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In big third and fourth innings, the Wildcats scored 10 runs to shut out the visiting Riverhawks

SUBMITTED PHOTO: GREG ARTMAN - Wilsonville got the bats going late in the game against the visiting Riverhawks and got the win 11-0 in five innings. Wilsonville—The Wildcats finished their regular season with a win over LaSalle, and carried it over into the post season. On Friday, May 18 the Wildcats dominated the visiting Riverhawks of The Dalles 11-0 in five innings.

With the win, Wilsonville improves to 18-9 overall, and secures its spot in the post season bracket. The Dalles ends its season with a record of 6-19.

Right off the bat, Wilsonville stopped The Dalles offense in the first inning. Senior Ben VavRosky gave up two hits in the inning, but struck out The Dalles's sophomore Dalles Seufalemua and forced two other ground outs to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, Wilsonville senior Austin Tacla singled to get on base, and was able to get home thanks to a Trevor Antonson ground ball and Dalles fielding error.

The second inning went scoreless, and Wilsonville again kept the Riverhawks off the scoreboard in the top of the third. It was then that Wilsonville's offense came to life.

Senior Adam Stevens and Tacla were walked, and Antonson hit a ground ball to get to first, while Stevens was tagged out at third and Tacla moved to second. Senior Haldan Bjornson hit a grounder single into right field and Tacla scored. Cade Edmonson singled and allowed Antonson to score. A pair of walks forced Bjornson across home plate, and sophomore Cole Kleckner hit a single to bring in Edmonson. By the time the inning ended, it was Wilsonville up 6-0.

In the fourth inning, five more Wilsonville runs went up on the scoreboard. VavRosky got two RBI's on a double, bringing in Tacla and Antonson, and Edmonson grounded out to bring in Bjornson. Junior Nolan Thebiay hit a double that bounced over the fence, and allowed VavRosky to score. Senior Andrew Gay hit a grounder to the short stop, and an error allowed Thebiay to score Wilsonville's final run of the game.

Wilsonville head coach Bryn Card felt good about the way his team attacked offensively.

"We feel really good," Card said. "The boys came out with the right approach. With high school baseball players you never know if you're going to get the nervous kid that doesn't want to be here, or you get the kid that's really aggressive as he normally is, and we definitely did that. We got to normal as quick as possible. It was good to see, I was really proud of them."

The confidence at the plate and solid defensive work came after a week of meticulous practice. In the three game losing streak towards the end of the season, the Wildcats really honed in to ready themselves for the post season.

"I think for the boys, especially dropping those three, it was a wakeup call in regards to, 'Oh, this really can fall apart really quickly if you're not paying attention to little things and details,'" Card said. "The last week of practice has been very detail oriented by them and by me, so it's been really nice. They've bought in. They're excited, they're hoping to roll as far as they can."

Wilsonville will play the seventh ranked Bend Lava Bears (18-6) in the opening round of playoffs on Wednesday, May 23. Wilsonville will play its game, no matter who will be on the other side.

"Does the opponent matter? Hopefully not," Card said. "We'll do the best we can, get the boys prepared and ready, and gets the boys out there."

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