Goats’ baseball split victory in league opener

Gage Estes secures a catch, denying a stolen base to an Okanogan Bulldog runner during the second game of the double-header, Saturday, March 17 at Mountain Goat Field.

Shortly after beginning the last game in the double-header, an attempt to retrieve a fly ball to the outfield resulted in a collision with the fence for a Bulldog outfielder. Chelan Fire and Rescue and Lake Chelan Valley Emergency Medical Services responded for the player, who was then transported for evaluation.

Pitcher Connor Wilson launches a pitch passed a Bulldog batter. The Goats and Bulldogs went on to split the double-header victory after a full day of emotion and tension

CHELAN – Goats baseball saw emotional peaks and valleys in the hosted double-header against Okanogan Bulldogs, Saturday, March 17 at Mountain Goat Field.
The Caribou Trail League (CTL) opener and near perfect baseball weather brought fans to the field to enjoy and support our Goat athletics. The double-header, however, proved to be anything but predictable as the Goats and Bulldogs went head-to-head.
In the impassioned game of baseball, emotions run high as each team battles at the plate and on the field. Beginning the first of the two games and earning the first run for the Goats of the day was a RBI double by Colt Corrigan, resulting in a score for Gage Estes and a one to zero lead for the Goats. “In the top of the second,” said Goats Head Coach Dana Papasedero, “the Bulldogs capitalized on four Goat errors, scoring three unearned runs.” The bottom of the fifth inning, he explained, “the Goats erupted for three runs highlighted by Bryson Darlington’s two RBI doubles and Breckin Sporseen adding another RBI double to take the lead for good.” Chelan maintained the lead and ended the first game with a 4-3 victory.
The second game showed to be a teeter-totter of emotions and plays. Just after the Goats earned the first score of the final game, tensions rose high as a collision at home plate resulted in two ejections, one for the Goats and the other for the Bulldogs. At the same timeframe, as the ejections were being settled, the teams saw a 45-minute delay, as a Bulldog collision with the fencing rail resulting in transportation to Lake Chelan Community Hospital for evaluation. “A long homerun by Breckin Sporseen to left (field),” summoned up Papasedero, “and a hard-hit RBI double down the left field by Freshman Drake Bird to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh (inning) to force extra innings.” The Goats went on to surrender four runs in the eighth inning and weren’t able to recover, he said, resulting in a Bulldog victory with a final score of 3-7.
Chelan Goats baseball will be on the road for their next CTL match-up against the Cashmere Bulldogs, Saturday, March 24.

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