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Mount Si baseball is battling hard for a shot at league glory, using a team dynamic of all-for-one.
Fresh off pitching a shut-out last Monday against Sammamish, pitcher Connor Swift shared his thoughts on where this season is going.
“To have a good team, everybody has to be equal,” Swift said. “Everyone has everyone’s back. We’ll pick up anyone who needs to be picked up.”
Mount Si is closing out a regular season that saw a very strong start, but also a few speedbumps lately.
The Sammamish win last Monday, April 22, was a great boost for a team that had a very busy and challenging week. Mount Si blasted the Totems, 13-0, with leadoff man Joey Cotto gaining two hits and a run in three at-bats. Number two Carson Breshears added two hits and three runs, while a heating-up Brian Woolley had two hits and a run. Tanner Simpson and Wyatt Baker-Jagla each had two hits. Swift gave up three runs in four innings with four strike outs, and Austin Hall pitched the final inning with no hits and a strike out.
“We thought we’d start off hot, and we definitely got ourselves a good win,” said Cotto, a senior.
“We had good approaches at the plate, ran the bases well and put some hits together. We need to keep doing that,” said head coach Zach Habben.
Everybody’s been playing well, he added, and there’s still competition for starting spots. KingCo is a tough league in 2013, with multiple teams gunning for each other.
Mount Si players “are all pushing for each other,” Habben said. “Guys are performing at a high level and pushing themselves to get better. You couldn’t ask for anything more.”
“I have high hopes for this team,” said Cotto, who praised pitching staff for their improvement. “I’m proud of everybody.”
The ‘Cats had a mixed week, losing Wednesday, April 24, to Lake Washington, 7-6. Connor Jensen, Evan Johnson and Cotto had two hits each. Breshears, Zach Usselman and Hall added one apiece. Chase Kairis gave 11 hits and struck out three.
Mount Si fell to Interlake on Tuesday, April 23, 7-5. Mount Si fell 5-3 to visiting Bellevue on Friday, April 26.
Evan Johnson hit two doubles and had two RBIs, and Nick Adams had a homer. Adams and Swift pitched.
Mount Si’s regular season wraps this Thursday, May 2, 4:30 p.m. at home with Liberty.
Mount Si is third in league, 8-3, 12-4 overall.
Follow the team at mtsihsbaseball.com.
Photos by Calder Productions
Brian Woolley reacts to a play.
Joey Cotto heads for first. The Wildcat leadoff hitter is delivering the hits this season.
Shortstop Carson Breshears sends a ball to first; Tanner Simpson is in the background.