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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Mains strong on mound, Wolves fall in play-in game

 

Jaryd Cline

DIALED IN: Alex Mains delivers during Goldendale's district playin game against Warden on Friday at Jackson Field.

What started as a classic pitcher's duel between Goldendale's Alex Mains and Warden's Wade Visker during Friday's South Central Athletic Conference District play-in game quickly took a turn in the wrong direction for the home team after Mains was pulled after five strong innings on the mound.

After both teams finished as No. 4 seeds in its respective SCAC division, Warden came to Goldendale for a one-game play-in, and escaped a brilliant outing from Mains on the mound for a 16-2 win. However, the final score doesn't really indicate how close the game was until the final two innings.

After Mains kept Warden's hitters at bay for most of the night with excellent command of his fastball and a great curve that kept hitters off balance, the Cougs struck for eight runs in the sixth and eight in the seventh after Goldendale went to its bullpen when Mains struggled to start the sixth.

The Goldendale junior cruised through the Warden lineup with ease to begin the game, needing just five pitches to retire the road team in order to start the game.

For Warden, Visker was able to work out of jams in both the first and second innings to keep the Wolves off the scoreboard early. Mains also, after loading the bases with no outs in the top of the second, was able to escape a tough jam with a pair of strikeouts and by snagging a liner that was hit directly back at him to end the inning.

Both teams had chances early to score the game's first run, but it wasn't until the bottom of the third when Mains drilled a Visker fastball over the centerfield fence to give the Wolves the 1-0 lead. He sprinted around the bases in the fastest home run trot I've ever seen, and was greeted by an exuberant pack of Wolves at home plate. And with the way he was dealing on the mound, it looked like that might be enough for Goldendale.

After allowing the run, Visker continued his strong effort on the mound for Warden, allowing just one baserunner over the fourth and fifth innings, while Mains also faced just seven hitters during those innings.

However, Warden's bats got rolling in the top half of the sixth and didn't hold up, combining for 16 runs in the final two innings against four Goldendale pitchers to put the game out of reach.

Jaryd Cline

LONG LEAP: The team celebrates with Alex Mains, center, after his third inning home run gave the team a 1-0 lead over Warden on Friday.

After Mains' home run in the third, Goldendale was kept off the board until the bottom of the sixth where Mitchell Bane's groundout drove in Jacob Bischoff to put the Wolves behind 8-2.

Warden tacked on eight more in the seventh and retired the home team in order in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win and advance to the district tournament.

On the mound, Mains struck out five and held the Cougars to four hits (one through the first five innings) and was the lone Timberwolf to record multiple hits. He went 3 for 3 with one RBI from the solo home run and Bischoff had a single and two walks and also scored Goldendale's only other run.

 

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