Prep baseball: Glacier Peak 6, Meadowdale 5 (8)

LYNNWOOD — Glacier Peak’s Chris Watkins made the most of his two singles.

The Grizzlies junior outfielder knocked in two runs with a single to take the lead in the sixth and drove in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth after Meadowdale had tied the game and Glacier Peak beat the Mavericks 6-5.

With the win the Grizzlies extend their win streak to five and solidified their hold on second place in the Wesco 3A South behind undefeated Shorewood (12-0 league 15-0 overall).

Watkins’ first hit came in the top of the sixth after a hit batter and a walk. Sean Elledge bunted the runners into scoring position, but Meadowdale reliever Chace Diemond got the next batter to pop out. Watkins came up and lined a 2-2 pitch to center field to score both runs and make it 5-4.

That might have been enough, but Meadowdale was able to tie it after Tyler McGuire reached base on a two-out error and scored standing up on a Kenley Ackerman double.

The Mavericks — who left 14 runners on base over the course of the game and left the bases loaded in the seventh and the eigth — had a chance to end it in the home seventh. GP pitcher Casey Welch loaded the bases with one out but induced a pop up from Chris Tanner for the second out. Meadowdale’s McGuire hit what would have been a game-ending line drive right back up the middle, but Welch was able to snag it to end the inning.

Watkins drove in the eventual game-winner with two outs in the eigth when he singled to score Josh May, who led the inning off with a double.

“He’s got a good eye so he’s really selective,” said Glacier Peak head coach Bob Blair of Watkins. “Both times he took the pitcher deep into the count. He was able to get a good pitch to hit.

“He’s coming into his own at this point. Finding a good spot for himself.”

For the Grizzlies, the idea that Watkins and some of the other players are maturing and getting comfortable is certainly welcome.

“I think we’re peaking at the right time, which is what we wanted to do as a team.”

Unfortunately for Meadowdale things are not so bright. The loss was Meadowdale’s fifth in a row after starting its league season 6-0.

“We threatened in every inning. We left 14 on base. This was just comical,” said Mavericks head coach Bill Hummel.

“We’re just kind of in a bad way right now. We had a lot of opportunities to score at the end of this game before it went to extra innings. It just didn’t happen. … In four of the last five innings we had a runner at third and just could not get that runner home.”

At Meadowdale H.S.

Glacier Peak01200201—681

Meadowdale02200100—591

Dylan Peterson, Mitch Eatmon (4), Casey Welch (6) and Mitch Pohrman. Reid Naughtin, Chace Diemond (5), Colin Costello (7) and Brian Marty. WP—Welch. LP—Costello. 2B—Josh May (GP) 2, Sean Elledge (GP), Kenley Ackerman (M). Records—Glacier Peak 9-4 league, 11-5 overall. Meadowdale 6-5, 7-7.

More in Sports

Walton has Edmonds CC men’s basketball back in contention

The sophomore forward — recovered from injury — will lead the Tritons into a rivalry battle at Everett.

Report: Seahawks to bring back Norton, Solari as assistants

Norton would replace Richard as defensive coordinator and Solari would be the offensive line coach.

Silvertips hold off Tri-City for 6-5 victory

Matt Fonteyne tied a club record with 5 assists for Everett.

UW men’s basketball players making voices heard

The Huskies’ discussion of social injustice with a professor spurred the team into action.

Karrah Smith wrestles Tim Rachal during practice at Granite Falls High School on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 in Granite Falls, Wa. She finished sixth in the 145-pound weight class at last year’s Mat Classic and is eyeing a better finish this season at 170 pounds. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Five things to know about Granite Falls’ Karrah Smith

When she’s wrestling, Karrah Smith likes to be in control. During matches… Continue reading

BLOG: Silvertips run streak to five straight with win over Tri-City

The Weekend To borrow sports parlance, the Everett Silvertips “got the result… Continue reading

BLOG: ‘Big Walt’ visits Everett to to drop puck and Silvertips win

I want to thank @Benton_Mike, the @WHLsilvertips and @C_Hart70 for welcoming me… Continue reading

Monday’s prep results, with links to recaps

Here are Monday’s prep results, with links to recaps: BOYS BASKETBALL Wesco… Continue reading

POLL: Will Edgar Martinez get into the Hall of Fame?

The Seattle Mariners legend will learn on Jan. 24 whether he received enough votes for enshrinement

Most Read