Sunday news notes

Good Sunday morning. Light morning as we get set to start fall high school sports coverage this coming week for you with football.

North Bend’s Trevor Lane continued on the road to the big leagues last night, as the pitcher got another opportunity to pitch in a minor league baseball contest.

The 2012 Mount Si HS grad has been dominant all season with the New York Yankees-affiliated Trenton Thunder, but as any pitcher knows, there will be off nights at the office. Last night happened to be one of those for Lane, as he allowed three runs on two hits, walking one and striking out three, in three innings of work for the Thunder in their road game against the Reading Fightin’ Phils, affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies, in Reading, PA. Trenton fell in last night’s contest 7-1, and Lane received no decision but saw his earned run average, which has been under 2.00 for much of this season, climb over that mark, to 2.26. Still excellent, but he’ll have some work to do down the stretch to get that back underneath the 2.00 mark.

Trenton is at Reading today. The season wraps up in a couple of weeks.

Soccer
Idaho State women fall to D-II team: Idaho State University’s women’s soccer team fell on the road last night in Salt Lake City to NCAA Division II Westminster College in an exhibition match, 4-3. Stats were not reported so we have no word on whether Fall City’s Rachel Brownell played in the contest for the Bengals. The loss will not count in the standings for Idaho State, who hits the road Friday to open the regular season at South Dakota.

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Mount Si grad pitches his team to a league title, plus news from the pitch and the gridiron on this Saturday….

Good Saturday morning. We start this morning’s coverage on the baseball diamond, and it was a special night last night for one Mount Si High School grad north of the border in Canada, as he helped lead his college summer baseball team to a league championship.

2014 Wildcat alum Tanner Simpson pitched six mostly solid innings, and his Okotoks Dawgs rallied from 3-1 and 5-4 deficits to score an 8-6 win at home in southern Alberta last night over the Regina Red Sox in game two of the Western Canadian Baseball League championship series, giving the Dawgs a two-game sweep of the best-of-three series. Okotoks blasted the Red Sox on Regina’s home field in Saskatchewan Thursday in the opening game of the set.

Simpson, from North Bend and a recent graduate of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, in his six innings of work allowed three runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three. He opened the game well through the first two frames, then ran into trouble in the third, allowing all three of his runs in that frame. He ran into more trouble in the fourth, allowing the first two Regina hitters to reach base, but was able to coax a flyout for the first out, then got hitter Adam DeLaCruz to ground into a double play to end the frame and change the momentum. Okotoks scored two times in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3, then after the Sox re-took the lead in the seventh, the Dawgs unloaded on the Regina bullpen in the eighth, scoring four more runs to take the lead, as it turned out for good. The Sox attempted one last comeback in the ninth, but to no avail, and Okotoks finished the season 46-17 (40-15 regular season, 6-2 playoffs).

Simpson finished the season 2-2 with around a 3.00 earned run average, walking just six and striking out 55 in his eight starts this summer with the suburban Calgary-based team. The title for the Dawgs is their first in 10 years.

We offer the Okotoks team and Simpson our congrats on their league title!

Also this morning:

Soccer
Texas women win exhibition opener: The University of Texas’s women’s soccer squad is ranked among the best in the country in NCAA Division I coming into the season, and last night, they showed why, scoring a 5-0 shutout win in their nationally-televised exhibition opener over the Air Force Academy at home in Austin, TX.

Junior Natalie Weidenbach, she of North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, came off the bench and worked about 11 minutes of the game on defense for the Longhorns and had no stats of note.

UT hosts Gonzaga next Thursday night at home in Austin. That game, along with all other Texas home games this season, will be televised on the Longhorn Network, which you can get on DirecTV and Dish Network in their sports packs. We’ll have a full schedule for you soon so look for that here at the SVSJ.

Football
Relive Mount Si High School football history: Mount Si High School football fans can look back on some historic games from the past now online.

Highlight videos – and at least one full game – from every game of the the 2007 and 2008 seasons, with more expected in the coming weeks, are being posted on YouTube by the team’s former webmaster, Dave Snead, still a friend to this blog after all these many years. Snead, as you all may remember, is the father of Mount Si football alum – and former star running back – Sean Snead. He, as we told you earlier this summer, relocated to southern California after getting married, and is now based down in Victorville, near San Bernardino.

He tells us via Facebook he has additional highlight clips from the 2005, 2006 and 2009 seasons, and perhaps more beyond that, and those will be posted as noted in the coming weeks. We will have links to the 2007 and 2008 action posted for you in our news links.

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We hit the pitch to start our 2019-20 college sports coverage featuring athletes from your community!

Also this morning, we are officially kicking off our 2019-20 college sports coverage. The fall sports season is getting underway for colleges, and that means we’ll have plenty of college football, men’s and women’s soccer, golf, cross country, rowing, volleyball and other sports featuring local athletes throughout the fall in addition to our high school coverage, which will begin over the next couple of weeks.

We kick off the college sports action with news from Pocatello, ID, where Idaho State University’s women’s soccer team opened its season earlier this week. They played on Tuesday at home on campus in Pocatello in an exhibition against Utah’s Salt Lake Community College. The game ended in a scoreless draw and will not count in ISU’s standings. Junior Rachel Brownell, from Fall City, started on defense for the Bengals and worked 59 minutes, recording a shot, not on goal. She is a 2017 Mount Si HS grad who did not play soccer for the Wildcat program as a high school player.

Idaho State plays its first counting game tomorrow in Salt Lake City, taking on NCAA Division II Westminster College. Brownell is one of several former Mount Si boys’ or girls’ soccer players playing collegiately this fall; others include Natalie Weidenbach (University of Texas women), Mateo DiDomenico (Cal State East Bay men) and Karli White (Western Washington University women). We’ll have full coverage of all of it for you.

We by the way are still working on finalizing details of who will be playing where this fall so if you know of a Valley high school graduate (public or private) playing college soccer this fall, shoot us a note at snovalleysports@gmail.com with the information. Will need the player’s name, which school they graduated from and which college they are playing for this fall. Also will need your contact info incase we need to reach you further.

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Friday diamond cuts….Wenatchee heartbreak, and could Valley player get a chance to pitch his team to a title?

Good Friday morning. Diamond cuts to start the weekend.

It was a great season this summer for the Wenatchee AppleSox, but the way it ended, well, let’s just say that’s not how it was supposed to be.

Victoria’s Harrison Spohn singled with two runners on base walking it off in the bottom of the ninth as the HarbourCats rallied from a 7-5 deficit coming into their half of that ninth frame to stun the Sox 8-7 last night in the deciding game three of their playoff series and win the North Division Championship of the West Coast League, advancing to the college summer league’s championship series, where they’ll face the Corvallis Knights, who won the South Division title last night beating Walla Walla. Victoria took the series two games to one after Wenatchee opened the series at home Tuesday beating the ‘Cats.

Wenatchee’s trio of Mount Si High School grads all played in this one. We’ll start with pitcher Gavin Gorrell. Gorrell, back in June, had a rough outing in Victoria, allowing four runs in just 2/3 of an inning as the Sox fell 14-5 that night to the HarbourCats. Well, last night was better. He made it through 5 1/3 innings last night, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits, striking out nine, so a good showing for sure for the Boise State sophomore-to-be from North Bend. Gorrell, though, ended up with no decision in this one thanks to the ninth inning finish, which actually started with four runs by the Sox to take that 7-5 lead before Victoria got, sadly, the last laugh.

Gorrell’s catcher the past few weeks when he’s pitched has been his friend and fellow 2017 Mount Si HS alum Justin Lutz, and that was the case again last night. Lutz, from Fall City, went 1-4 in his final appearance for the Sox this summer. He is set to head to Billings, MT, and play next spring for Montana State-Billings as a junior. North Bend’s Spencer Marenco, who graduated from Mount Si back in June, started at shortstop last night for Wenatchee and went 0-4, ending his brief stay with the team; he signed with the Sox last week after wrapping up his high school club season with the Bellevue-based Boys of Summer organization. While with Wenatchee, Marenco was coached by team head coach Kyle Krustangel, who will be Marenco’s college coach next spring at Yakima Valley Community College.

The Sox finished the season a strong 33-25 overall (29-25 league) and in second place overall in the North Division. This was the third season in a row Wenatchee has had a Mount Si alum on its roster – last season, Spencer’s brother Mason played with the Sox making the league’s all-star game and in 2017, Evan Johnson had a stellar season hitting over .300 with Wenatchee.

Okotoks shows who’s boss in WCBL title series: The suburban Calgary-based Dawgs traveled all day yesterday to Regina, Saskatechwan, for the first game of the Western Canadian Baseball League’s title series, and left with a 7-2 win over the host Red Sox that puts Okotoks one game away from winning it all. They can do just that with a win tonight – on home soil in Alberta. North Bend’s Tanner Simpson didn’t pitch for the Dawgs in last night’s game, but we’d beg a guess you can look for him perhaps to get the call tonight for this one at 6:00 up north of the border as Okotoks looks to win it all. Simpson, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, just graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.

Also:

Si View Metro Parks offering another opportunity for youth baseball players to improve skills
Your local parks district is once again offering youth baseball players in the community a chance to sharpen their skills as they begin their offseason routines in preparation for the 2020 baseball season.

Si View Metro Parks has once again partnered with Bellevue-based baseball instructor Steve Goucher to provide the opportunity to local kids. The “Fall Baseball Class” is aimed at players ages 7-12 and will provide kids an opportunity to improve in such areas as pitching, hitting, fielding and base running, helping them get ready for more advanced levels of the sport within Little League and other travel ball programs. The class will meet once a week, on Fridays from September 13 to October 18, from 2:30-4:00 p.m., following the end of the shortened Friday class sessions in the Snoqualmie Valley School District.

The class will be held at the field at Si View Park, 400 SE Orchard Dr. in North Bend, located behind the pool and activity center building on the west side of the park. Goucher has worked with Si View for many years providing this instruction to local youth baseball players. He is a former professional player and major league baseball scout who also has coached high school baseball locally, with Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

The fee online to register for the class is $155.10, and this covers all of the Friday sessions. For more information, you can go online to the Si View Metro Parks website and register there or call Aaron Colby at the Si View office at (425) 831-1900.

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Big night north of the border for MSHS baseball grads….and we have all the live coverage here now!!

It’s a busy night north of the border in Canada with Mount Si High School’s baseball program repping in a big way up there tonight, and we have live coverage of all the action for you here this evening.

At 6:00 up in Regina, Saskatchewan, the Okotoks Dawgs from Calgary take on the host Regina Red Sox in the first game of the best-of-three Western Canadian Baseball League championship series while 30 minutes after some 1,000 miles west in Victoria, B.C., the Wenatchee AppleSox look to keep their season alive – and advance to the West Coast League championship round – as they play the deciding third game of their series with the Victoria HarbourCats to decide the league’s North Division title.

Okotoks vs. Regina: The Valley connection in this one is Okotoks pitcher Tanner Simpson. A left-handed starter, the 2014 Mount Si HS grad is 2-2 this summer with the Dawgs sporting a solid 2.61 earned run average. He’s likely to get a start in this final, and could get the call tonight although nothing official has been announced yet. Reason for that? Well, he pitched a complete-game shutout last time out, in the deciding third game of Okotoks’ best-of-three opening round playoff series with their Alberta provincial rival Edmonton Prospects this past weekend, and struck out 11 lifting the Dawgs into the Western Division finals, which they won beating Lethbridge in a best-of-three series that wrapped up on Tuesday. Simpson, from North Bend, recently graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.

Wenatchee vs. Victoria: The lineups for this game too haven’t been announced as of yet, but the AppleSox game notes for tonight list North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell as the likely starting pitcher for Wenatchee in this do-or-die game three. A pressure situation for sure for the 2017 Mount Si HS grad, and it’s coming on a field that was not very kind to him earlier this season. In what arguably was his worst outing of the summer, he lasted just two-thirds of an inning and allowed four runs on three hits, walking four HarbourCats, and took the losing decision in a 14-5 Wenatchee blowout loss to Victoria back on June 25. Gorrell is 4-2 this season with a 4.22 earned run average. Gorrell, who will be attending Boise State this fall, will be a sophomore there. Also expected to play for the Sox are infielder Spencer Marenco and catcher/outfielder Justin Lutz. Marenco, from North Bend, walked and scored a run last night for Wenatchee in their game two loss to the HarbourCats which forced this third game tonight, while Lutz, from Fall City, was hitless. Lutz, like Gorrell, graduated from Mount Si in 2017 while Marenco graduated back in June of this year.

Without further adieu, here’s the live coverage. Both feeds are from YouTube:

Okotoks @ Regina

Wenatchee @ Victoria (This is a pay-per-view tonight as opposed to last night’s free broadcast, see link for more info)

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