April 25 – MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake High School baseball team adopted a new color on April 22. Instead of the usual maroon and gold, the team took custom pink jerseys for the game.

The pink jerseys were simple, the “M Lake” logo on the front with a small ribbon sitting on the athletes left chest, above their hearts and their jersey numbers and last name on the back. They also sported tube socks with pink stripes on top to match.

Why would the team wear bright pink on a Friday night in April, one might wonder. That’s because the team decided to honor assistant coach Jaime Vela Jr.’s mother, Maribel Vela, who is battling breast cancer.

Vela’s father, Jaime Sr., also threw the game’s first pitch

“It means a lot, it really does, the amount of support, they kind of caught me off guard yesterday (when we showed him the shirts and first told him about the plan of the game),” said Jaime Jr.

To top it off, Moses Lake won both doubleheader games that night against Wenatchee High School 10-3 and 11-1.

“You know, I look at them all like little brothers and they all see me like an older brother, and that’s really cool. I love the relationship and those guys. You know, sometimes you just pay attention to the media, you know, sometimes you lose faith in kids and it’s like, ‘Dude, everything’s going bad’, but these kids give me hope. They’re great kids, great individuals, and they give me hope for the future of Grant County.”

Head coach Donnie Lindgren said his team’s greatest strength this season was throwing.

“Our throwing was exceptional. You know, we had two starters in (junior) Michael Getzinger and (senior) Carson Janke who really set the tone for us and brought in (senior) Gavin Bingham and (junior) Drew Grenninger a just been dynamite. They just throw strikes and give our defense a chance to play,” Lindgren said.

Lindgren said he thinks the team’s biggest challenge is consistency both on offense and defense.

“We just have to keep doing the fundamentals. And that’s what we’ve been working on for the past few weeks. It’s just about getting back to the fundamentals and playing the game the right way, which they do all the time. time, but sometimes it’s just, you know, they get a little lax when the score comes out…out of range or whatever. So it’s just a matter of keeping them in it,” Lindgren said.

The team is 13-1 overall and 12-0 in the conference according to MaxPreps. Their only loss was to Woodinville 10-6 on March 12.

The team sits at No. 2 on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Rating Percentage Index list for 4A baseball. They also hold first place in the Columbia Basin Big 9 League.

The Chiefs’ next game is against league contender West Valley (Yakima) on April 26 at 5 p.m. at Larson Play Fields.

“You know, I think people would be really surprised how good we really are. I think we’ve kind of been under the radar since COVID happened. We won the state championship in 2019 and we haven’t had a real season And two of those guys were on that team and the expectation is to get back to the playoffs and see what we can do in there but I don’t think people realize at how we have a very good group of baseball players. I mean, we have three seniors who have already committed to universities. Another one who is in the process of being recruited. We have a junior, who has already committed at Gonzaga. So we have a really good group of baseball players and they’re just a lot of fun. They’re happy and it’s great. I love coaching them,” Lindgren said.

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