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Lakers shut out Southridge to open playoffs

Jordan Horak strikes out 10 batters in 6 strong innings


by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's baseball team celebrates a run during the Lakers' 4-0 playoff victory over Southridge at home Monday. Dominant pitching has propelled Lake Oswego when the Laker baseball team has been at its best this season and it was on display to open the playoffs Monday.

Senior lefty Jordan Horak was lights out, tossing six innings of scoreless baseball and striking out 10 batters in the Lakers' 4-0 win over Southridge.

“Jordan's getting stronger every game. He really had control of his breaking ball and he battled out of a few situations,” coach Jake Anders said.

The Skyhawks rarely threatened and Lake Oswego was in control from start to finish.

Lake Oswego scored in the bottom of the second to take a lead it would never relinquish. Max Anderson drew a one-out walk and, Gus Tolleson reached on an error to put runners on the corners. Mitch Verburg then plated a run with a fielder's choice.

Lake Oswego got all the insurance it would need in the bottom of the fourth.

With one out, Joey Martin tripled, followed by another walk to Anderson. Tolleson then singled to score two runs. Verburg would follow with a double for his second RBI of the game to make it 4-0.

“It was nice that we had some big hits from the bottom of the order because that takes the pressure off the guys at the top,” Anders said.

Meanwhile, Horak was on cruise control as Southridge struggled to hit the ball hard against him.

“Our pitching has kept us in the majority of games this year. I've always said pitching and defense is the heart and soul of a team,” Anders said.

In the top of the seventh, back-to-back singles put runners at the corners for the Skyhawks with nobody out.

Travis Sanders, who relieved Horak after the first hit of the inning, then struck out the next two batters and coaxed a ground ball to end the threat and seal the victory.

The Lakers moved on to face McNary at home Wednesday but results were not available at press time.

McNary upset No. 7 Jesuit in the first round.




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