It’s been 53 weeks since Mountlake Terrace’s Dominic DeMiero pitched against the Ferndale Golden Eagles, but the senior left-hander remembers it well. A 2-0 defeat to Ferndale in that game sent Terrace to the loser’s bracket of the 2013 tournament, a place the Hawks couldn’t recover from as the team failed to advance to the last year’s state tournament.
The Hawks got a rematch with Ferndale on Saturday in the opening round of the 2014 district tourney, and DeMiero made the best of it, pitching a complete game three-hit shutout and picking up the victory in the 1-0 win for Mountlake Terrace.
With the win, Terrace moves on to the district tournament semi-finals, matching up against #1 North seed Marysville-Pilchuck in a winner-to-state game on Tuesday, May 13, at Meridian Park Fields in Shoreline. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
DeMiero admitted that prior to Saturday’s rematch, the loss to the Golden Eagles last year had been on his mind. “That was a tough one. I made one mistake pitch that whole game; I’ll never forget it – a changeup middle in, and he just put a bloop single over the shortshop and that scored two runs,” he recalled. “It was 2-0 and that was the end of it; that was the (final) score.”
“We talked about that for about the last week,” DeMiero continued. “I’ll never forget that. You can make a million good pitches, but it’s that one you miss that you never forget. I’m glad I was able to come out and redeem myself today. It feels really good.”
After a slow start to the 2014 season, DeMiero has now dropped his ERA below 3.00 and leads the Hawk pitching staff with 31 strikeouts. DeMiero credits an improved curve ball for the strong pitching performances he has put up lately; he used the pitch throughout Saturday’s win with great effectiveness.
“I had really good confidence with it,” DeMiero said. “I was throwing it 3-1, 2-1 count, a count that you’re looking for a fastball. That’s why I was catching them upfront, on their front foot. That’s something that’s been working for me more than my changeup over the last couple of games. If that’s just working, then just go with it.”
While MTHS Coach Andrew Watters was pleased with DeMiero’s effort on the mound Saturday, he also wanted to note the senior’s key plate appearance in the fourth inning. After Jason Shevenko reached base on an infield single, DeMiero laced a deep drive to left field for an RBI double, scoring Shevenko and providing all the runs he would need to secure the Hawk victory.
“What’s even extra special is Dominic getting the big hit for us,” Watters beamed. “He’s had a great year at the plate; this is his best year offensively that he’s had in his career. So good for him; I’m really proud of him and our team.”
“One-to-nothing in a playoff game, that’s hard to hold on to and tough to shut teams out. We pitched great and our defense played great,” Watters said.
DeMiero’s RBI came off of Ferndale’s Brady Bauthues, who also pitched last year’s postseason game between the two clubs. In those two games Bauthues has given up only nine hits and one run to the Hawks, but is now 1-1 against Terrace as the right-hander was saddled with Saturday’s loss.
In other first round district games, Marysville-Pilchuck shut out Meadowdale 3-0, Glacier Peak slipped by Stanwood 2-1, and Shorewood pounded Marysville-Getchell 10-0. You can view the entire 3A District 1 Tournament bracket here.
MTHS Baseball vs. Ferndale, 3A District 1 first round game, May 10
Ferndale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 0
Terrace 0 0 0 1 0 0 x — 1 4 0
Winning pitcher: Dominic DeMiero (MTHS)
Losing pitcher: Brady Bauthues (FHS)
MTHS next game: versus Marysville-Pilchuck, Tuesday, May 13, 4 p.m. at Meridian Park Fields in Shoreline (3A District 1 semi-final game)
— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski