It’s going to take a little bit longer for Meadowdale to earn its third straight trip to the state softball tournament.The Wesco South’s No. 1 seed came into Tuesday’s winner-to-state 3A District 1 tournament game against Glacier Peak with 15-game winning streak and the expectation that the team’s ticket to state would be punched.
Instead the Grizzlies did the punching with a pair of two-run home runs and Glacier Peak prevailed 7-3 Tuesday night at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.
Meadowdale (17-3 overall) faces Stanwood in a loser-out game at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 22, at Phil Johnson Fields. The winner takes on either Mountlake Terrace or Everett in a winner-to-state/loser-out game at 6 p.m.
“Right now, they’re a little down because they figured they were going to go all the way and lock their game into state today,” Meadowdale coach Dennis Hopkins said of his players. “Hey, we’ve been this way before. It’s just a little bit longer. We play an extra game.”
Glacier Peak (14-8) jumped on the Mavericks early scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Jocelyn Matheny drove in the first run and later scored on wild pitch. Meadowdale cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when Emma Helm hit a single to drive in Tiffany DeWayne, who led off the inning with an infield single.
Aurora Elliason then smacked a two-run home run in the third to extend Glacier Peak’s lead to 4-1. The Grizzies tacked on a run in the fourth before Meadowdale’s Helm hit a two-run homer in the sixth to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Grizzlies answered in the top of the seventh as Abby Doney hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 7-3.
“They were on,” Hopkins said of the Grizzlies. “They’re always a tough team. They’re a good competitor. It was their day. They didn’t seem to do anything wrong and we didn’t do anything right when we had to.”
Callie Bircher pitched a complete game for Glacier Peak, who beat Everett 5-3 earlier in the day. Meadowdale defeated Marysville-Getchell 12-2 in its first round contest.
Hopkins’ advice to his team is simple.
“Just come back and play good on Thursday,” he said. “That’s it. You have good days and bad days. It’s a wrong time to have a bad day.”
— By David Pan