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The Wildcats snapped their skid at Mustangs expense, get big home win with consistent offense

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Wilsonville pitcher Riley Rupp had a strike percentage of .689 against Milwaukie, and notched three strikeouts as well. It was a battle of two softball teams in desperate need for a win. Wilsonville came into the second meeting with Milwaukie riding a six game losing streak, and Milwaukie was in search for its first win on the season. The Mustangs would have to wait a while longer though, as Wilsonville bested its Northwest Oregon Conference (NWOC) foe 15-5 in five innings. The contest took place at Wilsonville High School on Friday, May 3.

It was a consistent offensive effort for the Wildcats, who put up three or more runs in four of the games five innings. The home team put up four runs in the final inning, capitalizing on a Milwaukie infield error to bring in senior outfielder Lydia Silantiev and freshman Neina Santer to put the Wildcats up by 10 runs to close out the game.

Not only did Wilsonville finish the game strong, they began the game in impressive fashion as well. After giving up two runs to Milwaukie in the top of the first, the Wildcats answered in the bottom of the first with a three-run home run. Freshman Maddie Erickson cracked a Milwaukie pitch over the left field fence to bring in team captains Emily Harms and Carly Atwood for the lead, something Wilsonville was loathe to relinquish.

The Wildcats racked up eight hits by the end of the night, with freshman Natalie Adams recording three of them. Five different players had two runs, and Erickson led the team with six RBIs.

Milwaukie wasn't without its moments though. While the Mustangs spent much of the game at a deficit, they did find moments where the battled back to life. In the top of the fifth inning, the Mustangs were able to take advantage of Wilsonville errors to score a pair of runs, courtesy of juniors Jaden South and Morgan Docker.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Milwaukie pitcher Alexis Danielly had four strike outs in the Mustangs second encounter with Wilsonville, and allowed 8 hits and 15 runs. The third inning also saw Milwaukie post a pair of brilliant plays. Junior Alexis Danielly tripled on a fly ball into left field, and South pushed her through on a line drive single into right field.

Another thing that led to Wilsonville's success was its defense. While the team has struggled at times during the season, the infielders and outfielders showed up against Milwaukie, shutting down the Mustangs with a pair of shutout innings. A Wildcat double play also helped lead to the bottom of the third inning. In the top of the second inning, Wilsonville made quick work of the Mustangs batters, with three up and three down in quick succession.

Wilsonville improves to 3-8 in NWOC play, and 5-14 overall, sweeping Milwaukie 2-0 in the season series. The Wildcats will play Hillsboro (11-1 in NWOC, 19-0 overall) a second time on Tuesday, May 7.

Milwaukie will hunt for its first win on the season when it takes to the road against St. Helens (6-4 in NWOC, 8-9 overall) on the same day.

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