Friday diamond cuts

Good Friday morning. We’ll try to get some track for you coming up, but we have some diamond cuts first, then a look at the big softball playoff game for Cedarcrest this afternoon in the Skagit Valley. All of our coverage this morning is from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Softball
Kingco 4A Playoffs (winner-to-state, loser out): Newport 9, Woodinville 1 – In what arguably will be viewed as a huge surprise, not simply for the result but how it was achieved, the Knights routed the Falcons and advanced as the second Kingco team to the state 4A tournament next weekend in Spokane beating the perennial state powers. Newport held the lead the whole way in this one and cemented it with a six-run seventh and some stellar pitching from ace Hanako Hirai, who allowed a run on just four hits, striking out five as the Knights got it done on neutral soil at Inglemoor High School. Brooke Tilson’s homer was it amazingly for Woodinville, who fails to make the state tourney despite winning the regular season in the conference.

SeaKing 3A District Tournament (winner-to-state, loser out): Juanita 5, West Seattle 4 – With runner Lauren Moreau on base in the bottom of the seventh, Rebel Megan Murray won it on a walk-off single scoring Moreau with the game-winning run, breaking a 4-4 tie and sending the Rebels to state as the second rep from Kingco. Briar Swayne went 3-4 with an RBI for JHS, while Murray finished with a double as well as her walk-off single, scoring a run and driving that game-winner in. Anabelle Watt homered for WS and Sofia Sallas went 3-4 with a run scored and RBI for the Wildcats, whose season ended in heartbreaking fashion with the loss. In other Kingco action, Redmond smacked Bainbridge in the semifinals last night and meets Garfield tonight for the district title.

Wesco 3A Playoffs (loser out): Meadowdale 4, Everett 0 – Katherine Houghton pitched a three-hitter, striking out 12, as the Mavericks lived to fight on another day with the loser-out win last night in Everett. Olivia Dimmock led Meadowdale, going 3-4 with two RBI’s, and Carrie Petersen added a double, run scored and two RBI’s to the Maverick efforts. Megan Gordon, Kassidy Millar and Andrea Hedington each had a hit for the ‘Gulls as their season ended with the loss.

Wesco 3A Playoffs (loser out): Marysville-Pilchuck 19, Arlington 8 – This one was over early, as Pilchuck scored 13 first-inning runs en route to the loser-out victory and a date with Meadowdale for a trip to state today. Lilianne Fischer powered the Tomahawks, with two homers as part of a 4-4 performance, scoring two runs and driving in six. Alissa Edge went 2-3 with a run scored and four RBI’s as well for M-P. Tia Langley went 3-3 with two runs scored and three RBI’s pacing the Eagles, whose season ended with the loss.

Northwest 1A Semifinals: Mount Baker 5, South Whidbey 4 (10) – The Mountaineers won a marathon game last night to advance to the district title game tomorrow and also earned a berth to state with the victory at Janicki. MB plated two in the 10th then held off a late Whidbey rally to seal it. Six Falcon errors did not help matters any for South Whidbey despite another strong effort in the circle from Mackenzee Collins. She went the full 10 innings allowing five runs, all unearned, on just four hits, striking out 17 and doing so in a relatively efficient 138-pitch effort. She tripled as part of a two-hit effort for Whidbey and scored a run. Ari Marshall doubled as part of a two-hit effort herself and drove in two for the Falcons. Anya Zender led Baker, going 2-5 with an RBI.

Northwest 1A First Round: Nooksack Valley 14, Cedar Park Christian 3 – Also at Janicki, the Eagles were handled easily by the Whatcom County team. Amy Zelistra led Nooksack, going 2-4 with a triple scoring two runs and driving in four more while Kaity Paz added a 2-4 effort with a double, three runs scored and three RBI’s. As for Cedar Park, Cheyenne Nelson led the way, doubling twice as part of a 3-4 effort, scoring a run. Also from Cascade action up there last night, Sultan was blasted by Mount Baker and will see Nooksack tomorrow in a loser-out game; NV fell to Lynden Christian in their semifinal last night. South Whidbey and Cedar Park meet in the other loser-out game, with the winners then competing for third place and a trip to state right afterward.

Baseball
Prep Sportswear 6, Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 1: In Kirkland last night, the Bellevue-based team loaded with Valley players struggled to get much going offensively, with the team limited to just two hits – one each from locals Luke Richter and Chris Jarocki. Richter scored a run while Jarocki drove it in, in the seventh. Fellow Valleyites Hayden Weaver and Ryan Llewellyn both pitched for the Dragons in this one, with Weaver taking the loss allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits in five innings of work, striking out six. Llewellyn allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in an inning on the hill, walking one.

Karalus pitches in minor league game: North Bend’s Reece Karalus saw some work last night on the mound for his minor-league baseball team. The 2012 Mount Si High School grad worked two innings of relief for the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Montgomery Biscuits class “AA” team in their game against Birmingham. He allowed two runs, both earned, on two hits, walking one and striking out one, receiving no decision for the Biscuits as they fell to the Barons, affiliated with the Chicago White Sox and who are known as the team that years ago featured a certain Michael Jordan as he attempted to chase his baseball dreams after he retired from pro hoops. Final score in the game was 12-11.

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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