Monday diamond cuts…..

Time now to talk baseball, and we have some news from the minor leagues as we always do for you leading off our diamond coverage this morning.

None of the Valleyites playing “on the farm” played last night, but one did on Saturday, and it was a night that he will want to forget.

North Bend’s Reece Karalus struggled for his team, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, as the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated team fell on Saturday night at home to Fort Wayne (IN) 9-2 in Kentucky. Karalus pitched three innings, allowing five runs on five hits, with three walks and a strikeout. He received no decision as his earned run average came up to 3.63 as a result of the outing.

Four of the five runs he allowed to the TinCaps, a San Diego Padres affiliate, came as the result of three home runs he allowed to Fort Wayne hitters in the Midwest “A” League contest.

Karalus, a 2012 Mount Si High School grad, was drafted in the eighth round of last year’s Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, one of three former Wildcats drafted in last year’s selection proceedings. The other two, Max Brown (Missoula Osprey, “Rookie” Pioneer League) and Tm Proudfoot (Vermont Lake Monsters, “A” New York-Penn League), picked by Arizona and Oakland, respectively, did not play in their teams’ games this weekend.

A fourth ex-Wildcat, Trevor Lane, a 2012 grad also from North Bend, drafted earlier this month by the New York Yankees, has not yet pitched for his team, the Staten Island Yankees of the short-season New York-Penn “A” League, and it is reported by the YES Network’s Pinstriped Prospects blog that he is currently working through rehabilitation of what is believed to be a shoulder injury. He is on the SI roster, however, so he may get a chance to pitch at some point before the season is out.

PP did an interview recently with Lane and you can see that here.

Now to the youth action from yesterday.

Chaffey Baseball 18U 1, Yakima Pepsi Pak 0: Edmonds-based Chaffey took the title at their tournament in Reno behind a two-hitter from MSHS’ Jimmy Boyce, who struck out four in an 82-pitch complete game effort.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Taylor Baseball 3: Mount Si High’s Mason Marenco was 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored to pace Bellevue-based BoS to the win over the Redmond-based opposition in Edmonds. Fellow Wildcat Gavin Gorrell was 0-3 for Boys in the contest.

Boys of Summer 15U 3, Mountain View Thunder 2: MSHS’ Trace Halvorson was 1-3 with a run scored for BoS as they beat the southwest Washington squad at the Buffalo Wild Wings tournament in Renton.

Boys of Summer 16U 2, Seattle Bombers 1: BoS needed eight innings to win over their Seattle foes in walk-off fashion in Kent; Mount Si’s Max Rovegno was 0-1 for Boys in the contest.

Rock Creek 3, Northwest Naturals 15U Navy 2 (game one, doubleheader): The first of two at Eastlake High School in Sammamish went nine innings, with the Ravensdale-based RC posting the win; MSHS’ Trevor Aman pitched eight solid innings for NWN, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits, walking three and striking out five. Fellow Wildcat Trevor Clem recorded a walk for RC in the contest.

Seattle Select 15U Black 16, FCA 4: SS rolled to the win in Seattle; Mount Si’s Will Caro walked twice and scored a run for Select in the contest.

WW Sweets 10, Trombly (CA) 4: In Tucson at a tournament there, Sweets brought out the lumber and earned praise from the opposing California team’s coach. On their official Twitter page, coach Steve Trombly wrote: “They are a talented team that can really hit,” and the Sammamish squad did just that – to the tune of 16 of them in the contest. One of those hits belonged to Mount Si’s Jesiah Irish, who also scored a pair of runs for Sweets in the win.

Field of Champions 15U Bears 6, Legends 1 (game two, doubleheader): At Issaquah High School, Preston-based FoC got a 2-4 effort from Mount Si’s Tank Brewster, who scored two runs, to take the nightcap of two; the score and stats from the first game were not reported.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Showtime 0: Gorrell pitched five innings of two-hit ball, walking two and striking out one, to aid BoS to the win. Marenco did not play in this contest for Boys.

Boys of Summer 15U 6, Moundtime 3: Also at the Buffalo Wild Wings events, Halvorson doubled, walked and scored a run for Bellevue-based Boys as they won their nightcap last night.

Northwest Naturals 15U Navy 2, Rock Creek 1 (game two, doubleheader): Mount Si’s Blake Meister was 1-3 for NWN as they took the nightcap and split the pair with their southeast King County foes. Clem went 0-2 for RC in the contest.

Boys of Summer 16U 9, Spokane Crew 7: Rovegno was 1-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s for BoS as they won a slugfest in Kent with their Spokane-based opposition.

WW Sweets 8, Orange County Hustle 3: Sweets wrapped up proceedings last night in Tucson with another win over a California team, recording 12 hits in this one; Irish went 2-3 with a run scored to pace the Sammamish-based victors.

TC Saints 6, Washington A’s 16U 2: In Ravensdale, the Sammamish-based A’s fell and were knocked out of their weekend tournament. MSHS’ Jake Ayers was 0-2 for the A’s in the contest.

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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