MSHS alum earns place in history books, plus the rest of the Sunday diamond notes this morning…..

Good Sunday morning. Our diamond cuts this morning start with news on a big accomplishment for one local college baseball player.

A Mount Si High School grad now has his name etched in the history books for an eastern Washington college summer baseball club.

Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson tied the Wenatchee Apple Sox club record for RBI’s in a season with 48 last night, driving in a pair as part of a 1-5 effort, helping the Sox hold off the Walla Walla Sweets 7-6 in a West Coast League game last night at Wenatchee Valley College. Johnson, a 2014 MSHS alum who will be a senior this fall at Northern Colorado University, has been among the top hitters all season for Wenatchee, who maintained pace in their chase for a postseason spot with the win.

The Sox moved to 11-9 in the second half WCL standings, 1 ½ games behind first-place Victoria in the league’s North Division. Victoria also won last night. Overall, Wenatchee on the season is 26-21.

The Sox finish their series tonight with the Sweets at 6:00 at Wenatchee Valley College as Johnson looks to break that record. Those who want to listen in who have the TuneIn app on their phones can pick up the broadcast on that app; just click on it and search for KCSY-FM.

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

Washington A’s 18U Elite 3, Calgary Redbirds 2: A solo inside-the-park homer from Mount Si High School grad Blake Brown in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Sammamish-based A’s to the win over the Canadian team at the GSL Clackamas/Clark tournament in Portland. Brown finished 2-3 with that run scored and RBI, while fellow Wildcat Connor Baxter scored a run as well despite going 0-2. He also earned the win on the hill, pitching three innings of one-hit relief, walking one. Rounding out the A’s locals, MSHS’ Ethan “Moose” Read finished 0-1.

Bellevue Honda 16U 10, Oak Harbor 8: Honda scored four times in the seventh to break a 6-6 tie, then held on through a late OH rally for the win at the St. Martin’s Series in Lacey. Mount Si’s Will Caro was 1-3 with a run for the Bellevue team. He also started the game on the mound for Honda, allowing six runs, just two earned, on six hits in five innings, walking five and striking out one. He received no decision.

Boys of Summer 16U 9, FM Sports 1: Bellevue-based BoS rolled over their Redmond-based rivals at the Lee Johnson Invite in Bellevue behind a solid performance from Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson, who went 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored, two RBI’s and a successful sacrifice fly aiding the BoS efforts.

City Baseball Gold 7, Seattle Gladiators 16U 2: Seattle-based City beat the Gladiators in Bellevue in another LJI battle. MSHS’ Blake Meister went 1-3 with an RBI pacing SG, while fellow Wildcat Frankie Cepeda went 1-4. Rounding out the local crew, Mount Si’s Connor Webb was 0-3 with a walk.

Northwest Stars 10, Washington A’s 18U Elite 2: The Portland-based Stars handed the A’s a loss in the Clackamas-Clark event yesterday with Baxter and Brown going a combined 0-4 in the contest. Read started the game on the mound, and took most of the Stars’ onslaught, allowing seven runs on eight hits, walking four and striking out two in 3 2/3 innings of work. Read was the losing pitcher.

Also this morning, we have a final postscript on the 2017 Mount Si High School baseball season.

Mount Si’s Marenco earns all-state recognition from coaches
Recently graduated 2017 Mount Si High School grad Mason Marenco was named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches’ Association’s 4A high-school All-State team this past week. Marenco guided the Wildcats to a Kingco playoff berth and also made the all-state baseball series at the end of this past season. He is one of 10 2017 MSHS’ers who will be playing college baseball next season; the shortstop will be playing for Lower Columbia College. The others include Division I signees Gavin Gorrell (Northern Colorado) and Matt Dolewski (Grand Canyon-AZ), Division III signee Jake Brady (Puget Sound), and community college signees Jake Simmons (Bellevue), Carson Corra (Mount Hood), Justin Lutz (Spokane), Ben Keller, Garrett Stiller and Nick Solomon (Columbia Basin).

We congratulate Marenco on his recognition.

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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