Baseball swings home with four wins

The Wildcats baseball team knocked its first four games out of the park in Anthem, Ariz. on Feb. 10-13 for the Arizona Classic.

The event opened against the University of La Verne Leopard.

Linfield’s senior Dustin Smith scored the Wildcats’ first point in the first inning after senior Cole Bixenman hit a single while Smith was on third base.

Neither team would score again until Linfield’s fourth at bat, when Wildcat sophomore Clayton Truex scored off of a single hit by senior Kevin Coleman.

La Verne scored one point later during the seventh inning to end the game 2-1 for Linfield.

The ’Cats played against the Texas Concordia University Tornados for their second match. This high-scoring game ended 17-4 for the ’Cats.

“Our offense exploded,” freshman Zachary Brandon said.

In the final two games, one against the California Lutheran University Kingsmen and the other against University of Texas-Dallas Comets, the Wildcats dominated offensively.

Linfield defeated the Kingsmen 10-7 and the Comets, 12-1.

“Our team was able to click early, and I think that’s why we did so well,” Brandon said.

The team will play a tournament in Lewiston, Idaho this weekend. The Wildcats will compete against the following schools: Western Oregon University St. Martins University and Lewis-Clark State College.

“We’re going up against some really good teams, and this will help us get ready for the rest of our season,” Brandon said.
Linfield’s next home game will be at noon on Feb. 26 against the Oregon Institute of Technology.

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