More Friday news….

Nuggets on this Friday:

Baseball
Karalus faces M’s prospects: North Bend’s Reece Karalus took his best shot at prospects from his hometown Seattle Mariners last night on the hill for his minor league baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Bowling Green Hot Rods of Kentucky.

Karalus, a 2012 Mount Si High School grad, and the Hot Rods played a Midwest “A” League game at home in Kentucky against the Clinton Lumber Kings from Iowa, who are the Mariners’ affiliate in that league. The Valleyite allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits in three innings of relief work, walking two and striking out three, as BG fell to Clinton 6-3. The leading hitter on the night for the Lumber Kings was Chris Mariscal, who went 2-4 with a double and RBI and saw his average bump up to .267. Karalus received no decision for his pitching efforts.

The Hot Rods dropped to 10-11 on the season and host Kane County from suburban Chicago, IL, tonight to start a weekend series. The Cougars are affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Golf
Red Wolves girls score win: Cedarcrest’s girls’ golf team made short work of visiting Cedar Park Christian at home in Carnation yesterday on the strength of another solid round from top golfer Casey Spurr. More from the Everett Herald.

Softball
College-CWU surprised by host St. Martin’s in first round at GNAC tourney: The Wildcats, top seed in the conference tournament in Lacey, were held to just three hits – two by Central’s Valley duo – in a 2-0 opening round loss yesterday to the Saints. North Bend sophomore Celine Fowler and Duvall junior Kaliyn Campbell each had a hit for Central. Fowler is a 2014 Mount Si HS grad and Campbell is a 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad. They play a loser-out contest today against Concordia-Portland.

High School-Granite Falls 9, Cedar Park Christian 5: The Tigers held off the Eagles in the Cascade Conference clash at Granite Falls High School, backed by Taylor Arndt’s homer; she finished 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s to pace Granite (9-4 Cascade, 10-5 overall). Sicilia Fazio went 2-3 with a run scored to pace CPC (0-11 Cascade, 0-12 overall). Granite is three games back of league-leading Cedarcrest.

High School-Bellevue 16, Bellevue Christian 11: The Kingco 3A squad had hits from all except one player as they held off visiting BCS in a nonleague barnburner. Kama Boswell had two doubles, a run scored and two RBI’s to lead the Wolverines, while Kendall Mecham had a hit, two runs scored and four RBI’s. Becca Jewett went 3-3 with a double and homer, scored three runs and drove in four more to pace BCS.

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CHS games rained out; Mount Si games still on for today despite rainy weather

We have a bit of rain in the Valley at the moment, and that has resulted in a pair of postponements.

The baseball and softball games involving Cedarcrest High School’s teams, both of which were scheduled for the CHS campus in Duvall this afternoon, have been rained out, with the games rescheduled for Monday. The Red Wolve baseball team was scheduled to wrap up the regular season at home against Lakewood, while the Cedarcrest softball team was set to host South Whidbey.

Mount Si High School has as of yet not announced any weather changes to their baseball and softball games. The Wildcat softball team is playing at home this afternoon against Inglemoor, and the Mount Si baseball team is away tonight at Woodinville in a game that will, with a Wildcat win, give Mount Si the Kingco regular season title. With the WHS field being turf, this game is not expected to be postponed, but the softball game, as the Mount Si field is grass, could be changed. We’ll keep you updated.

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Friday news….

Good Friday morning.

We’ll have a full story on this for you soon, but Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team earned the right to play for the Kingco 4A championship last night after the Wildcats beat Eastlake on Senior Night at home.

One of the several seniors honored prior to the game, Jimmy Jacobson, scored the game’s lone goal – on a penalty kick in the first half – lifting Mount Si to the 1-0 win over the Wolves. Mount Si will play Skyline for the league title at Skyline High School in Sammamish May 9.

We’ll also try to work in some track and field for you as well soon, but in the meantime, our Friday look focuses on college baseball.

BYU 11, Gonzaga 2: The Cougars rolled to the home WCC victory last night in Provo, UT; senior shortstop Dustin Breshears went 0-4 with a run scored for the Bulldogs in the contest. He is from North Bend and a 2011 Mount Si High School grad.

Oregon 7, Oregon State 6 (Wed.): The Ducks took care of the Beavers in another edition of baseball’s Civil War down in Eugene, OR; Dustin’s brother Carson, a redshirt freshman at Oregon and a 2014 MSHS alum also from North Bend, played second base late in the contest for the Ducks with no official at-bats recorded.

Breshears brothers to play against one another: We mention both of the Breshears one after another in this segment today because Oregon announced on Wednesday the Ducks will be hosting Gonzaga for two games May 9 and 10, giving the two local boys a chance – the only one they’ll have as collegians – to play against one another. The two games will be held down in Eugene and be under the lights at 6:00 p.m. each night. Oregon scheduled the games after having some games, including two at Michigan State earlier this month, canceled due to weather.

Columbia Basin 9, Big Bend CC 4 (Wed., game one, doubleheader): North Bend’s Tanner Simpson pitched well for CBC as they took the first of two from the Moses Lake rivals. Simpson, a sophomore at CBC and 2014 MSHS grad, went seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits, walking two and striking out five. He did not play the nightcap for CBC, also won by the Tri-Cities school 8-4.

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Ex-Issy coach hired to coach MSHS boys’ hoops; school also hires new girls’ coach

UPDATED 5:00am 4-29

We have a little more on the Mount Si High School basketball coaching situation for you now.

As we told you yesterday, a function took place last night at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, an event that we have been told by one source was well-attended – some 200 people were reportedly there – and the school officially announced its new boys’ and girls’ basketball coaches. The new coaches are no strangers to Kingco 4A either.

Jason Griffith, who had been the head coach at Issaquah and who led the Eagles to the state 4A boys’ basketball tournament as recently as 2015, where they finished fourth overall, was named the new Mount Si boys basketball coach. Griffith replaces Kyle Clearman, who stepped down from the position following this past season. Among the possible reasons for Griffith taking the MSHS job was his apparent recent relocation to the Valley; we have been told by sources he recently became a new resident on Snoqualmie Ridge.

For the girls, Mount Si hired a locally-based coach to work with that team.

Bob Richey, a Lower Valley resident, was named to take over the head coaching reins with the Wildcats. Richey’s last high school coaching stop was also at Issaquah, where he coached for one season a few years ago. He lives in Duvall, and his daughter is Cedarcrest senior girls’ soccer player Maggie Richey. Maggie, as some of you may know, was the Cascade Conference’s top goalkeeper last fall, and has signed to play college soccer this fall for Utah State University. She also has played basketball during her youth sports career, although she did not play for CHS at the high school level.

Richey replaces Taylor Bass, who was let go by Mount Si following this past season, after only winning two games – including one over the Red Wolves in the Valley Cup – during the winter.

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Another heartbreaking loss for Mount Si baseball against Bothell, plus CHS wins and high school scores…..

Mount Si High School’s baseball season has been a strong one, for sure, but one team this year has been very troublesome.

The Bothell Cougars, in the first meeting of the season between the teams at Bothell High School, handed the Wildcats a heartbreaking 2-1 extra-inning loss. Last night, once again, the Blue Train did just that, using some lucky bounces and timely hitting from one player to get it done.

A single in the ninth inning by Carson Ryder, whose single in the seventh scored two runs to tie the game at 4-4, scored Miles Jackson to give the Cougars the lead, and reliever Derek Lohr, under a lot of pressure with the tying run for Mount Si on third in the bottom of the frame, got Cody Perrine to pop out to foul territory to end it, helping Bothell hand the Wildcats a difficult 5-4 loss.

Mount Si opened the scoring in the fourth, with a single from Owen Roche scoring courtesy runner Alden Huschle, who was running for catcher Justin Lutz, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. After Bothell scored twice in the top of the fifth to take the lead, Mount Si returned fire in the bottom of that frame with three runs. The tying run was scored on a bases-loaded fly out by Jimmy Boyce; a fielding error by Cougar catcher Austin Baek scored Matt Dolewski, who was on third, with that run. A single from Lutz then scored both Gavin Gorrell and Mason Marenco to give the Wildcats the lead 4-2.

Things changed in the seventh. Ryder’s single in that frame, which glanced off Perrine and into center field, scored Jackson and Michael Eizaguirre with the tying runs, both off reliever Nick Solomon.

After Ryder’s ninth inning go-ahead single, which also glanced off Mount Si players, specifically pitcher Collin Anderson, Lohr came out to pitch, and Roche welcomed him in by hitting a double. The MSHS junior, known, if you’ve been reading us lately, for his hockey success, advanced to third on a fly out by Reid Lutz. Perrine came to bat, and on a 1-2 count, hit the pop fly to behind home plate that was caught by the Bothell backup catcher, and the game ended with perhaps the most difficult loss of the season for this Wildcat team.

Ryder finished 2-4 with three RBI’s to lead Bothell, while Roche went 2-4 with his RBI to lead Mount Si. Anderson took the tough-luck loss in relief, allowing a run on two hits, striking out one in 2 1/3 innings.

With Woodinville’s stunning nine-inning loss to Issaquah (see below), Mount Si (11-3 Kingco, 15-3 overall) maintains a one-game lead for the Kingco regular season crown. They can win the whole thing tomorrow night under the lights by beating the second-place Falcons on their home field at Woodinville High School. Game time is 7:00 p.m., and look for Mount Si’s staff ace, Jimmy Boyce, to take the hill with everything on the line tomorrow night.

Bothell, with the win, moved to 9-6 on the season, 11-7 overall, and is in good shape to also make the Kingco postseason.

Seaman steps up again for Mount Si JV: Corey Seaman went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored to pace Mount Si’s JV to a 7-2 win over the Bothell JV at Bothell High School.
Spencer Marenco went 2-2 with a run scored and RBI to pace the Wildcats, and pitcher Garrett Stiller had a good outing, despite six walks and allowing two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. Stiller earned the win.

Trent Carlin went 2-2 with a double to pace the Blue Train, while Josh Kim tripled as part of a 2-4 effort, also for BHS.

Davenport three-hitter sinks Lakewood
Just like his older brother Adam, who graduated last June, Cedarcrest High School sophomore Aaron Davenport knows how to dominate on the hill. Davenport fired a three-hitter, and struck out 13, to lead the Red Wolves to a 6-0 road win last night in Arlington over the Lakewood Cougars.

Blaine Wagner had two hits to lead the Red Wolves (10-6 Cascade, 10-8 overall), who moved into second place in the conference among 2A teams with the win . Peyton Miller, Josh Snyder and Luke Davis all had hits for the Cougars (2-13 Cascade, 3-13 overall).

The two teams finish the regular season tomorrow at CHS in Duvall. A win will lock up the second seed to the Northwest 2A District tournament for the Red Wolves.

Scores:

Kingco 4A-Issaquah 5, Woodinville 4 (9): The heartbreaking loss for Mount Si last night was tempered greatly by Woodinville also losing in heartbreaking fashion, hurting their chances to take control of the league lead. Will Langan, on at third base with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, scored that game-winner for purple and gold on a passed ball by the Falcons’ catcher on a pitch from reliever Reese Averill, sending the Eagles home happy with a huge home win at Issaquah High School. Kyle DeCamp and Jack Niggli both had two hits each for Issy (6-8 Kingco 4A, 8-10 overall), who kept their playoff hopes intact with the win. They and Eastlake are tied for the sixth and final Kingco playoff berth Jake Tilley went 3-4 with a double to lead the Falcons (10-4 Kingco, 13-5 overall), who meet Mount Si tomorrow night under the lights as noted earlier.

Kingco 4A-Skyline 4, Inglemoor 1: The Spartans’ Danny Sinatro went 2-4 with a double and two runs scored as Skyline (9-5 Kingco 4A, 12-6 overall) kept their postseason hopes well alive with the road win under the lights last night in Kenmore. Nick Hulett, Calvin Wood and Connor Knutson combined on a three-hitter, with Hulett getting the win on the mound for Sparty and Knutson getting a save. Inglemoor pitcher Jeremy Schoenfield went the distance, allowing all four Skyline runs, three earned, on 11 hits, walking two and striking out one. He aided the Vikings (1-13 Kingco, 3-14 overall) offensively going 1-3 with an RBI.

Kingco 4A-Eastlake 3, Redmond 0: Under the lights at Hartman Park in Redmond last night, the Wolves took the Redmond rivalry battle on the strength of a two-hitter from James Geiger; he walked three and struck out four to pace Eastlake (6-8 Kingco, 9-9 overall), who, as noted above, is tied with Issaquah for the sixth and final Kingco playoff spot. Nathan Mano went 2-4 with a run scored to aid the Wolves. Geiger out-dueled Mustangs starter Brendan Ecklebarger, who, like Geiger, went the distance, but allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits, striking out seven. Grant South and Nate Robinson had the hits for Redmond (7-8 Kingco, 9-9 overall).

Kingco 3A-Mercer Island 3, Bellevue 2: MI rallied from an early 2-0 hole with two sixth-inning runs to sink the visiting Wolverines under the lights on the island last night. And they did it despite only two hits – one each from Noah Hsue and Alex Shanks, but Shanks’ hit was a double, and he also drove in two to pace the Islanders (15-2 Kingco 3A, 15-3 overall), who are tied with Lake Washington at the top of the Kingco standings. Reagan Teegarden’s two-run homer in the first accounted for the scoring for Bellevue (6-11 Kingco, 7-12 overall). Peter Lopes went the distance on the mound for MI, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out four and earning the win.

Kingco 3A-Liberty 1, Juanita 0: LHS pitcher Adam Morrison outdueled his Rebel counterpart Jayson Schroeder in a classic battle last night at Liberty High School in Renton. Both pitchers went the distance, with Morrison allowing four hits and four walks, striking out one to get the win, while Schroeder allowed an unearned runs on two hits, walking one and striking out six to earn the tough-luck loss. Kai Alberghini and Torey Anderson had a hit each for Liberty (9-9 Kingco 3A, 9-10 overall), while Alex Olague, who reached base on an error, scored the game’s lone run in the second inning for the Patriots. Cody Wilson was 2-3 with a double to lead the Rebels (7-10 Kingco, 7-12 overall).

Kingco 3A-Lake Washington 8, Sammamish 2: Under the lights at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park, Kevin Nakahara tripled, scored a run and drove in two to pace LW (15-2 Kingco 3A, 17-2 overall), who remained tied for first place in Kingco 3A with the win. Paul Falco allowed a run on three hits to get the win on the mound for the Kangs. Nathan Aebi went 2-3 with a run to pace the Totems (0-17 Kingco, 1-19 overall).

Cascade-South Whidbey 3, King’s 0: Will Simms pitched a two-hitter to lead the Falcons (9-7 Cascade, 11-7 overall) to the road win under the lights in Seattle last night. Simms walked two and struck out five, and his performance was aided by a hit and run each from both Jared Eckert and Austin Sterba. Jackson Whitaker’s double led the Knights (5-11 Cascade, 6-12 overall). Like his counterpart Simms, King’s pitcher Jake Welch went the distance on the hill, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits, walking three and striking out seven.

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