Rain-soaked Liberty Patriots fall to Mount Si Wildcats

May 1, 2012

By Michele Mihalovich

Mother Nature parted storm clouds just long enough for Mount Si and Liberty high schools to face off for the second time this season, ending in a Wildcat 4-2 win and a torrential downpour.

The pregame rain forced the conference matchup to be moved from the soggy Mount Si field to the Patriots’ turf ballfield in Renton. But the home-field advantage didn’t help the Patriots, who lost to Mount Si a second time this year on April 25.

It wasn’t until the second inning that any runs went up on the board.

Patriots pitcher George Suddock walked Daniel Besmer and Wildcat Trevor Taylor hit a single. Evan Johnson hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Taylor out at second, but it allowed Besmer to score for the Wildcats’ first run.

After a Suddock errant pitch beaned Zach Usselman in the back, the Wildcat stole second base and was knocked home by  Ryan Atkinson on a rope into right field.

Liberty held the Wildcats to only one more run in the bottom of the third inning.

Lane reached first on an infield single, stole second and scored on Reese Karalus’ double, making it 3-0 Wildcats.

In the fifth inning, black clouds were threatening to crash the party. However, the Wildcats’ Joey Cotto did manage a crosshome plate, making it 4-0 Mount Si.

Patriot right-hand hitters had a tough time getting a piece of Lane’s left-hand pitches, sending a bucket of foul balls into the woods behind the visitor’s dugout.

Liberty coach John Martin switched things up by having batters bunt, which did result in more action on the bases.

“Trevor Lane is a very tough lefty pitcher,” Martin said. “Very stiff fastball and attacks the strike zone. We were not having much success at hitting him, so we are starting to bunt and show bunt in the later innings.”

Karalus missed a tap by Monte Korsmoe, which bought him a place on first base.

But apparently Nick Short didn’t want any part of that bunting business, and he knocked Lane’s pitch out of the ballpark for a two-run homer.

“He is a big strong kid who put a strong swing on a really stiff fastball from Lane,” Martin said. “The result is the ball leaves the yard, no doubt when it came off the bat. This was Nick’s first homerun of the season, but it will not be his last.”

However, Rose, struckout to end the game.

Seconds later, a clap of thunder announced the rain had waited long enough and it began to pour.

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