As of Tuesday, March 13, 2018
NEWBERG — With their home field being too muddy to play in, the Wolves baseball team traveled to George Fox University’s Morse Athletic Complex Friday, where they went against Montana State University Billings for their two-game series, winning one game and losing the second.
First game, the Wolves started off strong and kept that energy up, winning 8-0, with Alex Roth pitching a shutout and giving the Yellowjackets no opportunity to score.
Griffey Halle opened up the score with a two-run hit in the fourth inning; sixth inning, they had six runs, leaving the Saints in their dust. Connor McCord ran his fifth homer of the season, and Justin Wakem and Cody Dykstra came behind him with RBI hits for the final score, 8-0.
Their second game, the Yellowjackets caught the Wolves off guard by scoring single runs in three innings in a row. In the fourth inning, Yellowjacket Kade Hall hit to center field, securing a home run, and Andrew Schleusner got a double to right to bring teammate Wyatt Setian in for the fifth.
And this time, it was the Yellowjackets turn for a shutout by pitchers Steen Fredrickson and Adam Cox, allowing the Wolves two hits and seven strikeouts.
Saturday, it was another win-loss game series against MSUB for the Wolves, this time in at Porter Park in Portland.
The first game started off slow, but two runs in the sixth secured another win for the Wolves, 5-3.
The Yellowjackets scored run in the first inning, but not much else happened until the third inning, where McCord hit an RBI grounder, Justin Spinner belted a single to the left that plated Jay Leverett and Griffey Halle. The Yellowjackets added two runs via bases loaded walks, where they tied with the Wolves, three-all. Dykstra and Jacob Martinez pulled out two runs in the sixth that put the Wolves into the lead and finished the game with a win.
For the second game, the Yellowjackets’ starter, Jared Winslow, wouldn’t make room for the Wolves to score any runs, eventually allowing one to get by him, but over a course of six innings.
At the top of the seventh, the Wovles were down, 2-0, with bases loaded and Joe Whisler at the plate. He managed to launch a single to left to McCord home. The tying run was cut short at the plate with an outfield assist by Kade Hall, ending the game, the Wolves suffering another loss. Next, they host Central Washington University, weather permitting.
Softball: The Wolves opened up GNAC play with a double win on Saturday in Bellingham against Western Washington University. The first game, the ladies took no time in bringing in runs, with Tyler Creach belting a triple to right center, helping Kennedy Coy and Jenna Kelly to both cross the plate. The Wolves won, 6-3.