Lady ’Cats can’t be stopped

Senior catcher Emilee Lepp protects the plate during the game against Pacific University in the fourth inning March 4 at Del Smith Stadium. Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor

Junior Karleigh Prestianni steps up to the plate during the first game of the day against Pacific University on March 4 at Del Smith Stadium. Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor

The week started off in a haze of rain and snow for the Wildcats, but that didn’t stop the softball team from playing and winning during the busy week.

After a few postponed games, the Wildcats came back and played a total of eight games from Feb. 26 to March 4, winning them all.

On March 4, the Wildcats played a doubleheader against Pacific University. Both games finished with a score of 8-0, ending in the fifth inning.

Not wasting anytime, the Wildcats scored three runs in the first inning. The first two runs were brought in by a single senior Staci Doucette hit up the middle. Doucette later scored off a double by junior Karleigh Prestianni. The next two runs were scored in the second inning, off of a double hit by senior Jaydee Baxter. Two more runs were brought in during the fourth inning. Baxter and freshman Grace Middelstadt both scored.  Ending the game, Linfield earned a final run in the fifth inning, when freshman Kate Hasty scored off a single hit by junior Jordan Mixsell.

While the team has been successful with an undefeated season so far, the team is still working out any glitches it might have.

“The biggest challenge we have had to face is just getting used to a new middle infield,” sophomore Ashley Garcia said. “Having to put new people there has been a good challenge for us. It has made us grow together a bit more because the veteran infielders have had to step up and help out the newbies more and they have been doing a great job staying positive and encouraging us.”

The Wildcats traveled to Portland, Ore. to play two games against Lewis & Clark University on March 3. Not loosing any speed from their wins from earlier in the week, Linfield took to the field and played both defensively and offensively, not letting anyone score, except themselves. The first game of the day ended with a score of 8-0. The second game of the day was no different, when the Wildcats out scored the Pioneers, 11-0.

The team competed against Whitworth University for four games on Feb. 26 and 27. During the teams first game against the Pirates, the Wildcats ended the game in only six inning, outscoring Whitworth, 13-2.

Continuing with their winning streak, the Wildcats ended another game early with the Pirates, and only playing five innings. Linfield scored 10 runs, while Whitworth only scored 1.

The streak of high scoring games continued for the Wildcats in the games against Whitworth. Starting off the game, after a location change due to snow, the Wildcats bagged two more wins, ending their first game of the day with a score of 10-1. The second game was finished in only five innings, and scored 15 runs. Whitworth only brought in two runs during the game.

“Weather just makes the season a little bit longer which is okay with me because that just means I get to spend more time with my teammates,” Garcia said. “It also gives us a bit of an advantage over teams that play in warmer weather because we know how to play in it and they generally take longer to adjust.”

The Wildcats will play again against the University of Puget Sound on March 10 at home in Del Smith Stadium. Then the team will play again March 11, and the team will face off with Pacific Lutheran University.

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

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