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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Wolves battle, but fall to Rangers in opener


March 29, 2017

Jaryd Cline

HOT CORNER: Third baseman Mitchell Bane fires to second after knocking down a ground ball on Saturday against the Naches Ranger

One of the toughest tasks in Goldendale athletics over the past decade plus has been beating the Naches Rangers on the baseball diamond. Tough yes, but not impossible as Goldendale showed last weekend.

During Saturday's South Central Athletic Conference West opening doubleheader, the Timberwolves dropped the opening game 10-0 and had a tough time hitting Naches pitcher Jeb Callaghan before giving the Rangers all they could handle during the 12-6 nightcap.

Goldendale was kept at bay in the opener by a tough Callaghan fastball, which he used to record 10 strikeouts, but the Timberwolves' bats woke up in the second game as they pushed the Rangers in hopes of knocking off the SCAC powerhouse for the first time in over a decade.

Falling behind 4-0 after three innings, the Goldendale bats got the offense going in the bottom half of the third after back-to-back singles from Dylan Denning and Will Bostick with one out before Jacob Bischoff reached on an error to load the bases with just one out.

Alex Mains came through in the next at bat with a two-run double, and he and Bischoff later came around to score on passed balls to even the game at four.

It's no easy task keeping the Rangers' line up quiet, which was able strike for one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and four more in the sixth that quieted the Goldendale rally and put the away team up for good, although the Wolves didn't go down quietly.

Trailing 11-4, Justin Wells and Mitchell Bane each singled to open the bottom of the sixth. Wells later scored on a Naches overthrow, and Bane touched home after a sacrifice fly to right field from Josh Ortiz in which Naches' fielder made a great sliding catch. Bane originally was called out after the field ump said he didn't tag up, but both umps conferred and reversed the call, deeming Bane safe as Goldendale cut its deficit to 11-6.

It must have been an amazing feat for the ump in the field to see the Ranger right fielder catch the ball and watch Bane tag up from third base at the exact same time before calling him out. It was a very strange sequence of events but the umps were able to get the call correct after meeting and talking the play over.

However, that was the last run Goldendale would score.

It was a tough way and tough opponent to open the conference slate against, but the Wolves played determined in the opener and were able to battle out of some tough situations.

Starting pitcher Justin Wells was able to work himself out of back-to-back bases loaded jams in the first and second innings of the first game and the Goldendale defense looked sharp in the second game while combining for three double plays over both games.

Goldendale prides itself on playing excellent defense, and is one of the team's favorite things to practice, according to head coach Ann Cochran

The Goldendale pitching looked strong at times but also inconsistent at other times, but was kind of expected in just the team's third and fourth games of the season.

First game

Naches Valley 004 123 0 - 10 10 2

Goldendale 000 000 0 - 0 1 5

Wells pitched three innings, striking out one and was relieved by Ortiz, who also struck out one. Joseph Randle recorded Goldendale's lone hit, beating out an infield single in the fifth.

Second game

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ROCK AND FIRE: Pitcher Tyrell David delivers to the plate during Saturday's second game against Naches.

Naches Valley 103 123 2 - 12 11 2

Goldendale 004 002 0 - 6 9 0

Denning pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out one and Bane, Mains and Tyrell David combined to finish the game.

Goldendale also completed the season sweep over the River View Panthers with last Thursday's 11-7 win on the road. The game was a make-up game from when the team's met on March 14 but only played one game.

Goldendale 060 103 0 - 10 8 3

River View 010 300 1 - 6 4 3

Denning, Justin Sargeant, Ortiz, David and Bischoff combined to limit the Panthers offense to four hits.


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