Softball: Mavericks down Chargers 10-0
The Mavericks scored eight runs off pitcher Emily Annis in the first two innings and then got the final two in the bottom of the fifth to close out the game. Samantha Gregoryk pitched four innings and gave up just one hit while striking out three to earn a victory and Julia Reuble pitched the fifth to end the game. Only Jordyn Lauritsen-Levy got on base against the Mavs when she smoked a single to center field in the second and walked in the fifth.
Gregoryk easily put down the Chargers 1-2-3 in the top of the first but the Mavs got on Annis right away. Tiffany DeWayne led off with a slap single and then got to third after, when stealing second, the throw went into centerfield. Hailey Costello laid down a bunt single that got her on base but DeWayne was held at third. Reuble walked to load the bases. Emma Helm came up to bat and the first offering was a wild pitch that moved everyone up a base and scored DeWayne to make it 1-0. Helm walked to reload the bases for Kaitlyn Webster, and she walked as well to score Costello.
Gregoryk came up and lofted a shallow fly ball to left field that dropped in but the baserunners had to wait in case it was caught. Left fielder Lauritsen-Levy gunned down Helm at third on the play but Reuble scored to make it 3-0. Webster attempted to steal third but was thrown out. Gregoryk moved to second on the play and then scored after Kaylee Williams smacked a double to centerfield. Ashley Brooke laced a single to put runners on first and third with two outs for Haili Taylor, but she flew out to centerfield to end the inning. The Lady Mavs led 4-0 after one.
Lauritsen-Levy broke up the perfect game in the second when she hit a two-out single past shortstop Costello but the Chargers failed to do anything with her. In the bottom of the second, DeWayne led off once again and, once again, hit a slap single to get aboard. Costello and Reuble followed with singles of their own to load the bases for Helm and she hit a two-RBI double to make it 6-0. Webster followed with a line drive that shortstop Kymberlie Devlin made a great over-the-shoulder catch on for the first out. Gregoryk grounded into a 4-3 fielder’s choice that scored Reuble and advanced Helm to third after. Helm scored when a pitch to Williams got to the backstop and Helm beat the throw to the plate to make it 8-0. Williams grounded out to end the second.
Gregoryk continued to pitch well in the third and got a 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout for the final out. Annis seemed to settle down and gave up a one-out single to Taylor, but then got DeWayne to groundout and Costello to pop out to end the third. Gregoryk pitched great in her final inning of work, once again putting the Chargers down 1-2-3 in the fourth. Reuble led off with a single and made it to second on a wild pitch, but Annis got three straight popouts to end the bottom of the fourth.
Reuble came in to pitch the fifth, and while she gave up a one-out walk to Lauritsen-Levy, she came back and got two straight strikeouts to end the inning. Williams led off the fifth with a single and then got to second after the throw to the infield bounced away, and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Madison Buchea pinch-hit for Ashley Brooke and took a walk and then stole second to put runners at second and third with no outs. Taylor walked to load the bases. DeWayne hit a slow groundball to shortstop Laurenstin-Levy that she fielded and threw home, but Williams beat the throw to make it 9-0 and Costello ended the game with a single to center field.
The win boosts the Mavericks’ record to 10-0 league and 13-2 overall. Meadowdale plays its final home game of the season against Glacier Peak on Monday at 4 p.m. A win in that game would clinch the Wesco 3A South title.
– By Quint Turner