The Lakers sweep West Linn and top Bend and will open the playoffs at home against Tigard

The Lake Oswego baseball team is entering the postseason, arguably playing some of its best ball of the season.

The Lakers capped an impressive sweep of West Linn last week, giving up just two runs in the entire series and then knocked off Bend 5-3 in a tune-up for the playoffs.

Lake Oswego seems to be built for a postseason run as the team's pitching and defense have been outstanding. The Lakers didn't give up more than three runs in a game for the entirety of league play, a streak that dates back to April 2 in an 8-5 non-league win over Westview.

It's a run that's made even more impressive by the fact that its pitching staff has been hit hard by injuries this year.

Last Wednesday, Tyler Coleman and Calvin Hermanson combined on a six-hit shut out of the Lions in an 8-0 victory.

Lake Oswego put the game away quickly, scoring all of its runs in the first two innings.

In the top of the first, Mitch Mclaughlin and Harrison Reece each had RBI singles to put the Lakers on top.

Lake Oswego then blew things open with a six-run second frame.

The Lakers loaded the bases with two outs on a Coleman single and a pair of walks.

Travis Sanders then walked to drive in a run and Mclaughlin followed with an RBI single.

Reece and Hermanson then drew back-to-back walks to score runs and Coleman came up again to drive in two with a single before the Lions recorded the final out.

On Thursday, Jack Kjemhus tossed a complete game, giving up just one run in a 7-1 victory.

The game was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth before the Laker bats woke up.

Reece, Danny Oyama singled to lead off the inning and Kjemhus laid down a bunt that was misplayed, leading to a run.

Jack Anderson and Jordan Horak then came through with RBIs and Sanders singled with two outs to make it 5-1.

On Tuesday, Lake Oswego held off Bend 5-3 as it prepares for next Monday's playoff opener.

Lake Oswego got on the board in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Mclaughlin which scored Horak.

Lake Oswego would go up 4-1 before giving a pair of runs back in the top of the sixth.

However, the Lakers got some insurance on an RBI double by Reid Penney to score Anderson and Kjemhus recorded a perfect seventh inning to nail down the win.

Lake Oswego will open the playoffs next Monday at home against Tigard.

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