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Wildcat baseball struggling in late season

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SNOQUALMIE - The Mount Si Wildcats baseball team returned from spring break last week needing to win every game of the remaining season to make the Kingco playoffs, but the team didn't start out with the postseason in mind.

Colby Wick's two-run blast keyed a five-run onslaught in the second inning as the Sammamish Totems doubled up the Wildcats 6-3 under threatening skies last week at Mount Si High School. Mount Si senior pitcher Adam Dentz pitched well, giving up five hits, walking none and striking out 12 Totems. The short stretch in the second inning and the relative lack of Wildcat offense, however, did Dentz in.

"We never know. Every day it's different. When we come out we score nine and we lose, come out and score 12 and we lose, and today we come out and score three," said a frustrated Mount Si interim coach Jeff Sattler, filling in for Wildcats head coach Gary McGregor who was serving a one-game suspension for his ejection in the Wildcats' previous game against Liberty.

Mount Si junior Chris Brown hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to help the Wildcats' cause, but Mount Si scored only once more in the bottom of the fourth, then was shut down by Sammamish starting pitcher Ryan Gustafson. Gustafson gave up just six hits, walking only three and striking out two. Brown was pleased with Dentz's outing.

"He pitched well. It's just sometimes you can't win. [Dentz] threw a lot of pitches [and] struck out most of them. [A] couple of runs here and there and a couple [more] hits and we would have had it," he said. "It [the pitch I hit a home run off of] was a hung curveball. [I] just kind of stayed up there and hit it."

The Wildcats brought out red jerseys for the first time this season hoping to change their luck, but they turned out to be unlucky. The Bellevue Wolverines batted around twice in the fifth inning, scored 13 runs and walloped Mount Si 16-2 in five innings. The game was called due to the mercy rule with a kind of offensive outburst by Bellevue against the Wildcats that was not new.

"We did it once in a playoff game against Mount Si, funny, a couple years ago, but we hadn't done that in a long time and it's good to see us capitalize and hit the ball hard a couple times and when they made mistakes we capitalized on it," said Wolverines coach Dan Desmond.

Every Bellevue hitter scored, with six of them scoring at least twice. The run support made Wolverine pitcher Ryan Scott happy.

"It feels good to have a team that is capable of coming out and giving you a big lead like that," said the Bellevue senior, whose double was the key hit in that fifth inning outburst.

The Wildcats played Friday at Skyline, wrapping up their game with the Spartans from April 1 that was suspended due to darkness. Mount Si won that game 6-5 in eight innings on a bases-loaded walk to senior Ian Opsal that scored junior Craig Weber, then lost the regularly scheduled game to Skyline 2-0. In the regular game Opsal was 2-for-3. Another pitcher was victim of lack-of-run support, this time senior Mike Lindor, giving up only four hits, striking out three and walking none. The two runs Lindor gave up were both unearned.

Mount Si is at Cedarcrest Wednesday and at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue against Newport Friday. Start time for both games is 4 p.m.

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