On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Manson Trojans baseball and softball teams traveled to Soap Lake to take on the Eagles.
Lady Trojans Smith and Mendoza took advantage of a couple of walks in the first inning and eventually came around to score. The Eagles came ready to play. They scored 15 runs in the first inning, capitalizing on several throwing errors by the Trojan defense.
The top of the second inning was quick for Manson, but Perla Villasenor did lay down a beautiful slap from the left side in her first at bat of the season. The Eagles fought hard through the bottom of the second inning, although Manson’s defense held them to only five runs. After a 1-2-3 top of the third, the Eagles took Game 1 with a final score of 3-20.
Game 2 proved to be much more interesting. The Trojan defense capitalized on a couple walks to score two runs. Bianca Alexander and her defense held the Eagles to just one run in the bottom of the second.
Manson scored three more runs in the third. Kassie Strange had a single to left field. The Eagles found new life and came out to score five runs. The fourth inning was tough for the Trojans. Manson players Alexander and Smith were the only ones to reach base, both on walks. Luckily the Eagles came out and only scored three that inning.
Headed into top of the the fifth inning, the score was 7-17 with Soap Lake ahead. The Trojans needed at least one run to avoid the run rule of calling a game when a team is ahead by 10 runs in the fifth inning.
The Lady Trojans delivered! For the first time this season, the girls hit all the way through their lineup, scoring 10 runs. The score was now 15-17 with the Eagles coming up to bat. Unfortunately, the Trojans were not able to stop the Eagles, who scored ten more runs that inning, making the official final score 15-27.
Manson Pitcher Bianca Alexander had a solid day on the mound. She struggled to hit her spots, but she persevered and worked through it. Catcher Devyn Smith was incredible behind the plate and scored five times.
“The girls came out swinging and were aggressive on the bases. These were games we had been looking forward to all season and the girls did great job,” Coach Kendra Farnsworth said. “The Eagles had a lot of depth in their pitching talent, and the Trojans adjusted accordingly. Way to go girls!”
(Reported by Coach Kendra Farnsworth)
The Manson Baseball team played a league single header at Soap Lake on Tuesday, April 18. The final score was Manson 2, Soap Lake 9.
The Eagles took the first matchup in Manson the previous Tuesday with a score of 10-0 in seven innings. The Trojans were looking for an all around better performance this time around. The game was very competitive and took a playoff-like tone from the first inning.
The Trojans looked to last year’s MVP Avery Thompson who had success pitching against the Eagles last week striking out eight. Thompson again pitched strong striking out three this time around.
Thompson pitched three innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking four. Pitching in relief was Zach Serafini (3 innings), Caleb Rossell and Jose Pascasio. Thompson re-entered the game as the pitcher in the sixth inning and closed out the game.
The Trojan offense was quiet to begin the game until dual-sport senior Mason Cameron put a charge into an Eagle pitch and knocked in two RBI’s. Cameron also made an outstanding running catch in right field. Parker Schoenwald showed great hustle on the bases, put down an amazing bunt with two strikes, and beat out a grounder for an infield hit.
Trojans with hits were: Mason Cameron, Parker Schoenwald (2), and Jose Pascasio.
“Defensively the Trojans had one of their best games,” Coach Bill Thompson said. “Sophomore Avery Thompson again picked off an Eagle base runner, and infielders Parker Schoenwald, Bo Charlton, Jose Pascasio, Caleb Rossell and Angel Cervantes all turned in an outstanding game defensively.”
- Avery Thompson 48
- Zach Serafini 38
- Caleb Rossell 9
- Jose Pascasio 4
The Trojans’ next baseball game is scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017 a home non-league single-header vs. Moses Lake Christian Academy at 4:30 p.m.
(Report by Head Coach Bill Thompson)