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Linfield baseball sees tough match up for home series

You may not be aware, but the last home baseball series of the year will be a titanic collegiate clash this weekend.

There are two teams in the Northwest Conference this year that have been a step above the entire league, and each Linfield student has the chance to see them April 20 and 21 at Roy Helser field.

In my honest opinion, each Linfield student should attend. After all, how can one resist an epic collegiate clash?

One of the featured teams is Linfield. With a record of 15-3 in the NWC and 26-5 overall, Linfield is ranked No. 2 in the country.

The other team is George Fox. With a record of 17-4 in the NWC and 24-9 overall, George Fox is ranked No. 17 in the country.

“We are all excited for the Fox series…we have been on the road…so being home will be nice,” junior outfielder Kramer Lindell said.

The seismic movements from the series at Roy Helser field will be felt in the NWC standings. I’m not kidding, the standings might actually crumble to pieces. Roy Helser field will be shaking with intensity.

Needless to say, the stakes are high for these games.

“We want to win the series. If we do this and continue playing well afterward, we can put ourselves in a good position to win the league,” said Linfield starting pitcher, sophomore Chris Haddeland.

Haddeland, sophomore Aaron Thomassen and junior Zach Brandon have been one of the best starting pitching trios in the country this year. With ERA’s of 1.14, 1.08 and 2.98 respectively, Fox’s offense is in for a test of its own.

Linfield and George Fox’s pitching staffs need to be careful, however.

These two offenses are the best in the conference. Linfield All-American senior Tim Wilson is hitting .444, Lindell is hitting .440 and junior Nick Fisher is hitting .421.

There is only one player in the NWC that has a higher batting average than all three of them, and his name is Josh Rapacz. As you might guess, he plays for George Fox, and his .500 batting average is the fifth best in the country.

Linfield junior Jake Wylie is tied for second in the NWC in home runs with five. One of the other players with five home runs plays for George Fox.

In fact, George Fox and Linfield rank 1-2 in home runs in the NWC. They also rank 1-2 in OPS, stolen bases and runs scored.

“Our bats have come alive…if we keep swinging it like we can, there is no one that can beat us,” Lindell said.

On the pitching side, the teams rank 1-2 in ERA and home runs allowed, but Linfield has the advantage on the pitching side (2.35 ERA compared to Fox’s 3.39 ERA), and this may be a key factor in deciding who wins the series.

Both teams have shown they can hit, so the ‘Cats pitching and defense will have to continue the stellar work they have done all year.

“I am excited, it’s always fun to test yourself against a really good team…a prolific offense like George Fox,” Haddeland said.

The stage is set and the players will be tested. Hopefully, the standings and Roy Helser field will be able to handle the intensity that this three-game series promises to supply.

You don’t want to miss it. Titanic collegiate clashes don’t happen often.

 

 

Tyler Bradley/Sports columnist

Tyler Bradley can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

 

 

Wildcat baseball brings home sweep after California trip

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The Linfield baseball team swept a three-game series against Pomona-Pitzer and exacted revenge for a loss earlier in the season against La Verne on April 14.

With the four victories, the No. 2 Wildcats improved their record to 26-5.

On April 12, Linfield defeated Pomona-Pitzer 6-2 behind sophomore Chris Haddeland’s (8-1, 1.14 ERA) fifth complete game of the season and timely hitting from the heart of the batting order.

Junior Kramer Lindell gives a high five to the coach after hitting a two-run home run against Pomona-Pitzer College on April 11. Kramer hit two doubles and scored four runs for the Wildcats. Photo courtesy of Sports Information

Junior Kramer Lindell gives a high five to the coach after hitting a two-run home run against Pomona-Pitzer College on April 11. Kramer hit two doubles and scored four runs for the Wildcats.
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Haddeland struck out five and walked just one in his nine innings of work. He did give up his first home run of the season. Ironically, it was to the opposing pitcher, Jake Bruml, his second home run of the season.

The heart of the order — juniors Jake Wylie, Kramer Lindell and Nick Fisher — combined to go 5-9 at the plate with two walks, scoring all six Linfield runs and driving in four RBI. Lindell added two stolen bases and Fisher added one, as well.

“It’s always fun to get the opportunity to play in California and in nice weather, so I just went up to the plate and had fun at each bat,” Lindell said.

Pomona-Pitzer, ranked No. 22 in the country entering the weekend, committed a staggering 14 errors during the April 11 doubleheader (it committed two in the game on Friday).

Game one, a 15-4 Linfield victory, was highlighted by a seven-run fourth inning where Linfield sent 12 men to the plate.

Game two ended 9-3 in Linfield’s favor, highlighted by an eight-run second inning.

“That was…the most errors I had seen in a day. Their infield played really fast and had some strange hops…luckily for us, we caught a lot of breaks,” Lindell said.

The breaks were accompanied by the consistent hitting. The second inning featured two errors from the Sagehens, seven Wildcat hits and two home runs—a three-run bomb by senior Clayton Truex and a two-run shot from Lindell.

Senior catcher Kyle Chamberlain crushed his first home run of the season in the sixth inning to round out the Linfield scoring.

All-American second baseman senior Tim Wilson went 5-10 during the doubleheader with five runs scored, two RBI and four stolen bases. Lindell went 5-11 with the home run, two doubles, four runs scored and five RBI, while Fisher went 4-9 with two runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base.

Sophomore Aaron Thomassen (8-0, 1.08) and junior Zach Brandon (5-2, 2.98) started the doubleheader games.

Thomassen struck out six in five innings of work, giving up one unearned run.

Brandon threw seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk.

On April 14, the ‘Cats destroyed La Verne 13-1.

Freshman Cody Erraut made his first career start and got the victory, going five innings and giving up just one hit.

Juniors Justin Huckins and Garett Speyer both threw two innings out of the bullpen to complete the game.

The ‘Cats racked up 20 hits on the day. Some standouts included Wilson and Fisher, who both went 4-6, and junior Nate McClellan, who went 3-5 and drove in three runs.

Linfield returns to conference play April 20 and 21 with the most important series of the season.

George Fox University (24-9, 17-4 NWC) will travel to Roy Helser Field for a three-game series. George Fox trails Linfield (26-5, 15-3) by one game in the NWC loss column.

 

Tyler Bradley/Sports columnist

Tyler Bradley can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

 

Wildcats fall in tight match against Loggers

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Freshman Alex Mangan returns a hit against the Lutes’ Jake Yannello. Mangan fell to Yannello with a score of 6-1, 6-0.  Pacific Lutheran won overall with a score of 8-1.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer Freshman Alex Mangan returns a hit against the Lutes’ Jake Yannello. Mangan fell to Yannello with a score of 6-1, 6-0.  Pacific Lutheran won overall with a score of 8-1.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer
Freshman Alex Mangan returns a hit against the Lutes’ Jake Yannello. Mangan fell to Yannello with a score of 6-1, 6-0. Pacific Lutheran won overall with a score of 8-1.

The Linfield men’s tennis team lost 9-0 and 8-1 on April 5 and 6, and it remains winless on the season (0-11 NWC record).

The team faced Lewis & Clark College (6-11, 5-7 NWC) on Friday and lost every single match. The Pioneers won the three doubles matches by the same score of 8-4. The closest singles match was a matchup of Linfield No. 4 sophomore Joel Trousdale and Lewis & Clark No. 4 Ryotaro Tokura. Tokura won the match 6-4, 6-3.

“My serve was spot on for both of the matches and that definitely helped…given the same matches again the results could be reversed,” Trousdale said.

Linfield No. 1 senior Zach Lyons lost his singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

Pacific Lutheran University (10-5, 8-1) entered the weekend ranked No. 14 in the latest Division III West Region rankings. Lyons and sophomore Lukas Kleinman won their doubles match by a score of 8-5 to give the ‘Cats their lone weekend victory. With the win, Lyons and Kleinman improved to 4-2 on the year as a doubles duo after making the switch in the middle of the year.

The other two doubles matches ended with the familiar score of 8-4 in favor of Pacific Lutheran. The Jason Bower/Taylor Dickey duo defeated sophomore Micah Roos and freshman  Tim Hawkins, while the Mitch Yanello/Jake Yannello duo defeated Trousdale and freshman Alex Mangan.

Despite Pacific Lutheran being the better team, the ‘Cats put up more of a fight in their singles matches compared to the day before against Lewis & Clark. Lyons and Kleinman pushed their matches against Pacific Lutheran’s Luke Olson and Sam Angel to three sets respectively.

Lyons won his first set 6-2 but dropped the last two sets by scores of 6-4 and 6-3. Kleinman won his first set as well, with a score of 6-3, but fell in the final two sets 6-2, 6-1.

When asked about the team’s attitude, Trousdale said, “Team morale isn’t at it’s greatest. It’s definitely hard to keep morale up after losing so much.”

He added, “I’ve definitely seen improvement so I try to focus on the positive. Grumbling about the past doesn’t help anybody.”

The ‘Cats are running out of time to score a team victory this season. They have just one remaining conference game on the schedule, and it’s against Willamette University (6-9, 6-4 NWC) at 4 p.m. April 12  in Salem. Linfield also has a match versus California Tech University on April 28.

Willamette defeated Linfield on March 2, 6-3, which is one of the closest contests the Linfield team has had this season (it also lost 6-3 to Puget Sound and George Fox). Lyons and Kleinman won their singles matches and their doubles match during the Willamette contest.

Tyler Bradley / Sports columnist

Tyler Bradley can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.