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

Monroe football’s historic season ends with loss to Sumner

The Spartans’ big second half hands the Bearcats a 56-14 4A state quarterfinals loss.

Lake Stevens’ Eason is The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year

The Seattle University-bound senior setter was a stabilizing presence for the Vikings.

Huskies rally to beat Utah on last-second field goal

No. 16 Washington scores 10 points in the last minute to stun Utah 33-30.

Saturday’s prep postseason results

FOOTBALL 4A State Tournament Nov. 18 Quarterfinals Central Valley 41, Skyline 0… Continue reading

The Herald’s 2017 All-Area High School Volleyball Team

Related: Lake Stevens senior Lilly Eason is The Herald’s 2017 Volleyball Player… Continue reading

King’s girls soccer team wins 1A state championship

The Knights outlasted Cascade (Leavenworth) in a shootout to post a 2-1 (8-7 PK) victory.

Seahawks won’t abandon sickly run game, Carroll says

Seattle has the NFL’s 32nd-ranked rushing offense.

No. 17 Gonzaga beats Utah State 79-66

Killian Tilllie scores 20 points and King’s alum Corey Kispert adds 12 in the victory.

Archbishop Murphy’s Ray Pimentel, right, attempts a stiff arm on North Kitsap’s Kyle Green Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on November 17, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Archbishop Murphy fends off North Kitsap in state matchup

Top-ranked Wildcats ride big plays, timely defense to beat Vikings 28-21 in football playoff. (Video)

Most Read