Mount Si baseball survives in semis to advance to league title clash Tuesday, plus other baseball news on this Sunday……

Mount Si High School’s baseball team, as you all know, has not had it easy these past two weeks. The Wildcats came into this postseason having suffered four heartbreaking defeats, including two in a row last week to last night’s opponent, the Skyline Spartans. And Skyline tried its best to make it three. But Mount Si held them off at the last possible moment, and survived to play for the Kingco title Tuesday night.

With two out and the tying run on third base, Wildcat reliever Nick Solomon, as he’s done all season, came up huge, forcing Spartan Cole Hinkleman to fly out to center field, where Mount Si’s Matt Dolewski was to make the catch, locking the door shut and giving the Wildcats the hard-fought 7-6 win in the Kingco semifinal game at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Skyline opened the scoring with a run in the first, then, after Gavin Gorrell’s single in the third scored Dolewski to tie the game 1-1, the Spartans responded with a pair of runs in that frame as well to re-take the lead. Mount Si came right back in the fourth, scoring twice. First, Cody Perrine singled to score Justin Lutz, then, with the bases loaded, Skyline starting pitcher Jack Simpson walked Mason Marenco to score Owen Roche to tie the game 3-3.

It remained this way until the sixth, when, as we suspected and told you such in our preview yesterday, the Mount Si bats exploded. The Wildcats scored four times in that frame to take a 7-3 lead. Marenco started the onslaught hitting a double with the bases loaded to score both Roche and Perrine, then the Wildcat junior infielder scored himself later in the frame on a wild pitch thrown by reliever Connor Knutson, who came in for Simpson following Marenco’s double. Gorrell, who reached base on a walk from Knutson, then scored on an error by the Spartans.

Roche led the way going 3-4 with those two runs, and Marenco paced things with his double, run scored and three RBI’s.

Perrine added his two hits, run scored and RBI to the cause, with Gorrell going 6 1/3 innings, allowing all six runs on seven hits, striking out three. The junior earned the win, and Solomon picked up the save, walking just one in his 2/3 of an inning.

Simpson took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out three. Knutson and Dax Kringle both had three hits each, with both scoring a run apiece and driving in a combined three more to lead the silver, green and white.

Mount Si meets Woodinville for the Kingco crown on Tuesday at 7:00pm, once again at Bannerwood Park. A win sends them to state, while a loss would send the Wildcats to a loser-out game next weekend, also at Bannerwood, against Skyview of Vancouver, who won the second seed out of the Greater St. Helens League into the pigtail playoff game.

We have a lot of other baseball for you this morning.

High School
Kingco 4A Tournament-Woodinville 6, Bothell 0: Bryce Coyne fired a four-hitter as the Falcons advanced to the Kingco 4A title game Tuesday with their semifinal win at Bannerwood. Jake Tilley went 3-4 with a double and three RBI’s to lead the Falcons, while Bothell was led by Miles Jackson, who went 2-3. The Cougars and Skyline meet tomorrow to decide the third-place trophy; the winner meets Mountain View of Vancouver next weekend for a state berth while the loser is out.

GSHL report: Mountain View and Skyview met for the GSHL title yesterday; here’s the full wrap from the Vancouver Columbian.

Cedarcrest wins district opener: The Red Wolves won their Northwest 2A District playoff opener yesterday in Anacortes, beating Bellingham’s Sehome 4-1. The win moves CHS into a winner-to-state game Tuesday, also in Anacortes, against a surprising foe, Blaine. The Borderites, seeded eighth in the tournament, pulled off a huge upset after the CHS game ended, beating top-seeded Burlington-Edison 2-1 to move into the semis. The Red Wolves and Blaine go at it Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at Daniels Field.

Kingco 3A Tournament-Lake Washington survives Interlake: A walk-off single by Kevin Nakahara scored Jake Steele with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, lifting Lake Washington over Interlake 3-2 in a semifinal of the Kingco 3A tournament at Bannerwood Park. Steele finished 2-3 with his run, while Austin Lively went 3-4 pacing LW. Harry Xue went 2-2 pacing the Saints, who drop into a loser-out game tomorrow against Juanita in the tournament.

Kingco 3A Tournament-MI advances to Kingco 3A title game: Peter Lopes fired a complete-game four-hitter, and Michael Petrie’s bat was hot, both aiding MI to a 11-0 five-inning blowout in their Kingco 3A tournament semifinal at Bannerwood over the Juanita Rebels. Petrie went 4-4 for the Islanders, with a double, three runs scored and an RBI, sending into the Kingco title clash against the Kangs Tuesday night at Bannerwood. As noted before, the Rebels meet Interlake in a loser-out game tomorrow. Cody Wilson went 2-3 to lead JHS.

West Central 2A tournament-Liberty moves on: Liberty, from Kingco, scored two wins to move on in the West Central 2A district playoffs.

Boston Munro pitched a no-hitter, striking out five, as the Patriots blanked Renton 14-0 in their opener. Tyler Haselman, Torey Anderson and Austin Regis all had triples for LHS and Kai Alberghini went 4-4 with three runs scored and an RBI to pace the Patriots. Liberty then beat Port Angeles 8-5, with Adam Morrison pitching strong relief to get things done for the blue, silver and green. Morrison worked 5 1/3 innings allowing just one run on nine hits, striking out three, as the Patriots rallied from an early 4-0 hole with six third-inning runs then cruised from there. Haselman was 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s for Liberty.

Northwest 1A Tournament-Cascade reps stay alive in district tournament: The King’s Knights are doing their best to represent the Cascade Conference well, and are still alive in the Northwest 1A tournament after splitting two yesterday in Bellingham. The Knights opened with a 7-2 loss to Meridian from Whatcom County, then rallied to beat Seattle’s University Prep 8-5 to move on to next weekend’s loser-out third-place semifinals. In the loss to Meridian, Alex Mason went 2-4, but in the win over U-Prep, Jack Kennelly was 2-4 with a triple and run scored as King’s scored all eight runs in the seventh to rebound from a 5-0 hole to get that win.

South Whidbey also faced the same two teams – Meridian and U-Prep – with the same results against both that King’s had (win over U-Prep, loss to Meridian), so they are still alive as well, giving the Cascade Conference two representatives fighting it out for state berths next weekend. King’s will meet Nooksack Valley in their loser-out game next Saturday, while South Whidbey will take on Overlake from Redmond in their loser-out contest. Both games will be in Bellingham. Also, Cedar Park Christian from Bothell won both their games yesterday, against Nooksack Valley and Lynden Christian, so the Eagles will represent the conference against Meridian in the title game next Saturday. The SVSJ wishes all three Cascade Conference teams the best of luck in their games next weekend.

LCSC wins NAIA regional semifinal: Lewis-Clark State advanced into the NAIA’s West Regional title game today with a 3-0 semifinal win over the University of British Columbia up in Vancouver, BC, Canada yesterday afternoon. The Warriors play for the title today. Junior Gunnar Buhner, from Fall City and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-2 for LCSC in the game.

North Bend’s Lane saves both ends of twinbill sweep for UIC: Senior pitcher Trevor Lane delivered in a big way for the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames as they took two from visiting Northern Kentucky in Chicago last night. Lane picked up saves in both games as UIC won the contests 5-4 in the opener and 5-2 in the nightcap. The 2012 Mount Si HS grad from North Bend worked an inning in the opener, walking one and striking out one, and pitched 1 2/3 innings in the nightcap, allowing one hit and striking out four for his third and fourth saves of the season respectively.

ASU beats Oregon: The Sun Devils rallied with two in the bottom of the ninth to steal a 9-8 home win last night in Phoenix over the visiting Ducks, whose redshirt freshman second baseman, North Bend’s Carson Breshears, was 0-3 with a walk in the contest. Breshears is a 2014 Mount Si HS grad.

CWU season ends after twinbill split: The Wildcats’ chances for postseason ended as Western Oregon took the first of two at home in Monmouth, OR, over Central Washington, 6-2, before the Wildcats won the nightcap 6-5. Senior Ryan Atkinson, from North Bend and a 2012 Mount Si HS alum, saw his final college action in the opener, going 0-1 with a run scored. He did not play the nightcap and finishes his college career as the best hitter this spring for Central, hitting .382 on the season with three homers and 22 runs batted in. Fellow senior Travis Cook, from Carnation and a Cedarcrest HS grad, also saw his college career end; in limited work this season for the Wildcats, he went 2-1 and recorded a 5.35 earned run average; in 33 2/3 innings pitched, he allowed 29 runs, 20 earned, on 30 hits, walking 13, striking out 26, and also recording a save. Cook did not pitch in either game yesterday for Central, who finishes the season 27-23.

Clark 1, Skagit Valley 0 (game one, doubleheader): The southwest Washington visitors downed the host Cardinals in the first of two in Mount Vernon yesterday; North Bend’s Joe Done was 0-5 for SVC in the contest.

Pierce 2, Centralia 0 (game one, doubleheader): In Tacoma, host Pierce blanked the Blazers in the first of a NWAC twinbill; North Bend’s Wyatt Baker was 1-3 for Centralia in the game.

Bellevue 7, Shoreline 0 (game one, doubleheader): BCC blanked Shoreline in an NWAC doubleheader opener with the help of Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson, who was 2-3 with a double, run scored and RBI as the Bulldogs rolled to the win.

Tacoma 12, Lower Columbia 2 (game one, doubleheader): TCC took care of LCC in the first of two in Pierce County; 2015 MSHS grad Colin Brown, from Snoqualmie, pitched for the Red Devils and allowed two runs on four hits with one strikeout in 1/3 of an inning. He earned no decision. LCC won the nightcap 11-3, but Brown did not pitch in that game.

Skagit Valley 3, Clark 2 (game two, doubleheader): Done, a former Mount Si HS player, was 1-2 in the nightcap win for the Cardinals as they earned the NWAC twinbill split.

Pierce 3, Centralia 1 (game two, doubleheader): Baker, a freshman and 2015 MSHS alum, and Duvall’s Austin Patsy, also a freshman but who is a Cedarcrest HS grad, were a combined 0-3 for the Blazers as they fell in the nightcap of the doubleheader and were swept by the hosts.

Shoreline 15, Bellevue 8 (game two, doubleheader): Johnson, a sophomore and 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-4 with an RBI as the Bulldogs fell in the nightcap and ended up with a split of the NWAC pair.

Columbia Basin 8, Walla Walla 7 (game two, doubleheader): Valleyites Andrew Willmon and Tanner Simpson both pitched for CBC in this nightcap win which earned them the NWAC twinbill sweep; CBC won the opener 9-4 with neither of the locals pitching that game. In this game, though, Willmon started, and the freshman, a 2015 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall, allowed five runs, all earned, on four hits, striking out one and walking two, in 3 1/3 innings pitched, while Simpson, a sophomore from North Bend and 2014 Mount Si HS grad, pitched in relief, picking up the save with 1 1/3 innings of no-hit relief, striking out three.

Karalus with best outing of season for BG in win: North Bend’s Reece Karalus was back to his old form last night for his minor-league baseball team, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, and BG recorded a win.

The 2012 Mount Si High School alum had his best pitching performance of the season thus far, pitching one perfect inning of relief, striking out one, as the Hot Rods from Kentucky, affiliated with Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, who drafted Karalus in last year’s pro baseball draft, routed the Burlington Bees, affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels, 11-1 in a Midwest “A” League game last night in Burlington, IA. BG is now 16-14 on the season and Karalus is 0-2 with a 4.67 earned run average.

Mount Si grad set to start season with new team: The Southern Ilinois Miners independent minor league professional baseball team will open its season this coming Friday, and a Mount Si High School grad will be on their pitching staff.

Josh Kimborowicz, who was in the Rays’ minor league system the past three seasons after himself being drafted by Tampa Bay in 2013 becoming the first player with MSHS ties to be drafted in 20 years in the big league draft before being cut last fall, signed over the winter with the Miners, members of the Frontier League, and is expected to be a starting pitcher for that squad as he seeks a return to affiliated minor league baseball. The league Southern Illinois is in spans throughout the Great Lakes region, with teams from Illinois to Pennsylvania. We’ll keep tabs on him as well throughout the upcoming season.

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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