The weekend offered a disappointing finish for the Linfield Wildcats baseball team. It acquired two loses and only one win against the Pacific University Boxers of Forest Grove.
During the first game, the ‘Cats were given a beating, losing to the Boxers 1-7.
The only run was scored in the bottom of the ninth by sophomore Kramer Lindell when he took a fastball over the left field wall.
The ‘Cats only rounded up five hits in the first game. The second game, however, showed a different team.
Along with brilliant relief pitching by senior Robert Vaughn (six strike-outs and zero runs in six innings of play) the ‘Cats also showcased some hitting ability against the Boxers’ pitching staff.
The Wildcats were able to overcome the Pacific Boxers in the second game 6-3, tying the series at 1-1 going into Sunday’s game.
“[Our first loss] was a wake up for the whole team, that we weren’t unbeatable and that helped motivate us to step up our game,” junior Zach Manley said.
Game three started off with a bang, with the ‘Cats scoring on a sacrifice fly by senior Zach Boskovich for their first run.
Later in the top of the fourth, with runners on, both senior Jesse Boustead and junior Kenny Johnson hit RBI singles.
There is nothing quite like the double play that Johnson started with a backhanded ground ball, a quick underhand throw 60 feet to junior Tim Wilson who threw the ball to junior Clayton Truex right before the batter reached first.
Senior pitcher Ryan Larson held the Boxers to just three runs in the six innings he threw.
Senior Spencer Crepeaux came in to pitch in the bottom of the seventh with the score at 6-3 in favor of the Wildcats.
After getting two runs in the seventh and none in the eighth, the Boxers were down 5-6 in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs and a runner at first, the Wildcats looked like they were about to take away their second win, but unfortunately, the Boxers’ bats got hot and they were able to squeak out a win by dodging a tag at home to win the game 7-6.
When asked about the losses, there was only one real answer. “You just have to forget about it and move on,” junior Kyle Chamberlain said.
The Wildcats’ next series is against Willamette University at 11 a.m. March 10 at home.
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