Warriors stay unbeaten in league, upend Mavericks | Softball

E-W senior Woolery limits Meadowdale to only three hits
By David Pan | Mar 29, 2018

Edmonds-Woodway jumped on Meadowdale early in a key Wesco 3A South matchup.

The Warriors scored five runs in the first two innings and went on to defeat the Mavericks 7-4 victory Monday, March 26, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Senior Mariah Woolery allowed only three hits to lead the Warriors (3-0 in the league, 3-3 overall). Edmonds-Woodway scored a run in the first inning and four runs in the second before Meadowdale pushed across three runs in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 5-3.

Junior Sammy Dickinson then drove in two runs with a double in the fifth inning to extend the Warriors’ advantage to 7-3. The Mavericks (2-1, 3-3) scored a run in the seventh.

Edmonds-Woodway dropped their first three games against nonconference opponents but has started league play with victories over Mountlake Terrace (7-5 on Wednesday, March 21), Meadowdale and Shorewood (10-0 on Tuesday, March 27).

“That’s where we like to be. It’s been working well,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Mike Venable said. “Our pitching has been coming through. We’ve had some timely hitting. The defense has played really well once we got into league play.”

Senior Kyra Collingridge allowed one hit and struck out eight against the Thunderbirds. The immediate plan is for the two pitchers to alternate starts.

“So far they’ve been really good,” Venable said.

The Edmonds-Woodway offense has produced 24 runs in its first three league games. The middle of the lineup – Ciara Ortiz and Woolery – have been coming up with clutch hits, Venable said.

“Kaitlyn Rust has been getting on base,” the Edmonds-Woodway coach added. “All through the lineup has been good.”

Meadowdale sophomore Katherine Houghton allowed six hits in the losing effort. Three of the Warriors’ runs came as a result of two Maverick errors.

“We’re a young team,” Meadowdale coach Dennis Hopkins said. “We’re going to make them.”

The Meadowdale offense struggled in the first three innings.

“It took us a while to string some hits together,” Hopkins said. “It was too little too late.”

After getting shut out in their first two contests of the season, the Mavericks’ bats have been feasting on the opposition’s pitching coming into Monday’s game.

Meadowdale defeated Kamiak 7-6 in a nonconference game and then posted 13-5 and 13-1 victories over Wesco 3A opponents Shorecrest and Lynnwood, respectively.

Like the Warriors, the hits are coming from everyone in the Meadowdale lineup. “It was pretty much somebody different every game,” Hopkins said.

The Meadowdale coach praised the performance of Houghton, who is in her first season as a full-time varsity pitcher. Her arm is a little sore due to the increased workload.

“She’s pitching more than she’s used to,” Hopkins said. “She’s doing really good.”

This season has started out similar to last year when the Mavericks dropped three out of their first six contests. Meadowdale then went on to win 11 out of it final 12 games and capture the district championship.

“We just want to keep them focused and keep their vision on where they want to finish the season at,” Hopkins said.

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