Story and photos by Doug Petrowski
After an emotional pregame ceremony to honor the three seniors on the team, the Mountlake Terrace High School softball team came out flat in the early innings of their final game of the regular season on Wednesday. The Hawks gave up six runs to Shorecrest in the first three innings and then failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities of their own. Terrace fell to the visiting Scots 6-3 at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Tears were flowing on the faces of many of the Hawks as Rene Bos, Hannah Fickle and Kelsey Watson were honored before the game. The three seniors were presented with laundry baskets full of gifts and were the focus of short speeches by Coach Shannon Rasmussen and teammate Maddy Kristjanson.
“We had kind of an emotional beginning today with it being Senior Day,” confessed Rasmussen. “I think we just came out in the second inning and kind of emotionally, all of a sudden, got drained.”
After a scoreless first inning, Shorecrest scored four runs in the second off of just one base hit, a lead-off double by Anisa Gomet. Errant throws by Terrace’s Hannah Wilcox and Hannah Baisch, plus a hit batter and a wild pitch by Bos, helped the Scots get on the scoreboard.
“One little mistake led to another one,” Rasmussen said. “Then we mentally got a little out of it.”
Shorecrest (11-2 in the Wesco league, 15-5 overall) added a two-run homer by Katie Champoux in the third inning to build a 6-0 lead.
Scots starting pitcher Amanda Eshelman kept Terrace hitters in check with nine strikeouts before she was pulled in the seventh inning in favor of relief pitcher Amanda Hartley. The Hawks scored three runs in the final frame off of three straight singles by Fickle, Kristjanson and Baisch, then later an RBI groundout by Watson. Terrace got the potential tying run to the plate with two outs in the sevent, but Sage Huntersmith popped out to the shortstop to end the comeback threat and the game.
Despite the loss, the Hawks did provide a couple memorable plays during the game. Sophomore Cassandra Cariker had her first extra base hit of the season, a ground rule double down the left field line in the third inning. Then junior Amanda Aversano made an outstanding catch while tumbling into the center field fence in the seventh inning.
Terrace ends the regular season with a 7-6 league record, 11-9 overall. The Hawks are the No. 4 seed from the 3A Wesco South Division in the double-elimination district tournament that begins on Tuesday, May 14. The Hawks will take on the Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawks at the Phil Johnson Fields in Everett at 4 p.m., and the game is scheduled to be broadcast via MLTnews.com. Win or lose, Terrace will play a second tourney game approximately 15 minutes following the completion of their match-up with the Tomahawks .
Shorecrest Scots 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 — 6 6 1
Terrace Hawks 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 — 3 6 1
Winning pitcher: Amanda Eshelman (Shorecrest)
Losing pitcher: Rene Bos (Mountlake Terrace)