Saturday diamond cuts: Buhner a hero in Phillies’ rookie-league win, plus scores…..

Time to start your weekend with a round of diamond cuts.

Since starting his pro baseball career, Fall City’s Gunnar Buhner has not had many highlights of note. Well, that changed yesterday as he proved to be the difference for his team in a walk-off win.

Buhner scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning for the Philadelphia Phillies’ rookies as they beat a New York Yankee rookie team 2-1 in a Gulf Coast League “rookie” minor-league game in Clearwater, FL.

The 2013 Mount Si High School grad was inserted as a pinch-runner to start the 10th, with him being placed at second base under international tiebreaker rules. The Valleyite made it to third base on a Yankee error, then scored on a single by teammate Yahir Gurrola to win the game.

Buhner, who signed as a free agent with the Phillies after going undrafted in last month’s MLB amateur draft following his senior season at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, has seen limited action this summer for the Phillies, and is hitting just .156.

Also this morning:

Johnson hitless in Wenatchee loss: Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson has been struggling a bit as of late for the Wenatchee Apple Sox, and those struggles continued last night.

The 2014 Mount Si High School grad went 0-4 for the Sox as they fell to the visiting Walla Walla Sweets 5-4 last night in the first game of their final homestand of the season in Wenatchee. Johnson, a senior-to-be at Northern Colorado this fall, has been one of the stories this summer for the West Coast League’s Sox, but he’s seen his average drop to .326, which is still good but a far cry from earlier in the season. He’ll look to bounce back tonight as the Sox host Walla Walla again at 7:05.

Youth scores now, with scores and stats coming from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 8, Michael’s Toyota 16U 2: Mount Si High School players contributed for both teams as the Seattle-based team beat the Bellevue-based squad at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue in a Lee Johnson Wood Bat tournament game. Frankie Cepeda was 1-4 with a run scored for the Gladiators, Connor Webb drove in a run despite going 0-3, and Blake Meister was 1-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI. Wildcat Levi Jorgensen pitched 6 1/3 strong innings on the hill for SG, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, walking one and striking out six to get the win. For Michael’s, MSHS’ Parker Wutherich doubled, scored a run and drove another in leading their efforts.

Boys of Summer 16U 4, Washington Rush 2: Bellevue-based Boys scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning en route to the LJI invite win in Kent. Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson paced BoS, going 1-2 with a walk.

Bellevue Honda 16U 6, Seattle Wave 0: Honda exploded in the final two innings, scoring five of their runs down the stretch to break things open late and cruise to the win at the St. Martin’s Series in Lacey; MSHS’ Will Caro was 1-4 with a run pacing the Bellevue efforts.

WW Sweets 18U 3, Watsonville Aggies 3: The Sweets finished in a tie with the California squad in a game at the Phil Singer Series tournament in San Diego that will wrap up the season for the Sammamish team. Mount Si’s Dusty Dover was 1-1 for Sweets in the contest.

JBA Cubs 4, Washington A’s 18U Elite 2: At the GSL Clackamas/Clark season-ending tournament in southwest Washington, the Kent-based Cubs handled the Sammamish-based A’s. MSHS’ Connor Baxter doubled to headline a 2-4 effort for the A’s, and fellow Wildcat Blake Brown was 1-3. Rounding the A’s local threesome out, Ethan “Moose” Read finished 0-1.

Seattle Gladiators 10, Narrows Baseball 0: Cepeda finished a homer short of a cycle (single, double, triple and home run in the same game) in leading the Gladiators to a blowout win over the Tacoma-area team at the LJI. Cepeda finished 3-3 with three runs scored and four RBI’s, and was aided by Webb’s 1-3 effort which included a run scored, and Meister’s walk and run scored despite going 0-2.

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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