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Band of brothers: Mount Si baseball looks to mix it up with close, defense-heavy group
The new team coalescing on the Mount Si baseball team looks to make its mark with solid defense and hitting.
Ten seniors make for a well-rounded team that includes Wildcat baseball vets.
"We've got a good core," says senior Brian Woolley, who, with Griffin McLain, was part of the unforgettable state championship run in 2011.
"I want the same thing as two years ago," says Griffin McLain. "We have the talent to do it."
New head coach Zach Habben can't rely on the lopsided, two-to-one victories of past teams.
"We'll have the guys that go out and compete," said Habben. "Defense, we're going to be solid. As far as pitching, it's up in the air. We're going to see who is going to step up and fill those shoes.
While the battery is still being configured, Junior Zach Usselman returns for his second varsity year as catcher.
Woolley promises the hits.
If there's another strength, "It's going to be how close we are as a team," he says.
There's a lot of club experience, and these players go back a long ways together.
"Outside of baseball, we've been friends for a long time," Woolley said.
"We're all close," added McLain.
This big crop of seniors and returners including Joey Cotto, Evan Johnson, Woolley, Connor Jensen, Gunnar Buhner and Joe Done, will leaven a new group including seniors Nick Adams and Chace Kairis.
Mount Si heads to a jamboree this weekend at Inglemore, then visits Kamiakin for a double header that includes Walla Walla on March 16.
You can view the schedule and roster at http://mtsihsbaseball.com/schedule.html
Mount Si baseball schedule
Saturday, March 16
• Double header, at Kamiakin, 10 a.m. and vs. Walla Walla at Kennewich High School, 2 p.m.
Monday, March 18
• Mount Si at Bothell, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20
• Mount Si hosts Peninsula, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
• Mount Si at Lynnwood, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 30
• Mount Si at Safeco Field vs. Issaquah, 4 p.m.
Monday, April 1
• Mount Si hosts Juanita, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3
• Mount Si at Interlake, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 5
• Mount Si at Sammamish, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 8
• Mount Si hosts Lake Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10
• Mount Si hosts Bellevue, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 12
• Mount Si at Mercer Island (Island Crest Park), 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 15
• Mount Si at Liberty, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17
•Mount Si at Juanita, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 19
• Mount Si hosts Interlake, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22
• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24
• Mount Si at Lake Washington, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 26
• Mount Si at Bellevue, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30
• Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2
• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 4:30 p.m.