Mount Si baseball keeps pace in chase for Kingco regular season crown, plus the rest of this morning’s baseball diamond notes

Mount Si High School’s baseball team continued their push for a Kingco 4A regular season title, busting loose for three runs in the fifth inning en route to a key 4-2 road win over the Bothell Cougars last night under the lights at Bothell High School. Matt Dolewski led the way, going 2-4 with two RBI’s.

After Bothell scored a run in the fourth off of Mount Si starting pitcher Nick Solomon, the Wildcats went to work in the fifth. After Owen Roche flied out to open the inning against Cougar starter Jackson Gould, Ben Keller and Jake Brady singled. Spencer Marenco then reached base on a fielder’s choice, with Brady being forced out at second base for the second out of the inning. Gould then hit Carson Corra with a pitch, loading the bases, and in the ensuing Dolewski at-bat, umpires called a balk on Gould, enabling Keller to score from third to tie the game 1-1. Dolewski then singled to score both Marenco and Corra giving Mount Si the lead, as it turned out to stay.

Bothell scored a run off of Solomon in the bottom of that fifth inning, but the Wildcats responded with a run of their own in the sixth. Justin “JuJu” Lutz opened proceedings with a double, and was replaced by courtesy runner Blake Brown (Lutz, as a catcher, can be replaced by such a runner if he reaches base). Brown then advanced to third on a groundout by Gavin Gorrell, then scored on a Roche single. Solomon then took care of business the rest of the way, going the distance and allowing the two Blue Train runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four.

Derek Lohr was 2-3 with a double and run scored for Bothell, who dropped to 6-7 in Kingco 4A play, 12-7 overall and in a tie for fourth place in the league, with Newport and Skyline. All three teams are one game ahead of Eastlake. Mount Si is now 10-3 in league, 12-5 overall, and plays Monday at Newport to close out the regular season, with the Knights needing the win to seal up a Kingco playoff berth. A lot will be on the line for both teams. Game time is at 5:00 p.m. at Newport High School.

Mount Si JV takes advantage of Bothell mistake, strong pitching to blank Cougars: Mount Si’s Trevor Dahl reached base safely on a defensive miscue by Bothell’s second baseman, Cameron Ley, with the bases loaded in the first, scoring both Tank Brewster and Clayton Waltz, then pitcher Trevor Aman did the rest, pitching a complete-game five-hit masterpiece, walking two and striking out seven, as the Wildcats shut out Bothell 2-0 in the junior varsity game that preceded last night’s varsity contest. Waltz, Dahl, Troy Baunsgard and Connor Webb each had a hit for Mount Si, while Erik Bainter, Caden Ihrig, Lee Johnson, Austin Cartwright and Anthony Counts all had a hit apiece for the Blue Train.

Kassin Matson allowed the two unearned runs on just three hits, walking four and striking out five, in five innings of work for Bothell in the loss. Aman got the win on the hill for the Wildcats. Mount Si finishes the regular season Monday against Newport at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Our scoreboard after the break. High school scores and stats come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. Also, today, Cedarcrest High School’s team meets Lynden in a makeup game from a March rainout. Gametime this afternoon is at 2:00 at Cedarcrest’s campus in Duvall, 29000 NE 150th St., and admission is free.

College
Washington State 10, Utah 1: Valleyite Isaac Mullins combined with two Cougar pitching teammates on a two-hitter as the Cougars rolled over the Utes at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, the home field for the Pacific Coast League’s Salt Lake Bees Triple-A minor league team. Mullins, a redshirt freshman from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, allowed the one Utah run with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings to get the win and move to 2-2 on the season.

UNLV 4, Seattle U. 3: The visitors from Vegas held off the Redhawks last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Freshman Alden Huschle, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief, and it proved uneventful aside from one hit batsman for the ex-Wildcat as he received a no decision.

Lewis-Clark State 6, Corban 2 (game one, doubleheader, comp. of susp. game from 3/26): LCSC took care of the Oregon team on their home field in Salem, OR. Senior Gunnar Buhner, from Fall City, was 1-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, and recorded five putouts and an assist defensively for LCSC playing second base in the contest.

Utah Valley 6, Northern Colorado 0 (suspended, 8th): Weather yesterday in northern Colorado was not great, as a wintry mix – yes, they had snow there in Greeley, CO, yesterday and it’s almost May, folks – halted play in the WAC series opener for both teams with the visitors leading. Junior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, is currently 0-2 in the contest for the Bears, which will be finished prior to today’s scheduled game. But with one catch: KUSA-TV (Denver) is forecasting two-five inches of snow for the Greeley area today. So the two teams may not be able to get anything in even if they wanted to try. We’ll keep you posted.

Minnesota-Morris 4, Crown (MN) 0 (game two, doubleheader, Thu.): MN-Morris swept both ends of a twinbill with Crown, with freshman Levi Knott seeing action in just the nightcap for the home side. Knott, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 0-2 with a putout and assist defensively playing second base for Crown, who dropped to 12-13 with the two losses and plays two more games today as their season winds down in the NCAA Division III’s Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

Lewis-Clark State 5, Corban 3 (game two, doubleheader): LCSC’s Buhner doubled again and drove in two runs leading the Warriors to the nightcap win and sweep of the twinbill over the Corban squad. The 2013 Mount Si High School grad also had three defensive putouts and an assist for the Warriors at second base.

High School
Most of our scores and stats today come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Issaquah 3, Newport 1: Issy kept pace with the Wildcats for top spot in Kingco 4A last night with a win over the Knights at Newport High School in Bellevue. Bryant Hyun was 2-4 with a RBI for the Eagles, and Kyle Rodriguez was 1-3 with a run scored and RBI aiding Issy (10-3 Kingco 4A, 15-4 overall),. Justin Buckner went the distance, allowing just two hits and that one Newport run, walking one and striking out five to get the win on the hill for Issy. Brandon Steinberg and Alex Lambeau had the hits for Newport (6-7 league, 6-12 overall), with Lukas Motta scoring their lone run.

Mercer Island 4, Lake Washington 3: Under the lights last night at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland, the Islanders scored three runs in the seventh to rally for the huge road win in Kingco 2A/3A play over the Kangs, putting them two games ahead of LW for second place in the conference. Greg Fuchs went 2-4, and his single in the seventh scored a pair of runs to give the Islanders the lead. Teague Conder doubled and scored a run for MI (11-2 Kingco 2A/3A, 13-2 overall), while Joey Wishart was 2-4 with a run scored and RBI aiding L-Dub (9-4 league, 13-6 overall). Nikhil Nayar allowed a walk but struck out one in an inning of relief to get the win on the hill for Mercer.

Woodinville 2, Eastlake 0: Under the lights at Woodinville High School last night, the Falcons scored both runs in the second, then let their pitching do the rest in the shutout Kingco 4A win that sealed up a Kingco playoff berth. Matt Schramm was 2-3 for Woody (8-5 Kingco 4A, 12-7 overall), and hurlers Wyatt Mosher and Reese Averill combined on a three-hitter, with Mosher striking out five in five innings for the win and Averill handling the final two frames, with three strikeouts of his own, to get the save.

Dalton Chandler, Cole Peterson and Henry Wiebke had the hits for the Wolves (5-8 league, 9-10 overall), and pitcher Nathan Fitzgibbons allowed both Falcon runs on just four hits in five innings, walking three and striking out five. The Eastlake starter took the loss, and the Wolves now sit a game back of a three-way tie for the final three playoff spots in the conference. Eastlake must beat Skyline at home Monday to clinch a playoff berth. A loss and they’d be out.

Redmond 12, Interlake 3: Also under the lights last night, but at Redmond’s Hartman Park, David Gibbons went 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s lifting the Mustangs to the Kingco 2A/3A win over the visiting Saints. Gibbons was dominant on the mound, not allowing a hit through four innings and striking out nine to get the win for Redmond (8-6 Kingco 2A/3A, 9-10 overall). Blake Hall had a hit and two RBI’s leading Interlake (4-10 league, 9-10 overall).

Skyline 10, Inglemoor 3: Noah Souza and Dylan Ames both tripled pacing the Spartans to the Kingco 4A home win on the Sammamish Plateau keeping them in the postseason picture. Souza was 2-3 with two runs for Sparty (6-7 Kingco 4A, 9-8 overall), while Ames also walked twice and scored three runs. Alex Brenner was 3-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI’s pacing Skyline, while for the Vikings (1-12 league, 4-14 overall), Eunsang Yu was 2-4 with an RBI. Jack Rooney pitched six solid innings for the green, silver and white, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five.

Bellevue 3, Juanita 2: Al Aurelio was 1-3 with a run scored and RBI, and Colin Suter doubled, both aiding Bellevue to the Kingco 2A/3A home win. The Wolverines (12-2 Kingco 2A/3A, 15-3 overall) scored all three of their runs in the fifth, then let their pitching do the rest as they clinched at minimum a share of the Kingco 2A/3A regular season title. Suter allowed two runs, one earned, on just three hits in six strong innings of work for the win, then Jack Enger took care of business in the seventh to grab a save. Kyle Taylor was 1-2 with a run, and Taylor Peterson doubled, both leading the Rebels (6-8 league, 11-9 overall).

South Whidbey 17, King’s 9: Conner Antich was 2-5 with a walk, four runs scored and three RBI’s for Whidbey as they outslugged the Knights in a Cascade Conference clash in Seattle. Will Simms was 4-6 with a run scored and three RBI’s for the Falcons (8-7 Cascade, 10-8 overall), while Luke Bobin tripled, scored a run and drove in three to pace King’s. Ethan Elias was 2-4 as well with a run scored aiding the Knights (1-14 league, 1-18 overall).

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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