A former Wildcat baseball player hangs up the spikes in the pros, plus diamond cuts on this Friday……

Good Friday morning. Diamond news this morning, and we start with news from pro baseball, and a sad piece of news to report, as one of five Mount Si High School grads currently representing their Valley in the pro ranks has decided to call it a career.

Shortstop Tim Proudfoot, from North Bend and a 2011 MSHS alum, announced his retirement yesterday. Proudfoot had been playing for the minor-league Vermont Lake Monsters, affiliated with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, but had been struggling as of late, going 0-3 with three strikeouts in what turned out to be his final professional game, Monday in an extra-inning Lake Monsters loss to Staten Island in a New York-Penn League short-season “A”-ball game in Burlington, VT. His batting average dropped to .100 following that game.

Proudfoot, drafted by the A’s in last year’s MLB draft out of Texas Tech University, finishes his career hitting .203; in 56 total games split between three clubs – Vermont, the A’s rookie-league team in Arizona and their Midwest “A” League club in Wisconsin – over the past two seasons, he had a total of 35 hits in 172 at-bats with one home run, 20 runs scored and 18 RBI’s. His defense was solid, though, as he finished with a better than .900 fielding percentage and only four errors in 44 total chances. But, to be successful in the pros you have to hit, and that proved to be Proudfoot’s challenge.

Proudfoot has graduated from TTU so he should be able to make a smooth transition into his post-baseball life moving forward. We wish him all the best in his future path.

Two other MSHS alums had productive nights on the diamond last night. Here’s a wrap:

Brown contributes to Missoula win: Max Brown, Proudfoot’s fellow 2011 MSHS classmate, and also from North Bend, went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI, as his team, the Arizona Diamondacks-affiliated Missoula Osprey, doubled up the visiting Helena Brewers, affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-3 last night in Missoula, MT, in a Pioneer “Rookie” League game. Missoula, with the win, moved to 5-9 on the young season with Brown bumping his batting average up slightly to .227, which is a bit of a misnomer as he’s had hits in five of his last six games. Brown, an outfielder, was also drafted in last year’s MLB draft, by Arizona, out of Kansas State University.

Karalus back to form: Last night was a nice rebound for pitcher Reece Karalus. North Bend’s Karalus, who, too, was drafted in last year’s big league draft, by Tampa Bay, pitched two innings of one-hit relief, walking one and striking out one, as his squad, the Rays’ class “A” affiliate Bowling Green Hot Rods, smacked West Michigan, affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, 12-2 last night on the road in Grand Rapids, MI. Karalus, a 2012 MSHS grad, received no decision, but for the Hot Rods, it was good to see the Valleyite get back to his usual dominant self, after allowing a season-high five runs in his previous outing, last weekend in a home loss to Fort Wayne.

Youth baseball scoreboard
Chaffey Baseball 18U 19, Pullman Posse 0: Chaffey, from Edmonds, opened their weekend trip to the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman last night in style, with a blowout headlined by a combined no-hitter. Pitchers Jacob Bogacz and Brandon Mitchell, both from Snohomish County, combined on the no-no, and were aided offensively by Mount Si’s Jimmy Boyce, who went 1-1 with a run scored to pace Chaffey.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 9, Taylor Baseball 1: MSHS’ Mason Marenco led BoS, going 3-4 with three runs scored and an RBI as the Bellevue team sank their Eastside rivals from Redmond at a tournament in Portland. Fellow Wildcat Gavin Gorrell pitched one shutout inning of relief, allowing two walks, for Boys, in the contest, with no decision.

Boys of Summer 16U 5, Nighthawks 4: Bellevue-based BoS got a chance to play on a “field of dreams” of sorts yesterday – the UW’s Husky Ballpark – in Seattle, and made the most of it with the win; MSHS’ Max Rovegno was 0-2 with a run scored for Boys in the contest.

Youth softball: Denver tournament scoreboard
Bownet (CA) 9, Issaquah Flame 14U Hume 1: The Flame were easily handled by the California team at the Sparkler Juniors in Longmont, north of Denver; MSHS freshman-to-be Hope Bostick was 1-2, with one of the Flame’s four hits on the game.

Northwest Batbusters 18U Wilson 13, Olathe (KS) Rockets 5: The Portland-based Batbusters blasted the suburban Kansas City team at the Boulder IDT; pitcher Colleen Campbell, from Snoqualmie and a senior-to-be at Forest Ridge School, pitched two innings for NWB, allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits, walking one. MSHS senior-to-be Heather Hinton was 0-2, also for the Batbusters.

Illinois Edge Chaos 11, Issaquah Flame 14U Hume 1: The Flame found the going a little challenging against the Illinois team, as they dropped to 2-2 overall on the week’s games. Bostick was 0-1 with a walk and run scored for the Issaquah-based squad.

Northwest Batbusters 18U Wilson 11, Texas Sudden Impact 2: NWB made short work of the Texas team in Boulder, with the help of both of their Valley reps; Hinton was 1-2 with a walk and run scored, while Campbell allowed a run on three hits, walking two and striking out one, in three innings of work in the circle.

Acers win pair: At the Sparkler tournament in Westminster, the Auburn-based Washington Acers 18U Wilson won twice, beating teams from California and the Kansas City area. MSHS senior-to-be Claire Lis is on the team; no word on whether she pitched either of the games.

Team Seattle finds challenges in Boulder: The Team Seattle 14U team fell twice at the Boulder IDT yesterday, dropping games to California’s Orange County Batbusters and a team from Ohio. CHS sophomore-to-be Michaela Carter pitched for TS in their game against the Batbusters, with no stats reported.

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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