Billygoats bedevil Manson in final inning 6-5 home win

Dakota Poole looks for a sign from his catcher before delivering a pitch against a Manson batter. Poole, the only senior on this year’s Pateros varsity baseball team, was honored before the game on Senior Night.

PATEROS – It could not have been a better ending for the Pateros varsity baseball team against Manson last Tuesday, May 2.
Not only did the Billygoats avenge an earlier 9-3 loss to the Trojans at Manson, they won the game by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning – and on Senior Night on top of that.
After trailing through six innings, Manson came from behind to score two runs in the top of the seventh to knot the game 5-5. Manson pitcher, Zach Serafini had the Billygoats on the ropes with two outs and the bases loaded when Pateros hitter, Jeremy Piechalski stepped to the plate.
Piechalski hit a solid ground ball between second and third base. Trojan third baseman Parker Schoenwald made a heads-up diving catch to keep the ball from entering the outfield but was unable to regain his feet in time to throw Piechalski out at first as the winning Pateros run crossed home plate.
Piechalski hit 2-4 on the day with a double. Teammate Logan Robinson was 2-3 at the plate also with a double.
Robinson pitched six innings, struck out six and allowed six hits. Dakota Poole pitched the final inning and gave up one walk and one hit.
Bo Charlton started on the mound for Manson and threw 46 pitches in two innings with two strike-outs, two hits, four runs and two walks.
Serafini took over for the remaining 4-2/3 innings, with seven strike-outs, five hits, two runs and four walks on 74 pitches.
The Trojans out hit Pateros 10-7 but “committed four costly errors,” said coach Bill Thompson. Avery Thompson was a perfect 4-4 with two doubles and Marcus Bernardo had two runs batted-in (RBI). Charlton, Serafini, Jose Pascasio and Caleb Rossell also had hits for Manson.
“The Trojans…were eying the short porch in right field where ground rules dictated doubles are the call over the short wall,” said Thompson. “Rossell had the hardest hit ball on the night with a rocket shot for a ground-rule double.”
The Billygoats honored the only senior on the team, Dakota Poole, who played his last home game for Pateros.
Pateros will play Sunnyside Christian in a loser-out game in the first round of District competition at Kittitas at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13.
“We played them two years ago,” VanLith recalled.
At the same time, Riverside Christian will play Moses Lake Christian on an adjacent field.
If the Billygoats win, they will play the winner of Riverside-Moses Lake. A second win will move Pateros on to Regional play.

Pateros: 0-4-0-0-1-0-1  6
Manson: 0-0-0-0-3-0-2  5

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