The weekend wrap, from the diamond……

Good Monday morning. A lot on our weekend wrap. We’ll have some hoops soon, but we start with diamond cuts.

We first look at baseball this morning, and it was another good game last night for a Mount Si High School grad on the mound in independent professional baseball, but his team could not get it done in the end as they fell in heartbreaking fashion.

The Frontier League’s River City Rascals, based near St. Louis, MO, fell in 11 innings 5-4 last night to league rival Evansville, from Indiana. Starting for River City was 2010 MSHS’er Josh Kimborowicz, and “Kimbo” had another solid outing. The pitcher, from North Bend, allowed a run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three. The outing was his fourth straight solid outing which has seen his ERA improve steadily throughout, from over 4.00 almost three weeks ago down to a solid 2.52.

He only has one win though in that stretch, but he’s getting comfortable again and he’s doing well, which could attract interest once again from affiliated baseball; the last time he pitched in this league two seasons ago after having been released by the MLB Tampa Bay Rays organization, he went 7-0 in the first half of that season with a similarly good ERA and that earned him a signing by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Kimborowicz is slated to start again on Friday for River City. We’ll keep tabs for you.


Johnson guides Everett to college summer twinbill split: Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson had a pair of strong games with the bat yesterday for the Pacific International League’s Everett Merchants. The 2014 Mount Si HS grad, who just graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, homered in the first game of the twinbill with the Seattle Cheney Studs down in Tacoma, leading the Merchants to a 2-1 win, then went 2-5 in the nightcap, driving in three runs, but the Studs took the nightcap 5-4 and got the split. Johnson finished 2-3 in the opener with that solo homer, and is hitting .467 after the two games yesterday.

Youth baseball
Youth baseball scoreboard on a busy day yesterday. Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Baden 11, Seattle Gladiators 15U 5 (game one, doubleheader): The fifth inning was a wild one in the first of two between the Gladiators and the Kent-based opposition at Seattle’s Southeast Athletic Complex. The Gladiators scored four runs in their half of the inning, only to see Baden respond with seven in their half and cruise from there for the win. Mount Si players Tom Parker and Ryan Harris both doubled for the Gladiators; Harris finished 2-4 with two RBI’s and Parker scored twice and also drove in wo more. Fellow Wildcat Tyler Disch also added a hit to the efforts as did a fourth MSHS’er, Scott Harris, who also walked and scored a run for SG.

Washington A’s 18U Gold 4, Thurston County Saints American 2 (game one, doubleheader): The Sammamish-based A’s took the first of two at home at Eastlake High School over the Lacey-based visitors. MSHS grad Tank Brewster earned the save in this one, striking out his lone hitter he faced in the seventh, and fellow Wildcat 2018 alum Will Scott went 0-4 for the A’s.

Bulldog Baseball 7, Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 1 (game one, doubleheader): The Kent team took the first of two over Preston-based FoC at Sumner High School. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer led the Bears’ Valley delegation, going 1-3. He also pitched, taking the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits in three innings, striking out two. Mount Si’s Logan Garwood also worked three innings for FoC on the mound, allowing three runs, two warned, on five hits, also striking out two.

Boys of Summer 15U 9, Northwest Naturals 15U 7 (8): Mount Si players saw action for both teams at Skyline High School in Sammamish as the Bellevue-based Boys scored the road Seattle Elite League win in extras over the Sammamish-based host Nats. Wildcat Turner McCutchan started on the hill for BoS and allowed six runs on six hits in four innings, walking four. He received no decision as Boys rallied to tie the game in the seventh then won it with two in the eighth. Mount Si’s Cole Norah went 1-2 with two walks and a run for NWN, and fellow Wildcat Dawson Schneider went 0-4.

Northwest Naturals 16U 4, Michael’s Toyota 1: The two Eastside teams, both of whom also have Mount Si players, took their battle to Kent yesterday with the Naturals posting the win. Wildcats Jack Mardon and Cam Ferreri went a combined 0-2 with a walk and run scored for Sammamish-based NWN, while fellow MSHS’er Parker Wutherich went 0-2 for Bellevue-based Michael’s.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 7, Kitsap Osprey 1: At the Cam Christian tournament down in Tacoma, the Gladiators scored early and often and moved on in the tournament playoffs with the win. Mount Si’s Tom Phillips went 1-3 with two RBI’s leading the Gladiators, and fellow Wildcat Mason Gronewald added a 2-2 effort, with a walk and run scored, to the winning performance for SG. Gronewald also got the win on the hill, pitching one-hit ball over four innings with three strikeouts to get things done.

Field of Champions Bears 14U Black 5, Northwest Timberjacks 1: Preston-based FoC scored twice in the first and fourth innings apiece and took care of business winning the Cam Christian tournament game in Federal Way. Ryan Gerlitz led the Valley contingent on the Bears, going 1-3, and fellow local Harrison Kelly added a walk and two runs despite going 0-2. He also pitched an inning of relief, allowing a hit and walk but nothing else; Kelly received no decision.

Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 6, FCA Cardinals 2: The Dragons used Valley contributions to deliver a win over the Woodinville-based FCA at Bothell High School. Hayden Weaver led the local contingent, with a triple, run scored, walk and RBI, and fellow Valleyite Chris Jarocki also had a hit, walk, run scored and RBI. Weaver pitched five innings, allowing three hits and striking out five to get the win, and Jarocki finished the game out, walking two and striking out two in an inning of work. He received no decision.

Boys of Summer 18U White 7, Puyallup Knights 4: BoS held off the Puyallup team to close out the weekend at the GSL Cam Christian tournament in Auburn on a solid note, and had a hand from a MSHS grad in the win. Trace Halvorson, fresh off walking down the aisle at graduation in Kent on Friday, went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI for BoS as they broke out to a 6-1 lead after two and cruised from there.

Rock Creek Select 11, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4: Rock Creek took the first of what was supposed to be two games at Bellevue College last night over BoS; the second game was rained out in the fourth with the Maple Valley-area team leading in that one. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 0-3 for Bellevue-based Boys in this contest.

Baden 12, Seattle Gladiators 15U 6 (game two, doubleheader): A five-run fifth was the difference for Baden as they took the nightcap and swept two in Seattle over the Gladiators. Disch led the local contingent for SG, going 1-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI while fellow Wildcat Daniel Yurkanin went 1-3 with a walk and RBI to pace Gladiators. Ryan Harris started on the mound for SG and it proved to be a tough one on the hill for him, as he allowed 11 runs, nine earned, on nine hits in five innings, walking four and striking out one. He took the loss.

Rippers 15U 7, Boys of Summer 15U 5: At Sammamish High School in Bellevue, the Redmond-based team held off Bellevue-based Boys; CHS’ Mason Pudwill went 1-2 for the Rippers while McCutchan went 0-2 for the BoS side.

Washington A’s 18U Gold 9, Thurston County Saints American 2 (game two, doubleheader): The A’s rolled in the nightcap and swept the pair from the visiting South Sound team on the Sammamish Plateau. Scott went 0-1 but walked three times and scored a run for the home side in this one.

Bulldog Baseball 9, Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 3: The Bulldogs scored five in the first and rolled to a nightcap win and doubleheader sweep over the Bears at Sumner High School. The Valleyites – Garwood, Hoyer, Mount Si’s Josh Moore and Jackson Crumb – went a combined 0-5 with a run, and Moore also started on the mound for FoC, taking the loss allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits, walking four and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings.

Kirkland Merchants 6, Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 0: The Bears, based in Preston, were held to just two hits in the shutout home loss at Issaquah High School. Mount Si’s Kevin Corder had one of those hits, but he also pitched, and took the loss for FoC, with six runs allowed, three earned, on seven hits, walking one and striking out two, in six innings of work.

Boys of Summer 18U White 6, Seattle Select 0: Halvorson went 2-4 with a double and RBI for BoS as they blanked the Seattle team at the Cam Christian tournament in Auburn.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 5, DeMarini Renegades 3: Another win moved the Gladiators on in the playoffs at the Cam Christian event last night, and this was again largely the doing of Gronewald, who led the local delegation with two doubles and two RBI’s. Phillips walked and scored a run despite going 0-2, and fellow Wildcat Jack Dougherty also went 0-2, but he, too, scored a run.

Power Baseball 10, Field of Champions 14U Bears Black 8: Power won the slugfest at Todd Beamer High School to end the Bears’ Cam Christian tournament weekend. Kelly went 1-3 with two runs scored in the error-filled game; the two teams combined for 11 of them in the contest.

Dream Team Diablos 12, Seattle Gladiators 16U 1: The Gladiators’ bats went cold in this one, and they were knocked out of the Cam Christian tournament with the loss. The team was held to just two hits, with Phillips’ walk and Gronewald’s RBI being the lone Valley contributions to the efforts for SG.

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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