Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
Last year’s Mountlake Terrace Hawk baseball team finished with a record of 14-9, was crowned District 1 champions, competed in the WIAA 3A state tournament, and placed three seniors on the All-Wesco 3A first team. After losing a number of strong starters from that squad, prospects for this year’s team may not be as lofty, but Coach Andrew Watters still has hopes of reaching the postseason.
“We are a relatively young team, but our expectation is to compete for a playoff spot,” Watters said. “Our goal is to improve daily and see where we can end up at the end of the season.”
Mountlake Terrace lost to graduation last season’s All-Wesco first teamers Alex Hatch, Austin Johnson and Josh Fitch, in addition to second-team honorees Chris Hall and Henry Haveman.
Pitching will be key in 2013 for the Hawks as senior Connor Clausen, junior Dominic DeMiero and sophomore Jason Shevenko all have some mound experience from last year. Joining them on the hill this season will be newcomers junior Chase Perez and freshman Drew Serres.
The team also has some veterans in the outfield, with seniors Lucas Pope and Jordan Yoshida returning from last year’s squad. Pope, along with senior Quintin Barnard, will serve as co-captains. Barnard was a second-team All-Wesco honoree last year for his play in the outfield, but will see a lot of time at third base this season.
Terrace opens its 20-game regular season Wednesday, March 13, with a rivalry match-up at Lynnwood High School against the Royals. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Hawks play their first home game on Friday, Mar. 15, against the Cascade Bruins at 4 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School.