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Up and down Wildcats still hoping to finish fourth

The Wildcats pull ahead with win, then fall back to tie Jesuit with loss
by: Miles Vance WING IT — Westview senior center fielder Chelsea Eytel throws the ball back in following a Beaverton hit during the Wildcats’ 7-2 victory on Monday.

ROCK CREEK - The Wildcats needed this one.

The Westview softball team rolled into its Monday home game against Beaverton on the heels of three straight losses and fighting for fourth place in the league standings, but emerged in considerably better shape after beating the Beavers 7-2.

'It was nice to have a win,' said Westview senior first baseman Amanda Evola, who went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored twice. ' I'm proud of the girls here. We're always playing hard. That's all you can ask for.'

Westview took a step back on Tuesday, however, losing 13-0 to Jesuit in five innings and dropping back into a fourth-place tie with the Crusaders at 5-8 (Westview is 9-14 overall). The Beavers, meanwhile, lost to Sunset 3-1 on Tuesday and saw their record move to 0-13 in league and 1-19 overall.

Still, with the addition of the 'Play-In' games at the start of the playoff season, the Beavers know they're still alive.

'We just need to keep our heads up and keep cheering for each other,' said Beaverton junior second baseman Shelby Wiglesworth, who went 3-for-4 and scored once.

'We just have to take advantage of the fact that we have a Play-In game and fight hard from there,' added senior pitcher Molly Tyler, who allowed 10 hits and one walk while striking out one, and also went 3-for-3 at the plate, scored once and drove in one.

Westview broke out in front in the second inning Monday, getting a leadoff single by Chelsea Eytel, and then a two-out hit to right by Taylor Garrett. The Wildcats tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third, getting a two-run single to center from Eytel and their third run on a Beaverton error.

'It was really nice to come out and get good hits,' said Eytel, who went 2-for-3, scored twice and knocked in two. 'And it was nice to get multiple hits.'

Christy Garrett knocked in another run for Westview in the fourth to make it 5-0, and the Cats brought home two more in the fifth - one on a Makenah Roberts sacrifice - to lead 7-0.

Beaverton, held scoreless on five hits through five innings by Westview junior Sarah Lawhorn, got its bats going in the sixth, though. Wiglesworth led off with a single, stole second, took third on an out, and scored when Tyler singled to left. Jennifer Lafollette then followed with a double down the right field line, and Sarah Lewis singled to center to plate Tyler. But Lawhorn shut the door then and there, getting Stephanie White on a comebacker, and Evola then throwing out Lafollette at home.

Lawhorn also allowed a seventh-inning double to Ellen Hurd, but got the final two outs to end the game.

'We hung in there and got our bats on the ball,' Evola said. 'It was nice to see that, once one person gets going, everyone does.'

'We have a lot of talent - we just have to apply it,' Tyler added. 'That's what we're having trouble with right now.'

Kayla Luken added two hits in the win for Westview, going 2-for-3 at the plate.