MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Thanks to one of the most remarkable comebacks of the season, Mountlake Terrace is headed to the Northwest District 4A softball tournament.
Trailing 5-4 in the bottom eighth inning with two outs and no runners on, the Hawks somehow rallied to score two runs to upend Cascade 6-5 in a winner-to-district/loser-out playoff game Tuesday afternoon at Mountlake Terrace High School.
“It’s the best win I’ve ever been involved with at Terrace,” Hawks coach Kim Stewart said.
Senior first baseman Chelsea Logan supplied the hit of the season, a single off the glove the Cascade right fielder, who dove for the ball. Logan’s hit scored the tying and winning runs for the Hawks.
Mountlake Terrace’s postseason hopes, however, appeared bleak after the Bruins scored one run in the top of the eighth to take a 5-4 lead.
The first two Hawks were retired in order, which brought up junior Briana Knight.
“It was tough, getting down to two outs and no one on base,” Stewart admitted.
But Stewart kept telling his players that they weren’t quite done yet.
Knight singled up the middle. Senior Annie Everett kept the inning alive with a hit to center field. Sophomore Jamie Foote then smacked a grounder up the middle that the shortstop knocked down but was unable to make a play.
Logan then stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Her hit to right field scored Knight from third and enabled Everett to make it home from second base with the winning run.
“We made good contact most of the game,” Stewart said.
Mountlake Terrace took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when pitcher Michelle Ness drew a two-out walk to force in a run. In the second inning, Knight doubled to center field to drive in a run and came home on Everett’s single to center field to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Everett took advantage of a Mountlake Terrace error and tied the score with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Hawks retook a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the inning on a Cascade error but the Bruins bounced back with another unearned run in the top of the seventh.
Mountlake Terrace heads into this week’s Northwest District 4A tournament with some momentum and a four-game winning streak.
“The last few weeks have been pressure packed,” Stewart said.
The Hawks were scheduled to play a first-round game against Lake Stevens on May 22, the results of which were not available for this edition of the Enterprise.