Valley Invitational news and notes

The Valley Invitational softball tournament wrapped up yesterday in suburban Portland for six area teams with Valley players. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Hillsboro/Beaverton Red Heat 12, Northwest Lady Bandits 14U Black 10: The suburban Portland team handed the Kirkland-based Bandits a heartbreaking walk-off loss to close out a wild one at the Valley Invite. Cedarcrest HS’s Jessi Polacek was 3-4 for the Bandits, with a run scored and RBI.

Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth 10, Oregon Breeze 1: Mount Si High School grad Maddy Trout led the Bullets, going 2-3 with a triple, run scored and two RBI’s as the Portland-based squad rolled to the win over their Oregon rivals in the first round of the championship bracket.

Northwest Lady Bandits 14U Black 8, White Rock Renegades 0: Polacek was 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s for the Bandits as they finished up the weekend in Portland with the shutout of the Canadian team; pitcher Erin Powers fired a one-hitter for the Bandits in the five-inning rout.

Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth 3, Oregon Blaze Gold 2: Trout was 1-2 with an RBI aiding the Bullets to another win over an Oregon rival as the championship playoffs continued.

Washington Majestics 7, Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek 2: Valleyites Elaine Townley (Cedarcrest HS) and Lauren Wilbourne (Mount Si HS) went a combined 0-6 for the Snohomish-based Seek in their loss to the Seattle-based Majestics. Lake Washington High School grad Tori Bivens pitched six solid innings for the Majestics, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits, walking one and striking out six. She is bound for Boise State University this fall. Seek played a game last night with the Oregon Breeze, but results for that game were not available.

Northwest Bullets Gold 6, Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth 2: Knuth’s run at the Invite came to an end with the loss to their organizational counterparts from Portland. Trout also played in this contest with stats unavailable from the game.

Sammamish team with Valley players wins 16U playoffs: The Northwest Batbusters Brooks, with Cedarcrest’s Michaela Carter and Mount Si’s Molly Wilbourne, won four straight games yesterday at the Oregon tournament to win its 16U Gold Bracket crown. The Sammamish-based team beat a team from the vaunted Orange County Batbusters from southern California to win the crown, and to get there, the NWB squad beat squads from suburban Denver, Victoria, B.C., and Honolulu. A congrats to all of the team and their players on their crown.

Seattle Sundodgers 0-2 in playoff games with pair of one-run losses: The 18U team, with Cedarcrest High School grad –and North Dakota-bound – Maddie Nixon and Mount Si High School’s Abby Gronewald was on the short end of a pair of one-run decisions yesterday at the Invite, with the losses coming to the Washington Ladyhawks Blue from Puyallup and the suburban Portland-based Stealth Fastpitch. The Sundodgers finished the weekend 3-2.

Acers Anderton falls to California team: The Auburn-based Washington Acers 18U team coached by longtime local coach Mark Anderton and which features Mount Si’s Lis sisters, 2017 grad Claire and junior-to-be Grace, fell in their playoff opener to the Salinas Storm from California, 5-2. They were scheduled to play the Oregon-based Bat Company last night, but no results were available.

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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