Tomahawks fall to the Bearcats

M-P pitcher Chad Mullins attempts to strike-out a Monroe batter during the final regular season game on May 1 in Monroe. - Lauren Salcedo
M-P pitcher Chad Mullins attempts to strike-out a Monroe batter during the final regular season game on May 1 in Monroe.
— image credit: Lauren Salcedo

MONROE — Thunderclouds and rain had spectators running for cover during the Marysville-Pilchuck baseball away game against Monroe on May 1.

Despite the unusual downpour during the fourth inning, M-P and Monroe played a complete game that ended in an 8-2 loss for the Tomahawks in their final regular season game.

The weather may have been a factor, but so was a call that left a Monroe batter safe at third with bases loaded against M-P in the bottom of the fourth. With no more strike-outs from M-P, the inning ended in two more runs for the Bearcats with the scoreboard at 5-0 by the end of the fourth inning. Luckily, M-P returned with two runs scored in the last few innings, but it wasn’t quite enough to clinch a victory for them as Monroe was also able to score an additional three runs as well.

This was the Tommies’ third game against Monroe, following a doubleheader on Friday, April 27. Monroe defeated the Tomahawks in the early game of the doubleheader, a close one with a final score of 7-5. The Tommies served the Bearcats a rough defeat in the second game by scoring seven in the bottom of the fifth, giving them a lead up by 10. Despite the most recent loss to Monroe, M-P still ranks high in league play.

The Tomahawks are the number two seed in the Wesco North 4A division, ranking just behind Lake Stevens High School. The Vikings remained undefeated until April 18, when the Stanwood Spartans (No. 5 in the Wesco North 4A division) dealt them their first loss of the season, a 3-2 upset.

Marysville-Pilchuck has gone 10-5 since starting the season, including 18-0, 6-1 and 7-3 wins over Arlington during the last week of April.

Since the M-P record is 10-5 league and 13-6 overall and the Bearcats record is only 3-12 league and 5-15 overall, their series defeat came as a surprise.

The Tomahawks are set to play in the division championships, though the next date and time was not determined as of May 3. The Tomahawks were set to play Cascade High School in a home game on May 5 at 3 p.m. as the first game in the district championships. The final two games in districts are set for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 10.

The state championships are set for May 25-26 at GESA stadium in Pasco.


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