Glacier Peak rallies for first league win | Baseball

Grizzlies overcome four errors in the first inning
By David Pan | Apr 05, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Drew Brown bats against Monroe during a Wesco 4A game Friday, March 29, at Glacier Peak High School.

Glacier Peak had the right man at the plate at the right time.

Senior Pierce Leavengood hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Grizzlies to a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over Mount Vernon in a Wesco 4A baseball game Wednesday, April 3, at Glacier Peak High School.

The Grizzlies battled back time after time in a game that they really needed after losing their first three league contests.

“We kept fighting in the seventh inning,” Leavengood said. “We didn’t give up. We had everyone on the bench up. Everyone was persistent. We weren’t out of it. We’re never out of it.”

Glacier Peak (1-3 in the league, 3-6 overall) led 6-5 heading into the top of the seventh. Mount Vernon then seized the momentum and a 7-6 lead on a two-run homer by Skyler Jensen.

The Grizzlies punched back. With one out, Matt Cundiff hit a hard grounder that bounced over the shortstop’s glove. Zachary Rodriguez followed with a single to left field and Ethan Barker then tied the score at 7 with a double to left field. Payton Smith then followed with a walk. The next batter flied out to shortstop and Glacier Peak was down to its last out.

But the Grizzlies had their best player at the plate.

“He’s our catalyst for our team,” Glacier Peak coach Bob Blair said. “We had the exact right guy that I wanted up there.”

“He threw me a ball outside,” Leavengood said. “I took it the other way and found the gap. It was a big hit.”

Defense nearly proved to be the Grizzlies’ downfall yet again. Mount Vernon (3-1, 6-4) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first in large part to four errors.

“We had all of our errors in the first inning and that was the difference,” Blair said. “After that first inning, we played error free baseball and I think it demonstrated that when we play error free baseball, we’re as good as anybody.”

The Grizzlies committed 15 errors in 9-1 and 8-6 losses to Monroe (9-1, 8-6) and an 8-4 loss to Mount Vernon in their first three league contests.

“We’ve hit the ball in all the games we’ve played,” Blair said. “We’ve put pressure on other teams. It comes down to just making mistakes. It seemed like the ball wasn’t going our way sometimes. Today the hops were going their way. The hops weren’t going our way. That’s how our season has been so far. Maybe this is the transition to the hops going our way.”

Leavengood also feels the Grizzlies learned a lot in their first league victory.

“The biggest thing is just being a team and fighting,” he said. “You’ve never out of it.”

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