Mount Si’s Usselman loves the grand salami, hitting second one in as many games to lift Wildcat baseball to another blowout

Mount Si’s baseball team used two big hits to explode for a huge second inning yesterday in their game against Liberty, and that proved to be enough as the Wildcats rolled.

Carson Breshears tripled and Zach Usselman hit a grand slam, and those two hits were the focal points for an eight-run second frame as Mount Si blew out Liberty 9-0 at Liberty High School in Renton. Breshears’ bases-loaded triple scored Chris Solomon, Miles Schimchick and Wyatt Baker, and the Usselman slam, his second “granny” in as many games, scored Breshears, Tanner Simpson and Evan Johnson.

Johnson and Schimchick doubled, and Colin Brown had two hits to pace the Wildcats. Aiden Huschle pitched six shutout innings, giving up seven hits and striking out four to earn the win and even his record at 1-1. Eddie Delgado and Michael Heath had two hits each to lead the Patriots.

Mount Si is under the lights at Juanita next Monday for a 7:00 first pitch against the Rebels at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland.

Scoreboard:

Lake Washington 3, Sammamish 1: Lake Washington scored a key Kingco win over Sammamish last night at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland, helping them take command in the battle for the lone conference 2A playoff seed to the Northwest District Tournament, which both teams are eligible for. Ryan Horita had a hit and two runs batted in to lead the Kangs. John Lyon pitched a complete game for LW, giving up the oneTotem run – which was earned – on three hits, striking out five.

Mercer Island 9, Bellevue 0: At Island Crest Park on Mercer Island, a double and homer from Jake Stenberg keyed the Islanders’ rout of the Wolverines. Stenberg scored two runs and drove in another as Chris Lawler pitched a two-hit complete game shutout to pace MI. Chandler Hawk and Chris Schasteen had the hits for Bellevue.

Interlake 5, Juanita 2: The Saints scored all of their runs in the first two innings to take care of the Rebels on home turf at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Ryan Wagner went 2-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two runs batted in to pace the Saints. Nate Wehner pitched a strong complete game to get the win for Interlake; he gave up both Rebel runs – of which only one was earned – on four hits, striking out four.

Newport 7, Eastlake 3: Jace Goforth went 3-3 with a run and three RBI’s for the Knights, who also saw a homer from AJ Block to help themselves to a Kingco 4A win at home at Newport High School in Bellevue. Mitch Augenstein and Mason Pierzchalski each had two hits to pace Eastlake. Todd Reese pitched 6 2/3 strong innings for the Knights to get the win; he gave up the three Wolves’ runs –all earned – on eight hits, striking out one.

Redmond 6, Skyline 2: Brendan Ecklebarger’s 3-3 day, which included a double, run scored and run batted in, led the Mustangs to the Kingco 4A road win over the Spartans at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Lucas Eliason went 2-4 to pace Redmond. Jason Santiago had two hits to lead the Spartans.

Kyle Francis pitched five solid innings to get the win for the Mustangs, giving up both Spartan runs – one earned – on six hits, striking out two.

Cedarcrest game rained out: Cedarcrest’s home game with Granite Falls was rained out and rescheduled for next week.

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Fowler’s monster day leads Mount Si softball to huge Kingco victory over Juanita

Fresh off her signing Wednesday with Central Washington University to play college softball for them starting next spring, Mount Si senior outfielder Celine Fowler and her teammates played a big game yesterday against the Juanita Rebels. And after what Fowler did, one can only wonder how her future college coach, Mallory Holtman, would have reacted had she been there to see it. One would have expected giddiness out of Holtman, because Fowler made a big difference and carried her Mount Si team to a huge win.

Fowler went 4-4 with a double, triple, two runs scored and one huge run batted in – what turned out to be the game-winning one – as the Wildcats rallied from a 5-1 hole and took control of the chase for top spot in the 3A Kingco Tournament with a dramatic 6-5 win over the Rebels. Fowler’s hit capped off a sixth-inning comeback that saw Mount Si score three runs to take the lead, and close things out despite a major Juanita threat in the seventh.

“This was Celine’s finest game in her four years as a Wildcat,” Mount Si coach Larry White said, as his Mount Si team moved ahead of Juanita and just ½ game back of the overall lead; 2A Lake Washington is ahead of the Wildcats for that overall top spot.

Fowler liked how her team responded to the early deficit. “Well, we were down by four and everyone was just rallying, no one gave up,” she said.

Juanita opened the scoring with three in the first off of Mount Si starter Rose Vogt. Vogt, a sophomore making her first start in the circle this spring, was inserted there primarily as a means of throwing off the Rebel hitters because of her more precise, detail-oriented pitching style. Juanita, though, quickly wised up to that and ran off a series of three singles, a double and walk after Vogt retired the first two hitters of the frame; the double, by Lisa Nelson, scored Madi Hedlund and Aimee Richardson, then Nelson scored on the last of the singles, by Tatum Kawabata.

Vogt was lifted after one inning and in came Paige Wetherbee, and she held down the Rebel hitters for much of the remainder of the game, allowing the Wildcats to rally. Mount Si started that in the third, when an infield single from Nikki Carroll with two outs enabled Fowler to score the first of her two runs; the ball was actually popped up, but dropped in front of several Rebels players in fair territory right in front of home plate.

The Rebels scored twice in the fourth; a bases-loaded walk by Wetherbee to Morgan Figueroa scored Kristina Warford, then a Hedlund single scored Kawabata to make it 5-1. The Wildcats rebounded in the fifth with a pair of their own. A sacrifice bunt by Britney Stevens allowed Vogt, who had walked to reach base, to score, then Fowler took advantage of a passed ball to score herself later in the frame for her second run of the game.

Then the sixth rolled around, and Mount Si was ready to go. Wetherbee opened it with a double, then Link singled, followed by one from Jenny Carroll. Jamie Trotto, pinch-hitting for Emily Webb, hit a sacrifice fly to score Wetherbee, then Link scored on a wild pitch, tying the game and completely changing the approach that the Wildcats had. With Vogt at bat, the speedy Nellie Joselyn was brought in to pinch-run for Carroll. Vogt struck out, but that didn’t matter too much because Fowler was right behind, and on the first pitch from Rebel pitching ace Milly Kawabata, Fowler ripped it on a line to the right center field fence. Joselyn scored and Fowler motored around to third for the triple to put Mount Si in front.

The Wildcat star did what she does best. “I feel really comfortable with my slap (hit),” Fowler said. “My slap is like my strong suit and Milly was throwing me inside, so I was just driving them with my power slap.” The confident approach that Fowler took to the plate was welcomed by White. “That’s what you hope for from your seniors and that’s what we’re starting to see is a lot of leadership out of our senior kids,” the coach said.

Britney Stevens lined out to first to end the inning, bringing up the meat of the Juanita batting order for the top of the seventh. Wetherbee walked Richardson, then allowed a single to Nelson. Warford sacrifice bunted to move her two teammates up a base each, opening first base with one out. Tatum Kawabata then was hit by a pitch, her second HBP by Wetherbee in the game, to load the bases for Rebel Clare Sovacool, a sophomore who had struggled in the contest leading up to the key at-bat; she had been hitless in three prior at-bats.

Sovacool popped out to Stevens in foul ground for the second out, but in a rather interesting development – and perhaps a surprising and disappointing one for the Rebels, Richardson did not attempt to score on that pop-up, even though it looked as if she could have easily scored and tied the game. Wetherbee then struck out Milly Kawabata to end the game with the win in scarlet and gray’s back pocket.

“I definitely had the top of the seventh inning going a little differently in my head,” Wetherbee quipped after the game, “but I’ve always got to make it interesting for everyone.” The junior pitched six innings, giving up two runs on three hits, with two K’s. “I think we’ve definitely hit a turning point in our season; it’s obviously a good turning point in our season, of course,” Wetherbee added. “I think that shows how good we are.”

Fowler is glad to get her college decision out of the way. “It’s awesome. I’m so excited for Central next year and I can’t wait to go play with all those girls,” she said.

Mount Si opens a stretch of six straight days worth of games starting Monday at Interlake. They return home next Tuesday for a makeup game with Liberty.

Scoreboard after the break. Continue reading

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On the college diamonds…..

College baseball and softball roundup for you this morning:

Baseball
Kansas State 8, Baylor 2: North Bend’s Max Brown had his best night of the season for K-State; the 2011 MSHS grad and K-State ‘Cat junior hit his first homer for the home side as part of a 2-3 night which included two runs scored and three putouts in the outfield on defense. Brown is new to KSU this spring after spending his first two college seasons at Bellevue CC.

Santa Clara 8, San Diego 5: Santa Clara opened their weekend series with the Toreros with a win, and a North Bender slammed the door shut once again. Sophomore Reece Karalus picked up his seventh save of the spring for SC, striking out two hitters in the ninth inning. Karalus, a 2012 MSHS grad, is now tied for second in the entire West Coast Conference in saves with those seven.

Texas Tech 4, Prairie View A&M 3: Texas Tech eked out a home win to start a non-conference weekend series in Lubbock, TX, with Tim Proudfoot, a junior from North Bend, going 0-3 but scoring a run for Tech, and recording a putout and four assists on defense as the Red Raiders’ shortstop.

Stephen F. Austin 12, Abilene Christian 8: SFA won a slugfest over host ACU in Abilene, TX. Freshman Gunnar Buhner, from Fall City and a 2013 MSHS grad, went 0-2, but as a relief infielder for Abilene, recorded two putouts and one assist on defense.

Softball
Lynchburg 24, Sweet Briar 0 (5 innings, game one); Lynchburg 7, Sweet Briar 0: LC traveled north a short distance to Sweet Briar, VA, and left having dominated in a doubleheader sweep. Lynchburg outscored SB 31-0 in the two games, and freshman Lauren Smith contributed in both contests. She went 2-3 in the opener, scoring two runs and driving in another, then went 1-2 in the nightcap. Smith played first base in the opener, and right field in the nightcap for LC.

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A big weekend awaits for both Mount Si and Cedarcrest track and field, after strong results for both teams yesterday in league action

Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School’s track and field teams had league meets yesterday, with mixed results for both schools. Both the Wildcat and Red Wolve boys’ teams won their meets, while Mount Si and Cedarcrest girls fell. Here’s a wrapup on both meets.

Wildcat boys strong against Liberty; girls fall in nail-biter
Mount Si’s boys rolled to a 78-58 win at home over the Patriots and the girls fell by just one point, 71-70, but the loss was frankly closer than that. A couple of the Wildcat runner-up finishers in events fell just short of winning their competitions, and thus changing the end outcome.

Boys’ event winners included sophomore Hunter Titus in the 100 meters; he eked out the victory over teammate Ehren Eichler, clocking 11.94 seconds, just .04 seconds ahead of Eichler. Senior Justin McLaughlin led a top four Wildcat sweep in the 200m with a winning time of 24.04, ahead of Titus, Richard Frykgaard and Jon Proctor. Freshman Jacob Belceto won the 400m with a time of 52.75, and distance runner Jon Gendro took home the 3200m, leading a top three Wildcat sweep. His top time of 10 minutes, 46.78 seconds beat out teammates Spencer Ricks and Tanner Sundwall, both of whom also finished in the top three.

Eichler, Frykgaard, Belceto and McLaughlin teamed up to help Mount Si win the 4×100 meter relay, clocking 46 seconds flat for the victory in that race.

In throwing events, Cameron Davis led a top five Wildcat sweep in the shot put, with a winning toss of 41 feet, 7 ¼ inches. Davis’ winning toss beat out teammates Eichler, Truman Gray, Ryan Findley and Peter Link. Link took the discus title with a toss of 111’9”, beating out Davis for top spot. Sophomore Jacob Wachtendonk scored the win in the javelin with a toss of 141’7” and Proctor cleared six feet to win the high jump. Cameron Bolt won the triple jump with a leap of 35’ 8 ½”.

On the girls’ side, Karlie Hurley won the 200m; the junior clocked 27.21 for the top spot in that race. She, however, fell just four inches short of a title in the long jump, with a leap of 15’10”. Lindsey Sydnor won the 400m, with the freshman clocking 1:02.10 for the crown. Senior Madeleine Hutchison scored the win in the 800m, clocking 2:21.38 and beating freshman teammate Hannah Waskom by a couple of seconds for the victory. That winning time also was a school record for Madeleine, and you can see the video of it here, courtesy of her dad Robert.

Hutchison’s sister Mackenzie fell just short of the win in the 300m hurdles; her time of 49.84 seconds was just .85 seconds behind the winner, from Liberty. She, however, rebounded in the 4×400 relay, teaming up with Hurley, Sydnor and Bailey Scott to help Mount Si win that race with a time of 4:11.81. Mackenzie also delivered an individual win in the high jump, clearing 4’6”.

In throwing events, Mount Si swept the titles in all three, with Sydney Leonard’s toss of 30’3” winning the shot put; Sara Brevick’s throw of 88’11” winning the discus, beating out teammate Clarice Chartier, and freshman Riley Ovall won the javelin with a toss of 114’4”, leading a top four sweep by the Wildcats in that event which included Brevick, Leonard and Chartier.

Cedarcrest holds its own in three-way meet
The Red Wolves boys won the three-way Cascade meet with Granite Falls and Sultan, hosted by the Tigers at Granite Falls High School. CHS scored 69 1/3 points for the boys’ crown, while the Red Wolves ladies finished second, scoring 53 points. The Turks won the girls’ crown, scoring 81 points.

Winners on the boys’ side included freshman Ian Fay in the 1600m; he clocked 4:59.03 for top spot in that distance race. Junior Elliot Dick took care of business in the 110m hurdles, with a winning time of 16.95 seconds; he also finished runner-up in the 300m hurdles race, to teammate Alex Zuvich. Zuvich, a senior, clocked 43.19 seconds for the win, and also finished runner=up in both the discus and javelin events.

Vincent Dams took the 800m race with a time of 2:20.95, while Justus Moore rounded out the boys’ winners with a leap of 5’6” to take the high jump title. Sam Somers finished runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 36’4” and Josh Zimmerman took runner-up nods in both the 200m and 400m sprint races. Freshman Ryan Golden also finished as a runner-up in the triple jump, with a leap of 35’ 7 ½”.

Freshman Madi Shinn’s winning time of 2:32.15 headlined a Cedarcrest top three sweep in the girls’ 800m; Shinn beat out teammates Amelia Anderson and Ruby Farias for top spot in that race. Fellow freshman Briana Deveraux won the 400m, clocking 1:02.75, and senior Diana Carr won the 3200m with a time of 12:22.68. Kathryn Smith won the shot put with a toss of 29’8”, and took the runner-up spot in the javelin, throwing it 91’4”. Taryn Bruskland scored the win in the discus with a toss of 87’2”, and Bailey Parish cleared 9’6” to win the pole vault for the Red Wolves. The senior took fifth in the long jump.

One other solid result of note came in the 1600m, and it belonged to another freshman. Lily Krueger clocked 6:39.06 to finish runner-up in that race, a personal best for this young athlete, whose results have consistently improved from the start of the season.

Previewing tomorrow’s action
Both teams will be in huge weekend meets tomorrow, with CHS traveling to the Eason Invitational in Snohomish, and MSHS headed over the Cascades to the Tri-Cities, to compete in the Pasco Invitational.

Eason: The Larry Eason Invitational is in its 26th year this spring, and this year’s field will feature a number of solid teams. Among the teams CHS will be seeing in the event include league rivals Granite Falls, Lakewood and Archbishop Murphy, and Northwest District rivals Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley and Sehome from Bellingham. Other teams in the event include O’Dea, Skyline and Interlake, and two Canadian representatives will be in the meet as well – a club team from Pacific Athletics and a school team from Vernon, located in the interior of the province of British Columbia.

Pasco: The Pasco meet has been a mainstay on the track and field schedule for over 50 years now, and this year’s event has drawn a regional field. In addition to Kingco rivals Liberty, Juanita and Bothell, the event has drawn several teams from Idaho, including Moscow, Sandpoint, Coeur D’Alene, Lewiston and Post Falls, and also one from Oregon. Mount Si will see a lot of quality competition in this meet, with teams as well from Spokane and all over the Puget Sound region. The team likely will leave this afternoon to make it over there in time for the start of the meet tomorrow morning.

We will have full results on both meets for you Sunday here at the SVSJ.

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Mount Si girls’ golf report

We have our first look of the spring for you this morning at Mount Si High School’s girls’ golf team. This week, they won a pair of matches to move to 3-0 on the season (they opened the year March 31st with a win over Interlake).

Caitlin Maralack fired a medalist round of 44 to lead the Wildcats to a 246-264 win yesterday in the rain over Lake Washington at Bellevue Municipal Golf Course, lower score wins. Tabitha Dorn carded a 45 to aid Mount Si followed by a 47 from Bianca Backman. Those three have anchored Mount Si through this first part of the season; Maralack also scored medalist honors in the Wildcats’ other two matches this spring, including their win Tuesday over Sammamish.

The sophomore pocketed a solid round of 35 to aid the Wildcats to the 241-250 victory. Backman paced the efforts with a 45, followed by a 46 from Dorn. The Totems’ top round came from junior Andie Hood, who fired a 44.

Maralack right now is averaging around six over par, tops on the team, and she is leading the league both in match handicap and in league points average with her perfect medalist mark (three medalist rounds in three matches this spring).

Wildcat golf coach Matt Campbell has put up a pair of YouTube videos on the girls’ golf website, which we have for you here. One is highlights of the Mount Si win over Sammamish, and the second is a more generalized look at how things are going for the team this spring in Campbell’s first season as head coach.

(MSHS vs. Sammamish)

(Season update)

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