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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Cougars baseball drops doubleheader to Dayton

 

April 19, 2017



What started out as a pitcher’s duel during the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader between Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat and Dayton-Waitsburg quickly went south for the Cougars after star pitcher Troy Spino exited the game.

After Spino exited the game after four strong innings on the mound, Dayton struck for nine runs in the top half of the fifth and shut down the Cougar’s bats in the bottom of the inning to hang on for the 10-0 win in five innings.

Spino, according to assistant coach Joe Bales, was pulled early from the game after reaching 75 pitches. Pitchers who throw 75 or fewer pitches in a game are required to rest two days, any more than 75 pitches requires three days of rest. Bales said the team wanted Spino on the mound for Tuesday’s Eastern Washington Athletic Conference contest against Kittitas, so he was pulled early to be ready for the Coyotes. Results from Tuesday’s doubleheader weren’t available by press time however.

Dayton struck for nine runs after Spino exited the game, but it wouldn’t have mattered if he remained in the game and held the away team to just the one run. Dayton’s pitching was just too strong, limiting the Cougars to just one hit in the shutout.

The second game of the twinbill went a little better for the Cougs, however they were caught in another dominant pitching performance for Dayton. Kyle Gradwohl pitched all seven innings of the 5-2 Dayton win while striking out 14 Cougars.

The Cougs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the first inning when Kurtis Billette and Riley Mills crossed home plate, but the Cougs were held off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.

Zachary Miller returned for the Cougars and struck out two and surrendered five runs (three earned) over four innings. DaSean Leslie came on in relief and, pitching for just the second time in his life, held Dayton to three hits and no runs over the final three innings.

After Tuesday’s doubleheader at Kittitas, the Cougs are back on the road for a Friday doubleheader against Walla Walla Academy with first pitch at 2 p.m.

 

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