The Mountlake Terrace High School closed out their 2014 regular season on a disappointing note Thursday, losing 14-1 to Wesco 3A South Conference leader Meadowdale 14-1 in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Both teams are headed to the 3A District 1 Softball Tournament next week, to be held at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. The Mavericks, who were undefeated in Wesco League play this season, claimed the No. 1 South seed and open the tourney against Marysville-Getchell. The Hawks enter the tournament as the No. 4 South seed and must face No. 1 North seed Marysville-Pilchuck, a team they have lost to twice this season by identical scores of 3-2.
All first-round district tournament games take place simultaneously on Tuesday, May 20, starting at 4 p.m. Second-round games in the double-elimination tourney are scheduled to follow 15 minutes following the completion of the 4 p.m. games.
In the Thursday regular season finale, Meadowdale jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings of play and never looked back. The Hawks could only muster three hits — all singles — in the match-up.
The Hawks closed out their regular season with a three-game losing streak and being outscored in those games 29-5. In order to match last year’s feat of qualifying for the WIAA 3A State Softball Championships, the squad will have to turn around their fortunes quickly; a pair of losses on Tuesday would end their 2014 season.
One win would return them for more district play on Thursday, while a pair of wins on Tuesday would punch their ticket to state.
You can see the complete 2014 3A District 1 Softball Tournament brackets here.,
MTHS Softball vs. Meadowdale, May 15
Meadowdale 3 6 0 5 0 — 14 10 0
Mountlake Terrace 0 0 1 0 0 — 1 3 2
Winning pitcher: Samantha Gregoryk (MHS)
Losing pitcher: Gabby Calhoun (MTHS)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 7-6 in Wesco League, 10-10 overall; Meadowdale 13-0, 16-2
MTHS next game: versus Marysville-Pilchuck, Tuesday, May 20, 4:00 p.m. at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett (opening round of 3A District 1 Tournament)