The Raiders rallied five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Lakers on Monday night.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Reynolds's Hailey Burmesiter threw a complete game for the Raiders in the win.

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LAKE OSWEGO — After losing seven seniors off last year's squad, Reynolds knows they have a lot to prove as they dive into the early stage of their 2018 campaign.

But with their backs against the wall against a high-quality Lake Oswego squad on Monday night, this young Raiders team showed that they're mature beyond their years.

Reynolds entered the top of the seventh inning down 4-3, but the Raiders struck for five runs in the frame to come away with the 8-4 victory — their first of the season.

"The girls did exactly what we asked them to do and you can't ask for anything as a coach," Reynolds head coach Melanie Pfeiffer said. "We had some very key and timely hits in that last inning and our girls did a great job of making adjustments at the plate."

It was Lake Oswego's first defeat as the Lakers fall to 3-1 on this young season.

"I thought we played excellent. We just couldn't string the hits together when we needed to," Lake Oswego head coach Chris Gobel said. "Not being able to to get an out in the last inning obviously cost us."

While it ended with an explosion of offense, the majority of the contest featured a pitcher's duel between Lake Oswego's Marin Penney and Reynolds's Hailey Burmesiter.

Both aces got through the first inning with relative ease. Reynolds, however was able to draw first blood in the top of the second.

Freshman Kameron Farmer led off the frame with a double in the left center field gap. Farmer advanced to third on a wild pitch, then eventually scored on an RBI-triple from Maya Phillips. But Lake Oswego ended up responding in the bottom of the fourth.

Look for extended coverage in the March 23 print edition.

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