Wildcat baseball looks to break out after three straight tough defeats and a rainout to boot

The Mount Si baseball team heads into this upcoming week looking to get back on the winning train, after another tough loss Friday and a rainout yesterday.

Mount Si did their best against the Bellevue Wolverines on Friday, but like their two previous losses earlier last week, had a couple of bounces go against them and weren’t able to get the clutch hit they needed to complete a comeback, as they fell 5-3 to the visitors. Evan Johnson had two doubles and two runs batted in to lead the Wildcats, while pitcher Nick Adams homered and threw well despite himself giving up a homer to Bellevue in the contest.

The Wolverines opened the scoring out of the gate in the first inning with a double by Reid Hartmann that scored Jack Meggs from second base; he had singled to reach first base, then advanced to second on a controversial balk call on Adams by the umpires. Mount Si responded in a hurry, with a Carson Breshears triple in the bottom of the first; he then scored on the first of the two Johnson doubles. Wyatt Baker-Jagla doubled to open the third for the Wildcats, and himself scored when Johnson doubled once more, giving Mount Si the lead 2-1.

Bellevue wasn’t down for long, however, as Beau Jack, with a man on base in the fourth, took an Adams pitch for a ride over the left field fence, giving the Wolverines the lead, as it turned out, to stay. Connor Swift came in to pitch for Mount Si in relief in the fifth, and held things in check until the seventh, when Bellevue loaded the bases, and ended up scoring twice to give them cushion. That cushion proved handy in the bottom of the frame, when the Wildcats’ Adams came up to bat, and he took a Nolan Watson pitch and drove it over the left field fence for a solo shot. It was his first high school varsity home run. “He just threw a fastball right down the middle and I just hit it over the fence,” Adams said. Mount Si ultimately loaded the bases with two out, but Zach Usselman popped up to second to end the ballgame.

Adams pitched four innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits. Swift came in and fared similarly, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits, striking out three in his three innings of work. Adams, in addition to his homer, also singled in the second for the Wildcats.

Wildcats-Peninsula washed out
Yesterday’s Wildcat home game with Peninsula of Gig Harbor was called in the bottom of the fourth inning due to rain with the visitors from the SPSL 3A leading 4-3. Considering how late in the season it is right now, the game is not expected to be rescheduled, and as it was, the game started 15 minutes earlier than its scheduled time of 1:00 p.m. in order to beat the weather, but Mother Nature won out.

The Wildcats will play MI and Liberty next week to wrap up the season. Mount Si coach Zach Habben hopes his players are ready for the final stretch. “We’ve got to mentally be tough and be physically ready to play,” he said. The games are Tuesday and Thursday, both at home, and both start at 4:30 p.m.

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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