By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale baseball falls in district opener in Connell, hosts Royal Friday


Jaryd Cline

Senior Mitch Bane watches the ball into his glove as he sets up to attempt a double play against Cle Elum on April 28.

Prior to Tuesday's district playoff opening game against Connell, head coach Ann Cochran dubbed the Goldendale baseball team the Cardiac Kids after developing a knack for late-game, near heart-attack inducing wins.

Less than two weeks ago during the team's senior day doubleheader against Cle Elum, the Timberwolves, with their backs up against the wall needing at least two wins to clinch a spot in the South Central Athletic Conference District Tournament, struck for seven runs in the final inning of the second game to stun the Warriors and split the doubleheader.

The win put them in the right direction, but the Wolves still needed one win against La Salle on May 1 to force a three-way tie for third in the SCAC West, or two wins to claim third place outright.

Goldendale erased any doubt against the Lightning on May 1, winning both games of the doubleheader including a stunning five-run rally in the top of the seventh of the second game to escape with a 6-4 win, propelling the team to third place in the west while eliminating the Lightning from postseason contention.

In their last three games – game two against Cle Elum on April 28 and both games against La Salle on May 1 – Goldendale scored a combined 23 runs with 16 coming in the seventh inning.

Now, the Wolves are looking to keep the offensive production up throughout the district tourney, but Cochran is hoping the team will score runs more consistently throughout the games instead of waiting until the late innings.

Districts began Tuesday with the first-round games of the double elimination tournament on Tuesday, but results weren't available when the papers had to be sent out.

The Timberwolves, third place from the SCAC West, traveled to Connell Tuesday for a meeting with the East's No. 2 seed. The Eagles finished the season at 15-5 overall and 11-3 in SCAC East play while the Wolves finished at 10-11 overall and 3-5 in SCAC West play, including three straight wins to close the regular season.

The Timberwolves couldn't keep up their late game magic against the Eagles, falling 7-3 to the home team to move into the loser's bracket of the district tournament.

The host the East's No. 4 seed, Royal, at 4 p.m. at Jackson Field.

The top four teams from the SCAC District Tournament advance to the state championships which starts May 19.

The district tournament bracket can be found online at


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