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Tualatin baseball escapes Lake Oswego threat to win 2-1

The Lakers squander a two-on, no-out opportunity in the sixth inning in Tuesday

REVIEW PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lake Oswego shortstop Jackson Laurent flips the ball to second baseman Matt Grimm during their team's 2-1 loss at Tualatin High School on Tuesday.The Lake Oswego baseball team had Tualatin right where it wanted it.

The Lakers rallied from a one-run deficit to tie their Tuesday contest, then put runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth inning and appeared poised to take control.

Instead, however, the Timberwolves escaped the sixth without a scratch, stranded another Laker baserunner in the top of the seventh and then pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the frame to forge a 2-1 victory in a steady rain at Tualatin High School.

"It was just missed opportunities, not being able to grind out a game," said Lake Oswego shortstop/pitcher Jake Dukart, who went 1 for 2 at the plate. "That's the stuff we've got to work on so that when we get to the playoffs, we'll win those games and keep advancing."

"It was a bit of a struggle all day," added LO third baseman Jackson Laurent, who went 1 for 2 at the plate, reached base twice and scored his team's lone run. "We just need a better mentality when we come to the field and just play the way we know how to play."

The loss snapped a three-game Lake Oswego winning streak and dropped the Lakers' Three Rivers League record to 8-4 (good for a second-place tie with Tualatin) and its overall mark to 9-12. Tualatin, meanwhile, broke a four-game losing streak and moved to 8-4 in league play and 9-9-1 overall.

The Timberwolves were led by Cole Kinman's 2 for 3 day at the plate — he was the only player on either team with more than one hit — and Elijah Diggins' complete-game three-hitter, which also included three walks and seven strikeouts.

Tualatin broke through for the game's first run in the bottom of the first inning when Colby Jackson led off with a walk, took second on Diggins' sacrifice fly and scored on Chris Freese's two-out single to center field.

The Lakers struggled throughout the day against Diggins, stranding one runner in the first and wasting a leadoff double by Collin Mitchell in the third before finally breaking through in the top of the fifth.

In the fifth, Laurent led off with a single to left field, moved to second on Matt Grimm's sacrifice bunt, took third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch by Diggins with Thomas Dukart at the plate.

The Lakers then short-circuited a Tualatin rally in the bottom of the frame, with starter Mitchell (who threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts) picking off one baserunner and Thomas Dukart making a sliding catch in right field to end the inning.

Lake Oswego then made its play to win the game in the top of the sixth when Matt Sibolsky led off with a walk and Jake Dukart followed with a single to center field. But Diggins stopped the rally then and there, striking out Sam Haney and then inducing Dawson Jaramillo into an inning-ending double play.

Jake Dukart came on in relief of Mitchell in the sixth, gave up a leadoff single to Kinman in the bottom of the seventh, hit Sean Chamberlain with a pitch and then forced out Kinman at third on Daniel Shell's bunt.

Next batter Colby Jackson grounded to Laurent at short for the second out, but second baseman Matt Grimm's double-play throw failed to beat Jackson to first. And finally, with Chamberlain at third and Jackson at first, Jackson took off on a delayed steal of second.

Jake Dukart stepped off the pitching rubber, ran at Jackson, then tossed to first baseman Jaramillo. Jaramillo chased Jackson three steps toward second base when Chamberlain broke for home and scored the game-winning run.

"We had chances all day. We just didn't capitalize on them," Jake Dukart said. "Those extra little hits, getting guys on base, getting those bunts down, are big things in the game that changed it."

"It was an awful day for baseball, so if you put (the ball) in play, something bad's going to happen for the other team," Laurent said. "You have a better chance of getting on base if you put it in play than if you watch it go by."

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