By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor
Coach Bill Hummel hopes that Saturday’s game is an indication of what lies ahead for Meadowdale.
The Mavericks scored 17 runs on 15 hits to steamroll Marysville-Getchell 17-1 in a Wesco 3A baseball game Saturday afternoon at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Meadowdale’s offense had been somewhat tepid in previous losses to Edmonds-Woodway and Marysville-Pilchuck. Part of the problem stems from drainage problems in the infield at Meadowdale’s home field.
“We’ve been really struggling. We have not seen very much live pitching,” Hummel said. “We’re not getting much batting practice at our own field. It’s good to see our bats come alive a little bit.”
Jacob Hunnewell hit an inside-the-park home run that drove in three runs in the fourth inning. Teammate Parker Coffey hit back-to-back RBI singles in the first and second innings.
“We had talked about making sure we used the whole field and he (Coffey) went the other way a couple of times for RBI singles and I thought that was the difference very early on,” Hummel said. “We used the whole field to hit instead of just trying to pull the ball.
“I thought our plans and focus were much better at the plate.”
Dakota Barlament hit a double and triple. Kenley Ackerman had a triple and Justin Ridley hit a double.
Elliott Reece pitched five innings, allowing only four hits. The game was called after the top of the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
“It’s just his second start of the year,” Hummel said. “He did a better job of throwing strikes than he did in his first game.”
Hummel expects Meadowdale’s pitching to be strong this season.
“Our pitching will be fine,” he said. “We’ve got lot of arms and a lot of experience. It’s a matter of getting into the rhythm of game week.”
Meadowdale (1-1 in the league, 1-2 overall) plays at Mariner (Tuesday) and Everett (Wednesday/Everett Memorial Stadium) and hosts Kamiak on Friday, though it’s unclear where that game will be played given the drainage problems at Meadowdale’s home field.
“We’re just looking to get better every game,” Hummel said. “It’s good to be able to play games, even if we have to come over here (Mountlake Terrace High School). Our expectations are pretty high for this group. They’re capable of doing some good things.”