Clackamas put two games in the win column last week to remain in the thick of things in the Three Rivers League softball playoff chase.

The Cavaliers put runs on the scoreboard in three of the first four innings in a 3-1 win over Lakeridge on April 30. And they scored twice in the top of the fifth in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over West Linn last Friday.

It was only the second loss in league play for the Lions (10-10, 7-2), who finished last week in first place in the TRL standings. Clackamas (8-11, 5-4) and Canby (13-6, 5-4) were tied for third place, a game back of second-place Oregon City (11-8, 6-3).

Timely hitting told the story in both of Clackamas’ victories.

In Friday’ game, six different Cavaliers got hits and five of the hits played a role in the scoring; in the 3-1 win over Lakeridge, the Cavaliers had five hits, and four of the hits helped the Cavaliers score runs.

Trailing 3-2, the Cavaliers scored twice in the top of the fifth in their 4-3 win at West Linn.

Senior pitcher Madisen Vrabel got things started in the fifth with a lead-off single. Junior Ashley Filler doubled up the middle to bring pinch runner Amanda Zehr around. Sophomore Alize Godinez followed with a two-out double to left to plate the game-winner.

Clackamas also got timely hitting in the top of the second. Junior Jade Haehlen reached as a hit batter and scored on a double by freshman Maddy Oakden. Junior Cassie Haehlen brought the second run around with a timely base hit.

West Linn scored two runs in the bottom of the second on a walk, two Clackamas errors, a single and a run-scoring fielder’s choice.

And the Lions added a single tally in the third frame, scoring with two down on a hit batter, a base hit and a wild pitch.

There was some drama in the bottom of the seventh, when the Lions loaded the bases on an error, a hit batter and a walk. Vrabel then handled a come-backer and got the out at first to end the game.

Vrabel pitched a complete game, striking out three and walking two, while allowing just three hits and one earned run.

West Linn’s pitcher didn’t walk anyone, but she only had one strikeout.

It was the Lions’ first loss after seven straight victories in league play.

“A great win,” said Clackamas coach Dave Just. “I’m really proud of the team to come back and battle.”

The Cavaliers struck early in the 3-1 win over the Lakeridge, going up 2-0 with single tallies in the first and second frames.

Godinez reached with two down in the first inning on a Pacer error and scored on double by junior Jade Haehlen.

Oakden singled to lead off the second inning, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Cassie Haehlen, and scored on an error.

Junior McKenzie Giancola led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a base hit, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Oakden, and scored, with two down, on a base hit up the middle by Vrabel.

Vrabel pitched a complete game, striking out two and walking one, while allowing only two hits and no earned runs.

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