Lakeridge wins its series with WL and looks to finish strong

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge pitcher Mitch Maynes hurled his second straight complete game Monday in an 11-3 victory over Oregon City. The Lakeridge baseball team clinched off a series victory over West Linn last week and won its opener over Oregon City convincingly 11-3 as it looks to build momentum in its final five games of the regular season.

The Pacers received strong pitching in their first two games against the Lions last week. The team followed its walk-off win last Monday with a 6-2 victory Wednesday.

Lakeridge used multiple arms to get the job done and has been getting strong performances from its bullpen recently.

“We jumped out early and then they settled down against us but we got some big strikeouts and ground balls when we needed them,” coach Colin Griffin said.

McKenzie Grant has been a valuable weapon in middle relief for the Pacers while Kyle DelFatti has been strong later in contests.

West Linn's bats finally came to life against Lakeridge in the finale Friday as the Lions scored eight runs in the first four innings in an eventual 12-3 victory.

But Lakeridge was quick to get back in the win column Monday. The Pacers struck quickly, getting a home run from Bo McClintock in his first at bat against his former team.

Graham Leib also continues to be a spark plug for Lakeridge offensively at the top of the line-up for the team.

Dutton Elske provided some more firepower against the Pioneers with some clutch hits.

On the mound, Mitch Maynes hurled another complete game to shut Oregon City down.

Maynes has been the Pacers' most consistent pitcher recently and has given the staff a boost, winning his past two starts.

“Mitch has just been a stud and I'm really excited for him,” Griffin said.

Lakeridge wraps up the series with Oregon City this week and will look to make up ground on West Linn and Canby in the standings as it faces off with Clackamas starting Monday.

“Right now we just want to finish strong and get our RPI ranking as high as we can,” Griffin said.

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