GOLDENDALE - The Milton-Freewater Blazers lost a doubleheader to Goldendale here Thursday.
Goldendale won the first game, 4-3, and the second, 7-6, in 11 innings.
Blazers' starting pitcher Patrick Sheets held batters down in the first, but when the sixth rolled around Goldendale managed to continually put runners in scoring position and collect crucial hits.
"Sheets did a real good job as far as pitching goes," Blazers coach Mike Garcia said. "He kept them off balance with his pitches. ... This was Patrick's best outing as a pitcher and I wanted him to finish strong and get the win, but they were able to get those hits when they needed (them)."
In game two, Goldendale score two in the first before the Blazers responded with two of their own in the second, but Goldendale's Anthony Trunkey gave his team the lead in the third with a two-run blast, his first of two home runs.
The Blazers tied the game in the top of the fourth inning with two runs - and it stayed 6-6 until the bottom of the 11th.
The ninth-inning found the Blazers' Ricky Sandoval on first base. Described as being "extremely fast" by Garcia, Sandoval put his speed on display and quickly stole second and third. A pickoff from the catcher and a mistake by Goldendale's third baseman allowed Sandoval to keep going toward home and give the Blazers the 6-5 lead. All they had to do was hope pitcher Randy Romero could hold the lea. But a half-inning later, Goldendale's Trunkey on a 1-2 count took a change-up down the middle and sent it over the wall for his second round-tripper of the game.
Two innings later, Goldendale got the win when Anthony Trunkey was walked, stole second and third and raced home when the Blazers' Jake Knight made an errant throw to third.
The two losses were the 14-21 Blazers' 11th and 12th one-run games. Despite the losses, Garcia sees improvement in his team.
"They don't seem to get rattled anymore in a one- run game," he said. "Now we just need to focus on getting the lead and shutting the door on other teams."
Goldendale 4, M-F 3
M-F 000 102 0 - 3 5 1
Goldendale 000 004 x - 4 7 0
Sheets and McCoy. Gafton, Lindhe (4) and Kurk Denney.
HR - M-F: Garcia.
Hits - MF: James, Romero, Ortiz 2, Dylan. Goldendale: Moss, Herin 2, Denny, Cronin 2, Trunkey.
Goldendale 7, M-F 6, 11 innings
M-F 021 200 001 00 - 6 5 5
Goldendale 203 000 001 01 - 7 8 1
James, Cuellar, Quaempts (5), Romero (9), Knight (10) and McCoy. Lefko, Moss (6), Gaston (9), and Denney.
HR - Goldendale: Trunkey 2.
Hits - M-F: Knight, James, Stringham, Sandoval 2. Goldendale: Moss, Horn, Lindhe 2, Trunkey 2, Gafton.