By Quint Turner
The Lady Mavs earned their first win of the year by taking down the Mountlake Terrace Hawks at home Friday. The big reason for the win was Alyssa Reuble, who pitched a complete game and gave up five runs, but struck out six. Offensively, Shannon Haukap and Lindsey Milner hit two-run home runs to provide the major run support in the 8-5 victory. On the Terrace side, Rene Bos also pitched a complete game, going six innings while giving up eight runs and striking out four.
The Hawks hit off of Reuble in the first and got a run on her, but the Mavs quickly responded in the bottom half. A lead-off double by Haukap was followed by a single from Reuble, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Milner then came to the plate. Reuble stole second, and then scored along with Haukap after a pick-off attempt from the catcher Hannah Baisch went over the third baseman Amanda Shartner’s head and into left field. Bos recovered, and got Milner to pop out, struck out Ashley Brooke, and had Ciarra Hart fly out to end the inning. The Mavs led 2-1 after the first.
Reuble got the Hawks to go down 1-2-3 in the second. Shartner led off with what looked to be a double, but she was thrown out at second, and then Reuble struck out Minna Ward and Dessin to end the inning. The Mavs also went 1-2-3 in their half of the inning.
The Hawks had a runner on first with one out after an infield single by Printz, but Baisch grounded out into an inning-ending double play. Meadowdale did their main damage in the third. Nicole Steg hit an infield single, and Haukap drove them both home with a line drive home run to center field to make it 4-1. Reuble walked, and Milner hit a similar home run down the right field line to propel the Mavericks to a 6-1 lead. Bos got her control back, and got the next three Mavs out to end the inning.
The Hawks’ Maddy Kristjanson started the fourth off with a single, and then Hannah Wilcox followed with a fielder’s choice where Milner tried to get Kristjanson out at second with one out. After a double steal, it was runners at second and third with one out, but Reuble got a pop out from Shartner and a groundout from Wilcox to end the inning. The Mavs went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth.
Terrace finally responded in the fifth when Amanda Aversano got an infield single with one out. After a Jessie Printz strikeout, Baisch also got a single, and Aversano got to third on the play. Aversano scored after Kristjanson hit a grounder to Hart that was bobbled, and Kristjanson beat out the throw to get it to a 6-2 game. Reuble got Bos to ground out to end the inning.
Milner hit a two-out double off the wall to set up a single by Ashley Brooke that drove her in to extend the Maverick lead to 5 and make it a 7-2 game. Hart flew out to end the inning. Wilcox led off with a double, and got to third when Ward hit a slow roller to Milner where she beat the throw. Kaitlin Dessin had runners at first and third with one out, and she hit a blooper to right field that dropped in front of Tiffany DeWayne and drove in Wilcox. Aversano hit a double to score Ward and advance Dessin to third, but then Reuble got Printz and Baisch to ground out to end the inning, with the score 7-4.
The Mavericks got one more run in the sixth that started with a two out single by Hailey Costello. Then Steg hit a ball back to Bos, whose throw was bobbled by Printz, and there were runners on first and second. Haukap drove in Costello on a double that went off the wall, but Reuble grounded out to end the inning.
In the seventh, the Hawks got a run in a bizarre fashion. With Kristjanson on second and Bos on first, Wilcox hit an infield fly that was caught by Reuble. Kristjanson then raced to third and was safe, while Bos went for second. Bos was thrown out, but during the confusion, Kristjanson scored, and it was 8-5 after the double play. Reuble got Ward to pop out to her to end the game, and the Mavs won.
With the win, the Mavericks are 1-2 (1-1 in league) and play next on Monday at Lynnwood, at 4:30 p.m. With the loss, the Hawks are 2-2 (0-1 in league) and play next on Monday at home versus Oak Harbor, also at 4:30 p.m.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.