The Lions look to pick up momentum heading into league play

West Linn's baseball team is still looking for a bit more consistency as its non-league schedule winds down. The Lions pounded a strong Central Catholic team last week 14-1 but then were shut down 6-2 against McNary at home Monday.

Against the Rams, West Linn jumped on top early, posting seven runs in the third inning to seize control.

In the decisive frame, the Lions blew things open thanks to some shaky defense. After Central Catholic walked the first two batters of the inning, Tim Tawa laid down a sacrifice bunt but the throw to first sailed into the outfield, allowing both runners and Tawa to eventually score.

Later in the third, Jackson Brooke plated two more run with a timely hit and Brayden Pene followed with an RBI double.

In the bottom of the fourth, West Linn flexed its muscles again, getting back-to-back home runs from Karsen Lindell and Will Matthiessen.

Pene would finish 3-for-3 in the game after another RBI knock.

Garrett Meisen picked up the win for the Lions, turning back any chance of a Central Catholic rally. He threw five strong innings and recorded six strikeouts as West Linn won handily at home.

Then, Monday, West Linn ran into a strong pitching performance from McNary in a tough loss.

Lindell was solid on the mound for the Lions, going five innings and contributing at the plate with another home run.

However, McNary would regain the lead late in the contest and the Lions couldn't rally. West Linn got one more run on an RBI single by Parker Huffman.

The team will face Hermiston Friday before starting league next week against Canby.

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