McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Lisa Kumasaka scored on an error after stealing third to tie the game at five apiece, but the Linfield Wildcats scored the final three runs of the game in an 8-5 loss for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at Del Smith Stadium on Saturday.
Lewis & Clark came back from a 5-1 deficit with a run in the third and fifth and three in the fourth. Ateisha Norton had two RBI on her career-best eighth home run to increase her team-high RBI total to 22. She also leads the team in homers. Stephanie Garcia, Frankie Warden and Kumasaka had multi-hit games. Warden drove in a run in the third and Kumasaka had two stolen bases.
"I was really proud of our team and the fight we showed all day today," said Pioneers head coach Shawna Cyrus. "Linfield is a great softball team, and we battled them really hard."
"Emily was awesome in the circle, throwing them off with her off-speed stuff," said Cyrus. "Our seniors all stepped up in big situations."
Sydney Cross, a freshman, also hit a home run for Lewis & Clark's first score in the second. The homer is the second of her career.
Lewis & Clark fell behind early again in an 8-5 loss. The Pioneers scored three in the seventh inning to close the gap and outhit the Wildcats, 12-10.
Paige Salavea had a three-RBI game and went 4 for 4 from the plate in her final road game. The Lewis & Clark seniors - Salavea, Stephanie Garcia and Ateisha Norton - play their final career game on Sunday at Huston Sports Complex when the series shifts to Lewis & Clark.
"Our hitters put up a great fight in their at-bats and put a lot of pressure on their defense," said Cyrus.
Savannah Dickson (5-10) threw six innings and allowed 10 hits with two strikeouts.
The Pioneers (8-22, 7-19 NWC) begin their season-ending doubleheader with the Wildcats (30-8, 22-4 NWC) at home on Sunday at 11 a.m.