Sunday diamond cuts-Marenco homers for first time and is off to hot start in college summer ball, plus youth action and news about a Valleyite at the NCAA tourney

Time now for baseball. We start on the college summer circuit, and it appears we could be on the verge of another Mount Si grad having a hot start for one college summer team. Last year, it was Evan Johnson with the Wenatchee AppleSox, and this year, it could be Mason Marenco with those same Sox.

Marenco, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er playing collegiately for Gonzaga, went 3-3 last night and homered for the first time this season – the first homer of the 2018 campaign by a Wenatchee player – but as it turned out, his efforts were pretty much it for the AppleSox, as they were handled easily by the Victoria HarbourCats 7-1 in a West Coast League college summer contest up at Royal Athletic Park north of the border in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Marenco, who went 1-3 in the Wenatchee opener Friday, is now 4-6 to start the season with the Sox, who wrap up their series with Victoria this afternoon at 1:00. We have posted a new page with information on how to listen to live coverage of the game this afternoon. You can find a link to that page at the top of our menu bar here on this home page.

Also from college summer action last night:

Fall City’s Northwest Honkers pick up win one of summer: The Fall City-based Honkers held off the Highline Bears 2-1 last night in a Pacific International League game down at Steve Cox Park in Burien for their first league win of the season. The two teams meet again this afternoon at 1:00 at Fall City Community Park. They will have a live stream on their Facebook page – search Northwest Honkers and give them a like. Duvall’s Cameron Padron played for NWH and went 0-3 in last night’s contest. The Bears also feature a Duvall player, Blaine Wagner. Both men are Cedarcrest High School graduates.

CHS alum Mallot makes summer debut – but not on the hill: 2017 CHS’er Riley Mallot was a pitcher all spring for Columbia Basin College in Pasco, where he just finished up his freshman year. And he’s expected to see action on the mound for his summer team, the Great West League’s San Francisco Seals. Well, last night, the Seals did something a little different with the Valleyite. They had him start at shortstop for their game against Lincoln in Lincoln, CA. The Seals rolled 16-5 and Mallot went 1-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s for San Fran. The GWL consists of eight squads in northern California and southern Oregon. The league’s Medford franchise is also slated to have North Bend’s Tanner Simpson pitching for them provided he doesn’t either get drafted or signs a free-agent contract with an MLB team following this week’s draft. He is a senior at Lewis-Clark State.

College: MSHS alum Breshears helps Zags stay alive in NCAA Tournament
Junior Carson Breshears, from North Bend, delivered for Gonzaga to help keep them alive another day in the NCAA tournament. Breshears, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 2-5 with a run scored and RBI as the Zags took command early, and unlike Friday, finished it out with an 8-2 blowout of Canisius from New York, eliminating that squad from the tournament at the regionals in Minneapolis.

GU held a 5-2 lead on Friday into the ninth inning against UCLA before the Bruins scored four in that frame to stun the Zags and send them into the loser-out game yesterday. The win, though, puts them in another loser-out test today, against either UCLA again or regional host Minnesota. That game starts at noon and you can find it on ESPN3.

Youth baseball
It was a busy day in youth baseball as well yesterday. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Naturals 15U 8, Crew Baseball 2: In their first of two at the Palouse Summer Series in Colfax yesterday, Mount Si’s Cole Norah led the way for the Naturals, going 1-4 with a run scored. Dawson Schneider, a fellow Wildcat, also scored a run for the Sammamish-based team.

Boys of Summer 15U 12, Whitman County Cougars 0: In their first of two at the PSS yesterday, at WSU’s field in Pullman, Bellevue-based Boys handled the host Cougs, with pitcher Tristan Coggan firing a two-hitter, striking out six, and being aided by Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan, who went 0-2 but did drive in a run. He did not play for the Boys in their nightcap last night in Pullman against City Baseball; the Seattle team won that game 11-2.

Rippers 15u Black 6, Lakeside Recovery 1 (game one, doubleheader): In Issaquah, the Redmond-based Rippers handled Bellevue-based Lakeside in the first of two. Cedarcrest HS’s Mason Pudwill went 0-3 for Rippers.

Northwest Naturals 10, Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 6 (game one, doubleheader): At Skyline High School in Sammamish, the host Naturals took the first of two, despite efforts of a number of Valleyites for the Dragons. Leading the local BDG delegation was Chris Jarocki, who went 2-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI. J.T. DeRouen went 1-3 with a run and Brady Hossfeld added a 1-3 effort with an RBI for the Dragons. Hayden Weaver started the game for the Dragons and allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits, walking one and striking out two. He took the loss.

Chaffey 18U 8, Yakima Valley Pak 2: Edmonds-based Chaffey took care of the Yakima squad at Yakima Valley CC behind Aaron Davenport. The soon-to-graduate CHS’er, who likely will be keeping an eye on his cell phone the next few days in the event an MLB team calls to say they drafted him, allowed two runs on four hits in five innings of work on the hill for Chaffey, walking two and striking out four and getting the win to move to 2-0 on the summer. In a game earlier yesterday that Davenport did not play in, Chaffey handled the Yakima Beetles 18-1.

Bellevue Dragons Blue 16U 7, Cascade Crush 2 (game one, doubleheader): In the first of two up at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, home of the West Coast League’s Bells, the Bellevue team handled the Bellingham-based Crush, aided by Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard, who went 2-3 with two runs scored. Fellow Wildcat varsity player Harrison Clark went 0-4 for BDE.

Narrows 9, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8 (game one, doubleheader): In Tacoma, the host Narrows side took the first of two over Bellevue-based Boys using a seven-run third to deliver the goods. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco was 0-3 for BoS.

Seattle Stars 5, Washington A’s 18U Gold 0 (game one, doubleheader): Stars hurler Joe Pierce pitched a no-hitter, striking out nine, as the Stars, based in Snohomish County, handled the Sammamish-based A’s in the first of two at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. Mount Si’s Tank Brewster and Will Scott combined to go 0-2 with a walk for the A’s. Neither Wildcat played in the nightcap game, won handily by the A’s 15-8.

Baden Black 5, Northwest Naturals 16U 3 (game one, doubleheader): At Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle, the Kent-based Baden took care of the Sammamish-based Nats. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 1-3 with two runs scored while fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon went 0-4, both for NWN, in the contest.

Kirkland Merchants 8, Northwest Naturals 15U 2: The Nats fell in the PSS nightcap last night at Washington State University in Pullman. Schneider and Norah combined to go 0-6 with a walk, and Norah pitched four innings of relief allowing three unearned runs on one hit, walking one and striking out two. He received no decision.

Bellevue Dragons Green 16U 10, Seattle Gladiators 16U 5: At Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle, the Dragons doubled up the host Gladiators. Mount Si’s Austin Oberg led the local delegation for Gladiators, going 1-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while fellow Wildcat Mason Gronewald added a 1-2 effort himself, with a walk and RBI. A third MSHS’er, Tom Phillips, pitched and allowed five runs, three earned, on two hits in 2/3 of an inning with two walks. He received no decision and also walked twice at the plate.

Rippers 15U Black 10, Lakeside Recovery 4 (game two, doubleheader): The Rippers rebounded in the nightcap to split the twinbill in Issaquah. Pudwill walked twice and scored a run despite going 0-2, and he also pitched 1/3 inning of relief for the victors, allowing two runs, one earned, on one hit, walking two and receiving no decision.

Northwest Naturals 21, Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 7 (game two, doubleheader): This nightcap probably could have moved across campus over into the football stadium last night at Skyline as this one became a blowout early. 14 third-inning runs for the Naturals took care of business. Jarocki was 1-3 with a double and RBI.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Narrows 4 (game two, doubleheader): BoS rallied in the seventh for a walk-off win to split the doubleheader. Marenco went 0-1 but walked once and scored a run for Boys.

Cascade Crush 6, Bellevue Dragons 16U Blue 0 (game two, doubleheader): Crush handled the Dragons in the nightcap, holding the Bellevue team to just one hit to split the twinbill. Clark was 0-1 for BDE and Baunsgard did not see action.

Northwest Naturals 16U 9, Baden Black 2 (game two, doubleheader): The Nats took care of the Baden side in the nightcap in Seattle to split the twinbill. Mardon went 1-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI while Ferreri went 0-3.

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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