Thursday diamond cuts, led by a “Kimbo” sighting……..

Good Thursday morning. Football on deck, first baseball.

Looks as if Mount Si High School grad Josh Kimborowicz is getting used to being back in the independent leagues. The 2010 alum, from North Bend, had his best start of the season thus far on the mound for the River City Rascals as they took care of the opposing Gateway Grizzlies in a Frontier League battle last night.

“Kimbo” worked seven strong innings, allowing two runs on just four hits, walking three and striking out eight, as he picked up his first win for the suburban St. Louis-based team in a 5-2 win over the Grizzlies on their home field in Illinois last night.

Kimborowicz, who joined the Rascals earlier this month after spending time in Europe following his 2016 release from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization which we discussed in our preview of this game yesterday, is sporting a solid 3.13 earned run average after four starts for the Rascals, of which last night’s one was by far his best. The Rascals with the win moved to 11-5 on the season and are in first place in the independent league’s West Division.

Kimborowicz has been in pro ball for five seasons now after having been drafted in the MLB amateur draft in 2013.

Lane back with Tarpons
The stint for North Bend’s Trevor Lane in “AA” ball has come to an end. The New York Yankees organization, which Lane is part of, sent him back down from their “AA” club in Trenton, NJ, to their advanced “A” club in Tampa, FL, which the pitcher started the season with, earlier this week. Lane, in his return to the Tarpons, allowed two runs on one hit, walking one and striking out one, in 2/3 of an inning Tuesday night as Tampa fell at home to the Detroit Tigers-affiliated Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Lane, a 2012 Mount Si HS grad, made three appearances for a total of four innings during his time with Trenton and went 0-1 with a 13.50 earned run average, striking out seven.

Youth baseball
Scores from last night involving local athletes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 8, Seattle Gladiators 15U 1 (game one, doubleheader): In Sumner last night, the Tacoma team took the opener of two with the Seattle-based Gladiator team. Leading the large contingent of Mount Si High School “C”-team baseball players on the Gladiators was Jack Phillips, who went 1-3 with a run. He also started the game on the hill for the Gladiators, and allowed all eight Tug runs, of which three were earned, on five hits, walking two in five innings and taking the loss. Jake Marzetti, Phillips’ Wildcat teammate, also had a hit for the Gladiators.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 8, Boys of Summer 15U 3: At Skyline High School in Sammamish last night, several Mount Si players displayed their baseball talent on both teams in this one, won easily by the Preston-based FoC squad. Leading the Valley contingent for the Bears was Kevin Corder, who doubled, walked twice and scored three runs. Corder was a member of the Wildcat JV squad this spring. His Mount Si JV teammate Turner McCutchan played for BoS in this one and went 0-3. The game was the final tuneup by the way for Boys before they head over to Pullman this weekend for the first weekend of the Palouse Summer Series, a set of tournaments over the next few weekends over there at WSU and surrounding communities featuring teams from this side of the Cascades meeting teams from eastern Washington. We wish them luck over there this weekend.

City Baseball Navy 13, JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 1: CBN rolled to the win under the lights last night in downtown Kirkland. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-2 for JBCPS, who was limited to just three hits.

Northwest Bandits Blue 6, Seattle Gladiators 16U 3: At Shorecrest High School last night, the Kirkland-based Bandits broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with three runs and doubled up the Gladiators. Mount Si players Mason Gronewald and Sam Rogers led the Gladiators, each going 1-3. Fellow Wildcat Tom Phillips took the hill to start for the Gladiators and allowed a run on four hits in two innings walking one. Rogers allowed those three Bandit runs on two hits in the seventh inning working it in relief on the mound, walking three and striking out two. He took the loss.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 9, Seattle Gladiators 15U 6 (game two, doubleheader): Tacoma took the nightcap and swept the twinbill in Pierce County. Ryan Harris led the Valley contingent in this one for the Gladiators; the MSHS player went 1-2 with a run scored and RBI. Fellow Wildcat Daniel Yurkanin also drove in a run for the Gladiators.

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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