Friday diamond cuts

Good Friday morning. Baseball is on the menu once again this morning, and we start with our debut of our college summer baseball coverage.

Several Valley players – and a locally-based team – will be playing on the college summer league circuit this summer, and the season started last night, with the local squad playing its season opener.

The Fall City-based Northwest Honkers, members of the Pacific International League, opened the season in Longview last night in a non-league clash with the West Coast League’s Cowlitz Black Bears. Cowlitz rolled to a 9-0 win over the Honkers.

Valley players are on the rosters for both teams, but neither of the locals played last night. Those include Cedarcrest High School grad Cameron Padron, from Duvall, for the Honkers, and Mount Si High School grad and current WSU Cougar Isaac Mullins, from North Bend, for the Black Bears.

The Honkers, back in Fall City for we think their fourth season, will play their home games once again this season at Fall City Community Park, and their home schedule starts on Sunday afternoon with a clash against their league rivals the Highline Bears, who also have a Valley player playing for them this year – Duvall’s Blaine Wagner, a Cedarcrest HS grad playing college ball at Seattle University. Game time is 1:00. More information on the Honkers is available by going to their website, which we have linked at right in our news links.

In addition to the previously mentioned players, there are at least several other locals who will be playing college summer ball this season, spread across at least three leagues. These include Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a MSHS grad, with the Everett Merchants of the PIL, fellow Wildcat alums Mason Marenco (Wenatchee Apple Sox) and Carson Breshears (Portland Pickles), both part of Gonzaga University’s baseball team and playing in the West Coast League along with Mullins, and a pair of locals – North Bend’s Tanner Simpson (Medford) and Duvall’s Riley Mallot (San Francisco) with the California-centric Great West League. Rosters for teams are still being announced and it has been alluded to us that there’s going to be a number of Valley players on at least two other PIL squads this season. When we get word, we’ll let you know.

Our college summer coverage will be periodic in nature and come as space and time are available to us to get you the latest information. We wish all the players and teams luck this season, and we’ll have some more information on how you can access coverage of some of the teams this season soon here.

To our scoreboard this morning, and there were three youth baseball games last night that featured local players on both teams. Those games and the rest of the morning scores now from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 4, Rippers 15U 1: This one at Skyline High School in Sammamish last night had Valley players playing for both teams, and three of them contributed to the win for Preston-based FoC. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson led the local contingent, going 2-3 with a double and RBI, and fellow Wildcats Tyler Clem and Kevin Corder contributed to the win. Clem went 1-3 and Corder worked six strong innings on the mound for the Bears, allowing an unearned run on five hits, walking two and striking out three. At the plate, he went 0-3 with a run scored. As for the Redmond-based Rippers, Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill played and went 0-2.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 20, Seattle Gladiators 16U 5: The third and fourth innings were gold for Bellevue-based Michael’s, as they scored 18 of their runs in those two innings to run away with this one at Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle under the lights last night. Mount Si players contributed to the efforts for both teams. For Toyota, Wildcat Parker Wutherich went 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI, while for the Seattle-based Gladiators, Tom Phillips went 1-3 with a walk and run scored and Mason Gronewald went 1-1 with an RBI. Gronewald also got to pitch, and that proved to be an interesting test for the Wildcat “C”-teamer. He allowed eight runs on just one hit in 2/3 of an inning in relief. However, only one of those runs was earned and he struck out one, but he was not helped by four walks, four wild pitches and a balk called against him by umpires. He received no decision.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Black 19, Rippers Gold 1: Three Mount Si players – Logan Garwood, Jackson Crumb and Jayden Shirts – recorded doubles as the Preston-based FoC dropped a 10-spot on the Redmond-based visitors in the third and cruised to a mercy rule win at Issaquah High School. Garwood’s double helped him ultimately score a run and drive in three to lead the FoC Valley delegation, while Crumb’s big hit was part of a 2-3 effort that saw him score twice and also drive in three runs. Shirts also scored a run and drove in two runs with his hit. Fellow Wildcat Josh Moore walked twice and scored two runs for FoC. Garwood was the winning pitcher, allowing a run on three hits in four innings, walking two and striking out three. Cedarcrest’s Curt Nelson was 1-2 for the Rippers.

Boys of Summer 18U White 10, UBC Thunder 6: Bellevue-based Boys outslugged the visiting Canadian team last night on Mercer Island, with the help of soon-to-graduate Mount Si player Trace Halvorson. Halvorson went 0-3, but walked once and reached on an error as well, scoring two runs. Fellow Wildcat Levi Jorgensen pitched for BoS, allowing two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out three.

Rock Creek Select 8, Washington A’s 18U Gold 0: The Sammamish-based A’s were shut out on the road last night by Rock Creek at their home facility in Ravensdale in southeast King County. Soon-to-graduate MSHS’er Will Scott went 0-2 for the A’s.

Kent Bulldogs 5, Seattle Gladiators 15U 1: Four Mount Si players – Jake Marzetti, Ryan Harris, Scott Harris and Daniel Yurkanin – had hits for the Gladiators in their loss to the Kent team at the Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle. Marzetti also scored a run and Ryan Harris recorded a walk as well. He also pitched two innings of relief, allowing a run on two hits and walking one, with no decision. Fellow Wildcat Tyler Disch started on the hill for SG and took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits in four innings, walking one and striking out one. Disch offensively went hitless in three at-bats.

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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