Another round of diamond cuts to start the new week….

Good Monday morning. Athlete of the Week, volleyball, lacrosse, track and so much more as we catch up on things we missed from the weekend later on. First, though, another round of diamond cuts. However, we want to make a quick mention of two things before we get to the scoreboard.

-Mount Si’s varsity baseball team wraps up its season at home tonight against Eastlake at 7:00. It’s in essence a playoff game as the winner will go to the Kingco playoffs and the loser will likely be out. Both teams are fighting for the last playoff spots to the tournament along with Inglemoor, and one of those three teams will be left home. Game is at Bannerwood Park so get out and support the boys tonight as they look to get into the postseason.

-Cedarcrest’s team is in the playoffs, and they received the eighth seed, meaning a home game tomorrow at 4:00 in Duvall against Liberty. Look for ace Aaron Davenport to pitch, and if the Hawaii-bound senior is able to dominate the tough Patriot bats and get a ‘W’, the Red Wolves will advance into the Northwest District tournament this weekend up in Anacortes. We wish them good luck tomorrow.

Now to the scores.

College Baseball
Gonzaga 11, Loyola Marymount 1: GU persevered through a pair of rain delays that totaled over an hour and a half to score the win over the Lions at home in Spokane with the help of junior Carson Breshears, who had his best offensive day since joining the Zags this past offseason. The 2014 Mount Si High School alum from North Bend hit his first homer – a grand slam no less, which according to the school was the first hit by a GU player this spring – as a Bulldog, and also doubled, both part of a 3-5 effort that saw him score once and drive in four runs. Breshears’ slam came in the second and sparked the offense to its big win. He has struggled a bit offensively, but saw his average climb to .250 after yesterday’s efforts.

Centralia 3, Green River 1 (14 innings, game one, doubleheader): The Blazers handled the Gators in Kent in the first of two; sophomore Nick Bowersock played third base and the outfield and also pitched, with the 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall going 2-5 at the plate and also pitching 5 2/3 innings of relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out two, and taking the loss to go to 0-2 on the season.

Linfield 16, Puget Sound 3: The Wildcats blasted the Loggers on neutral ground in Tacoma. Freshman Jake Brady, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, went 0-2 with an RBI for Puget Sound in the contest.

Mount Hood 11, Chemeketa 0 (game one, doubleheader): MHCC rolled in the first of two down in Gresham, OR; freshman Carson Corra, from Ames Lake and Brady’s fellow Mount Si class of 2017 classmate, went 1-1 for Mount Hood.

Chicago State 7, Northern Colorado 4: UNCo failed to claim a series win against the lowly squad from the Windy City, as CSU plated three in the eighth to seal the win. Senior Evan Johnson initially had the day off for the Bears, but the DH, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 MSHS’er, ended up pinch-hitting and going 1-1 with a run.

Green River 4, Centralia 1 (game two, doubleheader): The Gators rallied for the nightcap win and doubleheader split with a triple, RBI and run scored from Bowersock.

Chemeketa 6, Mount Hood 0 (game two, doubleheader): MHCC’s bats went cold in the nightcap, as Chemeketa’s pitcher fired a one-hitter. Corra saw action late in this one for Mount Hood but had no official at-bats recorded.

Softball
Central Washington 5, St. Martin’s 4 (game one, doubleheader): Pinch-hitter Alycia Bannan hit a three-run homer late in the contest – with North Bend’s Celine Fowler on base – lifting the Wildcats to the game one win in Lacey. Fowler, a senior and 2014 MSHS grad, went 1-3 with that run, having reached base for the fateful moment on a single prior to the Bannan at-bat.

Shoreline 8, Skagit Valley 6 (game one, doubleheader): Shoreline took the first of two; Skagit pitcher Morgan Brown, from Duvall, has found it a bit challenging at the college level this spring, and yesterday was no exception. The freshman, a 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad, allowed all eight Shoreline runs on 11 hits in a complete game effort, walking four and striking out three and seeing her earned run average rise to 7.67 this spring.

Central Washington 5, St. Martin’s 3 (game two, doubleheader): Fowler, in her final regular season game as a collegian, went 0-2 with a sacrifice fly and RBI as Central won the nightcap, swept the twinbill and earned a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s regular season title. CWU has the second seed in the NCAA Division II conference’s tournament, which starts on Thursday down in Portland.

Shoreline 8, Skagit Valley 7 (game two, doubleheader): Brown allowed another five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings of work for Skagit as the Dolphins won the nightcap and took the sweep of the pair in Seattle. She received no decision and now has a 6-6 record on the spring with that somewhat high ERA, which rose slightly after this one, now at 7.77.

Minor League Baseball
Mobile gets last laugh on North Bend’s Karalus: The minor-league Mobile BayBears had their challenges this past Thursday facing Montgomery Biscuits pitcher Reece Karalus. Yesterday, the bats got a little revenge against the Valleyite, dinging him up in a relief appearance.

Karalus, a 2012 Mount Si HS grad, allowed three runs, all earned, on two hits in 1 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out three as the Los Angeles Angels-affiliated BayBears beat the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Biscuits 7-5 after scoring five runs in the eighth inning. Karalus, who shut down the Mobile bats in an inning of work this past Thursday, striking out two, saw his ERA rise to 8.44 after yesterday’s struggles, which have been part of an up-and-down start to his season in class “AA” minor league baseball, of which the Biscuits are part of as members of the Southern League. Karalus was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2015 and is in his fourth season of minor league baseball.

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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