Big news from Wildcat softball…..


Mount Si’s fastpitch softball program has made some news recently.

In front of family, friends and Wildcat coaches November 13, Mount Si senior shortstop Maura Murphy made it official, signing her college letter of intent to attend and play for George Washington University in Washington, D.C., starting next fall.

With Mount Si head fastpitch softball coach Larry White (right) and assistant Brian Tawney (left) looking on, Wildcat senior softball shortstop Maura Murphy (center) signs her letter of intent to attend, and play for, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for the 2012-13 school year. (Photo courtesy Michael Murphy)

Murphy had been the first athlete from Mount Si’s class of 2012 to verbally commit to a school, doing so with GWU back in July. The signing marks the third time in Mount Si coach Larry White’s career that a senior athlete from his program landed a scholarship to play for an NCAA Division I college, and the first since former pitcher Kandis Clesson inked with Idaho State back in 2006.

Murphy’s signing is not the only big piece of news to come out of the Wildcat fastpitch softball program in recent days. The SVSJ has also learned that one of the senior’s teammates on her club team, the Washington Ladyhawks U-18 Miller Gold, has enrolled at Mount Si High School and is expected to play for the Wildcats next spring.

Junior Michaela Blad, who had been playing for Bonney Lake High School, of the 3A South Puget Sound League, recently moved into the Mount Si attendance area and her likely addition to the team comes at a very welcome time for the Wildcat program. Blad is a catcher, and a pretty good one at that – she has verbally committed already to play for Division I Brigham Young University come 2014.

The catching position next season was expected to be wide open as the Wildcats look to fill the hole created with the graduation of former catcher Daniell Massengill, who is now at Thiel College in Pennsylvania. Blad’s club profile also notes she plays second base and outfield, and with the outfield also having a vacancy thanks to a graduation loss (Kassidy Maddux), Blad could become a very versatile piece for the Mount Si program over the next couple of seasons.

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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