Meadowdale’s Tommy Dimmock sure picked an opportune time to hit his first ever high school first home run.
Dimmock pounded a fastball more than 370 feet over the centerfield fence at Mountlake Terrace High School to give the Mavs a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Tuesday.
“I got just about all of it,” Dimmock said of the pitch from E-W’s Tai Starchman. “It felt really good off the bat, for sure.”
“I just got a pitch I could handle,” Dimmock continued. “I did the most I could do with it.”
After his trot around the bases, Dimmock was mobbed by his celebrating teammates at home plate. “I got mauled, punched a couple times, jersey grabbed, but it was all in good fun. It was all worth it; it was awesome,” he said.
Dimmock’s blast came after the Warriors had grabbed a 5-4 lead with a run in the top of the seventh inning. E-W’s Gunnar Whitelaw got on base with a two-out infield single, then scored from first on a double down the left field line by teammate Chad Curtis.
But the advantage would be short-lived for E-W as Meadowdale’s Cole Nelson reached base in front of the Dimmock heroic homer that ended the game.
Edmonds-Woodway Coach Dan Somoza conceded that the Mavs’ big seventh inning was just a little more dramatic than his team’s final at-bat.
“It was a close game, both ways, so it could have gone either way,” he said. “They got the big hit at the end — so did we, but theirs was longer.”
The Warriors had tallied single runs in the second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, but Somoza felt his squad could have done more, possibly to put the contest away early. E-W left the bases loaded in the third inning and had runners on second and third base in the fifth inning with just one out but couldn’t score.
“We had our chances early in the game to really blow it open; we just couldn’t get that clutch hit,” Somoza said.
Meadowdale took advantage of the Warriors’ inability to score runs in bunches, keeping the score close and coming from behind to either tie or take a lead three times in the tilt. The Mavs trailed 1-0 before scoring two runs in the second inning; then down 4-2, Meadowdale scored twice in the sixth inning — on a Travis Hagan lead-off homer and a Starchman balk — to send it to the seventh deadlocked.
The final Mavs’ comeback was Dimmock’s two-run walk off dinger.
Making the walk-off victory even more sweeter for the Mavericks, it was accomplished over their crosstown rival Edmonds-Woodway. “That’s just the best win you could have all year,” Dimmock said.
The two teams hope to complete their two-game home-and-home series on Wednesday, April 11, when they meet at Edmonds-Woodway High School. (Tuesday’s game was played in Mountlake Terrace due to wet conditions on Meadowdale home field.) First pitch on Wednesday is slated for 4 p.m.
Prep Baseball: Edmonds-Woodway at Meadowdale, Apr. 10
Edmonds-Woodway 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 — 5 7 1
Meadowdale 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 — 6 6 3
Winning pitcher: Aaron Chester (Meadowdale)
Losing pitcher: Tai Starchman (Edmonds-Woodway)
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 4-3 in 3A Wesco League South Conference, 5-5 overall; Meadowdale 6-1 in 3A Wesco League South Conference, 8-2 overall
Next game: Meadowdale at Edmonds-Woodway, Wednesday, Apr. 11, 4 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School
— By Doug Petrowski