Tonasket baseball season ends with double header loss to Cascade

Photo by Ian DunnJeff Mahlke batting for the Tigers against Cascade on Saturday, May 9. Tonasket lost their first game 10-9 and their second game 11-1.

Photo by Ian DunnJeff Mahlke batting for the Tigers against Cascade on Saturday, May 9. Tonasket lost their first game 10-9 and their second game 11-1.

LEAVENWORTH – The Tonasket baseball season ended with a double header loss to Cascade on Saturday, May 9.

“We actually played very well in our first game,” Stephen Williams, head coach, said. “The second game…not so good.”

Tonasket lost the first game to Cascade 10-9. Williams said Wade Detillian pitched a great game for six and one-third innings and that Ty Thornton pitched the last two-thirds of the seventh inning.

“Kody Ayers hit two doubles, one off of the left center fence just shy of a home run,” Williams said. “Thornton hit the ball all day. Detillian hit a triple over the right fielder’s head.”

Jeramy Dellinger was three for three as was Matt Chartier.

“We were up 9-6 going into the bottom of the seventh but we just ran out of strikes,” Williams said. “We loaded the bases, walked in a run and they finished the game with a single to right to score the winning run.”

Williams said the team was really deflated after that loss.

“They played so well and worked hard,” he added. “It would have been nice to see them rewarded with a win but that’s baseball. A lot of things can happen in a very short amount of time.”

The Tigers lost their second game to Cascade 11-1 after five innings.

“We couldn’t seem to get the bats going in the second game,” Williams said. “Ayers looked real strong on the mound but they were able to get a few well placed ‘Texas Leaguers’ to score runs. That coupled with the fact that we just didn’t hit the ball makes for a short game.”

Williams said he is extremely proud of the team and the way they handled themselves this year.

“We were plagued with injures all year and so we never had a chance to see what this team really could have done,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys on the team and I think the next few years are going to show some growth.”

The Tigers’ final record was 6-12-1 and they finished seventh in the Caribou Trail League.

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