Good morning. Here’s our news and notes this morning.
Local players compete in national softball tournament
Play started yesterday in southern California for two local teams with Valley players at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national tournament.
The Issaquah-based Northwest Bullets Zacher 16U, with MSHS’ Maddy Trout, and the Woodinville-based Absolute Blast 2000 14U, featuring four players this week with Valley ties, are both competing. Here’s how things went yesterday.
Zacher 4, New Mexico Sundancers 0: NWB’s Marnie Skinner, from Moses Lake, pitched a no-hitter to lead the Zacher side to the win. She walked four and struck out nine in her complete game effort, in which she threw 95 pitches. Trout was 0-1.
California Thunder 8, AbB 3: Blast opened the tournament by falling to the California team. Mount Si High’s Lexi Wetherbee was 1-1 with a triple and run scored for AbB, while Cedarcrest’s Elaine Townley was 0-2. Also playing this week for AbB is Lauren Rich, who was a star freshman for the Red Wolves this spring but will not be back with them next year as she and her family have relocated out of the Valley. Rich pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, two earned on two hits, walking five and striking out three. She was also 0-1 in the contest at the plate.
Kansas City Peppers 7, Zacher 5: The ladies from the Midwest scored six runs in the fifth and final innings of the contest to rally from a 5-1 deficit and hand the Bullets the loss. Trout had no official at-bats in the contest, but saw action for the Zacher side.
Arizona Hotshots Elite 9, AbB 0: Wetherbee was 1-2 and Townley 1-1 to aid the Blast as they were blanked by the Arizona team. Rich pitched two innings in this contest, allowing three unearned runs on two hits, striking out three and walking two. One other Valleyite plays for AbB – CHS’ Cassidy Derieg. She did not see action in either of the two Blast games yesterday.
Mount Si alum Karaica, SPU men’s soccer on overseas trip
The Seattle Pacific University men’s soccer team later this week will be headed across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain for a foreigh excursion, which the school reports is the first one of these for the men’s soccer team in school history.
Among the players expected to travel is star defender Davis Karaica, from Snoqualmie and a junior this fall.
While in Spain, the Falcons are scheduled to play four “friendly” matches with teams in that country, and also tour various soccer and cultural sites there, helping enrich the players both athletically and academically.
This is not the first time in recent seasons a MSHS grad took a foreign trip with a college team – just a couple of years ago, when Wildcat grad Tanner Riley was playing for the University of Portland men’s basketball team, they took a similar trip to that same region of the world.
SPU will be back later this month, and will open their season September 3 with a home match against Cal Baptist. Karaica will be one of several ex-Wildcats and Cedarcrest Red Wolves boys’ soccer players playing college men’s soccer this fall – others include MSHS alums Ryan Herman (UW), Nate Popp and Aaron Baumgardner (PLU), Connor Williams (St. Martin’s), and CHS grad Chris Cole (Lenoir-Rhyne (NC)).