By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Mains, Wells combine to shut out Cougars as Wolves sweep Tuesday doubleheader


March 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Senior Rennen Kauffman puts the tag down on a White Swan runner trying to advance to second base during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Led by four strong innings on the mound from senior Alex Mains and a barrage of hits and runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Timberwolves put away the White Swan Cougars 14-0 over five innings in the first game of Tuesday's home doubleheader against their former South Central Athletic Conference West rival.

Mains struck out 10 of the 15 total batters he faced and senior Justin Wells came on and closed the door in the fifth inning with a pair of strikeouts while the Timberwolves improved to 3-2 so far this season after winning 20-2 in the nightcap.

Leading 1-0 entering the bottom of the third, the Wolves struck for nine runs to blow it open and added four more runs in the fourth.

Along with his outing on the mound, Mains added four hits, three of them doubles to lead Goldendale's offensive charge. Senior Joe Randall had three singles, Wells had two singles and a double, senior Blake Best hit a two-run double in the fourth, and seniors Mitch Bane, Rennen Kauffman, John DeMott, and Jacob Bischoff all had hits as well for the home team.

Last Tuesday

The Wolves were at Jackson Field for their first home games of the season last Tuesday, holding on 2-1 in the opener before the second game was called in the third inning while the rain intensified.

That second game, which Goldendale trailed 3-1, has been scheduled to continue next Tuesday in Goldendale at 3 p.m.

But in the opener, it was a dominant pitching performance from Mains and a clutch at bat late from Bischoff that was the deciding factor in the 2-1 win.

Mains went the distance on the mound for seven strong innings, surrendering just the one run in the top of the sixth inning, and the Wolves were able to just get him the offensive support to win the game.

Bischoff, who scored the game's opening run in the first after coming around to score on an error, led the team with a two-hit performance, most notably putting the team ahead for good with his solo shot in the bottom of the sixth, just a half-inning after the Panthers tied it up at one.

Mains shut River View down in the seventh as the team won its first game of the season after previously dropping a pair of games in Royal on March 10.

Along with Bischoff, Wells, Mains, Mitch Bane, and John DeMott all added hits for the Timberwolves.


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Up next

After Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cougars, the Wolves are back on the road for a pair of games against the Naches Rangers with the first pitch coming at 11 a.m. and the second game slated for 1 p.m. Last season, the Rangers joined Zillah, Kiona Benton, and Connell from the SCAC at the state tournament where Connell was the only team to advance out of the round of 16.


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