Good Wednesday morning. We start with a look at softball and a summer staple of yours truly, the Denver tournament circuit. Several squads from the region with Valley players are competing in one of four different tournaments this week being held in and around the Mile High City. Here’s day one scores from all of the games.
Issaquah Flame Hume 5, Fever Fastpitch (Greeley, CO) 3: At the Colorado Sparkler Juniors event in Windsor, north of Denver, the first go-round for the Flame and their players in the Denver tournament rodeo was successful, and North Bend’s Hope Bostick played a small part in it. Bostick, an incoming Mount Si High School freshman, was 0-3 but reached base on a fielder’s choice and also scored a run for the Flame in their victory over the team from nearby Greeley.
NorCal Patriots 9, Washington Acers 18U Gold Wilson 7: Eight runs in the fourth propelled the California team to the victory over the Auburn-based Acers at the opener in the Sparkler high school event being held in another north Denver suburb, Westminster. Mount Si High School senior-to-be Claire Lis was 1-2 with a double and a run scored for the Acers in the game.
Absolute Blast 18U Hagen 3, Tulsa Elite 3: The opener for the Woodinville-based Blast at the Fireworks tournament in Aurora finished in a draw, with the help of MSHS grad Rose Vogt. She went 2-3 with an RBI lifting AbB, who continues play this morning.
Northwest Batbusters 18U Wilson 5, California Cruisers 3: At the Boulder tournament, the Portland-based Batbusters held off the California team. MSHS’ Heather Hinton had one plate appearance, resulting in a walk, for NWB.
Issaquah Flame Hume 9, Oregon Thunder 5: Flame finished the day 2-0 with a win over a suburban Portland team that was headlined by a six-run fourth inning. Bostick was 0-1 for the Flame in the contest.
Washington Acers 18U Gold Wilson 5, Arizona Outlaws 3: Lis allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits in three innings pacing the Acers to the win; she also was 0-1 at the plate as the Auburn team finished the opening day 1-1.
Fresno Force 4, Northwest Batbusters 18U Wilson 1: The Fresno team took care of NWB, dropping the Oregon squad to 1-1 in Boulder. Hinton was 1-2, while Forest Ridge School’s Colleen Campbell, from Snoqualmie, pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing a walk and two hits, with no decision, for the Batbusters.
The rest of last night’s action:
Pro Baseball: MSHS grads in action last night, tonight
It was a tough night for North Bend’s Max Brown and his Missoula Osprey, as the team continues to struggle to start the Pioneer League season.
Brown, batting leadoff, went 0-4 for the Arizona Diamondbacks-affiliated Osprey as they fell on the road to the Helena Brewers, affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2 in Helena, MT, last night. Missoula, with the loss, dropped to 3-9 on the season in the Pioneer, an advanced “Rookie”-level league in Minor League Baseball.
Brown was drafted by Arizona in last year’s Major League Baseball draft, and is a 2011 Mount Si High School grad.
Also, tonight is another chance for local fans to catch 2010 MSHS alum Josh Kimborowicz in action online. His team, the independent Southern Illinois Miners, hosts Schaumburg tonight at 5:00 and you can see a live webstream of the game here. “Kimbo” is 5-0 on the season and will look to continue what has been a strong start to the season for the pitcher, in his first season with Southern Illinois after three seasons with the MLB Tampa Bay Rays organization.
The Miners are 27-12 and hold the best overall record thus far in the Frontier League, and are in first place in the league’s West Division. Schaumburg, from suburban Chicago, is 21-19 and locked in a battle for top spot in the league’s East Division, just two games back of first-place Joliet. The “Boomers”, as Schaumburg’s team is called, made news yesterday with the announcement that starting shortstop Nick King had his contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, enabling him to join that MLB club’s minor league system.
King is one of two Frontier League players in the past 48 hours who have found homes in affiliated minor league baseball, and considering Kimborowicz’s solid start this season and his past minor league experience, his chances of returning to affiliated ball look good if he can continue to have success with the Miners. The former Wildcat will look to further establish himself in that direction tonight in this contest.
Boys of Summer 18U Blue 9, Rock Creek Premier 2 (game one, doubleheader): BoS traveled to Ravensdale last night and won the first of two with host RC, backed by a 2-3 effort with a run scored from Mount Si’s Mason Marenco. Fellow Wildcat Gavin Gorrell was 1-4 for Bellevue-based Boys as well in the contest.
Chaffey Baseball 18U 15, Lakeside Recovery 3: The Edmonds team’s return to local play after a successful tournament stretch with tourney wins both in Yakima and Reno, NV, was a successful one last night, as they posted a mercy-rule win over the Issaquah-based LR at Newport High School in Bellevue. MSHS’ Jimmy Boyce was 0-2 with a run scored and two RBI’s pacing Chaffey.
Northwest Naturals 15U Navy 10, PBC Zips 4: In Issaquah, the Sammamish-based Naturals rolled to an 8-0 lead early and cruised to the win over the Pierce County team. MSHS’ Trevor Aman was 1-2 and his fellow Wildcat Blake Meister went 0-3, both for NWN.
Washington A’s 19U 6, Laces 1: At Eastlake High School in Sammamish, two Mount Si High School grads delivered for the Sammamish-based A’s in their win over the Snohomish County team. Collin Anderson allowed one unearned run on just three hits, striking out six and walking one, in seven strong innings to get the win on the hill for the A’s, and fellow Class of 2016’er Reid Lutz added a triple and run scored to the winning cause for the home side. They have won two straight and are now 14-10 this summer.
Rock Creek Premier 6, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 2 (game two, doubleheader): RC took the nightcap to split the pair with BoS; Gorrell was 0-2 for Boys in the contest.
Golf: Valley youngsters earn trips to WJGA district tourney
Four Valley youth golfers earned berths to the upcoming Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 tournament with strong efforts yesterday in the district’s season-opening qualifying tournament in Seattle.
The Maralack’s from Snoqualmie delivered in strong fashion on the girls’ side, with both Caitlin (16-17 age group) and Kasey (8-11) pocketing wins; Caitlin, a Mount Si High School grad, finished in a tie for first with a score of 75 on the 18-hole layout at Jefferson Park Golf Course, while Kasey fired a 40 over nine holes and won her age group outright.
Qualifying on the boys’ side from our area were Snoqualmie’s Jake Brady (16-17 age group) and Cooper Neil (12-13); Brady carded a 73 to tie for eighth while Neil fired an 81 for seventh overall in his age division.
The next WJGA District 2 event is Friday in Fall City, as the tour makes its lone Valley stop of the season at Twin Rivers Golf Course.
Volleyball: Nationals play wraps up for 15U teams, local players, in Indy
Play wrapped up yesterday for three local teams at the USA Volleyball national tournament in Indianapolis.
In the 15U USA division, Bellevue’s Sudden Impact Typhoon finished the tournament losing to a California team yesterday; SI finished in a tie for 35th overall out of 36 teams in the division and the squad, with MSHS’ Harper Click, finished 2-6 on the tournament.
Meanwhile, in the 15U Patriot division, the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder finished the tournament on a strong note yesterday, winning both of their matches to take 29th overall out of 54 teams in the field. ITVC, with Snoqualmie’s Berkeley Danysh (Holy Names)and Bellah Gogan (MSHS), finished the tournament 6-5 overall. And the Sudden Impact Lightning took 41st overall in that division after splitting two yesterday; the Bellevue team, with MSHS’ Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell, split against a pair of teams from California and finished the tournament 3-8.
More teams will start play today, so keep it here for the latest.