Picchena homers to lead Wildcat softball mercy-run blowout of Bellevue

Mount Si High School’s softball team opened a very busy week with a nice win at home in Snoqualmie over the Bellevue Wolverines yesterday.

Rachael Picchena hit a home run, part of a 2-2 effort which saw her drive in three runs, and pitcher Claire Lis dominated in a 10-0 five-inning blowout of Bellevue in a game called early due to the mercy rule. Lis was happy with her effort, which came against a lot of girls she knows on the weekend club circuit; many of Bellevue’s players this spring are freshmen and sophomores, and Lis herself is a freshman.

“One of them is even my own teammate on select,” she said, referring to Bellevue catcher Madi George, whom Lis plays with on the Bellevue Blast ’98 U16 team. Overall, though, “It was a really good motivator for me to see those girls and say, ‘I’m going to go right at them, I can’t let them win’ and I did a pretty good job,” she said. Mount Si coach Larry White also offered praise. “She’s done a good job of moving the ball around, keeping batters off balance. She’s getting better as the season goes along,” White said.

Picchena’s homer came in the second inning off of Bellevue pitcher Dejah Rogers. “I was just looking for my pitch, of course, and I wanted to get a big hit because I knew there was two outs and Nikki (Carroll) at third, so I knew I needed to get a good, nice, line drive, but (I‘m) happy it turned into a home run,” the senior third baseman said, and she took the pitch from the Wolverines hurler and crushed it over the scoreboard in left center field.

Celine Fowler went 4-4 to aid the Mount Si efforts, scoring three runs and driving in another to pace the Wildcats.

Mount Si sees the Wolverines again today in a rain make-up game at Bellevue High School. Bayley Barnett will get the start in the circle for the Wildcats, likely against Rogers again, although freshman Audrey Souders saw some work in relief for Bellevue in yesterday’s game and could be called upon again today. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Scoreboard of other games from yesterday:

Liberty 14, Mercer Island 4: What a day for Liberty’s Liza VanCamp. She went 5-5 with three doubles and a triple, scored four times and drove in two more runs as the Patriots ten-ran the Islanders in six innings at Liberty High School in Renton. Sydney Hopper also had a huge day for Liberty, herself going 4-4 with a pair of doubles and a triple, driving in two runs. All of that offense came against MI pitcher Morgan Peyou, but the Islander hurler also had a huge day at the plate. She went 4-4 with a double, two runs scored and another run batted in to lead MI, who hosts Mount Si tomorrow.

Olivia Kutzke homered as part a 3-4 effort to also pace Liberty; she scored a run and drove in three more runs. The Patriots and Mount Si will meet Thursday and Friday in a home-and-home set, with Thursday’s game at MSHS before the back end on Friday at Liberty.

Juanita 12, Sammamish 0: The Rebels won in five in a mercy-rule result over Sammamish at Juanita High School in Kirkland as Clare Sovacool hit a pair of doubles to lead Juanita, scoring twice and driving in another run. Madi Hedlund had a nice day for the Rebels, going 2-2 with a run scored and four runs batted in. Kristina Warford also paced the Juanita efforts, going 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Milly Kawabata pitched a complete game three-hit shutout.

Andi Hormel led the Totems with two hits, one of which was a double.

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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