MOSES LAKE — Dominic Signorelli can rattle off all the baseball cliches. Stuff like, “Baseball is a game of mistakes,” or “You’re only as good as your next at-bat.”
But the one he’s lived by the past 10 years is something he hears right here in town, “Get dirty, have fun and play baseball like you love it,” which is one of longtime Moses Lake coach Donnie Lindgren’s favorites.
Life as he knows it will change next season when he joins roster at Boise State University to begin his NCAA Division I career. But for now he has one more season with the guys he quite literally grew up with, grew up playing with and they have unfinished business.
“I want that state championship (before I’m done). Our slogan this year is, ‘We want to finish,’ and that’s what we break on every day at practice,” said Signorelli, who was the 2018 Columbia Basin Big Nine Player of the Year and was named to USA Today High School Sports All-USA Washington Baseball Second Team.
Signorelli finished his junior season with a batting average of .542 hitting out of the three hole with a slugging percentage of .712, striking out just four times in 75 plate appearances. He finished with 18 RBIs and scored 23 times. He was a major part in Moses Lake’s CBBN league championship and return to the 4A state tournament where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Like some of the legendary Moses Lake players that came before, BJ Garbe, Ryan Doumit and Jason Cooper, he has one more run before making the level change. This group of guys made it to the semifinals of the Senior Babe Ruth World Series two years ago and played together in Jamestown, N.Y., last summer.
In their first varsity season together, with longtime coaches Greco Signorelli and Lindgren, the Chiefs won the Big Nine league championship for the first time since 2014 and returned to the 4A state tournament for the first time since 2015.
“I’ve been playing with these guys for a long time and we want to do this together,” said Signorelli, who was also selected to the 2018 Washington State Baseball Coaches Association 4A All-State Team. “What makes it fun is because you know what everybody is capable of and what they can do. We push each other to get better every day because we want to finish what we started out to do.”
He throws right, bats left and has pretty much played third base his entire career. He’ll have to make improvements with each level change, but for the time being, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior is working on flexibility and strength.
“The biggest thing they say playing at the next level is to be able to slow the game down and I’ll be working on that. But I’ve been working on my flexibility every day, stretching every morning and staying in baseball shape,” he said. “I think being more flexible will help with my quickness because I’m a little bit stronger.”
He can hit for power from the left side, but his major role hitting out of the three slot is driving in runs. Last season he drove in 18 and scored 23 times himself with a slugging percentage over .700. He sees himself as a contact hitter that can go yard when the opportunity arises.
“I usually just try hit to the gaps, but if I get the chance I’ll try to put one out,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s more expectations on me (now that I’m going Division I), I hope not. I just want to make myself better and I guess it’s always nice to know you’re succeeding.”
He’s got one more time around and they intend to finish what they started.
Now if the weather would just cooperate.