Wolves clinch three of four games against Central Washington University

ELLENSBURG — Over the weekend, the Wolves traveled to Ellensburg, Wash., to play a four-game series over two days against Central Washington University.

Saturday saw the Wolves win both games against the Wildcats, 13-4 and 9-1, respectively.

Originally, this game series was set in Oregon, but due to rainfall during the week, the fields were too wet and muddy. This didn’t seem to affect the Wolves, however.

First inning, the Wolves were down 3-1 but for the next four innings, the Wolves scored runs, including a 6 run sixth, bringing them into the lead. Jared McDonald led the team with home runs in the third and sixth innings, ending the game going three-for-four, and four RBIs.

Nyles Nygaard and Cody Dykstra each added three hits, with Cody Dykstra hitting the team’s third ball sailing over the fence with a three-run homer.

In the second game on Saturday, the Wolves plated four runs during the first inning, establishing a quick lead that they kept up for the rest of the game. Jacob Martinez struck a double to right and crossed the plate for the first run. Connor McCord and McDonald both laced singles and were both batted in by a homer from Griffey Halle.

The Wildcats were only able to score one run toward the end of the first inning until the Wolves came in with a four-run fourth. Dykstra had a two-run homer, bringing in Jay Leverett and Nygaard. McCord finished off the game with his sixth homer of the season during the seventh inning.

Sunday, the Wolves went up against the Wildcats again for a split in their last two games of the weekend, with a defeat by the Wolves in the first game, 9-0, followed by a loss, 7-2.

The Wolves scored in the first four innings, and six out of the total nine, in their first game for their domination over the Wildcats. Martinez led the Wolves once again with a two for four game with three RBI. McDonald scored three times, including a homer in the sixth, and McCord went two for four with two RBI.

During the second game, the Wildcats seemed to find their footing.

The Wolves managed to pull out two runs in the fourth inning, with McCord striking an RBI double and later scoring on a wild pitch. They were ready to score again in the sixth before they were wiped off the bases during a double play. Seven hitters were struck out in the last inning by Wildcats pitcher Seth Pederson.

The Wolves are 9-10 in GNAC. Thursday, the Wolves play at home, hosting Lewis-Clark State College.

Wolves win one, lose two, in three game series: Saturday, the Wolves played their first home game of the past two seasons, splitting the two game series against Simon Frasier, with 4-3, and 9-3, respectively.

In the first game, the Wolves jumped to a 2-0 lead with a homer by Cheyanne Rimes, occurring with Tyler Creach on third after opening the inning with an outfield single.

It was an intense game, with the Saints threatening to score in each inning by getting bases loaded against pitcher Lizzet Dominguez. Fifth and sixth innings saw the Wolves score singles, and during the seventh, the Saints almost clinched a game-tying score Dominguez closed out the game with a grounder to shortstop.

For their second game, the Saints scored straight for seven innings, leading the game with two runs and opening up the fourth with five runs.

The Wolves came up late with three runs, containing a two-run roundtripper by Zoe Clark in the bottom of the fourth. But they couldn’t seem to catch up to the Saint’s fast lead and lost their second game of the day.

Sunday, the Wolves went up against Central Washington University, and didn’t score until the fourth inning, with Rimer crossing the plate for their first run of the game. In the third inning, the Saints scored six runs, securing their lead. Fourth inning, the Saints scored two more runs, bringing the score to 7-1, and ending the day with a win.

The Wolves ended the weekend 13-11 overall and 4-3 for GNAC. Friday they travel to Stanislaus, California, to play against Dominican University of California.

Track and Field: The Wolves’ outdoor season started off this weekend in Portland at the Lewis and Clark Spring Break opener, where both the men’s and women’s teams brought in 12 different top three finishes.

Grayson Burke led the 400-meter dash with 58.47, while Justin Crosswhite led the Wolves 1-2 in the 1500, with 3:57.40 for Crosswhite and 3:59.17 for Thomas Normandeau; Wolf Tyler Jones came in fourth, with 3:59.53.

Curt Knott came in second for the Wolves for the 800, with 1:55.70, and teammate Dominick Marshall with 1:56.89 for third.

Wolf Codi Blodgett came up second in the 200, with 22.57, and Alani Troutman also brought in second place with flying 22-1 ¾ in the long jump.

For the women’s team, Sara Madden took second place in the 400 hurdles, with 1:05.87, and Nicole Niskanen followed behind her with 106.67.

Next weekend the Wolves return next as a split squad with competition at San Francisco State University and Stanford University in California, and the Pacific Open in Forest Grove.

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