MSHS alum Johnson delivers special gift for his dad, plus all of the diamond cuts from baseball to start a new week on this Monday…..

Good Monday morning. Our diamond cuts this morning lead off with a special Father’s Day present from one Mount Si High School grad to his dad – a two-homer game helping his team post a win.

This first part of the West Coast League season for Mount Si High School grad Evan Johnson has been nothing short of amazing. He started the season with a 15-game hitting streak that saw the University of Northern Colorado senior-to-be get his batting average up to over .400 on the season. Saturday night saw the end of the streak as Johnson went hitless for his Wenatchee AppleSox in a win over the Gresham GrayWolves from suburban Portland. But Johnson came out last night, and delivered a special gift to his father, Steve.

That special gift came in the form of a two-homer game, as Evan drove in three runs and helped Wenatchee hold off Gresham 8-7 at Wenatchee Valley College. Johnson’s first homer accounted for the third inning scoring for the AppleSox, as Wenatchee took a 7-2 lead after four innings. The second homer proved to be valuable insurance in the seventh, as he hit a solo shot. The two homers were Johnson’s fifth and sixth of the season, which has him tied for the WCL lead with a player from Corvallis, and Johnson’s .418 average after last night’s game has him fourth in the league in batting. The three RBI’s from the two homers moved Johnson to 21 on the season, and he has the league lead in that category.

The AppleSox are now 9-8 and finish up with Gresham tonight.

Also from the college summer circuit this morning:

Boyce with solid outing for Bells: Edmonds Community College’s Jimmy Boyce, a soon-to-be sophomore for the Tritons and a 2016 Mount Si High grad, pitched four strong innings yesterday in a start on the hill for the Bellingham Bells as they routed the Bend Elks from Oregon at home in Whatcom County 8-3. Boyce allowed a run on just one hit, walking four and striking out four, receiving no decision as the Bells scored five runs in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie and cruise to the win. Bellingham with the win moves to 9-5 on the season.

Now to other baseball:

Minor Leagues
Lane shuts down Firefiles: For the second time in three days, North Bend’s Trevor Lane got work on the hill for his minor-league team, the Charleston River Dogs, as the New York Yankees’ class “A” South Atlantic League team faced in-state rival Columbia from South Carolina. Charleston yesterday beat the visiting Firefiles, affiliated with the New York Mets, 5-1, and Lane worked an inning, allowing a hit but striking out the side and earning his fifth “hold” of the season.

Again, as we’ve noted already here, a “hold” is when a pitcher enters the game with his team in the lead, and leaves with that lead still intact. Lane did not face Columbia’s Tim Tebow in yesterday’s outing; Tebow, minor league baseball’s most talked about player this year, faced Lane last Friday and the former football star struck out against the 2012 MSHS alum.

Karalus back on mound after stint on DL: Lane’s fellow 2012 Mount Si HS alum, Reece Karalus, returned to the mound last Friday for the Charlotte Stone Crabs after missing the past several weeks of action with the Tampa Bay Rays’ class “advanced A” affiliate in the Florida State League with injuries. Karalus worked an inning for Charlotte in their contest against the Minnesota Twins-affiliated Fort Myers Miracle, and allowed two hits, but no runs, in the 3-1 Stone Crabs loss to the Miracle.

The North Bend product’s earned run average dropped to 8.64 with the effort; he had been on the shelf since April 15 after struggling in his first three outings of the season to see his ERA rise to nearly 10. Karalus missed most of the second half of last season with the Rays’ full-season class “A” affiliate in Kentucky also with injuries. Karalus should see more work on the mound this week, as the Stone Crabs are playing the St. Louis Cardinals-affiliated Palm Beach Cardinals today through Wednesday and the New York Mets-affiliated St. Lucie Mets Thursday through Sunday. It is also possible he may be reassigned elsewhere in the organization as he makes his way back to 100% following his long stint on the DL. We’ll keep you posted.

Youth scores after the break. Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth scores
Michael’s Toyota 16U 1, Northwest Naturals 16U 0 (game one, doubleheader): The first game of two yesterday at Skyline High School in Sammamish between the two Eastside rivals, both of whom have Mount Si High School players on them, needed extras before the Bellevue-based Michael’s scored the game-winning, and game’s lone, run in the eighth on a walk-off hit. Wildcats Trevor Aman (0-3), Murphy McDowell (0-1), Tyler Wieting (0-2, walk) and Parker Wutherich (0-4) all went hitless for their respective teams in the contest – Aman, McDowell and Wieting for the Nats, and Wutherich for Michael’s.

Boys of Summer 16U 13, Bellevue Honda 16U 7: The Bellevue-based rivals engaged in a slugfest yesterday morning at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, with Boys winning it; Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson was 2-5 with an RBI pacing Boys, while fellow Wildcat Will Caro was 1-2 with a run scored and RBI aiding Honda. He also started on the mound for his Honda squad, and it was not a great day at the office, as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits with two walks in just 2 2/3 innings of work. Caro took the loss.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4, Showtime Prep 3: The first of three in Centralia yesterday for Bellevue-based Boys saw Mount Si grad Matt Dolewski lead the way, going 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, as BoS held off the Pierce County team. Fellow Wildcat Class of 2017 alum Mason Marenco was 0-2, but also drove in a run for Boys.

Northwest Naturals 13U Green 9, Marysville Hawks 4: Twin Falls Middle School’s Dawson Schneider led the way for the Nats as they opened their Yakima tournament action with a win over the Snohomish County team. Schneider was 2-3 with a triple, walk, three runs scored and an RBI as the Nats took care of business. Fellow Raven Hayden Weaver (0-4) along with CKMS’ Matt Wieting (0-3) both were hitless for NWN in the contest.

Washington Athletics 13U 5, Damage 3: At the TCS Father’s Day Slugfest in the Tri-Cities, the A’s opened a busy day yesterday holding off the Sumner team; Twin Falls Middle School’s Brady Farris was 0-2, but did get a walk for the A’s.

Northwest Naturals 12U 17, Brewster Farmers 8: Twin Falls Middle School’s Kam Korrell was 3-4 with a double and three runs scored for the Sammamish-based Nats as they opened the final day of play over in the Tri-Cities yesterday with a blowout win over the north central Washington squad.

Northwest Naturals 16U 8, Michael’s Toyota 16U 5 (game two, doubleheader): The Nats took the nightcap of the twinbill between the two games and split the pair on the Plateau. Wutherich was 0-2, but walked and scored a run for Michael’s, and McDowell was 0-1, also with a walk and run scored, for NWN. Aman and Wieting both were 0-1 as well for the Nats.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 3, Vancouver Cardinals 2: BoS scored three runs in the first and held the lead the rest of the way, backed by another 2-3 effort from Dolewski and a double, RBI and run scored from Mason Marenco as they beat the southwest Washington team at the Centralia tournament.

Eastside Select 13, Washington Athletics 13U 3: The Bellevue team rolled to the win in the semifinals of the TCS event; Farris was 0-2 again with a walk for the A’s.

Northwest Naturals 13U Green 13, Dirt Dawgs 3: In the semis of their tournament in Yakima, Schneider was 1-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Weaver was 1-3 with a run scored and RBI, as the Nats advanced to the tourney finals with the win. Wieting also had a hit, walk and run scored pacing NWN. Schneider got the win on the mound, starting there and working 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out six.

Northwest Naturals 12U 5, Showtime 0: NWN advanced into the 12U final at the TCS tourney in the Tri-Cities with the win over the Pierce County team aided by a 2-2 effort from Korrell, which included a run scored and RBI.

Baden Baseball 6, Bellevue Honda 16U 0: Honda played last night as well, but in Redmond this time, with Kent-based Baden holding the Bellevue team to just four hits, one of those belonging to Caro, as the Honda team fell.

Jaguars 7, Northwest Nighthawks 16U 4: At Curtis High School near Tacoma, the Pierce County team sank the Sammamish-based Nighthawks. Mount Si High School’s Trevor Adkinson was 0-3 for the Nighthawks in the loss.

Taylor Baseball 12, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5: Dolewski and Mason Marenco went a combined 0-5 with a walk for BoS in their loss to the Redmond team to close out their weekend event in Centralia. Taylor scored 11 runs in the third to account for a large part of their output offensively.

Washington Athletics 13U 12, Dragons Elite Green 11: The A’s won the game, and third place in the TCS Father’s Day Slugfest 13U Division II bracket, in dramatic fashion, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally for the walk-off victory. Farris was 0-1 with a walk and run scored for the A’s. Valleyites also played for the Dragons in the game. Twin Falls Middle School’s Ryan Llewellyn was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Dragons to lead the local contingent, and Chief Kanim Middle School’s J.T. DeRouen was also 2-4 with a pair of runs and a pair of RBI’s aiding the efforts for the Bellevue team.

DeRouen’s fellow CKMS’er Luke Richter was 1-3 with a run scored and RBI pacing things for the Dragons. Hawks Logan Cyr (0-0, two walks, run) and Christian Jarocki (0-1) along with Raven Brady Hossfeld (0-4) also saw action for the Dragons in the contest. Cyr and Llewellyn pitched the game for the Dragons, with Cyr starting and allowing five runs on seven hits, four of the runs being earned, with one strikeout in three innings of work, and Llewellyn worked the fourth and fifth frames, allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits, walking two and striking out two. Neither player recorded a decision in the contest.

City Baseball Green 17, Field of Champions 15U 0: Seattle-based City ended the SEL Wood Bat tournament run for Preston-based FoC with the blowout win over the Bears in Kent. Mount Si’s Jack Mardon was 2-3 for FoC, and soon-to-be Wildcat freshman Cam Ferreri was 1-2. Mardon also pitched an inning of relief for the Bears, allowing six runs, three earned, on six hits, with a walk and no decision recorded.

Woodinville Baseball 7, Field of Champions 14U Black 6: Soon-to-be MSHS freshman Caden Smith doiubled and drove in two runs for Preston-based FoC, but they fell short as Woodinville scored three runs in the seventh to steal the victory from the Bears. Smith’s fellow future Wildcat Josh Moore was 0-1 for FoC. The two local players both pitched for FoC, with Moore starting and allowing three runs on seven hits in four innings, walking three and striking out one, with Smith pitching the final three innings in relief, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits walking two and taking the loss.

Kirkland Merchants 9, Washington Athletics 18U Elite 5: The Merchants took the back end of the weekend home-and-home between the two Eastside rivals; Mount Si grad Blake Brown led the Sammamish-based A’s, going 2-3 with an RBI. Fellow Wildcat Ethan “Moose” Read was 0-1, but walked and scored a run as well for the A’s, and a third MSHS’er, Connor Baxter, worked 3 2/3 innings on the hill in relief for the Sammamish squad, allowing two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out two. He received no decision and offensively was 0-1.

Northwest Naturals 13U Green 14, River City A’s 3: The Nats won their tournament championship in Yakima last night with Schneider and Weaver’s help; Weaver was 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s, while Schneider was 1-2 with two runs scored, a walk and RBI. Wieting added a walk and run scored to the efforts despite going 0-1 for the Nats.

WW Sweets 13U 10, Bellevue Baseball Club 2: Sammamish-based Sweets rolled to the win over the Bellevue foes at Redmond Ridge behind CKMS’ers Aidan Dougherty and Jake Smith. Smith tripled, walked and drove in a run for Sweets, and fellow Hawk Dougherty was 1-1 with a walk, run scored and RBI. Smith also pitched two innings of relief for Sweets, and they were perfect, with four strikeouts. He had no decision.

Northwest Naturals 12U 8, Kennewick All-Stars 7: The Nats scored three runs in the sixth and held off a late rally from the home Tri-Cities team to take the 12U tournament title at the Father’s Day Slugfest. Korrell was 1-3 and also earned the win on the hill, allowing a run on four hits with two strikeouts in two innings of work.

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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