Mount Si softball – both varsity and JV – bring out the bats in wins over Newport

Mount Si High School’s softball team had to wait an extra day to open the Kingco 4A home schedule, but the wait was well worth it. A five-run second inning propelled the Wildcats to their first win as a Kingco 4A team, as they took care of Newport.

Maddy Trout went 2-4 with two doubles and drove in three runs as Mount Si delivered an 8-2 win. Claire Lis pitched a complete game, allowing two unearned runs on six hits, striking out five, to pick up the win in the circle. Wildcat coach Larry White was pleased. “Well, after (Tuesday’s) game,” White said, referring to their loss to Eastlake, “I think today we settled down a little bit and we put the bat to the ball and it made a big difference.”

Newport opened the scoring in the first with a single by Sydney Tomlinson which scored pitcher Kat Wood; Tomlinson had three hits with that RBI to lead the Knights. Then, midway through the second, there was a delay after the home plate umpire was injured; he was replaced by the field umpire, who then handled the game solo the rest of the way. The change in umpires is obviously going to be an adjustment for pitchers, and for Wood, that transition process proved to be challenging, as the Wildcat bats went to work in the half-inning following the delay. After Mount Si tied the game on an error by the Knights pitcher which scored Kara Link, the speed of Lexi Wetherbee showed up in a big way, as she beat out a ground ball to first base with runners on; Heather Hinton and Nellie Joselyn both scored giving the Wildcats the lead. “I just try to contribute as much as I can and my baserunning is one of the advantages I have,” Wetherbee said.

Trout then stepped up, and ripped a Wood pitch into a wide right center field gap to score both Wetherbee and Hayley Aman, giving the Wildcats the 5-1 lead. “I just saw that (Wood) was throwing that rise ball on us every once in a while and I took advantage,” Trout said.

Newport scored a run in the fourth, only to have the Wildcats score twice more in that frame to extend the lead; another double from Trout scored Rose Vogt with one of those two Mount Si runs. Joselyn scored once more in the sixth to close things out for the Wildcats, and Lis made short work of the Knights in the seventh, allowing only two hits in that frame. For Lis, the mid-game umpire change is something she’s prepared to deal with when that occurs. “For me personally, it’s just about adjusting to umpires,” she said. “I’ve learned to do what I can to adjust to umpires really quickly.”

The win was White’s 202nd overall as a coach, following the season-opening 200th of his career last Friday at Wenatchee. The coach was thrilled to get that done. “We waited all offseason to get that done and it was cool,” he said.

Mount Si JV 19, Newport 0: The Wildcats scored in every inning, with most players getting hits, scoring runs and driving them in as Mount Si’s junior varsity easily handled the Knights at Tyee Middle School. Lexie Rose went 4-4 with two triples, three runs scored and three RBI’s to lead the Wildcats, who also had three hits from Dana Kenow, with four runs scored and an RBI. Kenow and Lauren Wilbourne combined on a one-hitter, with a combined 10 strikeouts to pace Mount Si in the circle.

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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