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By Andrew Christiansen

Wolves suffer first losses of season then bounce back with sweep over Leopards


Andrew Christiansen

TRUNKEY TROT: Michael Trunkey rounds the bases after a home run against Zillah. The senior slugger belted out home runs in three of the four games last week.

Goldendale took a pair of games from Zillah, on an improbable first game in Goldendale, Saturday. With the Timberwolves averaging 13 runs per game, who would have guessed it would be a scoreless game through 5 ½ innings and even more surprising, that Goldendale would win a game where Zillah starter, Landon Messmore would pitch a two-hitter? But that is how the game went as Lucas Denney singled in the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 1-0 Timberwolf win. Denney pitched five scoreless innings with Nolin Bare polishing off the final two innings.

The Wolves didn’t waste time getting the edge in game two as Michael Trunkey doubled in two runs and would score on a single by Tim Bartkowski in the first inning. The Wolves would go on to win 8-3. Bartkowski had control problems during the first four innings, walking four batters and hitting one, but he allowed just one hit and worked out of jams in the first, third and fourth innings. Zillah had a shot to score in the first inning when Bobby Salinas walked and tried to go home on a double to left by Messmore. Dean Enstad hit the cutoff man, Ben Cochran, who fired to catcher, Wade Gaston who made a diving tag for the final out of the inning. Bartkowski left the game in the fifth following a two-out single that put runners on first and second bases. Bare came on in relief and was greeted with another Messmore double that scored the two runners. Goldendale answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth with another RBI single from Bartkowski who would go 4-4 on the day. Bare worked out of a jam in the sixth with a bases loaded pop out to Cochran. Trunkey put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run home run.

Earlier in the week, Goldendale suffered their first losses of the year, 5-3 and 15-14 to Highland. The Wolves looked off their game following the spring break, stalling any chance of come-back in game one with base-running errors. Trunkey homered in the game, but Bare would take the loss. Game two looked more like the Goldendale offense that typified the first eight games of the season. Highland had a 4-2 lead in the third inning when Goldendale turned it on. Dean Enstad drove in Cochran and Bartkowski. Gaston and Ethan Enstad drew walks, loading the bases for Denney who would bury a ball over the left field fence in what would be a nine-run Timberwolf inning. But Highland kept plugging away, scoring four runs in the fourth inning and six more runs in an inning where Goldendale got wild with the ball. In the bottom of the seventh, with Highland up 15-13, Dean Enstad reached on an error by the short stop, allowing the Timberwolf nine spot hitter to go to second base. Gaston grounded out and Enstad went to third. Ethan Enstad was hit by a pitch and Denney hit a bloop single behind the second baseman to make it 15-14. With Bare at bat, Ethan Enstad tried to steal home and was dead on arrival. Bare singled, but Trunkey couldn’t find another boomer in his bat and went down swinging.

Next up for Goldendale is a non-league single game at White Salmon on Thursday and a home double-header against Ki-Be on Saturday. The final four league games will be played next week against La Salle on Thursday and a long-awaited home double-header against league-leading Naches Valley on May 1.

Highland 002 030 0 5-7-2

Goldendale 011 001 0 3-6-2

HR – Soderstrom (H), Trunkey (G).

Goldendale: Bare and Gaston.

Highland 004 460 1 15-12-2

Goldendale 029 101 1 14-17-1

HR – Trunkey (G), Denney (G), Logan (H).

Goldendale: Bartkowski, Cochran (4), Denney (5) and Gaston, Denney (4), Gaston (5).

Zillah 000 000 0 0-6-1

Goldendale 000 001 x 1-2-1

Goldendale: Denney, Bare (6) and Gaston.

Zillah 000 020 1 3-4-3

Goldendale 300 014 x 8-9-4

2B – Trunkey (G), Salinas (Z), Messmore (Z) 2.

HR – Trunkey (G).

Goldendale: Bartkowski, Bare (5) and Gaston.

Highland – Logan, Mitchum (7) and Christenson.

Highland – I. Mitchum, Peckman (3), J. Mitchum (5) and Christenson, Logan (5), Christenson (7).

Zillah - Messmore and Salinas.

Zillah - Delp, Fink (6) and Widner.


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