In a championship game that was supposed to be between two evenly match teams, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies apparently didn’t get that memo as they crushed the Mountlake Terrace Hawks 12-2 in a game shortened to six innings Saturday in Shoreline.
The Grizzlies claimed the 3A District 1 Baseball Championship; Terrace had to settle for second place in the tourney. Both teams advance to the WIAA 3A State Baseball Tournament which begins with regional play on Saturday, May 24.
Glacier Peak pounded out 11 hits against Hawk pitching in the fourth matchup between the two teams this year. Terrace starter Dominic DeMiero was chased off the mound after only two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four bases-on-balls.
“They hit the ball and we walked too many guys, (plus) a couple of defensive mistakes,” said Terrace head coach Andrew Watters. “Give them credit – they hit the ball. They’re a really great hitting team and they got our number on that today.”
Hawk Raiden Silva, in relief of DeMiero, didn’t fare much better against the Grizzlies. The junior gave up two runs on two hits in less than an inning pitched before giving way to Jason Shevenko in the fourth inning.
The Grizzlies sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning when they scored their first five runs, aided by two steals, two walks and a wild pitch in the inning. Then the big final blow came in the sixth inning when Glacier Peak’s Devon Kamahara slugged a grand slam to put the Grizzlies up 12-1.
While the Hawk pitchers got rocked, Glacier Peak’s starter Jacob Lundin rolled for five innings, giving up just two hits, striking out one and picking up the victory.
When asked if there were any positives that he could take from the afternoon, Watters answered, “That the game’s over and we’re going to state.” The team qualified for the state tourney in 2012, but was eliminated in the regional round, something they hope not to repeat this year. The Hawks open regional play at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue against Columbia River on Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. The winner will play the winner of the 1 p.m. matchup between O’Dea and North Thurston later that day.
Later rounds of the state baseball championships will take place at Gesa Stadium in Pasco on May 30 and 31. To view the complete WIAA 3A Baseball State Championship bracket, click http://www.wiaa.com/Brackets/T1091.pdf.
Story and photos by Doug Petrowski
MTHS baseball vs. Glacier Peak, May 17
Glacier Peak 0 0 5 3 0 4 x — 12 11 0
Mountlake Terrace 0 0 0 1 0 1 x — 2 3 2
Winning pitcher: Jacob Lundin (GPHS)
Losing pitcher: Dominic DeMiero (MTHS)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 13-10, 2nd place in 3A District 1; Glacier Peak 13-10, 1st place in 3A District 1
MTHS next game: versus Columbia River, Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue (first round of WIAA 3A State Baseball Championships)