4/19 Baseball - Warden
Manson Baseball April 19th vs. Waterville
From Coach Bill Thompson
The Manson baseball team traveled across the river to face the Shockers of Waterville on a much anticipated road trip and it turned out to be an epic battle until the final pitch was thrown and the final score was 18-17 in favor of the Shockers.
Manson sent their ace eighth grader Chris McFadden to the mound. McFadden pitched like a crafty veteran and worked over his opponents with an excellent curve ball striking out 9 over 4 innings of work, giving up just 3 hits and walking only 2. Curtis McClellan pitched in relief.
Rain began to fall hard by the 3rd inning with cold temperatures setting in and credit must be given to the umpire crew for sticking it out in the adverse conditions while calling a great game. The field was very slick and fielding the ball became very difficult and errors started adding up for both teams.
The Trojan batters were picky on the day and walked 22 times. Trojans who had a hit were Curtis McClellan, Travis Pittman, who had a double and a triple, Chris McFadden, and Mike Sanchez. Again the Trojans ran hard on all batted balls and made the Shockers earn all of their outs.
After a tie at 17-17, the game ended dramatically in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Shockers pushed across the winning run on a sacrifice fly.
Both teamís coaches agreed this was a particularly hard fought game and was a great example of why baseball is such a great high school sport and why coaching baseball is so enjoyable.
Manson travels for their next game on Thursday, April 26th to Brewster to take on the Bears, first pitch 4:35 p.m.