Austin Johnson tripled twice and doubled for the Hawks, who ended the Bulldogs' perfect season and claimed the Northwest 3A District championship.
EVERETT — Mount Vernon lost its perfect season and 20-game winning streak on Saturday, but the Bulldogs have one last chance to make it into the state baseball tournament.
Austin Johnson tripled twice and added a double to lift Mountlake Terrace to the Northwest 3A District championship with a 6-3 win over the second-ranked Bulldogs.
Mount Vernon (20-1) will play Ferndale for the district’s second berth to state on Monday at Everett Memorial Stadium. Ferndale beat Glacier Peak 9-5 on Saturday.
Johnson, a senior catcher who has signed to play at Tacoma Community College, led off the game with a triple off Mount Vernon ace Chris McDowell and scored on a one-out fielder’s choice.
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Mount Vernon tied it in the second, but Terrace took command with a four-run rally in the top of the fifth. With two outs and the bases empty, Johnson followed a walk with his second triple. Three more singles and a walk gave the Hawks a 5-1 lead.
McDowell (6-1), a senior headed to WSU, struck out six in the first four innings before Mountlake Terrace rallied.
“Everything was on them. We came in here with nothing to lose,” Johnson said. “We know they’re a good team, but we also know how good we are, even though our record might not show it.”
The unranked Hawks, who started the season 2-4, will take a 14-8 record to state. Mount Vernon will need to recover quickly to join them.
“We haven’t made a lot of mistakes this season and we lost focus in that one inning and it rattled us,” Mount Vernon coach Danny Costa said. “With the streak we’ve had and the baseball we’ve been playing, we started to press a little bit after that. Winning this would have just been icing on the cake. Getting to regionals was our main goal all along, and we can still do that.”
The Bulldogs scored two in the seventh and brought the tying run to the plate, but Terrace held on behind reliever Josh Fitch.
Hawks starter Alex Hatch (7-1) settled down after giving up three walks and a fielder’s choice in the second inning that allowed Mount Vernon to tie the score at 1. Hatch struck out nine in six innings.
Ferndale 9, Glacier Peak 5
Ferndale (16-8) used three hits, two walks and two Glacier Peak errors to score five runs in the top of the first.
Jake Schroeder, who has committed to play at WSU, gave up four hits in five innings to earn the victory.
“Getting five early runs helped a whole lot,” Schroeder said. “Our guys have been able to clutch up and get the runs when we need them. I’m confident we can win on Monday.”
Branson Barnecut had two hits for Glacier Peak (13-9).