Weekend wrap

Good Monday morning. We wrap up the weekend on the diamond, plus briefly preview a pair of events we’ll have coverage of for you this week here at the Journal as summer sports winds down for the year.

Softball: Valleyite delivers in national tourney
A Mount Si High School player helped contribute to a pair of wins for her Oregon club team at a national tournament yesterday.

Northwest Bullets 18U Gold Knuth 3, Team Kansas Gold 1: At the PGF nationals in southern California, the Portland-based Bullets handed the Kansas City-area team a loss; Mount Si High School’s Maddy Trout was 1-1 with two walks pacing NWB.

Northwest Bullets 18U Gold Knuth 3, Jersey Flames Gold (NJ) 1: The Bullets finished yesterday 2-0 with their nightcap win over the New Jersey team; Trout was 1-1 for NWB in the game.


Spokane Expos 6, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5: The Expos held off the Bellevue-based BoS to close out the weekend tournament at Gonzaga University in Spokane. MSHS’ Gavin Gorrell walked once for the Boys, and fellow Wildcat Mason Marenco, also for BoS, went 0-1.

Federal Way Buzz 6, Boys of Summer 16U 3: At St. Martin’s University in Lacey, the Buzz doubled up Bellevue-based BoS; MSHS’ Max Rovegno was 0-2 for Boys in the contest.

Northwest Bandits 11, WW Sweets 1: The Sweets mustered just a pair of hits – one of which was by Mount Si’s Jesiah Irish, who also drove in the Sammamish’s team’s lone run – as they fell to the Kirkland-based Bandits in Bellevue.

Golf: CHS player competing for trip to WJGA state tournament
The junior golf season is winding down as well. Today, the Washington Junior Golf Association’s district 1 postseason tournament gets started, and a Cedarcrest High School girls’ golf player will be representing the Valley in the event.

Casey Spurr will tee off in the district championship, set for Port Ludlow Golf Course, later this afternoon, in the girls’ 16-17 age group. If she finishes high enough in the age group, she will join several other Valley youngsters who have already qualified in other districts at the WJGA’s state tournament next month in Bellingham.

Spurr is scheduled to head out on the links a little after noon today, and we’ll keep you posted.

Soccer: Preston girls’ club team with North Bend player gets ready to compete for national title
Soccer is also going to be on our plate this week as a Valleyite and her club teammates seek a national championship.

The Eastside FC girls’ Red 99 (U-17) team will be competing starting tomorrow at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, TX, outside Dallas. Eastside, based in Preston, features defender Natalie Weidenbach, a Mount Si High School senior-to-be from North Bend who has already committed to the University of Texas, and the team is coached by former Wildcat boys’ soccer coach Tom Bialek.

The team will play in pool play tomorrow through Thursday and if they advance out of that, they’ll compete for the title starting on Friday. A reminder and that is their game on Wednesday will be livestreamed and we’ll have that here for you at the SVSJ.

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Diamond cuts on this summer Sunday

Good Sunday morning. We have diamond cuts for you this morning.

Firecrackers (CA) 7, Northwest Bullets 18U Gold Knuth 4: The Portland team fell in their opener at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch nationals in southern California to the team from northern California. Mount Si High’s Maddy Trout saw action, but had no official at-bats for NWB in the game.

Spokane Crash 6, Northwest Lady Bandits 14U 2: At the National Softball Association’s Northwest World Series in the Tri-Cities, the Kirkland-based Bandits fell despite the efforts of the Lower Valley’s Jessi Polacek. The Tolt Middle School student went 1-3 for the Bandits in the contest.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Baden 7: At the Gonzaga tournament in Spokane, Bellevue-based Boys held off Seattle-based Baden with the help of MSHS’ Mason Marenco, who went 1-3 with a walk and run scored pacing BoS. Fellow Wildcat Gavin Gorrell went 0-4 for Boys in the contest.

Boys of Summer 16U 5, Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 4: Bellevue-based BoS held on for the win in Bonney Lake with the help of Mount Si’s Max Rovegno, who went 1-3 with a run pacing the victors.

Spokane Dodgers 6, Washington A’s 19U 0: In Spokane, the host Dodgers blanked the Sammamish-based A’s with MSHS grad Collin Anderson allowing all six of those runs, four earned, on six hits with seven strikeouts in five innings on the mound; he took the loss for the A’s.

Kirkland Merchants 2, Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 1: Preston-based FoC was on the short end of a pitcher’s duel last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue as they fell to the Kirkland team. MSHS’ Tank Brewster was 0-3 for the Bears in the loss.

Washington A’s 19U 6, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 2: The game at GU which we mentioned yesterday morning that was suspended Friday due to the nasty storms that moved through Spokane wrapped up yesterday afternoon, with Gorrell leading the way for the BoS despite the loss. He went 3-4 with a double and the two Boys’ RBI’s, while Marenco went 0-2 with a run and MSHS alum Reid Lutz went 0-2 for the A’s.

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On the docket this morning…..

Good Saturday morning. As the season is now winding down for baseball and softball, it’s a light morning for us, but we do have a few things of note today.

We start with youth baseball, and a pair of Mount Si High School players and their club teams got a little more than they bargained for from Mother Nature late yesterday while they played one another at a tournament in Spokane.

The two teams, the Bellevue-based Boys of Summer Blue and the Sammamish-based Washington Athletics, were playing an 18U contest at the event hosted by Gonzaga University when nasty thunderstorms rolled overhead, forcing a suspension of the game. They will resume this morning with the game scoreless in the fourth inning. Wildcat grad Reid Lutz (A’s) and MSHS senior-to-be Gavin Gorrell (BoS) started the contest and are expected to continue when the game resumes later on.

Those thunderstorms, and the resulting rain and wind, caused a lot of damage in the Spokane area, according to KXLY-TV, and even produced a funnel cloud.

The weather is expected to be better today. Now to the scoreboard:

The lone youth baseball games of note last night were a pair between two Eastside rivals, both of whom have Valley players participating on them.

WW Sweets 3, Northwest Bandits Black 2 (game one, doubleheader): The Sammamish-based Sweets posted the win to start the two-fer last night under the lights in Redmond. Cedarcrest High School’s Aaron Davenport was 1-2 with a walk for the Kirkland-based Bandits in the contest.

WW Sweets 3, Northwest Bandits Black 1 (game two, doubleheader): The Sweets held off the Bandits in the nightcap of their twinbill at Marymoor Park to sweep both games. Davenport was 1-1 with an RBI for the Bandits, while the Sweets’ Mount Si High players, Jesiah Irish and Dusty Dover, did not play in either of the two games due to injuries.

Two 14U teams with local players continued play at out-of-town postseason tournaments yesterday.

Moses Lake Rattlers 6, Northwest Lady Bandits 14U 2: At the National Softball Association’s Northwest World Series in the Tri-Cities, the Kirkland-based Bandits fell for the first time, dropping one to the girls from central Washington. Tolt Middle School’s Jessi Polacek was 0-3 for the Bandits in the contest.

NorCal Bownet 11, Issaquah Flame 14U Hume 1: The Flame’s run at the Triple Crown 14U World Series in Reno came to an end with the blowout loss to the California team. Mount Si High School freshman-to-be Hope Bostick was 1-1 for the Flame in the contest.

Northwest Lady Bandits 14U 16, Washington Synergy Drummond 4: The Bandits rebounded in a big way from their loss earlier in the day yesterday and brought the bats out for a blowout of the Auburn team. Polacek did her part, too, going 2-2 with a run scored and two RBI’s aiding the victors.

Golf: Valleyite represents community well at regional championships
The Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s men’s amateur championship is taking place this week over in Walla Walla, and a golfer from Duvall had a solid performance in the tournament.

Daniel Campbell made it all the way to the round of 32 on Thursday before falling in the match-play contest to an Oregon opponent. He came into the match-play seeded 10th after finishing in a tie for 10th in the stroke-play portion of the tournament earlier this week. Campbell fired rounds of 72 and 69 on the par-72 Wine Valley Golf Course layout in the stroke play, and finished it with a three under-par 141.

Campbell was the lone local participant in the event, which featured many of the top amateur men’s golfers from all over the Northwest.

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A season of ups and downs for MSHS alums in pros hits a down for one of them last night, plus the scoreboard from youth softball and baseball…..

Good Friday morning. Diamond cuts aplenty on this Friday, and we start with the pros.

As we have chronicled for you throughout the spring and summer, Mount Si High School graduates playing professional baseball this season have delivered solid contributions to their teams. But with all the positives comes the negatives, and the negatives reared their ugly head last night for one of those former Wildcats.

It came in the form of an apparent injury suffered by 2010 alum Josh Kimborowicz that knocked him out of his starting pitching appearance early last night for his team, the Los Angeles Dodgers-affiliated Ogden Raptors of the advanced “Rookie”-level Pioneer League. Kimborowicz left after three innings after suffering the apparent injury attempting to make a defensive play during the third inning of the contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks-affiliated Missoula Osprey in Missoula, MT, a game won by Ogden 16-7.

Kimborowicz’s three innings went relatively well, as he allowed a run on four hits, with five strikeouts; he received a no-decision as he didn’t pitch the required five innings, so he remains unbeaten on the season at 9-0 between the Raptors and his former team, the independent-league Southern Illinois Miners, who the Dodgers purchased Kimborowicz’s contract from two weeks ago.

The nature of Kimborowicz’s potential injury was not reported last night, so it is not known if he will miss an extended period of time. Two fellow MSHS alums who are also pitchers – 2012 grads Reece Karalus and Trevor Lane – are currently battling injuries and are both not playing for their teams in the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees organizations respectively. Add in the release by the Osprey last weekend of 2011 Mount Si alum Max Brown and recent retirement of fellow 2011’er Tim Proudfoot from professional baseball, and as you can see, it has been a year full of up’s and down’s for the Wildcat group in the pros.

It is hoped that the negatives will soon turn back into positives for this group, and that could happen as soon as tomorrow, as Karalus will be eligible to be taken off the disabled list with his team, the Bowling Green Hot Rods. We’ll keep you updated as we get information.

Now to the scoreboard, starting with the ladies on this Friday:

Lower Valley athlete aids Kirkland team to pair of wins to start big tourney: The Kirkland-based Northwest Lady Bandits 14U girls’ fastpitch softball team got their weekend tournament started on a strong note yesterday, and a Tolt Middle School student was a factor.

The Bandits went 2-0 on opening day at the National Softball Association’s A/B Girls Northwest World Series, being held this weekend at the TRAC complex in Pasco. NWB beat teams from the Tri-Cities and suburban Portland, and Jessi Polacek did her part. Polacek, from Tolt, aided the Bandits with a hit, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI in their 15-4 tournament opening win over the Washington Angels, then despite going 0-2, walked once and scored a run for NWB in their 7-4 nightcap win over the Hillsboro (OR) Diamondbacks.

The Bandits won their pool and will start play today in the playoffs seeking a tournament championship. Games are today and tomorrow at the TRAC complex.

Local team with upper Valleyite splits two at Reno tourney: Play continued yesterday for the Issaquah Flame 14U Hume softball ladies at the Triple Crown World Series in Reno, and they split two games.

Issy beat the local rival Washington Patriots in their first game of the day 8-4, with MSHS freshman-to-be Hope Bostick, from North Bend, going 1-3 pacing the winners. The Flame then fell in a heartbreaker, 11-10, to the Firecrackers Lucero from suburban Los Angeles, who rallied for the walk-off win after the Flame had scored a run in the seventh to take the lead. Bostick was 0-3 with a walk and run scored for Issy in the game. The Flame meet the NorCal Bownet later this morning in a loser-out game.

Also from youth baseball:

Boys of Summer 16U 8, Bellevue Dragons 7: Boys forced extra innings by scoring three runs in the seventh, then the eighth inning proved to be a wild one, as the two Bellevue teams battled to the end, with BoS winning it in walk-off fashion at a tournament in Puyallup. MSHS’ Max Rovegno was 0-2 with a walk for Boys in the contest.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Rock Creek 2: At a tournament in Spokane, Bellevue-based Boys got solid contributions from two Mount Si High School players in the win over the Maple Valley-based RC. Gavin Gorrell pitched 5 2/3 solid innings, allowing two unearned runs on five hits, striking out five and earned the win on the hill for BoS, and Mason Marenco pitched in offensively, going 2-4 with a run scored pacing Boys.

Kent Bulldogs 9, Washington A’s 19U 7: Also at the Spokane event, hosted by Gonzaga University, the Sammamish-based A’s fell in a slugfest to the Kent team. MSHS alum Reid Lutz was 0-2 with two walks and a run scored for the A’s in the contest.

Boys of Summer 16U 8, MBA Hawks 0: Boys blanked the Snohomish County team in their nightcap last night in Puyallup, with Rovegno going 1-1 with an RBI pacing the victors.

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Thursday news notes……

Good Thursday morning. A lot on the plate this morning but we begin with some youth summer baseball.

The best efforts of Valley athletes proved to not be enough in the end, as the Bellevue-based Boys of Summer 18U Red baseball team suffered a heartbreaking extra-inning walk-off loss to knock them out of the Seattle Elite League playoffs.

The Bremerton-based West Hill Vipers rallied from a 3-0 hole, scoring the winning run on that walk-off in the eighth, beating Boys 4-3 last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Mount Si High School’s Cody Perrine went 3-4 to lead the BoS Valley delegation, while Cedarcrest High School grad Jake Jewell was 1-3 with a run scored. CHS’ Cody Banks (1-4) and MSHS’ Justin Lutz (0-3) and Jake Brady (0-4) also played in the contest for Boys.

In other youth baseball action last night:

Kirkland Merchants 14, Boys of Summer 15U 5: In the semifinals of the Seattle Elite League playoffs at Marymoor Park in Redmond, the Kirkland team exploded for eight runs in the fourth to blast past the Bellevue-based BoS, who opened the game with a 5-0 lead after two only to see the Merchants unload later on to take the win and move to the championship series. MSHS’ Trace Halvorson was 0-2 with a walk for Boys in the contest.

Also on this Thursday morning:

Softball: Bostick’s contributions not enough for club team as they drop two at national tourney
The Issaquah Flame 14U Hume girls’ fastpitch softball team fell twice in play yesterday at the Triple Crown World Series in Reno.

In their first game, the Flame was defeated 11-5 by the Central Cal Dirt Dogs from California. Mount Si High School freshman-to-be Hope Bostick, from North Bend, was 1-1 with a walk and two runs scored to aid the Flame in the contest. The Issaquah team then fell in their nightcap 9-2 to the Salt Kake Pegasus from Utah, as the Sat Lake squad scored six runs over the final two innings to break things open in that one. Bostick was 0-2 for the Flame, who continues play in the tournament today.

Pro baseball: Mount Si grad set to take mound tonight in minor league game
Mount Si High School alum Josh Kimborowicz’s debut as a starting pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization last Friday for the rookie league Ogden Raptors team was a success, and also quite historic, as it allowed for the 2010 Wildcat grad to pitch to fellow MSHS alum Max Brown in the contest, making it the first time that’s ever happened in Mount Si program history. While the rematch won’t happen, of course, since Brown was released by his team, the Arizona Diamondbacks-affiliated Missoula Osprey, this past Sunday, Kimborowicz will be seeing the Missoula bats once again tonight, this time on the Osprey’s home soil in western Montana.

Tonight’s 6:00 p.m. first pitch can be listened to live on the Ogden Raptors website here. Kimborowicz allowed two runs, both on solo homers, and struck out eight in his winning effort last Friday as Ogden won the game 5-2. The pitcher is 9-0 this season between both the Raptors and the independent league Southern Illinois Miners, who the Dodgers purchased his contract from earlier this month.

Kimborowicz will be facing a fellow Frontier League independent league alum in the contest in the pitching matchup; the opposing pitcher is slated to be Ryan Atkinson (not the 2012 Mount Si alum from North Bend, this Atkinson is from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio). Atkinson spent a short time in the league at the beginning of the season with their Evansville, IN, team before being signed by the Diamondbacks and assigned to the Osprey.

It will be an interesting night tonight, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted. Kimborowicz’s next start after tonight likely will be next Tuesday or Wednesday as the Raptors face the Helena Brewers in the Montana state capitol.

Soccer: Preston-based team to have a game broadcast live on web at nationals
The Eastside FC Red ’98 girls’ U-17 soccer team will be competing at the US Youth Soccer nationals next week in Texas, and local fans unable to watch the team in person are in luck, as one of their games will be broadcast live on the web.

US Youth Soccer on Tuesday announced that the game next Wednesday featuring the Preston-based team and their opponents from North Carolina will be shown live on the web through their website. We’ll have a link for you here next week on the day of the game. EFC won the FarWest regionals earlier this month in Boise, and the team has a pair of Mount Si High School connections: their coach, Tom Bialek, is a former Wildcat head boys’ soccer coach, and among his top players on the team is defender Natalie Weidenbach, a senior-to-be from North Bend who has verbally committed to play for the University of Texas in the fall of next year.

EFC will play two other games in the pool round of the tournament – next Tuesday and Thursday – but those games won’t be webstreamed. If Eastside makes the finals, that game will be broadcast live on July 31.

We wish the team luck as they will be headed down this weekend for the event. The tournament is being held in Frisco, just outside of Dallas.

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