Lake Oswego ousts McNary but stumbles late in Medford

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Harrison Reece threw a complete game and picked up the victory for the Lakers in the second-round of the playoffs against McNary. 
The Lake Oswego baseball team advanced to the quarterfinals last week and gave No. 2 North Medford a legitimate scare on its home field Friday before the Black Tornado came alive late in a 6-1 victory.

The Lakers got past a surprising McNary team Wednesday, rallying for a 4-2 victory.

McNary was ranked No. 26 in the state heading into the playoffs but Lake Oswego coach Jake Anders knew the underdogs were dangerous. They had knocked off Jesuit in the previous round and gave Lake Oswego some issues.

The Lakers' offense sputtered against the Celtics but it didn't enough to grind out four runs on three hits to earn the win.

Lake Oswego fell behind in the game when McNary came up with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fourth inning off of Harrison Reece.

It would be one of the few mistakes from Reece in the game as he tossed a complete game and gave up just five hits.

Heading into the bottom of the fourth, Reece had the Lakers' lone hit of the game. And Lake Oswego would get a run back in the fourth thanks to some wildness on the mound.

McNary's pitcher hit three batters in the inning and Jordan Horak would score on a passed ball. Still, Lake Oswego left runners in scoring position and still trailed heading into the fifth.

The Lakers' started the fifth with a huge triple from Gus Tolleson followed by an RBI single from Mitch Verburg to tie the game.

Reece then walked and Horak was hit by another pitch to load the bases with no outs.

However, Travis Sanders followed by lining out sharply to right field and Lake Oswego's pinch-runner was thrown out at the plate trying to tag up, giving the Lakers two quick outs.

Tyler Coleman then came up and put ball in play, reaching on an error that would score the winning run.

Horak would score later in the inning on a wild pitch.

Reece then bore down in the final two innings, giving up just one hit and picking that runner off first base to lock down the victory.

Lake Oswego then had a long road trip for Friday's game in Medford.

The Lakers would strike first in the game. Horak reached on an error and Sanders was hit by a pitch. After those runners stole second and third, Coleman was walked intentionally to load the bases. Kenny Oyama followed with an RBI ground out and North Medford escaped with only minimal damage.

North Medford tied the game in the bottom of the inning before both pitchers dug in. Horak was solid against the Black Tornado's deep line-up, holding the team to just one run through four innings.

Lake Oswego put runners on the corners with one out in the top of the fifth thanks to singles by Reece and Horak but couldn't drive in the go-ahead run.

North Medford would come to life in the bottom of the frame. An error with one out was followed by a pair of walks to load the bases and then a key two-run single.

One more run would score on a fielder's choice to make it 4-1. North Medford would tack on two more runs in the next inning and Lake Oswego failed to come up with a rally on offense.

Lake Oswego will graduate a very strong senior class this year, which helped lead a team that was ranked in the top-10 for most of the season and tied for another TRL championship.

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