Tipton handcuffs the Lakers top sluggers in a 3-0 win

by: RYAN LA GRANGE - Oregon City junior right-handed Jacob Tipton pitched a complete game in last weeks 3-0 upset of third-ranked Lake Oswego.The Oregon City Pioneers were at the top of their game on April 24, as they knocked off third-ranked Lake Oswego 3-0 in a Three Rivers League baseball game played at Lake Oswego.

It was the first time in their first 19 games of the 2013 season that the Lakers had been shut out and it was the first time a varsity baseball team from Oregon City had beaten Lake Oswego since 2008.

“Another great Pioneer win!” said Oregon City assistant coach Mike Lord. “All of our players contributed in some capacity. It’s amazing what a group of guys can accomplish when they play for the name across their chest.”

“Oregon City’s kid pitched a good game, and we made him better by not having a consistent plan at the plate, resulting in no runs,” said Lake Oswego coach Jake Anders. “You can’t win if you don’t score.”

Anders added: “The TRL is always competitive. It is real simple. Since 2004, five of the last eight years of state champions come from the TRL.”

Hero honors in the April 24 game went to Oregon City senior first baseman Luke Ehli and to juniors Clay Reece and Jacob Tipton. Ehli and Reece drove in Oregon City’s runs with timely base hits, while Tipton pitched a complete game.

Tipton struck out five and walked two, while scattering four hits. Lake Oswego never got a baserunner past second base, and the first four batters in the Laker lineup combined to go one-for-15 at the plate.

The Pioneers scored all three of their runs in the top of the sixth. Terrel Hood singled, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Phillips and scored from second on a base hit by Clay Reece. Tipton singled, and Ehli then plated Reece and Tipton with a full-count base hit.

The Lakers put runners on first and second with two down in the bottom of the seventh. But Tipton and Ehli then teamed up to extinguish the threat. Facing Reid Penny, the Lakers’ leading hitting, Tipton got Penny to foul out to Ehli near the right-field fence, ending the inning and the game.

Lord singled out Ehli and freshman third baseman Tyler Sheldon for standout defensive play in the Pioneer win.

Oregon City pitcher Rilyn Lewchuk was in form in an April 22 game with the Lakers, striking out 10 and walking one, while yielding eight hits. But Lewchuk’s efforts fell short as the Pioneers struggled to get timely hitting of their own in a 6-1 loss.

Dillon Riley plated Ehli with an infield hit in the bottom of the fourth inning for Oregon City’s lone score.

The Pioneers competed, but came up short again last Friday, losing to the Lakers 4-2.

Entering play this week, Clackamas (17-2, 8-1) was atop the Three Rivers League standings, with Lake Oswego (13-7, 6-3) and Lakeridge (13-6, 6-3) tied for second place; and Oregon City (10-9, 4-5) in fourth place.

Clackamas, Lake Oswego and Oregon City were ranked second, third and 18th in the state respectively in the OSAA Class 6A power rankings.

Oregon City had a three-game series scheduled with Lakeridge this week, playing at Lakeridge this afternoon and hosting the Pacers on Friday.

The Pioneers close out the regular season next week, playing Canby (5-14, 1-8) in a three-game series.

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