MOSES LAKE — The last time Moses Lake and Wenatchee shared a field it was the 2018 state quarterfinals.
Then-senior Seth Storlie hit a walk-off grand slam to complete an improbable comeback by the Panthers, 8-5. The Chiefs left dejected, with several months until their next crack at the purple and black.
Tuesday, a few demons were exorcised as Moses Lake beat Wenatchee 12-2 in five innings to extend its win streak to 10.
“We had a lot of chips on our shoulder,” shortstop Cody Alvarado said. “We were thinking about that from last year and we did not want that to happen again or any type of situation like that so we held the pedal to the ground and kept it on them.”
The majority of the damage was done in the second and third innings.
Alvarado began the 6-run second with a double into right field that scored Gabe Passey and Birdie Valdez. Dax Lindgren, Dominic Signorelli and Evan McLean followed with 2-out hits that scored one run apiece.
“That put them down even more than normal,” Alvarado said.
Moses Lake continued to roll in the third inning, loading the bases with no outs. Tre Ramirez took a pitch to the small of his back, Emmitt Tatum drove in Josh Williams and a sacrifice fly ball and Lindgren hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 9-0. Passey added a 2-out, 2-run single to push the margin over the 10-run threshold.
“It looked like they weren’t really playing as well as a team; they didn’t really look like they wanted to be here,” Alvarado said. “We took advantage of that by hitting the ball, making our plays. We did have a few errors, but other than that, I don’t they really cost us that much.”
Wenatchee scored twice in the top of the fourth inning, however, Alvarado added another RBI single to keep the margin at 10 or more runs.
Moses Lake starter Evan McLean churned out five innings with five strikeouts and five hits allowed. The two runs the Panthers scored were unearned.
“That gives us a good start for our next starter,” Alvarado said.
W 0 0 0 2 0 — 2
ML 0 6 5 2 x — 12
Highlights: Cody Alvarado 2x2, 2 R, 3 RBIs; Dax Lindgren 2x2, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Gabe Passey 2x3, 1 R, 2 RBIs