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Cougars split doubleheader with Knights to open season


March 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat pitcher Troy Spino throws during last year's game in Goldendale. He started on the mound in the team's first game of the season.

The Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat baseball team opened its season with a split against Sunnyside Christian, losing the first before bouncing back with a big win against the Knights on Friday in Sunnyside.

The Cougars weren't able to overcome a seventh inning hole in a 3-2 loss in the opener, but poured the runs on in the second game of the doubleheader, a 14-1 win in five innings.

With Troy Spino, one of the top pitchers in the Greater Columbia Gorge League, on the mound in the opener, the Cougs struggled in the field with five errors, allowing the Knights to tack on some unearned runs that were the deciding factor in the game.

"We committed five errors and they were flawless in the field," assistant coach Joe Bales said in an email. "They took advantage of our mistakes and won the game."

The Knights scored one run in each the second, fourth and sixth inning, leading 3-0 entering the top of the seventh, the Cougs' last chance at bat.

Kurtis Billette drove in a run with an RBI double in the inning and the Cougars added one more run before Sunnyside was able to close out the inning and win the game behind an impressive pitching performance from Ross Faber. He also had two of the team's three hits and scored all three runs.

Andrew Carlock and Riley Mills each went 1 for 3 for LWK. Spino pitched all six innings for the Cougars.


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The bats were hot for the Cougars in the nightcap, a 14-1 win in which eight different players recorded at least one hit.

Led by a 4-for-4 performance which included two doubles and four RBIS from Billette, the Cougs cruised to the win, taking advantage of the 10-run rule and ending the game after five innings.

"A much better game for us," Bales said. "We hit well and we pitched well and we only committed one error in the field."

The Cougs struck for three runs in the first inning and four in the second, while pitchers Jeramiah Osterander and Zachary Miller held the Knights to just one run (in the first inning) throughout the game.

Mills went 1 for 1 with his lone hit leaving the yard for a two-run home run, Spino went 1 for 3 with an RBI, Osterander went 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Miller, Carlock, Devon Eiesland, and Jacob Wenz also added one hit each.


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