Meadowdale comes up short at district tourney | Baseball

Mavs fall in extra innings to Eagles
By David Pan | May 17, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Cole Nelson pitches against Lynnwood during a district tournament game.

Meadowdale was three outs away from achieving its goal of a state regional baseball playoff berth.

But in a matter of minutes, Wesco 3A North champion Arlington staged a comeback of epic proportions to deny the Mavericks the victory.

Meadowdale headed into the bottom of the seventh inning with a 4-0 lead and its sights set squarely on state.

Ten batters, three hits, three walks, one error and four runs later, the Eagles tied the score at 4 to send the game into extra frames. Two innings later Arlington scored the winning run on Meadowdale’s fourth and final error of the game, as the Mavericks ended their season with a heartbreaking 5-4 loss Saturday, May 12, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Arlington (22-2) takes on Eastside Catholic in a state regional playoff game on Saturday, May 19, while Meadowdale (17-7) was left to ponder how Saturday’s contest slipped away.

“It often boils down to pitches you don’t make and plays you don’t make,” Meadowdale coach Bill Hummel said. “We gave a good team five outs in the bottom of the seventh and you can’t do that. That is going to end up costing you. … They’re good. Give them extra outs, they’re going to take advantage of it.”

But Hummel added that the souring ending in the district tournament did not overshadow a season that included the team’s first Wesco 3A South championship in six years and a rejuvenated offense that carried Meadowdale to the brink of state.

“The last couple of years we really struggled offensively and we really made it a point of emphasis this year,” Hummel said. We were a terrific ball club offensively We scored more runs this year than we have since I’ve been at Meadowdale.”

Last year, the team’s leading RBI producer finished with 10 for the entire season and the team scored only 69 runs. Seven players had 10 or more RBI this season and the Mavericks scored 150 runs.

“I’m just really, really proud of how these kids worked to improve and they got better and better as the season went on,” Hummel said. “It just ended on a sour note unfortunately.”

Senior Tommy Dimmock pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and four hits.

“He executed our game plan exactly the way we asked him to,” Hummel said.

Dimmock’s fastball, curveball and change-up were effective all game.

“He just pitched fantastically,” Hummel said. “He got us this close to the state tournament. He was amazing this year.”

Dimmock led the Mavericks at the plate driving in 40 runs this season.

“Tommy Dimmock just had a season to remember,” Hummel said. “If we did a league MVP in our league he’d be the guy hands down.”

Fellow senior catcher Travis Hagan and shortstop Will Schafer also exceled on and off the field.

“I just can’t say enough about the leadership that these guys gave to the younger guys on our team, and just the performances,” Hummel said. “They had it. It was really impressive.”

Schafer jumpstarted the offense with a single to lead off the top of the first. He then stole second, moved to third on Mason Vaughn’s single to right field and scored on Dimmock’s single to center field. Vaughn also scored on fielder’s choice as Meadowdale took a 2-0 lead.

In the second with one out, Cutter Buchea doubled to left field and then scored on a double by Schafer.

Meadowdale then added a fourth run in the seventh after Cole Duncan led off with an infield single. Duncan advanced to second after Schafer drew a walk and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. He later scored to give the Mavericks a seemingly comfortable 4-0 advantage.

Meadowdale advanced to Saturday’s contest after defeating district rival Lynnwood 8-5 in a loser-out game Wednesday, May 9.

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