Success is more than winning

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SNOQUALMIE - Mount Si High School baseball coach Gary McGregor has an interesting philosophy about baseball: He doesn't determine success with wins and losses.

"I believe that our athletes will be successful and our season will be successful if I can get them to give 100 percent every day in practice and in games, so that they can be as good as they possibly can. If they have done everything that they are capable of doing to prepare themselves, then win or lose, they are successful," he said.

This philosophy to do their best, one that gets ingrained even as early as T-ball, seems to have worked well for the Wildcats. The team's 8-15 record last year led it into the 3A KingCo league playoffs, where it beat Liberty and placed fifth. And the team has 14 returning varsity players this year, seven of whom are pitchers.

"I have been here for the last seven years, and this is the strongest pitching staff we have had as a unit," McGregor said.

The team is also backed by a lot of experience. Nine seniors and five juniors will grace the fields, including team captain Aaron Svarthumle, who will play both first and third base, and was named all-KingCo honorable mention last year for playing third base.

Marc Dahm, also a team captain, will play second base. His brother, Mike Dahm, a pitcher, will fill in at shortstop, third base, and second base. Senior David LaBelle will return as catcher, and last year's all-KingCo utility player, Sean Sattler, will pitch, play shortstop and man third base.

Seniors Tyler Osborn and Dan Flood and juniors Jeremy Bess, Bryce Kaestner, Scott Johnson and Josh Serrick will play outfield. Freshman Alex Smart, Ian Opsal and Jordan Lettau may play at the junior-varsity level and are, according to McGregor, three, very talented freshman.

Brent Clarke, Tyler Osborn, Matt Poth, Nick Harpel and Bryce Kaestner will round out the pitching staff. McGregor spent five years as the assistant coach under Kurt Wagner, and also spent two years coaching summer baseball at the Mickey Mantle level for ages 13 and 14 in Issaquah.

"I coach because I think I have the right information to pass along to young athletes," McGregor said.

Mount Si will play its first game of the season at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Franklin Pierce High School.

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