Karalus delivers again on the farm, MSHS names familiar face to coach girls’ soccer, and the rest of the Friday diamond cuts

Good Friday morning. We’re approaching what looks to be the final real big weekend of summer youth baseball and softball, so we’ll be sure to have it all for you this weekend here at the Journal. In the meantime, though, we have another round of diamond cuts and we start with news on North Bend’s Reece Karalus.

The pitcher returned to action last night for the Charlotte Stone Crabs minor league baseball team after a short stint on the club’s “temporarily inactive list” and it turned out well.

As you may remember from our coverage of it a week or so ago, Karalus had the best outing of his pro career, having dominated over five innings of relief in a game against the Tampa Yankees. Well, last night, the 2012 Mount Si High School grad once again delivered, and recorded a significant achievement in the process.

Karalus worked four innings, allowing just one run on three hits, with one walk, and he earned his first save as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated class “advanced A” Stone Crabs, as Charlotte took care of the visiting Dunedin Blue Jays, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-1, in a Florida State League game in Port Charlotte, FL.

The performance improved Karalus’ ERA, which had been up to almost 10 at one point early in this 2017 campaign, to a solid 4.26.

Also of note, Karalus and his regular teammates on the Stone Crabs played with a couple of major league players during last night’s contest. Tampa Bay’s major league outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and infielder Daniel Robertson both played in the game as the two started injury rehabilitation assignments with the Rays’ farm team. Robertson had a hit while Kiermaier went hitless. Also, the Valleyite throughout this season has been teammates with an ex-major leaguer. Former Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters is also part of the Stone Crab bullpen, as he works to return to the big leagues after being away for a few seasons.

Charlotte wraps their series with Dunedin tonight, then hosts Tim Tebow and the New York Mets-affiliated St. Lucie Mets this weekend. With the long outing for Karalus last night, it’s not expected he’ll have a chance to face Tebow during the upcoming series.

Karalus, so you all know, is in his third season with the Rays organization, after Tampa Bay drafted him from college back in 2015.


Wenatchee sweeps Port Angeles, with aid from MSHS alum: The Wenatchee Apple Sox rode their best pitching performance of the season – and a small contribution from a Valleyite – to a sweep of the Port Angeles Lefties last night.

Pitcher McKabe Cottrell fired a two-hitter and struck out 10 in a complete-game effort, as Wenatchee blanked Port Angeles 5-0 in the final game of a three-game West Coast League college summer league series on the Olympic Peninsula. As noted, the Sox notched a sweep of the set, and last night’s win was aided by Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson. The 2014 Mount Si High School grad, a senior-to-be at Northern Colorado, went 1-3 with a walk and RBI maintaining his average at .333 this summer.

Wenatchee is home meeting Walla Walla tonight through this weekend. They are now 25-20 overall on the season.

Time for the youth scores this morning, with those being provided by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Central Washington Hawks 8, Washington A’s 18U Elite 0: The Sammamish-based A’s were limited to just four hits in the opening game of their season-ending tournament down in Portland last night by the Yakima-based squad with a pair of those hits belonging to Mount Si players – Blake Brown and Ethan “Moose” Read. Fellow Wildcat Connor Baxter finished 0-3 for the A’s in the loss.

Oak Harbor 8, Bellevue Honda 16U 2: The opener of their final weekend tournament of the season, down in Lacey, did not go well for Honda last night as they fell to a team from Whidbey Island. Mount Si’s Will Caro was 0-2, but walked once and scored a run for the Bellevue-based team.

Boys of Summer 16U 12, FCA Black 2: At the Lee Johnson Invite in Kent, the Bellevue-based Boys rolled to the win over their Redmond-based rivals aided by Wildcat Trace Halvorson, who doubled to headline a 2-3 game, with a walk, run scored and two RBI’s.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 3, Saints 1: In Ravensdale, also as part of the LJI, Bellevue-based Michael’s took care of business with the help of Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich, who was 1-2 with a walk and run scored.

We have one other item of note this morning.

Soccer: Mount Si names new girls’ soccer coach
Mount Si High School did not take long – or go too far – to find its new girls’ soccer coach.

The Journal learned this week that the school has named Wildcat assistant – and former goalkeeper – Sophie Rockow as the program’s new head coach, replacing her former boss, longtime Mount Si head man Darren Brown, as the team’s coach. Brown resigned the position just before the school year ended last month due to increased responsibilities within the school. He teaches at Mount Si and will also be advising the school’s student government this coming school year.

Rockow has served as a goalkeeping assistant for the Wildcats under Brown and is, as noted, a former goalkeeper with MSHS, having graduated a few years ago. She played for Bellevue College following her graduation.

The season for Mount Si begins with practices toward the end of next month, with the season set to start in early September.

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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