After taking a foul ball squarely in the face mask, Meadowdale catcher Carrie Petersen said that she heard ringing in her ears from the blow. But by the end of the game the only ringing being heard was that of base hits by Petersen and her Maverick teammates.
The Mavs pounded out 14 hits – four by Petersen – which the team converted into a runaway 14-4 road victory over the Mountlake Terrace Hawks in a 3A Wesco League South Conference match-up played Wednesday at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Petersen led the Meadowdale hitting parade by going 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scoring four runs in the contest despite sitting out part of the game after getting the knock in the center of forehead portion of the catcher’s mask.
“A couple of years ago I had one of those just like that and I got a pretty bad concussion and whiplash from it. So it really scares me when it happens,” Petersen said. “And anytime you get hit in the head, it kind of rattles your brain a little bit and gives you some ringing in your ears.”
After getting hit by the second inning foul tip, the Petersen sat upright for a few minutes at home plate while Mavericks’ Coach Dennis Hopkins talked to her. The senior came out of the game and was evaluated by MTHS trainer Saboora Deen, who gave the okay for Petersen to return to action in the fourth inning.
“Obviously I wanted to be in there with my team but I did what I had to do,” Petersen said of sitting out for two innings.
It was during Petersen’s absence that the Hawks took advantage and scored their four runs. Terrace pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the the second inning and followed with three more scores in the third, the first off a solo home run by sophomore Jenna Maxfield.
But the Terrace 4-3 lead wouldn’t hold up as the Mavs exploded for 11 runs in the final three innings of the contest. Meadowdale initiated their scoring blitz with a Kelci Studioso home run and a Katherine Houghton RBI single in the fifth inning, then added four runs in the sixth, and five more in the seventh – an inning that was capped off with a two-run homer by Olivia Dimmock.
Dimmock went 2-for-5 in the game and had five RBI for the Mavs.
While the Mavericks were able to pounce on Terrace pitching throughout the game, Hawks’ Coach Shannon Rasmussen was quick to point out that the team also committed six errors in the field.
“They definitely have some hitters up and down the lineup,” Rasmussen said of the Mavs’ offensive attack, “but I think we definitely helped them out a little bit. It was just small little miscues here and there that started to add up.”
Meadowdale’s Houghton earned the mound win by giving up just three hits, one earned run and recording 11 strikeouts in the complete game performance.
“She did awesome; she had a really great day today,” Petersen said of Houghton. “Her pitches were all working. She just dominated them.”
Wednesday’s victory was a big moral booster for the Mavs considering what happened earlier in the week, said Petersen. “It really helps us because we took a pretty tough loss to Edmonds-Woodway, so this really helps our confidence,” she stated.
Both teams will return to Wesco League action on Friday, March 30, as the Mavericks host the Shorewood Thunderbirds at Meadowdale High School while the Hawks will welcome the Lynnwood Royals to Mountlake Terrace High School. Both games begin at 4 p.m.
Prep Softball: Meadowdale at Mountlake Terrace, March 28
Meadowdale 3 0 0 0 2 4 5 — 14 14 3
Terrace 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 — 4 3 6
Winning pitcher: Katherine Houghton (Meadowdale)
Losing pitcher: Laney Flynn (Mountlake Terrace)
Records: Meadowdale 3-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 4-3 overall; Mountlake Terrace 2-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 3-4 overall
Meadowdale next game: versus Shorewood, Friday, March 30, 4 p.m. at Meadowdale High School
— By Doug Petrowski