Jacob Stibal stops a throw from the field against Liberty Bell April 22. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)
By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent
The Waterville/Mansfield Shockers had a busy schedule on the road last week with three games.
The Shocker girls defeated the Bridgeport Fillies 13-4 on April 18. Ariana Salcido pitched 20 strikeouts. The team was missing key infielders, shortstop Alyssa Hansen and Drew Koenig on second base. Cora Dills hit 2-of-4 and scored three times. Evelyn Negrete hit 1-of-3, Salcido had 1-of-4 and Cithlali Chavez hit 1-of-3. The Shockers had only five hits in the game but they drew 18 walks off the Fillies? pitching.
The Shocker boys defeated Bridgeport 23-3.
On April 19, ?the Waterville/Mansfield boys played a doubleheader against the Tonasket Tigers. The first game they lost 12-2. Tanner Marden pitched a good couple of innings before the Tigers began getting good hits and scoring. Will Osborne hit 3-for-3 for the Shockers.
The Tigers overpowered the Waterville/Mansfield in the second game 14-4. The Shockers had a rough first inning. Lefthanded junior Ethan Petersen was the first pitcher then righthander sophomore Angel Lucero was the game?s closer. Jacob Stibal hit 2-for-4. He was the only Shocker to get more than one hit in the game.
The girls game with Tonasket is being rescheduled in May.
The Shockers closed out the week playing doubleheaders against the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions April 22.
The boys lost the first game 11-4.?Coach Damian Smith said, ?Will Osborne did pitch well against a good team.??Going into third inning the score was tied 4-4. But at the bottom of the third, the Shockers gave up several walks and had several errors which the Mountain Lions capitalized on. Osborne also went 3-for-3 at the plate.
The second game had the Mountain Lions hitting and scoring well. Liberty Bell came out on top 14-2. Starting pitcher for the Shockers was Angel Lucero who threw four walks in the second inning. Sophomore Colin Poppie came in as relief with the bases loaded and no outs. He retired the side with no more runs. Petersen was the game?s closer for the Shockers. Tanner Marden was 2-for-3 at the plate hitting one double.
As of April 22, the boys conference leaders were Brewster at 12-2; Soap Lake 11-3 and Tonasket at 10-1. The Shockers were at 3-8 in.
The Shocker girls lost the first game of their doubleheader, 12-6, in seven innings. The Shockers had eight hits and drew nine walks. In the second game, ?We just had a bad game overall,”?said coach Ruben Salcido.?”Again, we only had eight hits and multiple walk but just couldn?t score.? Liberty Bell was ahead in the second game 21-6 by the fourth inning. Regulations end play if there is a 15 run differential in three innings or 10 runs in five innings.
As of April 22, the girls conference leaders were Brewster at 13-0, Lake Roosevelt at 11-2 and Liberty Bell at 7-3. The Shocker girls were at 3-7.