MOSES LAKE — For the second straight year, Moses Lake High School baseball claimed the Columbia Basin Big Nine regular season title. The Chiefs (17-3, 16-2) finished the season on a four-game win streak, winning 14 of their last 15.
Eight of the nine starters from last season’s squad returned this year from a team that finished just two outs shy of winning a regional championship. Seven of the eight starters are in their senior season.
“We’re a real veteran team,” head coach Donnie Lindgren said. “They’ve worked all summer for it. They worked early spring, they know how to play the game, they want it, and they’re just working hard for it.”
Lindgren has coached many of his players this season since they were young, including all but one of the eight seniors.
“Last Friday, on Senior Day, I was a bubbling idiot,” Lindgren said. “I was crying because every one of those boys is my son, and it’s hard to say goodbye to them. They mean the world to me, and I want to put them out on top.”
Senior third baseman Dominic Signorelli is one of those players, who said Lindgren has been like a “second father figure” since he’s played for him. Signorelli, set to play for Boise State University next season, said he feels the team is finally coming into sync.
“We’ve finally got everybody hitting the ball really good right now,” Signorelli said. “It feels good just getting into the playoffs on a high note.”
Lindgren said he’s focusing the team’s preparations this week towards getting back to the basics.
“They know how to play the game,” he said. “When you got to turn a switch on with these guys, it’s just on. It’s absolutely wonderful to coach. They understand that baseball’s a game of fundamentals. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes is going to win.”
Lindgren has emphasized to his players hitting their stride at the right moment, playoff time.
“I told them from the get go that we want to peak in May,” he said. “We don’t want to peak in April. We want to be playing our best baseball come the middle of May. So that’s where we’re at right now.”
The Chiefs’ first district game will be on at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at Larson Playfield in Moses Lake.
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