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After a 1-0 win over Parkrose, the Wildcats were shutout by Hillsboro, gave up lead against Sandy

SUBMITTED PHOTO: GREG ARTMAN - Wilsonville will need to step up its defense and eliminate errors as the team moves toward the postseason. The team has given up 107 runs thus far into the season. Despite winning solid games over St. Helens and Parkrose back to back, the Wildcats found that three game win streak elusive still. On Tuesday, April 24 Wilsonville bested Parkrose in a low scoring affair 1-0, but fell against the Northwest Oregon Conference's (NWOC) top team, the Hillsboro Spartans, 11-0. In a hotly contested follow up game on Thursday, April 26, Wilsonville fell behind two runs in the fifth inning to visiting Sandy to lose 7-5.

Wilsonville is now 8-10 overall, and 4-7 in the NWOC. The Wildcats currently sit at sixth place in the NWOC and are ranked 19th according to the Oregon School Activities Association. The team has six conference games left to earn a berth into the playoffs.

ARCHIVE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Against Sandy, senior starting pitcher Kailey Krueger had 11 strikeouts, but allowed eight hits and seven runs en route to the 7-5 loss. One of the keys to getting that playoff spot will be the arm of senior pitcher Kailey Krueger. Krueger struck out 12 batters in the shutout against Parkrose, allowed one hit, and no runs. Things did not go so well for the veteran pitcher against Hillsboro, as she allowed three runs and three hits, and only struck out five batters. Against Sandy, Krueger fared slightly better. She struck out 11 batters, but allowed eight hits and seven runs.

Offensively, the Wildcats are the second lowest scoring team in the NWOC. Wilsonville only has 75 runs scored through 18 games played, only 15 runs more than the league's last place team Milwaukie. Against Sandy, the team had its most productive offensive game of the week. Krueger had 3 RBI's, and five different athletes scored runs against the Pioneers. Junior Carly Atwood had a hit and run in three at bats, and junior Mackenzie Bodyfelt had two hits and one run. ARCHIVE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Firstbaseman Emily Harms catches the ball that tags out a St. Helens runner. Harms has been solid offensively from the plate, and a defensive stalwart in the infield.

Part of the reason for the close loss against Sandy was the errors. Sandy limited its errors to one, while Wilsonville allowed six. Against Hillsboro, Wilsonville committed three to the Spartans zero. In the win over Parkrose, Wilsonville was error free. To really make a push into the post season, minimizing errors will be a must for the team.

Wilsonville next plays Milwaukie (2-17) at Aldercreek Middle School softball field on Tuesday, May 1, after the Spokesman goes to press.

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