Confident Mavericks battle Everett to the final out | Softball

Meadowdale plays its best game of year in 5-4 loss to Seagulls
By David Pan | Apr 26, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Kelci Studioso waits for the pitch during a Wesco 3A game against Everett Thursday, April 19, at Meadowdale High School.

Meadowdale came up a run short against Everett on the scoreboard.

But the Mavericks actually may have come out ahead in the long run as they left the field with a big confidence boost.

After Meadowdale tied the score with a run in the bottom of the seventh, the Seagulls pushed across what turned out to be the winning run in the eighth to escape with a 5-4 victory in a Wesco 3A softball thriller Thursday, April 19, at Meadowdale High School.

“I think we played amazing,” senior catcher Carrie Petersen said. “That was probably the best game that we’ve played. We fought the whole entire way through it.”

Meadowdale coach Dennis Hopkins echoed his catcher’s sentiments. He noted that the Mavericks came into the season with an inexperienced roster of mostly sophomores.

“They played with heart,” he said. “The whole team, they wanted it bad. … They’ve got the passion now to get to the next level to hopefully get themselves through districts and on to state.”

Hopkins noted that with such an inexperienced squad the drive for the postseason was lacking at the beginning of the season.

“Being so young, they weren’t totally aware of it,” Hopkins said.

Heading into this week’s schedule of games, the Mavericks (7-4 in the league, 8-6 overall) find themselves in a familiar position – battling district rivals Edmonds-Woodway (9-3, 9-6) and Mountlake Terrace (7-5, 8-7) for the Wesco 3A South title.

“I’m feeling pretty good with such a young squad,” Hopkins said. “You only have two seniors on the field. Everybody else is pretty much sophomores and freshmen. We just need to keep playing our game. Let it come to us. Don’t play anybody else’s game.”

Peterson added that the players have developed a tight bond with one another.

“Our team is really close,” she said. “That really helps us on the field.”

Everett (10-1, 11-2) took a 3-0 lead in the second on a three-run home run by Jazmine McMiller.

Meadowdale responded with a run in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Olivia Dimmock led off with a single to left field and eventually scored when sophomore Brynn Webster grounded out to second base.

The Seagulls extended their lead to 4-2 in the fourth when Rachel Klein-Christensen singled to center field to drive in Sierra Chapman, who had doubled to lead off the inning.

Meadowdale cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth on a single to center field by Dimmock that scored sophomore Kelci Studioso.

The Mavericks tied the score at 4 in the bottom of the seventh. Studioso singled to left field with one out and eventually scored on an infield single by sophomore pitcher Katherine Houghton.

Everett seized the momentum back in the eighth with a leadoff double by Tara Marquardt. A throwing error enabled Marquardt to score to give the Seagulls the lead and eventually the game.

The Mavericks, however, did not go quietly as they put the tying run on base in the bottom of the eighth. Meadowdale has runners on base in seven of the eight innings but scored in only four of them.

“We have problems sometimes with not getting runners in, but we’re doing a lot better on that,” Petersen said. “We’ve really been focusing in on base hits and not trying to be the hero every time we go up.”

Hopkins agreed that the Mavericks are leaving too many runners on base.

“We’ve been trying to get the whole lineup to make that timely hit,” he said. “They’re all hitting one through nine. All of a sudden somebody goes dry and can’t make a hit.”

Aside from the one pitch to McMiller, Houghton kept the Seagulls largely in check.

“She has a bunch of fire inside her that really drove her to do better and it’s the best game I’ve caught,” Peterson said of Houghton’s performance.

Hopkins added that the sophomore hurler mixed up her pitches well against the Seagulls.

“A couple of timely hits or one left up pitch and a home run is all the difference in the game,” Hopkins said.

Meadowdale rebounded with a 10-4 victory over Oak Harbor on Friday, April 20, and then lost 7-1 to Snohomish on Tuesday, April 24.

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