McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Aaron Thomassen (Jr., Seattle, Wash.) turned in a stellar pitching performance in his Linfield starting debut, lifting the Wildcats to their second consecutive victory over Lewis-Clark State, this one by a score of 4-3 Friday afternoon at Roy Helser Field.
Linfield opened the scoring in its half of the second inning, as Zach Boskovich laced a two-run double down the left field line and Kevin Allan shot the gap in right center to plate the third run of the inning.
Thomassen was solid through the first four innings, allowing no hits and keeping the score at 3-0 in favor of the home team. On the day, he threw 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
The Warriors broke the stalemate and ruined Thomassen’s no-hitter in the fifth, as Mitchell Wilhite shot a solo home run over the left-field fence.
Linfield responded in its half of the inning when a two-out RBI double from Jordan Harlow pushed the Wildcats’ lead back to three runs.
Lewis-Clark State starter Michael Noteware threw seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk while recording five strikeouts.
The Warriors threatened in the eighth. A walk drawn by Eric Peterson put runners on first and second with one out and drove Thomassen from the game.
Alfonso Casillas shot a base hit up the middle to bring the score to 4-2, but Linfield reliever Casey Cameron coaxed a pop out and a strikeout from the next two batters to limit the damage to a single run.
The Wildcats put two runners on with two outs in the eighth, but senior right-hander Zach Clanton got out of the inning unscathed to keep the Warriors to within two.
That set the stage for Conner Moore, who poked a two-out RBI single into left field in the ninth that made the score 4-3 and put the tying run on base. But Cameron held on to earn his first save of the season, forcing Trent Bridges to pop up to second to end the game.
Moore was 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI for the Warriors and Wilhite posted a pair of hits and scored a run.
Kramer Lindell (Sr., West Linn, Ore.) was the only Wildcat to collect multiple hits, as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Batting third in the order for the first time all season, Tim Wilson saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end, finishing 0-for-4. The second baseman has played in all 38 of the Wildcats’ games this season, starting 35 in the leadoff spot, one batting second and one batting third.
AHEAD: Linfield takes on Pacific Lutheran Saturday as the end-of-the-year tournament enters day two of play. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., following the George Fox and Lewis-Clark State matchup.
Picks up win in first career start
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