Softball: Meadowdale wins eighth straight, beats Arlington 12-2

mavs logoThe Meadowdale softball team did it again.

The Mavericks have now won eight straight games with five of them ending early due to the 10-run mercy rule. This time Meadowdale defeated Arlington 12-2 in six innings Monday at Meadowdale High School.

Emma Helm hit her fourth home run of the year in the first inning and drove in four runs. The Eagles scored their only two runs in the top of the sixth when Maddy Maclean laid down a bunt with the bases loaded and Kaylyn Myers drove in Katelyn McDonald with a groundout.

Meadowdale’s Julia Reuble picked up the win going five-plus innings, giving up two runs. Samantha Gregoryk came in and got three outs to end the top of the sixth. Arlington’s Maclean pitched all six innings in a losing effort, striking out four.

Arlington’s Marisa Rathert led off the game with a single, but Kendall Fields hit a line drive straight at first baseman Ashley Brooke, who caught the ball and then tagged Rathert out for the double play. McDonald and Sam MacIntosh both walked to put runners at first and second for Maclean and she popped out to Brooke to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, Meadowdale’s Tiffany DeWayne got on base with an infield single and Reuble knocked a one-out single to put runners on first and third for Helm. She took the 2-2 offering from Maclean and hit a fly ball to left field that clanked off the scoreboard post after going over the fence. That put the Mavs up 3-0. Kaitlyn Webster and Gregoryk grounded out to end the inning.

Reuble gave up a leadoff walk to Myers, but then got Mikalyn Brown to strike out and then Chandler Bishop grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the second. The Mavs added another in the second. Kaylee Williams hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a groundout by Ciarra Hart. DeWayne came up and attempted a slap hit with two strikes but missed the ball. The pitch got past the catcher Shyne McKay and, with first base open, DeWayne made it to second on the passed ball. Williams scored on the play as well to make it 4-0. Hailey Costello flew out to end the inning.

Reuble had an easy 1-2-3 inning in the top of the third, notching a strikeout in the process. Maclean gave up a two-out single but then got Gregoryk to ground out to end the inning. McDonald led off the fourth with a double to center field. MacIntosh tried to bunt her over bunt hit herself with the bunt for the first out. Maclean struck out for the second out, but during the at-bat McDonald got to third on a wild pitch. Myers walked to put runners at the corners for Brown and Reuble’s first pitch to her went to the backstop. McDonald started for home, but the ball bounced straight back to Helm and she gunned McDonald down at third base for the final out of the inning.

Williams hit a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth and Hart followed with another single. The two of them stole a base to put runners at second and third for DeWayne. She hit an infield single to the second baseman to make it 5-0. DeWayne stole second. Then Costello struck out but again the third strike was dropped and Hart scored. With runners at second and third and one out, Maclean managed to induce a popout and flyout to end the inning. The score was 6-0 going into the fifth.

Two more strikeouts earned by Reuble in the top of the fifth. She gave up a one-out single to Bishop, but didn’t give up any more. Webster led off with a single but was out on a fielder’s choice by Gregoryk. She got to second when Madison Buchea grounded out and was stranded when Williams flew out to end the inning. Fields led off the sixth with a single to left field, McDonald earned a walk, and then MacIntosh was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Greogoryk came in to replace Reuble after the wild pitch. Maclean laid down a bunt that Brooke scooped up and threw to home but Fields beat the throw to cut the lead to 6-1. Myers drove in another run with a 4-3 fielder’s choice to Hart at second that resulted in the first out of the inning. The Eagles still had runners at second and third with one out but Gregoryk got Brown to strike out and Bishop to ground out to end the inning. The score was 6-2 to go into the bottom in the sixth.

The Mavs ended the game in the sixth. Hart led off with a bunt single, DeWayne followed with a base hit and Costello loaded the bases with a bunt single of her own. Reuble knocked a single to center field that bounced away from Rathert. All three runners came around to score and Reuble made it to second on the play. Helm hit a single to right field that scored Reuble to make it 10-2. Webster walked to put runners at first and second when Gregoryk grounded into a 6-3 fielder’s choice. With runners on second and third and one out, Buchea grounded into another 6-3 fielder’s choice that scored Helm from third to make it 11-2. Williams came up as the ninth batter in the inning and smacked a 3-0 pitch for a single to left field that allowed Webster to score and the Mavs ended the game 12-2.

The Mavs (7-0 in league and 10-2 overall) host Everett at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 30. Arlington (6-2, 9-5) travels to Edmonds-Woodway for a 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 game.

– By Quint Turner

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