SVSJ commentary: Mount Si fastpitch ladies may not have hardware to show for it, but this was truly a season to remember, and it’s only the beginning

Mount Si’s fastpitch softball team just finished up a wonderful season, and while the girls may have been disappointed in not getting a trophy out of the state tournament this spring, these kids have nothing, and we mean nothing, to be ashamed of.

The Wildcats went 20-9 this season. 20-9. This number is significant because it’s the first time this team has won 20 games since 2003, when Mount Si started its era of success under current head Coach Larry White. That group, which included shortstop Amy Trenkamp, second baseman Kayla Jayne, first baseman Katie Morgan, pitcher Kandis Clesson among others, not only had success on the high school diamond, but many of those players also found success at the college level. This new group of players, including pitcher Paige Wetherbee, catcher Michaela “Mickey” Blad, infielders Tamarra Crowe, Britney Stevens, Nikki Carroll and Rachael Picchena and outfielders Celine Fowler, Lauren Smith and Jenny Carroll, are poised to go down the same path as the previous group of stars did.

Many of these players will be back next season, and it looks like the way things are currently looking, Mount Si’s team could be an early favorite to win the Kingco championship. Beyond that, a lot of these kids will likely end up playing collegiately, and potentially having the same type of success the previous group did. Blad, for one, has already made her decision, Smith’s appears imminent and Fowler, Wetherbee, Crowe, the Carroll’s, and Picchena look like good bets to get college opportunities after they graduate. All of this to add to senior Maura Murphy, who is on her way this fall to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as Mount Si’s third D-I softball player they’ve produced since White started over a decade ago.

This year’s team also finished fifth at the state tournament, their best finish since that previous core of talent led Mount Si to a runner-up finish in 2004. That performance has helped re-establish Mount Si as one of the premier fastpitch high school programs, not just on the Eastside, but in the entire state of Washington.

Look at some of the numbers these ladies put up this spring. Blad, oh my. A .513 average with 7 homers, 39 runs batted in, a slugging percentage of 1.053 and an OPS rating of 1.672. Perhaps the best pure hitter this program has ever seen, and she ended up walking 20 times, most of those coming after people from opposing teams started figuring out how lethal she could be with her bat. Fowler hit .482, Smith carded a .458. And Stevens hit two round-trippers to go with her .456 average.

And all of these girls are back next spring, a nice thought for you Mount Si fans. Sure, they lose the senior leadership of two of the most loyal kids any coach could have in a program in Murphy and Kendra Lee, but their spirit will live on as these girls come back to finish the job they started this spring.

History will remember these names. Lee. Murphy. Blad. Crowe. Smith. Nikki and Jenny Carroll. Fowler. Picchena. Stevens. Wetherbee. Lauren Padilla. Cortney Wilhelm. Hanna Houser. Abby Lord. Eleni Trull. A group of girls which made history, and it’s only the start of bigger and better things to come.

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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