Wildcats are Kingco league tournament champs

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It was a very busy week for the Mount Si Wildcats softball team as they opened postseason play last Monday and Tuesday in the Kingco Tournament. Despite the last-minute relocation of games from Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie to Issaquah High School due to unplayable field conditions at Centennial, the Wildcats were not fazed and scored a conference tournament championship.

In last Monday's game, a Mount Si freshman came up to the plate and made a name for herself. Danae Englund's pinch hit single in the sixth inning scored senior Ashley Svarthumle and provided the cushion needed to help the Wildcats win 2-0 over Issaquah and clinch a first-round bye at districts.

The Wildcats kicked things off again in the second. Sophomore Lacey Blais used her speed, and an Issaquah error, to reach first base safely with one out. Then, Amy Trenkamp crushed a triple to center field, scoring Blais to put Mount Si on top. Considering how tight things looked, Englund's sixth-inning hit turned out to be key. The junior varsity call-up was ready for the pressure.

"Well, I just walked in there prepared. I practiced a lot last week when all our games got canceled, and I just really believe in our team and wanted to do a great job," Englund said.

Mount Si handles Liberty

Last Tuesday, the Wildcats were out for a conference tournament title, and revenge on the Liberty Patriots, who were the only team to sweep Mount Si during the regular season. It took a little work, but it got done.

In the sixth, with runners on at second and third and one out, an errant throw by the Liberty catcher to third allowed Trenkamp to score the game's lone run, then pitcher Kandis Clesson went to work and slammed the door shut on a 1-0 conference tournament championship victory over the Patriots.

"This is one of the things that the girls [at the] beginning of the year set as a goal. We wanted a Kingco championship, and it was one of the things that motivated us today, and quite honestly, we wanted to play Liberty today, so we could have one more shot at them. The girls just played outstanding defense and Kandis was real sharp again today and we manufactured a run, said head coach Larry White.

"This means a lot to me because this was one of the things that that group of seniors hadn't been able to accomplish and now they have," he added.

Bellevue no problem for 'Cats

In their first district tournament game last Thursday, Mount Si continued their winning ways with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Bellevue Wolverines. The Wildcats left a total of nine runners on base in the game, but the bottom of the order delivered.

Mount Si scored first in the second, then it was Blais' time to shine. In the fourth, she walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Trenkamp, then to third on a groundout by Katie Morgan. With two out, Bellevue walked Kayla Jayne, then Blais took advantage of a Bellevue miscue following that walk to steal home and give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

Clesson then went to work and shut down the feisty Wolverines the rest of the way.

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