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Check out our previews of the baseball teams at 11 Clackamas County high schools.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Clackamas senior Jackson Jaha is back to lead the Cavaliers in search of another Mt. Hood Conference title after winning in the shortened 2021 spring season.No one has waited longer for a return to normalcy.

Clackamas County's high school baseball players — after losing the entire 2020 season to COVID-19 restrictions and seeing 2021 limited to just six weeks with no state championship — are back to normalcy in 2022 for the first time since this year's seniors were freshmen.

With that as pretext, the varsity teams at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Oregon City, West Linn, Clackamas, Nelson, La Salle, Milwaukie, Putnam, Wilsonville and Gladstone are ready to go, a group that includes returning league champions from Clackamas, Lakeridge, Putnam and Gladstone.

Read more about each team's 2022 prospects below.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge senior Gus Rogers and the Pacers were one of Oregon's best in 2021 and hope to challenge for another Three Rivers League title in 2022.

Three Rivers League

Lake Oswego

Head coach: Jake Anders

2021 record: 6-5 in TRL play, 9-9 overall

2022 outlook: "I believe we have a team that by the end of the year will be very competitive and will be a challenge for anyone to play." — Jake Anders

League contenders: Lakeridge, Lake Oswego.

Top pitchers: Senior Blaise Heher, senior Carson Bush

Top players: Senior infielder/pitcher Andrew Wong, senior infielder Asher Abreu, senior first baseman Kellen Krebs, junior left fielder Grant Maxwell, senior outfielder Blaise Heher, senior outfielder Carson Bush

Lakeridge

Head coach: Ray Pearson

2021 record: 10-0 in TRL play, 15-2 overall

2022 outlook: "I think our hope for the year is to compete in a very tough Three Rivers League, to just battle and take it one game at a time." — Ray Pearson

League contenders: West Linn, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Lakeridge

Top pitchers: Senior Zach Johnson, senior Gus Rogers, junior Paul Wilson, junior Erik Hoffberg

Top players: Senior catcher Mason Utech, senior second baseman/shortstop Dawson Santana, senior second baseman/shortstop Zach Johnson, senior outfielder Alan Dechard, senior third baseman Beau Spiekerman

Oregon City

Head coach: Justin Bugni

2021 record: 1-6 in TRL play, 5-9 overall

2022 outlook: "We have the talent and experience to make some noise in the most difficult league in the state." — Justin Bugni

League contenders: Lakeridge, West Linn, Lake Oswego

Top pitchers: Junior Dane Lais, senior Dylan Ha, senior Colin Grimmer

Top players: Sophomore catcher Ryder Loftis, senior first baseman Autie Oistad, sophomore outfielder Jack Turnquist

West Linn

Head coach: Joe Monahan

2021 record: 6-6 in TRL play, 11-8 overall

2022 outlook: "We are still pretty young in some key positions but feel overall we have some pretty good talent and should be in mix to contend for a league championship. There are a ton of really good teams in our league so we will have to bring it every game to have a chance of winning." — Joe Monahan

League contenders: Lakeridge, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Tigard

Top pitchers: Junior Drew Talavs, sophomore Gabe Howard, senior Wyatt Norris, junior Drake Gabel, senior Jacob Moss

Top players: Sophomore catcher Ryan Vandenbrink, senior shortstop Kace Naone, junior utility Max Wright, junior first baseman Jake Holmes, junior third baseman Jackson Curdy, senior center fielder Barret Brundage, senior right fielder Spencer Sullivan, senior outfielder/pitcher Jordy Tawa

Mt. Hood Conference

Clackamas

Head coach: J.J. Winkle

2022 outlook: "We are senior laden (with a) lot of experience." — J.J. Winkle

League contenders: Central Catholic, Barlow, Sandy, Clackamas

Nelson

Head coach: Corey Davis

2022 outlook: "We are very young with zero varsity experience, (but we're) making developmental strides every day." — Corey Davis

League contenders: Clackamas, Barlow, Central Catholic

Northwest Oregon Conference

La Salle

Head coach: Nate Fogle

2021 record: 7-1 in NWOC play, 13-6 overall

Outlook: "We graduated a lot of good seniors and have a bunch of new faces on our varsity team. We're going to be a team that focuses on getting better every time we step on the field, and be our best version at the end of the year." — Nate Fogle

Top pitchers: Junior Finbar O'Brien, senior Aidan O'Brien, senior Owen Cote, senior Devin Poling

Top Players: Junior shortstop Finbar O'Brien, senior center fielder Aidan O'Brien, senior right fielder Devin Poling, senior first baseman Aiden McGuire, junior outfielder Sawyer Chalmers

Milwaukie

Head coach: Terrell Ayo

2021 record: 5-5 in NWOC play, 9-7 overall

2022 outlook: "This year, the team is very young with mostly sophomores and juniors with freshmen to be sprinkled in." Terrell Ayo

League contenders: Wilsonville, Putnam, Scappoose

Top pitchers: Junior Kaden Harris, junior Andrew Deleon, sophomore Gavin Lyski

Top players: Junior pitcher/shortstop/catcher Kaden Harris, junior pitcher/shortstop

Andrew Deleon, sophomore pitcher/catcher Gavin Lyski, sophomore first baseman/outfielder Trevor Olsen

Rex Putnam

Head coach: Chad McGowan

2021 record: 9-3 in NWOC play, 10-5 overall

2022 outlook: "We have some talented guys in the right spots. If we stay healthy, we should end up somewhere near the top of the NWOC." — Chad McGowan

League contenders: La Salle, Wilsonville, Rex Putnam

Top pitchers: Junior Leo Renzema, junior Terrence Cheyne, senior Vinny Salvione

Top players: Senior shortstop Vinny Salvione, sophomore first baseman/pitcher Jackson Fera, freshman second baseman/shortstop Ian Pollard, junior utility Elliot Carrillo

Wilsonville

Head coach: Bryn Card

2021 record: 7-7

2022 outlook: "(We) will compete for a league title and are looking for a top eight bid into the 5A playoffs." — Bryn Card

League contenders: Wilsonville, La Salle, Putnam

Top pitchers: Junior Jacob Ogden, senior Matthew Gomez, senior Keenan Sanford, sophomore Justin Schramm

Top players: Senior shortstop Cole Hubka (Utah commit), senior catcher Max Bledy (University of the Pacific commit), senior outfielder Rochne Beecham (Pacific Lutheran commit), junior outfielder Jacob Ogden

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Gladstone junior Brayde Owen (center) and senior Garrett Finch are back help lead the Gladiators in pursuit of another Tri-Valley Conference championship in 2022.

Tri-Valley Conference

Gladstone

Head coach: Casey Webster

2021 record: 11-2 in TVC play, 11-4 overall

2022 outlook: "We are looking to improve on last season's record with a good nucleus of returners." — Casey Webster

League contenders: North Marion, Estacada

Top pitchers: Junior Hayden Smith, senior Ethan Walch, junior Brysen Bryan

Top players: Junior outfielder Bradye Owen, senior catcher Garrett Finch, junior third baseman Asher Gonzolez


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