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Pacers explode in the fifth to dispatch Douglas

Lakeridge takes on No. 7 Central Catholic in Monday's first round of the state playoffs


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Lakeridge pitcher Chayse Pearson winds up for a throw during Tuesdays 11-1 play-in victory over David Douglas. This isn’t how it was supposed to happen.

Some early mishaps hindered the Lakeridge softball team Tuesday during its play-in game against David Douglas. A scoring threat in the first inning was erased on a base-running error when a player left the bag without time being called. In the next inning, another runner was picked off at first to send the Pacers back to the dugout empty handed.

The visiting Scots came into the game with just two wins all season, but in the third inning they found themselves up 1-0 on an RBI-single down the third-base line by Josie Taylor. Douglas was poised for more, but Lakeridge pitcher Chayse Pearson struck out the next two batters to strand Scots at second and third.

Falling behind served as a wake up call for the Pacers, who answered immediately in their half of the inning by putting their first four hitters on base safely. Bailey Morris and Sammy Danchock hit singles that dropped between outfielders to spark the rally, and Katie Barton pushed the Pacers in front to stay with a two-run single into left field. Teammate Kelly Erickson added an RBI-single several batters later to stretch the margin to 3-1.

Bigger things were to come.

After going down in order in the fourth inning, Lakeridge finished off the game in the fifth.

The Pacers saw a dozen hitters reach base safely, during an eight-run spurt that saw three doubles, including Alicia Loiler’s blast that sailed over the right fielder’s head to end the game early 11-1 on the 10-run mercy rule.

Pearson retired the last eight David Douglas batter, not allowing a base-runner after the Scots took the lead in the third.

Erickson led the Lakeridge bats, going 3 for 3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.

The Pacers turned away a David Douglas threat in the first inning after Tiara Langshaw hit a lead-off double and worked her way to third base on a sacrifice bunt. Genna Schoen appeared to have the hit to bring her across with a hard slapper through the left side, but the Pacers’ Barton gloved the ball on the line and fired across the infield to get the third out.

Lakeridge faces a tougher test out of the Mount Hood Conference when it travels to Delta Park for a 12 p.m. game against No. 7-ranked Central Catholic in Monday’s first round of the OSAA 6A playoffs.

View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.



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