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April 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Extra Bases: Smith’s big inning, Papasedero resigning, no-hitters galore

The 2014 season hasn’t been ideal for Dakota Smith. It took a turn for the better on Wednesday.

Smith led off the third inning with a solo home run against Clover Park, a nice moment, but far from extraordinary at the high school level. Franklin Pierce hasn’t had the best season, but in that inning it just kept scoring. Smith wound up heading to the plate again in the third, this time with two runners on base.

And guess what? He hit another home run.

“He’s got some pop in his bat, he’s had a rough year,” Franklin Pierce coach Nick Aloisio said. “Got a lot of pop in his bat, it’s nice to finally see him comfortable at the plate.”

Comfortable is one way to put it. Aloisio said he’s never seen a player hit two home runs in one inning, definitely “not in high school.”

The inning was part of a 3 for 3 and five RBI night for Smith, a junior who starts at first base for the Cardinals.

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Lakeside coach Dana Papasedero has informed the school that he will resign at the end of the season.

Papasedero, in his 20th year coaching at Lakeside and 19th as the head varsity coach, said he decided to step down because he felt the school had strayed from its core values and he didn’t feel like he could coach in that environment. He declined to further specify what values he felt had been abandoned.

“It would be safe for me, for everyone, to assume that I learned more from those Lakeside student-athletes than I had ever taught them,” Papasedero said. “The kids there are absolutely incredible.

“They’re very respectful, very insightful, just really bright kids. The thing I’d miss the most would be their creative and curious and compassionate minds. They’re just really neat kids.”

Papasedero, who doubles as a Mariners scout, said he would be interested in future coaching opportunities.

“It was time,” he said, “it was time to move on.”

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If offense is a priority for you, hopefully you didn’t make it out to any prep baseball games on Tuesday.

Four no-hitters were tossed in the area. Yes, that’s right. Four no-hitters. Crazy.

We’ll start up north where Tyler Wingert spun a perfect game, dazzling Mariner for five innings of a mercy-rule shortened 20-0 Jackson win. Wingert is now 3-0 on the season.

Cody Anderson also tossed a perfecto, leading Marysville-Pilchuck to a 16-0 win over Everett in five innings. Anderson struck out nine.

Down in the SPSL 2A, we had a pair of no-hitters. Orting’s Trevor Cartwright was unhittable for five innings in a win over Washington. A walk was the only thing that stood in the way of a perfect game for Cartwright, who struck out 11.

Finally, the only seven-inning gem of the day, Logan Christensen struck out 10 and walked two in Sumner’s 6-0 win over Franklin Pierce. Sumner also committed an error during Christensen’s seven innings of mastery on the mound.

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Finally, this week’s rankings, courtesy of Lem Elway:

4A
1. Puyallup (11-0)
2. Gonzaga Prep (9-1)
3. Bothell (9-2)
4. Walla Walla (8-1)
5. So.Kitsap (9-2)
6. Moses Lake (7-1)
7. Cascade,Ev. (8-1)
8. Beamer (7-2)
9. Kentridge (7-4)
10. Wenatchee (6-2)
3A
1. Shorewood (11-0)
2. Timberline (12-0)
3. Col River (8-0)
4. Kennewick (8-0)
5. Hanford (8-0)
6. O’Dea (9-1)
7. Marys-Pil. (8-1)
8. Aub.-Mt. View(6-2)
9. Bainbridge (9-1)
10. Kennedy (8-1)

 

2A
1. Tumwater (8-1)
2. Sumner (10-1)
3. Selah (9-1)
4. W.Valley(Yak.)(7-1)
5. Sequim (8-1)
6. Wh. River (7-1)
7. Centralia (7-2)
8. Anacortes (7-2)
9. Olympic (7-2)
T-10. Colville (7-2)

T-10. Arch-Bish Mur.(9-3)

 

1A
1. Brewster (9-0)
2. Woodland (9-0)
3. Connell (9-2)
4. Naches (8-2)
5. Cashmere (8-1)
6. Hoquiam (7-1)
7. Tenino (5-1)
8. Medical Lk. (6-1)
9. Freeman (6-1)
10. Rochester (8-2)

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