The weekend wrap

Good Monday morning. We start our 2017 spring sports season for local high schools today as we send out our preseason questionnaires to coaches. Look for selected team previews in the coming days here from both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School spring sports squads.

Weekend wrap in the meantime, and it’s from the diamond.

Spokane CC 18, Big Bend CC 4 (game one, doubleheader): Weather shifted the season opener for both NWAACC teams to Moses Lake from Spokane yesterday, and the start of the season saw debuts for two Valleyites. Freshman Justin “JuJu” Lutz made his college debut behind the plate for Spokane, and went 0-1 with two defensive putouts, while sophomore Cody Banks made his season debut for Big Bend and went 1-3 with a doubled and an RBI, along with four putouts and two assists defensively manning shortstop for the home side. Lutz is from Fall City and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, while Banks is from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS alum.

Northern Colorado 6, Montana State-Billings 1 (game one, doubleheader): UNCo opened its home schedule in Greeley, CO, with the victory over the NCAA Division II Yellowjackets. Senior Evan Johnson contributed, with the Snoqualmie player going 2-4 with a run scored and RBI. Johnson is a 2014 Mount Si HS grad.

Gonzaga 5, UC Irvine 3: GU rallied with three in the ninth to salvage the final game of their weekend set with the Anteaters in southern California avoiding the sweep. Junior Carson Breshears, he of North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-4, but contributed defensively for GU, with two putouts and one assist manning second base.

Montana State-Billings 9, Northern Colorado 5 (game two, doubleheader): Billings won the nightcap and split the pair with the Bears, as Johnson went 0-3 with a walk and saw his batting average drop to a measly .087 after six games, not a good start if you want pro scouts to notice you coming off your strong summer-ball season last summer. The two teams wrap up the series today.

Spokane CC 13, Big Bend CC 7 (game two, doubleheader): Spokane won the nightcap and swept the pair from Big Bend. Banks went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI along with two defensive assists manning third base. Lutz did not play for Spokane in the nightcap.

CBC sweeps rivals in pair: Columbia Basin College opened the season yesterday with a sweep of a twinbill at home in Pasco over their divisional arch-rivals from just down US 395 in Pendleton, OR, the guys from Blue Mountain CC. CBC took the pair 17-12 in the opener and 16-6 in the nightcap. Stats are not available, but we mention these results as Columbia Basin once again this season has a number of Valley players on their roster. Those include freshmen – and 2017 Mount Si grads – Ben Keller and Nick Solomon, both from North Bend, Garrett Stiller, from Snoqualmie, and 2017 Cedarcrest grad Riley Mallot, from Duvall.

CBC in past seasons has had a number of players from both Valley high schools play for them; most notably, Mount Si grad Gunnar Buhner, who then played two years with Lewis-Clark State following his one season in the Tri-Cities and Cedarcrest grad Andrew Willmon, who spent the past two seasons with Columbia Basin and this season is with Concordia-Portland.

Mount Si grad explodes onto NWAC softball scene: Another game meant another big performance for Valley freshman Maddy Trout, and it helped her Bellevue College ladies post a win yesterday.

Trout, a 2017 MSHS alum from Snoqualmie, came off the bench and promptly went 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, guiding the Bulldogs to the 8-6 home win over Lower Columbia at Robinswood Park. Trout has started the season hitting a torrid .800 for Bellevue, with a pair of doubles, five runs scored and two RBI’s. Good stuff as we start the spring season at the high school level today.

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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