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Softball team's amazing finish

Snoqualmie Valley had its own version of reality television as the trials and tribulations of the Mount Si High School fastpitch team played out all the way to the state championship. Mount Si lost in the championship game to Yelm 1-0, but boy, what a finish it was.

But we have a problem that must be dealt with first. Five newspapers, including this one, singled out Katie Morgan as having the erroneous throw that allowed a Yelm player to score the only point of the game. Normally we don't single out anyone who makes an error in a close game like that. It's not always easy to put a positive spin on all sports, especially sitting through a mediocre season, but we always try. Unfortunately, this one slipped through the cracks and, in addition, we were all wrong. The throw that allowed the runner to score from Yelm was not made by Katie Morgan and at this point, it's not important who it was. For our error, we apologize deeply to Katie and the team and hope that this can be overshadowed by your stellar accomplishments this season.

It's doubtful that any other newspaper will print an apology at this point so Katie, as you send out your college recruiting information, be sure to include a copy of this editorial and my phone number. I would be happy to add any comments about your abilities in softball.

But this team, whom many doubted would make it past the league tournament, was the true Cinderella story. In every sporting event there is the underdog that everyone, even opponents, wants to make it all the way. Mount Si fastpitch was that team, and after watching the league tournament and part of the Sea-King tournament, it was obvious that all the Kingco teams were rooting for Mount Si.

The real icing on the cake was going farther than any other Kingco team in the state tournament, especially Skyline, the odds-on favorite.

The other obvious trait about the Mount Si fastpitch team is their cohesiveness as a unit. They practice as one, play as one, win as one and lose as one. No individual stands out, at least not intentionally, more than any other. I have to add that this is a trait that seems to be more prevalent in girls' sports than boys'. If the guys' sports teams could get this kind of team spirit down, they would all be equally difficult to beat.

Our hats are off to the entire Mount Si fastpitch team, coaches and the school for putting Mount Si back on the sports map.

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