Regional tournament on the horizon

Catball swept the conference tournament held at Del Smith Stadium on April 20 and 21, with a 3-0 record. The softball team will receive an automatic bid in the regional tournament.

Two of the games were a close call, but the Wildcats made sure to pull through in the end to secure their spot in the tournament.

“We were very excited to be playing the conference tournament on our own field, and it felt really good to win at home in front of our fans,” junior pitcher Shelby VandeBergh said.

In the final round of the tournament, the Wildcats took down Pacific Lutheran University, 3-2. Catball faced the Lutes in the conference tournament and division finals last year. The Wildcats were left with a loss in both face-offs.

Junior Karina Paavola had four strikeouts on the Lutes and reliever Montana McNealy also had one as well.

In the second inning, sophomore Lisa Yamamoto hit a home run for the Wildcats, bringing in their first run of the game and tying the game 1-1. The Lutes responded with a home run of their own, pushing them in the lead.

The Wildcats did not stand silent as senior Karleigh Prestianni hit a single that drove sophomore Grace Middelstadt home, making the score 2-2.

Both teams struggled to bring in runs during the fourth and fifth.

Linfield broke the silence in the sixth with a single RBI from junior Ashley Garcia, securing the win for the Wildcats.

On day one, the Wildcats took down Pacific University and Whitworth University, winning both 3-2, 12-0.

Paavola had gained a dozen strikeouts, earning her 20th win of the season in her seven-inning appearance.

The Boxers came in scoring a run in the first but the Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the first. Middelstadt walked and then made it to third on a wild pitch. A mishandled ball allowed Middelstadt to score a run for the Wildcats.

In the fourth, the Boxers hit a double RBI that brought them back in the lead, 2-1.

At the bottom of the fifth, senior Megan Wallo hit a single into the left field, bringing junior Katy Brosig home. Prestianni slammed a double to drive home Wallo, putting the Wildcats in the lead and claiming the first win of the tournament.

In the second game against Whitworth, VandeBergh only allowed two hits and one walk in the shutout game against the Pirates.

The Wildcats got the bases loaded in the first inning, but the Pirates’ number one pitcher Riley Fitz struck out both Yamamoto and Garcia, leaving Catball scoreless in the inning.

During the second, sophomore Erin Carson scored the first run of the game. Prestianni hit a single to the right field, driving both Middelstadt and sophomore McKenna Spieth to home plate. She then went on to steal second.

Prestianni, Wallo and Yamamoto also scored runs for the Wildcats.

Another six runs were made in the fourth with two RBI from Prestianni and Garcia. Carson and Spieth both hit single RBIs, making the score 6-0.

The live selection show will take place at 6:30 a.m. May 6.

Catball will next compete at the NCAA Regional Tournament on May 8 or 9. The destination is yet to be determined.

“Each weekend our goal is to get better,” VandeBergh said. “We want to be playing our best at the end of the season so we hope to improve each time we step on the field together.”

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Sports editor

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Catball swept the conference tournament held at Del Smith Stadium on April 20 and 21, with a 3-0 record. The softball team will receive an automatic bid in the regional tournament.

Two of the games were a close call, but the Wildcats made sure to pull through in the end to secure their spot in the tournament.

“We were very excited to be playing the conference tournament on our own field, and it felt really good to win at home in front of our fans,” junior pitcher Shelby VandeBergh said.

In the final round of the tournament, the Wildcats took down Pacific Lutheran University, 3-2. Catball faced the Lutes in the conference tournament and division finals last year. The Wildcats were left with a loss in both face-offs.

Junior Karina Paavola had four strikeouts on the Lutes and reliever Montana McNealy also had one as well.

In the second inning, sophomore Lisa Yamamoto hit a home run for the Wildcats, bringing in their first run of the game and tying the game 1-1. The Lutes responded with a home run of their own, pushing them in the lead.

The Wildcats did not stand silent as senior Karleigh Prestianni hit a single that drove sophomore Grace Middelstadt home, making the score 2-2.

Both teams struggled to bring in runs during the fourth and fifth.

Linfield broke the silence in the sixth with a single RBI from junior Ashley Garcia, securing the win for the Wildcats.

On day one, the Wildcats took down Pacific University and Whitworth University, winning both 3-2, 12-0.

Paavola had gained a dozen strikeouts, earning her 20th win of the season in her seven-inning appearance.

The Boxers came in scoring a run in the first but the Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the first. Middelstadt walked and then made it to third on a wild pitch. A mishandled ball allowed Middelstadt to score a run for the Wildcats.

In the fourth, the Boxers hit a double RBI that brought them back in the lead, 2-1.

At the bottom of the fifth, senior Megan Wallo hit a single into the left field, bringing junior Katy Brosig home. Prestianni slammed a double to drive home Wallo, putting the Wildcats in the lead and claiming the first win of the tournament.

In the second game against Whitworth, VandeBergh only allowed two hits and one walk in the shutout game against the Pirates.

The Wildcats got the bases loaded in the first inning, but the Pirates’ number one pitcher Riley Fitz struck out both Yamamoto and Garcia, leaving Catball scoreless in the inning.

During the second, sophomore Erin Carson scored the first run of the game. Prestianni hit a single to the right field, driving both Middelstadt and sophomore McKenna Spieth to home plate. She then went on to steal second.

Prestianni, Wallo and Yamamoto also scored runs for the Wildcats.

Another six runs were made in the fourth with two RBI from Prestianni and Garcia. Carson and Spieth both hit single RBIs, making the score 6-0.

The live selection show will take place at 6:30 a.m. May 6.

Catball will next compete at the NCAA Regional Tournament on May 8 or 9. The destination is yet to be determined.

“Each weekend our goal is to get better,” VandeBergh said. “We want to be playing our best at the end of the season so we hope to improve each time we step on the field together.”

 

Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.