PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team had its hands full on Saturday afternoon in its Northwest Conference double-header against the No. 1 ranked Linfield Wildcats. The Wildcats won 18-5 in the first game before defeating the Pioneers 11-3 in the nightcap.
Linfield scored four of its 18 runs in the first three innings of action and managed to score in every inning but the fourth.
Lewis & Clark pulled within one in the bottom of the third with three runs to cut the deficit to 4-3. The inning started in the Pioneers favor with Matthew Cathcart reaching on an error by the third baseman. Cathcart came around to score the first run, along with Liam Healy, on a bases loaded double to left center by Michael Kinkenon. Geoff Wertz came around to score the final run of the inning for the Pios with a single through the left side by Andrew Traver.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Linfield went back to work in the fifth with a single run scoring with Nick Fisher stealing home. The Pioneers earned the run back in their half of the inning with Kinkenon coming in to score on an RBI groundout by Hayden Higger.
Linfield blew the game wide open with a huge sixth inning, officially taking the Pioneers out of the game. Now trailing 12-4, Lewis & Clark scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth with Healy crossing the plate.
The Wildcats went onto score six more runs before the contest came to an end for the 18-5 win.
The second game of the day started as a pitching dual with both sides going three up and three down through the first. The Pioneers sat the Wildcats down in order in the top of the second as well, before picking up two unproductive hits in the bottom of the inning.
Linfield opened things up in the fourth with four runs on four hits. A single run came in in the following inning for the Wildcats to give them a 5-0 advantage.
Once again with the Pioneers hot on their heals, the Wildcats put together a strong scoring inning to put the game out of reach. In the top of the eighth Linfield plated five runs with the help of two Pioneer errors to take a 10-2 lead. The Wildcats added a final run in the top of the ninth to take an 11-2 advantage.
Lewis & Clark made one last attempt to get back in the game in the ninth, but only managed to score one run. The Pioneers took advantage of a Linfield mistake to bring in their final run with Wertz coming in to score on a fielding error by the short stop.
The two sides return to action for the final game of the series on Sunday, April 28 at 12 p.m.