Mavericks headed back to state tourney | Softball

Meadowdale takes down Marysville-Pilchuck 7-3 in district semifinal game
By David Pan | May 16, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Kaitlyn Bridgewater swings at a pitch during a 3A District semifinal game against Marysville-Pilchuck Tuesday, May 14, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

What a difference a year makes.

A year ago, Meadowdale left the 3A District 1 softball tournament deeply disappointed after coming up a game short of advancing to the state tournament.

This year the Mavericks made sure that would not happen again.

Behind a strong performance from junior pitcher Kate Houghton and contributions up and down the lineup, Meadowdale defeated Marysville-Pilchuck 7-3 in a winner-to-state semifinal game Tuesday. May 14, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

“We’re all super excited just to come back, especially from last year,” Houghton said. “It feels good to be back.”

Houghton allowed two hits and struck out 15 in a complete-game effort.

Meadowdale coach Dennis Hopkins said that the Mavericks’ goal at the start of the season was realized Tuesday night.

“Their whole goal was, after the adversity of last year of not making it, was to say, ‘OK. We’re not going to let that happen again. We’re going to work really hard and get where we need to be.’”

After securing the league’s No. 1 seed, Meadowdale opened district play with a 10-0 victory over Shorewood in the first of two games on Tuesday.

Freshman Sophia Ward singled home sophomore Taylor Eshew in the second inning to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead against Marysville-Pilchuck. Meadowdale extended its advantage to 3-0 when junior Olivia Dimmock’s double drove inj Emma Meyer and Kelci Studioso.

A leadoff solo home run by Marysville-Pilchuck’s Cassidy Phelps cut the Meadowdale lead to 3-1 in the fifth. The Mavericks responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning with Eshew, Kaitlyn Bridgwater, Meyer all driving in a run. Meadowdale (18-4) also took advantage of a Houghton ground out to score another run.

“The bats finally came alive,” Hopkins said. “The last week or so we’ve really been working on hitting, making adjustments and getting back to hitting in the right zone. … We’ve really concentrated on getting the bats going again.”

The four runs proved to be a nice cushion when the Tomahawks cut the lead to 7-3 on a two-run homer by Phelps. After a walk, Houghton retired the next two to secure the victory.

“Nothing seems to phase her,” Hopkins said. “She keeps going at it.”

Meadowdale takes on Snohomish in the district championship game at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

The Mavericks edged the Panthers 4-3 earlier in the season, handing Snohomish (19-2) its only league loss of the season.

 

WARRIORS REBOUND: After losing 7-6 to Snohomish on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Edmonds-Woodway rebounded to defeat Arlington 15-3 in a loser-out 3A District softball tournament game Tuesday, May 14, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. The Warriors take on Marysvile-Pilchuck in a winner-to-state/loser-out contest on Thursday, May 16. The Warriors (10-13) defeated Shorecrest 6-5 in a district play-in game Thursday, May 9, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

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