TACOMA, Wash. – Top-ranked Linfield took a pair of softball games over the Puget Sound softball team on Monday by scores of 7-1 and 7-0. The second game was called after the sixth inning as the daylight waned.
Game 1 – L, 1-7
The teams traded runs in the first but the Wildcats (28-2, 18-2 NWC) managed to rally later in the game while the Loggers (2-23, 2-17 NWC) only scratched out a run in the first.
Emilee Lepp scored Linfield's first run after stealing third on a delayed steal and advancing home on a Logger error during the play. Brianna Huber hit a one-out double for the Loggers in the bottom half of the inning and stole third to get in prime scoring postion. Amy Schmeckpepper singled with two outs to drive in Huber to tie the game at 1-1.
The pitchers dueled over the next couple inning, trading scoreless frames. However, the Wildcats broke the silence in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs after loading the bases.
In the fifth they added three more with two coming in on a Lepp homer. After one more in the sixth, Linfield cruised to the win. Aryn Grause came in to toss a scoreless seventh for the Loggers.
Game 2 – L, 0-7
Karina Paavola dominated for Linfield in the circle with 12 strikeouts. The Loggers did touch her up for three hits but could not string any together to spark a rally.
Ary Grause continued to be solid ion the circle as she scattered five hits over 3.2 innings while fanning a pair. Four runs came in to score but only one of those was earned.
All four runs came in the second for Linfiled. Jaydee Baxter's double plated the first run with two outs. A Logger error extended the inning and allowed Baxter to score. A towering homer from Staci Doucette followed for a quick 4-0 Linfield lead.
The Loggers were able to continue to hang up zeroes defensively over the next three innings to stay in the game. After Grause xited in the fourth, Joleen Monfiletto tossed the final 2.1 innings, allowing just four hits and three runs (two earned).
All three of those insurance runs came in the top of the sixth. After the Loggers half of the sixth, the game was called due to darkness.
The Loggers hit the road next week to face Lewis & Clark and Pacific in Oregon.