Meadowdale off to solid start | BaseballMavericks defeat Everett, Shorecrest
It was feast or famine for Meadowdale in its last two games.
The Mavericks pushed across 11 runs on nine hits to defeat Shorecrest 11-5 in a Wesco 3A South baseball game Tuesday, April 4, at Meadowdale High School.
In an earlier game, the Meadowdale managed only one hit in a 1-0 loss to Snohomish on Friday, March 31. Two days earlier, the Mavericks made the most of their four hits, scoring three runs to beat Everett 3-0.
“We’re off to a good start,” Meadowdale coach Bill Hummel said of his team’s 3-1 league record and 4-1 overall mark. “There are plenty of things we need to do to get better. I’m happy with the way the kids are competing. The kids are playing hard. The pitchers are doing a terrific job. The bats are a little inconsistent … I think our offense will continue to improve.”
The one-two punch of Haelin Roberts and Will Schafer at the top of the lineup yielded dividends in Tuesday’s victory over the Scots (2-4, 3-6). Roberts, the leadoff hitter, walked five times and scored two runs.
“He jumpstarted our offense,” Hummel said.
Schafer, the No. 2 hitter, was 2-for-3 and scored four runs.
Baserunners obviously were one of the things missing in the loss to Snohomish, Hummel said.
The five walks by Roberts definitely was unusual, Hummel added, but it’s what he wants his leadoff hitter to do.
Meadowdale pitcher Aaron Chester was lifted from the game in the sixth inning with a 9-1 lead. Chester struck out four and helped his defense with a number of ground balls.
“He was really effective,” Hummel said. “He didn’t have his best stuff. … People were hitting ground balls and we were making plays. We turned a couple of double plays.”
Third baseman Hunter Shouse made a key play early in the game when with no outs and runners on first and second, he fielded a grounder, stepped on the bag and threw to record another out.
The Mavericks jumped out to a 2-1 lead and then led 4-1 after four innings. Markus Ward then hit a double to drive in three runs in a five-run fifth inning. Meadowdale tacked on two more runs in the sixth.
“Markus Ward is right in the middle of the lineup,” Hummel said. He’s getting a lot of opportunities. He’s coming up with people in scoring position.”
Ward hit a triple and drove in two runs in the win over Everett. Meadowdale pitchers Tommy Dimmock, Nate Monillas and Travis Hagan combined for the shutout.
Dimmock, who threw four innings, dominated the Seagulls with his fastball.
“He was keeping the ball down,” Hummel said.