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On a rainy Wednesday evening, the Wildcats let the lead slip away in a tough fourth inning

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior Kailey Krueger had a rough go of it against Sandy, giving up several runs in a disastrous fourth inning. Wilsonville lost to Sandy 17-7 on Wednesday, April 11. Wilsonville—The Wildcats were up on the scoreboard going into the fourth inning. Wilsonville, the home team, comfortably led 3-0, but a series of tough breaks put Sandy in the driver's seat. In the second half of the game, Sandy took over and closed the show by a margin of 17-7 after six innings on Wednesday, April 11.

In a rough stretch at the top of the fourth inning that included pitches slipping from standout Wildcat pitcher Kailey Krueger's hands mid throw. The Wildcats gave up seven runs in the fourth inning, and it only got harder from there.

"It's frustrating, but I just tried to move on and keep throwing strikes," Krueger said.

In the fifth inning, four runs went up on the board for the visiting Pioneers. The sixth inning brought six more runs, and Sandy had 17 runs.

Wilsonville found success offensively in the sixth inning. The Wildcats brought in sophomore Maryssa Miller and senior Joelle Harmitt on a Sandy fielding error, and senior captain Lauryn Seibel stole home to get the seventh point for her team. Seibel scored three runs for team, Miller scored one, freshman Katelynn Miller scored one, and sophomore Emily Harms brought in two.

"I think we were constantly making adjustments in the box, trying to help our players identify the weaknesses of the pitcher," Wilsonville head coach Steve Harms said. "The pitching was a little slow, so we tried to adjust to be up. She was trying to throw away, so we were trying to be close to the plate. We tried to make those adjustments, and I think once you see a pitcher a couple times through, it helps with that, as far as making better at bats later in the game."

Defensively, it was a tough day for the Wildcats. Fielding, the team had nine errors and only 18 putouts for 35 total chances.

"I feel like we did struggle a little bit with the rain because it was a lot heavier than it was yesterday for our game," Seibel said. "It gets slick, you can't really do anything about the weather."

Despite the rain, Steve Harms believes that the team could have played better. After all, Sandy and Wilsonville were playing on the same field.

"The weather does affect the play," Harms said. "It's pushed us. But it's also an equal game. If you live in Oregon, you pitch in Oregon, you have to be able to throw in Oregon. It's really not an excuse that we can use, but it goes both ways."

With the loss, Wilsonville slipped below .500 with a record of 5-6 overall, and just 1-3 in Northwest Oregon Conference play. The Wildcats righted ship on the road against Milwaukie (2-10 overall, 0-4 in NWOC play) on Friday, April 13, getting the win 5-3. Wilsonville (6-6) is scheduled to play La Salle (4-6 overall, 2-2 in the NWOC) on Tuesday, April 17, after the Spokesman goes to press.

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