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Wildcats find victory against Mustangs despite blowout losses to Putnam, Hillsboro

COURTESY PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Emily Harms connects on a pitch. It was a tough week for Wilsonville softball, but not without its high point. On Tuesday, April 16, the Wildcats dropped a game to Putnam 12-2 on the road, and on Friday, April 19, lost a blowout game to Hillsboro 31-2. Between those two losses though, the Wildcats trounced Milwaukie with a strong fifth inning on Wednesday, April 17, to win 15-6.

In the Milwaukie game, Wilsonville trailed right off the bat 3-1. The Wildcats managed to tie things up 4-4 by the top fourth inning, but the Mustangs were able to get another run on the board going into the fifth.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Wildcats racked up 11 runs to seal the deal 15-6 over the Mustangs. Senior Carly Atwood led the team in scoring with four runs, followed by freshman Natalie Adams with three, and freshman Neina Santer, junior Emily Harms, and sophomore Ariel Moya with two runs apiece.

At the plate, Adams led the team with three hits, and Santer, Harms, junior Jasmine Vega, and junior Maryssa Miller each had two RBIs. From the mound, Harms led the way with five strikeouts, but gave up 11 hits and six runs en route to the final score.

While another win in the column looks good, what is concerning for the team is the blowout margins of the losses. More than half of the Wildcats' defeats have come by 10 runs or more, and four of those losses have been by 15 points or more. Wilsonville has given up 208 runs thus far in the season, only defending better than Springfield, which has given up 246.

The team will have a chance to shore up its defensive liabilities when it takes on St. Helens (1-2 in NWOC, 3-7 overall). Wilsonville split the season series with the Lions one game apiece last year, and both have struggled to contain their opponents' bats at times. This could be a good measuring stick for the potential both teams have to sniff the postseason.

That contest takes place Tuesday, April 23, after the Spokesman goes to press.

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