Wildcats softball opens with busy first week

The Mount Si Wildcat softball team opened their 2006 season last Monday at home against a team that they are very familiar with. Once again, like many times in the past, and many more likely in the future with Skyline's return to Kingco 3A next season, the Wildcats and Spartans locked up in a great duel. One major difference thoughis that this Mount Si-Skyline rivalry ended in a draw.

Senior pitcher Kandis Clesson overcame illness to three-hit the Spartans over seven innings, and struck out eight, as the Wildcats and Skyline ended in a 0-0 tie in a game called after seven innings by mutual consent.

"Well, we knew Kandis was going to be constant and steady. She came off her sick bed and pitched seven strong innings," said Mount Si coach Larry White, who added praise for his defense. "I was extremely happy with our defense behind her. We turned a 6-4-3 double play; never seen one in my five years here," the coach said.

Leading the defensive charge was sophomore Kyleen Sweepe. She only wants to get better. "I did pretty good today. I didn't really bobble anything but I can still do better, I think," Sweepe said. The second baseman has some lofty goals. "My goal is to be as good as Amy Trenkamp and Kayla Jayne," said Sweepe. Trenkamp and Jayne graduated after last season as part of what was one of the most decorated groups in Mount Si softball history.

Ladies make quick work of RB

The Wildcats went to Rainier Beach last Tuesday and the game was no contest from the first pitch. Clesson and Tracey Barclay combined on a no-hitter, and the two also combined to strike out 13-of-16 Vikings hitters faced, in a 26-0 five-inning rout of the Metro League Sound Division team. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

There is a reason why Metro Sound teams have a very hard time winning at the SeaKing district tournament, and the Wildcats showed it clearly. Freshman Melissa Webster, fresh off her first career hit last Monday, hit a grand slam to lead Mount Si to victory.

4A Vikings hold on against Wildcats

A different group of Vikings, these from Bothell's Inglemoor of Kingco 4A, came to Mount Si last Thursday and posted a tough victory over a resilient Wildcat team. Inglemoor scored three times in the top of the first off Clesson, and held on for a 3-0 win.

Missed opportunities were the story for Mount Si; several runners were left on base during the course of the game. "We're going to have a hard time scoring runs, but what's very encouraging to me is to see all those runners out there. We had some girls that flat out hit the ball hard," said White, who credited Barclay, Clesson and Webster with getting the job done with the bats. Barclay is looking forward to what lies ahead, because it just might become special. "Absolutely. I'm so excited for the future. I can't wait to see what we do," the shortstop said.

Wildcats win wild one against Cougars

The Wildcats traveled to Bothell and posted a wild 7-6 victory in nine innings over the Cougars last Friday night. It was a coming out party for sophomore Katie Brett. Brett, who battled injury problems as a freshman most of last season, put together her best hitting performance as a Mount Si player, going 5-for-5 with two doubles. The Wildcats were trailing much of the contest, but a Clesson triple keyed a seventh-inning rally, which forced the extra innings. Mount Si scored four times in the ninth, then survived an onslaught by Bothell in the bottom of the frame to post the victory.

Add this to the schedule

Mount Si has tentatively scheduled a home game for Saturday at 4 p.m. against the Skyview Storm from Vancouver. The 4A team boasts one of the top college pitching prospects in the state. Whitney Baker, a senior, is bound for UCLA next season.

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