MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake took down rival Wenatchee 11-1 in five innings on Saturday at Larson Playfield to claim the District 6 championship.
Winners of 14 of their last 15 headed into the postseason, the Chiefs took care of business over the weekend in both games to clinch a state tournament berth. Moses Lake defeated Eastmont 4-2 on Friday to advance to the championship game.
Moses Lake scored three runs in the first two innings to build an early lead before a monstrous third inning, scoring eight runs. Wenatchee managed to get a run back in the top of the fifth but it wasn’t enough to keep the game going.
Senior Dominic Signorelli kicked off the big third inning for the Chiefs with a long home run over the Larson Playfield sign in centerfield.
Signorelli scored three runs on the day, adding two RBIs. Signorelli said he’d talked with his mom about hitting a homer before the game, and called the hit an early Mother’s Day gift.
“I feel like we are just getting right up to where we should be playing right now,” he said. “Donnie wanted us to be peaking right at the end of the tournament. I think we can still get better from here.”
The senior said winning a state title would mean “just about everything” to him.
After a big game against Eastmont on Friday with three hits, junior Evan McLean took the mound for the Chiefs on Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits, with four strikeouts. The run was just his second allowed this year as the junior has yet to lose from the mound.
McLean went 1 for 2 from the plate, scoring one run, adding one RBI.
“He’s been dynamite,” Moses Lake head coach Donnie Lindgren said of McLean. “It doesn’t surprise me at all. He just keeps impressing me more and more. The higher the stakes, the bigger the game, the better he is.”
The Chiefs finished with five hits in the game, nine RBIs, three stolen bases, with no errors.
“I was super proud,” Lindgren said. “Every inning, we just got after it.”
The Chiefs move on to face Hanford in the first round of the state tournament on May 18 at Richland High School.
Lindgren said bringing a state title to this group of players would be “the icing on the cake.”