Monday morning news and notes…

Good morning. Here’s our news and notes this morning.

Local players compete in national softball tournament
Play started yesterday in southern California for two local teams with Valley players at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national tournament.

The Issaquah-based Northwest Bullets Zacher 16U, with MSHS’ Maddy Trout, and the Woodinville-based Absolute Blast 2000 14U, featuring four players this week with Valley ties, are both competing. Here’s how things went yesterday.

Zacher 4, New Mexico Sundancers 0: NWB’s Marnie Skinner, from Moses Lake, pitched a no-hitter to lead the Zacher side to the win. She walked four and struck out nine in her complete game effort, in which she threw 95 pitches. Trout was 0-1.

California Thunder 8, AbB 3: Blast opened the tournament by falling to the California team. Mount Si High’s Lexi Wetherbee was 1-1 with a triple and run scored for AbB, while Cedarcrest’s Elaine Townley was 0-2. Also playing this week for AbB is Lauren Rich, who was a star freshman for the Red Wolves this spring but will not be back with them next year as she and her family have relocated out of the Valley. Rich pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, two earned on two hits, walking five and striking out three. She was also 0-1 in the contest at the plate.

Kansas City Peppers 7, Zacher 5: The ladies from the Midwest scored six runs in the fifth and final innings of the contest to rally from a 5-1 deficit and hand the Bullets the loss. Trout had no official at-bats in the contest, but saw action for the Zacher side.

Arizona Hotshots Elite 9, AbB 0: Wetherbee was 1-2 and Townley 1-1 to aid the Blast as they were blanked by the Arizona team. Rich pitched two innings in this contest, allowing three unearned runs on two hits, striking out three and walking two. One other Valleyite plays for AbB – CHS’ Cassidy Derieg. She did not see action in either of the two Blast games yesterday.

Mount Si alum Karaica, SPU men’s soccer on overseas trip
The Seattle Pacific University men’s soccer team later this week will be headed across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain for a foreigh excursion, which the school reports is the first one of these for the men’s soccer team in school history.

Among the players expected to travel is star defender Davis Karaica, from Snoqualmie and a junior this fall.

While in Spain, the Falcons are scheduled to play four “friendly” matches with teams in that country, and also tour various soccer and cultural sites there, helping enrich the players both athletically and academically.

This is not the first time in recent seasons a MSHS grad took a foreign trip with a college team – just a couple of years ago, when Wildcat grad Tanner Riley was playing for the University of Portland men’s basketball team, they took a similar trip to that same region of the world.

SPU will be back later this month, and will open their season September 3 with a home match against Cal Baptist. Karaica will be one of several ex-Wildcats and Cedarcrest Red Wolves boys’ soccer players playing college men’s soccer this fall – others include MSHS alums Ryan Herman (UW), Nate Popp and Aaron Baumgardner (PLU), Connor Williams (St. Martin’s), and CHS grad Chris Cole (Lenoir-Rhyne (NC)).

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From the diamond on this Sunday….

The season has come to an end for the Issaquah Flame 12U girls’ softball team, after they were eliminated yesterday at the USSSA’s 12U nationals down in southern California.

Flame opened yesterday’s loser-out play with a win, 15-2, over the Washington Angels out of the Tri-Cities. Snoqualmie’s Molly Wilbourne and North Bend’s Hope Bostick both contributed to the win for the Issaquah team. Each went 1-3, with Wilbourne recording a run scored and RBI, while Bostick also drove in a run and walked once.

The second game was not as kind to the Flame, as they were two-hit in a 12-0 loss to the Firecrackers of California. Both Valley players went 0-2.

The Flame had a good season, finishing it 34-30-2. Tryouts for the 2015/2016 season are now on deck for the organization; those will run from Thursday to Sunday (August 6-9) this week at Dodd Fields in Issaquah. More information on those can be found here. The Flame organization will have teams from 10U-18U age levels this fall.

Minor League Baseball: Beloit falls
In the Midwest “A” league last night, the Peoria Chiefs and Beloit Snappers went back and forth all game, but it was the St. Louis Cardinals-affiliated Chiefs that had the last laugh, breaking a 5-5 tie with two runs in the ninth to hand the Oakland A’s-affiliated Snappers a 7-5 loss at home in Beloit, WI. Mount Si High School grad Tim Proudfoot has been busy most of this past week, getting a chance to play second base for Beloit; he got that opportunity again last night, and finished the game 0-3 with an RBI.

The two teams wrap up their series today in Beloit.

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Pro action last night involving Valleyites…..

Good Saturday morning. Here’s a look at action involving Valleyites from last night.

We’ll start with minor league baseball, and it was another strong outing last night for North Bend’s Reece Karalus with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the class “A” New York-Penn League. Karalus pitched three innings, not allowing a hit or run, and he struck out three, earning his first-ever professional “hold” and helping the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Renegades post a 4-2 win over the Auburn Doubledays in Auburn, NY. Karalus, with his performance last night, dropped his earned run average below two runs for the first time this season, to a season-best 1.86 as he continues making the marked improvements that have been seen from him as of late.

For those unaware, a “hold” stat is credited to a pitcher who comes into a game in relief with his team in the lead, and is able to maintain that lead throughout his stint on the mound.

Karalus was drafted in the June Major League Baseball draft by the Rays out of Santa Clara University in California in the eighth round. He is a 2012 Mount Si High School alumnus.

Also from the minor leagues last night:

Peoria 4, Beloit 2: The St. Louis Cardinals-affiliated Chiefs doubled up the host Snappers, affiliated with the Oakland A’s, in a Midwest “A” League game in Beloit, WI. 2011 MSHS alum Tim Proudfoot, drafted by the A’s out of Texas Tech University in this year’s draft, played second base last night for the Snappers – the third time he’s done this in the past four games – and went 0-2 with a walk. Beloit is struggling this season, at 40-64 overall on the campaign. Proudfoot is from North Bend.

Now to soccer:

Tulsa falls at home in USL play
In United Soccer Leagues’ men’s pro action last night, the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 FC from Canada handed the host Tulsa Roughnecks a 3-1 loss in Tulsa, OK. Mount Si HS alum Gibson Bardsley, from Fall City, played 20 minutes off the bench last night for Tulsa and recorded no stats of note. The loss was not a good one for Tulsa – Vancouver slipped past Tulsa into seventh place in the Western Conference standings with 26 points, one spot back of sixth-place Orange County, who has 27 points. The top six teams advance to the playoffs later this season. Tulsa, now in eighth place, itself has 25 points and has another game tomorrow, so they’re still very much in the hunt for a playoff berth. Their overall record is seven wins, nine losses and four ties.

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Local girls’ select softball teams fall in national tourneys

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is an update of a previous story.

Two local girls’ select softball teams with Valley players were handed tough losses today in national tournaments outside of our area.

The Issaquah Flame 12U girls’ suffered a heartbreaking defeat this morning in their playoff opener at the USSSA’s 12U national tournament in Perris, CA.

Flame went into the final inning trailing the Arizona-based Kryptonite team 5-3, but scored twice in the top of that frame to tie the game. Kryptonite, though, scored on a walk-off play to hand the Flame a 6-5 loss that sends them into a loser-out game tomorrow.

Snoqualmie’s Molly Wilbourne was 1-2 for the Flame, scoring a run and driving in two more, while North Bend’s Hope Bostick was 0-3.

The Flame will meet the Tri-Cities-based Washington Angels tomorrow morning in a loser-out contest at the tournament.

And, in Salt Lake City, the Bellevue Blast ’98 16U girls’ team’s season came to an end today with a tough 3-2 loss to the Idaho Crossfire of Boise in a loser-out game at the ASA 16U Western Nationals. Blast’s Lauren Wilbourne, a Mount Si High School student, was 0-1 for the Bellevue side, who finished in a tie for fifth at the tournament.

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Friday diamond notes…..

Light Friday morning on this last day of July.

We’ll start with softball this morning, and we have an update from Salt Lake City, and the ASA’s 16U Western Nationals, where the Bellevue Blast ’98 are still in the hunt for a championship despite a setback last night in the winner’s bracket semifinals.

Blast suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 loss last night to the Utah Bullets, out of Salt Lake City. The Bullets scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to win it after BB took a 4-3 lead in the top of the frame after scoring three runs. Mount Si High School’s Lauren Wilbourne was 0-3, and also received a no-decision in the circle, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits, walking one and striking out three in 2 2/3 innings of work.

The Bellevue girls advanced to last night’s semifinal game with a 4-2 win early yesterday over the Idaho Crossfire, from Boise. Blast scored twice in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie, then held on for the win. Wilbourne in this game was also 0-3.

Those two teams meet each other again this morning in a loser-out game. If the Blast win, they advance to the loser-out final later today with a shot at a trip to the title series tonight. Regardless of how they end up today, Blast will finish no worse than sixth in the event, which drew 19 teams total, so a strong showing for sure for the girls, many of whom live on the Eastside.

We’ll keep you updated on how things go today down in SLC.

Mount Si grad part of marathon minor-league baseball duel in Florida
The Charlotte Stone Crabs and Lakeland Flying Tigers played very late into the night last night, and we mean very late. The two teams ended up going 19 innings before the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Stone Crabs outlasted the Detroit Tigers-affiliated Lakeland squad 5-4 in a Florida State “A” League minor-league baseball contest in Lakeland, FL.

2010 MSHS grad Josh Kimborowicz pitched the 15th inning for Charlotte, after they scored a run in the top of that frame to take the lead. “Kimbo” then allowed a triple to a Lakeland hitter, who then later scored to re-tie the game and force it to continue on. Kimborowicz’s one run allowed on that one hit earned him his first blown save of the season, and bumped his earned run average up slightly, to 1.65.

The pitcher was drafted by Tampa Bay two years ago in the Major League Baseball draft. The game ran 5 ½ hours and ended around midnight Eastern time this morning.

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