Wildcats hit a speed bump while on the road
Everything went wrong April 21 and 22 for the Wildcats. They had great pitching, but no hitting, great hitting, but poor defense, or a failure on both ends of offense and defense.
“The weekend could have gone a lot better” senior Spencer Crepeaux said.
The first game showed an impressive display of pitching by senior Ryan Larson.
However, with a lack of hitting after the first inning, Linfield scored its only run of the game.
To add to their low scoring, the ‘Cats made two errors in the seventh inning to extend it, allowing George Fox University to pull ahead 2-1.
The ‘Cats were unable to answer and dropped the first game of the day 2-1.
“We didn’t capitalize on the opportunities we had to win games” senior Casey Cameron said.
In the second game, the ‘Cats took charge early by putting up seven runs in the first five innings.
However, the seven run lead didn’t last for the ‘Cats. Once again, errors hurt Linfield as senior Robert Vaughn was pulled from the game after 5 2/3 innings. Vaughn gave up six runs with only four of them being earned.
Crepeaux came in for relief and stayed in the game until a final error (a passed ball) ended the game as the runner from third coasted across the plate as the ball rolled toward the Linfield dugout.
The third game of the series was just an overall blowout of the Linfield Wildcats. The Bruins scored run upon run as the innings progressed.
By the end of the game, the ‘Cats were beaten soundly, losing 1-9 to George Fox. For the first time in the season, the ‘Cats were swept by a team.
This ends the regular season games with the ‘Cats having little or no chance for a playoff berth.
Carson Crepeaux/Staff writer
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