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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wolves narrowly fall in second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, host Naches Saturday

 

March 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Sophomore Alyssa Weis makes the grab at shortstop before throwing the runner out at first during the opening game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Swan Cougars.

The Goldendale softball team was able to put some more runs on the scoreboard during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Swan Cougars, but the road team was able to score a little bit more during the 18-7 defeat over six innings in Goldendale.

Playing in its season opener on Tuesday, the Cougars, a former South Central Athletic Conference West rival of the Timberwolves, were able to add a handful of throughout the game to pull away.

However, the Wolves also were able to put the ball in play and move runners over, scoring one run more than they did against the River View Panthers in last week's season opener in Goldendale.

The second game of the doubleheader was truly a nightcap. With Goldendale trailing 5-4 in the fourth inning, the game was called due to darkness.

Sophomore Alyssa Weis started in the circle in the second game, striking out two batters over two innings while sophomore Delaney Peters came on in relief to finish the game.

Last Tuesday

The Timberwolves opened against the Panthers last Tuesday on a day that started out nice and sunny, but was forced short due to the monsoon type rains that hit throughout the afternoon. The home team fell 19-6 in the opening game while the second game of the doubleheader was called before it started as the rain picked up.

Peters started out and finished the game in the circle for Goldendale, making a diving catch for the first out of the season and finishing the first inning with two strikeouts. She struggled with her command in the circle a bit, but was able to finish with six strikeouts.

Witter was pleased with how the Timberwolves performed at the plate, compiling six runs off six hits, while every girl in the lineup reached base via hit or walk at least once. Sandra Crook led the team with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.

"We're getting kids on base," Witter said, "and if we're getting kids on base, we can win games."

He also said he liked how the Wolves performed defensively. They were able to make some good defensive plays in the field despite the wet and windy conditions.

"We kept the ball in front of us for the most part," Witter said. "The other team had some good hits."

Harris, at catcher, also was able to throw out a couple of runners attempting to steal second.

The Panthers, at the plate, were just able to take advantage of walks, which resulted in many of their runs. The Timberwolves issued too many free passes, and it they're able to clean up the pitching and minimize the walks, Witter said, they will be in a lot more closely-contested games competing for wins.

Tuesday's game started with a heavy shower of rain, but it eased up around midway through the game. It picked up again though, falling harder than before, forcing the second game to be postponed.

"That was not softball weather," Witter said. "It was cold, wet, and it was a hard one to play through."

Up next

After the doubleheader against White Swan, the Wolves are back at home for their third straight home doubleheader. They host the Naches Rangers for two games on Saturday, with the first starting at 11 a.m.

After Saturday's doubleheader, the Timberwolves are back at home to finish off the second game against River View that was postponed due to poor weather. That game is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

After that make-up game, Goldendale is off until April 10 where they host the Kiona Benton Bears at 3 and 5 p.m.

 

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