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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale softball falls in SCAC openers, falls in close games to River View, White Swan

 

March 28, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Sandra Crook makes the grab at third base during the league opening game against Naches last Saturday.

Goldendale came close to picking up their first win on the softball diamond during last Tuesday's doubleheader against White Swan, but time was against the Timberwolves as they fell 5-4 in the nightcap which was called after four innings due to darkness.

That game, head coach Duane Witter said, was one of the best all-around games the Wolves have competed in so far this year, and he's excited to see what the Wolves have in store for the rest of the season.

After falling in two games in their South Central Athletic Conference West openers against Naches on Saturday, the Wolves were back at home Tuesday for a makeup game against River View. The first game of the doubleheader was played back on March 13, but the second game was postponed with heavy rains pounding Goldendale.

The Timberwolves were locked in a back-and-forth contest with the Panthers on the windy Tuesday afternoon, trading leads a couple of times.

Trailing 9-5 in the bottom of the sixth, the Wolves struck for two runs to narrow their deficit to just two runs, but were held scoreless in the seventh in the 9-7 defeat.

Saturday

The Timberwolves opened their South Central Athletic Conference West slate with Saturday's doubleheader with the Naches Rangers, but had a hard time with Naches pitcher Lacee Fridley, a second team all-league from a year ago.

It was a cold and windy day Saturday morning when the first pitch was delivered, and the Goldendale defense, along with pitcher Delaney Peters, helped hold the Rangers to one run throughout the first two innings.

However, the Rangers offense came alive in the third and fourth innings, combining for 16 runs as they were able to close the game out for a 17-0 win in four innings.

The Rangers again had their bats going in the second game, which they won 19-2 in four innings, but Goldendale also had a better time at the plate.

Sandra Crook drove in Joellene Sargent on her groundout in the bottom of the second inning for the team's first run, and Katie Harris singled in the third inning and came around to score later in the inning on a passed ball.

Last Tuesday

The Timberwolves fell 18-7 to the White Swan Cougars in the opener of last Tuesday's doubleheader, but in the second game, trailed 5-4 in the fourth inning before the game was called due to darkness.

"That one I felt we were going to get a win but just ran out of daylight," Witter said.

Weis started in the circle for the Wolves and pitched well, striking out two in her two innings pitched. Peters came on in relief and pitched until the game was called, also recording a couple of strikeouts.

Witter said he was pleased with how the Wolves were performing in the field and with the bats in the nightcap.

"Defensively and offensively we were playing really good ball in that second game," Witter said.

Jaryd Cline

Delaney Peters fires a pitch during Tuesday's SCAC West opener against the Naches Rangers on Saturday in Goldendale.

The Wolves have continued to grind throughout the early part of the season and have been working to improve the kinks, but when they do, Witter is excited about the possibilities.

"They're working through some challenges," Witter said. "The more things come together and work, it's going to be great."

Throughout the first three games, the two against White Swan and one against River View, Goldendale combined for 23 hits and 13 runs.

Up next

After Tuesday's makeup game against River View, they are off until after spring break, returning to the diamond on April 10 to host the Kiona Benton Bears for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.

 

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