From track and field, and baseball as well this morning…..

Yesterday was busy at the state high school track and field championships in Tacoma, with a number of local athletes competing.

First, at the 4A meet, Mount Si’s Baly Botten pocketed a pair of team points for the Wildcat boys with a seventh-place showing in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet.

Jacob Belceto made two event finals today, both in sprint events. He earned a trip to the finals at the 100m boys sprint, with a sixth-place finish in a preliminary race yesterday. He clocked 11.26 seconds. He also will compete in the 200m final, after taking sixth as well in that race yesterday in that preliminary run (22.55). Also, Mount Si’s Lauren Rutherford and Tatum Dalgleish took part in the girls’ long jump, with Rutherford finishing ninth (17’ ¼”) and Dalgleish taking 15th (15’ 2 ¾”).

Rounding it out, the Wildcat boys’ 4×100 relay crew of Belceto, Hunter Titus, Justin Falk and Curt Hutcherson just missed out on qualifying for today’s finals in that race with a ninth-place finish in yesterday’s preliminaries. They clocked 43.52 seconds, just .11 seconds behind the eighth-place Kent-Meridian foursome that earned the last berth into the finals of the event today.

In Cedarcrest action at the 2A meet, Matt Hineline took eighth and recorded a team point for the Red Wolves boys in the pole vault; he cleared 13 feet. Judy Amaral finished 13th in the girls’ javelin with a toss of 103 feet, six inches.

Gunnar Schultz earned a berth into today’s finals in the 300m hurdles, with a sixth-place finish in yesterday’s preliminary heat. He finished with a time of 40.55 seconds. Schultz and teammates Dave Boak, Ryan Golden and Joey Hixon also qualified as a unit for today’s 4×100 relay final with a sixth-place finish (43.65) in yesterday’s preliminaries. Hixon will also compete as an individual in today’s boys’ 400m final after taking sixth (51.36) in yesterday’s preliminary race. Briana Deveraux will represent CHS on the girls’ side in that same 400m distance today, after taking fifth in that preliminary run yesterday (58.61).

Golden, however, will not compete in the boys’ 200m final today after finishing 11th in yesterday’s preliminary heat (23.55). Neither will Deveraux or Tayla Weaver on the girls’ side, after both finished well back in their preliminary. Deveraux finished 12th (27.07) while Weaver finished 15th (27.69).

Today, in addition to all of the athletes from both schools who earned trips to event finals today after strong preliminary performances yesterday, such as Mount Si’s Belceto and Cedarcrest’s Schultz and Deveraux, other athletes to watch as the meet wraps up include the Wildcats Joe and Hannah Waskom, competing in the boys’ and girls’ 4A 3200m runs respectively; Hannah Waskom’s Mount Si teammate Melissa Hruska, who will also compete in the girls’ 4A 3200m, and Wildcats Jacob Wachtendonk and Dustin Robey, competing in the 4A boys’ javelin event. Also, at the 2A boys’ javelin, Cedarcrest’s Torjan Barnes is slated to compete.

We also have some baseball for you this morning, from youth and college action.

Youth Baseball
NW Naturals 15U Navy 18, Kent Bulldogs Red 1: At the Art Wright tournament in Kent, the Naturals, from Sammamish, rolled to the five-inning mercy rule win backed by efforts from two MSHS players. Blake Meister went 1-4 with a run scored, walk and three RBI’s, and Trevor Aman went 1-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Chaffey 18U 8, Yakima Beetles 0: Jimmy Boyce, in his first start on the mound since last Saturday’s state regional semifinal game for Mount Si High School, took to the hill for his summer ball team last night in their season opening win over in Yakima and was his dominant self, pitching four no-hit innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. The soon-to-be Wildcat grad is the lone MSHS player on the Bothell-based Chaffey team, which historically has been one of the top 18U teams in the Seattle area.

College Baseball
Lewis-Clark State 2, Science & Arts (OK) 1: A walk-off single by pinch-hitter Dylan Tashijan in the ninth broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the host LCSC squad to an opening round win at the NAIA’s World Series in Lewiston. Fall City’s Gunnar Buhner, a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-3 for LCSC in the game.

Valparaiso 4, Illinois-Chicago 2 (Horizon League tournament, Thu.): Thursday, the Flames fell in their playoff opener and were eliminated from the postseason. Senior pitcher Trevor Lane, from North Bend, pitched in his final college game and worked 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief, allowing no hits but striking out three. He finishes the season 8-5 with a team-best 1.41 earned run average, and a team-high 90 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings. Lane is a 2012 Mount Si High School grad. UIC finished the season 25-30.

Stanford 4, Oregon 2: In Palo Alto, CA, last night, the Cardinal doubled up the Ducks and tied Oregon in the Pac-12 standings with one game left on their weekend series. Redshirt freshman Carson Breshears, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si High School grad, was 0-3 for the Ducks in the game.

St. Mary’s 13, Gonzaga 4 (WCC tournament): In Stockton, CA, the Gaels rolled to the win over the Bulldogs, despite a 3-4 effort, which included a triple and RBI, from senior Dustin Breshears, from North Bend and a 2011 MSHS alum.

Gonzaga 5, Pepperdine 4 (10) (WCC tournament): Last night down in Stockton, GU rebounded from the earlier loss to SMC and beat the Waves on a walk-off homer from Tyler Frost in the 10th inning. Breshears went 0-2 with an RBI for GU, who meets the Gaels this afternoon, and must beat St. Mary’s twice to win the conference tournament and advance to the NCAA tournament.

Lower Columbia 9, Bellevue 0 (NWAACC tournament, Thu.): Host LCC smacked the Bulldogs in the opener of the NWAACC tournament Thursday night in Longview. Mount Si grad Zach Usselman pitched 6 1/3 innings of relief for Bellevue in the game, allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out two, and fellow Wildcat alum Evan Johnson was 0-3, also for BC. Freshman Colin Brown, a 2015 MSHS grad from Snoqualmie, did not play for LCC in the game.

Bellevue 5, Mt. Hood 4 (NWAACC tournament): Bellevue avoided elimination with a walk-off win over the Oregon team yesterday. Johnson, a sophomore from Snoqualmie, was 0-3 with an RBI for BC, while Usselman, also a sophomore but from North Bend, did not play. Both players are 2014 MSHS grads.

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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