Daily Archives: May 28, 2011

’Cats drop final game of regionals

The baseball team’s journey at the NCAA Abilene Regional ended against Chapman University on May 21, when the ’Cats lost 7-8.

The baseball team had continued in the NCAA Division III competition for two more rounds after its win against University of Texas at Tyler 6-3 on May 19. Linfield beat Trinity University 9-6 the next day.

While the game against Chapman did not turn out in a win for the Wildcats, baseball team put up a fight. The score bounced back and forth between Chapman and Linfield as they fought for the lead.

It wasn’t until the ninth inning when Chapman pulled ahead by a single run, which sent the Wildcats home.

When asked about his  most memorable moment while at regionals, senior catcher Cole Bixenman
reflected on the tournament and his teammates.

“Probably my boy Gunnar Cederberg hitting a huge two run homer in our win against Trinity. That was a big momentum play for us,” he said.

While the Linfield experience has ended for the team’s seniors, Bixenman said that being a part of the team has been great, and the experience will not soon be forgotten.

“It’s been great to be a part of such a winning program for four years,” he said. “To go through the trials and tribulations of a baseball season is crazy, and to see how each and every year the different groups of guys pulled together as one will stick with me forever.”

Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Seniors paint Linfield tradition

The senior bench sits between Pioneer and Riley halls, waiting for this year’s makeover.

Four seniors will carry on Linfield’s tradition of gathering during the night to paint the senior bench before Spring Commencement.

Seniors Adriana Daoust, Jennifer Worcester, Arminda Gandara and Kaycee Hallstrom volunteered to represent the Class of ’11 by decorating the bench, Hallstrom, the group’s committee chair, said.

“We know that we want it to be something different from other years and that we will include the school colors,” Hallstrom said.

Hallstrom said that all seniors received an email inviting them to help paint the bench.

Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson said painting the bench has been a school tradition long before he started working at Linfield 12 years ago. He said it represents different themes and memories that are important to each class.

“It gives the folks in the senior class an easy way to leave their mark,” he said.

Fergueson said the Class of ’02 dedicated the bench to the tragic events of 9/11, while other classes painted light-hearted themes, such as Dr. Seuss quotes or signatures from graduates. He also said that it’s typical for seniors to paint the bench late at night before Commencement.

“They stay true to form by putting it off until the last minute,” he said. “It’s one last chance for them to procrastinate on a project before they graduate.”
Fergueson said he recalled a particular year in which this procrastination led to some humorous difficulties.

“About four or five years ago, they painted the bench the night before Commencement, and it didn’t dry in time for the ceremony,” he said. “I was helping with rounds in the wee hours of the morning, and I remember seeing their cars circled around the bench with the headlights shining it on so that they could see to paint.”

Joanna PeTerson/Managing editor

Joanna Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

Softball comes home with national title

Freshman pitcher Shelby VandeBergh celebrates her team’s May 24 return to campus with congratulatory hugs. The Wildcats secured the national title that morning when they defeated the Christopher Newport University Captains 6-2.


Community members hold up a homemade poster while waiting in anticipation for the Linfield softball team’s arrival May 24. People from McMinnville and Linfield cheered the Wildcats as they returned to Linfield from Salem, Va. The ’Cats rolled up to the celebration with a police escort surrounding their coach bus.

Linfield students, faculty, fans and a motorcade escort welcomed the National Champion softball team back to campus after back-to-back wins over the Christopher Newport University Captains in Salem, Va., on May 24.

After losing 4-0 to the University of Texas at Tyler Patriots on May 21, the ’Cats had to battle their way through the elimination bracket, winning three loser-out games to face Christopher Newport in two championship games.

“We played nervous against Texas-Tyler,” head coach Jackson Vaughan said, “but we still felt like we were the best team there. It would be tough, but there was still a chance.”

The ’Cats would get another chance at Texas-Tyler, but not before taking down Eastern Connecticut State University 9-1 on May 22 and the State University of New York College at Cortland 12-1 on May 23.

In the second of three games the ’Cats played May 23, they avenged their loss to Texas-Tyler, beating the Patriots 7-1.

The third game was the first of the two games that decided the national champion. Senior pitcher Claire Velaski and junior pitcher Lauren Harvey each gave up just two hits in the 6-0 shutout of Christopher Newport. Sophomore third baseman Karleigh Prestianni blasted a home run and contributed three RBI to boost the offense.

The ’Cats faced off one last time against Christopher Newport on May 24.

The ’Cats got on the board first when they scored one run in the opening frame, but after five and a half innings of play the score was tied at two, and the game was delayed because of lightning.

When play resumed, Prestianni opened what would be a four-run inning for the ’Cats with a solo home run. Harvey held the Captains scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the 6-2 win and national title.

“[The feeling] is unreal; there is nothing like it. After that last out it was just a rush of adrenaline and euphoria,” junior outfielder Jaydee
Baxter said.

“This was our goal from the very first time we met this year, so to go and be ranked number one and have that pressure all year and then to win it is amazing,” Vaughan said.

The ’Cats finished the season with a 51-3 record and six players were named to the all-tournament team including Velaski, Harvey, Prestianni, Baxter, senior shortstop Emily Keagbine, junior catcher Emilee Lepp and junior first baseman
Staci Doucette.

“I guess it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Doucette said. “I think we’re all still a little shocked but it’s definitely exciting and it was a cool experience.”

Rae Smith/for the review

Rae Smith can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.