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Wildcats down Spartans in series opener 9-2; lose hard-fought second game 5-3

COURTESY PHOTO: GREG ARTMAN - Wilsonville's bats came alive in the first matchup against Hillsboro.Wilsonville's baseball team split the first two encounters in its three game series against Hillsboro this past week. On Tuesday, April 16, the Wildcats defeated Hillsboro 9-2, but were defeated the following day 5-3 by the Spartans on the road, snapping a five-game winning streak.

In the 9-2 victory, it was Wilsonville jumping on the board early, thanks to a home run from senior Trevor Antonson on a fly ball into left field. With three runs scored in both the first and third innings, the Wildcats had a comfortable lead over their league foe 6-0 heading into the second half of play, and tacked on a run in each of the following innings to secure the victory.

Freshman Cole Hubka had a trio of hits in three at-bats, and also managed to score a trio of runs as well. Junior Keegan Shivers had two RBIs, three hits, and a pair of runs on the day.

Antonson wouldn't be the only member of his team to knock one out of the park on the day. Fellow senior Cade Edmonson crushed a ball over the fence in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Wildcats their eighth run of the game. All told, the Wildcats recorded nine runs, 12 hits and 7 RBIs.

Though Wilsonville lost the follow-up contest 5-3, they did come alive late in the game in scoring three runs in the final four innings of play. One interesting thing to note about the runs Hillsboro scored were that only two were batted in, and the Spartans only mustered two hits over the course of the day. The errors told the story: Wilsonville had six, and Hillsboro had just two.

The two teams meet for the third time Tuesday, April 23, after the Spokesman goes to press.

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