Story and photos by Doug Petrowski
When asked to sum up his team’s loss to the Shorewood T-Birds on Wednesday, Mountlake Terrace baseball Coach Andrew Watters only needed a few words: “I think it’s self-explanatory; when you only get one hit you’re not going to win.”
The Hawks dropped their second straight game to Shorewood, losing 5-0 at Meridian Field in Shoreline; Terrace fell to the T-Birds the day before 8-2 at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Shorewood pitcher Ian Oxnvad pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out seven. “He was just firm,” said Watters of Oxnvad’s performance. “I think he overpowered some of our guys today. He threw hard, especially early in the game. We didn’t adjust very well.”
The Hawks’ only hit in the game was a lead-off single by Jordan Yoshida in the fifth inning.
Terrace has lost four in a row and only scored three runs in the past 29 innings, which is of concern to Watters. “I’m a little disappointed in our offense,” he said. “I’m looking for ways to get these guys hitting better, so that’s what we’re working on.”
Hawk starting pitcher Jason Shevenko lasted only three innings, giving up four runs – only two were earned.
“Our pitchers threw really well,” Watters noted. “We’re young, and we’re still working on both our defense and our offense. Yeah, a couple of mistakes here and there, and you give up a couple of runs to a good team, and it’s going to be tough to compete. But that’s where we’re at.”
“Overall I think our fortitude’s good and we’re on the right track. We just have to keep competing hard and stay in it,” he added.
Terrace (2-6 in league play, 4-7 overall) and the T-Birds (10-0, 13-0) finish their three-game series on Friday, April 12, at Mountlake Terrace High School at 4 p.m. It’s the last shot the Hawks have at putting a blemish on Shorewood’s undefeated record. Can Terrace give the T-Birds their first loss? “Sure. Anyone’s beatable,” answered Watters.
Friday’s Terrace-Shorewood game will be broadcast live on the Hawks Live Sports Network via MLTnews.com beginning at 4 p.m.
MT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 1
SW 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 — 5 10 0
Winning pitcher: Ian Oxnvad (Shorewood)
Losing pitcher: Jason Shevenko (Mountlake Terrace)