Johnson helps put college summer team closer to playoffs, plus other diamond cuts on this Sunday

Good Sunday morning. Light Sunday for you. All baseball.

We start in the college summer ranks, and the West Coast League’s North Division second-half season championship hunt is coming down to the final day of the regular season today, and a Valleyite had a hand in making that happen last night.

Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson, a 2014 Mount Si High School grad, went 2-5, scoring a run and driving in another, helping the Wenatchee Apple Sox rout the Bellingham Bells 11-1 at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham. Wenatchee with the win now is in a must-win situation today, just ½ game behind first-place Victoria at 14-11 overall in the second half. Victoria, who rallied to beat Port Angeles last night, is at 15-11 in the second half of the league season, while Bellingham is also right there at 14-12.

Johnson will be a senior this fall at the University of Northern Colorado and his performance last night pretty much ensured his season will finish well, with him batting above. 300 (he’s hitting .327 this season going into today’s possible final game).

Today looks like this: Victoria is at Port Angeles for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch this afternoon, then Wenatchee’s game against the Bells is at 3:00 p.m. If necessary, the Apple Sox have one additional game against Corvallis from last week’s smoked-out series to make up, and that likely will be made up tomorrow or Tuesday in Wenatchee should it be required for the playoffs. We’ll keep you posted.

Also this morning:

Third Mount Si grad gets D-I scholarship: On the heels of a stellar season with Mount Si this past spring that saw him make the Washington State Coaches Association’s All-State team and play in the All-State games in Yakima, infielder – and recent Wildcat grad – Mason Marenco has landed a NCAA Division I college opportunity.

Marenco, who had originally been slated to play next spring at Lower Columbia Community College in Kelso, has picked up a scholarship from Gonzaga University and has signed a letter of intent to play for the Bulldogs. Marenco will not be the first recent Wildcat infielder to don the Bulldogs’ colors, either – fellow second baseman Dustin Breshears, who graduated from Mount Si in 2011, spent two seasons with the Bulldogs in 2015 and 2016, hitting a decent .263 with GU in 2016 with four doubles and 23 RBI’s as the starting Bulldog 2B.

Gonzaga is a member of the West Coast Conference and located in Spokane. Marenco joins fellow 2017 Mount Si grads Gavin Gorrell (Northern Colorado) and Matt Dolewski (Grand Canyon (AZ)) to sign D-I scholarship offers.

Buhner sees limited work for Phils: Fall City’s Gunnar Buhner got a chance, albeit a small one, to play for the Philadelphia Phillies’ rookie minor-league team in their game against the Atlanta Braves’ rookies in Clearwater, FL. The 2013 Mount Si HS grad, who signed with Philadelphia as a free agent back in June following his graduation from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, pinch-ran for Philly in the ninth inning of their Gulf Coast “Rookie” league game, but did not score a run. Atlanta was able to pull it out in the end, taking a wild one in 11 innings, 7-6, dropping the Phillies’ record to 21-13 on the season. As for Buhner, he’s just 5-32 (.156) in 14 games this season in limited action. The Valleyite has one double, scored five runs and driven in two more.

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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