Meadowdale hitters overpower Shorecrest, Marysville-Getchell | Baseball

Mavericks pound out 31 runs in 3 victories
By David Pan | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Parker Cumberland bats against Shorecrest Tuesday, April 3, at Shorecrest High School.

The hits just keep on coming for Meadowdale.

The Mavericks feasted on the oppositions’ pitching in a pair of lopsided victories. Meadowdale knocked off Shorecrest 13-3 in the second game of a two-game series and then pounded Marysville-Getchell 12-2 in Wesco 3A baseball action last week. The Mavericks also beat the Scots 6-4 in the series opener.

“It’s been kind of a grind,” Meadowdale coach Bill Hummel said. “I thought we had pretty good at-bats at Shorecrest. I was impressed with the Shorecrest rotation. Both guys who started presented some challenges for us. … We did a really good job of putting the ball in play and keeping the ball in play.”

The Mavericks have made significant strides in reducing their number of strikeouts. Last season Meadowdale averaged eight strikeouts a game. This year the Mavericks have cut that down to about five or six.

Senior Travis Hagen was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run and freshman Cole Nelson was 1-for-3 with three RBI and three runs to lead Meadowdale past the Chargers Friday, April 6, at Marysville-Getchell High School. The Mavericks pounded out 10 hits. Senior Nate Mollinas allowed two runs in four innings of work and senior Anthony Toyne pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

Hagen was 1-for-4 with two RBI and Nelson was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in the second game of the Scots’ series Wednesday, April 4, at Meadowdale High School. Sophomore Mason Vaughn allowed three runs (none were earned) in four innings and Nelson pitched the final two innings.

Nelson, who homered in his first varsity plate appearance, also had a hit to drive in a key run in the Shorecrest series opener.

“It’s good to see his bat show up,” Hummel said.

Senior Tommy Dimmock pitched 5 2/3 innings allowed four runs (none earned) and senior Aaron Chester picked up the save.

“We had three really good starts,” Hummel said of Meadowdale’s pitching last week. “Tommy did a nice job. … Mason Vaughn did another excellent job. He kept the ball in the zone. He’s pitching really well.”

The Meadowdale defense committed seven errors in the Shorecrest series, leading to all seven runs.

“We made some mistakes against Shorecrest,” Hummel said. “We talked about how we have to keep getting better. The deeper and deeper we get into the season, we’re going to see better teams. Mistakes just get magnified. We’re working to get better. We’ve still got things to clean up.”

Meadowdale was scheduled to be on the road at Arlington for a 4 p.m., Friday, April 13 contest.

 

HUMMEL BACK IN THE FOLD: Meadowdale baseball coach Bill Hummel is returning to the football coaching staff. Hummel, who stepped away a couple of years ago, will be working with the cornerbacks. He will be the only in-building football coach besides head coach Matt Leonard. Hummel recently resigned from his position as the freshmen boys basketball coach.

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