With a victory over Glenwood-Trout Lake on Tuesday, Lyle can clinch the 2002 Greater Columbia B League baseball championship.
The Cougars improved to 11-1 in league play with a double-header sweep of Klickitat last Friday.
Glenwood-Trout Lake kept its title hopes alive by taking two from Sunnyside Christian last Saturday.
At Lyle 7-14, Klickitat 6-3 --
Senior Chad Myers pitched a complete game and drove in three runs to lead the Cougars past the Vandals in the opener.
The right-hander raised his record to 9-0 with a seven-inning effort in which he struck out five, walked three and allowed 10 hits and four earned runs.
Brandon Essex went 2 for 3 with a double and one run batted in, and James Stanovich scored two runs for Lyle, which connected for seven hits off losing pitcher Michael Payne.
The Klickitat senior gave up seven earned runs while walking five and striking out four in six innings of work.
Payne paced the Vandals at the plate, going 4 for 4 with a double, home run, three RBIs and four stolen bases.
Jeremy and Jason Dean each had a hit and RBI for Klickitat, which committed two errors to Lyle's six.
In the nightcap, Saul Hernandez pitched a three-hitter and the Cougars scored six runs in the last of the fifth inning to wrap up the mercy-rule victory.
Brandon Essex collected three hits, including two doubles, four RBIs and scored twice to power Lyle's 17-hit attack.
Ryan Johnson also went 3 for 4 (with a triple and RBI) and scored two runs.
Saul Hernandez had two hits and three RBIs, while Tyler Essex and Chris Locke both drove in two runs.
Craig Wilson, Robbie Smith and Chad Myers each tallied two hits and two runs for the Cougars.
Hernandez (3-2) limited the Vandals to three singles -- two by Jeremy Dean and an RBI basehit by Payne -- over five innings. He fanned four, yielded two earned runs and didn't walk a batter.
At Glenwood-Trout Lake 15-5, Sunnyside Christian 4-4 --
Roy Browning drew a no-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home the winning run in game two of last Saturday's GCB twinbill.
Freshman David Wasgatt, who had a no-hitter going through five innings, went the distance to get the win for G-TL.
He allowed four runs in the top of the sixth that tied the game at 4-4.
Derek Kavanagh tripled to lead off the last of the ninth and moved to second after Jacob Hinderliter walked.
With none out, SC intentionally passed Marcus Van Laar to load the bases and set up a force at any base. But the base on balls to Browning sent Kavanagh home with the winning run.
In game one, Kavanagh was the winning pitcher for G-TL, which got a two-run homer from Ben Anderson in the bottom of the third.
At Klickitat 4-10, Riverside Christian 0-8 --
Michael Payne tossed a five-hit shutout and slugged a three-run home run as the Vandals won the opener of the April 19 double-header.
Payne faced 26 batters and struck out 13 in the complete-game victory. He fanned the side twice and worked out of a no-out jam in the first.
The Vandals scored all four runs in the bottom of the third. Sonny Heath doubled to lead things off, and Jeremy Dean reached on an error. Payne followed with a three-run blast to straightaway center.
Jason Dean knocked in Tyler Schultz with a double to cap the rally.
In game two, Jason Dean went 3 for 4 with three doubles and three RBIs, and Scott Spino was 2 for 2 with two RBIs for Klickitat, which scored twice in the last of the sixth to break an 8-8 deadlock.
Schultz got the win in relief of Jeremy Dean. He struck out six, walked six and hit three batters but was able to pitch out of trouble in all but two innings.
Riverside's big inning came in the top of the sixth. The Crusaders capitalized on three Vandals errors and tallied four runs to tie the game, 8-8.
Lyle 14, at Riverside Christian 6 --
Brandon Essex went 2 for 3 with a home run and four runs batted during the Cougars' April 22 victory.
Chad Myers was the winning pitcher for Lyle, striking out eight in 3@FN(2)@FD(3) innings.
Other highlights: Ryan Johnson, 3-3, triple, RBI, 3 stolen bases; Saul Hernandez, triple, 3 RBIs, 3@FN(1)@FD(3) IP, 4 Ks; Chad Myers, 2-3, 2 RBIs; Devan Essex, 2 RBIs; Jesse Spalding, 2-3, RBI; Team, 13 hits, 6 errors.
Glenwood-Trout Lake 7, at Klickitat 4 --
Davis Wasgatt threw a complete game as G-TL defeated the Vandals April 22. No other details were available.
Klickitat 13, at Sunnyside Christian 5 --
The Vandals overcame a 3-0 deficit, scoring all 13 runs in the final four innings, to post the April 16 victory.
Tyler Schultz batted 2 for 4 and drove in five runs with a three-run homer (on an 0-2 count), a single and a sacrifice fly for Klickitat, which totaled 17 hits.
The win went to Michael Payne, who struck out nine, walked three and gave up eight hits over seven innings.
Other highlights: Jeremy Dean, 4-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Michael Payne, 3-4, 4 runs, RBI triple and double; James Brewer, 2-3, 2 runs, RBI double; Adam Bauer, 2-4, double, run; Sonny Heath, RBI double, run.