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Goldendale girls softball looks promising

 

Brendan Relaford

GETTING THE PICTURE: The 2018 Goldendale softball squad gather around coach Duane Witter at the mound to talk strategy.

Asked how the 2018 girls softball team fared in 2018, coach Duane Witter said, "We did the same as we did the year before. We did not win a game in league." However, he added, "We participated in a summer softball program, and I was very happy with the girls. It was my first year and their first year with me, and we improved dramatically. The girls had a history of getting blown out 23 to zero, and those scores narrowed considerably."

Witter was pleased with how the Timberwolves performed at the plate last year. "We were getting kids on base," he said, "and if we're getting kids on base, we can win games." He also said he liked how the Wolves performed defensively. They were able to make some good defensive plays and hope to expand on that success this coming season. "We have a first and second baseman with experience pitching coming back," Witter said, "and with Delaney Peters and her stepsister coming up as a freshman, we will have good pitching and be strong defensively up the middle.

Right now the squad has 13 players, which means a lot of the girls playing quite a few innings. "In the SCAC West league, we will play home and home in league, and we rotate each year," Witter said. "This year I think we have a total of 20 games, and they're all doubleheaders, so we'll have 10 game days. Most of them are Saturday doubleheaders."

In 2018 the Timberwolves opened their South Central Athletic Conference West schedule with a doubleheader against 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. Girls softball has a mercy rule that requires the game to be forfeited by the team that is down by 15 runs through three.

The next week The Timberwolves fell 18-7 to the White Swan Cougars in the opener of a 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 we just ran out of daylight," Witter said.

The 2019 season opener at Riverview, originally scheduled for March 9, has been postponed until April 23 due to poor field conditions brought on by the weather. The girls will open their season against Grandview at Goldendale High School with a doubleheader on March 19 at 3 p.m.

 

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