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Softball swats down Bruins to stay at number one spot

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer


Sophomore outfielder Grace Middelstadt slides safely into second in the top of the first inning in game two where the Linfield Wildcats topped George Fox 8-6. The Wildcats swept the two-day doubleheaders.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer Sophomore outfielder Grace Middelstadt slides safely into second in the top of the first inning in game two where the Linfield Wildcats topped George Fox 8-6. The Wildcats swept the two-day doubleheaders.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer
Sophomore outfielder Grace Middelstadt slides safely into second in the top of the first inning in game two where the Linfield Wildcats topped George Fox 8-6. The Wildcats swept the two-day doubleheaders.

Catball secured its No. 1 conference ranking after sweeping two doubleheaders against George Fox University on April 6 and 7.

On April 7, the Wildcat softball team won game one 12-3 and game two 8-6. The results closely resembled the games from the day prior.

In game one, the Wildcats  started with four runs scored in the first inning. Junior Haylie Watson and sophomore Lisa Yamamoto both scored home runs, giving the Wildcats a 9-1 lead, and the Bruins never caught up.

Junior Ashley Garcia helped drive in four runs and scored two herself for the Wildcats.

Junior Karina Paavola with  the assistance of freshman reliever Maddy Dunn only allowed the Bruins to have four hits and giving Paavola a 16-2 record.

In game two, the Wildcats remained down until the sixth inning, where they upset the Bruins by scoring six runs in the seventh inning.

Sophomore Erin Carson hit her first career homer, bringing in the two game-winning runs for the Wildcats. Yamamoto also hit a three-run home run.

On April 6, Catball won its first game 11-0 and second game 9-8. Junior Karina Paavola added two additional wins to her record this season, making it 26-5 and 18-2.

In game one, the Wildcats had a four-run lead by the end of the first. By the end of the second, Linfield secured a dominant nine-run lead against the Bruins.

After striking out five batters with no runs or walks, Paavola was switched with sophomore reliever Montana McNealy to secure the win for the Wildcats.

Prestianni and Garcia both hit a pair of doubles in the first and second innings. With senior outfielder Megan Wallo and Carson hitting two singles.

In game two, Yamamoto hit a two-run home run, giving the Wildcats a 3-2 lead in the fourth, answering to the Bruins who had a 2-1 lead following the first. The Bruins responded with two runs in the fifth.

During the sixth, Prestianni hit a homer to trigger the Wildcats to score three runs. George Fox’s offense responded with a home run of its own plus additional runs, giving the Bruins an 8-6 lead.

In the seventh, the Wildcats started off with a single by sophomore Grace Middlestadt, followed by another from Wallo. A double from Garcia, drew in two runs. A single from Carson allowed the Wildcats to make their last run, securing the win.

The Wildcats will next face Willamette University at 5:30 p.m. April 10 in the Del Smith Stadium. This will be their last home game for the regular season.

Ivanna Tucker/ Sports Editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

Wildcats take down Pacific Boxers during weekend, win series

Linfield softball had a successful weekend, taking down both Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College in doubleheaders March 16 and 17.

In the games against Pacific University, the Wildcats won the first game 1-0 and second game 10-2.

During game one, junior Karina Paavola pitched a complete game, earning her sixth win of the season.

The sole run of the game was scored by freshman outfielder Kristen Vroom, who scored from second because of a fielding error caused by a ground ball from junior Katy Brosig.

Pitching and defense kept the offenses in check, holding both teams to multiple innings without runs or hits. Each team had one error.

In the second game, the Wildcats offense outpowered the Pioneers by a score of 10-1.

Junior Shelby VandeBergh pitched four solid innings, allowing one run, two strikeouts and three hits.

The Wildcats came out firing, scoring two runs in the first by sophomores Grace Middelstadt and Lisa Yamamoto.

In the second inning, Catball tripled the score with four more runs. Yamamoto hit a two-run home run during her second plate appearance, scoring senior Megan Wallo.

A sac bunt from senior Karleigh Prestianni in the fourth inning sent Middelstadt straight to home, giving the Wildcats their seventh run of the game.

In the sixth, sophomore Montana McNealy hit a home run, scoring the last run of the game and securing the Wildcats’ victory.

Due to high chances of rain in the weather forecast, the Wildcats moved their doubleheader to start at 10:30 a.m. against Lewis & Clark College on March 16.

Even with the rain, the Wildcats blasted six home runs throughout the afternoon, moving themselves into first place in the conference standings.

In game one, the Wildcats slammed the Pioneers 11-1.

Prestianni and junior Ashley Garcia hit two home runs, keeping the Wildcats’ lead against the Pioneers.

Prestianni’s homer in the second allowed Catball to score three more runs. The Wildcats had 11 hits throughout the game. The Pioneers were only able to have three off of Paavola.

Paavola had a no-hitter going through the first four innings, but the Pioneers disrupted Paavola’s dominance in the fifth with a single. Two singles later, the Pioneers scored, ending the shutout for Paavola.

In game two, the Wildcats beat the Pioneers in shutout fashion, 15-0.

VandeBergh pitched her first career no hitter, and retired all batters except for the leadoff batter, which she hit.

Junior Haylie Watson and Yamamoto both hit two home runs each in the first three innings of the game.

By the end of the first inning, the Wildcats had secured a solid lead with seven runs.

The Pioneers remained hitless, while the Wildcats raked in a total of 14 hits, with the help of two errors.

Brosig also had two hits during the game.

Yamamoto had six RBI and went three for three, scoring three runs for Catball.

The Wildcats will next face La Verne College in a doubleheader during their visit to Southern California at 2 p.m. March 20.

Ivanna Tucker

Sports editor

 Ivanna Tucker can be reached at

linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.