Lake Oswego baseball beats Mountainside 2-0 for first win
The Cold War may long be over, but it sure as heck looked like an arms race on Friday, April 16, at Lake Oswego High School.
Lake Oswego junior Blaise Heher and LO senior Malcolm Williams teamed up to throw a one-hitter at Mountainside on Friday, and while the Lakers didn't exactly go wild at the plate either, they did enough to beat the Mavericks 2-0 for their first win of the 2021 season.
"I think the thing that we needed to (lift) our game was our pitching," said Heher, who threw the game's first four innings and got the win, limiting Mountainside to no runs on one hit and three walks while striking out five. "I think we got the job done today. I just wanted to go out there and compete, to battle and throw strikes."
"I felt pretty good," said Williams, who threw three shutout innings to get the save, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out four. "Every performance, it's just go in and pound the (strike) zone. Challenge them. Make them hit you."
With the win, the Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 1-2 overall; Lake Oswego begins Three Rivers League play this week. Mountainside, meanwhile, lost for the third straight time in non-league play and fell to 0-3 overall; the Mavericks open Metro League play this week.
While Mountainside junior starter Jonah Hergert took the loss — he pitched his team into the fifth inning, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts — he competed well throughout.
"My arm was feeling great the entire time — no discomfort, no problems at all," Hergert said. "It sucks that it's a shorter season, but it's just a great time to be out here playing."
"We were missing a lot of fastballs early in the count and then they'd start giving us the off-speed stuff," said Mountainside senior third baseman Parker Groth, who collected his team's lone hit against LO. "We've got to just hunt the fastballs early in the count and I think we can do that."
The Lakers started fast on Friday, getting a leadoff triple to right-center field by Heher, a walk to junior Andrew Wong and then a run-scoring single down the third base line by Williams for a 1-0 lead.
"I knew (Hergert) was leaving everything up and I knew he was coming back with a fastball, too," Heher said. "I just saw it because he was throwing it right there."
While Heher had the Mavericks under control early — the Mavericks got just two walks in the game's first three innings and didn't get a runner past second base — Hergert responded with three scoreless innings of his own.
"That first inning was a little rough," he said. "I was a little stiff at the start and give up one (run), but from there, I was just dealing zeros across the board."
Mountainside's best chance to score came in the fourth inning when junior Bowen Stinson reached base on an error, Groth singled to left and senior Peyton Gallagher loaded the bases with a two-out walk before Heher got a strikeout to end the threat.
The Lakers then pushed across their second run in the bottom of the fifth, getting a leadoff single to left by senior Charlie Owens, an error, a wild pitch and a walk by Hergert, and then — facing Mountainside junior reliever Brian Mannion — a run-scoring bloop single to right field by junior Andrew Wong.
All that was more than enough for Williams, who faced just nine batters in his three innings, ending the game when Mountainside junior Andy Miller lined out to LO junior second baseman Kellen Krebs and Krebs turned it into a game-ending double play.
"We still got the win so that's all that matters," Heher said.
"We've got to get the offensive side working," Hergert said. "On defense and pitching, we're doing great and making great plays all across the board, but we've got to … hit a lot better."
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