In what seemed as much a roller coaster experience as a baseball game on Tuesday, it was the Mountlake Terrace Hawks that ended the ride with the bigger smiles.
After losing a lead in the sixth inning and then seeing the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, the Hawks scored three times in the eighth to grab a 6-4 victory over their Wesco League South Conference rival.
With the game knotted 3-3 after the regulation seven innings, the Hawks Matthew Johnson belted an RBI double — his third hit of the match-up — to deep center field, scoring teammate Tyson Kim. Later in the inning, Johnson and Dan Bingaman scored off a Max Coleman double and giving the Hawks a 6-3 lead.
Coleman finished the game going 2-for-3 with three RBI for Terrace.
The Warriors tried to mount a third comeback in the contest in the bottom of the eighth inning — Julian Kodama crushed a solo home run to right field, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Hawks held on for the 6-4 win.
Nine of the game’s 10 total runs were scored in the final three frames of the match-up, resulting in ties or lead changes in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
With the victory, Terrace lifted its Wesco League South Conference record to 5-1, a two-game advantage in the win column over second-place Meadowdale. The Warriors fell to 2-2 in league play and into a third-place tie in the conference with Shorewood.
The Hawks and Warriors will finish off their two-game series on Wednesday, April 4, with a 4 p.m. affair at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Prep Baseball: Mountlake Terrace at Edmonds-Woodway, April 4
Mountlake Terrace 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 — 6 11 1
Edmonds-Woodway 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 — 4 4 2
Winning pitcher: Josh Ernst (Mountlake Terrace)
Losing pitcher: Tai Starchman (Edmonds-Woodway)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 5-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 7-2 overall; Edmonds-Woodway 2-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 3-4 overall
Next game: Edmonds-Woodway versus Mountlake Terrace, Wednesday, April 4, 4 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
— By Doug Petrowski