One way or the other, happy or sad, Rebecca Wright was going to cry. But she shed tears of joy after crushing a two-out, two-strike, walkoff...
LACEY — One way or the other, happy or sad, Rebecca Wright was going to cry.
But she shed tears of joy after crushing a two-out, two-strike, walkoff home run with two aboard in the 10th inning to lift Meadowdale to a 10-8 victory over Enumclaw in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state softball tournament Friday at the Regional Athletic Complex.
Wright, a sophomore catcher, said it was easily the biggest moment of her athletic career.
“I love these girls,” she said. “I’m so happy.”
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And she had been so unhappy with herself to that point after going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Meadowdale (22-2) had cut an 8-5 deficit to 8-7 by the time Wright came to the plate with two on. “I just didn’t want to get out, honestly,” she said. “That was my biggest fear. … I wanted to do this for my team. I wanted to get a base hit and keep it going.”
And now the Mavericks are going to the semifinals for only the third time in school history, pursuing their first title. They play Kamiakin of Kennewick (18-7) at 9 a.m. Saturday and are hoping for a little payback. Kamiakin, which beat Holy Names 9-2 in the quarterfinals, 10-runned Meadowdale in the quarterfinals last year en route to the championship.
The other 9 a.m. semifinal pairs Prairie of Brush Prairie (21-7) against University of Spokane (20-5). Prairie advanced with wins over Mountlake Terrace and Juanita. U-Hi beat Bainbridge and Peninsula. The championship game is set for 1:30 p.m.
After falling to Meadowdale, Enumclaw was eliminated by a 12-8 loss to Mountlake Terrace, which erased an 8-4 deficit with grand slams by Rene Box (sixth inning) and Hannah Baisch (seventh).
Things looked grim for Meadowdale after Enumclaw took an 8-5 lead in the top of the 10th, with the international tiebreaker rule, which puts a runner on second base at the start of each team’s at-bat, in play. It was 8-6 after second baseman Brianne Schmidt made a diving stop and got the second out. Winning pitcher Alyssa Reuble followed with an RBI single and freshman Lovena Sheehan walked to bring Wright to the plate.
Samantha Gregoryk, another freshman, had a big three-run homer to give the Mavs a 4-2 lead in the fifth, but Enumclaw came back to tie it.
Bainbridge still has trophy hopes, bouncing back from the 11-10 first-round loss to University with wins over a pair of Metro rivals, Bishop Blanchet and Holy Names. Katie Raben drove in eight runs in the 15-3 win over Holy Names, which had beaten the Spartans twice earlier. Juanita stayed alive by eliminating KingCo-rival Interlake, 13-3.
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