inning under control, recording two outs with the bases loaded.

However, the next two batters were both hit by a pitch, bringing in a pair of runs and putting the Lakers in a 5-3 hole.

In the top of the seventh, Horak reached on an error with two outs but West Linn was able to preserve the victory.

Lake Oswego still sits atop the league standings with a two-game lead over Clackamas and West Linn. One more victory by the Lakers would clinch the outright league title heading into the playoffs.