TACOMA, Wash. – Three days after starting the Northwest Conference baseball series, the Puget Sound Loggers and Linfield Wildcats wrapped up the three-game set, as Linfield completed a 12-8 win in a halted game before the host Loggers picked up a 7-4 win in the series finale on Tuesday at Logger Field in Tacoma, Wash.
In the continuation of Saturday’s second game, the Loggers got the bats going right away, tightening up an 11-3 deficit to 11-6 with two innings left to go. The rally in the seventh was highlighted by a two RBI single up the middle by Casey Coberly (Boise, Idaho) that scored Matt Cox (Salem, Ore./South Salem) and Mark Rockey (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Univ. of New Mexico). Coberly then scored on a sacrifice fly by Craig Driver (Seattle, Wash./Nathan Hale).
Linfield got their 12th run on the board in the top of the ninth to put the lead at 12-8 but the Loggers got a mini-rally going in the bottom of the ninth as Will Menton (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) singled up the middle to score Chaz Kramer (Boulder, Colo./Silver Creek) and then Dakota Resnik (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) singled through the right side to score Nick Cherniske (Angel Fire, N.M./College of Santa Fe) but the ‘Cats stopped the Loggers there as Linfield finished out the 12-8 win.
In the series finale, the Loggers broke open the scoring in the bottom of the second, using an RBI ground out by Jason Powell (Redwood City, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep) to score Kramer from third.
The Loggers added four more in the third when Rockey doubled down the left field line to score Resnik and Andrew Grady (Cave Creek, Ariz./Phoenix Country Day) and then Coberly singled up the middle to score Rockey and Cox as the Loggers took a 5-0 lead.
Puget Sound made it 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth as Resnik singled to right center to score Powell and then the Loggers made it 7-0 in the fifth after Kramer scooted home on a passed ball.
Linfield finally broke through in the eighth with a single run before Matt Robinson (Layette, Calif./Campolindo) pitched his way out of the inning. The Wildcats got within three runs in the top of the ninth when Zach Boskovich got a little help from a stiff wind to hit a three-run home run just over the left field wall but the Loggers got out of the jam once again as they collected the 7-4 win.
Colby Robinson (Gig Harvor, Wash./Olympic College) got the win, allowing just one hit in two and two-thirds innings pitched as the Wildcats left 15 runners stranded during the nine inning affair.
The Loggers will head down to Newberg, Ore. this weekend for a three-game NWC series with George Fox.