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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale baseball wins in extras over River View, falls to White Salmon


Jaryd Cline

Senior Colton Ward gets the ball in from the outfield during last Thursday's nonconference game against White Salmon.

The Goldendale baseball team played in its home opener back on March 13 in a doubleheader against the River View Panthers, but it took quite some time before the results of the second game were official.

The second game of that twinbill, which was postponed in the third inning last month, was continued in Goldendale on March 27 where the Timberwolves were faced with a deficit before stepping out on the field. They were able to weather the storm, especially late, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, and one in the bottom of the eighth for the 13-12 win.

Picking up where the game left off on March 13 in the top of the third inning with the bases loaded and nobody out trailing 3-1, Goldendale minimized the damage, allowing only two runs to score that inning and was down 5-1 before heading to the plate.

Even though they were faced with the deficit, head coach Ann Cochran was pleased with how the team continued battling and never looked back.

"The nice thing is that the kids have really been working on competing, competing, competing," Cochran said. "They didn't flinch and they hit all day."

The Timberwolves were strong with the bats, scoring runs in every inning for the rest of the game except one, as seven Wolves recorded at least one hit, including four from senior Justin Wells and a pair of home runs from senior Dylan Denning.

Wells hit 4 for 4 with a double and three singles, senior Jacob Bischoff finished 2 for 4 with two doubles, senior Alex Mains batted 2 for 5 with a double, Denning was 2 for 5 with the two home runs, and senior John DeMott added a pair of singles as well.

Cochran also was pleased with how Goldendale responded and reacted while faced with the deficit. They never felt out of the game, knowing that they were capable of coming back and winning.

"They showed a lot of confidence when they got down," she said.

The made up River View contest also was the first game that Cochran has been a part of, or seen, that was called midway through, and continued at a later date.

Goldendale was back at home last Thursday for a nonconference game against the Columbia (White Salmon) Bruins, and although Denning had a strong outing on the mound, the Bruins knocked off the Wolves 12-1 at Jackson Field.

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Rick Kauffman talks with the JV team between innings last Tuesday.

The teams were locked in a one-run game for the majority of the afternoon before the Bruins struck for five runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to pull away.

"We played a great five innings of baseball," assistant coach Bill Kauffman said.

Denning struck out six batters during his five innings on the mound, while Bischoff and Wells each had doubles at the plate for Goldendale.

After Tuesday's nonleague road contest at Columbia Burbank, the Wolves are back on the diamond on Tuesday for another nonleague contest against the Kiona Benton Bears and assistant coach Trevor Fields, a 2010 Goldendale graduate.


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