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Coming after the competition: Mount Si softball fires on all cylinders as hits, pitching power Interlake wins | Photo gallery

Snoqualmie Valley Record Staff
April 23, 2013 · 3:58 PM

/ Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Tamarra Crowe’s biggest fan—her little niece Mia—jumps into her arms following the big game.

Mia and her parents, Ryan and Jamie Hildebrand, camp out on the other side of the fence at every Mount Si girls softball game, rain or shine, though a downpour may send them back to the car for a dashboard box seat.

Now raking the field, shortstop Crowe had just had a big game, contributing a homer to help Mount Si keep its dreams of glory alive for her senior year.

“This puts us in a good spot,” says Crowe. “We have a lot more energy. We’re batting more and we’re getting a lot of hits. Fielding is good.”

Facing Interlake at home Tuesday, April 16, Mount Si beat the Saints, 6-4.

Sophomore pitcher Paige Weatherbee striking out four batters and gave up 13 hits, while Interlake’s pitcher gave 11.

It was a nailbiter for a while, scoreless in the first two innings, and then Interlake took the lead, 4-3. But Weatherbee’s pitching and strong Mount Si defense, combined with a few crucial hits, saved the day.

Crowe knocked her home run in the third to start catching up with the Saints, totalling four RBIs.

Mickey Blad knocked an important triple that brought home a runner in the fifth to seal the deal. Britney Stevens had two runs, and Rachael Picchena and Jenny Carroll each added a run. Lauren Smith had an RBI.

“It was just full count, me and the pitcher—let’s see who’s best,” said Blad, Mount Si’s senior catcher, who was back for her first game this season after healing up from an injury. “She piped one down the middle, a changeover. I sat on it and drove it in.”

“We expect a lot from ourselves,” said Blad. “I’d like to see us have fun and continue to play at the top of our game. Our goal is state. We want those rings. We’re coming after them.”

Blad praised the center field set, Weatherbee, Crowe and second-basewoman Eleni Trull. Weatherbee is shaping up as the top pitcher in league, says her catcher. The sophomore’s got movement—“she’s got it all.”

Last week was Weatherbee’s second game back after three weeks out.

She and Blad bring leadership to this team.

“The girls believe in her, they make plays for her,” said head coach Larry White. “And she’s not a bad hitter either.”

Expect Blad, meanwhile, to come up with hits.

“We’re starting to get there,” said White. “The girls are really starting to believe.”

Building on the wins

“It’s a lot more exciting, being on the field, than the bench,” said Weatherbee. “I feel in control,” she says. “I’m a pressure pitcher. I like the pressure on my shoulder.”

This club-experienced player was definitely feeling that at the top of seventh, with bases loaded. But the Mount Si defenders held off Interlake’s top-of-the-lineup batter.

“If I can hit it, it’s gonna go,” she said. “Team-wise, we’re going to have a great rest of the season. We’re going to build off these two wins.”

With a 10-3 record, 7-1 in league, the Wildcats are second in league behind Lake Washington. They face Liberty on Wednesday, April 24, and Bellevue on Thursday.


Above, pitcher Paige Weatherbee fires a ball at an Interlake hitter on April 16.

Above, Wildcat shortstop Tamarra Crowe moves into action on defense


Above, Mickey Blad smiles on reaching third during a late-game scoring push by Mount Si.

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