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Wildcat fastpitch battles way to state quarterfinals

Tamarra Crowe and Maura Murphy react to an extra innings win over Wilson during state tournament play at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey on Friday, May 27, - Chad Coleman / Staff Photo
Tamarra Crowe and Maura Murphy react to an extra innings win over Wilson during state tournament play at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey on Friday, May 27,
— image credit: Chad Coleman / Staff Photo

Mount Si softball ended its surprise state visit Friday evening, May 27, falling to University High School from Spokane Valley in a 13-9 loser-out matchup at Lacey. University blocked Mount Si’s chance to advance in the team’s first visit to state since 2006; the game followed a Friday aftenoon loss to Juanita, 10-1.
But the state visit included a few big moments. Danielle Massengill hit a home run against Juanita ace Alison Rhodes, and Carly Wiedenbach hit a dinger in her last school at-bat.

“No one thought it would be possible to make it to state this year, let alone make a top 12 finish,” head coach Larry White said.

Wildcat hopes had risen with an 8-7 win over Wilson High School, in nine innings. The Wildcats broke a 5-5 tie, scoring three in the seventh, then hung on to fight off a Wilson rally.

Next season, Mount Si will field a strong contingent, including future sophomores Rachel Picchena and Lauren Padilla, and seniors Lauren Smith and Maura Murphy.

“The future is very bright,” White said.

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