Mavericks batter Seagulls, cruise to 13-2 victory | Baseball

Freshman, sophomore each drive in 3 runs
By David Pan | Apr 05, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Tommy Dimmock delivers a pitch against Everett in a Wesco 3A game Wednesday, March 28, at Shorewood High School.

The question of whether Meadowdale’s offense could generate enough runs has been settled – at least for one game.

The Mavericks battered Everett for 12 hits and cruised to a 13-2 victory in a Wesco 3A baseball game Wednesday, March 28, at Shorewood High School.

The contest was played at Shorewood because construction is still being completed the Seagulls’ home field at Everett Memorial Stadium.

“We swung it well. We put some pressure on them defensively,” Meadowdale coach Bill Hummel said. “That’s what we like to do. They dropped a few and we were able to take advantage of their mistakes.”

Freshman Parker Cumberland feasted on the Seagulls’ pitching, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs. Sophomore Cutter Buchea was 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run. Seniors Tommy Dimmock and Aaron Chester each were 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run.

Every Meadowdale player either scored a run, had a hit or drove in a run. The Mavericks pushed across four runs in the third and then exploded for seven runs in the fifth before closing out with a pair of runs in the sixth, as the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“We got a little slow start. We had opportunities to score,” Hummel said. “Then we just started swinging good.”

The most pleasant surprise of the season is the play of Cumberland, who is starting in center field.

“He is a tough out. He handles the bat well,” Hummel said. “He puts the ball in play. He’s very good defensively.”

Hummel added that it’s pretty rare for a freshman to start in center fielder.

“What we look for is can they handle the moment?” Hummel said. “Do they have the poise for it.”

Cumberland’s response – “It’s just baseball” – is exactly what Hummel wanted to hear.

The Mavericks certainly aren’t lacking in senior leadership, though.

Shortstop Will Schafer, who scored two runs, is hitting .585 and is doing his job as the leadoff hitter, Hummel said.

Seniors Travis Hagen and Dimmock also are swinging the bats well.

“Those are our key seniors,” the Meadowdale coach said. “We need them to perform well.”

Dimmock picked up the victory, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned) in four innings of work. He struck out seven.

Seniors Nate Monillas and Anthony Toyne each pitched an inning in relief.

In only his second start of the season, Dimmock relied mostly on his fastball and changeup.

“I was pleased with his effort,” Hummel said.

Meadowdale’s bats didn’t connect as often against Oak Harbor, but the Mavericks still prevailed 3-0 Thursday, March 29, at Meadowdale High School.

The Wildcats actually outhit the Mavericks 8 to 5. Chester threw only 70 pitches in six innings of work. Schafer closed out the contest in the seventh.

Despite the victory Hummel said that Meadowdale took a bit of a step back offensively against the Vikings. Twice, the Mavericks had the bases loaded with no outs and did not score. Meadowdale also had runners on second and third with one out and against failed to plate any runners.

“We really missed some opportunities to break the game open,” Hummel said.

In the fifth inning, Dimmock hit a double to drive in all three runs.

“Their guys did a nice job of wiggling out of some jams. They had some key strikeouts when they needed it,” Hummel said. “We failed to execute. It’s a point of emphasis to get runs home with less than two out. We weren’t very good at it. We’ll continue to work on it.”

Meadowdale’s bats fell flat in its third game of the week a 10-0 loss to Snohomish Friday, March 30, at Snohomish High School. Dimmock had the only hit, a double, against Christian Hill, who had four strikeouts.

The Mavericks face Marysville-Getchell at 4 p.m., Friday, April 6, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

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