Mount Si baseball fights back against Issy, but Eagles get last laugh….while Cedarcrest is blanked at home, plus all the rest of the diamond cuts this morning……

Time now for some baseball. Mount Si High School’s baseball team these past three years being without a home park for practices or games has seen this team have to overcome tremendous adversity on multiple fronts, helping the players build character, develop a work ethic which also extends into the classroom, and bond as a team. Yesterday saw a microcosm of all that crop up for the Wildcats, as they started out well, then had to overcome a big deficit midway through to tie things late, before Issaquah responded and got the last laugh in the end, handing Mount Si a tough loss.

Mount Si High School baseball sophomore catcher Cam Ferreri (center) swings at a pitch during last night’s Mount Si game at Issaquah, won by the Eagles. Ferreri finished 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI’s. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Mount Si rallied from a 9-4 deficit with a four-run sixth inning, but saw the Eagles score three of their own in that same frame, then close things out to get the 12-9 result over the Wildcats.

“We score nine runs, we should win a lot of games in Kingco if you score nine runs,” said Mount Si coach Brent Lutz, who also praised Issaquah. “We just didn’t have the pitching today that shut them down and Issaquah swung the bat really well today so credit to them,” he said.

Trace Halvorson went 3-3 leading the Wildcats, scoring four runs and driving in another. He was pleased with the efforts despite the end result. “As a team we always try to do the best we can,” the senior said. “We hold each other accountable and as for me I’m just always having a good approach at the plate, swinging at fastballs, getting good pitches to hit and I handled them pretty good today.”

Things started out as noted well for the Wildcats in the first. With Halvorson (after having singled) and Troy Baunsgard (after a walk to reach base) on base, Cam Ferreri took a pitch from Eagle starter Brady Liddle and drilled it to center field. With his dad, KOMO-TV’s Mike Ferreri, there watching, Cam ended up with a double scoring both baserunners putting the Wildcats in front. Issy took the lead in the second with four runs; the key hit was a bases-clearing double off Mount Si starter Levi Jorgensen from Issy’s Arden Walcott that scored Sam Hawk, Colton Willbrandt and Jack Githens.

Mount Si responded in the third. Halvorson led off the inning with a single, then after the next two hitters recorded outs, Ferreri came to bat, and once again doubled, scoring Halvorson. Trevor Clem then tripled, scoring Ferreri’s “courtesy runner” Jack Gardner (Ferreri, as the starting catcher, is allowed to be replaced by that “courtesy runner” if he reaches base). Issy rebounded in their half of the frame to re-take the lead. Derek Gellos singled to score Lucas Senatore to put the Eagles back in front, then Githens and Tyler Odegard racked up RBI singles themselves to give Issy a 7-4 lead.

Issy extended that lead with two more runs in the fourth, then Mount Si got a run back in the fifth. With Halvorson on third following being hit by a pitch to reach base to start the inning and Gardner at second following Ferreri having reached on a fielder’s choice, Issy reliever Joe Warner was charged with a balk by umpires allowing Halvorson to score.

The Wildcats then went to work in the sixth, and it all happened with two outs. First, Mardon got to hit, and walked, then Baunsgard singled to put two runners on for Halvorson, and the senior singled off Warner to score Mardon. Baunsgard then scored on a wild pitch during the following at-bat by Harrison Clark, who then walked. Warner was then lifted in favor of fellow reliever Nathan Gunderson, who then himself threw a wild pitch to allow both Halvorson and Clark to advance into scoring position. Yakima Valley Community College-bound senior Spencer Marenco then doubled to score both baserunners and tie proceedings.

Marenco advanced to third on a single by Ferreri, then Clem popped out to end the rally but Mount Si had new life, that’s for sure.

Jake Mitton then came in to pitch for the Wildcats in the bottom of the frame and got right into trouble early, first walking Issy’s Tyler Reese, then Senatore singled to put some pressure on the Mount Si reliever. After getting Cooper Thieme to ground out for the first out, Mitton hit Gellos with a pitch loading the bases. Parker Wutherich came in to pitch in place of Mitton, and while Wutherich has been especially reliable this season in these types of situations, considering how well Issaquah had done offensively up to this point, this was going to be a big ask of the Wildcat junior to bail his team out of trouble here.

And on a full count to Willbrant, the Issy hitter doubled to score both Reese and Senatore, then later, Gellos scored on a Mount Si error on a ground ball by Odegard. Willbrandt also attempted to score but was nailed at the plate. The Wildcats ended up getting out of the inning with Ferreri nailing Odegard attempting to steal second on a double steal attempt (Githens also attempted to steal home on the same play but his steal was also nixed by the out at second).

Mount Si High School junior pitcher Parker Wutherich (right) throws a warm-up pitch to catcher Ferreri (left) prior to his relief outing during last night’s Wildcat game at Issaquah. Wutherich allowed two hits in his 2/3 inning of work and has been a solid pitcher all season. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Gunderson then retired Wutherich, Cole Bostwick and Mardon in that order one-two-three to seal it up in the seventh. Gellos finished 3-3 with two doubles to lead Issy; he scored three runs and drove in two more, and Odegard also had two hits and three RBI’s. Ferreri finished the day 3-4 as well with three RBI’s pacing Mount Si. Mitton took the loss in relief for the Wildcats, allowing three runs, two earned, on one hit in a third of an inning. Gunderson got the win pitching two-hit ball over the final 1 1/3 innings in relief for the Eagles.

Bostwick, for his part, loved his team’s no-quit attitude. “We played hard. We fought, we fought good,” he said.

The loss left Mount Si at 6-7 in league, tied with Redmond for sixth place. The Wildcats are very much on pace to head to the Wes-King district postseason tournament, up 2 1/2 games on eighth-place Newport currently in the league standings, but Lutz knows they’re not there just yet. “Our goal is to win two of three each week,” the first-year Wildcat coach said. “We’ve got the talent, we’ve just got to put it all together on the same day.”

That all said, whatever the end result, Lutz has enjoyed his first year as the head man for Mount Si, having replaced former head coach Zach Habben prior to this season. “I love it. These kids are great.”

Mount Si will look to rebound tomorrow night, facing Inglemoor at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Wildcat JV pours it on in win: The Mount Si junior varsity rebounded from a slow start early, and the bats were on fire late as the Wildcats blasted Issaquah’s JV’s.

Mount Si scored seven runs in the sixth to ten-run the Eagles 12-2 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Aidan Dougherty led Mount Si, going 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBI’s, and Andrew Edson added two hits, including a triple, scoring twice and driving in two more runs.

Ryan Harris and Hayden Weaver also had two hits each for the Wildcats. Pitcher Jackson Crumb was the beneficiary, and he also did well, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out eight in a complete-game effort.

The Wildcats are home with Inglemoor tomorrow at Bannerwood. The game begins at 4:00 p.m. prior to the varsity game.

Same for the Mount Si “C” team at Bellevue: Drew Hiddleson had two hits, scored three runs and drove in two more as Mount Si’s “C” squad ran away with a 14-3 blowout of the Bellevue Wolverines’ “C” team at Bellevue High School. Josh Freudenberg also had two hits, walked twice, scored three runs and drove in two more for Mount Si as they broke out to a 7-3 lead after two and cruised from there.

Pitchers Isaac Kreidel-Reimer, Blake Miller, Matt Wieting and Harrison Kelly combined on a one-hitter, striking out a total of nine between them as the Wildcat pitching overcame eight walks to secure the win.

Mount Si meets Issaquah today at Si View Park, located at 400 SE Orchard Dr. in North Bend. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

Cedarcrest shut out at home
Meadowdale pitchers Mason Vaughn and Parker Cumberland combined on a three-hit shutout as the Mavericks blanked Cedarcrest 4-0 last night at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall.

Vaughn worked four innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out four, while Cumberland pitched the final three frames for Meadowdale, allowing a hit and walk while also striking out four. He helped his cause with a triple and two RBI’s leading the Mavericks offensively.

Tyler Gray had two hits for the Red Wolves, while Zach Brown had the other Cedarcrest hit. The Red Wolves are at Shorecrest this afternoon, meeting the Scots at 4:00 p.m. at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline.

The rest of the baseball now, with all of our coverage provided by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A: Inglemoor 1, Eastlake 0 (9) – A walk-off homer by Eunsang Yu lifted the Vikings to the win at home in Kenmore last night in the pitcher’s duel; Inglemoor’s Kolby Solomon pitched 7 2/3 innings striking out 10 and only allowing three hits, while Eastlake’s Elston Miller allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 10 in six innings of work. Neither received a decision, with Viking reliever Zach Hedge getting the win allowing just two hits over 1 1/3 innings of work.

Kingco 4A: Newport 2, Bothell 1 – The Knights’ Connor Brooks went the distance on the mound, dominating the Bothell bats as Newport won the pitcher’s duel at home in Bellevue. Brooks allowed a run on four hits, striking out four, as Kaiya Saito had a pair of hits to lead the Knights. Dylan Gerard had a double and run scored for the Cougars, and pitcher Caden Ihrig worked five strong for Bothell, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, walking three and striking out one.

Kingco 4A: Skyline 3, Woodinville 0 – Woodinville’s bats have gone cold, as they were shut out for the second straight game, this time at home in Woodinville by a combined one-hitter from Skyline pitchers Cole Fontenelle and Thomas Zaske. Fontenelle struck out eight in six innings for the win while Zaske worked a perfect seventh to grab the save for Sparty. The Falcons have not scored a run in 17 straight innings dating back to their walk-off loss last Wednesday to Mount Si and Jared Gee had that hit for Woody.

Kingco 4A: North Creek 9, Redmond 8 – North Creek built a comfortable lead at Hartman Park in Redmond only to see the Mustangs score five in the fifth to make things interesting, but the Jaguars held on the rest of the way to steal a road win. Nick Giesinger led North Creek, going 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, while Julian Jackson also had two hits, including a double, scoring a run and driving in two more. Colin Curry had a double for Redmond, scoring a run and driving in three more.

Wesco 4A: Jackson 11, Glacier Peak 8 – The Timberwolves outslugged the Grizzlies in a wild one up at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish. Jeremy Vierra homered for Jackson, part of a 3-4 effort in which he also doubled, scored three runs and drove in three more. Pierce Leavengood homered for Glacier, scoring two runs and driving in two more as part of a 2-3 performance.

North Sound: King’s 6, Granite Falls 0 – Pitchers Tyler Durbin, Logan Marshall-Inman and Jared Boscacci combined on a two-hitter for King’s as they blanked Granite at home in north Seattle. Ethan Elias had a hit and three RBI’s for King’s, and Durbin added a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Liam Schenfeld had a double pacing the Tigers. Durbin started on the mound and pitched five no-hit innings striking out eight for the win.

North Sound: Coupeville 13, Sultan 2 – Coupeville scored 11 runs in the third to break a 2-2 tie and cruise to the home win on Whidbey Island. Dane Lucero was 2-2 with a double and two runs scored for the winners, while Jack Hamilton had two hits, including a double, and a run scored for the Turks. Tremaine Powell also paced Sultan, with two hits and two RBI’s.

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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