Mavericks blank Warriors | Softball

Meadowdale captures Wesco 3A championship
By David Pan | May 09, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale's Olivia Dimmock and Edmonds-Woodway's Reece Riggins (left) watch a pop fly ball during a Wesco 3A game Wednesday, May 1, at Meadowdale High School.

Strong performances from pitcher Kate Houghton and the Meadowdale defense propelled the Mavericks to their 11th straight league victory.

Houghton struck out 10 to lead Meadowdale to a 5-0 win over district rival Edmonds-Woodway in a Wesco 3A softball game Wednesday, May 1, at Meadowdale High School.

The Mavericks finished with 13 hits, but most of them were spread out throughout the six innings thus limiting their scoring opportunities.

“We were really happy with defense,” junior third baseman Olivia Dimmock said. “I think with our hitting, we still need to improve a little bit. I think we were doing good with contact.”

Dimmock added that it had been a few games since the Mavericks faced a pitcher that threw as fast as Edmonds-Woodway’s Annika Forseth.

The Meadowdale third baseman had a pair of key plays to shut down the Warriors. Dimmock snared a line drive and then doubled off a runner at first base to end an Edmonds-Woodway scoring threat in the fifth inning. With a runner on first base in the seventh inning, Dimmock fielded a hard grounder and threw to first base for the third out.

Both times Dimmock said she thought the ball was headed toward her.

“I think my body just kind of reacted and I got right back up and I saw the runner going, so I threw it,” Dimmock said of the double play.

Dimmock then backhanded the hard ground ball in the seventh.

“I think it was just one step. I was pretty close down the line,” she said. “It was another reaction.”

Hopkins said that Dimmock’s strong play has been one of the reasons for Meadowdale’s success.

“She’s been on fire all year. It just shows that her practice has paid off,” he said. “She can pretty much read a lot of these batters. She has a pretty good game sense.”

The big hit for Meadowdale, if there was one, came off the bat of junior Brynn Webster, whose infield single led to two runs in the fifth inning. Taylor Eskew drove in the Mavericks’ first run with a fielder’s choice in the first inning amd Sophia Ward had an RBI single to center field in the fourth. Kaitlnn Bridgewater’s sacrifice fly brought home Meadowdale’s third run beore Webster’s hit.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Cassidy Orstad liked the way her defense played but wants to see better at-bats from her players. The Warriors also had not faced pitchers with Houghton’s velocity in recent games.

“She’s got some spin,” Orstad said. “We didn’t adjust and react to it.”

The loss snapped Edmonds-Woodway’s three-game winning streak. The Warriors had won five out of their last six contests.

With victories over Oak Harbor and Marysville-Getchell this week, Meadowdale clinched the league title and will enter the district tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Mavericks finished first in the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). The seeding for the district playoffs is determined by the RPI rather than the league standings. Wins against 3A teams are given a higher weight than those against 2A schools – Archbishop Murphy, Cedarcrest and Mountlake Terrace.

“They’ve gelled together really good lately,” Hopkins said.

Dimmock is looking forward to the postseason.

“I want to just see us loud and wanting to win every game with all of our effort like 100 percent,” she said. “I think our team can do that.”

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