’Cats stomp out first games

Junior first baseman Kyle Chanberlain tries to tag a Lewis & Clark runner when he dove back to the base during the Feb. 24 game at home at Hesler Field. Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor

Even if a team is ranked top 25 in the nation, it doesn’t mean that playing against a team that is now 0-11 for the season comes easy. The Linfield baseball team still finds a way to pull it off.

“What makes us a good team is that we play the entire game,” senior Jesse Boustead said. “We play every inning and don’t give up.”

The Wildcats played two different games Feb. 25.

The first game was a showcase of the ’Cats’ talent for hitting the ball.

With 13 hits, the Wildcats routed the Lewis & Clark Pioneers 14-5 in the first game. Not only was their hitting successful, but the pitching as well.

Senior Ryan Larson started the game and pitched four innings, only allowing two runs.

Larson probably would have gone deeper into the game, but he was hit in the arm with a hit ball back to the mound. He finished the inning and started the fifth but was pulled after two batters.

Senior Casey Cameron came in for an inning and ended up being the winning pitcher for the ‘Cats. Senior Robert Vaughn and sophomore Garett Speyer also made appearances on the
mound.

The Pioneers played better in the second game against the ’Cats, but eventually fell to Linfield 7-1.

The Wildcats scored the most runs during the third inning, scoring three runs. First to score that inning was senior Zach Boskovich, who scored on junior Clayton Truex’s hit.

Junior Jordan Harlow batted in Chamberlain, scoring the second run of the inning. The last run of the inning was brought in by Truex.

Sophomore Zach Brandon started the game for Linfield and pitched five innings with only one earned run. This game was the second win for Brandon out of two starts.

Freshman Chris Haddeland made his second appearance of the year and pitched four scoreless innings, only allowing one hit.

The game was close throughout the first seven innings, but in the eighth inning, the ‘Cats scored four runs and extended the lead with six runs to ensure their second victory of the day.

The ‘Cats played their final game against the Pioneers in a game that ended in the bottom of the ninth. With a man at first and second, the score was tied with one out.

Junior Michael Hopp came up to the plate and hit a chopper to the shortstop.

In an attempt to get a double play to end the inning, the Pioneers blew the double play with a throw that went past the first baseman. This allowed Linfield’s runner to score from second to win the game.

The ‘Cats didn’t play their best this weekend, but they prevailed and won the series 3-0.

“It’s nice to have three league wins under the belt, and we are working on various lineups to help us be successful down the road,” Cameron said.

The Wildcats’ next games are at 11 a.m. March 3 against Pacific University and  at noon March 4 in Forest Grove, Ore. The team’s next home games will be March 10 and 11 against Willamette University.

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Carson Crepeaux/
Staff writer
Carson Crepeaux can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

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