The Lakers go 2-1 in their series with the Clackamas

Last week was a tough week for Clackamas High School’s baseball team.

After going undefeated for 12 straight games, the fifth-ranked Cavaliers on Thursday and Friday dropped two league games to fourth-ranked Lake Oswego, 4-2 and 9-1. The Cavaliers had started the week out strong, winning 10-0 in their April 21 series opener with the Lakers.

“No excuses,” said Clackamas coach John Arntson. “We played two really good games on Monday and Thursday, but on Friday, for whatever reason, we just didn’t compete.”

And Arntson noted, “Lake Oswego has three really good starting pitchers, and in baseball, that’s where it all starts.”

Senior Jared Bell was tough for the Cavaliers in the 10-0 Cavalier victory, yielding only five hits, while striking out one and walking three in a complete game. It was the fifth win in six starts for Bell this spring.

“Jared was very good,” said Arntson. “He wasn’t striking people out. But he was really tough with guys on base. He kept their guys off balance the whole game.”

The Cavaliers supported Bell with timely hitting, taking advantage of six walks and three Laker errors to score runs in four of the first five innings.

Bell (2 runs scored), Aaron Ahlstrom (2 RBI), Elliott Cary, Michael McDonald, Taylor MacClanathan and Hayden Kirsch all had run-scoring singles in a seven-hit Cavalier offensive attack. Cole Scruggs scored twice.

Arntson said of the 4-2 loss to the Lakers, “Both pitchers pitched well. Taylor Stinson pitched well enough for us to win. It was just a matter of which team made the most costly mistake and unfortunately it was us.”

With the score tied at 2-2, Lake Oswego pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to Clackamas’ only defensive miscues of the game.

With one out in the fourth, Laker sophomore Joey Martin reached on an error. The next batter grounded out, putting Martin at second with two down. The next batter went down swinging, but Clackamas’ catcher dropped the ball on the third strike. His throw to first pulled Clackamas’ first baseman off the bag, and Martin skipped home for what would prove the game-winner.

Lake Oswego added insurance in the fifth inning. Harrison Reece singled; two walks (one intentional) loaded the bases with one down. Senior Kenny Oyama them plated a fourth tally with a base hit.

Clackamas scored its only runs in the top of the third on a walk, two Laker errors and a run-scoring single by Scruggs.

The Cavaliers had two runners on base in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t get them in.

Reece pitched a complete game for Lake Oswego, striking out two, walking two and allowing four hits.

Stinson went the distance for Clackamas, striking out one, walking two and yielding six hits.

“That Reece kid had a great series,” said Arntson. “He’s their leadoff, and he must have batted over .500 for the series.”

The Lakers reached three Clackamas pitchers (8 strikeouts, 5 walks) for 12 hits in Friday’s 9-1 Cavalier loss.

Travis Sanders was sharp on the hill for LO, striking out seven, walking two and scattering seven hits.

Bell (3-for-4, one double) and Cary (2-for-3, one double, one RBI) led Clackamas at the plate in the losing effort.

Lake Oswego (11-6, 5-1) finished last week all alone atop the Three Rivers League standings. Clackamas (13-3-1, 4-2), Canby (11-5, 4-2) and West Linn (9-8, 4-2) were tied for second place.

Clackamas has a three-game series with Canby this week, hosting the Cougars this afternoon and traveling to Canby on Friday. Lake Oswego has a three-game series with Oregon City, playing at Oregon City today and at home on Friday.

Last week was a tough week for Oregon City (5-12, 0-6). The Pioneers got swept by their cross-river rivals from West Linn, 16-2, 4-3 and 8-4.

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