Heartbreaker on the pitch, plus another pro debut for a MSHS baseball alum on this Thursday……

Good Thursday morning.

We start on the pitch, and the dreams of a national title for one local girls’ club soccer team ended in heartbreaking fashion yesterday at the US Youth Soccer Nationals in suburban Dallas.

Preston-based Eastside FC’s girls’ Red ’98 U17 team, coached by ex-Mount Si High School boys’ soccer coach Tom Bialek and which features top Wildcat girls’ defender Natalie Weidenbach, rallied from a 2-0 hole to tie their game yesterday with the CR Burgundy Rapids of North Carolina very late in regulation. But only minutes after EFC knotted things at 2-2, the North Carolina girls scored what turned out to be the game-winner, and Eastside fell 3-2, knocking them out of championship contention in the process. They are 0-2 in pool play and have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, as only the top two teams will be moving on.

Eastside is as of this writing playing in their final game at the tournament, against a team from Chicago. We’ll let you know what happens later on.

We also have some news from the diamond this morning.

Baseball: North Bend’s Lane starts pro career with Yanks
Pitcher Trevor Lane has made his professional baseball debut, with the New York Yankees organization.

The 2012 Mount Si High School grad from North Bend, who was drafted in the 10th round of this year’s draft by the Yankees out of the University of Illinois-Chicago, pitched his first game in the New York system last Saturday. Lane, who was initially assigned to play for the Yankees’ short-season class “A” team in Staten Island, NY, instead made that appearance for the New York’s “East” team in the Florida-based Gulf Coast “Rookie” league, as he recovers from injuries that delayed his start in the pros.

In that appearance last weekend, he pitched an inning, not allowing a hit or run, in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays’ GCL team, and Lane pitched again last night, allowing a hit and striking out one for the Yankees in a game against the Atlanta Braves’ GCL squad. The Yankees lost both games and are currently under .500 in the league.

It is not known if Lane will be promoted back up to Staten Island before the end of the season, but he is certainly on the road there if he continues to deliver the results he’s showing in his first two pro outings.

As for two other ex-MSHS pitchers in the pros, both of them are still nursing injuries. 2010 Mount Si grad Josh Kimborowicz has not pitched since getting hurt in his outing a week ago for his team, the Los Angeles Dodgers-affiliated Ogden Raptors of the “Rookie” Pioneer League, in a game against Missoula, and 2012 Wildcat alum Reece Karalus remains on the disabled list with his team, the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Bowling Green Hot Rods of the class “A” Midwest League. Karalus has not pitched since earlier this month. Both players are also from North Bend.

We’ll keep tabs on how your local high school baseball alums are doing in the pros as the season continues.

Now to youth baseball and softball:

Baseball-Caro delivers for Seattle club team at national tournament: At the Xtreme World Series in San Diego, the Seattle Select 15U Black, featuring a Valley player, started play yesterday with two blowout losses, one to Seattle rival City Baseball and the second to a California team. The Valleyite, Mount Si High’s Will Caro, aided Select, going 2-3 with an RBI in both games.

Softball-Valleyites aid Portland team to two wins at national event: The Northwest Batbusters 18U Wilson club team out of Portland scored a pair of wins yesterday afternoon at the USSSA’s Western national championship tournament in southern California.

Snoqualmie’s Colleen Campbell, a senior-to-be at Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, fired a complete-game four-hitter, striking out three, pacing the Batbusters, coached by former University of Washington softball coach Teresa Wilson, to an 8-0 win over the California Firecrackers, from the Los Angeles area, and Mount Si High School senior-to-be Heather Hinton, who went 0-2 for NWBW but reached on a fielder’s choice and scored a run in that win over the Firecrackers, walked twice and drove in a run for the Batbusters in their other win, a 4-1 result over the Orange County Nighthawks from the Anaheim area.

Baseball-Bellevue team with MSHS player falls in tournament opener: Bellevue-based Boys of Summer’s 15U team started the last big tournament of the summer last night in Kent falling to the host Baden team in the Lee Johnson Invitational, 3-2. Mount Si High School’s Trace Halvorson went 0-4 for Boys in the loss.

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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