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By Andrew Christiansen
Reporter 

T-Wolves miss State by an out

 

Andrew Christiansen

WINNING RUN: Allison Hutchins beats the force at home with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Cle -Elum-Roslyn.

Up by three runs with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Goldendale’s faithful were ready to explode with excitement, anticipating a trip to the State softball tournament, at the same time holding back, trying not to jinx the outcome. If there was a jinx, it came off the bats of Columbia-Burbank and a tricky wind that kicked up at the Hanford High School ball field. Four straight hits and the lead was cut to a run. The next batter slapped one back to pitcher Crysta Counts who gunned down the runner at third. Just one out away. The next batter singled cleanly to tie the game and the final batter popped up behind second base, but none of three girls who chased the ball in the wind could put a glove on it and the game was lost.

It was a hard way to lose a game. Worse than the opening round 13-0 beating at the hands of Connell. Worse than if they had been on the losing end of the 2-1 win over Cle Elum-Roslyn. The game was in hand. The Coyotes were wilting, but they found a way to hit the ball when and where they needed and made it a clean sweep for the SCAC east. Connell won the District, dominating River View 12-0 and Warden 10-0 behind the phenomenal pitching of Ashley Thompson. Goldendale had been the west’s last hope.

Goldendale could find some solace in the win over Cle Elum-Roslyn. As the fourth seed from the SCAC west, Goldendale got one of two wins for the west, the other was by Naches Valley over Zillah. The win over the Warriors was an exciting game with Goldendale giving up a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly.

Allison Hutchins led off Goldendale’s half of the seventh with a hard grounder that went through the short stop. Sierra Lamping walked and Kelsey Howard was unable to get a bunt down. Kailey Garrigus hit a sharp, first pitch single. Hutchins rounded third, but was held with just one out and the bases loaded. Kirstin Twohy followed with a shot back at the pitcher who couldn’t handle the ball, deflecting it to the short stop. Hutchins broke for home with the swing and beat the throw to the plate for the win. It was the kind of game one expects from fast pitch softball where pitchers usually dominate and fielding is the key to winning. Goldendale had it all going at the right time and looked destined to make it to State as Warden pummeled Burbank 19-3 into the loser bracket.

In the final game, Karissa Ihrig went 3-4 with a single, double, triple and two RBI and two runs scored. Hutchins was 1-4 with an RBI. Sarah Henderson was 2-4 with a triple and an RBI and Counts was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Twohy singled and reached by error, scoring both times and driving in two runs. Malissa Barrier was 2-4 and Howard tripled and scored after reaching base after being hit by a pitch.

The Lady Timberwolves finished the season with a 15-8 record, 7-5 in league. Goldendale’s battery of Counts and Henderson were voted first team All Conference and Karissa Ihrig and Hutchins were voted to the second team. Goldendale also came home with the Sportsmanship Award.

 

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