Softball team goes 2-for-2

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The Mount Si Wildcats softball team played two out of their scheduled three games this week and came away each time victorious.

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The game scheduled for Tuesday was called off due to rain.

Mount Si 11, Bellevue 1

In a game that was made up Thursday due to a rainout Monday, the Wildcats sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, scored five runs and went on to a easy 11-1 victory over the Bellevue Wolverines. The game ended in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.

Tabitha Albertson, Kayla Jayne and Rachel McNaul all scored two runs apiece to lead the Wildcat charge, which was aided by 10 walks by the Wolverines' pitching. Mount Si showed alert base running, with several Wildcat runners catching Bellevue defensive players flat-footed and advancing multiple bases on outs.

"We wanted to hold Bellevue down in the first inning, and then jump on them early, so they didn't get the feeling that they could play with us, and put them away early. And the team did exactly what our game plan was: We played good, solid defense and took it to them," said Mount Si coach Larry White.

Megan Alexander pitched a complete game, giving up only one run and four hits, while striking out five. The team, which had a 13-day layoff, debuted its new home uniforms.

Jayne attributed the strong performance to preparation.

"Well, we practiced during the spring break and when we didn't have games. I think we're just ready to come out and play," she said.

Mount Si 6, Interlake 4

It was a wild game for both teams, as the Wildcats avenged an earlier pasting at the hands of the Saints with a come-from-behind win.

The key inning for Mount Si was the bottom of the fifth. Down 4-3 to the Saints, Albertson hit a triple, then scored to tie it on a ground-out by Alison Moorehead.

McNaul reached base on an error, then Vanessa Riley grounded to first to move the two runners up one base each. With runners at second and third and two outs, and Annika Safstrom batting, courtesy runner Sabrina Porterfield scored on an Interlake passed ball to give the Wildcats the lead.

The Wildcats added insurance in the bottom of the sixth when Amy Trenkamp doubled and scored Jayne to give Mount Si a 6-4 lead.

After allowing a double in the seventh inning, Alexander finished off the Saints to record the complete-game victory.

White was satisfied with the win.

"We liked it. It was fun to stick in it. We made a few miscues, but we were able to overcome it," said the coach, who came out in the seventh to help his team regain its focus following the double.

"[I] calmed them down a little bit. I just walked out there and told them, 'You know what? That runner on second means nothing. Just focus on the batter,'" said White.

Mount Si has a tough schedule next week, weather permitting, with games against Skyline, Mercer Island and Liberty - all teams that have beaten the Wildcats this season.

The win over Interlake means that the Wildcats are tied now with the Saints in the standings.

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