Mount Si duo aid club baseball team’s win in Oregon tourney

Quick note from youth baseball on this Tuesday afternoon. It was an early wakeup call this morning, and we mean early – 8:00am to be exact – for the Sammamish-based Northwest Naturals’ U17 squad as they played a morning game at their tournament this week down at Oregon State University. The early start did not impact the boys any, and thanks partially to their pair of Mount Si High School players, the Nats got the job done.

Wildcat Jack Mardon went 2-4 with a run scored, and fellow Mount Si’er Cam Ferreri went 1-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI, both pacing NWN, who broke out to an early 4-0 lead and cruised to a 9-3 win over the North Marion Road Dogs from Salem, OR.

This was their only game of the day; they’ll have another one down there tomorrow and wrap up their tournament on Thursday.

Good stuff and we wish the Nats luck tomorrow.

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The links and the diamond on this Tuesday with your news…..

Good Tuesday morning. We hit the links this morning with news on some Valley youth golfers who are making cases for a trip to the Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament, after solid results in a pair of district tournament opening rounds yesterday.

We start in the District Two event in Redmond, where Mount Si High’s Kasey Maralack is in command of the girls’ 14-15 age group going into today’s final round. She fired an even-par 72 yesterday at the Willows Run Golf Club and looks to lock up a trip to the state tournament later today. Meanwhile, the other local entrant in the field, Snoqualmie’s Charlie Gaffney, fired a 94 in his first round in the boys’ 12-13 age division and sits well back going into the final round today.

The District Six event is down at High Cedars Golf Club in Orting, and Mount Si boys’ golfer Hogan Warford fared well in round one yesterday, firing a three-over par 75 on the par-72 layout and he sits in fourth in the boys’ 14-15 age group. If he is able to maintain his placing today, he is expected to land a berth to the state event. Also looking strong for a state berth is future ‘Cat Shane Russell. The youngster from Snoqualmie, competing over just nine holes in the boys 8-11 age group, is second after a round of 44 yesterday. Again, as with Warford, if Russell is able to hold his placing today, he’s likely to also go to state.

Rounding it out in District Six, Warford’s Wildcat teammate Cooper Neil fired an eight-over 80 and is in the middle of the pack in the boys’ 16-18 age group. Neil’s going to need to have a strong round today and probably get some help if he wants to make it to state.

The action wraps up today at both events. The state tournament is in Tacoma July 31-August 2.

Time now for some diamond cuts. Youth baseball action this morning from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Prospect United 8, Washington A’s 18U Premier 7 (game one, doubleheader): The Tacoma-based Prospect squad held off the Sammamish-based A’s in the first of two at Bob Albo Field on the Newport High School campus in Bellevue. 2018 Mount Si HS alum Will Scott went 1-4 with a run scored for the A’s.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 3, Northwest Bandits 0: A sixth-inning homer by Mount Si’s Andrew Edson sparked the Preston-based Bears to a win over the Kirkland-based Bandits last night in Kent. Edson’s two-run shot keyed a three-run frame for FoC which ended up being their only scoring of the contest. He finished 2-3 with that run scored and two RBI’s from the homer.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Chaffey Baseball 1: 2019 Mount Si alum Trace Halvorson went 3-4 with a double, run scored and RBI, lifting Bellevue-based Boys to the Brandy Pugh tournament title with their win over Edmonds-based Chaffey last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Fellow 2019 MSHS’er Spencer Marenco went 0-4 with an RBI.

WW Sweets 15U 13, City Baseball Green 12: Sammamish-based Sweets won a wild one on a walk-off last night in Kent. Sweet Parker Barrysmith hit the walk-off hit scoring Mount Si’s Jake Smith with the winning run and completing a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh giving WWS the win over the Seattle team. Smith finished 1-3 with that run scored, a walk and RBI while fellow ‘Cat Aidan Dougherty powered the Sweets, with two doubles headlining a 3-3 peformance; he also walked once, scored three runs and drove in two more.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 9, Prospect United 6 (game two, doubleheader): The A’s broke a 6-6 tie with three runs in the seventh to take the nightcap of their twinbill with Prospect and split the pair. Scott, set to be a sophomore this fall in college at the Colorado School of Mines, was 2-4 with a double and RBI pacing the A’s.

College Summer Baseball
“JuJu” makes a smashing debut with Wenatchee: The Wenatchee Apple Sox have signed catcher Justin Lutz to a contract, and the 2017 Mount Si HS grad made his Sox debut last night. It was one to remember.

Lutz homered and drove in two runs for Wenatchee as the West Coast League team outslugged the U.S. Military All-Stars 13-8 in a non-league game last night at Wenatchee Valley College. If you will remember, earlier this summer, Lutz and his friend and fellow 2017 MSHS alum Gavin Gorrell, who pitches for the Sox, faced each other in a game when Lutz was playing for
Wenatchee’s WCL rival Yakima Valley Pippins. With Lutz’s stint with that team now having wrapped up, he has hooked up to join the Sox and perhaps will now get to catch Gorrell in a game down the stretch this summer, we shall see. Gorrell is not expected to start on the hill again until this weekend when Wenatchee faces the Bellingham Bells up north at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham. Before that, though, the Sox are in Kelowna, BC, Canada, this morning starting a series with the Kelowna Falcons which goes from tonight to Thursday.

Lutz will be a junior this fall in college and as you also know, he has signed with Montana State University-Billings after wrapping up his junior college eligibility with the Community Colleges of Spokane. He is from Fall City and the son of current Mount Si baseball coach Brent Lutz.

Honkers drop one in Everett: In Pacific International League action last night, the Valley-based Northwest Honkers fell 6-4 to the Everett Merchants up in Everett. Duvall’s Cameron Padron, a Cedarcrest HS grad, went 1-3 for NWH in this one. The Honkers play again tomorrow against the Redmond Dudes in Redmond at 5:30. They are currently seeking a new permanent home field for next season after leaving Fall City Community Park, where they had previously played their home games. A decision on that home field is not likely until early next year.

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Eastern’s Schlicting, a Mount Si football alum, named to all-Big Sky preseason team, plus a diamond cut…..

We mentioned earlier on Twitter we had a big piece of news to share concerning Mount Si High School football alumnus Chris Schlicting, who plays for Eastern Washington University’s football program. Well, it’s pretty big.

Schlicting this morning was named to the 2019 Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference team, the lone Eastern player to make this list even though league coaches and media picked the Eagles to win the conference title this fall. Schlicting, an offensive tackle, will be a senior this fall for EWU, and is from North Bend. He graduated from MSHS in 2015 and has started 40 straight games on the line for the Eagles, including last season’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title game in which they fell to North Dakota State.

Schlicting is coming off a season in which he made the all-conference second team and helped Eastern finish third in the FCS in total offense, averaging nearly 530 yards in that category.

Good stuff for sure and we congratulate Chris on this recognition.


No rest for the weary: It has been a busy past few days for the Northwest Naturals 17U baseball team, based in Sammamish. Yesterday, they wrapped up a tournament in Centralia, then hopped in the cars and headed south to Corvallis, OR, where this afternoon, they opened a tournament at Oregon State University falling to the Reno Knights.

NWN was held to four hits – one by Mount Si High School’s Cam Ferreri – in the 10-0 shutout loss to the Nevada-based team. The Naturals are down in the Willamette Valley through Thursday, then return home to wrap up the season next week.

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The weekend wrap….

Good Monday morning. A lot to get to as we wrap up the weekend with diamond cuts aplenty.

We begin on the college summer baseball circuit and for the second straight start, North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell put up some quality numbers and his efforts helped his team, the Wenatchee Apple Sox, pick up a win.

Gorrell went 5 1/3 strong innings, allowing just two runs on two hits, as Wenatchee broke out to a 5-0 lead and cruised to an 8-3 home win last night over the visiting Bellingham Bells in a West Coast League game at Wenatchee Valley College. The win enabled the Sox to sweep the Bells in the three-game series and move to 16-17 on the season, 4-2 in the second-half portion of it.

Gorrell, a left-hander, walked two, struck out four and saw his ERA drop to a manageable 4.30 after it had been over six just a couple of weeks ago following a tough outing in Victoria earlier this season. The 2017 Mount Si High School grad, a sophomore this fall at Boise State University, was coming off an excellent performance last weekend in which he pitched six strong innings for Wenatchee in a win over Bend. His performance last night earned him a win and he is now 2-2 on the season. And speaking of that outing in Victoria, in which he allowed four runs in just 2/3 of an inning in a loss June 25, take that outing out of the equation and he’s sporting right now a strong 2.82 earned run average in the other five outings. In all, outside of that one performance, the summer for this Valleyite has gone well, thank you very much.

Wenatchee is home tonight hosting the U.S. Military All-Stars, and Gorrell’s next start probably won’t come again until this weekend, when the Sox and Bells meet up in Bellingham.

Also this morning:

Honkers, Wallbangers split two: The Northwest Honkers and Seattle Wallbangers split a twinbill up in Snohomish yesterday, with the Valley-based Honkers winning the opener 10-2 before Seattle took the nightcap 7-4 in Pacific International League action.

Duvall’s Cameron Padron played for the Honkers in the opener and went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI, while Mount Si HS alum Tiye Utley played for the Wallbangers in the nightcap and he, too, went 1-4.

The Honkers play at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett tonight against the Everett Merchants. NWH is not playing home games in the Valley this year as it seeks a permanent home field to replace their previous home field at Fall City Community Park. The soon-to-be constructed new facility at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie may be a possible location for the team, but decisions on where they’ll play next season won’t be made until perhaps after the new year begins next January.

Time for the youth action. Baseball and softball from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Bellevue Blast 18U 3, ‘Canes Fastpitch 2: The Blast picked up a win yesterday morning at the Washington State Games tournament in Kent with the help of 2019 MSHS grad Sam Simmons, who went 2-2 pacing Bellevue.

Washington Angels 7, Bellevue Blast 16U 6: The Tri-Cities-based Angels knocked the Blast’s 16U group out of the WSG with this victory yesterday morning in Kent. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris walked three times and scored a run for Bellevue in the contest.

Northwest Speed 7, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 1: The Redmond-based Diamonds were knocked out of the USA Softball of Washington state 16U tournament in Selah falling to this central Washington team yesterday. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke doubled and scored a run while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 1-3, both for the Diamonds.

Washington Thunder 7, Bellevue Blast 18U 3: The Blast’s 18U team was knocked out last night of the WSG by the Pierce County-based Thunder. Simmons went 0-2 in this one for Bellevue.

FSP Baseball 18U 8, Victoria Eagles 0: Bellevue-based Ford rolled to a win at the GSL College Showcase tournament in Centralia yesterday morning over the Canadian team. Mount Si’s duo of Troy Baunsgard and Harrison Clark each had a double and scored a run for FSP, with Clark also driving in a run.

Rippers Baseball 16U 12, Washington Select Warriors 2: Cedarcrest HS’s Kian Pegueros-Warren aided the Redmond-based Rippers, going 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s as the Rippers won a morning game at the weekend GSL tournament in Auburn. Fellow Red Wolve Mason Pudwill doubled, walked, scored a run and drove in a second also pacing the Rippers.

Federal Way Knights 9, Northwest Naturals 17U 3: A big day for Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri proved to not be enough in the end, as the Knights scored six in the ninth to finish a rally from an early 3-0 hole to stun the Sammamish-based Nats yesterday afternoon in the GSL event in southwest Washington. Ferreri went 4-4 scoring a run and driving in another for NWN, who also had a solid afternoon from another Mount Si’er, Jack Mardon, who went 1-2 with two walks and a run scored.

Laces Baseball 2, Field of Champions 16U Bears 1: The Everett-based Laces broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with a run and sank the Preston-based Bears in a game down in Kent. Mount Si’s Tyler Clem paced FoC, going 1-2 with the Bears’ lone run in the contest.

Baden Black 16U 5, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 4: Seattle-based Baden held off a late rally from Juanita at Denny Field in West Seattle. Ex-MSHS’er Mason Gronewald went 0-3 for Baden. He played this spring for Mercer Island High School’s team.

City Baseball Green 9, Northwest Naturals 16U 6: NWN suffered the loss in the Seattle Elite League playoffs down in Kent last night. Wildcat Tyler Disch started on the hill for the Naturals, based in Sammamish, and took the loss, allowing five runs, just one earned, on four hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking five and striking out three. Fellow ‘Cat Dawson Schneider went 1-2 with a walk and run scored pacing NWN.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 6, Spokane Expos 3: The Sammamish-based A’s doubled up the Spokane team to take a weekend tournament last night down in Tacoma. Mount Si alum Will Scott locked down a save in this one for the A’s pitching two innings of one-hit relief, striking out two. He will be a sophomore this fall in college at the Colorado School of Mines.

Baden Baseball Premier 1, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 0: Bellevue-based BoS was on the short end of a pitcher’s duel last night in the Brandy Pugh Tournament game at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. MSHS alums Spencer Marenco and Trace Halvorson went a combined 0-6 with a walk for Boys in this one.

FCA Black 7, WW Sweets 15U 2: Sammamish-based Sweets fell in the Seattle Elite League playoffs last night in Kent to the Woodinville-based team. Mount Si’s Jake Smith went 1-3 pacing WWS, and Sweets teammate – and fellow ‘Cat – Aidan Dougherty was 0-1 with a walk and run scored.

Rijo Showcase 6, FSP Baseball 18U 5: Redmond-based Rijo held off the Ford squad in a nightcap game last night down in Centralia. Clark and Baunsgard both went 0-2 but Baunsgard also recorded a walk for FSP in the contest.

Minor League Baseball
Lane works hard: It was back to work with the Trenton Thunder for North Bend’s Trevor Lane yesterday. In his first appearance on the mound since pitching in the Eastern League all-star game this past Wednesday, the 2012 Mount Si HS grad worked 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits and a walk but struck out two for the New York Yankees-affiliated class “AA” minor league team as they fell to the Philadelphia Phillies-affiliated Reading Fightin’ Phils 8-2 in Pennsylvania yesterday in an Eastern League contest.

Lane drops his ERA to 1.45 on the season with the performance that earned him no decision. He is in his fourth season in pro ball with the Yankees organization, and is poised for a midseason promotion to the organization’s “AAA” team in Scranton, PA. We’ll keep you posted if he actually gets that call.

WJGA district tourneys start today: Several Valley youth golfers will compete for the chance to compete in an upcoming youth golf state tournament today, as the Washington Junior Golf Association hosts district tournaments.

The association’s District Two, covering the Eastside, and District Six, covering Pierce and south King Counties, are holding their tournaments today and tomorrow. Both events will feature local competitors.

There are two in the District Two event in Redmond, led by Mount Si High School girls’ golfer Kasey Maralack, and four more in the District Six event down in Orting. There, Mount Si boys’ golfers Cooper Neil and Hogan Warford lead the group. Hogan’s brother, Wildcat boys’ star Drew, is not competing in the tournament despite having qualified for it earlier this summer.

The competitions are today and tomorrow and top finishers in the various age groups will earn trips to the WJGA’s state tournament, later this month in Tacoma. We’ll keep you apprised on how the players do.

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From the pitch, and we also have plenty of diamond cuts this morning…..

Good Sunday morning. We have plenty of baseball for you this morning, but wanted to start on the pitch first. The National Women’s Soccer League season is back underway following the Women’s World Cup in France, and last night, North Bend’s Nikki Stanton and her Chicago Red Stars played their second game since the break ended, and scored a nice road win over the Houston Dash.

A goal early in the contest – in the seventh minute in fact – held up the rest of the way for Chicago as they posted a 1-0 shutout win over the Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston, where the MLS men’s team Houston Dynamo also plays. Stanton worked the full 90 minutes with no stats of note. Stanton, a 2008 Mount Si HS grad, is in her second season with the Red Stars after spending the first five seasons of her pro career with New York/New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC. She is a starting midfielder for Chicago.

The win moved the Red Stars to 5-5-2 on the season and they sit in a tie for fifth in points with 17. They are tied with the Utah Royals, who hold a better 5-4-2 record and have a game in hand on Chicago.

The Red Stars next play at home next Sunday against North Carolina and Valley fans will be able to see this game on TV. As we mentioned for you this past week, the NWSL and ESPN signed a TV broadcast deal for the remainder of the season, and the first of the Chicago ESPN appearances will be with this game this coming weekend. The game begins at 3:00 our time and will be on ESPN2.

Time now for the diamond cuts. Youth baseball and softball action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
WW Sweets 15U 5, Northwest Naturals 16U 0: Mount Si High School’s Aidan Dougherty did most of the heavy lifting for Sammamish-based Sweets as they won their Seattle Elite League playoff game with their Sammamish city rival Nats down in Kent. He pitched six strong innings, allowing just three hits and walking two while striking out five, and he also delivered with his bat, going 2-2 with a walk and two RBI’s. Fellow Wildcat Jake Smith also got it done for Sweets, with a double and run scored. Among those on the Nats who got hits off Dougherty was his fellow Mount Si’er Tyler Disch. Also repping the Wildcats with NWN in this one yesterday were Dawson Schneider, Hayden Weaver and Jack Phillips.

Diamond Sports Reign 4, Rippers Baseball 16U 3 (9): The Reign, based in Pierce County, needed extra innings to outlast the Redmond-based team last night in a GSL weekend tournament down in Auburn. Cedarcrest High School’s duo of Mason Pudwill and Kian Pegueros-Warren went a combined 0-5 with three walks for the Rippers in this one.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 6, Kirkland Merchants 6 (8): The Merchants scored three in the seventh to rally and force a draw in extras in Bellevue yesterday. Mount Si’s delegation on the Dragons was led by Brady Hossfeld, who doubled, walked twice and scored two runs. Fellow Wildcat Chris Jarocki also walked twice and scored two runs, and he also pitched, allowing a walk and striking out one in 1 1/3 innings of work. He received no decision for BDG.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Bellingham American Legion 1: Bellevue-based BoS exploded in the sixth, scoring five runs to take the Brandy Pugh Tournament game at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mount Si alum Spencer Marenco went 1-3 with a walk and run scored, while fellow Wildcat alum Trace Halvorson went 0-4 with an RBI, both for Boys in this one.

Northwest Bandits 11, Northwest Naturals 14U 2: The Kirkland-based Bandits rolled in the Seattle Elite League playoff game in Seattle yesterday morning. Soon-to-be MSHS’er Parker Norah led NWN, based in Sammamish. going 2-3 with an RBI.

FSP Baseball 9, Northwest Premier Baseball 5: Bellevue-based Ford got the bats out early, scoring seven of their nine runs in the first two innings, then holding on for a win over the Idaho-based team at the GSL College Showcase down in Centralia last night. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard and Harrison Clark went a combined 0-3 in the contest for FSP.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 4, Boys of Summer 3: Preston-based FoC took their Seattle Elite League playoff game down in Kent over their Bellevue rivals last night, paced by a pair of Mount Si’ers. Kevin Corder and Tyler Clem both had a hit and run scored for the Bears, as they scored four in the seventh to rally from a 3-0 hole and steal the win from the jaws of defeat.

Yakima Valley Pak 7, Michael’s Toyota 18U 4: Bellevue-based Michael’s came up short in their Brandy Pugh Tournament game at BCC last night against the Yakima team. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich pitched an inning for Toyota, allowing two runs on three hits with no decision. He also offensively went 0-3.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 5, Narrows Basbeall 0: Mount Si alum Will Scott returned after a brief hiatus from the A’s for this one in Tacoma last night and broke out the bat, going 2-3 with a triple and run scored as the Sammamish team blanked the Tacoma-area squad. Scott will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines after having graduated from MSHS in 2018.

Prospect United 1, Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 0: Tacoma-based PU won the pitcher’s duel down in Kent with the Preston-based Bears last night. Mount Si’s Blake Miller, Beck Hoffman and Harrison Kelly all had a hit apiece pacing FoC.

Youth Softball
USA Explosion Gold 6, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 2: It’s state tournament weekend for USA Softball of Washington and they are conducting their 16U tournament this weekend over at Carlon Park in Selah, where the 2A state high school tournament is held. Well, the event opened for the Redmond-based Diamonds with a loss to the Tri-Cities team yesterday. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the Diamonds, while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 0-1.

Bellevue Blast 16U 5, Redhawks 1: The Blast took their opener at the Washington State Games tournament in Kent. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-1 with a walk for the Bellevue team.

Seattle Sundodgers 6, KB Fastpitch 16U 5: Kenmore-based KB continued their week in Canada yesterday falling in walk-off fashion to the Seattle team, who they fell to to open this suburban Vancouver, BC, event back on Monday of this past week. Mount Si’s Vera Harrison was 1-4 with a triple in this one for KB.

Kitsap Titans 6, Bellevue Blast 18U 1: 2019 Mount Si HS grad Sam Simmons made her return to the field yesterday following an injury which cost her much of her senior season this spring with the Wildcats. She went 1-1 with the Blast’s lone RBI in their Washington State Games loss at South King County Complex in Federal Way.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 11, PNW Force 3: Pluschke delivered in the second game of the day for the Diamonds, going 2-3 with two RBI’s as EDP stayed alive in the event with the loser-out bracket win. Huntzinger went 1-2 with an RBI as well for the Diamonds.

Bellevue Blast 16U 12, Seattle Spice 10: The Blast won a wild one over the Spice in WSG action at Service Club Complex in southeast Kent. Harris went 1-2 with a run for BB.

KB Fastpitch 16U 4, Red Deer Rage 3: KB took their Friday game north of the border against the Alberta team, backed by Harrison, who went 1-4 with two runs scored.

Washington Thunder 12, Bellevue Blast 18U 0: Simmons, expected to play this fall at Bellevue College, was 0-1 as the Blast were one-hit by the Thunder in this one down at SKC. That one Blast hit belonged to Interlake HS alum Ren Watanabe.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 3, Washington Angels 2: A bases-loaded walk to Issaquah player Kelly Hruza in the bottom of the seventh completed a dramatic comeback for the Diamonds, scoring Eastlake’s Leslie Hines and keeping the Pluschke team alive into today as one of six remaining teams in the event. They were trailing 2-0 into the sixth when they began their rally with a run in that frame, then scored two in the seventh, including the above-mentioned run, to win it. Huntzinger had a walk with no official at-bats while Pluschke went 1-4 with a run scored.

Washington Thunder 7, Bellevue Blast 16U 6: Harris doubled and drove in two for the Blast, who scored three to tie it in the sixth only to see the Thunder walk it off in the bottom of that frame in the time-limited game at the WSG. Action continues today.

Snohomish Shock 15, Bellevue Blast 18U 2: An 11-run third propelled the Shock to the win. A pair of players we paid a lot of attention to in our spring high school coverage paced Snohomish – Glacier Peak’s Maleah Menchaca, who went 2-3 with three runs scored and three RBI’s, and Inglemoor grad Taylor Waara, who went 0-2 but scored a run. Simmons, for her part, was 0-1 for the Blast.

Acers compete: Also in the WSG this weekend are the Auburn-based Washington Acers 18U Campbell, with Mount Si’s Hope Bostick. They won one of their three games yesterday, beating the Diamond Dusters 7-6, but fell to teams from Ellensburg and Snohomish as well. Action for all the teams in the event continues today.

College Summer Baseball
Gorrell on the hill tonight: 2017 Mount Si High School grad Gavin Gorrell gets his second start of the season at home tonight for the Wenatchee Apple Sox college summer team as they wrap up a weekend set with the Bellingham Bells in West Coast League action. The game is at 5:30 p.m. over at Wenatchee Valley College, so if you wanted to head over there to watch then come back to the Valley tonight, it should be fairly doable to get back here at a reasonable time. If you go over, tickets are $12 for reserved seats – available at the door, and $6 for general admission seating, also available at the door. Gates open an hour prior to game time.

To get there from the Valley, take I-90 east from North Bend to Cle Elum, and exit at exit #85 to head east on SR 970 to US 97 taking you north over Blewett Pass to US 2. Once at US 2, turn right and head east into Wenatchee. Follow into downtown Wenatchee. You’ll end up on N. Wenatchee Avenue. Head south to N. Miller St. and turn right. Follow south on Miller to West Fifth St. and turn right. Head west on Fifth and the parking will be on your right on the WVC campus. The parking as far as we know is free. Total time each way from North Bend is around 90 minutes.

Gorrell, from North Bend, is 1-2 on the summer and comes off a fantastic outing last weekend, in which he pitched six strong innings to lead Wenatchee to a win last Saturday night over the Bend Elks in Oregon. If you can’t make it over there, Wenatchee Apple Sox’s Facebook page will have a live webstream and you can also catch the radio broadcast on KBAY in Bellingham or KCSY in Wenatchee.

Good stuff and we wish Gorrell luck tonight. We should by the way add that there was a chance that this might have been another opportunity for Gorrell to face a former Mount Si teammate of his in Mason Marenco, who started the season playing for the Bells, but he got hurt earlier this season and is now shut down for the summer.

Honkers blank Studs: Pacific International League action last night saw the Valley-based Northwest Honkers shut out the Seattle Cheney Studs in Tacoma 4-0. Duvall’s Cameron Padron returned to the NWH lineup and went 2-4 pacing the win. The Honkers play two with the Seattle Wallbangers today in Snohomish.

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