Wildcats surpass Pac. Lutheran in NWC standings

Sophomore Nate McClellan hits a single during the sixth inning April 7 at Roy Helser field. Kate Straube/Staff photographer

Where will the Wildcats be at the end of the season? They still have a shot at first and their playoff hopes remain alive.

The ‘Cats baseball team traveled to Concordia this week to get in a game before facing second ranked Pacific Lutheran University.

The ‘Cats played 11 innings of competitive baseball until they finally were able to cross the plate one more time, in the top of the 11th, and then held on to win the game 3-2.

“The Concordia game gave us an opportunity to get everyone some live looks so we could come into the weekend looking sharp” senior Casey Cameron said.

And look sharp they did. The first game against the PLU Lutes showed some excellent pitching by senior Ryan Larson, who pitched seven innings while only allowing six hits and one earned run.

Senior Spencer Crepeaux came in to finish the game and pitched two scoreless innings with three strike outs.

The ‘Cats batters also showed their abilities by racking up 12 hits and 11 runs in the 11-1 route of the Lutes.

The second game of the series was also a successful outing for the ‘Cats. Senior Zach Manley pitched six innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs.

Senior Robert Vaughn came in for three innings, allowing only one hit, striking out four, recording his second save of the season.

Though the ‘Cats only put up six hits, they made the most out of them by scoring six runs throughout the game. Once again, strong pitching by  Linfield held the Lutes to only two runs. The ‘Cats won the game, 6-2.

The third game was back and forth, and the ‘Cats were down by one in the bottom of the sixth when senior Zach Boskovich stepped up to the plate.

Whispers among the crowd were hoping for a swing of the bat to tie up the game. Boskovich did just that. As soon as the bat made contact with the ball, it was obvious that the ball was going over the fence.

The following inning, off a single by junior Kyle Chamberlain, junior Jordan Harlow advanced from second to touch home plate, putting the ‘Cats up by one.

Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, they lost the lead in the following inning and were unable to score in the following innings, losing the final game of the series 5-6.

“Overall the weekend was very positive,” senior Jesse Boustead said. “We did a lot of things as a team that lead to some big wins. We battled through everything and played strong for all 27 innings. If we continue to do that we’ll be in good shape.”

The next games will be April 13 at Chapman University in southern California. The team will play four non-league games, looking to get a playoff bid.

Through a string of away games, the Wildcat’s next home game will be May 4 against Lewis-Clark State.

ing six hits and one earned run.

Senior Spencer Crepeaux came into finish the game and pitched two scoreless innings with three strike outs.

The ‘Cats batters also showed their abilities by racking up 12 hits and 11 runs in the 11-1 route of the Lutes.

The second game of the series was again a successful outing for the ‘Cats. Senior Zach Manley pitched six innings giving up four hits and two earned runs. Robert Vaughn came in for three innings allowing only one hit, struck four people out and got his second save of the season.

Though the ‘Cats only put up six hits they made the most out of them by scoring six runs throughout the game. Once again strong pitching by the Linfield pitchers held the Lutes to only two runs. ‘Cats won the game 6-2.

The third game was back and forth and when the ‘Cats were down by one in the bottom of the sixth when senior Zach Boskovich stepped up to the plate.

Quiet whispers among the crowd were hoping for a swing of the bat to tie up the game. Boskovich did just that. As soon as the ball made contact with the bat it was obvious that the ball was leaving the ball park.

The following inning off a single by junior Kyle Chamberlain Jordan Harlow advanced from second to home and tagged the upper hand corner of the plate blocked by the Lutes’ catcher to beat the throw and put the ‘Cats up by one.

Unfortunately for the ‘Cats they lost the lead in the following inning and were unable to score in the following innings. Losing the final game of the series 5-6.

“Overall the weekend was very positive,” senior Jesse Boustead said. “We did a lot of things as a team that lead to some big wins. We battled through everything and played strong for all 27 innings. If we continue to do that we’ll be in good shape.”

The next games will be at Chapman University in southern California. They will play four non-league games and look to further their cause at gaining a bid for playoffs.

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

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

*