Coach Damian Smith gives directions as Ethan Petersen leads off against Colton. The Wildcats won both games of the doubleheader against the Shockers, 15-1 and 21-1. (Stephanie Stibal photo)
By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent
Waterville/Mansfield dropped two doubleheaders over spring break. First to the Colton Wildcats April 7 by scores 15-1 and 21-1, and then to the Kittitas Coyotes April 9 by scores of 14-1 and 12-1.
The Coyotes scored in the first inning of both ends of the doubleheader against the Shockers. They were able to score in the ensuing innings. An Angel Lucero unassisted double play put Kittitas down with no score in the fifth inning, but they had already scored enough for the game to be complete. Lucero caught a line drive, then beat the Coyote runner back to second for the out.
The Shocker run came in the third inning. Lucero lead off with a long hit that was caught by the Kittitas centerfielder. Ethan Petersen then got a base on balls as did Jake Stibal and Tyler Tollackson. Pitcher Nolan Ruud then launched another long blast to the outfield which was caught. However, Petersen tagged up and scored a run for Waterville/Mansfield. Tanner Marden tagged the next ball, but it was caught in deep right field for the final out.
Ruud pitched the entire first game for the Shockers. Tollackson started the second game before being relieved by Stibal. In another move to get his young players some experience on the mound, Waterville/Mansfield coach Damian Smith had Lucero pitching against the Wildcats. When Stibal pitched against the Coyotes, Shaun Marchand took over behind the plate. Smith also gave young outfielders Travis Prey and Cullen Dills experience against Kittitas.
Details of the Colton game, played at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, were unavailable.
Waterville/Mansfield hosts White Swan in a doubleheader at home April 15. They will go to Warden for two games April 23. The two following Saturdays, April 30 and May 7, they will play Soap Lake and Riverside Christian at home and away, respectively. The first game against White Swan begins at 3 p.m. The three Saturday doubleheaders all start at 11 a.m.