Mount Si turns it around against Lake Washington with 11-5 win
April 26, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
The Mount Si High School softball team came back from a three-point deficit to win, 11-5, against Lake Washington High School on April 17.
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning at the Mount Si ball field, and goose eggs in the next three.
The Kangs took the lead with three more runs at the top of the fifth frame, just as rain started falling steadily.
Lake Washington errors helped the Wildcats put two more runs on the board in the fifth.
Celine Fowler hit a ball that bounced between the Kangs’ pitcher and catcher, and while the two tried to decide who should grab the ball, Fowler was already at first base.
Lake Washington’s shortstop missed Britney Stevens’ single, and Rachael Picchena hit a ball deep to centerfield, which allowed Fowler and Stevens to run across home plate.
The top and bottom of the sixth inning was a game changer for the Wildcats.
Mount Si freshman Paige Wetherbee relieved starting pitcher Kendra Lee, and struck out all three Lake Washington batters.
But that was the only inning she pitched due to a hand injury in the following inning, when she tripped rounding first base.
The Wildcats took the lead in the sixth when seven batters scored runs.
Jenny Carroll hit a single, and Wetherbee’s left-field hit could have been a double if not for the trip over first base. But the hit did allow Carroll to run home, tying the game, 5-5.
Fowler tapped the ball infield for a single.
Mount Si slugger Mickey Blad was then at bat. She’s got a .606 batting average so far this season, a virtually unheard of average in high school fastpitch.
But her powerful stick didn’t matter this time as Lake Washington’s pitcher tossed four balls her way.
The Mount Si crowd, in a friendly ribbing gesture, clapped and cheered and shouted, “Way to walk Mickey. Way to walk.”
With the bases loaded, Lauren Smith hit a single toward third base, but the ball was dropped and Wetherbee crossed home plate.
Picchena hit an infield ball that slipped through the Lake Washington shortstop’s glove, with Fowler and Blad crossing home plate, for a score of 8-5.
Smith ran home after Tamarra Crowe hit a double.
Carroll’s infield hit was missed by Lake Washington at third base, which allowed Picchena to cross the plate. But a series of errors led to Carroll running all three bases and diving into home for an 11-5 score.
Lake Washington got three big hits off Lee in the final inning, but two outfield catches and a toss out at third base ended the game.
Mount Si’s league record now stands at 8-1, putting them in KingCo 3A’s second place spot, just behind the undefeated Juanita High School. Their next game will be at 4:30 p.m. April 26 against Mercer Island at Mount Si, and at 4:30 p.m. May 1 against Bellevue at Bellevue High School.