Meadowdale wins opener, advances to quarterfinals at state | Softball

By David Pan | May 30, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Olivia Dimmock hits a foul ball against Holy Names Academy during a 3A state tournament game Friday, May 24, at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

Meadowdale wrapped up a successful season with a quarterfinal appearance at the 3A state softball tournament.

After having a string of six straight state berths snapped at last year’s district tournament, the Mavericks made sure they would have an extended stay at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

With only one senior on the roster, Meadowdale went 2-2 and advanced to the second day of the tournament.

“It felt good to finish eighth in the state,” Mavericks coach Dennis Hopkins said. “That was pretty good for a young team. … It was a great season.”

Meadowdale defeated Holy Names Academy 4-1 in the opening round on Friday, May 24. The victory sent the Mavericks into a quarterfinal matchup against Bonney Lake and its ace and University of Washington recruit Brooke Nelson.

Meadowdale junior Kate Houghton kept the Panthers in check for all but one inning. Bonney Lake pushed across the game’s only run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Mavericks actually ended up outhitting their opponent 5 to 3, but didn’t get the key hit when they needed it.

“We couldn’t string them together,” Hopkins said. “It was a true pitching dual all the way through.”

Meadowdale had runners on second base twice but wasn’t able to bring them home.

Nelson finished with 17 strikeouts, while Houghton allowed only three hits and struck out 10.

The Mavericks shook off the disappointment of the loss and pounded Bellevue 8-0 in a loser-out contest. Almost every player in the lineup contributed.

“Everything came together,” Hopkins said.

Meadowdale’s reward was a Saturday morning match-up against Stadium, which the Mavericks lost 5-2.

“Saturday didn’t go our way,” Hopkins said. “We just couldn’t get the bats going.”

Meadowdale suffered a major scare when junior third baseman Olivia Dimmock took a hit straight off her forehead late in the game. Hopkins said that Dimmock suffered a concussion but that she is going to be OK.

The Mavericks graduate only one senior and should be among the favorites, especially with the return of Houghton.

“She did well. It was a long weekend for any pitcher,” Hopkins said. “She held her own against some of the best of the best. She’s only going to get better next year.”

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