Diamond cuts

Good Tuesday morning. Good weather yesterday of course, hope you all enjoyed it. Several teams from around the Kingco and Cascade Conferences opened their seasons yesterday, providing Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School softball and baseball fans a chance to see some of the top players from other teams for the first time this spring. Our scores and stats from all of today’s coverage, along with all of our high school baseball and softball coverage this spring, will come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPads and IPhones.

Many teams from around Kingco and Cascade, and several from the Wesco Conference, of which we will also provide coverage this spring to provide you Red Wolves fans a first look at some of what you can expect to see next spring when CHS joins Wesco, also are utilizing this app and service for their statkeeping this spring. Mount Si’s baseball junior varsity and “C” teams, along with Cedarcrest’s varsity baseball squad, will be using this service this spring.

Kingco 4A/3A: Skyline 12, Juanita 7 – Runs came early and often for both teams in the season opener for the two Kingco squads in Sammamish. Sasha Mitchell homered as part of a 2-3 effort leading Juanita; she scored two runs and drove in two more, while Taylor Juenke homered for the Spartans pacing a 1-2 performance, also scoring twice and driving in two runs. Cara Harnick’s double for Skyline keyed a 2-2 performance; she walked twice and scored three runs, and Abbie Reynolds also had two hits for Juanita. Emma Jacobs pitched four innings of three-hit shutout relief for Skyline to get the win in the circle; she struck out five.

Kingco 4A/3A: Newport 16, Interlake 0 – You Mount Si softball fans will want to pay attention to the Knights’ Lexi Barashkoff this season, as she showed her bat could be quite lethal this spring in their season opening rout of the Saints in Bellevue. Barashkoff hit two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in eight runs as part of a 3-4 effort leading NHS. Ariana Amone went 3-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI’s pacing the Knights, and pitcher Hanako Hirai was the beneficiary, getting the win with a two-hit complete game shutout; she struck out 13. Emma Gortner and Cassidy Turta had a hit each for Interlake.

Kingco 3A: Roosevelt 18, Mercer Island 4 – The Metro League’s Roughriders, from Seattle, traveled across Lake Washington, and once on the island at South Mercer Playfields, broke out the bats to the tune of 12 first-inning runs to run away with the season-opening win over the Islanders. MI had just four hits, one each from Maddie Rowe, Michelle Lyon, Dana Berejka (who also drove in a run) and Annika Chudzik.

Cascade: Granite Falls 6, Sedro-Woolley 2 – Jaden Waud doubled to guide a 3-4 effort, scoring a run and driving in another, as the Tigers easily handled the Northwest District foe in the season opener for both teams at Granite Falls High School. Joslyn Harding allowed two runs on four hits, walking five and striking out one to get the win in the circle for GF, and she added a solid 2-3 performance at the plate, scoring a run. Samantha VanderWel also had a solid 2-3 outing offensively, with a walk and run scored pacing Granite.

Kingco 4A: Issaquah 6, Kentridge 0 – Jared Jongejan and Torrin Crockett combined on a two-hitter for Issy as they won their season opener at home yesterday afternoon over the visiting NPSL team. Arden Walcott tripled and drove in three runs leading the Eagles offensively.

We also have some college baseball this morning, featuring Cedarcrest High School grad Levi Knott and his Crown College (MN) team, as they played at a tournament in Florida yesterday.

Crown (MN) 4, Maine-Farmington 1 (game one, doubleheader): In the first of two in the Florida sunshine, Crown got the win with the help of Duvall’s Knott. The 2016 CHS’er, a sophomore right fielder and pitcher, worked the outfield for Crown and went 2-4 with four defensive putouts.

Maine-Farmington 11, Crown (MN) 10 (game two, doubleheader): Knott played both the outfield and pitched in the nightcap, which turned wild as Crown rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to tie things midway through before the Maine squad got the last laugh late to split the pair in Auburndale, which is in the central part of Florida between Orlando and Tampa. Knott went 2-3 with two runs, two walks and an RBI, and also worked three strong innings in relief, allowing a run on three hits, walking one and striking out one. He received no decision, but his solid pitching combined with the strong offense midway through helped Crown recover from that early 7-0 hole. Farmington scored three time in the sixth to take a 10-7 lead but Crown rallied with three in the seventh to tie it again before the Maine side won it on a walk-off.

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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