Wildcat softball unloads on Bellevue, and a weekend preview….

Mount Si’s softball team took out three days worth of frustrations yesterday on the Bellevue Wolverines, emphatically ending a three-game losing string with a big 8-1 win.

Rachael Picchena homered and doubled to key a three-hit effort; she scored twice and drove in four runs to lead the Wildcats. Lauren Smith also had three hits and drove in three runs to aid Mount Si, who got solid pitching from Bayley Barnett in the circle. Barnett pitched a complete game, giving up one unearned run on just four hits, striking out seven.

Mount Si took quick command of the game, scoring twice in the first, three more times in the third and twice more in the fifth, and that allowed coach Larry White a chance to play younger reserves late in the game, such as Eleni Trull, Natalie Luchtel, Hanna Houser, Courtney Wilhelm and Nellie Joselyn, giving those girls valuable experience as the postseason approaches.

The Wildcats are home against MI and Liberty next week.

Weekend events
There’s a few things going on this weekend of interest that we wanted to share with you.

First, from volleyball, and that is the Puget Sound Girls’ Junior Volleyball Regional Championships are going on tomorrow and Sunday at various sites from Olympia all the way to Mount Vernon. A number of local teams and players will be competing in the event, from U12 to U16 age levels, and among those teams that we will be watching this weekend are Ridge Valley U13 and U14. The Snoqualmie-based squads are seeded eighth in their age groups for this weekend’s tournament, which puts the U13s into the regional at Franklin Pierce High School in Parkland, and the U14’s in the regional at Juanita High School in Kirkland. Another team we will be following is KJ 15’s. The Kent-based team, with Mount Si player Haley Holmberg, is the top seed in the U15 age group and will be playing in a regional in Puyallup.

More information and full lineups for all regionals, which includes where other local teams will be playing such as Valley View’s teams from Carnation, are at the Puget Sound region website here.

Also, tomorrow, the Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s jamboree will be held from 10am-3pm at Torguson Park in North Bend, as the local Little League season gets rolling. At 1pm at Mount Si High School, Mount Si’s baseball team is hosting Peninsula from Gig Harbor in a nonleague game. And at 2pm in the school’s stadium, the Wildcat boys’ lacrosse team is hosting Klahowya from Bremerton.

On Sunday, the Wildcat baseball team, their friends and families will be recognized at Safeco Field by the Mariners. Sunday’s Mariner game against the Los Angeles Angels has been designated “Mount Si Day”, as this was the scheduled game the Wildcats have been selling tickets to in recent weeks as a fundraiser with an eye on once again playing at Safeco next season. Tickets likely aren’t available anymore through the MSHS program, but if you want to head down and be with your friends and support local high school sports, you can call Ticketmaster today or drop by one of the M’s team stores – the closest being the one at Bellevue Square – and pick up some tickets. The pitching matchup should be a good one, with Hisashi Iwakuma starting for the M’s against ex-Mariner Jason Vargas, and the game time is 1:00 in the afternoon, perfect for families. So if you can, head down and watch the home team try to get a win, and support the scarlet and gray in the process.

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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