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The women’s softball team had four back-to-back shutout games against the Lewis & Clark Pioneers Feb. 22-23 their first home field appearance.
On Feb. 22, the Wildcats won their two games against the Pioneers 10-0 and 8-0.
Senior Karina Paavola allowed only one hit during the whole five innings that were played. The ‘Cats really picked up the pace during the game on the third inning when the ’Cats got five runs in after gaining three runs in the pervious innings. The Wildcats rounded up the game with two more innings on both teams with out another run.
The next game following right after the 10-0 win, started off well for the Wildcats with getting a run every inning until the fourth. Senior Shelby VandeBergh pitched a five inning no hitter making it her third career no-hitter.
Freshman Danielle Duman hit a three-run homerun in the fifth and junior Erin Carson finished things off with hit that scored sophomore Kristen Vroom from third base.
On Sunday Feb. 23, the ’Cats finished their strike out streak with two big wins, 10-0 and 9-0. Linfield, the 10-time NWC champion, outscored Lewis & Clark 37-0 in the four games while outhitting the Pioneers 36-4.
At the first game the team started off the day with a 10-0 win against Lewis & Clark. Carson drove in two run white Senior Ashley Garcia got two doubles. In total the Wildcats got a total of 11 hits on the Lewis & Clark pitchers. In the last and final game the ’Cats continued to trump the field with a 9-0 score.
The Women’s softball team is away on March 1 against George Fox University at Newberg, Ore. and then they will host Pacific University on March 2 at noon.
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor
Junior McKenna Spieth (27) slides into home plate for one of their 10 runs that they got during the their game against Lewis & Clark University. The Wildcats are now in first place in the conference to start the season with an early head start.
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Junior Montana McNealy (16) wounds up her pitch to through at the Lewis & Clark batter. The Wildcats beat the Pioneers 4-0 games.
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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
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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.
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The Wildcats’ softball season started Feb. 23 and 24, splitting a four game series against the Whitworth University Pirates.
The second double header of the series took place Feb. 24.
The first game started out well for the Wildcats. After a scoreless top of the first, the ’Cats went to work.
After two outs, senior all-American third baseman, Karleigh Prestianni walked. Sophomore designated player Lisa Yamamoto followed with a walk, which brought up junior shortstop Katy Brosig. Brosig doubled driving in Prestianni, putting Catball ahead of the Pirates 1-0.
The ’Cats would not look back, as they scored three more runs in the third. After Whitworth scored three runs at top of the fourth, the Wildcats responded with 11 runs in the bottom half of the inning, sealing the game, which was ended after five innings of play.
The second game of the day was a nail biter. After falling behind 7-1 through five and a half innings, the ’Cats made their comeback. With four singles, a hit batter and a double from Brosig, the ’Cats were able to cut the lead down to a one-run ball game 7-6.
After a scoreless top of the seventh, Linfield had one last opportunity to tie the Pirates. With two outs, sophomore outfielder Chelan Guischer doubled to centerfield. With Guischer in scoring position, sophomore outfielder Grace Middelstadt grounded out to third, ending the game in a 6-7 loss.
The previous day produced two extra inning thrillers. In the first game, Whitworth jumped out to an early 4-1 lead before the Wildcats responded with two in the bottom of the third.
Whitworth tacked on one run in the top of the fifth, but Catball came right back with two in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 5-5.
In the top of the seventh, the ’Cats brought in junior pitcher Shelby VandeBerg to close. With two outs and two on, an error by junior first baseman Haylie Watson allowed one run to score, giving the Pirates a lead 6-5.
Catball would not fold, though. In the bottom half of the inning, with two outs, the Whitworth first baseman made an error on a ball hit by senior outfielder Megan Wallo. The error allowed sophomore catcher McKenna Spieth to score, and tie the game 6-6.
The eighth and top of the ninth innings went by without any scoring, but in the bottom of the ninth, Yamamoto ended the game in one swing, blasting a ball over the centerfield fence, ending the game 7-6.
The final game Feb. 23 was a 15-inning battle that featured nine pitchers and 32 hits.
With the game knotted up at six a piece in the top of the 15th, Whitworth center fielder Caylan Haehl singled. A passed ball by Spieth and a sacrifice bunt by Whitworth catcher Sacha Clow left Haehl on third with one out. Left fielder Riley Fritz flew out to left field, scoring Haehl.
The Wildcats were unable to get a runner on base in the bottom of the 15th, ending the game 7-6 in favor of Whitworth.
Prestianni hit 6-13 on the weekend with one home run, two doubles and three runs batted in. VandeBerg led the way for the pitching staff with 14 and a third innings pitched, allowing nine earned runs on 18 hits and 12 strikeouts.
“I think this weekend showed that we are going to have to fight for every win this season,” VandeBerg said. “As we get ready for next weekend, we just need to learn from our mistakes and keep making adjustments.”
The ’Cats play two games against the Pacific University Boxers on March 2, before heading up to Portland to face off against the Lewis & Clark University Pioneers on March 3.
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Catball gained the top spot in the conference standings after sweeping Pacific University and Lewis and Clark University.
On March 3, the Wildcats faced Lewis and Clark in a doubleheader, winning the first game 8-0 and the second 6-0.
Juniors Karina Paavola and Shelby VandeBergh both made appearances on the mound with shut out performances.
Paavola was selected as an All- American returning.
Sophomore outfielder Grace Middelstadt scored the first run for the Wildcats after a groundout to short by senior third basemen Karleigh Prestianni.
The Pioneers were only allowed one hit under Paavola and reliever freshman Maddy Dunn.
The Wildcats scored in every inning except for the fourth. Junior Ashley Garcia went two for three with one RBI and two runs scored.
In game two, junior Haylie Watson hit a homerun for the Wildcats, while Middelstadt had a pair of hits and two stolen bases.
VandeBergh and reliever sophomore Montana McNealy struck out 11, seven of which came from McNealy, who did not allow a hit or walk during her three-inning appearance.
On March 2, the Wildcats started their weekend sweep with a doubleheader against Pacific, winning the first game 3-0 and second game 9-1.
In the first game, Paavola allowed two hits and struck out 10 Boxers.
During the second inning, the Boxers tested the Wildcats’ defense.
After two walks and a single, the bases were loaded with one out left. Paavola kept her composure, striking out one for the second out, and then forcing a Boxer to pop out, ending the inning.
The Wildcats scored their lone three runs in the third inning, leading them to their first victory of the weekend.
In the second game, a power performance was displayed with a two-run homerun from Catball’s Garcia and a solo homerun by Boxer centerfielder Becca Moen.
The VandeBergh and McNealy match-up held the Boxers to four hits and one run.
The Boxers had one error in the third.
The Wildcats will compete next in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Leadoff Classic. They will first face Ithaca College on March 8.
Ivanna Tucker/ Sports editor
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