Mount Si baseball makes themselves at home in the “Safe” and blows out Issaquah

Every year the Mount Si baseball team has played in Seattle’s Safeco Field, the Wildcats have found themselves in a very close, exciting ballgame. This year, though, was a completely different story, and the end result was very wonderful for Mount Si and their fans.

The Wildcats scored early and often, and rolled to a 10-0 win over the Issaquah Eagles in the fifth annual Mount Si trip to the “Safe”, the home of the Seattle Mariners. Connor Jensen had two hits, and pitchers Chase Kairis, Nick Adams and Griffin McLain all lived out their childhood dreams in style yesterday, taking the same mound that Mariners great Felix Hernandez pitches on and combining for a Felix-esque two-hit shutout.

It all started early, in the bottom of the first, as the Wildcats loaded the bases with no one out and scored twice as a result; the first run was scored on an Evan Johnson groundout, then run number two came in a batter later, as a Joe Done groundout scored that tally.

Mount Si scored once more in the second, then their offense exploded in the third for five runs. It started off thanks to a Issaquah passed ball, which Wildcat Brian Woolley took full advantage of, scoring from third base. A Jensen sacrifice fly scored Johnson with the second run of the frame, then Tanner Simpson came up to bat, and he unloaded the big hit of the day, doubling to score both Connor Swift and Austin Hall. Simpson later scored on an Issaquah defensive miscue, and after all was said and done, it was 8-0 Wildcats after three, and the day, which had been quite nice to begin with, became even more special.

Mount Si scored twice more in the sixth to put the icing on the cake, and McLain took care of the rest in the seventh, retiring three of the four hitters he faced to close things out.

Kairis and Adams both gave up a hit apiece in three innings of work each, with the two of them combining to strike out four Eagles hitters. Kairis’ earned run average at the moment is 0.70, which makes him a pitcher to watch as the Kingco schedule gets started this upcoming week. Adams’ current ERA is also stellar, at 1.00, so he, too, will be one to keep an eye on.

Mount Si hosts Juanita tomorrow at 4:30 in the Wildcats’ home opener.

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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