Linfield Wildcats

May 02, 2014
Haddeland exacts revenge on Bruins
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McMINNVILLE, Ore. – A rematch between two of the nation's top pitchers went Linfield's way as Chris Haddeland threw his second complete game to lead the top-ranked Wildcats to a 5-1 victory against George Fox in nonconference action Friday evening at Roy Helser Field.
Haddeland, who entered the game with the conference's best and nation's 10th lowest ERA (1.09) outdueled Clay Gartner, who owned the nation's top win-loss record at 10-1 and took the first matchup between the two aces earlier this season, 4-1. Linfield's ace totaled five strikeouts while scattering just five hits across nine innings as part of a 117-pitch performance, while Gartner surrendered six hits and five earned runs before exiting after the sixth frame.  
Clayton Truex drove in two runs and enjoyed a 2-for-3 afternoon to pace the Wildcat offense. With the victory, Linfield improved to 33-4 on the year while dropping the Bruins to 26-13.
The two starters allowed just one combined baserunner in the first two frames before Kadyn Naninni dropped a base hit into shallow left along the left-field line in the top of the third. Matthew Zeller followed up with an infield single, but both runners were left stranded when Haddeland got out of consecutive full-count situations against Derek Blankenship and Derek Clifford with a popout and strikeout.
In the fourth, Josh Rapacz ripped a single through the left side and was sacrificed into scoring position by Derek Dixon, but two great plays from Eric Lawson at third prevented the Bruins from pushing a run across.
Nick Fisher drew a leadoff walk to open the bottom half of the fourth and stole second before Jake Wylie hit off the bag at third to advance Fisher an additional 90 feet closer to home plate. Clayton Truex sent a deep fly ball to right to plate Fisher and push Wylie to third. Another sacrifice fly, this one from Kramer Lindell, brought Wylie home to double Linfield's advantage to 2-0.
George Fox responded in the next half inning, cutting the Wildcat lead in half on Blankenship's RBI single to center. Naninni again got the Bruins going, sending a single into shallow left, and advanced to second on Zeller's sacrifice before rounding the bases on Blankenship's first hit of the day.
Linfield, in turn, provided some offense in its half of the fifth, scoring twice more to push the spread to 4-1. Johnson drew a leadoff walk, and moved to second on a Finn McMichael sacrifice. Corey VanDomelen plated Johnson with an RBI single to center, and after advancing to second on Wylie's base hit, VanDomelen scored when Truex rocketed a grounder straight toward and up and over Bruins shortstop Zac Israel.
Haddeland and the Linfield defense, meanwhile, registered a quick three up, three down inning to keep the lead at three runs.
The final run of the day came in the sixth, when Carroll shot Gartner's second pitch of the inning between the scoreboard and flag pole outside the right-field fence, pushing Linfield's advantage to 5-1.
Facing reliever Ian Buckles, Linfield put two runners aboard in the seventh, but could not add to its lead. Haddeland surrendered a walk and threw a wild pitch in the seventh, but completed his outing on the mound with seven consecutive outs to earn his 10th victory of the year.
‘CAT SCRATCH: Carroll's home run was his second and Linfield's 21st of the year...Haddeland recorded his second consecutive 1o-win season…neither team committed an error in a clean game…Linfield drew four walks compared to just one for the George Fox lineup.
AHEAD: Linfield plays host to NAIA national runner-up Lewis-Clark State in a nonconference doubleheader Saturday in McMinnville beginning at noon.
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Chris Haddeland
Throws sixth complete game of 2014