Athletes of the Week for 4-1

Our first boys’ Athletes of the Week this spring are on the baseball diamond.

CEDARCREST – The Red Wolves’ chances of making it to postseason in 2015 will largely ride on the arm of senior ace pitcher Adam Davenport, and he showed why last Friday, as he pitched a complete-game four hitter to lead CHS to a 1-0 Cascade Conference road win over Cedar Park Christian at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Davenport thus far has pitched two games, both of which he completed, allowing no earned runs on just six hits, striking out 21. It is expected he will end up playing baseball at the Division I college level next season, but if he keeps this up, perhaps a major league baseball scout or two will stop by in Duvall and have a look themselves, maybe? It will be interesting to see what happens as the season wears on. CHS plays Sultan Wednesday on the road, in a game that should be available on the WIAA Network through TurkPride.TV. Check that website for more information.

MOUNT SI – The Wildcats have had a tough start to the season, currently 2-4 after four straight losses last week. In their game against Newport last Friday, however, sophomore Justin Lutz hit a home run, and that earns him the nod this week. Lutz’ homer came in the sixth inning and tied the game at that point 3-3. It was his first as a varsity player, and the first for the varsity team in 2015, and it couldn’t have come at a more important time. However, the Knights responded with two runs in the seventh and won that game 5-3. Still, though, the accomplishment for Lutz is one worth recognizing, and we’re doing just that here. Justin’s older brother, Reid, is on the team this season, so we’re sure both of them had a good time with that after the game.

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News and notes from the diamond…..

Good Monday morning, it’s the start of a new week for all of you, and for us as well. A note and that is Mount Si High School’s baseball and softball teams meet Redmond tonight at Hartman Park. The ladies start it off at 5:30, then the boys start their game at 6:00. Should be a fun night of action at both games, and we wish the Wildcats luck.

Also, we should mention that for those of you who were out in downtown North Bend on Saturday and saw some girls waving signs out in front of Les Schwab Tires on North Bend Way, those girls were part of the Mount Si softball team, who was holding a car wash fundraiser at the tire shop. The program reports on Facebook that in a short four-hour period of work they raised over $1,000, and that will help support the team. Good stuff, and another example of the strong community support for Mount Si High School athletics.

Our Athlete of the Week is on deck, but we have some Sunday college baseball and softball action for you first.

Texas Tech 3, Kansas 2: The Red Raiders won the rubber-match of their Big 12 home series yesterday in Lubbock, TX, over the visiting Jayhawks, taking two out of the three games on the weekend. Senior shortstop Tim Proudfoot, from North Bend and a 2011 Mount Si High School alum, was 1-4 with a putout and four assists defensively for Tech in the contest.

Oklahoma State 4, Kansas State 1: OSU took the Big 12 game yesterday at home in Stillwater, OK, from the visiting Wildcats; senior center fielder Max Brown was 0-3 with one putout defensively for K-State. He, too, is from North Bend and a 2011 MSHS alum.

Central Washington 6, Holy Names-CA 2 (game one, doubleheader): CWU scored the road win to open two with the host HN side in northern California; junior second baseman Ryan Atkinson, from North Bend and a 2012 MSHS alum, was 0-3 with a putout and assist defensively for the Wildcats. Atkinson did not play the nightcap, won by Central 10-3.

Bellevue CC 2, Edmonds CC 0 (game one, doubleheader): Freshman Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 MSHS grad, was 0-1, but walked, hit a sacrifice fly and drove in a run to help Bellevue win the opener of two against their NWAC rivals in Snohomish County yesterday. Johnson did not play the nightcap, won by Edmonds 11-7. North Bend’s Zach Usselman, also a 2014 MSHS alum playing for BC, did not see action in either game.

Everett CC 1, Skagit Valley 0 (game one, doubleheader): Skagit’s Joe Done, a former Mount Si player, was 1-3 as the Cardinals’ designated hitter in their doubleheader-opening loss to the visitors from Everett.

Loyola Marymount 4, Gonzaga 2: The Zags fell on the road in Los Angeles to close out a weekend set with the Lions; junior shortstop Dustin Breshears, from North Bend and a 2011 MSHS alum, was 0-2 for the Bulldogs, but recorded a walk, one putout and two assists defensively.

Lower Columbia 3, Pierce 2: The Red Devils won the NWAC matchup at home in Longview; sophomore Tanner Marty, from Duvall and a Cedarcrest HS grad, was 0-3 on the day for LCC.

Everett CC 12, Skagit Valley 2 (game two, doubleheader): Everett won the nightcap of the NWAC two-fer in Mount Vernon to sweep the pair from the Cardinals; Done was 0-3 in the contest for Skagit.

PLU sweeps two from Lewis and Clark: Pacific Lutheran took two at home in Parkland from the visiting LCC team from Portland. Scores were 6-4 in the opener and 6-2 in the nightcap. Senior Sam Boelter, from Carnation and a Cedarcrest HS grad, played third base in both games for the Lutes and was 0-2 with two putouts defensively in the opener and 1-3 with two assists in the nightcap.

Caldwell (NJ) sweeps two from Merrimack: In Newark, NJ, host Caldwell took two from visiting Merrimack from Massachusetts; scores were 6-1 in the opener and 8-4 in the nightcap. Tamarra Crowe, a 2013 Mount Si HS grad from North Bend, played second base for Merrimack in both games and did not have any official at-bats in either contest. She did record one putout defensively in the opener, however.

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News and notes from volleyball and soccer….

We round out our package of items with a look at volleyball and soccer this morning.

Volleyball: Several Valley players competing in regional tournament this weekend
Nine high school volleyball players from Valley high schools are in Spokane this weekend with their local club teams competing in the Pacific Northwest Qualifier tournament, a chance for these teams to possibly qualify for the national tournament later this summer. For one of those teams with local kids, there’s a real good chance they’ll make it.

That team would be the Sudden Impact 15’s Lightning from Bellevue. This team, with Mount Si varsity player Amanda Harkleroad, is 6-0 through the first two days of play, both Friday and yesterday. They have beaten teams from Bellevue, Puyallup, California and Texas on the way to their torrid start. They are in the championship round of the “American” division today and with three more wins, they’ll punch a ticket to nationals. We wish them luck.

Six other teams with local players are in the event this weekend, and here’s a quick look at all of those squads:

18 Open-Sudden Impact 18’s (Anna McCreadie, MSHS): The Bellevue-based team is 1-5 thus far through two days, with their lone win coming against a team from Lake Stevens.

16 Open-Island Thunder 16’s (Emily Cole, MSHS) and Sudden Impact 16’s (Katie McCreadie and Courteney Carr, both MSHS): The Bellevue and Mercer Island teams met head-to-head yesterday, with Sudden Impact sweeping the best-of-three match two sets to none. They are 3-3 on the weekend with other wins against teams from Lake Stevens and Idaho. ITVC is winless thus far at 0-6.

17 Open-Washington Volleyball Academy 17’s (Makenna Wehmeyer, Cedarcrest HS) and Kent Juniors 17’s (Haley Holmberg, MSHS): The Lynnwood and Kent-based teams respectively are a combined 1-11 in their division on the weekend, with the lone win being a KJ triumph over a team from California. The two squads have fallen to teams from Seattle, Puyallup, Lake Stevens, Oregon, California, Colorado and New Mexico thus far.

18 American-Eastside Volleyball Academy 18’s (Liz and Katie Larson, both MSHS): The Sammamish-based team with the Larson sisters from Mount Si High School is 1-5 with a win against a team from Olympia, but losses to a second Olympia squad and teams from Seattle and Mount Vernon as well.

Action for all teams continues today in Spokane. There are no participants in the tournament this weekend from either of the Valley’s local clubs, Snoqualmie’s Ridge Valley or Carnation’s Valley View. VV had teams in last weekend’s play at this event and most of them struggled, finishing well back in their respective age groups.

Soccer: Bardsley plays for Tulsa in historic game
As we noted yesterday, Fall City’s Gibson Bardsley was set to make his debut last night for the Tulsa Roughnecks pro soccer team, and he did just that, seeing action for the USL side in a 1-1 draw with Oklahoma City. Bardsley is a 2007 Mount Si High School grad who has played professionally since graduating from college in 2010. The game for the Roughnecks was their first as a member of the United Soccer League. Tulsa is an expansion team this season in that league.

Tulsa will be in Seattle to play the Seattle Sounders’ entry in this league, called Sounders 2, June 5. That game is at Starfire Sports in Tukwilia (the former Fort Dent Park) and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. We checked the Sounders website this morning and there are limited tickets available for that game, so MSHS soccer fans who want to attend the contest and support the ex-Wildcat star need to act quickly. Tickets are anywhere from $15-$18 and there is a link to those tickets through that website.

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Softball on the brain…..

Good morning, everyone. Hope you have had a chance to read our track and field and baseball reports from earlier. We now take a look at softball. Before we get to our college scoreboard, though, a note from youth softball and that is that Mount Si High School freshman softball player Grace Lis and her club team, the Washington Ladyhawks 14U Hardy squad from Puyallup, are playing in a tournament this weekend in Kent.

Yesterday, the ‘Hawks went 4-0, outscoring their foes a combined 57-2. Yes, 57-2. As you can see, this Ladyhawks team is quite good and should be pretty formidable as the spring and summer season in local ASA club ball continues. The team continues play today at the event, which is being held at the Service Club fields off of Highway 18 near Pacific Raceways.

Now to the colleges.

Cal State Monterey Bay 4, Central Washington 2: In the Tournament of Champions in Turlock, CA, a homer from Duvall sophomore Kaliyn Campbell was not enough to save Central as they fell to CSUMB. The home run from the2013 Cedarcrest grad was a two-run shot in the sixth which put the Wildcats up at that point 2-1. Monterey Bay rallied with three runs in their half of that frame to end up with the victory. North Bend’s Celine Fowler was 0-1 with a walk for CWU.

Pacific Lutheran 6, Lewis & Clark 5 (game one, doubleheader): Carnation senior Sam Boelter was 1-2 with an RBI and two assists defensively playing third base for the Lutes in their doubleheader-opening win at home in Parkland over the visitors from Portland. Boelter is a Cedarcrest HS grad.

Roanoke 3, Lynchburg 1 (game one, doubleheader): In Salem, VA, the host Roanoke team held off the visitors from LC; sophomore Lauren Smith, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-1 as the LC designated player in the contest.

Central Washington 13, HI-Hilo 1: CWU rolled to the five inning mercy-rule win over the Hawaii team behind a 3-3 game from Campbell which included a double, two runs scored and four RBI’s. Her big hit was in the third, when she hit that double with the bases loaded; among the runners who scored was Fowler, and the Mount Si HS alum from last June finished her day 2-3 with two runs scored to pace Central.

Pacific Lutheran 3, Lewis & Clark 2 (game two, doubleheader): Boelter was 0-2 with one defensive putout for the Lutes, who pulled off the win in the nightcap to sweep the conference twinbill.

Lynchburg 11, Roanoke 9 (game two, doubleheader, nine innings): LC outlasted Roanoke in the nightcap to split the pair of conference games; Smith was 2-5, reached base on error twice, and scored three runs as the Lynchburg DP in this contest.

Central Washington 5, Cal State Stanislaus 3: Finishing the day in Turlock, Central got a 2-3 performance from Campbell to pace the Wildcats to the win; she drove in a run. Fowler was 0-2, but walked twice, scored a run and drove in another to aid the Central efforts.

Turlock note: We should mention of course that Hawaii Pacific University’s team is also playing this weekend in that Turlock event. They played two games yesterday, but freshman Britney Stevens, from Snoqualmie, did not see action for the Sharks in either contest. Stevens is a 2014 MSHS grad.

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Mount Si baseball falls in Safeco game, plus high school and college scores

Mount Si High School’s baseball team for the sixth straight season hit the Safeco Field turf for a game yesterday, but it was pretty much over before it really started.

Kentwood scored four first-inning runs, and cruised from there, handing the Wildcats a 7-2 loss at the home of the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. Austin Holm led the way for the Conks, going 2-4 with a triple, a run scored and three RBI’s. Mount Si was held to just five hits by Kentwood pitching, with Miles Schimchick’s double leading that effort.

Alex Adams took the hill for the Wildcats on Senior Day, and allowed five runs, all earned, on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. He suffered the loss.

Mount Si is at Redmond tomorrow for a night game at Hartman Park.

High Schools
Richland 9, Skyline 7 (game one, doubleheader): Skyline headed east to the Tri-Cities for two with the Bombers, and the home side opened the twinbill with a win. Riley Gill doubled and drove in three runs to lead the Spartans, while Danny Sinatro added two hits, including a double, to aid the Kingco 4A team. Daniel Lew took the loss on the mound for Skyline, allowing four runs, two earned, on just three hits in four innings.

Richland 11, Skyline 1 (six innings, game two, doubleheader): Richland brought out the bats in the nightcap to sweep the pair from the Spartans, who were held to just four hits. Gill homered in the third inning to account for the lone Skyline run. Kyle Gruber took the loss on the mound for the Spartans, allowing seven earned runs on four hits in two innings.

Lakewood 8, Everett 4: The Cascade Conference’s Cougars went on the road for the non-league contest, and left with a nice win over the Wesco 3A team. Hunter Fritz was 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s to lead Lakewood. Seven different Cougars pitched an inning each, with Colby Buechel earning the win, with him not allowing any hits in his one inning of work.

Archbishop Murphy 10, Coupeville 4: Conner O’Brien led the way for ATM, going 3-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s as the Wildcats rolled to the win. Cameron Nix allowed one unearned run on three hits in six innings, striking out four, to earn the win on the mound for ATM.

Santa Clara 3, Pacific-CA 2: SC held off conference foe Pacific to get another win in their weekend set in northern California. Junior Reece Karalus, from North Bend and a 2012 Mount Si HS grad, pitched two no-hit innings, striking out five, to earn save number seven on the spring for the Broncos. His earned run average is now at 2.11 on the season.

Gonzaga 8, Loyola Marymount 2: The Bulldogs rolled to the WCC road win in Los Angeles over the Lions. Junior shortstop Dustin Breshears, from North Bend and a 2011 MSHS alum, was 0-4, but had one putout and three assists defensively for Gonzaga.

Texas Tech 9, Kansas 3: North Bend’s Tim Proudfoot doubled, drove in two runs and scored two more to pace the Red Raiders to the home Big 12 win in Lubbock, TX. Proudfoot, a senior shortstop, was 1-5 on the afternoon, with three putouts and seven assists defensively for Tech. He is a 2011 Mount Si High School grad.

Oklahoma State 12, Kansas State 3: The Cowboys easily handled the visiting Wildcats in a Big 12 conference contest in Stillwater, OK, yesterday, with KSU’s Max Brown, a senior center fielder from North Bend and a 2011 MSHS alum, going 2-3 with a triple for the Wildcats in the loss. Brown recorded one putout defensively.

Mayville State 4, Jamestown (ND) 3 (game one, doubleheader): Host Mayville State of South Dakota took the first game of yesterday’s twinbill, despite a 3-3 effort from Jamestown senior Paul Sitkowski, from Carnation. He drove in a run and recorded one putout defensively playing right field for the Jimmies.

Jamestown (ND) 6, Mayville State 1 (game two, doubleheader): Jamestown won the nightcap, earning a split of the pair; Sitkowski was 1-3 with a run scored and RBI for the Jimmies, who play this Mayville State team again today in another doubleheader.

Holy Names-CA 8, Central Washington 7 (game one, doubleheader): CWU fell in the opener of two with host Holy Names of California in the Bay Area yesterday. Junior second baseman Ryan Atkinson, from North Bend, was 0-4 with two putouts defensively for Central.

Central Washington 7, Holy Names-CA 4 (game two, doubleheader): The Wildcats scored four runs in the seventh to escape with the win, splitting the pair of games. Atkinson, a 2012 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-4 with two defensive assists in this contest for Central.

Bellevue CC 3, Edmonds CC 1 (game one, doubleheader): Bellevue scored the home NWAC twinbill-opening win over the visitors from Edmonds; 2014 MSHS alum Evan Johnson was 1-3 with an RBI to pace the Bulldogs. Fellow 2014 MSHS’er Zach Usselman also played for Bellevue, and was 0-2. Johnson is from Snoqualmie, Usselman is from North Bend and both are freshmen this spring at BC. Neither played the nightcap, won by Edmonds 11-1.

Spokane 8, Columbia Basin 4 (game one, doubleheader): Host SCC took the first of two from visiting CBC. Mount Si grads Joey Cotto, Gunnar Buhner, Tanner Simpson and Connor Swift all played in the game for the CBC side. Cotto was 1-1 with an RBI, while Buhner was 1-4 and Simpson 0-3 with an RBI. Swift pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run on one hit, striking out two.

Columbia Basin 3, Spokane 1 (game two, doubleheader): CBC earned the win in the nightcap, scoring the split with the home Spokane team. Cotto, from North Bend, was 2-4 with an RBI, while Buhner, from Fall City, was 1-3, both for CBC. Simpson, also from North Bend, was 0-3. Swift, who did not pitch in the nightcap, is from North Bend as well.

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