Mount Si baseball tunes up for big game today at Safeco with win over Totems, 4-27, plus a preview and pick of today’s game

Mount Si’s baseball team tuned up for their big game today at Safeco Field by wrapping up a 4-0 week in conference with a win last night over Sammamish. Wildcat senior pitcher Ross Tassara shut down the Totems for much of the game, then had to fight through a tough seventh inning to score the complete game victory on the mound to help lift Mount Si to the 5-3 victory.

Wildcat coach Elliott Cribby is pleased with how Mount Si has rebounded since their struggles from last week. “It’s a huge turnaround. A lot of teams were probably thinking, ‘uhh, maybe Mount Si is not the team to beat this year’ and they couldn’t be more wrong,” Cribby said. He then offered praise for Tassara. “That’s a huge effort and it’s just a gutsy performance from a guy who’s been earning the opportunity to do that,” the coach said.

Mount Si opened the scoring in the first inning. After a single by Joey Cotto and a groundout to first by Carson Breshears which advanced Cotto to second base, Trevor Lane singled to score the Wildcat junior with the first run of the contest. Fellow senior Reece Karalus then grounded into a double play to end the inning just as things appeared to get going for the Wildcats offensively. It remained this way until the fifth. Cribby inserted Trevor Taylor in as a lead-off pinch hitter, and the decision paid off, with Taylor doubling to start the inning. Cotto then singled to score the Tacoma CC-bound senior and Mount Si was rolling. Cotto later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0, then Breshears, who walked, stole second base then advanced to third on that same wild pitch which scored Cotto, scored on a second Lane single to make it 4-0.

He finished 3-3 on the day, and in addition to the two RBI singles, the senior doubled in the fourth but was nailed at third for the first out of that frame attempting to stretch it into a triple.

The sixth inning started out strong for Mount Si, with Evan Johnson’s double leading things off. He would then score on a single from Gunnar Buhner, who had re-entered following the Taylor pinch-hitting appearance in the fifth.

Tassara had to battle in the seventh. Two straight doubles, followed by a single, and Sammamish was in business, down 5-1 with two men on base. The senior then struck out Totem Tristan Cates, one of nine on the day for the Wildcat pitcher, then gave up another run-scoring double followed by a run-scoring groundout. But Tassara hung tough, and struck out Sammamish’s Aaron Farnum to close out the game.

“That’s what baseball brings you is something different every single day and this was my chance to master that something different and I believe I did that,” Tassara said, and he did just that. This was his first start of the season after several relief appearances, and he gave up five hits total and walked two, in addition to the nine strikeouts.

Mount Si is at Safeco Field this afternoon against Puyallup. Here’s a quick preview and pick, after the break:

Kingco 3A Baseball – Nonleague
Mount Si Wildcats vs. Puyallup Vikings
Today, 4:00 p.m., Safeco Field, Seattle

The Wildcats finish a stretch of five games in six days with a test against a Puyallup team which is currently ranked among the tops in the state – #4 in the latest Washingtonbaseballpoll.com poll for 4A teams from Lem Elway. Puyallup is currently 17-2 on the season, so this game is the end of their regular season.

The Vikings have some solid hitters, with senior second baseman Evan Peterson leading the way, currently hitting .540 (MaxPreps stats). Peterson is among several regulars in the Puyallup lineup who are hitting .300 or better, and that means a tough time for Mount Si pitchers. Look for either Trevor, Lane or Taylor, to get the call today as the Wildcats look to continue their offensive improvements.

Mount Si collected 10 hits yesterday against Sammamish, but, for the most part this season, has found things to be challenging offensively, and it’s probably not going to get any easier today. Junior pitcher Ryan Harris is the ace of the Viking staff, with a 7-1 record and earned run average under two. He hasn’t pitched since Monday, so he is likely the pitcher Wildcat hitters will see today.

Harris has dominated in most of his starts, but in his only loss, April 5 to Emerald Ridge, he was roughed up, giving up seven runs (five earned) in just three innings. For Mount Si to do something similar they will need to break out early should Harris get the call.

Today is Senior Day, so the team’s seniors, which include Lane, Taylor, Karalus, Tassara, Justin Henak, Daniel Besmer and others, will get a chance to celebrate their four years in the program in style, living their major league dreams. But for Mount Si to regain state and national visibility, a win will be needed, and unless their offense picks up where it left off yesterday, it will be a challenge.

PUYALLUP 3, MOUNT SI 2

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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