GOLDENDALE - The Goldendale Timberwolves scored the winning runs in the last innings of both games yesterday to sweep a non-league doubleheader from the Grandview High School baseball team.
Despite sustaining the two non-conference losses, Grandview Coach Mike Chester was not all that displeased with the defeats.
"We played a lot of sophomores," Chester said. "We've got league starting this coming Saturday, and our older players aren't going to be able to do it all. We wanted to see our sophomores play.
"And, they didn't do too badly. They put the bat on the ball, gave us some good defensive stands and pitched decently, too," Chester said.
Sophomore Brandon Artz drew the nod to take the mound in Tuesday's opening game. Artz left midway through the fifth inning, with his club up by a 6-4 count. Goldendale rallied in the bottom of the sixth with three runs, though, to pull out a 7-6 victory. The Timberwolves took advantage of two walks and three passed balls in the frame.
"Brandon (Artz) pitched well," said Chester. "He gave up a few hits and had four walks, but struck out two. It was his first start of the year. It was a good solid outing."
The Greyhounds jumped on Goldendale early in the opener, plating three runs in the top of the first. Senior Brian Hall (0-3), who relieved Artz on the mound in the fifth and absorbed the loss, had a single in the inning, as did Orlando Gomez. The key blows, though, were an RBI double off the bat of Artz and a two-run double by Adam Pena.
Grandview increased its lead to 4-2 in the top of the third via a solo homer by Hall, who finished the first game with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. The 'Hounds added two more tallies in their half of the fifth.
Besides Hall having a multi-hit performance in the opener, Artz went 2-for-4 with a sac.
In Tuesday's twin bill finale, the Timberwolves snapped an 11-all tie in the bottom half of the seventh, making a loser of Kevin Concienne (0-1), only a sophomore. Concienne, who took over atop the mound in the top of the third for starting hurler Rigo Rodriguez, was competing at the varsity level for the first time yesterday.
Goldendale scored the winning run when its leadoff batter squeaked a shot down the left field line for a double, coming round to score on back-to-back singles.
Concienne had better success yesterday with a bat in his hand. He singled and doubled in two plate appearances. Rodriguez made the most of his one trip to the plate in the nightcap, crushing a grand slam in the top of the first. Hall also belted a ball over the fence, a solo homer in the third inning, for his second dinger of the day. Pena added a 2-for-4 offensive effort for the 'Hounds.
Grandview (0-0, 1-5) opens Mid-Valley League play at Selah this coming Saturday.