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The week in Mount Si baseball
The week for Mount Si's baseball team started with a scheduled Monday makeup game against Issaquah, which had originally been posted as the Mount Si opener two weeks ago. But no umpires showed for Monday's game, so it was pushed back to Wednesday, making Tuesday's game against Skyline the Wildcat's home opener.
Skyline 11, Mount Si 1
Just like Monday's softball game (see related story), the Skyline pitcher was the story. Ryan Snell gave up only one hit and struck out nine Wildcats during action against the Spartans last Tuesday, which ended after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
The Spartan offense gave its pitcher plenty of run support, scoring eight runs in the top of the second off Wildcat starting pitcher Nick Harpel to cruise to the victory. Mount Si's lone hit was picked up by freshman catcher Brandon Sales, a single in the bottom of the fourth that was nearly caught by the Spartan right fielder, who ended up trapping the ball.
"Well, it wasn't the greatest hit, but I'll take it any way I can," said Sales. Nick Kirschner, who came in to pitch the fifth inning for Mount Si, scored the Wildcats' lone run in the bottom of the inning on a groundout by Brandon Bumpus.
The Wildcats weren't helped in the top of the second inning by a controversial balk call on Harpel that allowed one of those eight Skyline runs to score. The call drew the angry reaction of Wildcat fans and coach Gary McGregor, but by then the game had pretty much been decided.
Issaquah, Mount Si
This game was not played this week. Two attempts were made to play: One on Monday was called due to the lack of umpires; the second attempt on Wednesday was called due to weather and less-than-favorable field conditions. The game was schedule to be played Tuesday, April 2.
Sammamish 6, Mount Si 5
In a game that started Thursday and resumed Saturday morning due to darkness, the Totems scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning off of Wildcat relief pitcher Nick Kirschner to break a 5-5 tie and pick up the victory.
Pitcher Alex Smart started for the Wildcats on Thursday in his varsity debut. Despite giving up five runs in his four innings, he struck out 11 Totems. In addition, Smart had a double. Scott Johnson, Brandon Sales and Jeremy Bess each had two hits to lead the Wildcats' offensive effort.