Karalus delivers best performance of season in “AA” minor league baseball, plus scores and playoff previews from the pitch on this Tuesday

Good Tuesday morning.

We start off in minor league baseball this morning. The season for North Bend’s Reece Karalus has gotten off to a rocky start with the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Montgomery Biscuits, the Rays’ class “AA” minor league team in Alabama. He has struggled in recent outings, seeing his ERA balloon to over 10. Well, last night, he put on a performance that at a bare minimum will be a major confidence boost for him, and perhaps change some thoughts about him with his coaches and Rays minor league folks.

The 2012 Mount Si High School grad worked four innings – the most innings he’s worked in a game since last July, when he was with the Rays’ “advanced A” team in Florida – and it went very, very well. He allowed just one hit and walked one, but struck out two without allowing any runs. For his efforts he received his first save as a “AA” pitcher and lowered his ERA down to a more respectable 6.55. In all, it was a great night for the Biscuits as they routed the visiting Biloxi Shuckers, a Milwaukee Brewers-affiliated team from Mississippi, 11-0 at home last night moving to 13-18 on the season.

Karalus was drafted by Tampa in the 2015 MLB amateur draft and became the first Valleyite to make it to the “AA” level in minor league baseball, having achieved that distinction at the start of this season.

Great news from down that way, and the challenge now for him will be to build off that, which should happen next sometime this weekend we’d expect.

Time now for our scores from last night, and we also have some pitch previews tonight for you, too.

Softball
No Mount Si or Cedarcrest last night, with both playing today. There were some scores of note, though, and we have those for you now, from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Cascade: South Whidbey 7, Cedar Park Christian 3 – The Falcons used a five-run third to dispatch the Eagles at home on Whidbey Island. Both pitchers – Whidbey’s Mackenzee Collins and Cedar Park’s Cheyanne Nelson – went the distance for their respective teams, with Collins delivering the usual solid performance, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, walking one and striking out 16. Collins’ only mistake of note was allowing a homer to CPC’s Mac Minnick; Minnick finished 2-3 with that homer, an RBI and two runs scored leading the Eagles. Collins had a hit and two RBI’s leading the Falcons offensively.

Wesco: Edmonds-Woodway 17, Shorecrest 0 – Ed-Wood’s Mariah Woolery and Kyra Collingridge combined on a four-hitter in the circle as the Warriors rolled by mercy rule at home in Edmonds over the Scots. Collingridge did much of the damage offensively, going 3-3 for E-W with a double, two runs scored and six RBI’s. Ciara Oritz also brought a potent bat, as she finished 3-4 a homer short of hitting for the cycle, scoring three runs and driving in another. Kaine Marcinkowski went 2-3 with a double to lead Shorecrest.

Wesco: Marysville-Pilchuck 10, Everett 0 – On paper, this looked like a pitchers’ duel in the making, as three of the Wesco North’s best hurlers were on display in this one – Everett’s Kassidy Millar and Andrea Hedington and Pilchuck’s McKenzie Justice. Seven M-P runs in the third and four Everett errors, though, helped turn this into a one-sided rout at home in Marysville for the Tomahawks in this one. Justice fired a two-hitter, striking out six, and was aided by Lilianne Fischer, who doubled twice for M-P, scored a run and drove in three. Sierra Chapman’s double led the ‘Gulls, and Hedington worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs – of which only one was earned thanks to the errors – on just four hits, walking six and striking out one.

Wesco: Lynnwood 9, Mountlake Terrace 8 – The Rieflin’s – Mayda and Alex – each had a double and a triple for the Royals as Lynnwood held off the Hawks at home in Lynnwood. Mayda finished 3-4 with a run scored and RBI, and Alex’s two multi-base tallies accounted for her hits on the afternoon, as she scored a run and drove in two more for the Royals. Lauren Blue paced Lynnwood, going 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Jazz Zenk led Mountlake, going 2-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Kingco 3A: Sammamish 20, Foster 4 – The Totems took the frustrations of a tough Kingco schedule out on the Seamount non-conference foe from Tukwila, smoking them for 16 runs in the first two innings – 10 alone in the first – as Sammamish ran away with it at home in Bellevue. Cherise Flavius led the way for the Totems, going 3-4 with a pair of doubles, scoring twice and driving in five. Kylie Beagles paced the victors, going 2-2 with a walk, run scored and three RBI’s.

Soccer: Playoff previews
Time now to talk some playoff soccer. It’s home cooking tonight for the Valley’s best as both Mount Si and Cedarcrest see their seasons on the line with loser-out games in their respective tournaments.

Northwest 2A playoffs – Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Lynden Lions, Cedarcrest HS, 6:00: CHS finds itself in a position they probably – and we also – didn’t think they’d be in: in a loser-out game at home after becoming the second victim of the district’s “Cinderella” Sammamish, back on Saturday. The 12th seeded Totems, winners of only three matches on the season coming into this past weekend’s playoff clash, scored their second straight upset win of the playoffs, beating the Red Wolves 4-3. CHS is going to have to flush that and the usual suspects such as Caleb Chung, Jake Fowler and Tanguy Cimintere will be the ones looking to lead that effort tonight. The Lions come in at 9-5-4 overall on the season, 6-4-3 in the Northwest Conference and having finished sixth in a very tough league, so the task doesn’t get a heckuva lot easier for the Red Wolves in this one. The two teams played each other back in March and it ended in a 2-2 tie. There won’t be a tie, tonight, and considering how well they fared in the Northwest, we’d have to give a slight edge to Lynden here. CHS will look to fight back, but if their full compliment had trouble with a Kingco team – and a struggling one at that – on Saturday, the going tonight might be a little more challenging, especially as that 2-2 tie came again during the early portion of the season when CHS was missing people due to injuries and late eligibility clearances. We’re taking Lynden in another upset. Lynden 2, Cedarcrest 1

Kingco 4A playoffs – Mount Si Wildcats vs. Eastlake Wolves, Mount Si HS, 7:00: These two teams just met each other last Friday, with the Wildcats taking a nicely played 3-1 win over the Wolves to earn the fourth seed into the league playoffs that start tonight. Eastlake is the fifth seed. The player to watch for Mount Si is senior Alec “Big Al” Bothwell. He had two last Friday and has 13 goals this season, by far leading the team in scoring. Rom Or has had a solid freshman season as well for the Wildcats; he scored the first goal last Friday on a well-placed shot into the net in the first half and is gaining more confidence with the additional success. This team the past three or four games with everyone back healthy has shown itself to be the potent force it was expected to be at the start of the season, so the question will be one of can they adjust to any differences in Eastlake’s attack plan that result from things they may have spotted from Mount Si out of last Friday’s game? If the Wildcats can and also avoid the early nerves, we’re off to Thursday. Things seem to be going so well now, it would not be a surprise to us if they made it all the way to Saturday….shhhhh, coach Darren Brown probably doesn’t want us mentioning that here. Rats, we just did. And we’re sorry about that. Mount Si 3, Eastlake 1

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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