Inglemoor routs Mount Si softball, plus Kingco scoreboard and news about two Valleyites helping their college team to conference title game

Mount Si High School’s varsity softball ladies welcomed in the Inglemoor Vikings yesterday to Snoqualmie, and the Vikings demonstrated why they are among the Kingco 4A’s best as they routed the Wildcats.

Sophia Swain and Talia Starr each hit a homer, and pitchers Mackenzie DeKay and Tegan McDonald held the Mount Si bats in check, allowing a combined four hits and one run, as Inglemoor took care of the Wildcats 12-1 in six innings in a mercy-rule shortened contest.

Mount Si coach Lauren Liseth was disappointed. “Not good. That was definitely not our best performance,” Liseth said. “I didn’t think we played with the intensity that we needed to face a team like them.”

The Wildcats did have some highlights. Among those was a lead-off homer from Maddy Trout in the bottom of the first off DeKay, the Vikings’ junior ace pitcher. “She was throwing low and outside, and to be honest, I’m pretty sure she missed the pitch and that’s what I got,” Mount Si’s junior utility player said. The solo shot cleared the right center field fence making it 2-1 Inglemoor at that point; the Vikings scored twice in the top of the opening frame off Wildcat starter Bayley Barnett. Mount Si defensively also made some noise, with a solid double play in the third from second baseman Nellie Joselyn to shortstop Kara Link to first baseman Heather Hinton that ended an Inglemoor threat.

But Starr homered in the fourth off Barnett to right center field, then Swain finished it off against reliever Hayley Aman in the sixth with a homer to dead center field. Both homers were two-run shots, propelling the black and gold.

Swain went 4-4 with three runs scored and four RBI’s to lead the Vikings (8-3 Kingco 4A, 11-4 overall), who remain in the hunt for the Kingco regular season tile. They are 1 ½ games back of conference-leading Eastlake. Starr finished 2-4, also doubling in addition to her homer, scored a run and drove in four more. Hannah Shimek had a fine game as well for Ingelmoor, going 2-4 with three runs scored and three RBI’s.

Aman held the Viking bats in check aside from allowing Swain’s homer in the sixth; she pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing those two runs from the homer, only one of which was earned, on three hits, striking out one. Aman has been pushed into pitching duty this week as both Barnett and regular starter Claire Lis are nursing injuries. Lis didn’t even suit up for yesterday’s game, as she is now recovering from a concussion in addition to her recent issues with shin splints.

The efforts of Aman, Mount Si’s junior all-everything player who also is an infielder in addition to pitching, have not been lost on Liseth. “I can’t say enough good things about Hayley Aman,” the coach said. “She is a true team player. She’ll do anything we ask of her, play any position we need her in. She’s just a versatile kid who puts her team first no matter what.” Aman admitted that giving it a shot in the circle came with challenges. “Well, to be quite honest, I was kind of nervous to go in there because I hadn’t pitched in forever,” she said. But it all has worked out, and with the continued injury situation for Mount Si’s other two pitchers, expect to see more of Aman in the circle as the season winds down.

Trout’s homer headlined a 2-3 effort leading the Wildcats (3-9 Kingco, 6-10 overall), who are away until next Friday, when they host Bothell on Alumni Day. Former MSHS softball players are invited to come out and see Mount Si in action next week when they meet the Cougars. Game time is 4:00 p.m. and a pregame ceremony recognizing the alumni in attendance will take place prior to the contest.

Scores from around Kingco:

Kingco 4A-Woodinville 11, Newport 1: Homers from Lauryn Rhinehart, Paige Grover and Bailey Burger-Moore powered the Falcons to the six-inning mercy rule win at home in Woodinville. Grover went 3-4 and was a single short of the cycle, scored three runs and drove in two more to aid WHS (9-2 Kingco 4A, 11-3 overall), while Burger-Moore also went 3-4 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI’s. Madelyn Shelby was 2-3 to lead the Knights (0-12 Kingco, 2-14 overall). The Falcons are tied with Skyline for second place in the league, ½ game behind conference leading Eastlake.

Kingco 4A-Eastlake 5, Skyline 3: The Plateau rivals squared off for the conference lead at Skyline High School with the Wolves’ Julie Graf outdueling Skyline’s Caroline Bowman in a battle of two of the top pitchers this spring in the conference. Both pitchers went the distance, with Graf getting the win allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out two. Bowman allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out 10. Georgia Robinson homered and doubled as part of a 3-4 effort to lead Eastlake (10-2 Kingco 4A, 12-3 overall); she scored a run and drove in two more. Maddie Peters went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI to pace the Spartans (9-2 Kingco, 11-4 overall). Eastlake with the win moved ahead of Skyline into first place in the league, while the Spartans are ½ game back.

Kingco 4A-Redmond 17, Bothell 2: Megan Nakamura and Kiki Milloy hit homers for the Mustangs as they rolled to the mercy-rule blowout of the Cougars in Bothell. Milloy went 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI’s to pace RHS (6-6 Kingco 4A, 7-8 overall), while Nakamura went 2-4, also with two runs scored and three more driven in. Leah Sailer went 2-3 with a run scored to aid Bothell (2-10 Kingco, 4-12 overall).

Kingco 3A-Lake Washington 10, Mercer Island 0: LW dominated in the five-inning mercy rule blowout at home, aided by Tori Bivens; the ace pitcher for the Kangs fired a two-hitter, striking out nine, in a complete game effort, and she also went 2-3 at the plate with a triple, scored twice and drove in two more to lead LW (14-0 Kingco 3A). Camryn Steiner was among those with hits for MI (5-10 Kingco, 5-12 overal).

Kingco 3A-Juanita 10, Interlake 0: Juanita, like their Kirkland rivals in their game with MI, dominated in their own five-inning mercy rule home blowout, aided by their pitcher, Lisa Nelson, who also fired a two-hitter, striking out 11, in a complete-game performance. Brynn Radke had two doubles, scored twice and drove in two runs for JHS (12-3 Kingco 3A, 12-5 overall). Shaefer Davis was among the girls with hits for the Saints (5-9 Kingco, 5-11 overall).

Kingco 3A-Sammamish 10, Liberty 8: The Totems held off the Patriots in a barnburner at Sammamish High School in Bellevue backed by Maria Smith; the SHS pitcher doubled, scored a run and drove in three more to pace the Totems (6-8 Kingco 3A, 7-8 overall). Taylor Thatcher was a single short of the cycle for Liberty, hitting a double, triple and homer for the Patriots (2-13 Kingco, 2-14 overall), scoring two runs and driving in two more. Jayme Shaw also had three hits for LHS, scoring a run and driving in another.

College: Central Washington advances to GNAC title clash with help of Valleyites
Central Washington University made their way into the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title game today thanks to two wins yesterday at the GNAC tournament in Lacey that came with plenty of contributions from their Valley duo. Highlights:

Central Washington 9, Concordia 6: The Valley’s own Celine Fowler and Kailyn Campbell aided the efforts for the Wildcats as they remained alive in the tournament with the win over the Cavaliers. Fowler, from North Bend, went 2-4 with a run scored, and Campbell, from Duvall, also went 2-4, but with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s, as CWU moved on in the tournament. Both players also stole a base each to aid the Wildcats.

Central Washington 8, St. Martin’s 0: CWU got revenge on the Saints after Thursday’s opening round loss to the host St. Martin’s side, blasting the Saints and moving into the conference title game today. Fowler, a 2014 Mount Si High School alum, had two hits, including a double, scored a run and drove in another to pace Central, while Campbell, a 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad, went 2-4 with an RBI to aid the Wildcats.

Central meets Western Oregon this afternoon, and must win twice to take the conference title and with it their automatic berth into the NCAA Division II tournament.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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