Demonstrating impeccable control, Dohr scattered two hits over seven innings while striking out 8 to secure the win for the visiting Cougars. Bothell first baseman Saige Tyndall provided all the needed offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBIs.
In the early stages, the game seemed destined to be a tight affair. In the top of the first inning, Tyndall’s sacrifice fly scored teammate Daniel Fredrickson to stake the Cougars to a 1-0 lead. From that point forward, Woodinville’s lanky right hander Ben Schetterer settled down and kept things close.
The game would remain a one-run affair until the fifth. But then Schetterer issued his fourth walk and was pulled from the contest by Falcons manager Terry Agnew.
Matthew Spencer took to the mound in a relief role and promptly issued two more walks and then waited as Saige Tyndall approached the batter’s box.
Swinging early in the count, Tyndall took a vicious cut and unleashed a ringing double into the deep reaches of left-center field to knock in two runs and push Bothell’s lead to 3-0.
Perhaps with a sense that time was running short, Woodinville batters seemed to tighten up.
After outfielder Drew Accimus ended the fifth inning by grounding into a double play, the Falcons closed out the game quietly by never reaching base again.
Bothell’s Travis Dohr mowed down the final 8 Woodinville hitters to secure the complete game win. He capped off the occasion by striking out the side in the seventh and final inning.
The win improved Bothell to 5-6 in league play and 8-8 overall.
For Woodinville, the loss dropped them to 6-5 in conference and 9-6 overall.
“They pitched better than we hit, it’s pretty simple,” Woodinville’s taciturn manager Terry Agnew said. “We didn’t have very good success at the plate and (Dohr) attacked the plate and threw strikes. That’s pretty much how it works.”
While struggling offensively, there were some bright spots defensively for the Falcons. Center fielder Ian Biddle made a couple of nice plays, including one in the fifth that prevented more runs from scoring. On a fly ball hit directly at him in straightaway centerfield, Biddle initially misjudged it and turned to run toward the fence. But quickly he realized it was a fast-sinking line drive. He put on the brakes and raced back in at full speed and slid on his knees to come up with the clutch catch.
As Biddle held his glove aloft to show umpires he’d made the catch, the loudest cheer of the evening emanated from the hometown crowd gathered amid the grandstands.