Edmonds-Woodway bounces Meadowdale | Baseball

Warriors take two out of three from Mavericks
By David Pan | Apr 21, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Nick Hull pitches to Meadowdale during a Wesco 3A South baseball game April 13 at Meadowdale High School. The Warriors defeated the Mavericks 6-0.

The Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale baseball teams appear to be heading in opposite directions, at least for the moment.

The Warriors took two of three games from the Mavericks last week and then  started the week with a 10-0 victory over Lynnwood Tuesday at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Meadowdale dropped its third out of its last four games, falling 8-0 to Shorewood  Tuesday at Meadowdale High School.

Mavericks coach Bill Hummel noted that Meadowdale has had a couple of weeks where the team has struggled in the first game of the three-game series. The Mavericks lost 6-0 to Edmonds-Woodway (9-4 in the league, 11-4 overall) in the first game on April 13.

“I think that is part of the ups and downs of having a young team,” Hummel said.

Warrior pitcher Nick Hull also is one of the top pitchers in the Wesco 3A South, the Meadowdale coach added.

“I really like the Edmonds-Woodway pitching staff,” Hummel said. “It’s as deep as anybody in the league. Their kids throw hard.”

Meadowdale countered with its No. 1 starter Max Johnson, who Hummel said pitched well enough to keep the Mavericks in the game.

“We didn’t do anything offensively, so we took him out of the game after four innings,” Hummel said. “We weren’t going to make a push offensively. … Max definitely has pitched effectively.”

The Mavericks (5-6, 5-8) bounced back to win the middle game of the series 8-7 in eight innings, but the April 14 contest was far from a flawless performance by either team, according to Hummel.

“There were a lot of mistakes on both sides,” he said. “Each team had opportunities and gave their opponent enough opportunities.”

The Mavericks led 7-5 going into the bottom of the seventh inning before Edmonds-Woodway tied the score at 8 in part due to a walk and an error that led to the tying run.

Meadowdale senior Colton Witsman drove in what turned out to be the winning run in the eighth, and senior Jacob O’Connell pitched a perfect bottom of the inning to earn the save. Witsman is the Mavericks’ most productive and consistent hitter. The Meadowdale senior is hitting .360 and doing a solid job in the leadoff position, said Hummel, who added that Travis Hagen had a good series against the Warriors.

Friday’s game got out of hand early when Edmonds-Woodway scored three runs in the first and eight in the second.

Zach Walsh had the lone hit in the 8-0 loss to first-place Shorewood (9-2, 10-3).

Hummel acknowledges the series with the Thunderbirds is important, and that by the end of the week, the Mavericks will have a good indication of how the season is going.

“We need to find a way to win one or two games against one of the better teams in the league,” he said.

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