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4/11 Manson BB vs. Kittitas

 

 

Manson Sports Reporting

By Heidi Neal and Nancy Miller

GoLakeChelan ~ Manson School District


Trojan Baseball ~ Kittitas at Manson
Saturday, 04/11/2009


Coach Hill reports….

Photos by Nancy Miller

Rob Pittman on the mound

GAME #1
KITTITAS 33 - MANSON 5
Manson battery: Gross, R. Pittman and J. Pittman

GAME #2
KITTITAS 29 - MANSON 4
Manson battery: R. Pittman, Coggins, Neff and J. Pittman

Things kind of got off to a pretty rough start for us Saturday as Kittitas got out to a 12-0 lead in the first inning of the first game on 5 hits and 3 errors. The nice thing for us was that we fought back this time, last year we only scored 1 run in the two games we played against Kittitas at their place, but we should that we are getting better and are trying to improve every day at practice and at every game.

This was one of our better hitting performances in a league match-up in the past two years. Wade Gross scored our first run of the day in the third inning after he reached base on an error and then stole second base. Schuyler Neff followed Gross with a walk and later scored our second run of the day. Robbie Pittman hit a monster triple to score both Neff and Gross, he later scored on ground ball by Leonel Castro. Robbie had a great first game at the plate going 3-3 with 2 singles and the triple. In the bottom of the fifth inning Neff scored his second run of the day and Robbie Pittman followed him across the plate on another groundball by Castro. Jordan Pittman also had an RBI in the fifth inning. We struggled on defense, but our two pitchers (Gross and Robbie Pittman) combined to strike out 7 Coyote hitters in five innings. Jordan Pittman did another good job behind the plate, as he got the great opportunity to block and chase many balls all day long in the hot sun.

In the second game even though things were not going our way I really need to commend Nathan Coggins and Schuyler Neff as they both came in and pitched in a game for the first time since our first game of the year. Both players worked hard, had fun and never gave up and I really respected them for that. In this game our defense picked it up and we had less errors than we had in the first game, but Kittitas worked the count really well and hit the when it was there and walked when we struggled to find the strike zone. Our pitchers (Robbie Pittman, Nathan Coggins and Schuyler Neff) combined to strike out another 6 Coyote hitters. Wade Gross went 2-3 from the lead-off spot with 1 single and 1 triple in the game, he also scored 3 of our 4 runs for the game. Leonel Castro scored our only other run, after he reached base on a fielder's choice in the 4th inning. Nathan Coggins had a pretty good game at the plate also, as he was 2-2 with 2 well hit singles right up the middle.

I was really proud of the kids today, as they worked hard to get 9 runs on the day against a very good Kittitas team, who will for sure be playing come playoff time later this year. Their entire line-up battled our pitchers all day long, often getting the best of us, but our kids just kept coming back and working hard trying their best to pitch strikes and make the Kittitas kids earn their bases. Our kids could have easily given up after the very first inning when Kittitas got 12 runs right away, but because of the type of kids we have here in Manson that didn't happen and our kids battled back with their own bats against a pretty good pitcher (Spencer Slyfield) in the first game.

STATISTICS:
GAME #1
Wade Gross: 0-3, reached on error, 1 run, 1 sb
Schuylar Neff: 0-1, 2 bb, 2 runs, 1 sb, 1 k
Robbie Pittman: 3-3, 1 triple, 1 run, 2 rbi, 1 sb
Jordan Pittman: 1-2, 1 bb, 1 rbi, reached on error
Nathan Coggins: 0-3, 3 k
Leonel Castro: 0-3, rbi, k
Stellen Giffin: 0-3, 2 k
Johnny Jones: 0-1, bb, k
Miguel Escalera: 0-2, 2 k

GAME #2
Wade Gross: 2-3, 3 runs, 4 sb, 1 triple, reached on error
Schuylar Neff: 0-2, bb, rbi
Robbie Pittman: 0-3, 3 k
Jordan Pittman: 0-2, bb, k
Nathan Coggins: 2-2
Leonel Castro: 0-2, run, fc
Stellen Giffin: 1-2, reached on error
Blake Callison: 0-1, bb, k
Willie Jones: 0-2, 2 k
Devon Griffith played in the outfield and dh'd by Willie Jones

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By Nancy Miller

Trojan Baseball ~ Kittitas at Manson
Saturday, 04/11/2009

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