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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougars win first EWAC baseball contest

 

April 18, 2018



After dropping both games of their league-opening doubleheader against Tri-Cities Prep back on March 31, the Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat Cougars picked up their first Eastern Washington Athletic Conference league win over Dayton-Waitsburg on March 14 in Waitsburg.

The Cougars were close to sweeping Waitsburg on the road, but fell 5-4 in eight innings in the opening game before bouncing back for a 17-8 win in the nightcap.

With the split, the Cougars improved to 1-3 in EWAC play and 5-5 overall, and played the Kittitas-Thorp Coyotes in another league twinbill on Tuesday in Lyle, but results weren’t available at press time. The Coyotes also sat at 1-3 in league play when they traveled to Lyle having also dropped a pair of games to Tri-Cities Prep.

Before they played Waitsburg and Kittitas, they were across the river for a pair of nonleague contests against Dufur, which they won handily 13-0 and 15-1, both five-inning games, on April 10.

Against Dufur in the opener, senior Troy Spino started and went four innings on the mound allowing two hits while striking out four, and senior Zachary Miller finished the game out with two strikeouts in a scoreless fifth inning. Both seniors combined to allow just three hits over the five innings.

Three players, junior Kurtis Billette, junior Riley Mills, and Miller, crossed home plate three times for the Cougs while Mills added a team-high three hits.

In the second game of the doubleheader, LWK scored in every inning, including seven runs in the third inning to take control of the game.

Billette and senior Jeramiah Osterander combined to throw five innings on the mound and allowed just three hits and one run combined while totaling five strikeouts.

Offensively, nine different players had at least one hit with four coming from Billette, and three from Mills and junior Andrew Carlock.

In the opener against Dayton-Waitsburg on April 14, the Cougars tied the game at two with a run in the top of the sixth inning before taking a 3-2 lead with another run in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t hold the lead.

Mills drove the ball deep into the outfield for a triple, and scored on a bad relay throw, but Dayton added a run in the seventh to send the game to extra innings. The Cougs got on the board again and led 4-3, but once again had trouble holding the lead. Waitsburg scored the tying, and game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth to escape with the win.

In the top of the eighth, Hunter Clack drove in a run with a single to put the Cougs on top, but a tough inning in the field allowed Waitsburg to come back and win.

The Cougars made sure they had more than enough runs in the nightcap, finishing with 14 hits while cruising to a 17-8 win in seven innings.

Eight players had at least one hit with Miller going 4 for 4 with three runs and three RBIs. Osterander started and went four innings on the mound with Mills finishing off the last three innings.

“This was a close game until we broke it open in the sixth inning,” assistant coach Joe Bales said in an email.

LWK scored seven runs in the sixth inning, and an inning before, Mills cleared the fences for a solo home run.

After playing Kittitas on Tuesday, the Cougars are back at home for two league games against the DeSales Irish starting at 11 a.m.

 

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