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Atwater-Winton Lions Easter Tournament: 'Snack Shack' hungry for triples

ATWATER -- You wouldn't expect a player affectionately nicknamed "Snack Shack" to be legging out triples very often.

However, Atwater's 6-foot-5 senior Brock Pisacco wasn't going to waste his rare opportunity Monday night.

Not in front of a large crowd.

Not when his team needed a spark.

So as soon as Pisacco crushed a ball to center field and he rounded first, he had a triple on his mind.

Pisacco crashed into third base and immediately sprang to his feet, pumped his fist and the crowd went wild.

His two-run triple gave Atwater a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth and the runs kept coming.

Atwater eventually defeated Hayward Moreau 14-4 on the first day of the 49th annual Atwater-Winton Lions Easter baseball tournament.

The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

"Once I rounded first, there was no stopping me," said Pisacco, who went 3 for 5 and knocked in five runs.

"When I got back in the dugout, everyone was fired up. They don't think I can run."

Pisacco and Colton Beatty sparked Atwater's 13-hit attack.

Beatty also collected three hits, including two doubles and a triple to go along with three runs.

"Our bats have been asleep for a while, so this was really nice," said Atwater coach Jarrod Pimentel, whose team improved to 5-10.

"Colton had a great day. Brock and Lance (Button) were great too. Usually when Colton is swinging well, everyone else swings well."

The offensive outburst was more than enough support for Atwater right-hander Daniel Janz.

Moreau had built a 3-0 lead with the help of a two-run homer by Scott Turchan in the second inning.

It took a while for the Atwater bats to get to Moreau right-hander Michael Escobar.

However, once Atwater started hitting, Escobar didn't stick around very long.

Atwater saw a parade of Moreau pitchers after Escobar's exit, including four different pitchers during a six-run fifth inning.

"It took a couple swings to get it going," Pisacco said. "Me and Colton got us started."

The game was played in front of large crowd under the lights.

"It was good to see," Pimentel said. "The juniors thought it was great. They were watching from the stands last year.

"Everybody was looking forward to the tournament."

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

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