Mercy Rule ends game, gives 19-3 win to Mount Si fastpitch team
April 4, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
The pitching of Sammamish High School of Bellevue is what led to such a lopsided score against the Mount Si High School fastpitch team March 28.
The Wildcats won, 19-3, when the referee called the game in the fifth inning.
The Mercy Rule generally kicks in when one team is ahead by at least 10 runs in the fifth inning.
Totems pitcher Iesha Banks pitched the entire game, despite walking 12 Mount Si batters, with three of them sauntering over home plate because of loaded bases.
The first inning started off with Mount Si getting four runs, and another four in the second.
Eleven more Mount Si runs were scored in the third inning, including a home run hit by Mickey Blad over the right field fence, which also brought home Kendra Lee and Eleni Trull for a 19-0 score.
Mount Si head coach Larry White described the hit as a “monster” home run.
Banks started showing some improvement in the fourth inning, pitching her first strikeout of the game, and holding Mount Si at 19 runs.
The Totems rallied in the fifth inning, and eliminated a skunking by scoring their first runs of the game.
Mount Si pitcher Lauren Padilla had struck out the Totems’ first batter, but catcher Britney Stevens dropped the ball and the batter ran to first.
After a couple more hits, bases were loaded with Totems. So when Padilla walked the next batter, Sammamish’s Abby Gomer walked over home plate for the team’s first run.
Another big hit resulted in two more Totems running over home plate.
But after their third out, the game was called.
This was the seventh win for Mount Si out of eight games this season.
White said after the game that he’s happy with the start of the season.
“We have a very young team that is struggling through some key injuries to players that we were counting on to have a big season,” he said.
“Lauren Padilla, in her first start of the 2012 season, did a good job of throwing strikes and giving our defense a chance to make plays for her,” White said. “Junior Mickey Blad continues to impress with her bat … and Britney Stevens continues to hit the ball very well.”
But White said he’d like to see the Wildcats become more consistent on the defensive side of the game.
“We are relying too much on our offense to carry us,” he said. “It is our goal to continue improving as the season goes along. We have a great group of players that get along very well. Should make for an exciting second half of the season.”
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