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Ball-crushing Mickey Blad, strong Mount Si squad hammers Totems, Saints
Mickey Blad had a feeling something big was coming.
The Mount Si junior, Bonney Lake transfer catcher and college prospect swings a mean bat as the Wildcat designated hitter.
Stepping up to the plate in the thin but persistent rain last Wednesday, March 28, and already walked a few times by a Sammamish pitcher who “pitched her heart out,” Blad was ready to blast.
She walloped a homer over the right field fence with two bases loaded, giving Mount Si an insurmountable lead.
“I was looking to hit something hard,” said Blad, who went two-for-two at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs.
“Lately, I’ve changed the way I think,” she said. “I’m starting to know myself better as a player, so I expect more of myself. One of my goals this year is to go for that home run record.”
Blad’s blast helped the Wildcats finish fast against the Sammamish Totems, 19-3. The game was called early due to the 10-run mercy rule, with Mount Si holding Sammamish scoreless until the fourth innings.
The lopsided victory over Sammamish finished a perfect week. The Wildcats are now 7-1, 4-0 in league.
In her first action on the mount this season, sophomore Lauren Padilla pitched a winning game.
Afterwards, she was pumped, calling the experience “really cool.” She gave up three fifth-inning runs on four hits, walking three and striking out three.
The lopsided affair made for a quiet game in the dugout, but “our confidence was up,” Padilla said. “We made it a good game, all in all.”
“It was all about winning,” said team co-captain Lauren Smith, muddied by a home plate slide. “We definitely did our part, came out and hit like we could.”
“If we come out, play with confidence, play to enjoy the game, then Mount Si is going to go really far,” Blad said. “We have a solid team, all around. We will do big things for sure.”
• Wildcat fastpitch visits Liberty today. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Lauren Padilla pitches against Sammamish during play last week.