Lane wins first game with new minor league team, plus the rest of the Thursday diamond cuts

Good Thursday morning. News and notes from the diamond. We start in minor league baseball, where North Bend’s Trevor Lane recorded a milestone last night as he makes his adjustments to pitching in a new league.

Lane picked up his first win as a member of the Florida State League’s Tampa Yankees, as the 2012 Mount Si High School alum was once again dominant, as he has been for much of this season with both this team and his previous squad, the Charleston River Dogs, which he was promoted from recently to Tampa.

The former Wildcat pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, allowing one hit and walking one, and held down the Palm Beach Cardinals as the Tampa team, a class “advanced A” squad affiliated with the New York Yankees, who drafted Lane in last year’s major league draft, beat the St. Louis Cardinals-affiliated Palm Beach team at home in Tampa, FL, 5-2. Lane received the win as he was the first reliever in to pitch following starter Jose Mesa’s exit in the fourth inning of the contest (starting pitchers need to work five innings in order to get credit for a win). He is now 1-0 with Tampa, and his earned run average continues to steadily improve following his rough first outing a week or so ago with the Yankees, now at 4.76. Lane is 5-1 overall on the season between Tampa and Charleston.

Buhner hitless for Philly rookies in win: The Philadelphia Phillies’ rookie-league team exploded for six runs in the 10th to break a 3-3 tie and go on to a 9-4 Gulf Coast “Rookie” League blowout yesterday in nearby Lakeland, FL, over a Detroit Tigers rookie club. Fall City’s Gunnar Buhner played third base in the contest for Philadelphia, who signed the 2013 MSHS alum as a free agent last month following the MLB draft out of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, but he went 0-5 in the contest and he now has a .156 batting average on the season.

Johnson aids Wenatchee win: In West Coast League college summer action last night, the Wenatchee Apple Sox won a long, error-filled game with the league rival Port Angeles Lefties 10-6 in Port Angeles. The two teams combined for nine errors in the contest at Civic Field as the Sox won their second straight over the Lefties and now will look to sweep the three-game set tonight at 6:30. In last night’s game, Valleyite Evan Johnson aided the efforts for Wenatchee, going 1-3 with two walks and his average is now at .333 on the season. Johnson is from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si High School grad who will be a senior this fall at Northern Colorado. The Sox are 9-8 in second-half play in the WCL, 1 ½ games behind division leader Victoria. Overall they sit at 24-20.

Youth baseball
The local 16U season is winding down with the Lee Johnson Invitational wood bat tournament, and two games yesterday in that event featured Valley athletes. Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Seattle Select 6, Boys of Summer 16U 5: The Seattle team held off the Bellevue-based Boys at Eastlake High School; Mount Si High School’s Trace Halvorson was 0-4 for BoS, but reached base on an error and scored a run pacing the Boys efforts.

Baden Baseball 13, Seattle Gladiators 16U 1: For the second straight game, Kent-based Baden cruised behind a no-hitter from a pitcher; this one was by Bainbridge High School’s James McMurray, who achieved the feat despite allowing an unearned run and two walks. He struck out four. Mount Si players Cole Bostwick, Connor Webb, Frankie Cepeda and Blake Meister all went 0-2 each for the Seattle-based Gladiators, and Bostwick also pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, walking three and receiving no decision in the contest that took place in Ravensdale.

Softball
Oregon team with MSHS grad sees tournament run end in California: The Portland-based Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth team saw their run end at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch nationals in Anaheim yesterday, as they fell to the eastern Washington-based USA Explosion 6-1. Mount Si High School grad Maddy Trout was 0-1 with a walk for the Bullets, whose season came to an end with the defeat. Trout will be attending Bellevue College in the fall and playing softball for them next spring.

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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