Linfield wins McMinnville Regional
After throwing a complete-game shutout in Linfield baseball's NCAA Division III McMinnville Regional opener, junior pitcher Chris Haddeland got to finish what he started.
Haddeland, a McMinnville High School graduate, supported a strong start by Justin Davis (5 2/3 innings pitched, two hits allowed) with a two-inning save Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats defeated Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 4-2, to win the regional and advance to the NCAA Division III College World Series.
Linfield (37-7) went 4-0 in the regional, including two victories over the Pointers (32-13), to return to the Division III CWS, where it is the defending national champion.
Included in that stretch was a 3-2 game against Stevens Point on Friday that ended in controversy at Roy Helser Field. Pointers third baseman Kyle McHugh hit the potential game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning but did not touch first base. The error was spotted by Wildcats coach Scott Brosius; Linfield appealed to first base, won the appeal and won the game an inning later.
Haddeland was one of four Wildcats to be named to the all-tournament team, including pitcher Aaron Thomassen, catcher Jake Wylie and right fielder Nick Fisher. Fisher was named Most Outstanding Player at the regional.
Read more about the McMinnville regional in Tuesday's News-Register.