Mount Si baseball splits two in the Tri-Cities thanks to stellar outing from Usselman

Mount Si senior Zach Usselman has been known for his catching throughout his four years in the Wildcat baseball program. After his great pitching efforts in Mount Si’s win March 22 at Safeco Field, one had to start thinking that perhaps Usselman could become known for something more. Well, after yesterday, that very much is the case.

Off his three no-hit innings in the 4-0 victory over Newport in Seattle last time out, Usselman delivered a gem yesterday, firing a complete game one-hit shutout to aid the Wildcats to a 2-0 win over Kennewick’s Kamiakin which closed out a doubleheader of games in the Tri-Cities last night. Mount Si scored both runs in the first inning, then let Usselman do the rest; the hit he allowed was in the second inning, when the Braves’ David Marshall doubled. Marshall was the opposing pitcher in the contest, and he himself did well, giving up three hits in addition to the two runs, striking out nine in a complete game effort. Usselman, bound for Bellevue College next spring, struck out seven in his outing to move to 2-0 on the season.

Evan Johnson’s double in the first inning proved to be the big hit of the game for Mount Si, who also had hits from Usselman and Carson Breshears.

Mount Si unable to close out Walla Walla in opener
Up 5-2 in the seventh inning in the first game of the day against Walla Walla at Kennewick’s LaPierre Field, Mount Si couldn’t hold the lead, then fell in extra innings to “Wa-Hi”.

The Blue Devils scored three times in that fateful seventh, then plated one more in the eighth to hand the Wildcats the 6-5 defeat. The three WW runs in the seventh came off Mount Si reliever Alden Huschle, and key to that was a two-run home run by Ryan Kimball which opened the scoring in that frame. The Blue Devils then tied the game on a sacrifice fly scoring a runner from third base. WW’s Kimball then hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to score what turned out to be the game-winning run for the Blue Devils. Usselman did his best to keep his team in it in the bottom of the eighth, but neither Chris Solomon nor Drew Cotto could get the big clutch hit, and Wa-Hi escaped.

Johnson hit two doubles to lead a 3-4 effort that also drove in a pair of runs to lead Mount Si. Tanner Simpson also went 3-4, with a double and triple, scoring twice and driving in two more. Breshears went 2-4 with three runs scored and both Cotto and Miles Schimchick went 2-4.

Colin Brown pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, striking out six. Huschle recorded both a blown save and the loss after his struggles in the late innings; he gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits in his two innings of work.

Mount Si closes out nonleague schedule
The Wildcats filled out their schedule with a home date this Wednesday against Ingraham of the Metro League. Game time is 4:30 p.m. at MSHS.

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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