Valley delegation contributes to Kiwi win at international baseball tourney, plus college action…..

Now to last night’s action.

We begin with a look at the World Baseball Classic for you this morning. Team New Zealand kept its tournament hopes alive and three of the four members of the Valley delegation playing with the Kiwis contributed to the efforts.

New Zealand exploded late with the bats, scoring 13 of their 17 total runs in the final three innings, rallying for a 17-7 blowout of the Philippines earlier today down in Sydney, Australia, knocking the Asian island nation out of contention in the tournament.

Outfielder Max Brown was 1-4 with a walk, RBI and three runs scored for New Zealand; the 2011 Mount Si High School grad from North Bend is a minor-league player with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. The Boyce brothers both pitched, with younger brother Jim getting the win off 1 1/3 solid innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out one. Older brother Joe allowed a run on a hit, walking one and striking out another, with no decision in his one inning of work.

As we mentioned for you yesterday, Jim’s appearance in the game last night now puts his senior high school baseball season in jeopardy due to WIAA rules, as noted by that story from FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi we linked for you here. We, by the way, have yet to hear back from either MSHS baseball coach Zach Habben or athletic director Greg Hart, who, as we mentioned in our item on this subject yesterday, we both contacted for comment on Morosi’s story. We’ll keep you posted if we hear back from either of them today.

Catcher Dewald De Klerk did not see action again today. New Zealand with the win earned a rematch with South Africa, who beat the Kiwis to open this event yesterday. That game is late tonight our time, 11:30 p.m. to be exact, with the winner moving on to meet Australia in the finals tomorrow evening. Valley baseball fans who want to catch the four locals in action will be able to do so, as MLB Network, which is available on Comcast systems in the Valley, along with DirecTV and Dish Network, is airing tonight’s game and, if the Kiwis win tonight, tomorrow’s finals.

Now to the rest of the action:

Swimming
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meet, Grand Junction, CO: Colorado Mesa University’s Ryan Gifford hit the pool for the first time in the conference meet yesterday, scoring a fifth-place finish in the men’s 400 yard individual medley. The Maverick junior, from Duvall and a 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad, clocked four minutes, 1.27 seconds. Action in the conference meet continues through this weekend, at CMU’s pool in Grand Junction.

Basketball
Carroll-MT men 64, Montana Tech 57: Duvall’s Zach Taylor scored 12 points aiding the Saints to a conference home win in Helena, MT, keeping them very much in the Frontier Conference title chase. Taylor, a Carroll junior from Duvall and 2013 Cedarcrest alum, added two rebounds, two steals and an assist to the efforts for the Saints, now 11-2 in conference and 18-5 overall.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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