Dylan Bishop has a passion for baseball that compels him to play as much of it as possible. And a versatility that makes it seem like any jammed-up schedule is doable.
Even when the adults are trying to slow him down.
Or flat-out order him not to do it.
Bishop's overzealousness created some nice rewards this weekend and especially Sunday afternoon when the Selah graduate broke open a pitcher's duel with a two-run double that lifted Team Adams to a 5-1 victory over Team Rainier in the championship game of the All-State Baseball Series at Parker Faller Field.
On Saturday, Bishop started at second base and picked up the win in eighth-inning relief for Team Adams in the afternoon and then hustled over to Archer Stadium for two games, including a complete-game pitching effort, for the Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak.
"Yeah, I was told not to pitch here (on Saturday) because I was scheduled to throw our night game," Bishop said with a smile. "But these coaches said they needed somebody. We had four guys throw already here and it was a tough spot, so I said I'd do it. I'm glad I did — got the win."
Bishop took over at shortstop midway through Sunday's All-State title game and when he got his first at-bat the game was locked in a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with neither team able to break through.
He changed that with one swing.
"That's a little tough, facing a big situation in a game like this with the first at-bat," he said. "But the bases were loaded and I did my job."
With a stinging line drive that split the right-center gap, Bishop doubled home two runs for the lead and Moses Lake's Evan McLean added a two-run single later in the rally to score Bishop and push the margin to 5-1.
"This will be five games in two days but I love it," said Bishop, who again packed up quickly to play in the title game of the Hagert tournament for the Pak. "This was definitely a great experience, especially playing at the different positions. I'm glad I got a chance to pitch, even if my (Pak) coaches weren't too happy about it."
Team Adams made the most of its one breakout inning, but Team Rainier never got one. And that was mostly because of Brandon McClean, a crafty right-hander from Cedar Park Christian who threw four shutout innings and was named the All-State Defensive MVP.
McClean allowed just two singles during his stretch from the third inning through the sixth and struck out four. For a kid from a Class 1A school, it was immensely satisfying.
"For sure, it feels really good to come out here and perform well," said McClean, who graduated Saturday night and is headed to Point Loma Nazarene University for its business school. "Guys from small schools don't get much of a shot anywhere else and I was excited about it. I stayed in the moment, used my fastball mostly and worked in some curveballs, and just focused on each hitter. There were a couple hits and some guys on the bases, but I kept my control and composure."
After a torrid start on Saturday, Moses Lake's Dominic Signorelli played the entire game at third base for Team Adams, singled and reached base three times on Sunday. The Boise State recruit was named the All-State Offensive MVP after finishing the weekend 3 for 7 with a double, triple and two runs scored while reaching base six times.
In addition to McClean's stout efforts, Team Adams' four pitchers combined for a five-hitter with nine strikeouts. Anacortes' Tyler Saunders and Cheney's Julian Chabot pitched the seventh and eighth, respectively, fanning two batters apiece.
Zillah's Brian Calhoun, who drew the walk that led to Saturday's winning run in the bottom of the eighth, was also in the title celebration with Team Adams, which was coached by Moses Lake's Donnie Lindgren.
Ellensburg's Tyler Polacek played right field and had one of the two base hits off McClean for Team Rainier, which got four solid innings from starter Trystan Vrieling of Kamiakin, a Gonzaga signee.
While the championship game was no picnic for hitters, Sunday's third-place game was rough on pitchers as Team St. Helens pounded out 12 hits in a 9-5 win over Team Baker.
Adams 5, Rainier 1
McLean, McClean (3), Saunders (7), Chabot (8) and Wilson, Casperson (4); Vrieling, Hines (5), Dulfer (6), Johnson (6), Urbano (8) and Takayoshi.
Highlights — Adams: Brandon McClean (Cedar Park Christian) 4 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 4 K; Dylan Bishop (Selah) 1-2, 2b, 2 RBI; Evan McLean (Moses Lake) 1-3, SB, 2 RBI. Rainier: Trystan Vrieling (Kamiakin) 4 IP, 0 ER, 4 hits, 4 K; Max Samson (O'Dea) 2-3, 3 SB, run; Tyler Polacek (Ellensburg) 1-2.
St. Helens 9, Baker 5
Feikes, Olmsted (5), Baraconi (8) and DeForest, Tutton (5); Smith, Fry (5) and Green, Ulrich (5).
Highlights — St. Helens: Jared Feikes (Lakeside) 4 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB; Will Simpson (Skyline) 1-4, run, 2 RBI; Nathan Weeldreyer (Auburn Mountainview) 1-2, 2b, 2 RBI; Jason Tutton (Curtis) 1-1, 2 RBI; Joe Flanigan (White River) 2-2, 2 runs. Baker: Xavier Ulrich (Columbia River) 2-4, RBI; Theron Perkins (Lake Stevens) 1-1, 2b, RBI; Ryan Pitts (Skyview) 2 RBI; Art Schoenstadt (Eastside Catholic) 2-2; Jack Sheward (Arlington) 1-3, 2b, run; Noah Guyette (Skyview) 1-2, 2 runs.