Mavericks wrap up season at districts | Softball

By David Pan | May 24, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Emma Meyer takes a swing at pitch during a 3A District tournament game.

Meadowale’s string of six appearances at the state softball tournament came to an end.

But it wasn’t for lack of trying on the Mavericks’ part.

Meadowdale bounced back from a tough 12-1 loss to Marysville-Pilchuck in a first-round 3A District tournament game with a 7-2 victory over Marysville-Getchell and then a 4-0 triumph over Everett.

The two wins set up a rematch with the Tomahawks in a winner-to-state/loser-out contest on Friday, May 18, at Phil Johnson Fields.

Marysville-Pilchuck prevailed 8-0 to claim the district’s third and final berth to the 3A tournament.

Meadowdale coach Dennis Hopkins liked how his team responded after dropping its district opener.

“They had a tough time the first day and they came back the second day and took two out of three,” he said. “If we had one more day of rest, the results might have been different.”

Meadowdale (15-9) graduates only two seniors in catcher Carrie Peterson and second baseman Jasmine Welaye.

“For a young team, they did pretty well,” Hopkins said.

Sophomore pitcher Katherine Houghton in her first season as the No. 1 pitcher developed into a force in the circle in Hopkins’ opinion.

“I feel she’s one of the top pitchers in the league as a sophomore,” he said. “She’s owns the circle.”

Sophomore shortstop Kelci Studioso and sophomore third baseman Olivia Dimmock also had strong performances at the district tournament.

“They fell into their roles and they did everything to get us to the next level,” Hopkins said. “I think we take this year off and we go back to state next year.”

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