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3/27/2013 12:23:00 PM
Manson baseball falls short

Kacie Thrift
Assistant Editor

The Manson baseball team is off to a rough start for the 2013 season after losing to Bridgeport, Waterville, and Lake Roosevelt. Manson Head Coach Bill Thompson said after the losses that the team is young and coachable and he expects to see good things in the future.

The Trojans hosted their first home game of the season in a double header on March 16, against the Waterville Shockers. The first game Manson lost to the Shockers 27-1 and lost the second game 16-6. 

Thompson said he was impressed with our seniors Travis Pittman, who was starting pitcher in the first game, and Kent Ustanik who was the catcher in the first  game and the starting pitcher in game two. 

"Both threw a lot of pitches, battled through tough innings and wanted to continue pitching late into the game," Thompson said. "Kent also bounced back quickly after a collision at home plate."

Carlos Mendoza, Julio Pena, and Davis Guillen each had a catch in the outfield, that according to Thompson, brought the crowd to their feet. Pena was able to turn his catch into a double play at second base. 

After a large scoring spread in the first game the main hitters heated up their batting for the second game. Manson scored four runs in the fifth inning.

"[Manson] showed what i knew our team was capable of doing," Thompson said. "Mike Sanchez, Kent Ustalink, Jared LaMar, Travis Pittman, and Daniel Torres all had hits for the Trojans."

Thompson said he wanted to give a big thank you to Wy Peterson and the Manson Parks Department for helping get the field ready and providing fill dirt for the field. 

On March 19 the Trojans traveled to Lake Roosevelt where they lost their fourth game of the season, 11-1. Eighth grader Sterling Fournier started on the mound and pitched the first three innings. Thompson said Fournier also had some nice plays from the short stop position. Freshman Chris McFadden came in relief for Fournier and Mikey Pittman and Chayse Brooks shared time catching. 

LaMar scored the only run of the day for the Trojans.

"Coming off last year and playing a JV schedule and having an incredibly young team, a team goal this year was to compete at a varsity level," Thompson said. "When we set our goal, wins and losses and the scoreboard were not a factor. Both coaches felt as though the team accomplished our goal Tuesday against Lake Roosevelt."

On March 23, the Manson baseball team headed to Bridgeport for a doubleheader. The first time Manson played against Bridgeport they lost in a shutout 15-0. The Trojans weren't able to pull out a win but they proved they can stay in the game. The first game ended 15-7 and the second gamed ended with Manson only losing by three runs, 12-9.

The Trojans hosted Liberty Bell on March 26, but results were unavailable at press time. The next game is this Thursday at Waterville at 4 p.m.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 682--2213 or

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