Wildcats fastpitch softball battles wind and mistakes and moves to 3-0 in Kingco, 3-27

Mount Si’s fastpitch softball team played for the second time in as many days yesterday, and they welcomed in a Liberty Patriots team which looks to rise back into the ranks of the conference elite with a familiar face in the coaching box, as Brian Hartman returns to the fold after being away for four seasons. But windy conditions were an issue for both teams yesterday, as mistakes became a big part of what ended up being another Mount Si victory.

A pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, after Liberty had tied things in the top of the frame, helped propel the Wildcats to a 7-5 victory and 3-0 record in Kingco to start the season. Britney Stevens went 3-4 with a run and three RBI’s to lead Mount Si, while both Eleni Trull and Celine Fowler each scored a pair of runs to pace things.

Pitcher Kendra Lee battled throughout the game and came just one out, and a few inches, short of completing the contest. Lee did not allow a single earned run in her 6 2/3 innings, striking out three. The senior came just short of completion when she bobbled a pop-up in front of the circle in the seventh with two outs, then was taken out of the game by coach Larry White. Freshman Paige Wetherbee took care of the rest, getting the final out by way of strikeout to slam the door shut with rain on its way from the west.

After the Patriots opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first, the Wildcats got two quick outs in the bottom of the frame before Mickey Blad struck. The junior, who has verbally committed to BYU, hit a rope to the left-center field gap for a double, then a single from fellow junior Lauren Smith brought in Blad to tie proceedings at 1-1.

Liberty re-took the lead with a run in the second, then in the third, Fowler singled and reached second on a throwing error by the Patriots to open the frame. Stevens then started her strong day, with a single that scored Fowler to tie the game. Stevens was caught stealing, and that proved to be huge, as Blad then came up and hit a shot to right field which would likely have gone out if not for the winds. She ended up tripling on that hit but could not score as both Smith and Rachael Picchena popped out to end the frame.

Mount Si struck for three in the fifth. Trull singled and advanced to second on another throwing error by Liberty, setting things up for Fowler, who reached on a fielder’s choice. All runners were safe on the play, then Fowler stole second base, allowing Stevens to come up and have her biggest hit of the day, another single which scored both runners to put Mount Si up 4-2. After two flyouts from Blad and Smith, Picchena reached on another Patriot error, and this scored Stevens to put the Wildcats up 5-2.

A pair of mistakes by Picchena at third defensively helped Liberty in the top of the sixth get their three runs to tie the game at 5-5, but Mount Si responded in the bottom of the frame and bailed their teammate out. Hanna Houser opened with a single, then Lauren Padilla came in to pinch run. Trull hit what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt, but another Liberty throwing error allowed the freshman to reach base and Padilla to go to third. A fielder’s choice by Fowler allowed Houser to score and put Mount Si in the lead, then after a single by Stevens loaded the bases, Blad hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Trull. Picchena singled to re-load the bases with two out, but Tamarra Crowe popped out to center to end any further offensive onslaught by the Wildcats.

Lee got two quick outs – on two pitches – to start the seventh, then she walked a Patriot hitter, followed by the ever-so-slightly misplayed popup in front of the circle. Wetherbee came in, walked the first hitter she faced to load the bases, then struck out the next hitter to pick up the save.

Mount Si hosts Sammamish today at 4:30, weather permitting.

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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2 Responses to Wildcats fastpitch softball battles wind and mistakes and moves to 3-0 in Kingco, 3-27

  1. Avatar Heidi Houser says:

    Thanks for mentioning Hanna!

    • Rhett Workman Rhett Workman says:

      Of course. You are very welcome, Heidi. Hopefully, Hanna will continue to have good opportunities to contribute to the team this season.

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