By Andrew Christiansen

Small ball breaks open tight game as Warriors go on for sweep over Wolves


Andrew Christiansen

GOOD JUMP: Goldendale's Jacob Bischoff got a good jump to eliminate the force at second base during the seventh inning of game one. Bischoff drew his third walk of the game to lead off the seventh and later scored on a single by Daniel Bischoff.

Cle Elum-Roslyn broke open a close game with a six-run sixth inning in the opener of a double-header in Cle Elum, Saturday. J.C. Cline worked his way out of a couple of jams and scattered seven hits before the Warriors broke the game open, pressuring the Timberwolves with a bunting game. The final score was 8-2 and was the first of what would become a sweep for Cle Elum-Roslyn in the opening games of SCAC West play.

Both teams started the game with a promising first inning that left the team wanting more. Will Bostick reached base on a bobbled ball by the short stop to lead off the game. Jacob Bischoff followed with a walk and Cline drove in the first run of the game with a single to center field. Bischoff was thrown out at third and a line out and strike out ended the opening threat. The Warriors got singles from their first two batters, but Joseph Randall picked off the lead-off batter at third base and gunned down the second batter trying to steal second. A fly ball ended the inning.

Goldendale threatened in the third, but left runners on second and third. They also left runners in scoring position in the fourth following a single by Daniel Bischoff and walk by Mitchell Bane. Both runners advanced on stolen bases, but pitcher, Austin Hamilton got the next batter to pop up and he struck out the final two.

Cle Elum-Roslyn scored their first run in the fourth on a double and a triple. They took the lead with a single, a bunt for single and another single to lead off the fifth inning. Cline struck out the next batter and the final two outs left runners at the corners.

Goldendale loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning. Relief pitcher, Josh Link struck out the next two batters to end the threat. Jacob Bischoff scored in the seventh after walking, stealing and going to third on a throwing error. He was driven in by brother Daniel Bischoff, who was stranded as the game ended. Goldendale left 11 batters on base, while Cle Elum-Roslyn stranded six and hit .500 with runners on base.

Game two got off to a rough start with Daniel Bischoff on the mound. A hit batter, a single and an error loaded the bases with one out. Killian O'Connor blasted a ball to the wall in center field, clearing the bases. O'Connor made it four runs as he took advantage of a bobble and beat the throw to home. Five more runs would score off four more hits and the Warriors had a nine run cushion.

The Timberwolves fought back with a six-run fifth inning, but the Warriors answered with five of their own and went on to the 15-8 win.

Goldendale had a non-league game at River View on Tuesday and host Zillah in a pair of league games on Saturday. Game time is 11 a.m.

Goldendale 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2- 7-3

Cle Elum-Roslyn 0 0 0 1 1 6 x 8-14-3

Timberwolves - Cline, Bane (6) and Randall

Warriors - Hamilton, Link (5) and Wersland.

Goldendale 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 8- 8- 2

Cle Elum-Roslyn 9 1 1 0 5 0 x 15-14-2

Timberwolves - D. Bischoff, C.J. Harvey (1), Bane (5), J. Bischoff (6) and Randall.

Warriors - Clifton, Dawson (5) and Wersland.

Andrew Christiansen

STRONG OUTING: J.C. Cline had a strong performance through the first five innings of the opener in Cle Elum. The senior was also good at the plate with a 3-4 game with an RBI. Things got away from the Wolves in the sixth inning as the team lost their league opener.


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