Shockers come close, but lose at district tournament

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Angel Lucero scores one of his two runs versus Liberty Bell. (Stephanie Stibal photo)

 

By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield baseball team played hard, but lost to Liberty Bell by a score of 4-3 and Lake Roosevelt by a score of 13-8 in the Sixth District Tournament at Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex in Moses Lake on May 7. The Shockers matched the Mountain Lions run for run until the fifth inning of the first game. In the second contest they stayed even with the Raiders until a disastrous eighth inning turned the tide in favor of Lake Roosevelt.

Opening the game with a single, Angel Lucero was moved along the base paths by an infield hit by Tyler Tollackson and a base on balls by Tanner Marden. Will Osborne then smacked a hit that brought Lucero across the plate with a run. In the third inning, Devyn Klinginsmith got a hit and Lucero walked. Tollackson blistered the ball down the left field line and drove both Klinginsmith and Lucero home for two runs batted in. That tied the game at 3-3. Liberty Bell added a fourth run in the fifth inning for the margin of victory.

Lucero and Tollackson continued their production against Lake Roosevelt when Tollackson’s long double allowed Lucero to score. In the second inning, Lakin Thomsen turned misfortune into a run. After being hit by an opposing pitch, he stole two bases and then scored a run when Shaun Marchand hit the ball hard to left field. In the third, the Shockers took a hit by pitcher on Nolan Ruud and a base on balls for Marden, and turned them into runs when both Osborne and Thomsen hit sharp singles. Ruud and Marden executed a great double steal to move up on the base paths. The Shockers led 5-3 at the end of the third inning. Although the Raiders retook the lead by a run in the top of the fourth inning, Jake Stibal used some fancy base running to tie the game 6-6 as the fifth inning concluded.

Each team scored again, evening the score at the end of the regulation seven innings. Lucero and Tollackson were the reason for Shocker success. Lucero blasted a double, then came in when Tollackson doubled. Marden started the game at pitcher and was relieved by Tollackson in the sixth inning. Lucero came on to pitch in the seventh. With the score tied, darkness descended and there was a half hour delay before the lights could be turned on. Unfortunately, the Raiders added five more runs in the extended inning. Although Ruud got on base after getting hit by the Lake Roosevelt pitcher, two pop-ups and a ground out finished the game and the season for Waterville/Mansfield.

 

Stephanie Stibal photo Nolan Ruud pitches against Liberty Bell.

Nolan Ruud pitches against Liberty Bell. (Stephanie Stibal photo)

 

Stephanie Stibal photo Will Osborne catches a pop fly gainst Liberty Bell.

Will Osborne catches a pop fly against Liberty Bell. (Stephanie Stibal photo)

 

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Catcher Jake Stibal controls the ball against Lake Roosevelt. (Stephanie Stibal photo)