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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Goldendale splits home twinbill with Coyotes


Jaryd Cline

DEFENSIVE‚ÄąFUNDAMENTALS: Second baseman Jacob Bischoff fires to first after knocking down a grounder during the second game of Tuesday afternoon's doubleheader against the Columbia Burbank Coyotes at Jackson Field.

The defense and pitching was solid for Goldendale's baseball team on Tuesday afternoon at Jackson Field, but the Timberwolves struggled at the plate as they split a nonleague doubleheader against the Columbia Burbank Coyotes.

The Timberwolves combined for just seven hits over both games on Tuesday, but had a strong effort on the mound which propelled the home team to a 6-4 win in the opener. The Timberwolves also received strong outings from junior Alex Mains and senior Will Bostick in the second game of the twinbill, but just couldn't get the bats going in the 4-1 loss.

Justin Wells pitched six strong innings in the opener, allowing four runs (three earned) while striking out two before Bostick closed the door in the seventh and retired the Coyotes in order to secure the win.

Goldendale second year head coach Ann Cochran also was impressed with Mains' and Bostick's outings in the second game although he did struggle with command at times. He held the Coyotes to just three hits over 3.2 innings but issued six walks and was charged with three earned runs.

Bostick again came on in relief in the second game and held Burbank to two hits and one run over 3.1 innings while striking out two.

However, Goldendale tallied just three hits in the second game. Every hard hit ball that came off Goldendale's bat just seemed to find its way to one of Burbank's fielders and it was just one of those days for the Timberwolves' offense.

Goldendale's defense, however, was strong on Tuesday much as it's been all season.

"Defense was solid in both games," Cochran said after the game.

She said this year's group of Wolves prides itself on playing strong and sound defense and that has translated over into the games.

"Defense gave us a shot all day long," assistant coach Rick Kaufman said.

The Timberwolves are idle this weekend and are back on the diamond on Tuesday for a road doubleheader against the Kiona-Benton Bears.


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