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With season at end, Wildcats will need the teams fielding improved to be competitive

PMG FILE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Wilsonvilles Rhiannon Torango heads back to first base against Milwaukie. Wilsonville's softball team finished its season struggling. The team put together a 5-20 season with just a pair of wins over Milwaukie/Milwaukie Academy of the Arts to keep its Northwest Oregon Conference (NWOC) campaign from being a shutout.

The team's last contest against Putnam on Friday, May 17 was a 21-5 loss where the team was put out in five innings. The difference in offense was (apart from runs scored) was not too stark. Putnam put 12 hits on the scoreboard, and Wilsonville had 10. Where the team struggled, as it had all season, was with its defense. The team gave up 11 errors.

The lone runs for Wilsonville in that contest were scattered throughout the roster: freshman Natalie Adams, seniors Lydia Silantiev and Carly Atwood, sophomore Mikayla Bauman, and sophomore Lauren Ellett.

From the mound, pitchers Emily Harms and Riley Rupp pitched .629 percent for 116 pitches. The duo had seven errors, allowed one home run, and only struck out two batters.

Defense and limiting errors are things that Wilsonville has struggled with the entire season. The only person to allow more runs than the Wildcats was Milwaukie with 405 runs. Wilsonville gave up 15 runs or more on 10 separate occasions.

If the Wildcats want to contend for a title in the future, shoring up on the defensive side of things will be an absolute must.

The Wildcats ended the season ranked 25th in the state at 5A, and seventh in the NWOC out of eight teams.

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