Lady ‘Cats dominate the diamond

Malia Riggs, Staff Writer

The Linfield softball team dominated both their home double-header games against Puget Sound with a score of (3-0, 9-1) on Saturday and (3-0, 10-7) on Sunday.

In the first game on Saturday, it started out slow with no runs and only a couple of hits from the Loggers making it a pretty static game.

At the bottom of the third inning is when things finally started to pick up, with two hits. A groundball to third base by Kenzie Schmoll who helped get the wildcats fired up to score the first run of the game made by Alissa Buss from stealing second base and advancing to third base and then home.

With a quick top of the fourth inning, Smotherman smashed a triple and the ’Cats scored two more runs, one by Smotherman and the other by Erin Tauscher.

“With the atmosphere of senior day/weekend everyone was more relaxed and was just having fun, which we always work better when we have fun,” said Smotherman.

The Wildcats ended the first game with high spirits ready to control the field for the next game.

They started off the first inning strong with four runs scored, five hits with zero errors. Melanie Oord hit a double to left center bringing in two runs. Scoring the other two off of a single hit and a walk.

For the rest of the game the ladies were on fire, scoring almost every inning, leaving the Loggers in the dust.

The first game on Sunday started off rocky with no runs until the bottom of the sixth inning, bringing in three runs by Buss and Cheyenne Fletcher. Oord, who scored on a single, scored the last run of the game for Linfield.

“We are a team that has a lot of fight. When we are down in runs or when we aren’t hitting well, we continue to compete to find a way to win the game,” Senior Shelby Saylors said.

The last game of the weekend ended in the ’Cats’ favor with a score of 10-7. With five runs, six hits and zero errors in one inning, it was an exciting bottom of the fourth for the wildcats.

The team held their own, fighting for the win throughout the rest of the innings scoring in the fifth and sixth innings and ultimately winning the game.

“I try not to dwell on my mistakes too much, softball is a game based on failure. Either the hitter or the pitcher will win. But the team that can perform under pressure will end up on top,” Saylors said.

The wildcats did end up on top of the scoreboard for all four games, sending the Loggers off the field with tough losses.

Linfield’s softball team will be traveling to Spokane, Washington this weekend to face the Whitworth Pirates, who are ranked no. 1 in the Northwest Conference standings.