Mavericks finish regular season strong, ready for playoffs | Softball

Meadowdale secures top seed to district playoffs
By David Pan | May 11, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Meadowdale’s McKenzie Beavin checks her swing against Edmonds-Woodway Friday, May 5 at Meadowdale Middle School.

young Meadowdale softball team is coming together at the right time.

Since a tough loss to Snohomish last month, the Mavericks have focused their attention on jump starting their offense and the result was five-game winning streak to end the regular season.

Two of the wins were against the only two Wesco 3A South teams – Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace - to beat Meadowdale earlier in the season.

The Mavericks edged the Warriors 6-5 on Friday, May 5 and then they defeated Mountlake Terrace 4-2 on Tuesday, May 9. Meadowdale also beat Shorewood 16-0 on Monday, May 8.

Meadowdale (14-3 in the league, 15-3 overall) secured the No. 1 seed to the district tournament. The Mavericks play in a first round game at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

The Mavericks’ offense started strong against Edmonds-Woodway, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Meadowdale tacked on a run in the second to take a short-lived 5-0 lead. The Warriors cut the lead to 5-4 in third with the big blow a three-run home run by Heidi Davis.

The Warriors tied the score at 5 in the fourth on an RBI single by Ciara Ortiz. Edmonds-Woodway could have taken the lead but a runner was called out at third base for leaving early after tagging up on a line drive to center field.

Meadowdale retook the lead for good with a run in the botton of the fourth inning.

“Even since the Snohomish game we’ve been focusing on what we need to do to start hitting earlier,” said senior Lauren Dent, who pitched a complete game. “We’re just being more aggressive and not as timid. We were kind of not swinging and watching pitches.”

Meadowdale’s Emma Helm was 2-for-2 with two runs and Carrie Petersen drove in two runs.

Dent said that the younger players are playing well.

“We told them that this game was really important,” Dent said. “I felt that hitting-wise and fielding-wise they really stepped it up. We’ve come together as a team. It doesn’t feel like a young team. We’re getting stronger as each game goes on. I have a lot of confidence in this team.”

Meadowdale coach Dennis Hopkins agrees that the Mavericks are being more aggressive at the plate.

“We lit it up pretty good,” he said.

The Mavericks’ four freshmen and one sophomore have grown up.

“They’re getting to the point where they’re going to feel like a veteran team going into districts and the playoffs,” Hopkins said.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Mike Venable was disappointed that the Warriors fell behind early but glad to see his team battle back.

“We sort of dug ourselves a hole,” he said. “It was just a matter of pitching and some defense and they hit the ball. It was just a combination of things that got us behind. I was proud of the way they fought back and put the bat on the ball and got some good hits, some timely hits.”

The Warriors, the No. 2 seed, also are scheduled to play in a first round game at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 16.

Edmonds-Woodway also closed out the regular season strong with victories over Shorecrest (13-0) and Lynnwood (8-3).

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