Weekend wrap from the diamond

Good Monday morning.

We start our weekend wrap with a look at college softball, and three local athletes that helped their teams make history yesterday.

First, we head south to Azusa, CA, where the Central Washington University women’s softball team used contributions from their two Valley players to rally, then hold off, the host school, Azusa Pacific, to win their NCAA Division II West sub-regional tournament.

Duvall’s Kaliyn Campbell homered and drove in three runs, while North Bend’s Celine Fowler was 1-4 with a run scored, as CWU rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take the lead, then scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie after Azusa scored three times in the top of that frame to tie things, to post a 9-6 win over the Cougars and advance to their first-ever NCAA Division II super-regional series in school history.

Campbell, a junior and 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad, sparked the rally in the third with that homer, a two-run shot; she finished 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI’s on the day to pace Central. Fowler was on base when Campbell hit her homer, and subsequently scored her run. She is a sophomore and 2014 Mount Si HS alum.

Central meets the winner of the other West subregional, Humboldt State, in a best two-of-three series that is tentatively scheduled to start on Wednesday at Humboldt’s field in Arcata, CA. If Central wins the subregional, they would advance to their first-ever NCAA Division II college softball World Series, and that is slated for later this month in Denver.

Meanwhile, in Ashland, OR, the Eastern Oregon University women won their first ever conference title in school history, taking the Cascade Collegiate crown – and the automatic NAIA national tournament berth that comes with it – by beating the University of Great Falls 3-2 in eight innings. Valleyite Taylor Turner led the way for EOU, with the junior, a 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall, going 3-4 with an RBI to pace the Mountaineers, who will find out their national tournament situation tomorrow.

Turner’s single in the seventh scored the game-tying run that forced the extra inning, and EOU won it in the bottom of the eighth on a walk-off hit.

College Baseball
Illinois-Chicago 7, Youngstown State 2 (game one, doubleheader): UIC opened their conference home twinbill with a win; senior pitcher Trevor Lane earned his third straight save in as many appearances, with the 2012 Mount Si HS grad from North Bend allowing two hits and striking out two in two innings of work for the Flames to pick up his fifth save of the spring overall for UIC.

Bellevue CC 3, Shoreline 0 (game one, doubleheader): The Bulldogs took the first of two from host Shoreline in Seattle yesterday, with Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson going 1-3 for BCC in the game.

Grays Harbor 13, Green River 5 (game one, doubleheader): GHC rolled to the twinbill-opening win in Auburn; Cedarcrest HS grad Chris MacMillan pitched for Grays Harbor in the game; the Duvall product worked 1/3 of an inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. He received no decision.

Oregon State 12, Arizona State 2: Oregon blew out to a 6-1 lead after three and cruised to the road Pac-12 win over the Sun Devils in Phoenix. Redshirt freshman Carson Breshears, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si High School grad, was 0-4, but he scored a run for the Ducks.

Lewis-Clark State 5, College of Idaho 0 (NAIA West Regionals): LCSC blanked the Coyotes on four hits to win their first-ever NAIA Western regional tournament in school history, this being held north of the border in Vancouver, BC. Junior Gunnar Buhner, from Fall City and a 2013 MSHS alum, was 1-2 with a run scored for the Warriors.

Youngstown State 1, Illinois-Chicago 0 (game two, doubleheader): Youngstown won the nightcap in a pitcher’s duel to split the pair; Lane pitched two innings, walking two and striking out three, receiving a no-decision.

Bellevue CC 4, Shoreline 2 (game two, doubleheader): Johnson was 0-1 while North Bend’s Zach Usselman pitched 2/3 of an inning with no stats of note to report to earn his first save of the spring, both helping Bellevue win the nightcap and sweep the NWAC twinbill. Both players are sophomores and 2014 Mount Si HS grads.

Youth Softball: Bostick contributes for club team, but Flame winless in final day of tourney
North Bend’s Hope Bostick did her best, but sadly, her club team, the Issaquah Flame 14U Hume, was not able to capitalize, as they fell in both games at their weekend tournament yesterday and were eliminated from trophy contention.

Bostick went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI for the Flame in a 7-4 loss to the Surrey Storm from Canada, then the Twin Falls Middle School student doubled, scored a run and drove in another for the Hume team as they fell to the Oregon Thunder 9-2. Both games were held in Kent as part of the Acers’ Mothers Day local tournament.

The Flame went 1-4 on the weekend.

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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