The Meadowdale High School softball team shook off a disappointing one-run loss to eventual state 3A softball champions Kamiakin and went on to take third place in the state tournament in Lacey Saturday.
“It feels really good,” said senior pitcher Alyssa Reuble following the Mavs’ 7-2 win over University to earn the third-place trophy. “I’m so excited for my team.”
The Seattle University-bound Reuble was on the mound for each of the five Mavericks’ state playoff games, and Meadowdale Coach Dennis Hopkins said he will miss his senior leader.
“She is definitely one of the top pitchers in the state,” he said.
After winning two games on Friday, the Mavs started the morning Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Kamiakin. The Braves went on to earn a repeat state 3A softball championship, beating Prairie 12-7. Next up for Meadowdale was a loser-out game vs. Juanita, and the Mavericks came away with a 4-2 victory, sending them into the game against University for 3rd place.
With the win, the Mavericks ended the season tied for the school’s best-ever state softball finish: Meadowdale also took third in the state softball tournament in 1997.