Ex-MSHS ballplayers face one another on college diamond in California

It was a special night last night in northern California for two Mount Si High School grads, as the former Wildcat baseball teammates got to face one another in a college baseball game.

Santa Clara University’s baseball team hosted Gonzaga in the opener of a three-game WCC series in Santa Clara, CA, and on the mound last night for the opener was junior pitcher Reece Karalus, a 2012 MSHS alum, and his chance to pitch meant he would face Gonzaga junior shortstop Dustin Breshears, who graduated from Mount Si in 2011. Both players are from North Bend and were integral pieces in the Wildcats’ 2011 state title run in 3A baseball.

And that’s what happened, three times. And all three of those times, in the third, fifth and seventh, Karalus struck out Breshears, with that third “K” in the seventh being the last out the Bronco pitcher recorded in the game. Karalus finished the night going seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out what the school reported was a career-high 11. But the bullpen faltered over the final two frames, allowing Gonzaga to score 12 runs total in those two innings, and what had been a close 2-1 game when Karalus left turned into a 14-1 blowout for the Bulldogs. Breshears finished the night 0-5, but reached on an error and scored a run in the ninth; his reach also drove in a run in that frame. He saw his average drop to .232 on the season for the ‘Zags, currently 20-19 overall, 10-9 in WCC play.

As for Karalus, this was his second quality start since being placed in the rotation after starting the season as one of the top closers in the conference. Karalus dropped to 1-5 on the spring, but maintains his team-best 2.75 earned run average and now is tied for the team lead in strikeouts for SC with 48. Santa Clara is 16-24 on the season, and 4-12 in conference.

The two teams meet again tonight, but with Karalus having pitched so much last night, it’s not expected the two ex-Wildcats will meet each other again in this series. Still, though, the opportunity for those two to face each other in a college game is one that neither of them are likely to soon forget.

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High school baseball: CHS moves closer to Cascade title with walk-off win, while Wildcats fall despite Gorrell’s best efforts, plus scores….

A lot of baseball to get to, so we’ll start with the high schools first, then have a report on a battle of former MSHS players last night on the college diamond.

The Cedarcrest High School baseball team’s chances of winning the Cascade Conference appear to be very much in good shape at the moment, after the Red Wolves recorded a dramatic come-from-behind win over Archbishop Murphy yesterday that helped CHS sweep the season series against their chief rivals in the 2A portion of the Cascade Conference.

An error by Archbishop Murphy third baseman Houston Schmutz with the bases loaded on a ground ball by Ben Lemery scored Blaine Wagner, lifting the Red Wolves to a 5-4 win over ATM. CHS had trailed in the contest 4-2 into the sixth, but scored three runs over the final two innings to escape with the victory.

Adam Davenport led the way for Cedarcrest, going 2-3 with a run scored, RBI and walk, and his brother Aaron also added two hits to the Red Wolves’ efforts. Adam Davenport got the win, pitching three innings of two-hit relief, striking out six, on three days rest; he pitched a complete-game effort in Monday’s CHS victory over ATM.

Emie Gamboa went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI to pace Murphy, who now is two games back of Cedarcrest for the league lead. CHS is 13-1 Cascade, 14-3 overall, while ATM is 11-3 league, 13-4 overall.

The Red Wolves close out the league schedule with three games this coming week against a Lakewood team that needs wins to perhaps lock up a postseason spot themselves; the Cougars currently are in third overall among 2A teams at 7-7 league, 10-7 overall in the conference. Lakewood is a game up on Granite Falls for that possible playoff berth, which is dependent on how well Shorecrest does within Wesco play. Cedarcrest is at Lakewood on Monday and again next Friday, with a home date for the Red Wolves against the Cougars coming on Wednesday, and Adam Davenport could get the call in that game on the hill. If the Red Wolves win one of the games, they will lock up the conference crown.

Issaquah wins in rain over Mount Si
Two fifth-inning runs were all the Issaquah Eagles needed, as they handed Mount Si’s baseball team a 2-1 loss in a game originally scheduled for MSHS in Snoqualmie, but switched to Issaquah High School – with Mount Si as the “home” team – due to rain yesterday.

Luke Watanabe doubled as part of a 2-3 effort; he drove in both Issy runs on that double, which took place in that fateful fifth inning. Gavin Gorrell did his best, both with his arm and his bat, to keep Mount Si in it, but it proved not to be enough. Gorrell led the way for the Wildcats, going 2-3 with an RBI; his two hits and RBI accounted for the lone offense in the contest for Mount Si. The sophomore pitched 5 1/3 strong innings, giving up both of those Issaquah runs on six hits, striking out three. Alex Adams pitched 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief for the Wildcats, walking two.

Tyler Huling pitched the complete game two-hitter for the Eagles to get the win; the one run he allowed was unearned, and he struck out five.

Mount Si is off on Monday, and is at Bothell this coming Wednesday under the lights.

High school scoreboard
Lakewood 13, Granite Falls 9: Lakewood tuned up for their three biggies against Cedarcrest this coming week yesterday with a slugfest win over the Tigers at GFHS that gave the Cougars their one-game lead for that potential third playoff berth out of the Cascade Conference. All except one Lakewood player had a hit or scored a run in the contest, led by the 3-5 effort of Ethan Dearing; he scored twice and drove in two more to lead Lakewood. Taylor Hogue also went 3-5, with a run scored and RBI, to pace the Cougars. Tucher Zachry went 3-5 with a triple and two RBI’s to pace Granite Falls, and Chris Gentry tripled as part of a 2-4 effort to pace the Tigers; he scored twice and drove in two more runs, and also walked once. Karmin Furseth won the game in relief on the mound for Lakewood, pitching a scoreless 1 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits.

Newport 6, Skyline 2: The Knight bats exploded for all of their runs in the final two innings to sink the Spartans on their home turf on the Sammamish Plateau. Newport scored three runs each in the sixth and seventh to rally from an early 1-0 deficit. Ethan Paul doubled and scored two runs to lead the conference-leading Knights, while Vinny Guinasso also had a double and drove in two runs to pace Newport. Johnathan Chriest doubled and drove in a run to pace Skyline, who also had a double and run scored from Danny Sinatro. Todd Reese went the distance on the hill for Newport, allowing both Spartan runs on five hits, striking out two to get the win, and Sam Lawrence took the loss for Skyline, allowing three runs, all earned, on four hits, striking out one.

Redmond 1, Woodinville 0: The Mustangs won a pitcher’s duel at home in Redmond last night against the visiting Falcons. Chase Hall’s fifth-inning solo homer accounted for all the offense in the contest, as Mustang pitchers Milo Mincin and Matt Pardi combined on the three-hit shutout. Pardi earned the win, allowing two hits and striking out one in four innings of relief for Redmond.

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In other news today…..

We’ll get to baseball soon, but here’s a couple of pieces of other local sports news going on today.

MSHS boys’ soccer in drivers’ seat for Kingco 4A crown after big win
Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team now appears poised to lock up the Kingco 4A regular-season championship, after another huge win last night.

Jake Turpin and Nick Dolewski scored goals for the Wildcats as they escaped with the 2-1 victory on the road over the Inglemoor Vikings in Bothell.

“Big win tonight,” Mount Si coach Darren Brown said in comments emailed to the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. ”We now own the tie breaker with Skyline and Inglemoor which gives us some serious breathing room for that Kingco championship.”

Brown is excited about what lies ahead. “At 6-0, we control our own destiny now. Two games left and onto the real fun. Very proud of the boys tonight,” he said.

Mount Si closes out the regular season with two very winnable games this coming week. On Tuesday, they meet Issaquah, at 3-3 in league, for Senior Night at 7:30 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, and on Thursday, they wrap up the year with Eastlake, currently 1-6 overall in league but who tied Mount Si 2-2 to open the season in non-league action.

Wildcat girls’ golf rolls to win over Bothell
Mount Si’s girls’ golf team dominated in a big way, grabbing all of the league points in a blowout win over Bothell at home on Thursday.

The Wildcats took care of the Cougars 221-300, lower score wins, at Mount Si Golf Course. The 300 was the lowest team score for Bothell all season, but it was all Wildcats in any event, led by junior Caitlin Maralack, who carded a 37 to take medalist honors; she’s been the medalist in all but one match she’s played this spring. Kara Murray (season best 42), Bianca Backman (43), Ashley Miller (season-best 48) and Auni Edwards (51) were the other points-getters for league points on the Wildcats. Bothell was led by the 56 of Erika Haack. That was a season-best score for her.

Mount Si wraps up the season with back-to-back matches this coming week. Wednesday, they will meet Eastlake in their Senior Day match, and will head to Redmond Thursday for a match at Bear Creek Golf Course. The Wildcats are currently 4-2 in league play and will be meeting a pair of teams that themselves are doing well this season. Eastlake is 5-0 and is led by junior Ashley Fitzgibbons, who had a medalist round of 36 in a Wolves win over Woodinville this past Wednesday, and Redmond is 3-2 in league, and led by sophomore Lauren Settle, who fired a 43 in a loss, also this past Wednesday, for the Mustangs to Newport.

One-year anniversary today of North Bend building explosion
One year ago today, this community woke up to what arguably was one of the most significant news events to happen in this Valley in many years, and one that had a local youth sports angle to it.

At 3:40 am April 25, 2014, an explosion, later determined to have been caused by natural gas, leveled several commercial buildings in downtown North Bend, including the one that housed the Pizza Place restaurant, an establishment that for many years had been a fixture for local youth sports programs as a venue for team banquets. The explosion was felt for miles around, and woke up many in the area, including your editor.

This news event was ranked as our top sports story of 2014 here in the SVSJ, due to its enormity and the fact that the Pizza Place was such a fixture for local youth sports during its operation. There were no serious injuries that resulted from the explosion, and the property was cleared several months later and is currently up for sale.

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Softball: CHS scores key Cascade win, plus college action

An RBI single by LuAnn Townley in the second broke a 1-1 tie, and pitchers Lauren Rich and Cassidy Derieg did the rest, helping Cedarcrest High School’s softball team eke out a 2-1 win over Lakewood yesterday at home in Duvall to maintain hold on top spot in the Cascade Conference.

The Townley sisters were both big factors in the contest, with LuAnn’s hit and RBI complimented by a 2-3 afternoon from sister Elaine. Kayla Blakslee also added two hits to the efforts to pace the Red Wolves. Derieg pitched three innings, allowed the one Lakewood run on four hits, striking out three, but Rich slammed the door shut in a big way, pitching four no-hit innings of relief for CHS, striking out eight. Derieg got the win and Rich earned the save.

Kylie Lopez was 2-3 with an RBI to lead Lakewood, and Alexis Lampinen added a double to pace the Cougars, from Arlington. Hailey Malakowski went the distance in the circle for Lakewood, allowing both CHS runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out two. She took the loss.

The win keeps the Red Wolves, at 9-2 league, 10-3 overall, a ½ game in front of second place Archbishop Murphy for top spot in the league. The loss hurts Lakewood’s chances of ensuring a playoff spot; they are in third overall among 2A teams in the league, at 7-4 league, 9-4 overall. Their playoff chances are dependent on how Wesco Shorecrest does this season, and they currently are in last place in the Wesco’s South division.

CHS heads to Granite Falls on Monday for a makeup game from rainouts earlier this season.

Now to the college softball scoreboard:

Central Washington postseason chances end with two losses to Western
The slim postseason chances for Central Washington’s softball team came to an end yesterday after the Wildcats were swept at home in a twinbill by visiting Western Washington in Ellensburg. The Vikings won the contests 4-1 and 7-6. Duvall’s Kaliyn Campbell tripled and drove in a run in the first game, and the CHS grad was 2-3 with a run scored and RBI in the second game. North Bend’s Celine Fowler had hits in both games; she is a MSHS alum.

Merrimack falls in extras
St. Anselm scored a 6-5 10-inning win over Merrimack yesterday in Massachusetts, hurting the Warriors’ playoff chances; they are currently in a tie for fifth in league at 8-10, with only the top four teams going to the league playoffs. Sophomore Tamarra Crowe, from North Bend and a 2013 Mount Si High School grad, saw action for Merrimack and had one putout defensively.

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Rain impacting Valley high school baseball and softball today

As expected, weather has forced some changes in high school baseball and softball this afternoon.

Mount Si High School’s baseball game this afternoon with Issaquah, scheduled at MSHS, has been moved to Issaquah, with the game time still at 4:00 p.m. Since the two teams have already played once there, it is likely that Mount Si will be the home team for today’s contest. The junior varsity game between the two schools, which had been scheduled for IHS, has been postponed to make room for the varsity game, and will be made up at a later date.

As for Cedarcrest, right now as of 1:30 pm, when this was posted, home baseball (against Archbishop Murphy) and softball (against Lakewood) remain on, but could change later. We’ll do our best to keep you posted on those if those change, as rain showers could come over the Duvall area and impact those contests.

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