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By Andrew Christiansen

Fast starts help Cougars sweep Goldendale JV


Andrew Christiansen

FORCE OUT: Jacob Bischoff flips to Will Bostick for the out at second against Lyle-Wishram.

Chad Hester triggered first inning outbursts for the Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat (LWK) baseball team on Thursday, leading to a sweep over Goldendale's JV 11-3 and 14-9 in a game shortened due to darkness. Hester blasted a triple and a double going 4-4 at the plate in the first game as the Cougars jumped on top 5-0. Riley Mills was 3-4 with Kurtis Billette and Brendon Stuart going 2-3 for the Cougars.

The second game looked like it would become a five-inning blow out, but the Timberwolves had no quit in them. The Wolves had a couple of hits in the first inning and scored on a wild pitch. But they couldn't get a hit the next two innings as Zack Miller gave up just a couple of walks. The Cougars sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning, ripping five singles and making the most of seven walks. Riley Mills had a pair of two-run doubles in the first inning and finished the day 4-4 with a double and five RBI.

The Cougars scored a run in the second inning without a hit and added another on a sacrifice fly by Thomas Carlock in the third inning. Things began to go Goldendale's way in the fourth inning.

The Timberwolves began to apply pressure on the bases in the fourth. The first two batters singled and advanced on wild pitches. Mark Briggs singled and rounded second and went for third on a ground ball play to first base. An errant toss to third allowed Briggs to score the third run of the inning. The Cougars answered with three runs in their half of the inning off an RBI single by Billette and Mills' double. The double was a deep shot over the right fielder's head. Mills never hesitated and rounded second, steaming for third. A perfect relay throw to Cameron Read was just in time to tag Mills out.

Will Bostick got things going for Goldendale in the fifth with a single. Four of the next six batters singled, including a bunt by Read. Five runs scored in the inning before Miller got the final two outs on strike outs. The bottom half of the inning was not played as darkness was setting in, preserving the Cougar sweep.

The Cougars play at Hood River against the C squad on Friday in a single game at 4:30 p.m. Goldendale's varsity plays a double-header against Wapato in Goldendale on April 7, starting at 3 p.m.

Andrew Christiansen

PLAY AT THE PLATE: Goldendale's Johnathon DeMott awaits the throw from his catcher as Lyle-Wishram's Thomas Carlock attempts to score from third base.

Goldendale JV 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3- 2 -3

LWK 5 1 0 1 2 2 x 11-12-2

Battery: Goldendale - Wells, DeMott (2) and Randall.

LWK – Mills, Billete (5) and Weddle.

Goldendale 1 0 0 3 5 9- 9-3

LWK 9 1 1 3 x 14-10-6

Battery: Goldendale – Bischoff, Read (2) and Randall.

LWK – Miller and Mills, LaVine (3).


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