Weekly Herald staff
Meadowdale pitcher Alyssa Reuble limited Glacier Peak to just two hits and Shannon Haukup drove home the only run of the game as the Mavericks inched closer to second place in Wesco 3A with a 1-0 victory over Glacier Peak April 17 at Meadowdale High School.
“She was hitting her spots, getting pop-ups or groundouts,” Meadowdale head coach Dennis Hopkins said of Reuble. “There were a lot of 4-3 putouts.”
Reuble punched out eight, issued no walks and did not allow a single Grizzly runner to reach scoring position. Her effort was nearly matched by Glacier Peak starter Callie Bircher, who struck out five and did not walk a batter. But Meadowdale managed to push across one run in the third.
After Nicole Steg singled, Mavericks catcher Shannon Haukup doubled to right-center. With two outs, Steg was running on contact and was waved home by Hopkins coaching third. Steg slid between Glacier Peak catcher Kaitlyn Davis’ legs, barely beating the tag.
With the win, Meadowdale is now only one loss off of second place, lumped together with five other teams chasing league-leading Everett.
“This was a big win, (to keep us) on top of the middle teams,” Hopkins said. “It’s going to be a tight race down the backside of the season.”