On the day when the Mountlake Terrace High School softball team honored their four seniors on the squad, those four all contributed to a successful outing against the visiting Shorewood T-Birds.
The Hawks easily defeated the T-Birds 17-3 in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Coach Shannon Rasmussen and the underclassmen on the team presented seniors Amanda Aversano, Hannah Baisch, Megan Bruce and Maddy Kristjanson with gifts, hugs and kind words prior to the game. After the time of celebration, the four got down to the business of winning a softball game.
Kristjanson went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, an opposite field two-run homer, and three RBI’s in the game. Baisch went 3-for-3, three runs scored and an RBI; Alversano also scored three runs on a 2-for-2 day with a couple of walks, and Bruce picked up an RBI in the matchup.
In all Terrace pounded out 13 hits in their four innings at the plate, and led 17-0 going into the fifth inning.
Being able to put away Shorewood quickly was a relief for Rasmussen as her squad faces four games in four days due to a couple rainouts last week. Terrace will have to do so without one of their starting pitchers as freshman Kira Doan injured an ACL earlier in the season. While losing Doan was a disappointment for Rasmussen, she doesn’t think the team’s pitching will be too affected.
“I think between Gabby (Calhoun) and Ashley (Fitzgerald), they’re ready to go this week,” she said. “And we’ll bring in Maddy (Kristjanson) if we need to.”
Calhoun picked up the complete game victory on Monday as the freshman struck out seven T-Birds in the five-inning game.
The win kept the Hawks a half-game behind second place Glacier Peak in the Wesco 3A South Conference and sets up a big game between Terrace and the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 13, at Glacier Peak High School. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
MTHS Softball vs. Shorewood, May 12
Shorewood 0 0 0 0 3 — 3 7 1
Terrace 0 6 4 7 x — 17 13 2
Winning pitcher: Gabby Calhoun (MTHS)
Losing pitcher: Holly Ebel (SHS)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 7-3 in Wesco League, 10-7 overall; Shorewood 1-11, 3-16
MTHS next game: vs. Glacier Peak, Tuesday, May 13, 4:00 p.m. at Glacier Peak High School
— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski