Diamond cuts on this Monday morning…..

Good Monday morning. No Athlete of the Week this week, but we have some baseball and softball action this morning in its place.

We start with youth baseball, where Mount Si HS baseball players were on both sides of the diamond yesterday afternoon on the Sammamish Plateau for a U16 game between the Northwest Naturals and WW Sweets teams. The Naturals, who have MSHS players Logan VanCampen and Spencer Marenco on their roster, exploded for 11 runs in the ninth inning to rally for an 11-8 win over the Sweets. No stats are available for the Naturals, but for the Sweets, Wildcat Dustin Dover was 2-2 with two RBI’s pacing them.

A second MSHS’er on the Sweets, Jesiah Irish, once again did not see action for the team; he also missed the Sweets’ game on Saturday, a win over Redmond-based FM Sports.

Now to college baseball and softball.

Baseball
Hawaii Pacific 6, Felician (NJ) 5 (game one, doubleheader): In Waipahu, HI, the Sharks opened a twinbill with their New Jersey opposition ekeing out a narrow one-run win; junior Tanner Marty, from Duvall, was 2-3 with two RBI’s pacing HPU. He recorded two putouts defensively playing right field for the Sharks.

Central Washington 4, Corban (OR) 1 (game one, doubleheader): Central Washington, on the road in Salem, OR, recorded their first win of the season with the help of senior Ryan Atkinson; the 2012 MSHS grad from North Bend was 2-5 with a stolen base, run scored and RBI, and also recorded three putouts and six assists defensively playing second base for CWU.

Illinois-Chicago 16, Texas Southern 3: UIC rolled to a win in Houston over the hosts from the SWAC to take three out of four to close their season-opening weekend swing to the Lone Star State. Senior Trevor Lane, from North Bend and a 2012 Mount Si HS grad, pitched the final three innings in relief for the Flames, allowing just two hits and striking out seven. After losing the opener last Friday night, UIC outscored TSU 60-16 in the final three games of the series, including a pair of 22-run performances in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Gonzaga 11, Grand Canyon (AZ) 2: The Bulldogs finished off their season-opening weekend series in Arizona with a blowout win; senior shortstop Dustin Breshears, from North Bend and a 2011 Mount Si HS alum, was 1-3 with two walks, and a putout and assist each defensively to pace GU, who split the four-game series with GCU.

Felician 8, Hawaii Pacific 3 (game two, doubleheader): Felician closed out the weekend set with HPU handing the Sharks their second loss of the spring. Marty, a Cedarcrest HS grad, went 1-3 with a walk, stolen base and run scored for HPU, and recorded two more defensive putouts, this time in left field for the Sharks.

Central Washington 6, Corban 4 (game two, doubleheader): The Wildcats finished off the doubleheader sweep of the NAIA school with another win; Atkinson was 1-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. At second base once again for Central, the North Bender recorded two putouts and three assists defensively.

Softball
Lock Haven 5, Merrimack 4: In Myrtle Beach, SC, the Pennsylvania team outlasted the Warriors in the first of two for Merrimack yesterday; junior Tamarra Crowe, from North Bend and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, played right field for Merrimack, recording two defensive putouts, but she had no at-bats in the contest. Crowe did not play the nightcap and tournament finale for the Warriors in their season-opening weekend tourney in South Carolina, an 11-4 win over New Jersey’s Felician.

Notre Dame 12, George Washington 0: A name familiar to Mount Si softball fans was the story yesterday for the Irish – Juanita HS grad Allison Rhodes pitched a complete-game two-hitter, striking out eight, for the shutout, as the two teams closed out play in a season-opening weekend tournament in southern California. Senior Maura Murphy, from Snoqualmie, did not see action for the Colonials in yesterday’s game, and the 2011 Mount Si HS grad did not see action for GW all weekend. Her college career has been impacted heavily by injury issues which have been a factor for her since her days as a Wildcat, so we’ll see if she sees any action this spring for the Colonials.

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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