Mount Si softball entertains some of the legends of years past, plus scores and more….

Mount Si High School’s softball program welcomed in some of the greats of their past yesterday, and this year’s Wildcat ladies put on a very entertaining show for those alumni. Unfortunately, though, the Bothell Cougars had the last laugh and spoiled all the fun, taking care of business with a late burst that sank Mount Si.

Brooke Powers went 5-6 with a run scored and five RBI’s, and Megan Marino went 4-6 with a home, double, four runs scored and four RBI’s as the Cougars scored nine runs in the final two innings after Mount Si had tied it to win the game 20-12.

“Our struggle at the end of the year without Claire (Lis) has been pitching and keeping ourselves in ballgames and that showed today,” said Mount Si coach Lauren Liseth. Claire Lis, still working her way back from a concussion, was not in uniform for yesterday’s game; it is hoped she’ll be back for next Wednesday’s home game with Skyline to close out the season.

Bayley Barnett started the game in the circle for Mount Si, and Bothell’s bats went right to work on the senior, striking for four first-inning runs to take an early lead. The Cougars continued to hold that lead into the middle frames despite the Wildcats working to sneak back into the contest. Mount Si, though, struck for five runs in the fourth to take an 8-7 lead, with the key hits being two-RBI doubles from both Abby Gronewald and Jamie Trotto. The freshman catcher finished 1-5 with two runs scored and those two RBI’s while the senior third baseman was 1-3 with three runs scored and two RBI’s.

Bothell re-took the lead in the top of the fifth on the strength of the Marino homer. The Cougars were up 11-8 going to the bottom of that frame before Grace Lis, with the bases loaded, cleared the bases with a double to tie the game 11-11. Trotto, Maddy Trout and Heather Hinton scored on that big hit from the Wildcat sophomore catcher/outfielder. Grace Lis felt the team benefited from having the alumni out watching. “Well, I feel like everyone is a lot more relaxed and wanting to have fun and put on a show for the alumni,” she said.

With the game tied going into the sixth, this week’s SVSJ Athlete of the Week Hayley Aman came into pitch, and with the bottom third of the Bothell order up, it looked as if Aman, if she could continue to deliver in the fashion that earned her the nod this week, would be able to make it through the frame in good shape. The Cougars, though, had other ideas, and proceeded to make life real difficult for the Wildcat junior, scoring six runs in that frame against Aman and three more off the Wildcat reliever in the seventh. Mount Si was not able to mount a comeback and ended up falling.

Still, though, playing in front of the decorated group of former members of this program – players and coaches alike including ex-longtime head man Larry White – meant a lot to the team. “It’s absolutely great,” Liseth said. “I think that was really meaningful for our team (and) meaningful for me as a coach because it just says a lot about Larry and the program he’s built and the program I’m honored to be a part of.”

The alumni day, which was organized by the Wildcat booster club based on an idea from longtime Mount Si supporter Mickey Fowler, brought together nine of the Wildcats’ best over the past 17 seasons of play in the program. Kandis Clesson, Katie Shaw, Paige Wetherbee, Rachael Picchena, Amy Doerflinger (Trenkamp), Emily Ridout (White), April Saffell, Lauren Davis and Rachel McNaul, all of whom attended, all were part of teams under White during his 15 years at the helm of the program, which included five state tournament appearances. White, along with ex-assistants Brian Tawney and Kim Gonzalez, were also on hand at yesterday’s events, which included a pregame ceremony and a postgame reception.

Mount Si, who is out of playoff contention, wraps up the regular season next Monday at Woodinville, followed by their Senior Day game next Wednesday at home against the Spartans. Game time for the Skyline game is at 4:00 p.m.

Bothell JV rolls: Bothell’s JV won in five up at Bothell High School over the Wildcats, 13-2. Emily Heffernan homered to key a 2-2 effort with two runs scored and four RBI’s to lead the Cougars. No Mount Si stats were available.

Scores:

Kingco 4A-Woodinville 15, Issaquah 0: Lauryn Rhinehart fired a no-hitter for the Falcons, striking out nine, as they rolled to the road win in Issaquah in five innings and took sole possession of the league lead with the victory. She helped her own cause at the plate, too, doubling twice to key a 3-4 effort, scoring two runs and driving in three more. Paige Grover was 2-3 with three runs scored and three RBI’s for WHS (12-2 Kingco 4A, 14-3 overall) while Issy drops to 7-8 in league, 8-9 overall.

Kingco 4A-Inglemoor 3, Skyline 1: Inglemoor scored a key Kingco 4A win at home in Kenmore over the Spartans behind the work of hurler Mackenzie DeKay, who won a pitcher’s duel with Skyline counterpart Caroline Bowman. Both pitchers went the distance, with DeKay allowing a run on six hits, striking out four, while Bowman allowed three runs, all unearned, on four hits, striking out two. Sophia Swain was 2-2 with a run for Inglemoor (10-4 Kingco 4A, 13-5 overall) while Shayna Swanson was 2-3 with a run for the Spartans (11-3 Kingco, 13-5 overall).

Kingco 3A-Juanita 6, Mercer Island 4: The Rebels held off the Islanders on the island with the help of Briar Swayne, who went 2-4 with two runs scored to pace JHS (15-3 Kingco 3A, 15-5 overall). Juanita’s Megan Murray and MI’s Maddie Rowe both went the distance in the circle, with Murray earning the win allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits, striking out four. Rowe allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits, striking out three for the Islanders (5-12 Kingco, 5-14 overall), who were led offensively by Kayla Varney, who tripled, scored a run and drove in another.

Kingco 3A-Lake Washington 20, Liberty 0: Tori Bivens pitched a one-hitter and Marissa Ewald homered headlining a 3-3 effort in which she scored four runs and drove in three more as the Kangs rolled to the five-inning mercy rule win at home in Kirkland. Kendall Kauzlarich had the lone hit for the Patriots (2-15 Kingco 3A, 2-16 overall). Hailey Menssen went 3-4 with two runs scored and four RBI’s for LW (16-1 Kingco, 16-3 overall).

Kingco 3A-Bellevue 5, Sammamish 4: M.C. Tolbert hit a walk-off single to score Madi George breaking a 4-4 tie and lifting the Wolverines to the dramatic home win; the two teams went into the seventh tied 2-2 but Sammamish scored twice in the top of the frame before Bellevue struck back in the bottom of that inning to take the win. Kama Boswell went 3-4 with a double, run scored and RBI for Bellevue (8-9 Kingco 3A, 9-10 overall) while Nakita Hesketh was 2-5 with a double and two RBI’s for Sammamish (6-11 Kingco, 7-11 overall). Both pitchers – George and the Totems’ Maria Smith – went the distance, with George getting the win allowing four runs on four hits, striking out four despite walking 12.

Kingco 3A-Interlake 18, Bellevue 12 (Thur.): Ren Watanabe’s homer powered the Saints to the road win at BHS. She went 2-3 with two runs scored and four RBI’s to pace Interlake (8-9 Kingco 3A, 8-11 overall). Kendall Mecham was 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI to aid the Wolverines (7-9 Kingco, 8-10 overall).

Cascade-Granite Falls 16, Sultan 2 (Thur.): Taylor Arndt was 2-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI for GF as they rolled to the five-inning mercy rule road win in Sultan. Kelsey Bechtholdt was 1-5 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI’s for the Tigers (11-4 Cascade, 12-5 overall). Shelby Jeffries led Sultan (9-7 Cascade, 10-7 overall) going 2-3 with two RBI’s.

Cascade-Lakewood 14, Arlington 4 (Thur.): The Cougars (6-9 Cascade, 8-9 overall) rolled to the mercy rule home win over the visiting Eagles, despite Siclia Fazio’s 2-2 effort; it included a double and she scored a run for CPC (0-15 Cascade, 0-16 overall).

College scores
Postseason action involving Valleyites:

Cascade Collegiate tournament-Eastern Oregon 12, Southern Oregon 11: EOU held off the host Raiders and moved into the CCC title game today in Ashland, OR, with the help of Cedarcrest HS grad Taylor Turner. Turner, from Duvall and a junior with the Mountaineers, was 1-4 with a run to pace EOU, who, with a win today, advances to the NAIA national tournament.

Cascade Collegiate tournament-Eastern Oregon 7, Corban 1 (9): Turner was 1-4 with a run as EOU unloaded in the ninth to break open what had been a scoreless game leading up to that point.

NCAA D-II regionals-Azusa Pacific 4, Central Washington 3 (Thur.): Host Azusa held off the Wildcats Thursday night in southern California despite solid efforts from Central’s two Valleyites. North Bend’s Celine Fowler was 3-4 with a run scored and RBI for the Wildcats, while Duvall’s Kailyn Campbell was 2-4.

NCAA D-II regionals-Central Washington 2, Dixie State 0 (Thur.): Central won their regional opener with the help of Fowler and Campbell; both players had a hit each with Fowler, a sophomore and 2014 Mount Si HS grad, driving in a run and Campbell, a junior and 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad, scoring one. Central’s next game in the tournament is today after their loser-out game last night was rained out.

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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