Diamond cuts to wrap up the weekend-Breshears homers for Zags but sees season end with NCAA tourney loss, plus news from youth and college summer ball…..

Time now for some baseball.

The heroics of a Valleyite sadly came too late for his college baseball team, as they suffered a season-ending loss in the NCAA tournament.

North Bend’s Carson Breshears hit a homer in the eighth inning for Gonzaga in their loser-out game at the regionals in Minneapolis yesterday afternoon, but by then, the Zags were trailing badly to opposing UCLA and ended up falling to the Bruins 10-4, knocking them out of the competition.

The junior second baseman finished the day 1-3 with that late blast, his second of the season, driving in three RBI’s for the Bulldogs. The 2014 Mount Si HS grad ends his season hitting .237 with the two homers and 16 RBI’s. He went 41-173 on the season with eight doubles and a triple as well, with a slugging percentage of .329 and an on-base average of .356. He had just three errors this season in over 100 chances for a .987 fielding percentage. Breshears now gets ready to play college summer baseball, which he will be doing for the West Coast League’s Portland Pickles.

Speaking of the WCL, we have some news from the summer league for you concerning a pair of other Valleyites playing in that league.

Marenco’s successful weekend ends on solid note
It was a smashing first weekend of college summer baseball for Mount Si High School grad Mason Marenco, and it ended on a good note yesterday afternoon for the Wenatchee AppleSox. After a homer on Saturday night as part of a 3-3 performance and a hit in last Friday’s game, the North Bender had another strong day yesterday, going 2-4 with a triple and three runs scored and an RBI as the Sox routed the Victoria HarbourCats 14-2 up in Victoria, BC, Canada to complete a series win. Wenatchee took two of three from Victoria, with the Gonzaga redshirt freshman, a 2017 MSHS alum, hitting a solid .600 (6-10) on the weekend.

Wenatchee is off today then has a series of games all at home against non-conference foes, including a pair against Pacific International League teams with Valley players, before head down to play Breshears and the Pickles this weekend in Portland. Wenatchee plays the Tri-Cities based River City Athletics tomorrow, then takes on the PIL’s Fall City-based Northwest Honkers on Wednesday and CHS grad Blaine Wagner and the Highline Bears on Thursday before starting the series with the Pickles on Friday. Game times are 7:05 for all games tomorrow through Saturday and a 5:00 start in Portland on Sunday. More information on how to listen in live to all the games is at our College Summer page at the top of our menu bar.

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Mullins pitches for Cowlitz for second time this weekend: North Bend’s Isaac Mullins got some work in last night for the Cowlitz Black Bears in an extra-inning clash down in Bend, OR, against the Elks. Mullins, playing this spring for Washington State University, blew a save chance for Cowlitz in the bottom of the ninth, allowing a homer to the Elks that scored two runs to tie the game and force extra innings, and Bend won it on a walk-off in the 12th, 8-7. Mullins allowed two unearned runs on that one hit, but struck out two and received no decision. He also pitched for the Black Bears last Friday in a win over the Elks. Bend with last night’s win took the series. Cowlitz hosts Portland tonight through Wednesday, then takes on Kelowna this weekend. Weeknight and Saturday games at David Story Field start at 6:30 with the Sunday game against the Falcons going at 5:00. Information on how to listen in or watch is also at our College Summer page.

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

Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 1, Washington Rush 0: The Dragons won the pitcher’s duel at Interlake High School in Bellevue. The lone run in the game for BDG was scored by Valleyite Luke Richter, and several other locals also played in the game for Bellevue, including Chris Jarocki, Hayden Weaver, J.T. DeRouen, Ryan Llewellyn and Brady Hossfeld. All of the Valley players went hitless on the afternoon.

Rippers 15U Black 10, FM Sports 0: Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill led the way for the Rippers as they handled their Redmond rivals at Redmond High School. The Red Wolve went 2-3 with three runs scored and two RBI’s for the Rippers, who scored six runs in the seventh to seal this one up.

Northwest Naturals 16U 7, Bainbridge Mavericks 2 (game one, doubleheader): The Sammamish-based Nats hopped on the ferry over to Bainbridge Island yesterday and took the opener of two at Bainbridge High School on the road against the host Mavs. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri led the Nats, going 2-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI’s. Fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon went 0-3 but walked once and scored a run.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 11, JBC Prep Sportswear 1: Mount Si players contributed for both teams in this one at Issaquah High School, won handily by the Preston-based Bears. Tyler Clem went 2-3 for FoC with a run scored and RBI, while Andrew Edson went 1-2 with a walk and two RBI’s. Kevin Corder added a 1-4 day for the Bears with a run scored and RBI and Lucas Costello rounded it out for the locals, going 0-1 but recording a walk and scoring two runs. Wildcat Jake Mitton went 1-2 for JBCPS and was the mound recipient of the FoC offensive explosion, allowing all 11 runs in 3 1/3 innings of work on the hill for Kirkland-based Prep Sportswear on 11 hits, walking four and striking out two.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Black 4, Baden 2: Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer pitched five solid innings for the Preston-based Bears as they doubled up the Kent team at Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle. Hoyer allowed two unearned runs on three hits in five innings of work, walking two and striking out three. He received no decision, and was aided offensively by Mount Si’s Jayden Shirts, who went 1-1 with a run scored. Also playing in the game for FoC were MSHS’ers Anthony Gilden, Jackson Crumb and Josh Moore, all of whom went hitless on the game for the Bears.

Boys of Summer 15U 9, Northwest Naturals 15U 5: Mount Si players were also on both teams for this one in Bellevue, won by Bellevue-based Boys. Wildcat Turner McCutchan contributed to the efforts for BoS, scoring a run and driving in another despite going 0-2, and for the Nats, MSHS’ Cole Norah and Dawson Schneider both played, with both going hitless. Norah did record a walk and score a run for NWN, however.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 10, Washington A’s 18U Gold 1: At Interlake High School in Bellevue, the Bellevue-based Boys poured it on late, scoring all their runs in the final four innings to get it done. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored for BoS. Neither of the A’s Mount Si players – Will Scott or Nick Solomon – played in the contest for the Sammamish team.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 9, Rippers 16U 4: Bellevue-based Michael’s scored five fifth-inning runs to take this one at Redmond High School. CHS’ Gavin McDermott led the Redmond-based Rippers, going 2-3 with a run scored and RBI. Fellow Red Wolve Curt Nelson also went 1-4. Michael’s Valley rep – MSHS’ Parker Wutherich – did not play in the contest.

Bellevue Dragons Blue 11, Seattle Gladiators 16U 4: At Marymoor Park in Redmond, the Gladiators fell to the Bellevue team. Leading the Mount Si contingent for the Gladiators was Sam Rogers, who went 1-4 with a run scored. He also pitched, allowing five unearned runs on four hits in two innings of relief, walking one and receiving no decision. Also playing for SG in the game from the Wildcats were Tom Phillips and Mason Gronewald. Both of those players went hitless on the day.

Bainbridge Mavericks 7, Northwest Naturals 16U 6 (game two, doubleheader): Bainbridge took the nightcap of their pair with the Nats and split the twinbill. Mardon went 1-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI aiding NWN while Ferreri went 0-4 and also pitched three innings for the Sammamish side, allowing two runs on four hits, walking four and striking out one, and receiving no decision.

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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