Athletes of the Week for 5-25, but first, news on MSHS grad Reece Karalus……

Athlete of the Week in a moment, but a quick pro baseball note:

North Bend’s Reece Karalus had another big outing on the mound last night, and it helped his team stay in the game, as they rallied late to tie before winning their game in extra innings.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods from Kentucky trailed the Dayton Dragons 6-1 after two innings, but Karalus came in and threw 4 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball, striking out five in relief of starter Roel Ramirez. The Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Hot Rods tied the game in the fifth, then again in the ninth before winning it with two runs in the 10th, as Bowling Green won 8-6 in a Midwest “A” League game in Dayton, OH.

Last night’s outing was the longest of the season for the 2012 Mount Si HS grad, and it continued a promising trend for the Valleyite. In his last five outings dating back to May 2, Karalus has only allowed eight hits, one walk and one run, striking out 13 in that span to see his ERA drop to a solid 3.12. It had been around five prior to this strong stretch of outings.

Karalus, for those unaware, is in his second professional season after being drafted in last year’s Major League Baseball draft by the Rays.

With that done, it’s time now for our Athletes of the Week. Boys this week and we have baseball for both of these. We should mention we’ll wrap up our AotW’s next week with one from each of the boys and girls, then close out the year the first week of June with our Athletes of the Year for both the boys and girls from Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools.

CEDARCREST – The Red Wolves are headed to Yakima for the state 2A baseball semifinals this weekend thanks to a big pitching performance Sunday from our AotW this week. Jake Jewell threw a complete game three-hitter, allowing only one run, striking out five and, for good measure, hit the all-important two-RBI single in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and lift Cedarcrest to an impressive 5-1 win in their 2A regional final in Parkland over Liberty. In our preview of this game on Saturday, we suggested the Patriots would win because of their overall league strength being one of seven teams from the Kingco Conference to make the Washington state high school baseball playoffs this spring from 2A to 4A. Well, Jewell made sure our assessment proved incorrect, and he has been getting it done all season. Now 6-1 with an ERA of under two runs a game, Jewell and his CHS teammates face Fife on Friday at the semifinals in Yakima with an eye on going for the whole kit and caboodle on Saturday.

MOUNT SI – Senior pitcher/3B Jimmy Boyce gave it his all on Saturday in the Wildcats’ 1-0 loss to Gig Harbor at the 4A regionals in Puyallup that ended Mount Si’s season too soon in our view. Boyce allowed only one run on six hits, striking out nine, which on a normal day would have earned the senior a win, but because the GH pitcher was that much better, pitching a three-hit shutout, it proved to not be enough. Still, though, the story of Boyce’s season we think one day could end up being a nice script for a Hollywood movie. Pitch for your native country in a major international baseball tournament, then have to fight in order to play your senior high school season with a group of kids that grew very close and unified as a team as the season wore on, then win that battle and proceed to have a dominant spring, going 3-1 with an ERA of under two and finish with a batting average of over .400, pitching a two-hitter with your season on the line in the playoff opener earlier this month against Newport, then do what you did on Saturday? Just an awesome story to be sure, and maybe the fitting end will be when he finds a college or pro opportunity later this year. The MLB draft is around the corner….could this young man hear his name called? We’ll see.

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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