By David Pan Weekly Herald sports editor
In a back-and-forth game against a familiar opponent, Mountlake Terrace came up a run short.
The Hawks rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score but saw district rival Meadowdale push across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to prevail 4-3 in a loser-out 3A District 1 softball tournament game May 19 at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley.
“It was a really good game,” Mountlake Terrace coach Kim Stewart said. “We battled back. We just made a couple of boo-boos unfortunately at the wrong time. They capitalized and they’re going to state.”
Meadowdale went on to defeat Sedro-Woolley 7-3 to claim the second and final berth to the state tournament. Everett beat the Cubs 14-13 in the district title game.
“We were hurting pretty good,” Stewart said. “We felt like we had a team that could compete at state. We had done all the right things to go.”
Mountlake Terrace opened the district tournament with a 4-1 win over district rival Lynnwood before losing 6-4 to Sedro-Woolley in the semifinals. The Hawks rebounded with a 10-7 victory over Shorecrest before Meadowdale ended their season.
Stewart returned to the dugout along with co-head coach Herb Hudson after former coach Briana Knight resigned. The position is now open.
Whoever takes over Mountlake Terrace will have two solid returning pitchers in Maddy Kristjanson and Rene Bos.
“They’re two of the best defensive players I’ve ever coached,” Stewart added.
Freshman Hannah Wilcox had what Stewart said was an incredible year at second base.
“We have a really good nucleus,” Stewart said.