McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The Pirates are in this chase until the end. Whitworth retained a share of first place in the Northwest Conference baseball standings with a tense 4-2 win over 8th-ranked Linfield on Sunday afternoon at Roy Helser Field.
Landon Scott drove home the game-winning runs in the seventh inning and Dan Scheibe pitched nearly seven innings of spotless relief to keep the Pirates (13-7-1 overall, 7-2 NWC) tied atop the NWC standings with Pacific (10-9, 7-2). Linfield slipped to 13-6, 10-5.
Whitworth rallied from an early 2-1 deficit in this win.
Both teams scored in the first inning. The Pirates put together a two-out rally when Tyler Pfeffer singled and Scott was hit by a pitch after the first two batters were out. JR Jarrell singled to right to drive in Pfeffer.
Linfield answered in the first inning on Kramer Lindell's RBI single and took its 2-1 lead in the third when Kyle Chamberlain drove in the go-ahead run.
But Scheibe, who took over for Whitworth starting pitcher C.J. Perry with one out in the third, only allowed one more hit the rest of the way.
Whitworth stranded runners in both the fifth and sixth innings before breaking through in the seventh. Paul Miller led off with a walk and Gerhard Muelheims followed with a single up the middle. After a strikeout and a flyout to right field by Pfeffer, both runners were able to move up on a wild pitch. That allowed both runners to score when Scott lined his single through the right side of the infield.
The Wildcats had their best chance to tie the game in the eighth inning. With two outs and two runners on, Scheibe got Zach Boskovich to pop up to second base. Scheibe retired three straight batters in the ninth.
Scheibe struck out eight batters and walked only one while improving to 1-2 this season.
Whitworth returns home to host George Fox (11-12, 7-4) in another key NWC series next weekend.