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By Andrew Christiansen

Lady Wolves need sweep of Spartans to clinch playoff spot


John Longfellow

TAKING A DIVE: Karissa Ihrig applies the tag on a Naches Valley runner caught in a rundown.

Short term memory loss is in order for Goldendale’s girls’ softball team as they take on Granger, Thursday, with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance. There was optimism last week, believing wins over Naches Valley might propel the Lady Wolves into third place in SCAC standings. But, errors dashed those hopes as the Rangers won 8-1 and 7-6 putting third place out of reach for Goldendale. The Wolves hold a two-game lead over Granger in the win column and need to put the Ranger games behind them. The Spartans play LaSalle on Saturday to finish the season. A win at Goldendale will keep Granger in the hunt for the fourth and final playoff spot.

The opening game against Naches Valley saw the host Rangers slowly, but steadily put runs on the board though a combination of good hitting and five Timberwolf errors. Katelin Heide scattered seven hits to keep the Wolves off the board until a single run was scored in the sixth inning off the bat of Johna Kartes. Both pitchers threw strikes with Heide striking out six and walking one batter. Haley Hoffman also went the distance, walking just two batters. Kartes was 2-3 with a double. Crysta Counts also doubled for the Timberwolves.

Errors put the Wolves in a hole at the start of the second game. However, the bats were hot as usual for Goldendale and they quickly erased the 4-0 lead in the third inning and took the lead in the top of the fifth. Hoffman reached with a single and stole second and third bases. She scored on a ground ball RBI by Kartes.

The Rangers tied the game in their half of the fifth by stealing home. But, Counts came through on the mound and Naches Valley left the bases loaded in the inning.

Goldendale scored again in the sixth when Counts hit a two-out triple and scored on a single by Taylor Gaston. The Wolves carried a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Heide helped herself out of a potential loss with a double. She came home on an error and the game went into an extra inning.

Brooke Graff singled to start the eighth. The next batter popped up and it looked like Victoria Laulile would reach after being hit by a pitch. Laulile was struck in the leg while squaring to bunt. The ball bounced up and struck her hand. The first base umpire saw it that way and made the call. After the Rangers’ manager argued the call, the umpires reversed themselves and called it a foul ball. Laulile was erased with a strike out. Graff was stranded and Goldendale took the field for the bottom half of the inning. Counts got the lead off hitter to ground out. The next batter singled followed by the Timberwolves’ sixth error of the game. A pop out made it two away and the next batter singled, but the runner was held at third to load the bases. The next batter took four pitches, all called balls and the winning run came home for the Rangers.

Goldendale out-hit Naches Valley 11-9 in the game, but four unearned runs were the difference. Hoffman, Counts, Graff and Taylor Swift each had two-hit games. Swift doubled for an RBI and Hoffman, Gaston, Kartes and Karissa Ihrig each drove in a run.

Goldendale will secure fourth place in the SCAC west with a sweep of Granger. That would put the Timberwolves into a May 19, opening round game at Connell in the double elimination District tournament.


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