Local athletes put their best foot forward on day one of Valley Invitational softball tournament in Oregon

It was a busy day for several Snoqualmie Valley high school softball players competing at the Valley Invitational college exposure youth softball tournament down in Portland yesterday. Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth 11, Boise Blast 2: The Bullets handled the Boise team in their tournament opener; NWB went on to go 3-0 on the day yesterday with wins over the Auburn-based Washington Acers and the Clark County-based Vancouver Patriots. Mount Si HS grad Maddy Trout only saw action for the Bullets in the game against Boise and went 0-2 in that one.

Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek 2, Washington Ladyhawks Blue 2: The Snohomish-based Batbusters opened their Valley Invite trip with a draw against the Puyallup team. CHS’ Elaine Townley was 1-3 while Mount Si’s Lauren Wilbourne was 0-3, with both leading off the batting order for the Seek squad. Wilbourne also started the game for Batbusters in the circle, allowing two runs on four hits, walking four and striking out three in four innings of work. She received no decision.

Northwest Lady Bandits 14U Black 9, Boise Blast 3: The Kirkland-based Bandits started their Valley Invite run strong beating the Idaho team easily; Cedarcrest High School’s Jessi Polacek was 0-2, but did score a run and drive in another pacing the Bandits.

Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek 8, Primetime Elite 2: The Batbusters broke open a tight one in Portland with seven runs in the fifth to blow out the Los Angeles-area team. Townley was 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s for NWB, while Wilbourne doubled as part of a 2-4 effort, driving in two runs.

Northwest Lady Bandits 14U Black 11, Oregon Titans DeMarini 10: The Bandits outlasted the Oregon team in extras in a wild one; Polacek was 0-4.

Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek 8, Nevada Comets 2: As was the case in their win over the Primetime team, the Batbusters used another big inning – this an eight-run second – to rout the Reno-area team in the nightcap last night in Oregon. Wilbourne saw a little work in the circle, walking one and striking out one in an inning of relief. Neither local player had official at-bats in this contest.

NorCal Bownet 7, Northwest Lady Bandits 14U Black 2: The Bandits closed out action last night in Portland with a loss to the California team; Polacek was 0-3.

Acers Anderton does well on day one: The Auburn-based Washington Acers 18U Anderton team, featuring Mount Si’s Lis sisters, class of 2017 grad Claire and junior-to-be Grace, went 2-1 yesterday in the opening day of action in the event. They split a pair of games with Oregon-based teams and also beat a team from northern California.

Seattle Sundodgers also do well on opening day: The Sundodgers 18U, with Mount Si junior-to-be Abby Gronewald and CHS grad Maddie Nixon, won all three of their games yesterday, with the wins coming over a pair of teams from California and one from Utah. Playoff action resumes this morning.

16U Batbusters team runs into tough teams: The Batbusters’ 16U Brooks entry, based in Issaquah, went 1-2 yesterday, with the squad, featuring Mount Si’s Molly Wilbourne and Cedarcrest’s Michaela Carter, beating a southwest Washington team but falling to teams from Oregon and Hawaii. Playoff action continues today.

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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