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The Pacers will host an auction, introduce its new staff and recognize its seniors

COURTESY PHOTO - Members of the Lakeridge baseball team showed up in their finest for the Valentine's Day dance at Mary's Woods, part of the program's continuing community outreach.The first pitch has not yet been thrown.

The first homer has not yet been hit, but the Lakeridge baseball program is at work already.

The Pacers, led this season by first-year head coach Ray Pearson (he most recently served as a    long-term assistant at West Linn), is aiming to follow up on last year's fourth-place finish in the Three Rivers League and their eventual berth in the Class 6A state quarterfinals.

Here's what's happened thus far this spring: the program's annual crab dinner fundraiser was a huge success; the program continues its 15-year relationship with the Stafford Retirement Community and Mary's Woods, inviting residents to attend Pacer home games as special guests; 30 Lakeridge team members attended the Valentine's Day Dance at Mary's Woods; and on Feb. 22, the team hosted a parent-player work day to improve and clean up the school's two natural grass fields.

Next up, Lakeridge will host a fundraiser at Lake Theater & Café from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 13. The event is open to the public and will feature several live and silent auction items, as well as introduction of Lakeridge's new coaching staff and recognition of the program's 10 senior players. Proceeds from the event will be used to improve the JV field and the players' hitting facility.

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