Bellevue drops Mount Si in ninth

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SNOQUALMIE - The Kingco 3A Conference is seen as maybe the toughest 3A baseball conference in the state. The Mount Si Wildcats found that out the hard way last Monday as the surprising Bellevue Wolverines handed the No. 3 Wildcats their first league loss of the year.

It appeared early on that Mount Si would run Bellevue off their own field, but Wolverines pitcher Colin Ratcliffe got the job done when he needed to, and the Wolverines posted a 3-2 win. Mount Si left a total of 11 men on base, the majority of those in the first four innings. Lack of clutch hitting was key.

"Didn't get a clutch hit all day," said Mount Si coach Gary McGregor.

The Bellevue side was pleased.

"Colin didn't have his best stuff today, but he competed out on the mound and that's what a senior is supposed to do. He got out of jams, and there were runners all over the bases early in the game, and he made big pitches when we needed him to and kept us in the game," said first year Wolverines coach Mark Tyler.

Ratcliffe concurred with his coach's observation.

"We started out a little rough. It took me an inning or two to settle down but once I found my groove and was able to rely on my defense, things started shaping together," Ratcliffe said.

The Wildcats got on the board with their only runs in the first. An Adam Dentz single scored Brandon Sales, then Weber scored afterwards to make it a 2-0 Mount Si lead. Bellevue rallied to tie the game in the top of the fourth with two runs of their own, and then in the seventh Brian Monk singled off reliever Blaine Sutton, scoring pinch runner Sam Milne to give the Wolverines the lead for good. Bellevue reliever Stephen Englund shut down Mount Si 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and closed the deal.

Mount Si turns it around against Sammamish

The Wildcat bats took their frustrations out last Wednesday on Sammamish. Dentz and Sales each hit homers off Sammamish starter Thomas Bright to help Mount Si post an 8-2 rout over the Totems. Dentz worked six strong innings, struck out eight Sammamish hitters and didn't give up an earned run.

Dentz hit his home run in the first inning off Bright with two out, scoring Brandon Sales, who had walked previously. Sales, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, celebrated his rise to adulthood in style in the fourth by launching a solo blast, also off of Bright, to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.

Sammamish's few runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Mount Si errors allowed the first two Totem hitters of the inning, Kenny Bartz and Laine McCann, to reach base safely and a single by Jonnie Day loaded the bases. Brian LeVon then hit into a double play, allowing Bartz to score, then a single by Lyndon Estill scored McCann.

The Friday game at Mercer Island was rained out.

Two more weeks are left in the regular season. On Thursday the Wildcats are under the lights against Interlake. During their previous meeting Mount Si struggled, but still posted a 7-3 win.

First pitch under the lights, with Mount Si as "home team" one last time this regular season, is at 7 p.m.

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