YAKIMA — Over the weekend, the top senior baseball players in the state gathered in Yakima for All-State Baseball. Three local players took part in the weekend, playing for Team Adams, coached by Donnie Lindgren’s staff at Moses Lake High School.
Moses Lake’s Dominic Signorelli and Evan McLean were joined by Almira/Coulee-Hartline’s Dalton Kentner on Lindgren’s roster. Team Adams fought to sustain a big lead that got challenged late in a high scoring first game on Saturday at Parker Field.
Kentner started on the mound for Adams in the opener, allowing two hits and one run with one strikeout in two innings. Up 9-5 going into the top of the eighth, Lindgren and his players found themselves in a tie game going into the bottom half of the inning after a spurt by Team Baker. Sumner’s Grant Sherrod brought in Mercer Island’s Cole Miller to take the game, 10-9.
On Sunday, Team Adams was able to take the weekend championship, defeating Team Rainier 5-1. Moses Lake’s Dominic Signorelli was named Offensive MVP for the weekend.
Signorelli said it was fun rekindling that team camaraderie for the weekend.
“It’s just awesome to get another chance to come out and play with guys I’ve never played with before, getting a new chance to play somewhere,” Signorelli said.
Returning to play after capturing the 4A state title with his team a few weeks prior, Signorelli said he’s tried to “reset a little bit.”
“Just coming off that high, it’s still trying to rebuild again, trying to build to a peak again,” Signorelli said.
McLean said it was cool seeing so many people offer congratulations on the championship over the weekend, but that his approach doesn’t change even in these games.
“It pretty much always kind of stays the same, just try and see the ball, hit the ball, try not to think too much,” McLean said.
McLean said it was fun getting to play with the “best of the best” in the state.
Coach Lindgren said he didn’t hesitate when officials called and asked if he’d coach for the event.
“To be able to coach the best seniors in the state, I mean, these guys are going to Stanford, Vanderbilt, Portland, [University of Washington],” Lindgren said. “It’s just fun to meet them in person after watching them play and hearing about them. It was a huge honor.”
One of the hardest parts of the weekend, Lindgren said, was trying to find enough chances for all of his guys, but said he felt confident throwing any of them out there. Lindgren said he focused on coaching the players on how their actions would be seen by college coaches and scouts that may be in the stands.
“I told them go out and just impress,” Lindgren said “The way you act and react on a baseball field is what coaches are looking at right now, because they’re the best of the best. They’re out here. If you strike out, everyone strikes out, Bryce Harper strikes out, Major League guys. If you don’t throw strikes, it happens to the best of them.”
Lindgren said he told his players on Team Adams that coaches could tell the type of player they were watching, not by their results on the field, but how they responded to failure.