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Pacer baseball wins sixth straight

Lakeridge gets big innings in victories over Canby and Tualatin

The Lakeridge baseball team ran its win streak to six games and moved into sole possession of third place in the Three Rivers League after capping off a sweep of Canby and claiming its opener against Tualatin 7-5.

The Pacers have been coming out on the right side of a handful of close decisions in recent games, rallying impressively after a 1-3 start to league play.

Against the Timberwolves, Lakeridge scored six runs in the top of the second and that was virtually all the offense the team would need.

Jared Fitkin settled down after giving up four runs in the first two innings to go four and two-thirds innings, striking out five batters.

Tommy Andrew then game on in relief, throwing more than two innings of scoreless baseball to preserve the win.

After falling behind 2-0, Lakeridge took control in the top of the second.

Andrew led off the inning with a double and then scored when Cal Seneker reached on an error.

Singles Jesse Davis and Michael Kuhn loaded the bases with nobody out and Matt Sporre tied the game on an RBI infield single.

Everest Webster gave Lakeridge the lead by drawing a bases loaded walk and Beau Bryant followed with an RBI single.

Lakeridge made it 5-2 on a wild pitch and Kyle Beckley followed with an RBI single. After Tualatin went to its bullpen, the Timberwolves escaped further damage with a pair of strike outs and a fly out.

Lakeridge held serve on defense and added an insurance run on an RBI single from Sporre in the top of the fifth.

Tualatin would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh but Andrew recorded a final strikeout to preserve the win.

The victory followed a 9-4 win over Canby last week to wrap up a sweep of the Cougars.

Webster got the victory for the Pacers, throwing five strong innings while striking out six batters.

Dutton Elske had four hits in the game and Andrew drove in three runs.