Lutz brothers, Justin in particular, lead Mount Si baseball to road rout, plus CHS win and all the high school and college action of note impacting the Valley on this Thursday………

Justin Lutz had a huge game, going 2-4 with a homer, run scored and five RBI’s, and his efforts, along with the efforts of a couple others, aided Mount Si High School’s baseball team to a 14-1 five-inning romp over the Inglemoor Vikings last night under the lights at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The game was called early due to the mercy rule.

Lutz’s homer was a three-run shot which headlined a five-run first inning for the Wildcats, who cruised from there. Mount Si scored runs in all but one inning, only allowing Inglemoor a run in the late stages, after things had been pretty well decided.

Jimmy Boyce had another big game, with three doubles, three runs scored and an RBI for the Wildcats, who remained undefeated (8-0 overall, 4-0 Kingco 4A) on the spring. Carson Corra doubled as part of a 2-3 effort pacing Mount Si; he scored a run and drove in another, and Reid Lutz also doubled, scoring a run and driving in two more.

Gavin Gorrell went the distance, allowing one run on five hits, striking out four. Donovan Frink had a hit and scored a run to lead Inglemoor, winless in league at 0-3, 1-4 overall.

Mount Si hosts Issaquah tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

Red Wolves win: Solid efforts from Ryan Tracy and Cody Banks led Cedarcrest’s baseball boys to a nice home Cascade Conference win over Sultan, 7-2, in Duvall yesterday. The win moves CHS to 2-3 on the league schedule, 2-4 overall. More from the Everett Herald.

Scoreboard:

High School
Kingco 4A-Skyline 3, Eastlake 2: The Plateau rivalry round one was a doozy last night at Eastlake High School, as the Spartans took care of the Wolves in a pitcher’s duel. Connor Knutson led Skyline, going 2-4 with a run scored and RBI to lead green, silver and white. Riley Gill, Dax Kringle and Danny Sinatro all had a double apiece to pace Skyline (3-0 league, 5-1 overall), whose pitcher, Jack Simpson, went the distance, allowing two runs – one earned – on just three hits, striking out seven in his complete seven inning effort. James Geiger went 2-3 to lead the Wolves offensively. Elliot Carney took the loss on the hill for Eastlake (0-4 league, 3-5 overall), allowing three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out eight.

Kingco 4A-Redmond 7, Bothell 4: The Mustangs rebounded from their loss to Mount Si on Tuesday using a 2-4 effort from Grant South in which he scored a run and drove in three more to help sink the visiting Cougars at Hartman Park in Redmond. Blake Steckler went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s to pace Redmond (3-1 league, 5-2 overall), and pitcher Cameron Page earned the win, allowing four runs on nine hits, striking out four, in five innings of work. South struck out the side in the seventh to earn the save. Miles Jackson homered and doubled, scoring three runs and driving in another, to lead Bothell (2-2 league, 4-3 overall).

Kingco 4A-Woodinville 9, Newport 0: The Falcons (2-1 league, 5-2 overall) scored all nine runs of the contest in the first inning, then rode the arm of Bryce Coyne the rest of the way; Coyne pitched a one-hitter, walking one and striking out five, as Woodinville routed the Knights at Newport High School in Bellevue. Nash Fouch was 1-2 with a run scored and two RBI’s to pace the Falcons, while Hunter Cook went 2-4 with a run scored aiding green and blue. The lone Newport hit was from Alex Lambeau. Newport dropped to 0-4 in league, 1-5 overall with the loss.

Kingco 3A-Lake Washington 8, Liberty 4: Alex Olague homered for the Patriots as they were doubled up on the road by the host Kangs in Kirkland. Olague finished 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s, while James Workman – no relation to your editor – also had two hits for Liberty (4-4 league/overall). Paul Falco went 2-2 with a double, a run scored and two RBI’s to lead LW, unbeaten on the year at 7-0, 6-0 in Kingco, and he picked up the win on the mound, allowing four runs on eight hits, striking out four, in 5 1/3 innings.

Kingco 3A-Juanita 5, Bellevue 4 (9): The Rebels forced extra innings with two runs in the seventh, then won it with a run in the ninth, stunning the Wolverines in Bellevue. Dexter Mell’s single in the ninth scored J.D. Worcester with what turned out to be the game-winning run; Mell finished 2-5 with three RBI’s, and Worcester went 3-4 pacing Juanita with three runs scored. Reagan Teegarden doubled and scored twice as part of a 2-4 effort for Bellevue. Jayson Schroeder earned the win on the mound in relief for the Rebels (4-4 league, 4-5 overall), pitching three innings of one-hit ball striking out four, while Jordan Dirks took the loss on the mound, also in relief, for the Wolverines (2-4 league, 3-4 overall), allowing three runs on five hits in three innings.

Kingco 3A-Mercer Island 12, Interlake 1: MI took a 10-0 lead after three innings and cruised to the six-inning win at Interlake High School in Bellevue in a game called early due to the mercy rule. Parker Simpson went 3-4 with two RBI’s pacing the Islanders, and Anthony Scalzo added two hits, two runs scored and two RBI’s to the MI efforts. Peter Lopes and Andrew Pickles combined on the three-hitter for the Islanders (4-1 league, 4-2 overall) on the mound, with Lopes earning a win allowing those three hits, and one unearned run, in five innings, striking out four. Naoki Harmer went 1-3 with a run scored to lead the Saints (3-4 league/overall).

Cascade-Granite Falls 10, King’s 0: Cedarcrest baseball fans might want to remember the name Cameron Loesche in case the Tigers’ pitcher happens to take the hill against the Red Wolves later this season. Loesche yesterday pitched a no-hitter, striking out eight, as GF blanked King’s in a five-inning contest called early due to the mercy rule. Tucker Zachry went 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s leading the Tigers at the plate, and Griffin Chapman also aided the Tigers (2-2 Cascade, 3-4 overall) going 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. The Knights dropped to 1-3 in league play, 2-4 overall, with the loss.

NWC-Ferndale 3, Lynden 1 (8): We bring you this score for CHS fans who want a first look at Saturday’s opponent, the Lions, and the key player to watch for them will be Jordan Wittenberg, who led Lynden yesterday with a double and run scored as part of a 2-4 effort. Ferndale scored twice in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and grab the road win in Whatcom County. Anthony Garcia went the distance on the mound for the Lions, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits, striking out two. Ferndale was led by Max Jeffrey’s 2-3 effort; he doubled, scored a run and drove in another run pacing the visitors, who are unbeaten on the year at 6-0, 3-0 within conference play. Lynden, now 2-1 in league and 5-2 overall, hosts Cedarcrest Saturday at Lynden High School, with first pitch set for 11:00 a.m.

College
Lewis-Clark State 6, Menlo (CA) 4 (game one, doubleheader): LCSC took the first of two in the Bay Area with the help of Fall City’s Gunnar Buhner, who had a double and also recorded six putouts and four assists defensively.

Columbia Basin 11, Big Bend 1 (game one, doubleheader): In the Tri-Cities, the regional rivalry series between the host CBC side and the visitors from Moses Lake went to CBC behind five innings of one-hit ball from pitcher Tanner Simpson, a sophomore from North Bend and 2014 Mount Si High School grad. Simpson struck out four and lowered his ERA on the spring to 1.54 with the win, which moves him to 4-0 on the season.

Menlo (CA) 5, Lewis-Clark State 4 (game two, doubleheader): Buhner, a junior and 2013 Mount Si HS grad, went 0-4 for the Warriors as they fell in the nightcap of their pair in northern California; the loss is only the fifth on the entire season for LCSC. Senior pitcher Gunnar Swanson, from Duvall and a Cedarcrest HS grad, pitched five strong innings of relief for the Warriors, allowing only three hits and striking out seven, with a no-decision as the result.

Columbia Basin 1, Big Bend 0 (game two, doubleheader): CBC swept the two games with another strong effort from their pitchers, who combined to shut down the Big Bend bats. Simpson went 0-2 for CBC in the contest playing second base; his average this spring is a solid .281.

Correction
In our coverage on Tuesday, we noted that Mount Si High School’s junior varsity baseball team was unbeaten at 5-0. That is incorrect. They’re actually 5-1, having won their past five games after a season-opening loss to Eastlake. Still, though, that is a solid start to their season, and when you combine that with the varsity team’s success as we noted above, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for the Wildcat program after struggles in 2015. Our apologies to the JV folks for the mistake.

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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