Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
On Monday, Mountlake Terrace girls softball coach Shannon Rasmussen was making plans for the team to be without injured senior Rene Bos for as long as two weeks. Oh how plans can change in just a couple of days.
Instead of nursing her ankle injury, Bos pitched a complete game Friday as the Hawks picked up an 8-4 victory over the visiting Newport Knights at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Bos is suffering from a torn anterior pal fibular ligament, but doctors cleared her to rejoin the team following a couple days of rest earlier in the week. Rasmussen found out Bos’ status on Wednesday: “She was out, then all of a sudden, Wednesday morning I got a text from her and she said, ‘Hey Coach, call me. I need to talk to you.’” Bos told her coach about the diagnosis and the good news that she was available to play.
“So her ‘I’m out for two weeks, can’t do anything, on crutches,’ within one day, all of a sudden, she was out just two days, and then, ‘I’m back,’” Rasmussen said in describing Bos’ status with the team.
“She’s a tough girl and she wants to be out here battling and playing. She doesn’t like sitting out,” Rasmussen added.
The torn ligament didn’t seem to hamper Bos’ pitching performance as she gave up just five hits and struck out eight. Her mound work also enabled teammate Maddy Kristjanson to rest her arm. Kristjanson, who had already pitched two complete games earlier in the week, instead handled shortstop duties.
Kristjanson had another outstanding day at the plate, going three-for-three with a grand-slam home run in the second and a solo poke in the sixth, in addition to picking up a double, scoring three runs, and collecting seven RBIs.
Kristjanson wasn’t the only Hawk who swung a hot bat; seven of the Terrace’s nine hits went for extra bases. Hannah Wilcox had two doubles, going 2-for-3 in the game.
After starting the season with two losses, Terrace has now won three in a row. The Hawks will try to keep the string of victories going when they travel to Mukliteo on Monday, March 25, for a 4 p.m. game against Kamiak.
Newport 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 – 4 5 1
Terrace 0 4 0 2 0 1 X – 8 9 4