MSHS grad establishes himself as one of the best pitchers in his pro league, plus other news on this Thursday……

Good Thursday morning.

We start with some pro baseball for you, and it was back to form for Mount Si High School grad Josh Kimborowicz last night as he furthered his case for a return to affiliated baseball with another solid pitching performance for his independent minor league team.

“Kimbo”, a 2010 Wildcat alum, pitched 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out three, as the Southern Illinois Miners continued their stay at the top of the Frontier League standings with a 3-0 home win in Marion, IL, over the Schaumburg Boomers from the Chicago area. Kimborowicz moves his record to 6-0 on the season with a strong 2.27 earned run average. He leads the league now in wins and his ERA is third-best in the circuit behind Lake Erie’s Steve Hagen and Washington (PA)’s Trevor Foss.

Kimborowicz’s next start is likely coming up next Tuesday, when Southern Illinois, now 28-12 on the year, plays the Florence Freedom on the road in Kentucky.

Now to scores.

Softball: Denver tournaments continue
The Denver, CO, area softball tournaments continued yesterday, as teams outlasted a little rain and thunder to get games in. Today’s forecast for Denver calls for more of the same, so things may be a bit challenging for the ladies later on. By the way, check out our water cooler discussion topic in the post below this one, and chime in. Now, here’s a wrap on yesterday’s action.

Clearwater Lady Bombers (FL) 9, Absolute Blast 18U Hagen 1: At the Fireworks in Aurora, the Tampa Bay-area team put on a little fireworks display of their own, scoring seven runs in the first to take care of the Woodinville-based Blast. Mount Si High School grad Rose Vogt was 1-3 for AbB.

Sarasota Heat (FL) 10, Northwest Batbusters 18U Wilson 1: The Portland team was handled easily by the Florida squad at the Boulder IDT tournament; Snoqualmie’s Colleen Campbell took the loss in the circle for NWB, allowing all 10 runs on 10 hits, striking out five, in four innings of work. Fellow Valleyite Heather Hinton was 0-2 as well for the Batbusters.

Absolute Blast 18U Hagen 4, Colorado Angels 3: AbB opened play yesterday with this win over the local Aurora-based Angels; Vogt was 0-1 for the Blast.

Northwest Batbusters 18U Wilson 8, Minnesota Magic 7: NWB won the game at the IDT over the Twin Cities-area team in dramatic fashion, as two runs scored on an error by the Magic’s shortstop on a ground ball hit by Woodinville High School’s Olivia Riener, who drove in five runs to lead Batbusters. Campbell got the win in the circle, with the Forest Ridge School senior-to-be allowing two unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts in three innings of relief work; Hinton, a Mount Si High School senior-to-be, was 0-3 also for Batbusters.

SoCal Dirt Dogs 3, Absolute Blast 18U Hagen 2: The Dirt Dogs, from suburban Los Angeles, held off AbB; Vogt was 0-2 for the Blast in this contest.

Carter delivers at IDT: Cedarcrest High School sophomore-to-be Michaela Carter made her presence felt yesterday for her club team, Team Seattle, as they opened play at the Boulder IDT’s 14U event in Broomfield with two wins. Carter had two hits, scored twice and drove in two more runs for TS as they held off the New Jersey Intensity 9-7, and in the second game, which Carter did not play, the Seattle girls smacked the New Lenox Lightning from the Chicago area 16-4.

Baseball: Youth scores
WW Sweets 6, CBA Bruins ’19 5: Sammamish-based Sweets won their tournament game in Phoenix over the California team in dramatic fashion, on a walk-off double in the eighth by Carter Young that scored two runs. MSHS’ Jesiah Irish was 1-3 for the Sweets in the contest.

Kirkland Merchants 11, Washington A’s 18U 4: At Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, the Kirkland team rolled to the win over the Sammamish-based A’s; MSHS’ Nick McAlister was 0-1 at the plate and also pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run while striking out one. He received no decision for the A’s.

Northwest Naturals 6, Field of Champions Bears 14U Blue 5: The Sammamish-based Nats won it on a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh in Issaquah; MSHS’ Trevor Dahl was 1-2 with a double, run scored and RBI for FoC in the heartbreaking defeat.

Seattle Select 15U Black 4, North Seattle Rainiers 2: At Magnuson Park in Seattle, SS doubled up their rivals from north Seattle. Will Caro, from Mount Si HS, was 0-3 for SS, who is now 3-0 on the year against the Rainiers, 19-6-1 overall on the season.

Hunter Pence Baseball (TX) 6, WW Sweets 4: Sweets came up short in Arizona against a Houston-based team that is sponsored by an academy run by Major League Baseball outfielder Hunter Pence, who currently plays for the San Francisco Giants. Irish was 0-3 for Sweets in the contest.

Volleyball: 16U and 17U squads start play at nationals
The scene has shifted to 16U and 17U teams in Indianapolis at the USA Volleyball girls’ national championships, with the 17’s starting yesterday and the 16’s set to start today.

On the 17U front, Bellevue’s Northwest Juniors Black, with Cedarcrest HS’s Danielle Winston, went 2-1 on opening day yesterday, beating squads from Iowa and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, another Bellevue team, the Sudden Impact Storm, struggled out of the gate, with the squad, featuring MSHS’ Courteney Carr and Katie McCreadie, falling in all three of their matches on opening day. The losses came to teams from Hawaii, Texas and upstate New York.

Play for both of those teams continues today, and the Northwest Juniors 16’s Blue start play today in the 16U Patriot division, and the opening day schedule is going to be tough – this Bellevue team, with MSHS’ Lillian Bachand and Jessica Hanners, plays teams from California, Florida and Texas today. Not going to be easy for sure, but that’s what it’s all about this time of year – if you want to finish the best, you’ll have to beat the best to do it. We wish all the teams luck today in Indy.

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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2 Responses to MSHS grad establishes himself as one of the best pitchers in his pro league, plus other news on this Thursday……

  1. Avatar Christal Hill says:

    Local valley upcoming senior at Mt Si, Maddy Trout, plays for the Oregon NW Bullets 18 Gold – Knuth 18U. She’s been in several tournaments and is also down in Colorado this week. I’ve seen no mention of her. Just wanted to make you aware of what team she is playing for. Thanks!

    • Rhett Workman Rhett Workman says:

      Did not know that, Ms. Hill, and thanks for letting me know. I’ll be sure to start mentioning her as the tournaments roll on. Did you by the way see the post from yesterday afternoon about the face masks? Any thoughts on that?

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