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Baseball beats Castle Rock; league play begins this week

Photo by Sebastian Moraga
Parker Landdeck combined strong defense with sneaky speed on the basepaths to help Cashmere defeat the previously unbeaten Castle Rock Rockets. Next up was the league opener against Quincy Tuesday, a home game against Freeman Wednesday and a road trip to Omak Saturday.
After losing the first game of the preseason, Cashmere has strung four wins in a row, including a come-from-behind victory against previously unbeaten Castle Rock April 4.

Cashmere yielded a run in the top of the third before coming back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a one-out two-run single by Jonathan Modrell. A squeeze bunt by Trey Evans scored Modrell for the third run of the frame.

Mason Elliott got the win in relief of Bryan McNair. Elliott went four innings, giving up a lone earned run, on three hits and three walks and a hit batter. He also struck out a hitter.

McNair went three innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, a walk and two hit batsmen. McNair struck out two.

The pitchers worked in and out of jams all day long, with Castle Rock leaving 12 runners on base, Cashmere head coach Jeff Carlson wrote in an email.

Modrell led hitters with a 2-for-2 day, with three runs batted in and a run scored. Justice Frazier went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Connor Badgley went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Parker Landdeck went 1-for-four with a stolen base.

Cashmere kept busy on the basepaths, stealing five bases.

"Our speed throughout the lineup was a real factor in this game," Carlson wrote.

Earlier in the week, Cashmere thumped Mount Baker 8-2 in a game played at Wenatchee Valley College. Cashmere scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-0 lead.

Elliott pitched five innings of one-hit ball, giving up a walk and striking out seven. Landdeck pitched one inning in relief, giving up two unearned runs, a walk and striking out one. James Bauscher pitched a shutout seventh.

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Cashmere splits double-header
In a way, the first game of the softball doubleheader against Royal never really ended for the Cashmere Bulldogs.

The team scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of that first game, falling one run shy of tying it. Royal won that game 8-7.

"If we had had a couple of more innings, we would have had it," head coach Bob Van Lith said.

He's probably right, because when the second game started, the Bulldogs just kept on scoring, taking a 10-1 lead en route to a 10-3 victory over the Knights.

"It took us a while to wake up," Van Lith said of the Jekyll-and-Hyde doubleheader.

In the first game, Cashmere batters swung at balls out of the strike zone and could not get their bats going, he said.

Morgan Mongeon took the loss, pitching five innings and giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Reliever Cassidy Boyd pitched two innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and no walks with two strikeouts.

Mongeon went 4-for-4 with three stolen bases. Kandace Brunner went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one run batted in. Haley Robertson went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.

The second game showed what the team is capable of, Van Lith said.

"It's what I wanted to see, what we should have been doing," he said. Not only did the bats get hot early and often, but starting pitcher Sydnee Mongeon -Morgan's sister- went the distance despite battling a cold, and centerfielder Zelia Zahir made a catch on a deep flyball that even impressed the Royal coaches.

"It was a little scary, to be honest," Zahir said. "I just knew I had to make a play to get the out, and I knew we needed it this time, needed to win this game."

The team needed a little time to click, Zahir said, and that's why the two games were so different.

"This is our second home game, we haven't played a lot yet," she said. "We just needed to get in a rhythm."

In the second game, Sydnee went seven innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Boyd went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a stolen base. Zahir went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two stolen bases. Morgan went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, two RBI and three stolen bases.

The team will just keep getting better, Zahir said. Van Lith agreed.

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Bulldogs showing improvement; beat Manson
The Cashmere Bulldogs' boys soccer team earned their first winning streak under head coach Juan Valle, defeating Manson 4-1 at home April 5.

Cashmere has now won two in a row after an 0-4 start. The win against the Trojans doubled the number of wins Cashmere had last year.

All four of Cashmere goals came from 18 yards or farther, a fact that perplexed an otherwise pleased Valle.

"I don't worry too much about the goals," Valle said. "I worry more about defending the ball. We defend well and then our attack will take care of it on its own. But our guys, they've got a foot and they get anxious."

Cashmere's Micah Haney tied the game at 1 with six minutes left in the first half, and the Bulldogs dominated the rest of the way.

Eight minutes into the second half, Cashmere took the lead, with another rocket, this time from Marco Urrutia. Manson threatened with a few counterattacks, but the Bulldogs' moves created more danger. Jorge Espinoza had a goal nullified with 16 minutes left, and then Jessy Hondel -in his first game back from suspension- fired a shot that went wide of the goal from about 19 yards out. The shot was just a prelude of what was to come.

Valle shouted at Hondel from the sideline, "Why are you taking shots like that?" Hondel just raised one hand as if to say "my bad."

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Basketball to play league foes three times each
Cashmere's basketball teams will get real comfy with Omak, Cascade and Chelan.

Each team will face the Bulldogs three times each this season and next. And that may just be the beginning.

"That's the position we are in, it's not ideal for athletic directors, players or coaches," Cashmere boys' head coach Levi Heyen said. "Playing them three times is a difficult challenge, not to mention the fact that we are going to play them in the postseason. It takes away the element of surprise."

The nine league games means the team will have 11 nonleague games. So far, the teams know nine of its 11 nonleague opponents. The other two will face Cashmere during a Christmastime tournament in Spokane.

Nobody is excited about playing one another three times, Heyen said, but the alternative is even worse.

"If you played each other twice, you would have to pick up 14 nonleague games, which is pretty much impossible," he said.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 More...
Cashmere Baseball shuts out Royal Knights
Behind a strong outing by staff ace Mason Elliott, Cashmere High School's baseball team defeated the Royal Knights 3-0, in the Bulldogs' preseason home opener.

Elliott pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and a walk and striking out seven. He was also among the Bulldogs' top hitters for the game, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a run batted in and a run scored.

"Mason was dominant on the mound," Cashmere's head coach Jeff Carlson wrote in an email. "He had great command of all three pitches, fastball, curveball and changeup. He needed only 75 pitches to get the shutout."

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Soccer boys seeing the light one win at a time
Four games into the season and Cashmere's boys soccer team already has its first win, a labored 1-0 victory over Tonasket up north.

Marco Urrutia had the game's only tally, five minutes before the final whistle.

For the Bulldog boys, reasons to be happy abound, and they don't all have to do with the fact that the team won a game, already tying its total for wins in 2013.

"Psychologically, I think they'are already believing that they play well," head coach Juan Valle said in Spanish.

The team had struggled with its self-confidence at the start of the season, collapsing every time the opponents scored, and thus allowing more goals against. The team lost its first three matches by a combined score of 17-1.

Then, March 25, the team hosted Cascade. Although the Kodiaks won 2-0, Cashmere kept calm after the goals and could have tied or won if the goalposts hadn't intervened in the Kodiaks' favor a few times.

"The day before the game against Cascade, we talked about it," Valle said. "I told them, 'when they score on us, you feel like someone died. From now on, it will be different. Don't rush forward trying to get a goal as soon as possible. When they score, take your time, get together, talk, encourage each other.' There's no rule in soccer that says you have to rush to midfield and start the game in a hurry.'"

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