EDMONDS — Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale started its scheduled baseball game last Friday. Monday they finally finished it.
The game was suspended Friday night with the score tied 9-9 in the eleventh inning due to darkness. It was resumed Monday afternoon in Edmonds, taking only one inning for the Warriors to earn the 10-9 Wesco South win.
When the game began last Friday, it didn’t appear early on that it would ever get to extra innings. Andy Willcock hit a three-run home run in the first inning and Joe Lopresti hit a two-run triple in the second inning that helped E-W earn an early 6-0 advantage. Austin Jones added a two-run home run in the fourth inning that gave the Warriors an 8-1 lead.
But the Mavericks were resilient.
After getting another run in the top of the fifth inning, Meadowdale scored four more in the top of the sixth inning led by Nathan Ball’s two-run double that cut the E-W lead to 8-6.
The Mavericks (6-5 league, 6-7 overall) kept the Warriors (6-5, 8-5) from adding any more runs in the top of the seventh inning, which allowed Meadowdale a puncher’s chance at tying the score in the bottom of the seventh.
The Warriors brought on Derek Callhan to try to seal the win, but as Meadowdale coach Bill Hummel said, “We got to him.”
With the count full and runners on second and third base, Renn Smith hit a single to left field that gave the Mavericks a 9-8 lead.
It was the Warriors turn to show their resilience. In the bottom of the seventh inning their lead off hitter was walked and Lopresti scored him on a double to tie the score 9-9, sending the game to extra innings.
Matt Hirsch came in to pitch for the Mavericks in the sixth inning, and continued to do so until the game was suspended in the 11th inning.
“He did an outstanding job. He got out of that inning (sixth) and threw four more scoreless innings to get to where we started today,” Hummel said on Monday.
The Warriors won it though in the bottom of the 11th inning when Tyler McCabe walked the leadoff batter Jones. Two batters later, Blaine Luiko hit a double to put runners on second and third. That is when junior Owen Parson hit the game-winning single in just his second career varsity at-bat.
Nathan Ball batted 3-for-5 for the Mavericks. Jones scored five runs for the Warriors, he also had three RBI.
“It was a really fun high school baseball game to be a part of,” Hummel said.