The Wildcats traveled to Abilene, Texas for regionals on May 16. Linfield played against Concordia University Texas on May 18, and then played against University of Texas-Tyler on May 19. After Linfield lose their first game 5-2, they won their second game 6-3.
Upon arriving in Abilene, Texas, the team scouted out the field, when all the teams were invited to practice. Lawrence University is hosting regionals at the Fox Cities Stadium.
During Linfield’s first game, both teams started off slow until Concordia University Texas scored two runs in the fourth inning. Linfield didn’t get on the board until the sixth inning where they scored their two runs of the game. With a double elimination policy, the team was paired up with University Texas-Tyler who lost against Chapman University.
Freshmen pitcher Zach Brandon said that the team’s excitement got the better of them as they struggled to get players that were on base home.
“We definitely had our chances during the game, where we could have put runs on the board. We just could get those big hits to bring in our players who were on base,” he said.
Making up for their lost in the game before, Linfield scored five runs in the first inning during their game against University of Texas-Tyler. Senior second baseman Eric Evenson was the first score, followed by sophomore center fielder Tim Wilson, senior catcher Cole Bixenman, freshmen left fielder Nate McClellan, and sophomore Clayton Truex. Linfield stayed in lead even with two runs scored against them in the fifth and ninth inning.
Brandon said that the team had a great first inning, and they were pumped up for their second game.
“We had a great first inning. We were able to ride the momentum, and we all did a great job,” he said. “[Freshman Pitcher] Zach Manley also did great on the mound and our defense was doing great at backing him up.”
Winning this game will keep the Wildcats in the fight to win regionals. Their next game is May 20 against Trinity University.
For the seniors of the team, this will be their last chance at playing in regionals.
Evenson has been on the team since his freshmen year, he said that being on the team has helped shaped him as a person.
“Linfield baseball has shaped me in so many ways. I’ve developed habits related to discipline and the pursuit of excellence in anything I do, not just on the field. Most of all its about the people involved. My teammates and coaches are so important to me and will be lasting friendships,” he said.
He also advises the younger players to enjoy the journey while it lasts.
“I’d just advise younger players to enjoy the journey,” he said. “It’s easy to also look ahead to the end product but the most valuable stuff is how you got there.”
Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
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