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'Cats lose two after extended break
The Mount Si Wildcats varsity baseball team was scheduled to have a busy week, but the rain prevented it from playing until Thursday, and instead only got two games in.
Cedarcrest, Mount Si
This game, scheduled for Monday, was rained out at Mount Si.
Interlake, Mount Si
The two teams tried to make up this game on Tuesday. It had been rained out earlier in the season, and it again was rained out.
Mount Si, Skyline
The game was rained out on Wednesday.
Issaquah 4, Mount Si 2
After 10 days of not playing, the Wildcats got a game in. They played well, but ended up losing to Issaquah 4-2.
Scott Suttmeier hit a home run for Issaquah to open the scoring in the bottom of the first inning for the Indians. With the score 1-0 in the fourth inning in favor of the Indians, Mount Si's Alex Smart hit a sacrifice fly out to center field, scoring Jeremy Bess to tie the game.
Bryce Kaestner hit a single that scored Bruce Opsal to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Issaquah scored once in the fourth to tie it, and then twice in the fifth to eventually win it behind the Indians' strong pitching.
Nick Harpel pitched a good game despite the loss. He went six innings, giving up just three runs while striking out six. Coach Gary McGregor was pleased with his team's performance, but wanted more run support for Harpel.
"We played very well for not being outside for the last 10 days. Nick Harpel pitched a great game. He is having a fine season on the mound, but his record does not show it. We need to get the bats going. We need better offensive support for him when he is on the mound," he said.
Sammamish 6, Mount Si 5
Despite a four-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh, keyed by a three-run homer to left center field by Smart, the Wildcats lost their second straight game since returning from their extended break.
Bryce Kaestner pitched well, but the Wildcats' offense failed to give him run support when it was needed. The Totems broke out to a 2-0 lead on four straight hits off Kaestner in the first and never lost the lead.
"They stayed in the game, battled back, they gave a good effort," said McGregor of his team.
Smart couldn't believe he swatted the home run. "I hit it. I thought it was [an] out. I guess it just snuck over the fence. Kind of a lucky shot," he said.
Mount Si baseball has a busy week scheduled, with road games against Newport and Mercer Island on Monday and Friday, respectively, with three home games sandwiched between them. The team plays against Valley rivals Cedarcrest on Tuesday, against Liberty, one of the leaders in the conference, on Wednesday and Interlake on Thursday.