Linfield Wildcats

May 03, 2014
Warriors sweep Wildcats in non-league tilt
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Going outside of NCAA Division III competition on the final weekend of the regular season, top-ranked Linfield came up empty against second-ranked and 2014 national runner-up Lewis-Clark State of the NAIA, 8-0 and 4-2, in a nonconference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Roy Helser Field.
The Warriors (41-7) led the entirety of Game 1, but rallied from a 1-0 deficit in Game 2, posting four consecutive scoring innings beginning in the sixth to earn the comeback victory in the nightcap.
Jake Wylie, Nick Fisher and Kramer Lindell totaled two hits apiece for the Wildcats (33-6).
GAME 1: Lewis-Clark State 8, Linfield 0
Taking advantage of nine hits, six walks and four hit batters, the Warriors got out to an early lead and blew the game open with a five-run fourth inning to snap Linfield's six-game winning streak.
Lewis-Clark State jumped on Joe Perryman early, putting a leadoff man aboard in three of the first four innings and scoring twice in the first frame. Jake Shirley drew a leadoff walk, and was sacrificed to second by Brian Corliss. Three consecutive singles from Ryan Sells, Cody Lavalli and Michael Sexton plated two Warriors for a quick 2-0 lead.
The Warriors played small ball again in the second, as Kevin Hawk sacrificed Tariq Staton into scoring position. Another groundout from Chris Woolley pushed Staton to third, but a diving grab, gather and throw from Eric Lawson and timely plant on the bag from Clayton Truex prevented Lewis-Clark State from adding to its lead.
Benefitting from four hit batters, three walks, two pitching changes and one hit, Lewis-Clark State pushed its advantage to 7-0 with a five-run fourth frame. Shirley supplied the only hit of the inning, sending one up the middle to plate Staton, who was hit by a pitch to lead things off.
Inheriting three baserunners, Garrett Miller coaxed Staton into a fly out to right, and Corey VanDomelen made a great diving stop on a grounder and tossed to second for the final out of a long inning.
Sells sent an RBI double to left center, plating Woolley as the Warriors expanded their lead to 8-0 in the fifth.
Wylie drilled a one-out grounder along the left-field line nearly to the fence, but was left stranded on second as Linfield failed to capitalize on one of its best scoring opportunity of the game. Miller and the Wildcat defense, meanwhile, kept hope alive by rolling through the seventh and eighth, registering back-to-back 1-2-3 frames.
In the bottom of the ninth, Lindell turned the first pitch from Warriors reliever Gofinch into a double, but Lewis-Clark State silenced any hope of a late-game rally with three straight groundouts.
GAME 2: Lewis-Clark State 4, Linfield 2
Jackson supplied a two-out RBI single to left, plating Lavalli for the go-ahead score in the eighth, and the Warriors pushed across an insurance run in the top of the ninth to complete the doubleheader sweep.
Wylie sparked the ‘Cats to a 1-0 lead after one with a solo home run over the left-field wall.
After yielding a leadoff double to Shirley, Justin Davis and the Wildcats retired the next nine Warriors before walking Corliss to start the fourth. The scoring threat had no chance of developing any further, however, as a strikeout, pop out and fly out brought Linfield's offense back to the plate.
In the fourth, Fisher drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a Truex groundout and wild pitch that ensued during a walk issued to Lindell, but Linfield left the runners on the corners with a pop out that ended the threat.  
Lewis-Clark State pulled even in the sixth. Shirley and Corliss reached on a single and hit by pitch, respectively, and both advanced on wild pitches to put runners on the corners for the Warriors. Raymond Pedrina's groundout to second scored Shirley and advanced Corliss to third with two outs.
Joseph Stevick took over, and after getting Lavalli to swing at nothing but air, the 6-foot-6 reliever got Lewis-Clark State's right fielder to fly out to left to preserve the 1-1 tie.
The Warriors kept pressing, and Sexton blasted a leadoff double to the right-field wall before tagging up and advancing to third on Ty Jackson's fly out to right. Sexton chose not to test Fisher's arm on another fly out to right, and the Lewis-Clark State left fielder's patience paid off when Kyle Knigge sent an RBI line drive into the left to give the Warriors a 2-1 advantage. Woolley kept the rally alive with a single to center, but a fielder's choice from VanDomelen to Kekoa Kaulukukui (Sr., Aiea, Hawaii) at second prevented the visitors from doing any more damage.
After Dillon Keene retired the side in the seventh, Lewis-Clark State tacked on one more run in the eighth on three consecutive two-out singles from Lavalli, Sexton and Jackson.
Linfield put the tying run aboard in the eighth when VanDomelen singled, and Fisher drew a walk. Wylie singled to left field, plating VanDomelen and advancing Fisher to third. The Wildcats chose not to break for home on a passed ball, and when Fisher tried to score on Truex' infield grounder, Sexton completed the throw to Shirley in time to make the tag out at the plate.
Linfield still had two runners on with two outs to give, but the Warriors turned a double play on a diving catch from Pedrina in center to maintain their 3-2 advantage.
Pedrina came up with some more offense in the visiting half of the ninth, singling to left field to push Woolley across for the insurance run. Lewis-Clark loaded the bases when Lavalli drew a walk, but Cody Walker got out of the jam by coaxing Sexton into an inning-ending groundout.
Joe Mello denied the Wildcats any hope of a comeback with three straight outs in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the year.
‘CAT SCRATCH: The Game 1 loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Wildcats, tied for the second longest of the year…Linfield was shut out for just the second time all season…both blank slates have come against non-Division III opponents…the Wildcat defense surrendered the most runs in a single game since a 13-11 victory at Whitman on March 15…Wylie's Game 2 home run was his team-leading eighth of the year…Lewis-Clark has won three straight contests against Linfield and owns a 9-1 record in the last 10 matchups between the two clubs.
COMING UP: Linfield and George Fox face off in the fifth meeting of the year between the rival clubs Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The schedule calls for the game to be played at Morse Field in Newberg, weather permitting.
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Jake Wylie
Solo homer is Linfield's only run