Meadowdale’s offense batters Terrace, Shorecrest | Baseball

Mavs’ pitching and defense also come together in victories
By David Pan | Apr 11, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Luke Hunnewell prepares to deliver a pitch against Mountlake Terrace Wednesday, April 3, at Meadowdale High School.

It’s been a season of big innings for Meadowdale – both for and against.

In what they hope is a trend for the future, the Mavericks used two big innings to defeat Mountlake Terrace and Shorecrest in Wesco 3A baseball action last week.

Meadowdale scored five runs in the fifth en route to an 8-5 victory over the Hawks Wednesday, April 3, at Meadowdale High School. The Mavericks then overcame an early 3-0 deficit with seven runs in fourth inning to down the Scots 11-3 Friday, April 5, at Shorecrest High School.

Earning a series split with Mountlake Terrace, which handed Meadowdale an 8-3 loss on Tuesday, April 2, was important for a young Maverick team that only has two seniors.

“That was huge,” said junior pitcher Luke Hunnewell, who picked up the victory. “They’re a really good baseball team. We just battled. We came out the second day and we were like we’ve got to take this one. We just played hard.”

Hunnewell said that the key was throwing first pitch strikes and allowing his defense to do its job.

“He threw strikes and kept the ball low in the zone,” Hummel said. “Anytime you do that in a high school baseball game, you’re going to give yourself a chance to win. I was very pleased with his effort on Wednesday.”

Junior Mason Vaughn gave up three runs in the first inning but then settled down and he and reliever Parker Cumberland did not allow Shorecrest to score any more runs in Friday’s contest.

The Mavericks were not concerned by the early three run deficit.

“We’re just competitors,” Vaughn said. “Big innings are kind of our thing this year. We need one player to get on and it just spirals from there. We get the momentum in the game and that helps get the win.”

Hummel noted that Friday’s game was the first time the Mavericks have knocked a starter out of the game.

“We had some timely hitting, some two-out hitting,” Hummel said. “Brady Johnson has been terrific with two outs this year.”

Meadowdale executed its offense game plan against the Scots. The Mavericks advanced runners on second to third and then brought them home.

“We’ve been very hit and miss on that and today we were very good at it,” Hummel said.

Friday’s momentum carried on to this week when Meadowdale again overcame another 3-0 deficit in the first inning to pull out a 7-6 victory over Shorecrest in eight innings Tuesday, April 9, at Meadowdale High School.

The Mavericks tied at the score at 6 in the seventh inning when Nolan Eskew hit a grounder between shortstop and third to score Johnson.

Vaughn then hit a game-ending sacrifice fly that scored Caleb Berry in the bottom of the eighth inning. Berry reached first on an error and advanced to second on Cumberland’s sacrifice bunt. Cole Duncan then hit a ground ball that was mishandled to load the bases with no outs.

“Everyone’s confidence is just rolling,” Hunnewell said. “We’re having a lot of fun. We’re playing good baseball.”

After losing their first four nonconference games, the Mavericks (3-1 in the league, 5-5 overall) have won five out of their last six contests.

“If we throw strikes and play defense, we’ve got a shot to win games,” Hummel said.

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