Mount Si softball suffers tough loss, while CHS bats heat up in win…and the scores from Cascade and Kingco 4A action

The Mount Si High School softball ladies battled hard yesterday in their game against the Redmond Mustangs at home in Snoqualmie, overcoming a number of bumps in the road to force extra innings against a team that beat the Wildcats 10-4 earlier this season in the first meeting between the two clubs. But a player who has been a key force all season for Redmond proved to be that once again in the end, and the Mustangs were able to escape.

Amirah Milloy hit for the cycle – a single, double, triple and home run in the same game – scoring twice and driving in three more runs, leading Redmond to the 6-5 victory over the Wildcats in a game that went nine innings. Mount Si coach Larry White was disappointed. “We just haven’t been able to figure out a way to win,” White said. Taty Forbes also homered for Redmond as part of a 3-4 afternoon to pace the Mustangs; she scored a run and drove in two more.

Mount Si opened the scoring with a run in the second on a Nellie Joselyn single that scored Hayley Aman; Joselyn had a solid day going 2-4 with that RBI. She also came close late to making a great defensive play at second base.

After Redmond’s Forbes doubled scoring Milloy in the third to tie things at 1-1, the Wildcats responded by scoring a run in the third; Maddy Trout singled to score Heather Hinton to put Mount Si up 2-1. Prior to that play, it looked as if Rose Vogt had also scored a run on a fly out to left field by Paige Wetherbee. Umpires, however, ruled she had not tagged up at the base prior to scoring the run, and she was called out, much to the confusion and disappointment of the Wildcat side.

That call was not the only interesting call the umps made – there was a play at the plate call in the fourth where the umpires ruled that Trout had tagged out Redmond runner Shelby Curry trying to score on a sacrifice bunt by Mara Kipnis. It also looked as if Trout may not have had full control of the ball, either, and that angered Mustang coaches, who continued to argue the call vociferously for a while after that with the home plate umpire, a longtime official who has worked many Mount Si home games in the past and, in fact, worked one earlier this season.

Trout was also involved in another controversial call in the ninth. It appeared that she had hit a ball down the third base line fair, which would have given her a likely double. Instead, umps ruled it foul, and Mount Si didn’t realize it until a short time after the call was made. Trout ended up popping out on that play.

Milloy’s homer in the fifth tied things at 2-2; she hit the solo shot off of MSHS starter Claire Lis, who went the distance, allowing the six runs, five earned, on 14 hits, striking out seven. The Wildcats responded in the bottom of that frame, with a Joselyn fielder’s choice scoring Wetherbee. Forbes led off the sixth with a solo homer off of Lis to re-tie proceedings at 3-3, only to have a Wetherbee double score Hinton in the bottom of that frame to give Mount Si back the lead. Lis got two outs in the seventh, but threw a wild pitch with a runner on third base, allowing that runner, Daiana Kaplan, to score and that tied the game 4-4, sending it to extra innings.

The international tiebreaker rules went into effect in the ninth, and that involves a baserunner – the player who recorded the previous out of the last inning – starting at second base. Redmond got two runners on for Milloy, and she crushed a triple to score both of those runs – Kaplan and Sophie Viola, and the Mustangs kept the lead the rest of the way. Mount Si scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, and would have tied it on the aforementioned Trout hit that was the subject of the controversial call by umpires had that stayed fair, but got no closer than that one run.
Heather Hinton went 2-5 with two runs scored to pace Mount Si, and Wetherbee was 1-4 with a run scored and three RBI’s to aid the scarlet and gray efforts.

Even though the team is struggling, it appears they are still in the hunt for postseason, and White likes working with them and their potential. “They’re really a great group of kids. They’re playing hard and they’ll figure it out. Once we eliminate the mistakes we’re making, this is going to be a very good club,” he said.

Mount Si is at Inglemoor tomorrow night.

Cedarcrest turns on the heat in fifth to roll to mercy-rule win over CPC
A seven-run fifth broke things open and propelled the Red Wolves to another Cascade Conference home win in Duvall, this a 12-2 result over Cedar Park Christian, a game that ended after five due to the mercy rule. Allie McCain went 3-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI’s to lead CHS, who also had a 2-3 effort from Hailey Lacher which included a double, three runs scored and an RBI.

Elaine Townley got the win in the circle for the Red Wolves, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits in three innings, striking out five. Morgan Brown pitched two no-hit innings to close things out, also striking out five, to earn a save.

CHS remains in command in the conference standings at 11-2, 1 ½ games up on both Archbishop Murphy and Granite Falls, who the Red Wolves beat Monday. CHS is at South Whidbey tomorrow to meet the Falcons.

Scoreboard
Issaquah 4, Inglemoor 2: Justi Johnson tripled and homered, scored a run and drove in three to pace the Eagles to the home win over the Vikings; they play Mount Si next week. Morgan Bevell added a 2-3 effort to pace Issaquah, who scored all four of their runs in the sixth, and pitcher Winter Ridgeway went the distance, allowing both Vikings runs earned on two hits, striking out three. Izzy Riddle homered and drove in two runs to lead Inglemoor. Sophia Swain and Talia Starr both added two hits each to pace the Vikings, and pitcher Bella Montoya also went the distance, allowing all four Issy runs, three earned, on six hits, striking out two.

Sultan 3, Lakewood 2: A.J. Fulcher went 2-3 to lead the Turks to the home Cascade Conference win in Sultan. Kayla Downs did the same, and scored a run, to pace Sultan, who maintains their place in the postseason playoff hunt with the win. Shelby Jeffries went the distance in the circle, allowing both runs unearned on four hits, striking out 11.

Bothell 12, Newport 11: For the second straight game, the Knights found themselves on the short end of a slugfest, this on the road at Bothell High School; Newport fell to Mount Si on Monday 11-10. Brooke Powers powered, no pun intended, Bothell with two homers, one a grand slam, scoring twice and driving in seven. And another Powers, Megan, went 4-4 with a double, run scored and four RBI’s to pace the Cougars. Hanna Tyndall got the win for Bothell despite allowing three runs, all earned, on two hits in four innings; Brooke Powers slammed the door shut in the seventh, allowing one hit in 1/3 inning to earn the save. Taylor Woodey homered, scored two runs and drove in three to lead Newport, and Meara Gants also had a big day for the Knights, going 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

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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