Mavericks capture first league title since 2012 | Baseball

Meadowdale heads into district playoffs with momentum
By David Pan | May 03, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Nate Monillas pitches against Shorewood during a Wesco 3A South game Tuesday, April 24, at Meadowdale High School.

A strong finish propelled Meadowdale to its first Wesco 3A baseball championship since 2012.

The Mavericks closed out the regular season by winning four out of their final five contests, including a series sweep over Shorewood, a victory over Stanwood and a series split with district rival Lynnwood.

“I’m really proud of this group of kids,” Meadowdale coach Bill Hummel said. “They competed well. They went out and earned the league championship.”

Meadowdale (13-4 in the league, 15-5 overall), which finished two games ahead of arch rival Edmonds-Woodway (11-6, 12-8), hosts a first-round game against either Everett or Stanwood at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at Mountlake Terrace High School.

At the beginning of the season, Hummel noted that the big question was how well the Mavericks would hit the ball. The answer turned out to be just fine. Meadowdale scored seven or more runs in nine games this season and hit double digits five times, including a 10-2 victory over Shorewood on Wednesday, April 25, and a 12-1 rout of Stanwood on Friday, April 27.

“We swung it pretty well,” Hummel said. “I don’t have the final stats, but we’re hitting 60 to 70 points higher than last year.”

Senior pitcher/third baseman Tommy Dimmock and senior catcher Travis Hagan have provided the power for the Mavericks with a combined total of at least 25 extra base hits, Hummel noted.

Other have contributed in other ways, such as steady leadoff hitter senior Will Schafer, who was hitting .400. Two freshmen – Parker Cumberland and Cole Nelson – finished the season with .385 and .350 averages.

“Both are contributing on the mound as well,” Hummel said.

Dimmock, the No. 1 starter, is scheduled to pitch in Saturday’s contest.

“He’s fully rested and ready to go,” Hummel said.

Senior Nate Monillas and sophomore Mason Vaughn also have provided Meadowdale with quality starts and relief performances.

Monillas, the No. 2 starter, isn’t a pitcher who overpowers batters, Hummel said. He keeps the ball low in the strike zone and forces a lot of ground balls. Vaughn, a lefthander, also has performed well as the No. 3 starter.

Whoever heads to the mound can be confident in a defense that is playing well. The Mavericks edged Lynnwood 2-1 on Monday, April 30, because of their solid defense.

The Royals got their leadoff runner on in the top of the sixth, but a double play ended the potential scoring threat.

“We really defended it well,” Hummel said.

The Mavericks then executed their version of small ball in the bottom of the seventh with winning results.

Senior Mason Kim reached first base on an error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Vaughn then bunted toward third base and the throw ended up in right field, allowing Kim to score the winning run.

As happy as the Mavericks are to be league champions, Hummel is emphasizing to the players that the district tournament is the start of a new phase of the season.

“It’s the postseason. Everyone is 0-0,” he said.

Regular season records often don’t portend to what will follow in the district playoffs. Hummel recalled that some Meadowdale teams have come into districts with a losing record and advanced to regionals, while others were the No. 1 seed and made early postseason exits.

“We’re preparing the kids that districts are going to be tight baseball games,” Hummel said. “Mistakes will get magnified – not getting a bunt down; giving up a big inning. A season can end. There’s pressure.

“This really is the fun part of the year. The kids have responded to the pressure all year long.”

Warriors claim
second seed

Edmonds-Woodway captured six out of its last seven games to finish second in the Wesco 3A South. The Warriors (11-6 in the league, 12-8 overall) host Snohomish (12-5. 13-6) at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at Edmonds-Woodway High School. The Panthers defeated the Warriors 4-1 on Friday, April 27.

The Warriors wrapped up the regular season with 7-6 and 9-2 victories over Shorewood. Senior Julian Kodama was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and senior Ryan Nelson was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the series opener. Freshman Remy Heckman was 3-for-4 with a double in the series finale. Junior Ian Michael and sophomore Thomas Blahous each hit a double.

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