Spring baseball, softball season begins for the Shockers

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Bailey Viebrock receives a pitch from assistant coach Brandon Zones during a practice session. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

Lingering winter weather conditions?required a change of plans as the Shockers spring baseball and softball season got underway last month.

With snow still covering most of the ground, the boys baseball team and the girls softball team?held their first two weeks of practice in the?school?gymnasium.

First year head coach for the Waterville/Mansfield boys baseball team is Owen Drew of Waterville.

?This is a young team,” Drew said last month.?”We are just now getting to play on the field.?

This year?s boys team has?15 players. There are six seniors of which three are returning players from last year?s team, three juniors, one sophomore, four freshmen and one eighth-grader. Thirteen players are from Waterville and two are from Mansfield.

The Shocker girls team is coached by Ruben Salcido. There are?12 players this year?with two seniors, six sophomores, three freshmen and one-eighth grader.?Ten players are from Waterville and two are from Mansfield.

?We could use some more players,? Salcido said.

This year?s assistant coaches are Ben Reid and Brandon Zones.

The?Shockers’ season opened March 23 in Tonasket with a 17-0, 18-0 loss?for the boys; and a 17-1, 10-4 loss for the girls in CW2B league play.

Both teams faced Manson on March 26 in a league game.?The boys?lost 9-0.

“Tristen Marden overcame a rough first inning and stuck out 14 in five innings.?Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get our bats going. It was still a big improvement in all facets from our first games,” said Drew.

The Shocker girls lost to Manson, 7-6.

In another league contest, the Waterville/Mansfield boys traveled to Brewster on March 30. The?Shockers lost to the Bears, 45-0,17-0.

“We were short handed, with only?nine eligible players against a very talented team, but our players continued to battle and showed significant improvement in the second game,” Drew said.?”Travis Prey stood out by pitching a complete game in Game 2, which was extremely valuable as we were out of available experienced pitchers.”

The Shocker girls played?the Bears?at home.?Brewster took both games, 15-11, 11-1.

The Shockers?travel to Bridgeport on April 9, and face the Oroville Hornets April 13 on the plateau.