Sometimes the Linfield baseball team doesn’t have to look far from home to find excellence.
This year, the Wildcats had an experienced pitching staff with five seniors. This next year, Linfield will lose those pitchers and require other pitchers to step up and fill the spots of the five seniors who are moving on from Linfield baseball. One pitcher who has shown a lot of promise and pitched a significant amount of innings this year is freshman Chris Haddeland.
“I love pretty much everything about baseball. I like being around my teammates, watching spectacular plays, and all the excitement that comes with playing the game,” Haddeland said. “I enjoy pitching because I get to be involved in every single play. There’s never a dull moment when you’re on the mound.”
Haddeland just moved a few blocks over when he left McMinnville High School. He played baseball there lettering in varsity baseball his junior and senior years.
“I grew up playing baseball here in McMinnville. I played all through elementary school and middle school, and kept playing at McMinnville High School,” Haddeland said.
His senior year, he was the Pacific Conference pitcher of the year and 6A first team all-state pitcher.
People just graduating from high school do not see much time on varsity their freshman year. Haddeland, however, has proven to be more than just a freshman sitting with the varsity squad.
Sometimes it can be difficult being a freshman amongst upper classmen, however, for Haddeland he fits right in.
“All of my teammates are very supportive and are encouraging when I pitch. I feel like I was received pretty well by the team. It’s a great group of guys on the baseball team and they made me feel included,” he said.
Throughout the year, the baseball team has had success. Hitting has been good, as of late, along with the ‘Cats pitching. This year, Haddeland has shown that he too can be counted on among the experienced veterans on the Wildcat roster to come into games either to start or to relieve.
Haddeland has started for the ‘Cats three times this year during the course of the season. His ERA is at 3.78 in 13 appearances on the mound, and is fourth in innings pitched for the Wildcats. He, along with senior Robert Vaughn, also has two saves on the year, tied for first in saves on the team.
Going over his freshman season, he feels that he did well pitching and looks forward to improving his change-up and working on “command of all my pitches,” he said.
The future looks promising for Haddeland, and with a chance of the team going to regionals, he has the chance of getting some post season experience under his belt.
Carson Crepeaux/Staff writer
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