Hitting power, speed and experience are what the Mount Si girls softball team has in spades. Head coach Larry White has seven seniors on the team, including four four-year starters, the most he’s ever had in his 14 years with the program.
“I’m looking for leadership and experience” from them, he said. “The whole senior class will be very offensive-minded.”
At the top of the batting order, senior Celine Fowler is a vocal leader of the squad. Softball, she said, is an escape, a family tradition that links her back to playing at age 4.
“I love it because I can perform,” she said. “Nothing’s better than hitting the ball.” She’s been with varsity since her freshman year, and says, “I love this group more than anything. I’m glad we all got to spend this time together.”
The line-up includes lefties Britney Stevens, a senior, and Paige Weatherbee, a junior, followed by senior Rachael Piccena, a consistent clean-up hitter. Jamie Trotto, sisters Nikki and Jenny Carroll, and Bailey Barnett, will fill it out, and White also has his eye on some promising newcomers.
On the mound, Weatherbee will trade games with Barnett, who won 10 games last year, and sophomore Rose Vogt.
Weatherbee has pitched since middle school days, when she did a pitch clinic, and liked it. “I like to be in control of the game,” she said. “All the attention is on you. It’s a lot of pressure, and I like to deal with that.” Confidence is her strength, and it flows to the rest of the squad.
“I trust my defense enough to get the job done behind me,” she said.
Mount Si ran into a wall at districts last year, but a state return could well be in the cards with this older, skilled team.
“I think these girls are hungry,” said White. “We’re going back.”
State is always in the minds of players.
“But I hope we all have fun, get along, and have a great season, show the freshman what to expect. Set a good example for the underclassmen.”
Paige Weatherbee, above in the batting cages, will be Mount Si's main pitching arm this season.
Mount Si Fastpitch Schedule
Monday, March 31
• Mount Si at Juanita, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2
• Mount Si hosts Interlake, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 4
• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 7
• Mount Si at Lake Washington, Crestwoods Park, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8
• Mount Si at Bellevue, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 14
• Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16
• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 18
• Mount Si hosts Juanita, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 21
• Mount Si at Interlake, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23
• Mount Si at Sammamish, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 25
• Mount Si hosts Lake Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 28
• Mount Si hosts Bellevue, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30
• Mount Si at Mercer Island, at South Mercer Playfields, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 2
• Mount Si at Liberty, 4:30 p.m.