MSHS boys’ soccer finishes season nationally-ranked, plus the morning round of cuts from both the pitch and the diamond……

Good Wednesday morning. Diamond cuts aplenty in a moment but we hit the pitch first.

Mount Si High School’s academic year has come to a close, and with it their old campus for good, but the accolades are still coming in for one of their sports teams.

The Wildcat boys’ soccer team this season had its best season in school history, finishing 17-3-0 and advancing to the state 4A high school title game for the first time ever. Well, that’s earned them some more history – a national ranking.

USA Today has ranked Mount Si 20th in the nation in their final “Super 25” high school boys’ soccer rankings, a list released yesterday. They had been ranked by the national newspaper for the past month or so, opening at the 21st spot in their poll during the middle of May. This is the first time ever that the Wildcat soccer program – boys or girls – has been nationally ranked. Additionally, they were ranked third in the Western region as well.

We contacted outgoing Mount Si head coach Darren Brown about this and he has not yet returned our note; Brown, as the school’s athletic director, is very busy, along with the rest of the school’s staff, making final preparations for the school’s move into their new campus. Demolition of the existing campus is expected to begin July 5. The old gymnasium is expected to go first then classroom and other buildings will follow. That process should take a couple of weeks to finish up before new parking and the baseball and softball fields begin to be constructed in advance of the start of the new school year.

Also this morning from the pitch:

Mount Si boys’ star Smith sparks Eastside FC club win at regionals
For the second straight day at the US Youth Soccer’s Far West Regionals in Boise, a Valley player made headlines. Monday, it was Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer athlete Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson, and yesterday, it was Mount Si High School boys’ junior-to-be star Sullivan “Sully” Smith.

Smith scored two goals early in his contest for Preston-based Eastside FC against Wyoming-based JHUnited, and those two tallies lifted Eastside’s B03Red U16 squad to a 6-0 blowout of JHU that looks to have locked up a playoff spot for Eastside.

EFC is 2-0 and has outscored opponents 9-1 in their first two pool games. They meet the Hawaii Rush, also 2-0, today to wrap up pool play, with a win locking up a top seed into the playoffs later this week.

The other Eastside FC teams featuring Valley athletes also were in action yesterday at the Simplot Complex. Here’s highlights:

Eastside FC G03 Red U16 2, Pride Predators 2: Eastside, with Cedarcrest’s Grace McKenzie, drew with the foes from Colorado and will look to advance to the playoffs today playing the West Coast Kaos from northern California. A win over the Kaos will move EFC into the knockout rounds starting tomorrow.

Hawaii Rush 2, Eastside FC B04 Red 15U 1: Hawaii broke a 1-1 tie with a goal late in regulation to sink this Eastside unit featuring Mount Si’s Joey Salem. EFC plays pool first-place Players Elite from Nevada this afternoon needing a win and a loss or tie from the Rush to advance.

Santa Clara Sporting Green 3, Eastside FC G04 Red 15U 2: Davidson scored another goal for Eastside in this one, but the ladies from northern California got the last laugh, scoring the final goal in a back-and-forth battle on the pitch in Idaho yesterday that dropped EFC to 1-1 in pool play. They play the Washington Timbers from southwest Washington’s Clark County today. A win for Eastside will likely put them into the playoffs.

Youth Baseball
Lighter than normal schedule last night, but there were some games of note featuring both Wildcat and Red Wolve players. Scores and highlights powered by our friends at Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 9, Baden Premier 4: It was a good night in the Seattle Premier League last night for Mount Si High School grad Trace Halvorson, who went 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Bellevue-based BoS as they handled Seattle-based Baden at Bellevue College’s Courter Field. Fellow 2019 MSHS alum Spencer Marenco paced Boys, going 1-3 with a walk and run scored.

Rippers Baseball 16U 6, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 4 (8): Ananth Iyer broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth by hitting a two-run homer and helping the Redmond-based Rippers finish a late rally and stun Kirkland-based JBC on home soil in downtown Kirkland last night. Cedarcrest’s Kian Pegueros-Warren went 1-4 with a run scored for the Rippers, while fellow Red Wolve Mason Pudwill also added a hit. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton led JBC, going 2-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI’s.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 5, Thurston County Saints American 2 (8): Brandham Ponce walked it off with a three-run homer in the eighth, giving teammate – and 2018 Mount Si High School grad – Will Scott the win on the hill for the Sammamish-based A’s; Scott, home this summer after finishing his freshman season with the Colorado School of Mines college team, pitched a perfect eighth at Foster High School in Tukwila, striking out one for the A’s in this one as they beat a Lacey-based squad.

Mercedes-Benz Prep 8, Northwest Naturals 17U 6: The Naturals could not close out a win last night on home soil at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, allowing the visiting Mercedes team to score seven runs in the seventh to effectively steal the victory away from the Sammamish-based hosts. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored and two RBI’s for the Nats, while fellow ‘Cat Jack Mardon went 0-2.

Northwest Naturals 14U 8, FCA Cards 4: The Nats doubled up Woodinville-based FCA on home turf at Skyline High School in Sammamish, aided by Mount Si’s Josh Freudenbeg, who pitched 5 2/3 solid innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out three. He got the win on the hill and also doubled and scored a run offensively. Soon-to-be ‘Cat Parker Norah went 0-1 with a walk for NWN.

City Baseball Green 13, Kirkland Merchants 16U 2: Seattle-based City rolled over the Kirkland team at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Woodinville player Caden McCann went 0-2 for the Merchants.

Sno-Valley North bats make a statement in District 9 tourney opener: This year’s version of the Sno-Valley North Little League’s “Majors” 12U All-Stars, if last night is any indication, could find themselves perhaps the favorites to advance to state from Little League’s District 9. A nine-run first inning sparked what turned out to be a 27-9 run-rule blowout for SVNLL over a combined team from Mercer Island and Bellevue Thunderbird Little Leagues last night at South Mercer Playfields on the island in the opening game for SVNLL in the District 9 tournament.

Homers from Teigan Robertson (who drove in five runs) and Jenna Thomas powered a balanced SVNLL attack, with all except three players getting a hit and all except two scoring a run and/or driving in at least one. Robertson also doubled and finished 2-4 with two runs scored and the five RBI’s leading the girls from the Lower Valley. Savannah Livingstone also had a big game, with a double headlining a 3-4 effort, with two walks also; she scored three runs and drove in two more.

SVNLL is back at it tonight, playing a combined team from both Redmond Little Leagues (West and North). It’s at 6:00 p.m. at South Mercer with a win moving them into the semifinals Friday. Falls’ combined team with Issquah plays tomorrow in loser-out action at the D9 event and Snoqualmie Valley Little League is not represented this summer in the tournament.

College Summer Baseball
CHS alum Mallot on hill for Bears: In Pacific International League action last night, the Everett Merchants routed the visting Highline Bears at home in Everett last night 17-5. Cedarcrest High School alum Riley Mallot pitched for Highline and allowing five runs, four earned, on three hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief, striking out one and receiving no decision. Mallot pitched this spring for a college in California. He graduated from Cedarcrest in 2017.

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The Tuesday news, from the pitch, the diamond and the links……

Good Tuesday morning. A lot on the plate this morning and we hit the pitch to start with a look at soccer.

The US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships started yesterday in Boise, and day one was a smashing success for Preston-based Eastside FC. The local club organization’s U15 and U16 boys’ and girls’ teams, all of whom feature players from the Valley, all won their openers yesterday. Highlights:

“Mad Dog” does the damage for Eastside’s G04 Red U15 in opening round win: Cedarcrest High School’s Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson had a natural “hat trick”, scoring all of her team’s three goals as they handled the CDA Slammers from southern California 3-1 to open their play at the tournament. California’s Jordan Galvin opened the scoring in the eighth minute, and that sparked Davidson, who promptly tied it with her first tally seconds afterward, then she pounded out two more second-half goals for the trick to seal the win for Eastside. They play again today against Santa Clara Sporting Green from the Bay Area, a win likely sending EFC ahead to the playoffs later this week.


Eastside FC Boys’ B04 Red U15 2, Salinas United 0: Eastside’s crew with Mount Si’s Joey Salem aboard and coached by former Wildcat boys’ coach Tom Bialek blanked the California crew in their opener. EFC plays the Hawaii Rush this afternoon. A win should put them into the playoffs.

Eastside FC Girls’ B03 Red 2, New Mexico Sting Elite 1: Eastside held off the New Mexico team for their first win of the tournament. Cedarcrest’s Grace McKenzie reps the Valley on EFC, and the squad meets Pride Predators from Colorado today. A win and their playoff chances look good.

Eastside FC Boys U16 3, FBSL Tuzos Academy 1: Eastside handled their business well with the Arizona team. The EFC squad, featuring Mount Si’s Sullivan “Sully” Smith, are up against JHUnited from Wyoming this morning, a win likely putting EFC into the playoffs later this week.

Rough day for Warford at US Junior Am qualifier: The big stage, as you all know, has been very kind in recent years to Mount Si High School star senior-to-be boys’ golfer Drew Warford, what with his championship performances at both the state high school and Pacific Northwest regional boys’ tournaments, so what happened for the Valleyite yesterday perhaps was a bit of a surprise. He struggled yesterday in the US Junior Amateur tournament qualifier event and missed a chance to compete in that big national tournament later this summer.

Warford fired a 10-over par 82 on the par-72 Canterwood Golf and Country Club layout in Gig Harbor and finished well back of the two qualifiers, both of whom fired even-par rounds of 72. The round didn’t start out the best for the Wildcat, as he bogeyed two of his first four holes, then it really went south for Warford on the 12th and 13th holes. On the 12th, a par-three, he triple bogeyed that hole, then on the par-four 13th, he carded a 9 there. He closed out with a birdie on 18, his only one of the day, but the damage was done and he failed to make the cut.

Warford now will get set for the Washington Junior Golf Association tour to start and that takes place next week.

Youth Baseball
This morning’s round of diamond cuts. Youth baseball and softball coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Baden Black 16U 9, Rippers Baseball 15U Gold 9: Seattle-based Baden and the Redmond-based Rippers ended in a draw last night on Mercer Island, but not before bringing out the bats to a tune of a combined 16 hits between the two teams. Former Mount Si player Mason Gronewald, who played this spring with MIHS’s Islanders, doubled, walked and drove in two runs pacing Baden.

WW Sweets 15U 12, FM Sports 16U 0: Sammamish-based Sweets blanked Redmond-based FM up at Bothell High School under the lights last night. Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty went 1-3 with two RBI’s for Sweets while the large Wildcat delegation for FM – Jackson Crumb, Scott Harris, Ryan Harris, Josh Moore, Logan Garwood and Chris Wilson – went a combined 0-10 with three walks in their loss.

Prospect United 5, Field of Champions 16U Bears 2: Preston-based FoC fell on the road to the Puyallup-based team down in Gig Harbor last night. Leading the Mount Si foursome on FoC was Lucas Costello, who went 2-4 with a double. Fellow ‘Cat Andrew Edson also had a hit, and a third MSHS’er, Tyler Clem, reached on an error and scored a run despite finishing 0-3.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 9, FM Sports 0: The Preston-based Bears blanked Redmond-based FM down at Bob Albo Field on the Newport High School campus in Bellevue. The Mount Si delegation for the Bears was led by Beck Hoffman. At the plate he went 3-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored and on the hill, he worked three innings allowing two hits, walked two and struck out two. Fellow ‘Cats Harrison Kelly and Blake Miller both doubled; Miller’s double was his lone hit and he also had a walk, reached on a fielder’s choice, scored three runs and drove in a fourth while Kelly finished 2-4 with two RBI’s.

Rounding it out, Ryan Gerlitz also played for the Bears, and the MSHS sophomore-to-be went 0-1. He tweeted out video of his base hit in last Friday’s doubleheader FoC played in, games that marked his return to action following his successful fight against cancer. It has received several nice comments from us and some of his Mount Si teammates, and also several likes. Go to our Twitter feed @snovalleysports for all that.

Little League District 9 tournament starts: The “Majors” District 9 tournament started last night, the first step for teams trying to make it to the Little League World Series down in Portland. A combined unit from Falls Little League and Issaquah’s Little League fell last night in their first round game to Eastlake 11-6 and dropped into a loser-out game Thursday. Sno-Valley North’s Little League All-Star unit starts play tonight taking on a combined unit from Mercer Island and Bellevue Thunderbird. The game is at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free. All of the games are being held at South Mercer Playfields on Mercer Island, the home for Mercer Island High School’s softball team.

This park is located at 84th Ave. SE and SE 78th St. on the island. To get there from the Valley, take I-90 west to Mercer Island, and exit at Island Crest Way (exit #7). Turn left on Island Crest Way off of the ramp. Head south on Island Crest Way past Island Crest Park until you reach SE 68th Street. Turn right here and head west on 68th. Hang a left onto 84th Ave. SE. As it curves to the right to become SE 72nd, take a left to stay on 84th Ave. SE. Islander Middle School will be on your right. Turn right on SE 78th Street. The driveway to the parking lot for the fields is on the immediate right. Snoqualmie Valley Little League does not have a team represented in the tournament this summer.

College Summer Baseball
Yakima wins again: The Yakima Valley Pippins returned home last night to open a West Coast League series with visiting Kelowna, and scored five runs in the fourth inning to seal up a 6-4 win over the Falcons. Fall City’s Justin Lutz, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, went 0-3 for YVP. He is working on finding a four-year school to transfer to after finishing up his eligibility with the Community Colleges of Spokane. Also of note, it was mentioned on the Pippin broadcast last night that Skyline HS alum Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, has departed the team after finishing up his contract Sunday. Gill is now free to find another playing opportunity elsewhere. It’s anticipated Lutz is also on a similar short-term contract so his time with the team may also be close to ending.

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Odds and ends on a Monday……

A couple of other items this morning.

Soccer: Valley foursome competes in regional tournament
The US Youth Soccer’s Far West Regional Championships are underway as of this writing down in Boise this morning and this year, a foursome from the Snoqualmie Valley is there competing for teams from Preston-based Eastside FC. The club organization’s 15U and 16U teams are there, with their two boys’ teams featuring Mount Si High School’s Joey Salem (15U) and Sullivan Smith (16U) and the two girls’ teams featuring Cedarcrest High School’s Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson (15U) and Grace McKenzie (16U). The two 15U entries are both being coached this week by Tom Bialek, a former Mount Si boys’ soccer head coach.

The older-age teams are underway now with the younger teams starting play later today. Pool play, against teams from all over the western United States, continues through Wednesday with playoffs if EFC qualifies starting on Friday. The tournament is being held at the Simplot Complex on the east side of Boise, a venue which has hosted this tournament several times in the past. We’ll have full coverage for you this week on the activities down there.

Also of note, college coaches are in attendance this week, so all four of these players have a chance to see and be seen; among the schools represented, according to US Youth Soccer, are Seattle Pacfiic University, Seattle University, Whitman College in Walla Walla, St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Eastern Washington University in Cheney, and both Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities from Spokane.

Rugby: Another pro title for Mount Si grad
Mount Si High School alum Aladdin Schirmer is once again part of a professional championship team.

The North Bend resident and his teammates with the Seattle Seawolves of Major League Rugby succesfully defended their title from last season yesterday, repeating as champs after a last-second 26-23 win over the San Diego Legion down in San Diego which came as the result of a hard-fought “try”, akin to a touchdown in football, which came on the final play of regulation. No stats are available, but Schirmer did play in the contest yesterday and has been a starting player all season for Seattle. He, after graduating from Mount Si several years ago, went on to have success as a collegian in rugby with Central Washington University, and has also seen plenty of time internationally with the U.S. men’s national team program.

A congrats to Aladdin and the Seawolves from us here at the SVSJ!

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The morning diamond cuts, from the guys…….

Time now for some baseball. Scores from our youth and Little League games from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

WW Sweets 15U 10, Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 6: The Sammamish-based Sweets won the slugfest with the Bellevue-based Dragons at Hartman Park in Redmond. Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty and Anthony Gilden saw action in the contest, with the Sweets’ Dougherty pacing the victors, going 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, and the Dragons’ Gilden going 1-3.

Juanita Baseball Club 16U 8, Baseball Beyond Borders 3: Kirkland-based JBC advanced to the finals of the GSL weekend tournament in Puyallup beating the Seattle team with the help of Mount Si’s Jake Mitton. Mitton started on the hill and worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, walking seven and striking out five. He ended up with the win and helped his cause offensively going 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI for Juanita. Mitton did not play in that title game last night, but Juanita beat the Everett-based Washington Rush 8-2 in that game to win the tournament title, so congrats to all of you there at JBC on this accomplishment from us here at the SVSJ!

Kent Bulldogs Elite 12, Field of Champions 16U Bears 2 (game one, doubleheader): Kent scored seven runs in the fifth to take the first of two over the Preston-based Bears at Sumner High School. Andrew Edson led the Mount Si delegation for FoC with a hit. Fellow ‘Cats Lucas Costello, Kevin Corder and Tyler Clem, however, went a combined 0-7 in the game for the Bears.

Rippers Baseball 16U 8, Northwest Naturals 15U 2 (game one, doubleheader): The Redmond-based Rippers dominated the opener of two with the Sammamish-based Nats at Hartman Park in Redmond. Cedarcrest’s Kian Pegueros-Warren powered the Rippers, with a hit and three RBI’s. Fellow Red Wolve Mason Pudwill walked and scored a run despite going 0-1.

Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 13, Bainbridge Mavericks 3: The Preston-based Bears rolled to a win over the Kitsap County team last night in Bellevue. Mount Si’s delegation was led by someone who’s becoming more known for his hoops, Quin Patterson. Patterson went 3-3 with a double and scored three runs, and fellow ‘Cat Blake Miller added a triple and run scored. Again continuing to show cancer who’s boss, MSHS’ Ryan Gerlitz saw action again for FoC in this one last night as well and went 0-1.

Rock Creek 15U 7, Mill Creek Mavericks 3: Maple Valley-based Rock Creek finished out their GSL tournament weekend with a win, aided by Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer, who went 1-2 with a walk and run scored.

Spokane Expos 6, FSP Baseball 18U 4: The Expos took this SPL Invitational playoff battle at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard paced Ford, going 1-4 with a double. Teammate and feellow ‘Cat Harrison Clark went 0-3.

Northwest Naturals 16U 6, River City A’s 3: The Sammamish-based Naturals advanced to the finals of their wood-bat tournament in Spokane with a win yesterday moring over the Tri-Cities team. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver and Tyler Disch contributed, each with two hits. Weaver’s pair of hits included a double, and he scored a run and drove in two, while Disch also scored a run. Disch got the win on the hill, going 6 1/3 good innings allowing three runs on four hits, walking six and striking out three.

Woodinville Baseball Club 9, Bellevue Dragons 15U Elite Green 8: The Dragons fell in a slugfest over at the Triple Crown Fathers’ Day weekend event in the Tri-Cities at Columbia Basin College in Pasco despite Mount Si players doing most of the damage. Ryan Llewellyn led the way, going 3-3 with a triple and two runs scored, while both Brady Hossfeld and Luke Richter doubled. Hossfeld scored a run and Richter drove one in. Fellow Wildcat Chris Jarocki added a hit and run scored for BDG.

Kent Bulldogs 4, Field of Champions 16U Bears 3 (game two, doubleheader): The Bulldogs scored a run in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie, take the nightcap of two and sweep the twinbill over the Bears in Sumner. Edson and Corder both had a hit in the contest for the Preston-based Bears, and Edson also drove in a run. Costello again went 0-3 for FoC.

Northwest Naturals 15U 6, Rippers Baseball 16U 3 (game two, doubleheader): The Nats took the nightcap and split the twibill with the Rippers in Redmond; Pegueros-Warren had a hit for the Rippers but Pudwill went 0-3.

Prospect United 6, Bellevue Dragons 15U Elite Green 3: BDG finished sixth in the 15U/16U division at the TCS tournament with the loss in Richland to the Pierce County team last night. J.T. DeRouen led the Mount Si delegation in this one for the Dragons, going 1-2 with a double and run scored. Fellow ‘Cat Brady Farris also had a hit. Hossfeld walked twice and scored two runs and Llewellyn pitched an inning of relief, and it was perfect with two strikeouts and no decision. He also hit in this contest and was hitless in three at-bats for the Dragons.

Spokane Expos Blue 11, Northwest Naturals 16U 3: The Expos won the Spokane tournament title on home soil at Whitworth University; Weaver paced the Nats, going 1-3 with a walk and RBI.

Showtime 1, Northwest Naturals 17U 0: The Sammamish-based Nats were limited to two hits – both of those by Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri – in the shutout loss that knocked NWN out of the GSL tournament down in Puyallup. Nats teammate and fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon went 0-3.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 3, Kirkland Merchants 16U 2: Bellevue-based XSN squeaked out a win over the Kirkland squad at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. MSHS’ Turner McCutchan did not play for XSN, but Woodinville’s Caden McCann played for the Merchants, and went 1-2.

College Summer
Portland Prairie Dogs 8, Seattle Sea Turtles 0 (game one, doubleheader): The Cascade Collegiate League’s I-5 rivalry was contested on neutral ground halfway between Seattle and Portland yesterday in Lacey, with the Oregon-repped side winning the first of two. University of Puget Sound sophomore-to-be Clayton Waltz, from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS grad, went 0-2 for the Sea Turtles in this one. He did not play the nightcap, won by Seattle 8-6 to give them a split of the pair.

Bellingham blasts Yakima Valley: In West Coast League action, the Bells blasted the Pippins at home up in Whatcom County 19-2 yesterday afternoon. The rout was so much so YVP used a position player – Skyline HS grad Riley Gill – as a pitcher, and for the Bellevue College player, his pitching outing proved to not go too well. Gill, whose family lives in Snoqualmie now, allowed seven runs despite only two hits in his one inning of work. Both hits were homers and he walked four. Fall City’s Justin Lutz caught late in the contest as well for YVP with no official at-bats. He is a 2017 Mount Si HS grad and is seeking to transfer to a four-year school after completing his two years at the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Burnaby sweeps twinbill from Honkers: Across the border from Bellingham up in Burnaby, B.C., Canada, the host Burnaby Bulldogs took both ends of a doubleheader yesterday from the Valley-based Northwest Honkers. Burnaby won the two games by scores of 8-3 in the opener and 7-2 in the nightcap. Duvall’s Cameron Padron played just the first game for the Pacific International League’s Honkers and went 0-2. The Honkers, who played for a number of years in Fall City, are playing home games at various Eastside venues this summer as it seeks a new home field for next season. Among the possible sites for games could be Mount Si High School’s new field in Snoqualmie.

Minor League
No rest for “T-Lane”: Off an inning of work Saturday night, North Bend’s Trevor Lane was called upon yesterday once again by his team, the New York Yankees-affiliated Trenton Thunder, and he got the job done. He came in to pitch to one hitter in the eighth inning of their game with the Bowie Baysox, and got that hitter out to close out the frame. The Thunder, the Yankees’ “AA” affiliated minor-league squad, then finished off a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles-based Baysox in Maryland. Lane’s ERA drops some more, to 1.52, as he continues to make the case for promotion to “AAA” ball. He is a 2012 Mount Si HS grad and is in his fourth season in the Yankees’ organization. New York drafted him out of college in 2016.

Little League
Local Little Leaguers leave it all on the field in tournament-ending loss: The combined Snoqualmie Valley/Falls Little League “Intermediate” All-Stars dished out 19 hits yesterday, but could not overcome a big inning by Bellevue East and fell at the District 9 tournament in Sammamish yesterday, ending their tournament run.

SVLL/Falls LL fell 15-12 to the Bellevue boys despite a 4-4 effort from Keagan Tachell, who homered, scored four runs and drove in two more, a similar 4-4 performance from Jake Thompson, who came a homer short of hitting for the cycle – he singled, doubled and tripled – scoring three runs and driving in three more. Jacob Hansen had three hits for the Valley team, with two runs scored and two RBI’s, and Ethan Arndt added three hits also, scoring a run and driving in two more.

The “Intermediate” level is one level past “Majors” in Little League and serves as the feeder to their “Juniors” level. Games are played with 70-foot basepaths and a distance of 50 feet between the pitching mound and home plate.

Valley rivals square off in “Coast” tuneup: Sno-Valley North Little League’s all-stars easily handed their counterparts from Snoqualmie Valley Little League 14-3 in a “Coast” division tuneup game in Issaquah yesterday. Eli Spires had a double and RBI for SVLL and Jonah Jayne added two hits. The District 9 “Coast” tournament starts June 22 in Kirkland.

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The weekend wrap, ladies’ edition…..

Good Monday morning. A lot of stuff on deck this morning. We’re going to split the cuts again. Softball to start with all of our coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. We lead it off this morning with a wrapup on all the action involving Valley athletes at the Valley Invitational select “college exposure” tournament down in the Portland area yesterday.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 12, Washington Acers Culver 2: A busy day yesterday down in Clackamas, OR, opened for the Shock with a win over their Auburn-based rivals anchored by the Valley foursome of Willow Westbrook, Allyson Smith, Kailee Kores and Riley Warden. Mount Si’s Westbrook led the offense, going 3-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI’s, and soon-to-be CHS’er Warden added a double herself, scored a run and drove in a second for Snohomish. Kores, also set to attend Cedarcrest in the fall, went the distance in the circle, allowing two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out four, and Red Wolve sophomore-to-be Smith added a hit, scored a run and drove in two more.

KB Fastpitch 16U 12, Lady Bombers 1: KB’s bats took a bit to wake up yesterday morning, but once they woke up, they did so with a vengenance as they scored 11 of their 12 runs in the final two frames to secure the win over the eastern Washington team in Vancouver, WA. Mount Si’s Vera Harrison went 1-2 with a run scored and RBI pacing Kenmore-based KB.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 11, Tigers Fastpitch-Cramer 1: The bats kept on rolling for the Shock in this win over the Yakima-based team. Smith led the way, going 3-4 and coming a homer short of hitting for the cycle – she had a single, double and triple – and driving in three runs. Warden added a hit, two walks, three stolen base, and scored three runs, while Westbrook, despite going 0-4, pitched in two RBI’s to the Shock efforts.

Utah Twisters 9, KB Fastpitch 3: KB was knocked out of the tournament with the loss to the Salt Lake City-area team. Harrison went 1-3 for KB in this one.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 4, Rampage Rise 3: Snohomish advanced to the semis in the Valley’s “14 Open” division holding off a southwest Washington team last night backed by both Smith and Westbrook; Smith went 3-3 with another double and drove in two runs, while Westbrook added two hits, scored a run and drove in another. Warden had two hits for the Shock, including a double, and scored a run.

Elite Diamonds 7, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 1: The Redmond-based Diamonds ended the Shock’s tournament run in the semis as Snohomish fell. Warden led the Valley contingent, going 2-2 with a run scored. Westbrook added a hit and RBI to the efforts for the Shock while Smith went 0-2. Kores, after a solid outing in the morning yesterday, returned last night for 3 1/3 innings of relief work in the circle, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, walking three and striking out one receiving no decision.

Other action: The Snohomish-based Northwest Batbusters’ 18U Seek team took third in the lower playoff bracket at the top division at the tournament. The team, with Mount Si’s Molly Wilbourne, moved through the playoffs before falling in the semifinals to a team from Hawaii. They came back and took the third-place match though beating a team from East Wenatchee. The Washington Acers’ Campbell from Auburn, with MSHS’ Hope Bostick, was in that division’s upper playoff bracket and made it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by the Washington Angels from the Tri-Cities. Rounding it out, the Twisters team that eliminated KB also eliminated another team from the tournament with a MSHS player – the Issaquah Flame 16U, with Jackalyn Gates. And the Redmond-based Rijo 16U’s, with Cedarcrest’s Carly Nelson, saw their playoffs come to a quick end as well yesterday with a loss to an Arizona team.


Snohomish County Express Red 6, Absolute Blast Taylor 14U 5: The Blast were knocked out of the USA Softball of Seattle SeaTac Metro Championships tournament in Kent with the loss. Mount Si’s Madison Bonham went 0-2 for AbB in this one.

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