'Cats ending season strong

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SNOQUALMIE - The Wildcats went to Bellevue last Tuesday and picked up a win against the struggling Wolverines in a rain-makeup game at Hidden Valley Park. Kandis Clesson out dueled Bellevue's Ali Stanford on the mound, and Mount Si won 2-0.

Wildcats can't handle Liberty

On Wednesday, the Wildcats went to Liberty, and fell to the Patriots 2-1 in eight innings. The loss for Mount Si meant that the only way they now can win the Kingco 3A regular season softball crown is if they finish ahead of the Patriots in the standings.

'Cats turn it around against Sammamish

Last Thursday Mount Si hosted Sammamish in a makeup game at Centennial Fields. Clesson and Sammamish pitcher Sarah Minice got into another good pitcher's duel on the mound, but once again, the Mount Si bats came to life when they needed to and the Wildcats won 2-0.

"I'm really happy with today's effort. I was really worried after losing yesterday how we would respond. This league is so competitive. We really want the Kingco championship and the girls really want it and they showed me that today," said Mount Si coach Larry White.

Mount Si scored in the first on a Kayla Jayne sacrifice fly that scored Amy Trenkamp from third. Trenkamp walked to reach base, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then stole third. Clesson took the game into her own hands in the sixth, ripping a double into left that scored Jayne from second base to give the Wildcats insurance.

JV players step in against Interlake

Last Friday, the Wildcats had a little fun with the hapless Interlake Saints. Mount Si scored early and scored often as the Wildcats won 9-0.

Mount Si scored three times in the second, third and fourth innings to seal the victory, and it wasn't just the regular players in on the act. Some JV players were in on it, too. White called up several JV players for the game since there was no contest for them scheduled and they didn't disappoint. Sam Riley went 1-2 and Danae Englund, pinch-hitting in the fourth for senior Ashley Svarthumle, had a very good at bat in her first varsity appearance. She scored a run by ripping a single past the Interlake infield. As for the regular players, Katie Morgan hit two singles and scored twice, and Lacey Blais hit a single and scored a run herself.

White offered praise for the JV players on a number of fronts.

"I was real happy with Sam Riley. We put her in the starting lineup today. We were looking for a little additional offense and she stepped in, hit a nice base hit back up the middle to score two runs to get us going early and if she can do that continually, that's going to help us in the playoffs," said White, who added praise for the defensive ability of the younger players as well, particularly freshman varsity reserve Kyleen Sweepe. "It's really good. I'm really impressed with Kyleen Sweepe's range and her sense of what to do with the ball when she does get it. She's a good little player. I think she'll be able to fill in one of those many holes that we're going to have next year, and it was kind of fun to see some of the other girls out there."

Junior first baseman Katie Morgan was also pleased with the JV players' efforts.

"It was really nice to see them. They looked like they had quite a bit of confidence and it was nice to see them succeed as well. It's good to know we have something for next year," Morgan said.

The Wildcats wrap up the year Friday at Mercer Island. Since their defeat at the hands of Mount Si earlier this season at Centennial, the Islander have endured a few more of those one-sided losses. It is expected that Wildcat reserves will see a lot of playing time in advance of the Kingco Tournament. First pitch is 4 p.m. on the island.

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