Kettle Falls moves to 6-0

Kevin Thomas Hulten
Staff Writer

It was a pretty solid week for Kettle Falls pitcher Matt Thompson and his undefeated Kettle Falls Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0)
The young right-hander’s week began as he emerged from the bullpen to deal with a bases-loaded save-situation in the bottom of the 7th inning.
With the winning run on first and no outs, Thompson needed just nine pitches to dispose of the rally, record the save, and send Springdale away with the loss.
Imagine then, how the Springdale leadoff hitter felt when he stepped into the batters box a few minutes later – to lead off the second game of the double header – only to see Matt Thompson bearing down on Springdale again, this time as the Bulldogs starting pitcher.
Moments after nailing down the save, Thompson embarked on a winning start, lasting 5 1/3, striking out eight.
On the day, Thompson was 1-0 with one save and nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
Not a bad day – for a freshman.
That’s right, Kettle Falls is racing off to its best start in years on the back of a rubber armed freshman who pitched in all four games of last week’s doubleheaders, starting two and saving two.
It’s efforts like these from Thompson and fellow frosh catcher/pitcher Mikey Crumpler and Caden McKern – as well as the return of seasoned contributors like junior Dylan Shine that have Bulldogs fans thinking big this season.
Kettle Coach Jeff Graves says the team has as much potential as any he’s coached.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a home doubleheader with Davenport kicking off Saturday at noon.