The week in Mount Si softball

Thanks to the weather, the Mount Si Wildcats' fast-pitch softball team was busy last week with a scheduled game every day. Starting it off was Skyline.

Skyline 9, Mount Si 4

It was "The Jami Harrison Show" last Monday for the Spartans. Not only did the pitcher dominate the Wildcats on the mound, striking out five and ending a potential big inning for Mount Si in the second, she also dominated at the plate.

Harrison, in her first at-bat, picked up a double that scored two Spartan runs, and then crushed a three-run home run in the sixth to put the game away for Skyline.

It didn't help that the Wildcats made several errors, which made a number of the Skyline runs unearned. Mount Si coach Larry White said that the errors must end.

"We eliminate those, we're there with a very, very good ball club," he said, adding praise for Harrison. "Yeah, she did a pretty good job today. She came ready to throw today."

The 'Cats, though, played tough, despite the errors, tying the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second, and then scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to put a little bit of a scare into Harrison. For that, White was pleased.

"You know, I'm pretty proud of my team. We came back late. We got to [Harrison] a little bit there, and I think that we eliminate the errors we made and we're right there," he said.

Mount Si 1, Issaquah 0

In a game switched by mutual consent from Mount Si High School to Issaquah High School, any notion by the Indians that it could use home field to its advantage was quashed by strong play from the Wildcats, in particular starting pitcher Megan Alexander.

Alexander shut out Issaquah on four hits last Tuesday, and Alison Moorehead scored the game's lone run in the top of the eighth on a double by Racheal McNaul.

As for Alexander's performance, White termed it "outstanding." The win was the Wildcats' first of the year in conference play.

Mercer Island 4, Mount Si 0

Under very threatening skies, Alexander, who started on the mound for the second straight day, gave up four runs to the Islanders in the first inning last Wednesday, then regained her composure and shut down Mercer Island over the next six innings.

Jacquie Di Julio, the Mercer Island starting pitcher, unfortunately was one inning better. Di Julio shut out the Wildcats on eight hits over her seven innings. Moorehead went 3-for-3 for Mount Si.

White praised Alexander's effort despite giving up the four runs early.

"She pitched very well. That's two games in a row she's done very well," he said. Alexander credited her turnaround to going back to the basics.

"Well, I just focused more on my fundamentals," she said.

Mount Si, Bellevue

This game, scheduled for last Thursday, was rained out. No makeup date has been announced.

Liberty 6, Mount Si 4

It was a tough loss for the Wildcats last Friday as the Patriots scored twice in the top of the seventh to take the victory.

There were many strong efforts for the Wildcats. Freshman pitcher Amy Trenkamp, in her KingCo debut, threw five strong innings, while teammates Tabitha Albertson and Lauren Davis each went 3-for-4, and Kayla Jayne went 2-for-3.

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