Wildcat softball unable to finish against a solid team for second straight game, plus the ladies’ cuts to start this Easter weekend

Time for some softball. While the Wildcat and Knight baseball teams saw their game get rained out last night, Mount Si’s and Newport’s softball ladies did brave the rain and get their game in. And for the second straight game, the Wildcats found themselves in front of a playoff-bound team but couldn’t close the deal as they fell again.

The Wildcats took a 4-0 third-inning lead before the Knights rallied, then they took the lead for good with five runs in the sixth to hand Mount Si a 9-6 loss.

Hanako Hirai homered for Newport as part of a 3-3 effort; she doubled as well, scoring two runs and driving in three more.

The Wildcats as noted started out well enough in the first. With two out and Molly Wilbourne on base after being hit by a Hirai pitch to lead off the game, Hope Bostick doubled to score the Wildcat junior; she also homered and tripled, coming a single short of hitting for the cycle, scoring three runs and driving in three more to lead Mount Si. Bostick, also a junior, then scored on a Madison Bonham single and the Wildcats were in business. Freshman Kate Gotts worked her way through a couple of challenges in the first couple of frames, but maintained the lead to see Bostick again strike in the third.

With Jackalyn Gates on after a leadoff walk, Bostick crushed it to center field and it cleared the fence for the two-run shot to make it 4-0 ‘Cats and things appeared to be looking good for the ladies from the Valley.

A fielding error, though, by Gates in the bottom of that frame was the catalyst for a three-run inning by Newport; Hirai and Brooklyn Richards scored on the error, which was on a ground ball by Lainey Hume which she was also credited with a single on. Gates rebounded with the bat in the fourth, with a productive ground out that scored Jaclyn Huntzinger from third base extending the Mount Si lead. But Gotts ran into trouble in the fifth, as Hirai hit her blast leading off the frame, a solo shot.

Then the rails came off in the sixth. Katie Lee singled to score Jordyn Garrett to tie the game, and also load the bases for Noelle Thomas, and she is a very dangerous hitter as many Newport fans – and Kingco fans for that matter – know. Thomas showed why, clearing the bases on a first-pitch double off of Gotts that scored Lee, Ariana Arnone and Alexis Khauv. Hirai finished off the onslaught with a single scoring Thomas. Bostick’s triple set up the run in the seventh for Mount Si; she scored on a single by Bonham, but that came with two out and the Wildcats couldn’t muster any more magic as Cassidy Brickman grounded out to Hume at first to end it.

The loss dropped Mount Si to 3-12 on the season. Even with that, they’re likely headed to the Kingco playoffs, as the eighth seed, so there is something to look forward to as a nice reward for the hard work this team has been putting in this season, even if the results aren’t there to show for it. Mount Si is hosting Skyline Monday for Senior Day at Issaquah High School, their temporary home away from home. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Cedarcrest rained out
As we noted yesterday afternoon, the CHS softball game at home with Snohomish was rained out, with no makeup date announced. We’ll let you know when that is announced, however.

Other softball action now, with all of our scores and stats powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A: Redmond 11, Inglemoor 2 – Lindsay Tsujikawa’s grand slam powered the Mustangs to the road win over the Vikings last night in Kenmore. Camille Eaton doubled twice and drove in two runs as well for Redmond, while Hailey King went 2-3 with an RBI for Inglemoor. Kiki Milloy went the distance in the circle for the Mustangs, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out 10 for the win.

Kingco 4A: Eastlake 5, Woodinville 1 – Looks as if the Wolves are kicking it into gear at the right time, with another big road win over a Kingco playoff contender, this the Falcons in Woodinville. Taylor DeRouen homered headlining a 3-4 performance for Eastlake, while Molly Taketa led Woodinville, with a double and run scored. Camryn Snyder was dominant in the circle for the Wolves, allowing a run on three hits in a complete-game effort, striking out nine.

Kingco 4A: North Creek 12, Skyline 3 – This one was a tight one until the seventh, when the Jaguars exploded for nine runs and bested the Spartans on the Sammamish Plateau. Carli Zanassi homered for North Creek and Victoria Navarro had two hits, including one of five Jaguar doubles in the game (Zanassi also had one), scoring a run and driving in two more. Emma Jacobs and Skylar Maloney each had a hit and RBI for Skyline.

Kingco 3A: Interlake 22, Mercer Island 2 – Lexi Martin went 2-2 with a run scored and four RBI’s for Interlake as the Saints cruised to a win. Kiana Gregorich also had two hits – both doubles – scoring three runs and driving in four for Interlake. Michelle Lyon went 2-2 with a triple and RBI for Mercer.

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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