With the sharp smell of barbecued hamburgers in the air and the Lakeridge field temps reaching into the 90’s the Lions jumped out to a first inning lead which they held the rest of the night. First year starting pitcher Addison Sobotta battled the heat, fatigue, and a lingering malady but had to leave the game in the second. Fortunately, the ever-capable Chloe Benson came on in long relief and turned out the lights on Lakeridge save for a lone run in the bottom of the sixth.
The WL coaching staff experienced a mixture of awe and jealousy before the game as they had to wait (as did the Lakeridge team) for the field to be unlocked. When asked about their policies, the Lakeridge staff mentioned that locking the field keeps all of the unwanted people and animals off the turf field. After it was pointed out that the Rosemont field is sometimes merely an extension to the WL dog park facilities, the Lakeridge staff had no response. And neither did any of the WL staff.
West Linn scattered 13 hits over six innings with only 1 strikeout. A ratio that Coach Chuck said he could live with any day as long as the MLB network was on. Throughout the season, the Lions have improved their strikeout to putout ratio immensely. Coach Matt attributes their focus to the longer daylight hours.
The Lions host Canby on Monday afternoon to close out the season. Now full-time assistant mascot JuJu has already taped off his section of the dugout. Get there early for the best seats and the best hot dogs.