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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Baseball splits with Burbank, Ki-Be in nonleague doubleheaders


April 11, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale assistant coach Rick Kauffman congratulates senior Justin Wells after beating out an infield single during the third inning of Tuesday's nonconference game against the Kiona Benton Bears.

The Timberwolves were back at it after returning from spring break for a pair of games against the Kiona Benton Bears of the South Central Athletic Conference East side, winning the opener 9-3 before falling in the nightcap in a close 11-9 decision.

Dylan Denning started on the mound for the Timberwolves, who trailed 1-0 after the top of the first inning, but Goldendale evened it up a half-inning later. Jacob Bischoff singled to lead off the inning, moved over to second base on Rennen Kauffman's sacrifice bunt, took third on a passed ball, and came around to score on Justin Wells' sacrifice fly to right field.

After three straight walks in the bottom half of the second to load the bases, Bischoff worked a full count with two outs before lining a shot to the gap in left-center that scored two and put Goldendale ahead 3-1.

Denning worked out of a jam in the third after runners took second and third bases with nobody out. He found a groove and struck out the next three Ki-Be hitters to escape the inning before the Bears could get anyone across home plate.

Senior Joe Randall doubled in another run in the bottom of the third, and the Wolves had a 4-1 advantage heading into the top of the fourth when the papers had to be sent.

Goldendale added three runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth, and held on for the 9-3 win in the opening game.

Bischoff finished 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs and Randall also batter 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.

The Timberwolves jumped out on top early with a two-run first inning, but the Bears scored the next 11 runs and held an 11-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Facing the nine-run deficit, Goldendale's bats got hot at just the right time. They struck for three in the sixth but still trailed 11-5 with just the seventh inning to play.

They drew a couple of walks and had some timely hits from Bischoff and senior Alex Mains and scored five runs in the inning, but the comeback came up just short in the 11-9 contest.


The Timberwolves were away from home last Tuesday in Burbank for a pair of games against the Coyotes, a team Cochran said was similar to Goldendale in terms of numbers. Goldendale has 19 kids at this point in the season, while the Coyotes have 17 players.

The teams split the nonleague twinbill, with the Coyotes taking the first 14-3 in five innings while Goldendale bounced back for a 10-7 win in which they led from start to finish.

The opening game didn't go the way Goldendale wanted, with the Coyotes scoring eight runs in the first two innings and six more in the fourth to go up by 11 runs and end the game in the fifth inning.

Senior Jacob Bischoff has been on a tear so far this season while senior Rennen Kauffman has been swinging the bat well lately. Both seniors finished with two hits in the opener while senior Justin Wells added a double in a 1-for-3 performance.

Bischoff started on the mound in the second game and cruised through the first couple of innings. He didn't allow an earned run when Mitch Bane came on in relief in the fifth inning while Bane was able to finish out the game with senior Joe Randall behind the plate.

The Timberwolves jumped all over the Coyotes early, scoring three runs each in three of the first four innings.

They also combined for 12 hits in the game with five players recording two or more hits.

The leadoff man, Bischoff, has been getting on base at an insane rate, and added a single and double while also scoring a pair of runs.

Jaryd Cline

Senior Dylan Denning rounds second base and heads for third on Joe Randall's RBI double in the bottom of the third inning during Tuesday's nonleague game against the Kiona Benton Bears.

Kauffman continued his success from the first game, adding two singles and two runs from the No. 2 spot in the order.

Mains had three hits (two singles and a double) in three at bats, scoring all three times he reached base while Wells, hitting cleanup, finished 3 for 5 with three singles and a run. Bane also had a pair of hits, both singles, while also crossing home plate once in the win.

Up next

After their two games with the Bears, the Timberwolves are at home again on Saturday for one nonleague game with the Class 2B DeSales Irish, with first pitch at 11 a.m.

Goldendale is off for a week after that, traveling to Zillah on April 21 for two games with the Leopards.


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