Pacific Box Score
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Chris Haddeland (Soph., McMinnville, Ore.) earned his first win of 2013, Zach Manley (Sr., Coburg, Ore.) picked up his second and Linfield’s offense provided enough pop to propel the Wildcats to a pair of preseason victories on Saturday, the second day of the Cascade/Northwest Conference Baseball Challenge at Roy Helser Field.
Linfield improved to 6-1 on the season with the wins, and has won six consecutive contests since dropping its season opener on Feb. 7.
Game 1: Linfield 5, Corban 2
Haddeland (1-1, 2.08 ERA) gave up two runs – one earned - on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. A sixth-inning sacrifice fly from Kramer Lindell (Jr., West Linn, Ore.) proved to be the deciding blow, as five different Wildcats drove in runs.
Justin White (2-1, 1.50 ERA) lasted six innings for the Warriors (8-2), allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Chance Laboda (Soph., Seattle, Wash.) showed off his arm strength from behind the plate, twice gunning down Warriors attempting to steal second.
Jordan Johansen beat out a weak ground ball that was bobbled by Kenny Johnson (Jr., Federal Way, Wash.), and Lance Foster followed with a base hit through the right side to spark a two-out rally. As Nate Williams stepped into the box, Clayton Truex (Jr., Kirkland, Wash.) alertly sneaked in behind Foster as he took his lead off first, and Haddeland timed his throw over perfectly to pick off the runner and end the inning.
After being hit by a pitch in the second, Lindell advanced to second when a pick attempt from Steven Kha sailed down the right field line. Linfield took advantage of the mishap and manufactured a run when Lindell advanced on a wild pitch and was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Truex.
Haddeland found himself in trouble in the third, as two hits and a walk loaded the bases for Corban. Johansen sent a potential double-play ball to Johnson, which plated Kha to tie the score. The ensuing throw to second pulled Wilson off the bag and allowed a second run to come home, and runners were left on first and second. Johnson redeemed himself on the next play, as Wilson fed him the ball and the shortstop’s relay to first was in time to complete an inning-ending double play.
Linfield failed to catch a break in its half of the third. Three hard-hit line drives went directly into the hands of Corban’s defense, and White retired the side in order.
Johnson drew a leadoff walk to start the bottom of the fourth and came around to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Jake Wylie (Jr., Eagle, Idaho).
White worked himself into a jam in the bottom of the fifth, as Wildcat runners stood at second and third with one out after a double and a hit batter. The junior righty pulled himself together, however, and recorded a strikeout and a weak pop out to end the threat.
Lindell sent a fly ball to left field deep enough to plate Johnson, and the ‘Cats regained the lead in the sixth, 3-2. Haddeland backed up the run with a shutdown seventh inning, cutting down Corban’s five six, and seven hitters in order.
Fisher set the stage for the ‘Cats in the seventh, forcing new pitcher David Hull to throw seven pitches before sending the eighth into the left field corner for a double. An ensuing double from Wilson brought home the insurance run, and Nate McClellan (Jr., Shoreline, Wash.) notched his team-high ninth RBI on a sacrifice fly that plated Laboda.
Linfield held onto the 5-2 lead, with Joseph Stevick (Soph., Bremerton, Wash.) pitching a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the year.
Game 2: Linfield 4, Pacific 0
Tim Wilson (Jr., Redmond, Wash.) tripled twice and singled and the Wildcats’ pitching staff took care of the rest as Linfield cruised to the shutout in the nightcap.
Zach Manley (Sr., Coburg, Ore.) (2-0, 1.64 ERA) lasted five strong innings for Linfield, allowing no runs on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Kyle Treadway threw six innings for the Boxers, allowing four runs on nine hits with no walks and a strikeout.
Wilson wasted no time getting the offense rolling. The All-American leadoff hitter laced a ball into the right-field corner and used his plus speed to make it all the way to third. McClellan repeated his effort from the first game, with another sacrifice fly to left that put the ‘Cats in front 1-0.
Both pitchers settled into a groove moving into the middle innings. Treadway retired the side in order in the third on three straight groundballs to second, and Manley matched the feat in the top of the fourth as Wilson threw out the first two runners and flipped a slow roller to Truex with his glove to retire the side.
A clutch two-out base hit by Truex brought home Wylie and doubled the Wildcats’ lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Wilson dug out a 1-1 pitch and shot it to the wall in right center for his second triple of the game. The fifth-inning blast drove in Fisher and made the score 3-0 in favor of the ‘Cats.
Garett Speyer (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) coaxed a ground ball off the bat of Nick Garrett, and the ‘Cats went around the horn, Harlow to Wilson to Truex to turn an inning-ending double play. Speyer threw a perfect ninth inning to close out the game.
‘CAT SCRATCH: With the victories Linfield has already tied its longest win streak from last season (six)…Pacific took the Northwest Conference series in 2012, winning two of three games against the Wildcats in Forest Grove…Wilson went 4-for-8 against Corban and Pacific with nine total bases, a run and two RBI…Linfield’s bullpen has allowed just one earned run through the first seven games of 2013.
NEXT UP: Linfield hosts Oregon Tech Sunday in the finale of the 2013 CCC-NWC Tournament. First pitch between the ‘Cats and Owls is set for 2 p.m. and directly follows the 11 a.m. Willamette-OIT game.
Two triples in nightcap against Pacific
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