Snohomish comes out on top against Meadowdale | Softball

Battle of defending state champs goes to Panthers
By David Pan | Apr 27, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Meadowdale’s Lauren Dent takes a high pitch against Snohomish during a Wesco 3A game on Tuesday, April 25, at Snohomish High School.

Experience matters.

In what was an unusual meeting between two defending state softball champions, Snohomish overpowered Meadowdale 16-1 in a Wesco 3A game Tuesday, April 25 at Snohomish High School.

The Panthers, who won the 4A crown last year, returned all but one starter, while the Mavericks graduated six starters from last season’s 3A championship team.

“They’re the state-caliber team that lost one player. I lost six,” Meadowdale coach Dennis Hopkins said. “There’s a difference and it shows. We’re young. We’ll get there. … Had we had most of our starters back, it would have been a really good game.”

After being shut down by Snohomish’s Bailey Greenlee for the first three innings, the Mavericks’ bats started connecting in the fourth inning.

Senior Savanna Spratt doubled to left field and then eventually scored on a single by junior Carrie Peterson. The Mavericks (9-3 in Wesco 3A South, 10-4 overall) threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases with one out.

But Greenlee got the final two Meadowdale hitters to fly out.

“We started hitting a little bit too late in the game,” Hopkins said. “Had we hit earlier, it probably would have been fine.”

Snohomish (12-0 in Wesco 3A North, 13-1 overall) roughed up Meadowdale pitcher Lauren Dent early, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The Panthers tacked on 1 run in the second, 5 in the third and 4 in the fourth.

Hopkins said that the younger Mavericks simply weren’t hitting well against Greenlee.

“We just chased stuff that we shouldn’t have chased,” he said. “That’s what happens when you have young players. They get anxious and they chase stuff out of the zone.”

Hopkins’ message to the players was to move on to the next game – a 4 p.m., Friday, April 28 contest against Shorecrest.

“Just go out and play. Some games you’re going to win. Some you’re going to lose,” Hopkins said. “You can’t win them all. Just go out and start playing again.”

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