MSHS baseball M’s ticket fundraiser continues this spring

Want to make a quick note of something this afternoon regarding Mount Si High School’s baseball program.

As many of you know, or are aware if you read the fine blurb from Danna McCall at Living Snoqualmie earlier this week, the Wildcat boosters are once again participating in the Mariners ticket fundraising program – this is the program that has helped Mount Si develop a tradition for the past 10 seasons of having the Wildcats play a game at Safeco Field every spring.

This year, the ticket fundraiser will enable folks to purchase tickets to the May 20 Mariners game against the Detroit Tigers. This is a Saturday night game with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m. and this year, two seating sections are being offered as opposed to the one in the 300 level that has been offered in past years. The 300 level section is still available, with tickets to that section going for $20, but tickets are being offered in a section on the 100 level, with those going for $40.

If you want more information or want to purchase tickets, go to Mount Si’s baseball website as soon as possible to pick them up. We have the website linked in our news links at right, and the link to the ticket sales will be right on their home page.

You can also purchase tickets to the game directly from the Mariners, but you will be paying full price for those ($28 for the 300 level, $47 for the 100 level) and those do not go towards the number needed to ensure Mount Si’s participation in a game next spring at the Safe. So if you want to help the team continue its tradition next year, which has become a special one especially for the program’s seniors as it has become the team’s unofficial “Senior Day”, you’ll want to purchase the tickets as soon as possible from the Wildcat boosters.

Additionally, that Saturday night game includes a promotion – the M’s will be handing out to the first 20,000 folks who come through the gates a Felix Hernandez bobblehead, and those of you who have been to Mariner bobblehead nights in the past know those promotions are quite popular so if you want tickets, get them as soon as you can then you’ll want to arrive early to get the freebie at the gate.

The Tigers this season are in the midst of a rebuild, but do have a former Kingco player on their roster – pitcher Matt Boyd, who years ago as a youngster playing for Mercer Island High School pitched against Mount Si in a game seen by your editor while with the Valley Record down at Island Crest Park. He later went to Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, then Oregon State University, before being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays several years ago in the MLB draft. Boyd made his big league debut for Toronto in 2015 before being traded to the Tigers that season in the deal that saw the Blue Jays land ace pitcher David Price for their playoff run that year. Boyd is slated to be a starting pitcher for Detroit in 2018, which means there’s a possibility that he could pitch in this game.

If you want an opportunity to enjoy some baseball with your family or friends for an affordable price and do so with fellow members of your community and support local kids at the same time, we suggest you head on over to the MSHS baseball website and pick up some M’s tickets.

Another reminder as well, and that is this year’s Safeco game is on April 7, a Saturday against West Seattle. Game time is 12:30 p.m., earlier than in past years – most of the past 10 years of games there have seen Mount Si play later in the afternoon. Admission and parking are free. For those who go, you will enter the stadium through the home plate gate at the corner of 1st Ave. S. and Edgar Martinez Dr. and sit in the 100 level section behind home plate and the dugouts.

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From the pitch and the links…..

To the pitch, and it was a big night for both Valley high school boys’ soccer squads, as both Mount Si and Cedarcrest posted dominating wins.

The Red Wolves opened Cascade Conference play last night blasting Sultan 7-1 at Sultan High School for their first win of the season. Caleb Chung had a hat trick – three goals – along with two assists to lead Cedarcrest, who also had a goal and assist from Tanguy Cimetiere and Hunter Rohwer. Jacob Dempsey and Bailey White also scored goals for CHS, while Jake Fowler and Guiseppe Giampapa both had assists for the Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves are at Archbishop Murphy Friday night at 6:00 in an early battle for the Cascade lead. CHS will next be at home in Duvall on April 4, hosting South Whidbey for a 6:00 kickoff that night.

Mount Si likewise rolls in league home opener: Six different players scored goals for Mount Si in their 6-1 blowout at home over North Creek in Snoqualmie.

Jaxen Maw, Sullivan Smith, Alec Bothwell, Banner Hovinga, Sebastian Bednik and Hayden Johnson all had goals, with Bothwell, Maw, Mateo DiDomenico and Tyler Kim all getting assists. The Wildcats are now 2-0-0 on the season and host Inglemoor tomorrow at 7:30 at Mount Si High School.

Golf: Mount Si girls fall in league opener
The Wildcat girls’ golfers took one on the chin Monday, as they narrowly fell in the Kingco 4A opener to a solid Issaquah team.

The Eagles took the match 261-267, lower score wins, at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course in Fall City. Mount Si’s Kat Hodgson and Issy’s Jeemin Nam shared medalist honors, both firing solid rounds of 37 on the par-9 layout. Shannon Lin carded a 46 and Grace Wang fired a 47 rounding out the Issy league points-placers. The Wildcats’ only other league point-placer was Alli Miller, who carded a 47. Emma Fougere paced Mount Si with a round of 50.

The Wildcat loss came off a strong showing last Friday over in East Wenatchee at the season-opening Highlander Invitational. Mount Si took seventh out of 27 teams from around the state in the field and Hodgson fired a 79 over a full 18 holes on the par-70 Highlander Golf Course layout to finish in a tie for ninth overall among individuals. Tori Berger paced Mount Si with an 83.

Mercer Island’s “A” squad – they had two separate teams competing in the tournament – won the team title and Ephrata senior Kenedee Peters, who you CHS fans in particular should be familiar with as she is the best girls’ golfer at the 2A level this spring, demonstrated why that will be the case again this year, as she fired a 64 and won the individual title.

The Wildcats tomorrow will host Newport in what is expected to be a very rainy home opener at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie. Tee times are at 3:15.

CHS girls win: The Red Wolves downed Archbishop Murphy last night 51-35 in the league opener for both teams at Mill Creek Country Club. Individual scores were not reported. CHS, now 1-1 on the spring after falling last week at home to Lakewood in their home opener, is next at Cedar Park Christian next Tuesday for a 3:00 tee time at Echo Falls Golf Course in Snohomish.

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Wildcat baseball splits against Bellevue, with JV win and varsity loss, plus the rest of the high school and college diamond cuts on this Wednesday

Baseball now.

Mount Si High School’s varsity suffered another loss last night, this time to a former Kingco 3A rival.

Connor Cirillo was 2-4 with a run scored, helping the Bellevue Wolverines take an early 4-0 lead and hand the Wildcats a 5-3 loss under the lights at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Al Aurelio and Ryan Pennington both had a hit, run scored and RBI pacing the Wolverines.

Will Caro started on the mound for Mount Si, and allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits in four innings of work, taking the loss for the Wildcats. Trevor Aman worked three solid innings of relief, allowing a run on two hits, striking out four.

Trevor Dahl had a hit and RBI leading Mount Si, with Clayton Waltz, Spencer Marenco, Logan VanCampen, Michael Collins and Trace Halvorson all having a hit each as well for scarlet and gray.

Cirillo earned the win on the mound for Bellevue, allowing two hits and striking out two in three innings of work. Nick Cvitovic grabbed the save for the Wolverines, striking out one in a perfect seventh.

The Wildcats are back on the field tonight for their third straight game in as many nights, this time their Kingco 4A opener against Bothell. Game time is 7:30 at Bannerwood.
Mount Si JV’s win: The Wildcats bats were limited to just four hits on the night, but they made the most of that offense in a 5-1 win over the Bellevue JV’s at Bannerwood. Cam Ferreri’s double and run scored highlighted the Mount Si efforts, while also included a hit and run scored from both Andrew Edson and Jack Mardon. Jack Dougherty had the fourth Wildcat hit, and also drove in a run.

Kevin Corder worked five strong innings on the mound for Mount Si, allowing a run on three hits, striking out seven. Dawson Schneider got the save, pitching two perfect innings and striking out one.

High school scoreboard
The rest of last night’s high school scores. All of our coverage this morning comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A: Cascade (Everett) 4, Inglemoor 2 – The Wesco 4A Bruins doubled up the visiting Vikings last night up in Everett. Sean Mulcare led Inglemoor, going 2-3 with a walk and two RBI’s. Nick Klemp had a triple, run scored and two RBI’s pacing Cascade. The Gillis clan guided the Bruins on the mound, with Brett getting the win, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out six over six innings, and Brock locking it down despite allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits in the seventh.

Wesco: Everett 12, Oak Harbor 1 – The Seagulls made the long trip up to Whidbey Island and came back with a win after scoring six first-inning runs. Dodge Matthews doubled twice for Everett, going 3-4 with two runs scored, a walk and two RBI’s leading the ‘Gulls. Abe Affholter also had three hits for Everett, driving in two runs. Matthews’ efforts offensively helped his own cause, as he pitched a solid five innings to get the win on the mound for the ‘Gulls, allowing a run on two hits, walking three and striking out one. Joe Dixon had a hit and scored the Wildcats’ lone run to lead Oak Harbor.

Wesco: Stanwood 6, Marysville-Getchell 3 – Daniel Evoy doubled and tripled as part of a 3-3 effort, scoring twice and driving in another run, as the Spartans doubled up the Chargers in a Wesco clash in Stanwood. Trevor Loucks led Getchell, going 2-3 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI. Evoy got the win in relief for the Spartans, allowing just one hit in 1/3 of an inning, and Pierce got the save, allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts over the final five innings of work for Stanwood.

Kingco 3A: Interlake 8, Kennedy Catholic 7 – The Saints stole victory from the jaws of defeat down in Burien last night, scoring five runs over the final two innings to rally for the non-conference win over the Lancers. Lucas Allen doubled and drove in two runs pacing the Saints, and Zane Dewar had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Trey Hunt homered twice for Kennedy as part of a 3-4 effort, and drove in three runs. Hunter Downing allowed a run on one hit in two innings of relief to earn the win on the mound for Interlake.

Wesco: Monroe 6, Mountlake Terrace 2 – Andrew Haight led 4A Monroe to the Wesco cross-divisional win over the visiting 2A Hawks up in Monroe. Haight doubled, as part of a 2-3 effort for the Bearcats, scoring a run and driving in another. Jesse Martineau was 2-3 with a run scored for Mountlake in the contest. Ryan Witt worked four solid innings on the mound for Monroe, allowing two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out four to get the win.

College scores
It was also a busy afternoon yesterday, as several teams with Valley athletes competed. Highlights:

Air Force 12, Northern Colorado 6: Struggles by the Bears bullpen ruined what had been a great first start on the mound as a collegian for a Valleyite.

Freshman Gavin Gorrell, from North Bend and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, got to start for the first time as a college pitcher for Northern, and he showed why he deserved more chances at this, allowing just two runs, one earned, on two hits over five innings, walking just one and striking out eight for the Bears. But the visiting Falcons tore into the UNCo bullpen late, scoring a total of nine runs off Bear relievers in the seventh and eighth innings, stealing the victory in Greeley, CO. Gorrell received no decision and fellow Valleyite Evan Johnson, a senior from Snoqualmie and 2014 Mount Si HS alum, went 1-3 with two runs scored and an RBI pacing UNCo.

Whitman 12, Whitworth 10 (game one, doubleheader): The Blues scored nine runs in the first two innings and held on for the win in the first of two in Spokane with their eastern Washington rivals. Sophomore Collin Anderson, pitching for Whitman, pitched against his former team for the first time, and the Valleyite, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, allowed two runs on two hits, walking one in a one-inning relief stint. He received no decision. Anderson last spring pitched for Whitworth before transferring to the Blues in the offseason. He did not pitch in the nightcap, won by Whitman giving them the sweep of the doubleheader and enabling them to hit the .500 mark on the season at 12-12.

Pacific Lutheran 15, Puget Sound 9: The Lutes handled the Loggers in the first game of the spring between the Tacoma city rivals on PLU’s home field in Parkland. Freshman Jake Brady, a fellow class of 2017 member of Gorrell’s from Mount Si but from Snoqualmie, was 0-2 for UPS in the contest.

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Wildcat softball blanked in home opener, plus the rest of last night’s high school softball scores……

Good Wednesday morning. We start with softball this morning.

Mount Si High School’s softball team opened their home schedule yesterday against Eastlake, and the Wolves showed why they’ll be a force to be reckoned with this spring. The Wolves poured it on late, and took care of business in short order.

A homer from Emma Bickford, along with Eastlake taking full advantage of numerous Mount Si defensive mistakes, lifted the Wolves to a 12-0 five-inning win at Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie, with the game called early due to the mercy rule. Bickford finished 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI’s. The mistakes – and missed opportunities early offensively for Mount Si against Wolves pitcher Camryn Snyder – proved to ruin what was otherwise a relatively good pitching performance by Wildcat pitcher Lauren Wilbourne.

“Lauren really kept a good hitting team off balance early,” Mount Si coach Lauren Dumoulin said. “She threw the ball well and a team like Eastlake that hits the ball well is going to catch up to any pitcher.” The coach continued, “We just made too many mistakes and we didn’t give her any run support, so it’s hard to pitch in a situation like that.”

Mount Si made a total of eight errors in the contest, and the final pitching line for Wilbourne reflected that – of the 12 runs she gave up, only one was earned. The senior allowed six hits and walked six, but struck out five, so all in all, especially early on, Wilbourne did her best to keep her team in the game, but missed opportunities as noted cost Mount Si. Two examples – the Wildcats in the first put two runners on against Snyder (Sam Simmons, who singled for what turned out to be Mount Si’s lone hit off of the Eastlake pitcher, who struck out eight, and Abby Gronewald, who walked) with one out but failed to score either runner, and in the third the Wildcats also put two runners on (Simmons and Gronewald again, by a walk and hit by pitch respectively) but again failed to score either runner.

It’s early in the season, so there’s time to fix the mistakes. “I told the girls (following the game) we’re dialing in on what we didn’t too well today so that (tomorrow) those are our strengths and not our weaknesses,” Dumoulin said. The Wildcats are under the lights tomorrow at Inglemoor, with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.

Here are the rest of last night’s softball scores. All of our coverage this morning comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A: Skyline 6, Inglemoor 5 – The Spartans’ Bailie Stewart won it on a groundout that scored runner Alex Piper-Wagner from third in the bottom of the seventh, completing a two-run last inning rally for the victory at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Stewart finished 2-4 with an RBI for the green, silver and white, but Shayna Swanson led the way for Sparty, driving in five as part of a 3-4 effort. Emma Jacobs won it in the circle for Skyline, allowing three runs on three hits in three innings, walking one and striking out two. Sophia Fike homered for the Vikings and drove in two runs to lead Inglemoor.

Kingco 4A: Bothell 7, North Creek 4 – North Creek found out how challenging the league will be this spring, falling in their league opener after smoking three non-conference opponents to start the season, scoring almost 40 runs in those three games. Sierra Hein went 3-4 leading the Jaguars; she scored two runs, and Brooke Davis led Bothell, going 2-5 with two runs and an RBI. Jamie Ford went the distance in the circle for the Cougars, allowing four runs, two earned, on nine hits, walking four and striking out five.

Kingco 4A: Woodinville 15, Issaquah 4 – The Falcons’ bats came alive in the road win over the Eagles in Issaquah. Mikaela Sullivan hit two homers, scored three runs and drove in five to lead Woody, and Alex Nyberg also homered for the Falcons. Cora Erickson led Issaquah, with a hit, walk, run scored and RBI. Kelly Hruza also drove in a pair of runs for the Eagles on a sacrifice fly and a reach of base on a Woodinville error.

Wesco: Everett 9, Marysville-Getchell 1 – Rachel Christensen went 4-5 with three runs scored and an RBI leading the Seagulls to the road Wesco rout over M-G in Marysville. Andrea Hedington was 2-4 for Everett, and she drove in four runs. Kassidy Millar allowed one unearned run on three hits in four innings in the circle for the ‘Gulls, walking one and striking out five. Makinna Vanhorn led Getchell with three hits.

Wesco: Marysville-Pilchuck 17, Shorecrest 2 – 10 first-inning runs sparked the Tomahawks, who cruised to the home mercy rule league win in Marysville over the Scots. McKenzie Justice led the way for M-P, going 3-4 with a triple, two runs and four RBI’s. Chloe Morgan was 2-2 with three runs scored, a walk and three RBI’s, and Alissa Edge doubled as part of a 3-3 performance, scoring three runs and driving in another. Kaine Marcinowski was 2-3 with a run scored pacing Shorecrest.

Wesco: Glacier Peak 14, Mountlake Terrace 3 – The 4A Grizzlies rolled to the cross-divisional Wesco win over the 2A Hawks. Jazz Zenk powered Mountlake, with a homer and double as part of a 3-3 effort; she scored twice and drove in two as well for the Hawks. Ashley Jacobson aided Peak, homering as well as part of a 2-4 effort, driving in three runs. Harlee Carpenter was 3-5 with a double for the visitors, scoring twice and driving in two more, and Kendall Curtis doubled twice for GP, scoring a run and driving in three more.

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MSHS baseball unloads bats early in home opener, plus news from the hardwood…..

Mount Si High School’s varsity baseball team got the 2018 home season off to a rousing start last night, sending 12 hitters to the plate in an eight-run first inning, and they cruised from there to get a win under the lights over Decatur.

Will Scott went 3-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI, and Tank Brewster added two hits, two runs scored and two more driven in, as the Wildcats routed the Gators 11-2 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Dusty Dover went five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out one to get the win on the mound for Mount Si.

The first inning opened with a single by Clayton Waltz, then walks to Spencer Marenco and Troy Baunsgard by Decatur starting pitcher Ben Ray loaded the bases. Logan VanCampen was hit by a pitch scoring Waltz, then Michael Collins walked to score Marenco. Brewster then singled to score Baunsgard and VanCampen, followed by Scott singling. Trace Halvorson struck out, then Trevor Clem singled to score Collins and Brewster. Waltz then reached base on an error and that scored Scott. Clem finished out the scoring on a fielder’s choice by Marenco. The Wildcat bats gave Ray plenty of headaches – he left after allowing all eight runs, seven earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out one. Needless to say, he took the loss.

After Decatur scored a pair in the top of the fourth, Mount Si responded with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. Scott’s triple in the fourth scored Brewster to make it 9-2, then the Colorado School of Mines-bound right fielder scored on a single from Halvorson. Waltz finished out the scoring in the fifth on a passed ball.

Cole Bostwick then did the rest, pitching two shutout innings of relief, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Mount Si hosts Bellevue tonight down at Bannerwood, also at 7:30 p.m.

Also this morning:

Youth basketball programs from Valley see success at state tournament
The Snoqualmie Valley’s youth travel basketball programs enjoyed some solid success this past weekend at the Washington State Middle School basketball championships in Spokane. Four teams from Cedarcrest’s organization, and one from Mount Si, represented their community well against some of the best players from around the state.

The Cedarcrest select girls’ fourth grade team won the “Silver” fourth-grade title, narrowly beating a team from Port Orchard’s South Kitsap Elite for the crown, 21-19. They went 2-1 overall in their pool, also playing teams from Bothell and Bellevue’s Interlake Select organization.

The Red Wolve select’s eighth grade girls’ team finished as a runner-up in their “Silver” division after falling 66-49 in the finals to Inglemoor. Two of four Cedarcrest boys’ travel-ball teams also placed in their respective “Silver” divisions as well, with the fourth grade placing fourth and the sixth grade squad taking sixth.

In all, a total of over 100 players spread across 10 different teams represented the Valley at this past weekend’s state event, which saw the local kids face off against quality competition from all over Washington. In addition to the six from Cedarcrest, four other teams came from Mount Si’youth travel ball program, and one, the fifth-grade girls, won their consolation bracket in their “Silver” division and finished high in their placing. Three boys’ teams also represented Mount Si’s travel ball organization at the event. None, however, placed after failing to win any titles.

A congrats to all the players and their teams on their success.

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