Prep softball: Mavs earn state berth; face Everett for District title

Meadowdale's Samantha Gregoryk tags out Oak Harbor's Audrey Howard.
Meadowdale’s Samantha Gregoryk tags out Oak Harbor’s Audrey Howard. (Photo by Karl Swenson)

The first day of the District 1 girls 3A softball tournament featured a little bit of everything: Shutouts, blowouts and, in the last game of the day, an Edmonds-Woodway finish for the ages. At the end of the day, all three Edmonds School District teams advanced to Thursday. Meadowdale, which won both its games, has won a berth in next week’s state tournament and will be playing Thursday for the District 1 title. Meanwhile, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds-Woodway, after dropping their first games, both won their second to advance to Thursday, needing two wins to move forward.

Meadowdale’s first win of the night quickly proved why the Mavs were the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Meadowdale scored seven runs in the bottom of the first and five in the third as they run-ruled Oak Harbor 12-0 in 5 innings.

Lauren Dent was two outs away from pitching her fourth no-hitter of the year before yielding a single in the top of the 5th. Dent ended up surrendering just the one hit and had 10 strikeouts in the win. Kaitlyn Webster went 2 for 4 with a home run, Emma Helm was 3 for 3 and Lauren Wallace was 2 for 3 with a home run.

In their second game of the day, Meadowdale faced Marysville-Pilchuck, and even though Dent allowed a few more base runners, she once again held her opponent to just one hit. After a slow start, the Maverick offense kicked into gear in the third and fourth inning, scoring 4 and 8 runs respectively. Kaitlyn Webster went 3 for 3 with a home run, while Julia Rueble also went 3 for 3 with a double. Emma Helm was 2 for 3 with a home run, Madison Buchea also went 2 for 3 and Kaylee Williams went 2 for 2 with a walk. Coach Dennis Hopkins talked about his pitcher and his team: “When Lauren is on, we are on a roll. Our offense, they hit for power and hit for average.” He also spoke about earning another trip to the state tournament, adding “We got our bid, now we just need to go out and get Thursday’s game and improve our seeding.”

The Mavericks will face Everett, a team they beat 11-1 earlier in the season, on Thursday at 6 p.m.

— By Jeff Smarr

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