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By Andrew Christiansen

Lady Wolves exit Districts in spite of strong Saturday performance


Andrew Christiansen

SOLID D: Karissa Ihrig gets ready to gun down a Warrior batter. Goldendale’s infielders played a solid game on defense during the District tournament.

The Lady Timberwolves gave a good account of themselves at this year’s District softball tournament. After dropping their opening game, the Wolves kept alive with a win over Royal and gave Cle Elum-Roslyn a scare before bowing out.

The third-seeded Wolves lost their first game on the road, 8-1 to River View. Haley Hess struck out 15 batters for the Panthers and helped herself at bat going 3-3 with a triple. Goldendale’s only run came in the third inning with Brooke Graff driving in Sarah Henderson. Henderson was 2-3 with a double. Haley Hoffman and Karissa Ihrig singled for Goldendale’s only other hits.

The next two games were played on a neutral field at West Valley High School, in Yakima. Royal and Goldendale played a close, loser-out game with Goldendale finishing on top 5-3. Graff started the game off with a bang, tripling into left center and scoring on a Hoffman single. Ihrig drove Hoffman home and the Wolves had a brief 2-0 lead.

The first four batters reached base for Royal on three singles and a walk. Two runs scored, but Hoffman would go the rest of the way without giving up another hit. Meanwhile, Goldendale was hitting the ball, but had trouble getting runs across the plate until the fourth inning. Hoffman reached base on a fielder’s choice followed by walks to Johna Kartes and Taylor Swift. Ihrig came up big again with a two-run single. Hoffman tripled in the sixth and Kartes drove in the insurance run with a single. The Knights scored an unearned run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly following an error. Crysta Counts gunned down two of the last three batters from her short stop position to preserve the win.

Goldendale took a 2-1 lead over the SCAC west number two Cle Elum-Roslyn Warriors after singles in the second inning by Kartes, Ihrig and Swift. Kartes scored on Swift’s single and Ihrig crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

Both pitchers were sharp with each team managing just four hits. The Warriors tied the game in the fourth inning on an infield out and took the lead on a single by first baseman Sami Sweigard. A fifth inning threat was gunned down when Jill Lambert walked and tried to steal second, but was thrown out by catcher Kartes.

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Haley Hoffman slides safely into third against Royal.

The Timberwolves got the first two batters on base in the fifth and loaded the bases on an error by the centerfielder on a short fly by Graff. Pitcher Laura Potts struck out the next batter and got out of the inning on a ground ball force out to the third baseman.

Leadoff runners got on in the sixth and seventh innings on Warrior fielding errors, but were erased on double plays. The seventh inning double play was called after the runner going into second base was called for interference.

The Wolves played a smart, disciplined brand of ball this year and will have just four seniors to replace next year as Kartes, Hoffman, Swift and Shyanne Faulconer graduate.

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