Mount Si’s Lis pitches for select team at Texas tourney

We have some news from softball this morning, just into the SVSJ newsroom from Houston, TX.

Mount Si High School junior softball starting pitcher Claire Lis, seen here last Friday emceeing the halftime MSHS Homecoming court announcement ceremony at the Wildcats' Homecoming football game against Newport, this morning pitched for her select team, the Washington Acers 18U Roberts, at a tournament in Houston. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Mount Si High School junior softball starting pitcher Claire Lis, seen here last Friday emceeing the halftime MSHS Homecoming court announcement ceremony at the Wildcats’  football game against Newport, this morning pitched for her select team, the Washington Acers 18U Roberts, at a tournament in Houston. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

It has been quite the busy past few weeks for Mount Si High School softball starting pitcher Claire Lis. Lis, a junior, has been competing for her club team, the Washington Acers 18U Roberts team, and balancing that with school responsibilities, such as organizing this year’s Homecoming festivities for Mount Si’s Associated Student Body – she emceed last week’s halftime ceremony announcing this year’s MSHS homecoming court at the Mount Si-Newport Homecoming football game.

Well, this morning, instead of being home in the rain, Lis and her Acers teammates are in Houston competing in the Triple Crown Sports Ronald McDonald fastpitch tournament, a tournament which has drawn teams from all around the country, mostly from Texas, but there are two other teams from our state there, too – the Acers’ Anderton team, coached by local softball instructor Mark Anderton and based in Auburn, and the Thurston County-based Washington Speed.

The tournament this weekend is being seen by a large cadre of college coaches, including representatives of two schools that had MSHS grads play for them in recent seasons – Brown Mackie of Kansas (ex-Wildcat P Alex Johnson) and McLennan Community College of Texas (ex-MSHS outfielder Brielle Buhner).

The Mount Si ace pitched the second of two games for the Acers today, against the Colorado Springs Thunder from Colorado, and allowed six runs, all earned, on seven hits in three innings, striking out two, as the Bellevue-based team fell 8-5. Most of that damage came as the result of a pair of two-run homers Lis allowed to Springs hitters, one in the first inning and the other in the third. Acers also fell in their opener this morning to the Houston-based Texas Impact Gold Jackson 12-4. Lis did not pitch in that game.

The Acers will have games both tomorrow and Sunday at the event, being held in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on how Lis and her team do down there. This by the way is the last fall tournament Acers has scheduled. The weather, by the way, in Houston isn’t much better than it is in our neck of the woods; currently there are rain showers in the area and the forecast is for rain and wind tomorrow, but the temperatures are a bit warmer than here in the Valley – in the low to mid-70’s.

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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