Pioneers smack Goldendale

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GOLDENDALE — The McLoughlin High School baseball team clubbed 25 hits combined in a sweep of Goldendale on Tuesday.

The Pioneers opened with an 8-5 win in game one, before taking the night cap, 5-2. Hunter Yensen led the offensive surge, as he finished with five hits in the two games.

“We talked a little bit about not sending too many fly balls out because those are easy outs,” Mac-Hi coach Mike Garcia said. “I thought they did a good job of having a better approach at the plate and swinging a little more level.”

The Pioneer pitching staff also played a big role in the sweep, as Chase Copenhaver restricted the Timberwolves to just five hits in game one. Copenhaver, who hadn’t pitched in a few weeks, threw just 22 pitches over the final three innings.

“He’s throwing a lot of strikes,” Garcia said. “That’s what we wanted him to do going into this weekend — have his control and have that confidence as well.”

Mac-Hi (8-7 overall, 1-5 in Greater Oregon League) faces La Grande on Saturday.

First Game

Mac-Hi 330 020 0 — 8 12 3

Goldendale 131 000 0 — 5 5 3

Copenhaver and Roff. Trunkey, Cochran (5) and Walter.

Hits — Mac-Hi: Copenhaver, Barnhardt, H. Yensen (3), B. Yensen, Roff (2), Banek, Mercado, Podolski (2). Goldendale: Enstad, Trunkey, Cochran, Wooden, Sargent.

Second Game

Mac-Hi 100 030 1 — 5 13 1

Goldendale 000 100 1 — 2 5 3

B. Yensen, H. Yensen (7) and Barnhardt. Cline and Walter.

Hits — Mac-Hi: Copenhaver (2), Barnhardt, H. Yensen (2), B. Yensen (2), Roff, Chaney, Mercado, Debord (3). Goldendale: Cochran (2), Cline, Cessler, Read.

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