By Doug Petrowski
After a season of ups and downs, why would anyone think the first day of play for the Mountlake Terrace Hawks at the state softball championships would be any different? The Hawks started the day losing an extra-inning match-up, turning in a gritty performance to win a close second game, then fell behind early in their third game only to come from behind and snatch a victory from one of the pre-tournament favorites.
Terrace will next play at 9 a.m. Saturday against Bainbridge with hopes of eventually winning their way into the WIAA 3A State Softball third-place game scheduled for later in the day. The game will be broadcast on the Hawks Live Sports Network.
The Hawks dropped their first game 7-4 to the Prairie Falcons in eight innings on a walk-off three-run homer by Bridget Guiney. Adding to the heartbreak, the game went to an extra frame only after Hawk Hannah Wilcox hit a solo home run, her second of the game, to tie the score 4-4 in the seventh.
Maddy Kristjanson started for the Hawks on the mound and absorbed the lost, but did join Wilcox with a round-tripper of her own.
Wilcox continued her hot hitting for Terrace into the second game of the day, a loser-out matchup with Bonney Lake. Wilcox went three-for-three with a home run and a double to lead the Hawks’ offense to a 4-1 victory over the Panthers. Rene Bos pitched a six-hit, one-run game and picked up the win.
In Terrace’s third game of the day, a loser-out match-up against the 22-3 Enumclaw Hornets, the Hawks fell behind early and trailed 7-2 going into the fifth inning. But back-to-back homers by Hannah Baisch and Bos in the fifth cut the lead to 7-4. After the Hornets scored one in their half of the fifth, Bos smashed her second home run of the game, this one a grand slam, to tie the game 8-8 in the sixth inning. Then in the seventh Baisch hit her second four-bagger of the game, this one also a grand slam, to put Terrace out in front by what would be the game’s final score, 12-8.
The Hawks hit four home runs in their game against Enumclaw, one of the pre-tournament favorites to win it all, and eight total for the day. The Hornets are eliminated from tournament play and go home after losing two-in-a-row on last inning home runs.
Terrace will have to win two games Saturday morning to qualify for the third place match-up scheduled to take place at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wesco league rivals Meadowdale and Shorecrest are still in the tournament as Meadowdale is in a semi-final matchup with defending championship Kamiakin that starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, and Shorecrest is in a loser-out game against Juanita that also has a 9 a.m. start time.
You can have a complete look at the WIAA 3A State Softball bracket here.
3A WIAA Softball State Championships, May 24
Terrace 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 — 4 7 1
Prairie 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 — 7 6 0
Winning pitcher: Irene McGuire (Prairie)
Losing pitcher: Maddy Kristjanson (Mountlake Terrace)
MTHS 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 — 4 8 1
BLHS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 5 1
Winning pitcher: Rene Bos (Mountlake Terrace)
Losing pitcher: Melissa Charron (Bonney Lake)
(The box score for the Mountlake Terrace – Enumclaw game was not reported)