Wildcats softball at state, 5-25 and 26

Mount Si’s fastpitch softball team had its best run at the 3A state softball tournament since 2004 this past weekend in Lacey at the RAC complex. Here’s a full rundown of all five games for you.

Wildcats struggle against Kamiakin in Friday opener
Mount Si’s offense was shut down by Kamiakin star pitcher Lindsey Kamphuis in a 4-0 loss to the Braves, who ultimately won the state title Saturday and finished undefeated. Mount Si pitchers Kendra Lee and Paige Wetherbee did their best to keep things close in a rematch of a game from opening weekend which saw the Braves roll 13-2. But the Wildcat bats weren’t able to answer, with Celine Fowler, Britney Stevens, Rachael Picchena and Nikki Carroll being the lone Mount Si hitters to get hits, with all of them being singles.

Lee gets job done to keep Mount Si alive in tournament
The Wildcats, as noted Friday here, survived a bases-loaded jam to escape with a 4-3 win over Peninsula. Lee was the one who delivered in the clutch in the circle, and she earned the save striking out one hitter in 2/3 inning. Wetherbee started the game in the circle and gave up three earned runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Fowler, Stevens and Lauren Smith all had two hits each, with Fowler, Smith and Picchena doubling to lead the Mount Si offensive charge.

Blad gets to see her friends finally, and it’s bittersweet, as she helps end their season
Mount Si scheduled Bonney Lake as one of their nonleague opponents this season so their newest star, Mickey Blad, could play her friends and former teammates; Blad transferred to Mount Si last winter from BLHS, where she helped them make state last season. However, rains prevented them from getting that game in. Well, the state tournament made up for that, as the two teams finally got to meet.

Friday night, Blad went 3-3 with two runs and two RBI’s, but it turned out to probably be a little bittersweet for her, as she and the Wildcats eliminated Bonney Lake from the tournament with a 10-2 rout. Mount Si scored six runs in the first two innings to put it away. Stevens went 4-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, and Fowler went 2-3 with two runs. Smith went 3-4 with a run and four RBI’s to pace the efforts. Lee gave up two earned runs in a complete game win in the circle.

Mount Si blasts Bainbridge, again
In our preview Saturday, we suggested that the Bainbridge Spartans, the Metro League champions, might be out for a little revenge after Mount Si beat them in the district tournament, doing serious damage to their state tournament dreams. The Wildcat bats answered that challenge in a big way Saturday morning, scoring six runs in the first two innings for the second straight game to put it on ice, as Mount Si held on for an 8-5 win over a spirited Spartans team. Fowler and Smith both went 3-4 with a pair of runs scored to lead the efforts, while Wetherbee went 2-4 with a run and three batted in to aid the efforts. Blad was shown tremendous respect, walking three times to go with her 1-1 effort, and she scored two runs.

Wildcats tournament run ends at hands of familiar foe
Mount Si played Juanita Saturday afternoon for a right to play for a trophy, and the only question was whether the Rebels would come out mentally ready after having suffered a devastating semifinal loss to Kamiakin earlier Saturday, and they did just that, blowing out the Wildcats 11-1 in six innings. Mount Si got 10 hits off of Juanita and their star pitcher Alison Rhodes, but the Rebel offense kept consistent pressure on the Wildcat pitching, which for the first and only time in the tournament included Lauren Padilla, which was a tremendous opportunity for her. Her one inning did not go as she would have liked – two earned runs on three hits – but the outing should give her valuable experience going into next season.

Mount Si finished 20-9, in a tie for fifth at state. The state finish was the best since their runner-up finish of 2004, and their 20 wins was the first time the program did that since winning 21 games in 2003, the first year the Wildcats went to state under current coach Larry White.

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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