Catball clenches 10th conference title
Linfield softball claims the conference title for the 10th year following the game against Willamette University on April 10 and also earned two additional wins against University of Puget Sound on April 14. The doubleheader against Pacific Lutheran University was cancelled April 13 due to rain.
Catball won both games against the Loggers, winning game one 12-2 and game two 10-2.
Junior Karina Paavola set the mood for the day by pitching five solid innings, only allowing three hits and two runs. Paavola struck out five Loggers until freshman reliever Maddy Dunn closed out the game, only permitting two hits.
Junior Karleigh Prestianni slammed two home runs and a double for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats scored three runs in the first inning of the game and then went on to score two additional runs in the second. Sophomore McKenna Spieth hit the second home run for the Wildcats. Prestianni’s double drove in senior Megan Wallo, making the Wildcat’s lead 5-0.
The two runs for the Loggers were scored in the fourth from a double made by the Loggers’ Shannon Reed.
In the sixth, the Wildcats furthered their lead with six runs scored on Loggers pitcher Megan Campbell. Prestianni’s three-run homer set the Wildcats in a strong lead and runs scored by sophomore Erin Carson, juniors Katy Brosig and Haylie Watson secured the win.
In game two, sophomore Montana McNealy earned her second win of the season, pitching five complete innings. Junior Shelby VandeBergh closed out the game, allowing no runs and hits.
Junior Ashley Garcia, sophomore Lisa Yamamoto and Prestianni all scored home runs for the Wildcats.
In the first inning, Garcia hit a three-run home run giving Catball a strong lead in the beginning.
The Wildcats continued to score two more runs in the second. Garcia hit a single that drove Prestianni and Wallo into home plate.
Both runs from the Loggers were made in the fourth off of a single up the middle from the Loggers’ Lisa Colombo and a throwing error from Brosig.
Catball closed the sixth inning game with Prestianni’s homer and two runs scored by freshman Kristen Vroom and Garcia.
The Wildcats split games against Willamette on April 10, winning game one 8-0 and losing game two 2-1.
Paavola had eight strikeouts in her five innings, only allowing three hits.
By the end of the second, the Wildcats had a six- run lead over the Bearcats. Two more runs from senior Rachelle Ridout and Prestianni secured the Wildcats their title.
In game two, the Wildcats only got one hit off of Bearcat pitcher Victoria Bradshaw. Brosig scored the only run off of a field error.
Both of the Bearcats’ runs were scored in the fourth.
The Wildcats remained hitless the remainder of the game. Bradshaw struck out Spieth, while sophomore Chelan Guischer got a walk in the seventh.
Catball will next compete at the Northwest Conference Tournament on April 20 to secure an automatic spot in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor
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