Chiefs gear up for state semifinal

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Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake varsity baseball team enjoys themselves during practice on Tuesday at Larson Field. The Chiefs get set for their State semifinal matchup against Skyview on Friday in Pasco.

MOSES LAKE — After a pair of wins last weekend to begin the state tournament, Moses Lake looks to capture its first 4A state title since 1981 this weekend in Pasco.

The Chiefs took down Hanford 3-1 in the opening round of the tournament on Saturday. A home run in the first inning from Dominic Signorelli put Moses Lake up early and they never looked back. Evan McLean surrendered five hits from the mound, with four strikeouts, picking up the win.

Saturday afternoon, in the second matchup of the day, Moses Lake took care of Richland 5-0. Dax Lindgren had a big game on the mound, giving up just two hits, striking out six from the Richland side. Lindgren and McLean each picked up a pair of hits for the Chiefs on their way to semifinals.

Head coach Donnie Lindgren has said his team is peaking at the right time, and credited an “almost perfect” performance from his defense over the weekend.

“Overall, we were really focused, we were having fun, we were energetic,” he said. “They just played to the moment. It was really nice to see.”

Going into the Final Four for the first time since winning the title in ’81, Donnie Lindgren said his team hasn’t been shook mentally, playing with a lot of confidence.

“We’re working hard in practice,” he said. “We’re having fun in practice, they’re doing everything that’s asked of them. I think we’re playing with a lot of confidence.”

The Chiefs will face Skyview on Friday night, 7 p.m., in Pasco in the semifinal round. The Storm took down Inglemoor 1-0 Saturday morning before defeating Eastlake by the same, slim margin to advance.

Donnie Lindgren summed up Skyview with three words, “very, very good.”

“They’ve got two pitchers that are probably better than maybe anything we’ve seen all year,” he said. “Very well coached team. They’re a good mix of youth and experience, reminds me a lot of ourselves.”

Lindgren said he likes his teams chances going into the final weekend of the 4A state tournament, crediting his team’s confidence and leadership. Going into Friday afternoon, Lindgren said he will stick with the message he’s told his team all year, finish.

“We’re close to that finish line, and we’ve gotta keep reaching for it,” he said. “We’ve got a chance to make history in Moses Lake, and that’s gonna be what we do. What do you want to go down? what do you want your legacy to be?”

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