Valley girls’ athletes competing against top national competition this weekend, with news from the pitch, the diamond and volleyball

We also have other news this morning.

First, from soccer, and a pair of Mount Si High School graduates along with their club team are getting set to play for their regional title in just a bit in Redmond.

The Eastside FC Red ’98 girls’ 19/20U team, featuring Wildcat Class of 2017 alums Natalie Weidenbach and Abby Kuykendall, will be playing the Utah Celtic team from Salt Lake City at 11:15 this morning in the finals of the US Youth Soccer FarWest regional tournament at 60 Acres Park in Redmond. EFC, coached by ex-Wildcat boys’ coach Tom Bialek, won their semifinal game 3-0 over in-state rival PacNW98 yesterday to advance to today’s final. If Eastside wins, they advance to the US Youth Soccer national tournament later this summer, but to do that, they’ll have to beat arguably the best team in this tournament in Celtic, who won their semifinal yesterday and has as a team scored 15 goals in the tournament, leading that category.

We’ll keep you posted on how things end up today.

Also this morning:

Mercer Island club volleyball squads – both with locals – continue play at nationals
The Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 16’s and 18’s club volleyball teams, both of whom have Mount Si High School players, continue play at the Amateur Athletic Union’s national tournament today after a mixed showing yesterday.

After an 0-3 start Friday, the 16’s Black, with Wildcats Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart, went 3-0 yesterday, handling their primarily California and Arizona opposition, but the 18’s, with MSHS grad Emma Anderson, continued to struggle, falling once again yesterday in all three of their matches. They’ve already played two more this morning, and again in neither case could break into the win column. Among the losses this morning was one to Woodinville-area rival Washington Volleyball Academy.

Playoff action is now underway at the event, with it expected to wrap up tomorrow.

Softball
Auburn squad with Mount Si sister act delivers at local tournament: Auburn’s Washington Acers 18U Anderton, featuring Mount Si High School’s Lis sisters, class of 2017 grad Claire and soon-to-be junior Grace, went 3-0 yesterday in day one of the Seattle American Softball Association chapter’s local “June Final” tournament in Kent. Anderton’s team beat three separate local rivals, including a pair of teams from the Washington Illusion organization based in Cowlitz County in southwest Washington, to advance into today’s championship playoffs. The event is going on in Kent.

Premier Girls’ Fastpitch update: Two teams with local players saw their chances for trips to the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch nationals in California fall by the wayside yesterday with losses at the PGF national qualifier in Portland.

The Kirkland-based Northwest Lady Bandits 14’s saw their run at the tournament end with a 7-1 loss to California’s Foothills Gold. Cedarcrest High School’s Jessi Polacek was 0-1 for the Bandits in the contest. Also, Mount Si High School alum Maddy Trout was 1-3 for the Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth team, and that hit proved to be the only one for the Oregon-based squad as they were eliminated from the PGF event by the California-based Stingers team by a 3-1 score.

Action for the remaining teams in the event, including several other teams from the Seattle area, continues today.

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Local minor leaguers both see action last night, plus diamond cuts on this Sunday……

Good Sunday morning. Our diamond cuts this morning start with minor league baseball. For just the second time all season, and the first since mid-April, both of the Snoqualmie Valley’s minor-leaguers pitched for their teams in games on the same night, that being last night.

We’ll start in Florida, where 2012 Mount Si High School grad Reece Karalus and his Charlotte Stone Crabs took their Florida State League class “advanced A” tilt with the New York Mets-affiliated St. Lucie Mets 6-1 at the Mets’ facilities in St. Lucie, FL. Karalus worked a perfect ninth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Stone Crabs, striking out one and receiving no decision. Charlotte moves to 33-38 on the season with the win.

Meanwhile, up in Greenville, SC, fellow 2012 MSHS alum Lane and his Charleston River Dogs took on the Boston Red Sox-affiliated Greenville Drive. Lane overcame some rough spots in his two innings of relief work, allowing just a hit and walk, but striking out four, to pick up his sixth hold of the season, which is a stat for those unaware awarded to pitchers who come in to games with their team in the lead and they leave with that lead still intact. However, it was all for naught in the end, as the two pitchers that came in after the North Bend product pitched could not finish the job, and the New York Yankees-affiliated team fell to the Drive in 10 innings, 5-4. Lane’s ERA dropped to 0.77 while Karalus’ dropped to 5.54, the lowest he’s had all season.

Both pitchers should once again see action later this coming week, probably around Wednesday or Thursday, with the River Dogs playing the Rome Braves, an Atlanta Braves-based team in Georgia, and the Stone Crabs hosting the Yankees’ advanced “A” team from Tampa.

Scores now from the diamond:

College Summer
Fall City-based Honkers swept in doubleheader: The Fall City-based Northwest Honkers were swept in a doubleheader yesterday on the road in Tacoma by their Pacific International League rival Seattle Cheney Studs. The Studs won the opener 8-0 and took the nightcap 12-8. Cedarcrest High School grad Cameron Padron played both games for the Honkers, going 1-3 in the opener and 2-3 with a double and two runs scored in the nightcap. The two losses dropped NWH to 10-15 on the season and they are off today before heading to Walla Walla tomorrow night for a date with the West Coast League’s Sweets at 7:00 p.m.

Youth
Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

WW Sweets 13U 11, City Baseball Navy 3: The Sammamish-based Sweets got a double each from their two Chief Kanim Middle School players – Aidan Dougherty and Jake Smith – in a rout of the Seattle team at a tournament in Lacey. Dougherty finished 2-3 with a walk and run scored and Smith’s double was his lone hit; he scored a run and also drove in two. Smith started on the hill for Sweets and worked three innings, allowing two runs on five hits striking out two and getting the win.

Northwest Naturals 18U 4, WW Sweets 18U 3 (game one, doubleheader): In the first of two at Issaquah High School, Mount Si High School athletes aided the Naturals efforts in the win. Carson Corra, a Wildcat alum, was 1-2 with a run, while fellow Mount Si’er Clayton Waltz was 1-1 with a walk and run scored and Tank Brewster was 1-2. Michael Collins (0-2), Spencer Marenco (0-3) and Logan Van Campen (played, no official at-bats) also saw action for NWN in the contest. Wildcat Dusty Dover was 0-3 for the Sweets.

Field of Champions 15U Bears 6, Rock Creek 4 (game one, doubleheader): In the first of two on RC’s field in Ravensdale, the Preston-based FoC got a 1-3 effort with an RBI from future Wildcat Cam Ferreri, and a 1-4 effort with a run scored and RBI from current ‘Cat Jack Mardon in taking the opener of the twinbill.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 9, Seattle Select 7: Bellevue-based Boys took their first of two yesterday in Edmonds with the help of MSHS grad Mason Marenco, who went 2-2 with a double, two walks and three runs scored. Fellow Wildcat alum Matt Dolewski was 1-3 with a double, run scored, walk and RBI. Cedarcrest High School’s Riley Mallot allowed just one hit and struck out one in 2 1/3 innings of dominating relief on the hill and earned the save for BoS.

Missoula Mavericks (MT) 7, Bellevue Honda 18U 4: At a tournament over in Missoula, MT, last night, the host Mavericks scored the win over the Bellevue team; Mount Si’s Steven Watters was 0-2 with a walk for Honda in the loss.

Field of Champions 14U Black 10, Bellevue Warriors 2: At Skyline High School, the Preston-based FoC posted the dominating win anchored by the efforts of incoming MSHS freshman Andrew Edson, who drove in three runs as part of a 2-4 effort aiding the Bears. Fellow future Wildcat frosh Caden Smith was 0-2 for FoC in the victory.

Field of Champions 13U Black 9, Rippers 2: Preston-based FoC blasted their opposition at Marymoor Park in Redmond with the assistance of some Valley middle-schoolers. Chief Kanim’s Harrison Kelly was 2-3 with a run scored and RBI, while fellow Hawk Ryan Gerlitz was 1-3 with a run scored and two more driven in. Twin Falls’ Drew Hiddleson was 1-2 with an RBI as well for the Bears.

Kirkland Merchants 9, Field of Champions 14U Blue 6 (game one, doubleheader): The FoC Blue brought in Edson from their 14U Black team for the first of two afternoon games yesterday at Issaquah High School, and just like in his morning game for his regular team, his bat was on all cylinders, as he went 3-3 with a double and three runs scored for the Bears, but the Kirkland team got the last laugh and took the opener.

Field of Champions 13U Black 17, FM Sports 3: FoC routed the Redmond-based FM with the help of Valley middle-schoolers; Chief Kanim’s Quin Patterson tripled, scored a run and drove in two more, while fellow Hawk Blake Miller was 2-4 with two runs and an RBI. The Preston-based Bears also got a contribution from Caden Harris, also of CKMS, who doubled, scored a run, walked and drove in three more.

Boys of Summer 16U 7, Baden Baseball 6 (game one, doubleheader): Bellevue-based Boys won their morning game at the SEL 16U Wood Bat tournament in Seattle led by Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson; he went 3-4 with a triple, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base for good measure as BoS broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh with that go-ahead, and eventual game-winning, run which incidentally was scored by the Wildcat athlete.

Northwest Naturals 14U 11, Bellevue Dragons Elite 1: The Sammamish-based Nats got a hit, run scored and RBI apiece from their pair of soon-to-be Mount Si freshmen Cole Norah and Turner McCutchan in their rout of the Bellevue team at home on the Plateau.

River Bandits 11, Sweets 13U 3: Sweets, in their second game of the day in their tournament in Lacey, ended up on the short end of a blowout loss with Dougherty going 1-3.

Northwest Naturals 18U 8, WW Sweets 18U 2 (game two, doubleheader): Van Campen tripled to headline a 2-4 effort, scoring a run and driving in a second, as the Nats took the nightcap and swept their Sammamish rivals in the twinbill at Issaquah High School. Collins was 1-3, while Waltz and MSHS alum Ben Keller were both 0-4, Corra was 1-3 with a run, and Spencer Marenco was 0-2 with two walks and a run scored. Dover once again was 0-3 for the Sweets in their loss.

Rock Creek 12, Field of Champions 15U Bears 2 (game two, doubleheader): RC took the nightcap of the twinbill to split the pair at home with their Preston-based rivals. Ferreri was 1-2 with a RBI, and Mardon was also 1-2. He also pitched two innings of relief, allowing nine runs, six earned, on nine hits, with a strikeout. He received no decision.

Boys of Summer 18U 5, Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 1: BoS beat the heat and the Pierce County team; Marenco walked twice and scored a run despite going 0-1, and Dolewski walked once as well despite going 0-2.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 8, Seattle Dodgers 3: In Kirkland, the Bellevue team took care of the Seattle side with the help of MSHS’ Parker Wutherich, who was 1-4 with a run scored and RBI.
Kent Bulldogs Elite 18, FCA 14U Black 3: In Puyallup, the Kent team rolled to the win over the Redmond-based squad; MSHS’ Jake Mitton had one plate appearance for FCA offensively, and he walked.

Rapid City Hard Hats 14, Washington A’s 18U Gold 0: The South Dakota team made quick work of the Sammamish-based A’s over at the Palouse Summer Series; MSHS grad Collin Anderson was dinged up a bit by the Rapid City bats, as he allowed six runs on four hits, walking three and striking out two, in just 1 2/3 innings on the hill in a start for the A’s, and took the loss.

Bellevue Dragons Elite Blue 18, Washington A’s 13U 4: Twin Falls Middle School’s Brady Farris was 1-2 with an RBI for the Sammamish-based A’s as they were dominated easily by the Bellevue team at Marymoor.

Bayview Bombers 3, Bellevue Honda 16U 1: At the SEL wood bat event in Ravensdale, Bayview handled the Bellevue team, with Honda’s Will Caro, a MSHS player, going 0-3 in the contest.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 4, Narrows 1: In the SEL tournament in Kent, MSHS’ Frankie Cepeda led the way for the Gladiators, going 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s as the Seattle team rolled. Fellow Wildcat Connor Webb also had a good day, going 2-3 as well with a run scored, and two other MSHS’ers, Blake Meister (0-3, run) and Cole Bostwick (0-3) also saw action for the Gladiators in the contest.

City Baseball Navy 12, Sweets 13U 1: After being routed earlier in the day as previously noted by the Sweets, the Seattle-based CBN exploded late offensively and returned the favor in the tournament nightcap down in Lacey. Smith was 1-3 with an RBI, while Dougherty was 0-3 and had a no-decision on the mound; he started and worked three innings, allowing a run on two hits walking one and striking out one as well.

Field of Champions 14U Blue 8, Kirkland Merchants 4 (game two, doubleheader): Edson’s very busy day finished as it started – strong offensively, as he went 2-3 with another double, two runs scored and an RBI, as FoC took the nightcap of their twinbill and split the pair with the Kirkland team.

Boys of Summer 16U 9, Seattle Dodgers 3: Halvorson went 0-4 for BoS in their blowout of the Seattle team at the SEL tournament in Kirkland.

Easton Baseball 6, Northwest Naturals 13U Green 4: EBC handled the Sammamish-based Nats despite the efforts of Valley middle-schoolers; Twin Falls’ Dawson Schneider was 2-4 with two RBI’s aiding NWN, and Chief Kanim’s Matt Wieting was 1-2 with a walk and run scored. Schneider also pitched in relief for the Nats, allowing three unearned runs on four hits in three innings of work, walking three and striking out six. He took the loss.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 10, Tacoma Tugs 0: In Kent last night, the Gladiators won handily aided by Cepeda’s 1-4 effort; he scored a run. Webb was 1-3 with an RBI, and Bostwick was 0-4 with an RBI as well for the Seattle team.

FCA 14U Black 12, Kent Bulldogs Black 10: Mitton was 1-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI for FCA as they won the slugfest over a second Kent team in Puyallup yesterday. He also worked two innings in relief, and it was a challenge, as he allowed five runs, three earned, on three hits, with three walks and a strikeout. He received no decision.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 8, Bayview Bombers 3: The Bellevue team posted another win, this in Ravensdale, with the help of Wutherich’s 2-4 performance; the MSHS player also scored a run in the contest.

Seattle Stars 9, Bellevue Honda 16U 5: Caro struggled in a starting appearance on the hill for Honda in their loss to the Seattle team in Seattle. He allowed seven runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out two.

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Mount Si alum takes college summer league’s home run lead, plus other news from the diamond and volleyball on this Saturday

Good Saturday morning. As we noted yesterday afternoon, it’s going to be a hot one this weekend, with temperatures in the low 90’s around the Valley, and that, combined with both the Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts now being out for the summer, means there’s probably going to be quite a few of you out on the water at local lakes and rivers today. The water, according to authorities, is still quite cold, so it is advised that you be extra careful out there and wear proper water safety gear if you will be out swimming or doing other recreation on our area waters.

Mount Si High School has, as we mentioned in our note about this yesterday, has seen its share of water-related tragedies involving students in recent years, including one just a couple of years ago up at Rattlesnake Lake outside of North Bend, and just a few weeks ago, if you all remember, a student at Issaquah High School lost his life in a swimming accident up at Olallie State Park on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River aboe Twin Falls also outside of North Bend. So, please exercise caution so we can avoid having to cover news on this front this weekend.
With that out of the way, time now for our diamond cuts. We’ll have a little volleyball item this morming as well at the end of our coverage today.

Our look at baseball this morning starts off in the college summer circuit.

Johnson takes WCL homer lead, paces Wenatchee to rout
2014 Mount Si High School grad Evan Johnson is now officially the most dangerous hitter in the entire West Coast League, as he belted his league-leading seventh homer last night, helping his Wenatchee AppleSox deliver another win.

Johnson’s homer led off the sixth, and the Snoqualmie product, a senior-to-be at Northern Colorado University, finished a solid 3-6, with three runs scored and two RBI’s, extending his league lead in that category to 21, as Wenatchee blasted the host Gresham GreyWolves 10-2 at Mount Hood Community College in suburban Portland. The win moved the AppleSox to above .500 and they are two games back of division leader Bellingham.

Wenatchee is off tonight, and hosts the Pacific International League’s Everett Merchants tomorrow night.

Also from the college summer circuit:

Mount Si grad Boyce shuts down Corvallis, keeps Bells in first: Bellingham maintained its hold on first place in the WCL’s North Division with an 8-2 blowout of Corvallis last night down at Goss Stadium on the Oregon State University campus. MSHS alum Jimmy Boyce, from North Bend and a sophomore-to-be at Edmonds Community College this fall, pitched four strong innings in relief for the Bells, allowing just two hits while striking out two. He earned the win and moves to 2-1 on the season with a strong 3.66 earned run average. The two teams continue their series tonight at OSU.

WCL’s Pippins break out early, hold on for win over Fall City’s Honkers: The WCL’s Yakima Valley Pippens scored five runs in the first two innings, then held on to hand the Fall City-based Northwest Honkers of the PIL a 6-4 loss last night at Yakima County Stadium in Yakima. Cedarcrest High School alum Cameron Padron was 1-4 with an RBI for the Honkers, who are back in action today with a PIL two-fer in Tacoma meeting the Seattle Cheney Studs beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Youth baseball
This morning’s youth scoreboard is, as always, featuring scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Michael’s Toyota 18U Elite 8, FM Sports 7: Bellevue-based Michael’s needed extras to win this one, taking it in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth last night at Skyline High School in Sammamish over the Redmond-based FM. Mount Si High School’s Andrew Mischke was one of the keys to success for Michael’s, as he pitched four strong innings of relief, allowing just one run on six hits, walking one and striking out one. He received a no-decision.

Baden Baseball 8, Washington A’s 18U Elite 6: Kent-based Baden held off the host A’s, from Sammamish, for the win at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. MSHS grad Blake Brown was 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the A’s, and fellow Wildcat Ethan “Moose” Read pitched 3 2/3 innings of solid relief for the home side, allowing a run on four hits, striking out two and receiving no decision.

Northwest Naturals 16U 8, FM Sports 1: The Sammamish-based Naturals, coming off a rout Thursday of FM in the front end of the home-and-home set, did the same to the Redmond-based squad last night to close the two-game affair out, this at FM’s home yard in Redmond. Mount Si’s Trevor Aman homered to power the Nats, while fellow Wildcat Tyler Wieting was 0-1 with a walk and run scored. MSHS’ Murphy McDowell was 0-2 as well for NWN in the contest.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 8, FCA Cardinals 1: Mount Si’s Cole Bostwick doubled to headline a 2-4 effort, scoring a run and driving in two more, as the Gladiators rolled to the win over the Redmond-based FCA in a Seattle Elite League 16U Wood Bat tournament clash in Seattle.. Fellow Wildcat Frankie Cepeda was 1-4 with a run and two RBI’s for the victors, and a third Wildcat, Connor Webb, was 0-4, also for the Gladiators.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 5, Honda Baseball 16U 3: In Kent at the SEL 16U tourney, the Pierce County-based squad used a four-run fifth to sink the Bellevue-based Honda side; Mount Si’s Will Caro was 0-2 with a walk for Honda in the losing efforts.

FCA 14U Black 12, Kent Bulldogs 1: Redmond-based FCA rolled to the win over the Kent team at Curtis High School in Tacoma. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton was 0-2 for FCA in the contest.
Field of Champions Blue 2, Northwest Naturals 14U 1: Soon-to-be Wildcat freshmen Cole Norah and Turner McCutchan went a combined 0-3 for the Nats as they fell to the Preston-based Bears in a pitcher’s duel at Issaquah High School.

Washington Athletics 18U Gold 6, Rock Creek Select 1: At the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman, the Sammamish-based A’s overcame the hot weather to post the win over the Ravensdale-based RC. Mount Si grad Nick Solomon worked the seventh inning on the hill for the A’s, allowing a hit and striking out two with no decision recorded.

Boys of Summer 16U 10, Seattle Stars 0: Bellevue-based Boys blasted the Seattle team in a SEL tournament battle in Kent. Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson was 0-3 for BoS in the contest.

Softball
Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth 2, Washington Ladyhawks 1: At the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch qualifier down in Portland, the Oregon-based Bullets won it in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh, beating the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks. Mount Si grad Maddy Trout was 0-3 for the Bullets in the contest.

Volleyball
Island Thunder 16’s finish winless in day one at AAU nationals: Mercer Island-based Island Thunder’s 16’s Black finished the first day of play yesterday at the Amateur Athletic Union’s national tournament in Orlando winless in three matches. Last night, the local girls’ club volleyball squad, featuring Mount Si High School’s Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart, fell to teams from Coeur D’Alene, ID and Norfolk, VA to finish out play; earlier yesterday, as we reported, they fell in their first match to a team from Florida.

IT’s 16’s are one of two Island Thunder teams with Wildcat players in the tournament; the other team, the IT 18’s, also went 0-3 earlier yesterday. They have already started play today and have fallen in their first match already, this to a team from Atlanta. That squad features MSHS grad Emma Anderson.

Play continues for both teams later today.

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Afternoon update on this Friday…..

Good afternoon. Quick news update on this Friday.

First, a quick advisory for all of you and that is with the hot temperatures forecast for this weekend and both Valley school districts now on summer break, a lot of you will probably want to venture out to cool off in local lakes and rivers. Please do be careful out there this weekend because the water is still quite cold. Mount Si High School has seen its share of student deaths in water-related accidents in recent years, and as you may remember from a few weeks ago, a student at Issaquah High School lost his life in a water-related incident up at Olallie State Park on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. So exercise caution this weekend and use proper safety devices if you will be out on the water.

Now to the news.

Volleyball: Mount Si High School athletes compete against national foes at AAU tournament
Two teams from Mercer Island-based Island Thunder Volleyball, a local girls’ club volleyball organization, with Mount Si High School players started play this afternoon at the Amateur Athletic Union’s national tournament in Orlando, as they both sought a national title.

Things, however, have not gone well to start play there for either of the Island Thunder teams. Their 18’s team, with Wildcat graduate Emma Anderson, fell in all three of their opening day matches earlier today, with losses to teams from both California and Arizona. Their 16’s squad, with MSHS fall returners Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart, fell in their first match which just went final in the past hour as of this writing, with two more matches scheduled tonight. The loss came in a two-set sweep (matches at the club level are best two-of-three as opposed to the best-of-five format in high school) to a Florida-based team.

Play for both teams should continue through the weekend. This weekend’s tournament for Island Thunder starts off the postseason for local teams with MSHS players in club volleyball. Several squads will be competing in action starting next week at the USA Volleyball nationals in Minneapolis. This group is led by Bellevue-based Sudden Impact’s 16’s Tornado and Thunder, and 17’s Storm, all of whom have local players – Wildcats Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell (Tornado) and Harper Click (Thunder) and former MSHS’er Patience O’Neal (Storm). Kent-based KJ will also have three teams with Mount Si athletes in the event.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the action back in the Twin Cities.

Baseball scores
We have a couple of early finals for you from 18U action. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Reno Knights 14, Chaffey Baseball 18U 1: At a tournament in Reno this morning, the host Knights from Nevada routed Edmonds-based Chaffey; Cedarcrest High School senior-to-be Aaron Davenport started the game on the hill for Chaffey, and it was a short outing, as he allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits in two innings of work, walking three and striking out one, and picking up the loss.

Seattle Stars 7, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4: At a tournament in Edmonds this morning, the Seattle-based team took care of Bellevue-based Boys; Mount Si High School grad Gavin Gorrell was 1-4 for BoS, and fellow Wildcat Class of 2017 member Mason Marenco was 0-3 with a walk.

Soccer: Preston club girls’ team with MSHS grads advances to semis at regional tourney
The Preston-based Eastside FC ’98 Red girls’ club soccer team, with Mount Si High School grads Natalie Weidenbach and Abby Kuykendall, continued their strong run through the US Youth Soccer Farwest regionals today in Redmond, as they dominated en route to a win in their first playoff game.

Eastside blanked the New Mexico Rush ‘98/’99 4-0 in the quarterfinal clash at 60 Acres Park in Redmond in a 19/20U matchup. The win moves EFC, coached by former Wildcat boys’ soccer coach Tom Bialek, into the semis tomorrow, where they will meet local rival PacNW. If Eastside wins, they will advance to the finals on Sunday and meet a team from either California or Utah for the right to advance to the US Youth Soccer nationals later this summer.

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Fall City-based college summer team wins at home, plus another round of cuts from the diamond as we get set for the weekend…….

Good Friday morning. We begin our diamond cuts in Fall City this morning, with a win at home for the Valley’s college summer baseball team.

Britten Abbott, an outfielder, was 3-4 with a double and run scored for the host Northwest Honkers as the Fall City-based team held off the visiting Everett Merchants 3-2 last night in a Pacific International League game at Fall City Community Park.

Pitcher Chaz Lopez worked a strong six innings to get the win for NWH, allowing two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out six. Reliever Jack Woodland pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, walking one but striking out two, to get the save.

Cedarcrest High School grad Cameron Padron was 0-3 for the Honkers, who moved to 10-12 on the season with the win and play the West Coast League’s Yakima Valley Pippins tonight over in Yakima.

Also from college summer action:

Johnson hitless for just second game of season as Wenatchee blown out on road: All of the runs were scored in the first two innings down in Gresham, OR, last night, and the host GreyWolves scored 15 of them to blast the visiting Wenatchee AppleSox 15-2 in a West Coast League game last night. For just the second time this season, Mount Si High School grad Evan Johnson was held hitless; he was 0-4, but did walk and score one of the AppleSox’s two first-inning runs. Johnson’s average dropped below .400 after last night’s proceedings; the senior-to-be at Northern Colorado University from Snoqualmie is now hitting .380. Wenatchee and Gresham wrap up their season series tonight with one last game in Oregon before Wenatchee returns home for action on Sunday.

Now to our youth baseball action, with scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 13U Blue 17, Bellevue Dragons Elite Green 5: Valley middle-schoolers aplenty took the field last night for both teams as Preston-based FoC rolled to the win at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Blake Miller led the local trio for the Bears; the Chief Kanim Middle School student was 2-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Fellow Hawks Caden Harris (0-4, reached on errors twice, two runs scored, two RBI) and Quin Patterson (0-4, reached on error, run; 2/3 inning pitched in relief, no runs allowed, no hits allowed, no decision) also played for FoC in the contest.

Twin Falls Middle School’s Ryan Llewellyn led the six-player local contingent for the Dragons, going 1-2 with a run scored and RBI. He also pitched for the Bellevue side, and it proved to be a challenge, as he allowed six runs, just two earned, on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief, walking two and striking out one. He received no decision. Fellow Raven Brady Hossfeld (0-3) along with CKMS’s Logan Cyr (1-2), Chris Jarocki (0-1), J.T. DeRouen (0-4, RBI) and Luke Richter (0-1, walk) also played for the Dragons.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Thurston County Saints 3 (game one, doubleheader): Mount Si High School grad Mason Marenco doubled and drove in three runs for Bellevue-based Boys as they took the first of two from the Lacey-area team last night at Bellevue College. Fellow Wildcat alums Matt Dolewski (0-2, run) and Gavin Gorrell (2/3 inning pitched in relief, strikeout, save) also played for BoS in the contest.

Baden Baseball 5, Northwest Naturals 18U 3 (game one, doubleheader): Down the hill from BC at Bannerwood, the Sammamish-based Nats played two with Kent-based Baden, and the opposing squad took the win on the strength of a three-run first inning. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco led the way, going 1-3 with a RBI, and fellow ‘Cat Carson Corra paced things, going 1-4 with a run scored. Clayton Waltz (0-2, walk, RBI), Tank Brewster (0-2, walk), Michael Collins (1-3), Jake Simmons (starting pitcher, 6 innings, five runs, two earned on six hits, two walks, nine strikeouts, loss), Ben Keller and Logan Van Campen (both 0-2) rounded out the Mount Si contingent for the Nats in the opener.

Bellevue Dragons Elite Green 7, Boys of Summer 16U 6: The two Bellevue-based teams clashed in Seattle last night, with the Dragons holding off Boys despite the efforts of Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson, who led BoS going 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 4, Easton Baseball 1: Bellevue-based Michael’s rebounded nicely from their blowout loss on Wednesday to score the win last night at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich was 0-2, but did drive in a run for the Michael’s side.

Thurston County Saints 2, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 1 (game two, doubleheader): Gorrell tripled and scored Boys’ lone run in the seventh, but the Saints held on for the nightcap win and split the twinbill in Bellevue. Dolewski and Mason Marenco went a combined 0-7 for BoS in the loss.

Rock Creek 16U 10, Bellevue Honda 16U 0: Mount Si’s Trevor Clem was 0-2, but reached on an error, walked and scored twice to pace the Ravensdale-based RC to a win at home last night over the visitors from Bellevue. Clem’s Wildcat teammate Will Caro was 1-2 for Honda in the contest.

Baden Baseball 10, Northwest Naturals 18U 6 (game two, doubleheader): Spencer Marenco was 2-3 with a double, run scored and RBI for the Nats who fell once again to Baden in the nightcap at Bannerwood, giving the Kent side the sweep of the pair. Corra was 2-4 with a run, and Brewster (0-1), Van Campen (no official at-bats but did play) and Collins (starting pitcher, three innings, 10 runs, seven earned on eight hits, four walks and three strikeouts, loss) rounded out the Wildcat contingent in this one for the NWN squad.

Washington Athletics 18U Gold 3, Michael’s Toyota Showcase 2: The Sammamish-based A’s opened their weekend trip to the Palouse Summer Series with a win over their Bellevue rivals yesterday afternoon. Mount Si grad Nick Solomon picked up a save on the hill for the A’s, pitching 2/3 of an inning and taking care of business despite allowing a hit.

Field of Champions 13U Black 11, Eastside Huskies 0: FoC rolled to the win over the host Huskies in Bellevue thanks to Chief Kanim’s Harrison Kelly. He was 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s aiding the Bears to the victory. Fellow Hawk Ryan Gerlitz was 0-2, but walked twice and scored twice for FoC, and Twin Falls’ Drew Hiddleson was 0-2.

Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 5, Field of Champions 15U Bears 3: The host Bears fell at home in Issaquah last night. Aiding the FoC efforts was soon-to-be MSHS freshman Cam Ferreri, who went 1-3 with a run scored. Wildcat sophomore-to-be Jack Mardon went 0-3 for the Bears.

Easton Baseball 14, Northwest Naturals 13U Green 5: A triple and run scored from Twin Falls Middle School’s Dawson Schneider proved to not be enough for the Sammamish-based Nats as they fell at home last night in Redmond. Chief Kanim’s Matt Wieting was 0-3 for NWN in the loss.

Northwest Bandits 8, Seattle Gladiators 16U 0: The Kirkland-based Bandits rolled to the win at Kent Memorial Park. Mount Si’s Frankie Cepeda was 1-2 with a walk leading the local Gladiator contingent. Connor Webb (0-3) and Levi Jorgensen (starting pitcher, 3 1/3 innings, four runs, three earned on six hits, three walks, loss) rounded out the local representation for the Seattle-based team.

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