LACEY – Rebecca Wright’s biggest fear was being the final out.
The Meadowdale sophomore catcher was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before she stepped to the plate with two runners on, and two out in the bottom of the 10th inning, with her Mavericks trailing by one to Enumclaw in Friday’s Class 3A state quarterfinal fastpitch game.
Her confidence was shaken, but did her best to flush out her prior at-bats and focus on the scenario at stake.
“I wanted to get a base hit,” Wright said, “and keep (the rally) going.”
How about a walk-off three-run home run to win it? Even better for Wright.
She uncorked a 2-2 pitch over the left-center field wall to mount Meadowdale’s comeback for a 10-8 victory over the Hornets in 10 innings at the Regional Athletic Complex.
The Mavericks (22-2) are one of four teams in today’s 9 a.m. state semifinals. They join Prairie of Southwest Washington, University of Spokane and defending state champion Kamiakin of Kennewick in today’s two semifinals games. Meadowdale faces Kamiakin (18-7) and University (20-5) takes on Prairie (21-7) with the semifinal winners advancing to the 1:30 p.m. state title game.
For Wright and the Mavericks, the 10th-inning comeback was part of two extra-inning comebacks. After the Hornets (22-4) tied it up at 4-all in the sixth, both teams scored a run in the ninth and entered the 10th inning tied at 5-5. Enumclaw sent five batters to the plate, scoring three runs, but the Mavericks rallied to score two runs and pulled within 8-7 with two outs before Wright came to the plate as the sixth batter.