Softball starts slow, finishes week with win

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SNOQUALMIE - The Mount Si Wildcats softball team has gotten off to a tough start against some of the best of Kingco 4A.

In the team's 2005 season opener, the Wildcats traveled last Monday night to Kenmore to play the defending 4A state champion Inglemoor Vikings. Mount Si played a spirited game and gave it their all, but Inglemoor came through with a 2-1 victory.

Sam Baldwin scored the Wildcats' lone run on an Inglemoor error. Kandis Clesson pitched well, striking out six and only giving up one earned run in the loss.

Juanita pitching dazzles Mount Si

Usually when fans come to see Mount Si softball, the pitcher they most think about is Kandis Clesson. Sometimes, though, the opposing pitchers dazzle just as much, and that was the case last Thursday in the Mount Si home opener against Juanita. Rebels pitcher Savana Lloyd two-hit the Wildcats, as the senior bound for Boston College shut down the Mount Si bats in a 2-0 decision.

"I think we had a good game. Our catchers did well. I had a good defense behind me also. I felt good about my pregame," Lloyd said.

Juanita scored once each in the first and seventh innings to get the victory. The run in the first was scored on a base hit, and another Rebel single scored the other run in the seventh. Juanita coach Tim Crowder was pleased with his team's effort.

"We knew that we were in for a good game. This [Mount Si] team finished second in the state in 3A last year. They had a heck of a state tournament so we knew we had to play a good game. I put my best pitcher out there and she pitched a heck of a game," Crowder said.

Mount Si turn corner against Bothell

What had been a frustrating week ended Friday with a bang. Mount Si hit early and often against the Bothell Cougars and many players had a hand in the 6-1 rout.

Shortstop Amy Trenkamp scored three runs, and Clesson hit two doubles and scored twice. It was a freshman, though, who received the most accolades. Kyleen Sweepe, in her first significant action as a Mount Si varsity player, played the last couple of innings. She made two great catches in left field, and also hit a double of her own that scored Clesson.

"I just try my hardest and all these people on my team encourage me to do better every time I go out on the field," Sweepe said.

Along with fellow freshmen Katie Shaw and Katie Brett, Sweepe is looking to be a notable new name to the Wildcats' lineup.

"I hope that I'll be up on varsity for real, not as a swinger [between varsity and JV],,,,,,,,,,,,, and I hope that I will be a starter, maybe, during the season," she said.

Wildcat coach Larry White may just have some good news for Sweepe.

"We brought her up, just wanted to get her a little bit of experience, and after the other night when she stepped in there and swatted that ball to the right side real hard, we thought, 'OK, let's keep her up and give her another chance,' and I'm pretty sure that Kyleen's probably sticking. She's fitting in real well. The girls like her and she's got good speed, and she does a lot of things well," White said.

Several fans were carrying signs supporting Sweepe at Friday's game, and it appears those signs may be a common sight at Mount Si varsity games.

Mount Si was rained out at Skyline and is not scheduled to play again until April 4 at home against Bellevue in the Kingco 3A opener for both squads. The Wolverines once again are expected to be a dangerous group, despite a coaching change during the offseason. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Centennial Fields.

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