Mount Si baseball rallies to beat Eastlake and earn playoff spot, plus the diamond cuts on this Tuesday…..

Good Tuesday morning. We’ll preview and pick Cedarcrest’s baseball playoff game for you coming up, but we first have Mount Si for you this morning and the Wildcats by the skin of their teeth made it into the playoffs last night, ekeing out a win late over Eastlake and in the process knocking them out of playoff contention.

A double by Logan VanCampen in the sixth scored Spencer Marenco to break a 2-2 tie and lift Mount Si to a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue that notched the Wildcats a tie for fourth place in the Kingco 4A standings at 9-7 in league to end the season, and a trip to the Kingco Tournament where they will face Issaquah, who also finished fourth in league at 9-7 in Kingco play, Friday in a loser-out first round game.

The Wolves broke out to the early lead in the first inning. Braxton Diaz singled to score Jack Carper giving Eastlake a 1-0 lead. Diaz finished 2-3 with two RBI’s leading the Wolves, and he struck again in the third with another single, this scoring Elston Miller and it looked as if Eastlake was going to break the hearts of Wildcat Nation, as pitcher Nathan Fitzgibbons at this point had been shutting down the Mount Si bats.

The Wildcats, though, finally broke through in the fifth. After Fitzgibbons walked VanCampen to open the frame, Michael Collins doubled and scored the baserunner putting Mount Si on the board. The senior then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Bostwick, and after Trevor Clem popped out for out number two, Clayton Waltz came up in the clutch with a single scoring Collins to tie the game.

Tank Brewster pitched solid, allowing two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Dusty Dover came in to pitch in the sixth in relief of Brewster, and after hitting his first batter – Dylan Matsuoka –struck out Calvin Kirchoff, then with Matsuoka being a big potential run at first base, he attempted to steal second but was nailed there on a throw to second by Waltz behind the plate to end that threat.

Mount Si’s aforementioned go-ahead heroics then took place in the bottom of the sixth with VanCampen’s RBI double, then senior Will Scott came in to slam the door shut. The Colorado Mines-bound reliever got Wolve Michael Hansell to pop out to first, then struck out Eastlake’s Jack Titus for two quick outs, then allowed a single to Miller. With Miller on once again a potential game-tying run foe the Wolves, Scott got a 1-1 count on Carper, who then hit a fly ball to left field. Fortunately for Mount Si, there was plenty of room for Bostwick, manning left field, to make the catch, and make it he did, giving the Wildcats the win and getting a big monkey off their back, clinching a playoff spot in their fourth attempt to do so since their win a couple Wednesdays ago over the Eagles that put them in position to clinch that berth. But in the three games between that one and last night, Mount Si suffered one-run losses in all of them, including a walk-off loss last Wednesday at Skyline that helped to set up last night’s in effect winner-take-all game.

Scott worked an inning, allowing that hit and striking out Titus to get the save. Dover earned the win in relief, striking out Kirchoff as noted in his 2/3 of an inning to get that ‘W’. Eastlake finished at 7-9 in league and in seventh place overall, just out of the playoffs.

Mount Si and Issy meet Friday at 4:00 at Bannerwood, with the winner to face either Newport or Skyline on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the semifinals. The Knights and Spartans, as we discuss below in our scoreboard, also finished tied at 11-5 in league play and shared the regular-season title. Both teams split their season series, so a coin flip will be likely to determine that seeding. That should be done later today.

Mount Si and Eastlake also played each other in JV and “C” team action. Highlights:

Eastlake plates three in second, cruises to win over Mount Si JV: Two passed balls and a steal of home plate gave Eastlake three second-inning runs, and that was enough for the Wolves as they took care of Mount Si’s JV team 5-2 at Bannerwood Park in the final home game of the season for the Wildcat JV’s. The Wildcats finish the season today with a non-league game in Federal Way against Decatur.

Carson Davis was 1-3 with a run for Eastlake, and Nate Evans doubled and drove in a run pacing the Wolves. Frankie Cepeda went 2-2 for Mount Si, and Trevor Dahl added a double to the Wildcat cause.

Wolves win low-scoring “C” team clash with Mount Si: Pitchers Ben Wiljanen and Cody Jacobsen combined on a two-hitter for Eastlake’s “C” team as they blanked the Wildcat “C” squad 2-0 at Si View Park in North Bend last night. Jack Lathwell went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI for Eastlake as the Wolves scored a run each in the first and the sixth innings, then rode the strong arms of their two pitchers to the victory.

Wiljanen went 6 2/3 innings, allowing those two hits, walking four and striking out eight for the win, while Jacobsen pitched the final 1/3 inning to get the save. Hayden Weaver and Tyler Disch had the two hits for the Wildcats, who started a four games in four days stretch with yesterday’s loss. They are at Newport today and Redmond tomorrow before closing their home schedule on Thursday against Issaquah in a 4:00 p.m. first pitch at Si View Park in North Bend.

To our scoreboard now. All of our coverage today comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A: Skyline 3, Issaquah 1 (11) – The Spartans and Eagles decided to take their sweet time in ending their regular seasons yesterday at Issaquah High School as Brandon Chriest singled in the 11th to score Cole Hinkleman breaking a 1-1 tie and lifting Skyline to the rivalry win which earned them a tie for the Kingco regular season crown with Newport, who was off yesterday. Both teams finished 11-5 in league and received first-round Kingco Tournament byes. Issy has a loser-out game Friday at 4:00 with Mount Si in the first round of the league tournament.

Chriest and Hinkleman each went 2-5 with RBI’s pacing Skyline, while Connor Chan and Mack Mahovlich each went 2-5 for the Eagles, who tied Mount Si in the Kingco standings in fourth, with a 9-7 record. As the two teams split the season series, a coin flip likely will occur to determine who will have home team advantage in the contest on Friday, while Skyline and Newport also split their season series, so a coin flip likely will occur there to determine seedings for the two Saturday games which both will be home teams in against the loser-out winners on Friday.

Kingco 4A: Bothell 2, Inglemoor 1 (8) – A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth by Trent Carlin scored the game-winning run as the Cougars finished the regular season at home with a Spaghetti Bowl series win. The Vikings, despite the loss, finish league play at 8-8 and will be the sixth seed in the Kingco tournament, set to face these same Bothell boys Thursday night in round one of the league tournament with all the marbles on the line. Caden Baker went 3-3 with two doubles to pace Bothell while Mitch Malsam and Eunsang Yu each had a hit for Inglemoor. Tripple pitched six strong innings for Bothell, allowing a run on four hits, striking out five. Jacob Peoples won it in relief for the Cougars, allowing a hit and striking out one in two innings of work.

Kingco 4A: Woodinville 5, North Creek 4 – The Falcons and Jaguars finished their seasons last night at NCHS with Woodinville winning on the strength of a 1-3 effort from Trent Boyd, who scored a run and also drove one in for the Falcons. Tom Zimet also had a hit, run scored and RBI for Woody, who finishes the season 5-11 in league and in eighth place. North Creek’s final league record in its first season was 2-14 and they finished last. Neither earned a trip to the playoffs. John Tveit went 2-3 with a RBI leading North Creek.

Wesco: Arlington 10, Stanwood 4 – A six-run fifth gave Arlington the Stilly Valley rivalry win at home over the Spartans. Owen Bishop doubled twice for the Eagles and scored a run, while Gavin Rork led the way for Arlington, going 4-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Dane Carlson was 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored pacing Stanwood, and Levi Dahlberg added a double and run scored to the Spartans’ efforts.

Wesco: Meadowdale 2, Lynnwood 1 – A simple sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Mason Vaughn was misplayed by the Royals scoring Mason Kim with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, lifting the Mavericks to the home win over their city rivals in Lynnwood. Anthony Toyne led Meadowdale, going 1-3 with an RBI, while Blake Tablazon was 2-3 pacing the Royals, who had a total of four errors in the game. Parker Cumberland pitched two perfect innings of relief for Meadowdale, striking out one, to get the win on the mound for the Mavericks.

Wesco: Edmonds-Woodway 7, Shorewood 6 – Julian Kodama had two doubles, scored a run and drove in two more for Ed-Wood as they held off the visiting T-birds at home in Edmonds last night. Sam Alvarado added a 2-3 effort as well for the Warriors, with a run scored and RBI. Brandon Main went 4-4 with a run scored and RBI leading Shorewood.

Wesco: Snohomish 8, Marysville-Getchell 3 – Davis Buckner went 2-4 with four RBI’s for the Panthers as they handled the Chargers in Marysville. Colton Bayley paced Getchell, going 2-3 with a run, and Trevor Loucks added a triple and two runs scored for the Chargers. Chase Taylor aldo had two hits for Snohomish, with two RBI’s.

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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