Thursday diamond cuts

Good Thursday morning. Diamond news on this Thursday and we start with a quick report on the Major League Baseball draft.

We had noted the possibility in our MLB draft preview last week that no one from the Valley would be drafted this year in the MLB amateur selection proceedings, and sure enough, that turned out to be the case. None of the four players we were following – or any others from the Valley, for that matter – were selected in the final rounds of the draft yesterday, meaning that for high schoolers Jesiah Irish and Aaron Davenport, it’s off to college and for collegians Evan Johnson and Tanner Simpson, it’s off to college summer ball or to sign a free-agent contract to join a minor-league club. If we hear any news on those two signing somewhere, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, here’s our scores and stats from last night.

College Summer: Valleyite delivers to help Wenatchee beat Fall City team in non-conference clash
The Fall City-based Northwest Honkers of the Pacific International League got things off the right way last night over in Wenatchee, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning to take an early lead on the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox. From there, though, it was all AppleSox, and a Valley player had a hand in it as Wenatchee rolled to the victory in the non-conference battle.

North Bend’s Mason Marenco, a redshirt freshman this spring at Gonzaga and 2017 Mount Si HS grad, went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s, continuing his strong start to the season, as Wenatchee rallied from that early 2-0 hole using a five-run sixth to take command and the AppleSox cruised to the 9-2 win last night under the lights at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College.

Wenatchee moved to 3-2 on the season, 2-1 in West Coast League play, with the victory. For the Honkers, Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 0-4. The Honkers play the Seattle Wallbangers tonight up in Edmonds, then return home this weekend, hosting Everett Saturday and Redmond Sunday. The game on Sunday is a double-dip with the Dudes, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both of this weekend’s opponents for the Honkers feature Valley players, so local baseball fans should head on down to Fall City Community Park and cheer on both their local team and the visiting players who hail from our community. Should be a good weekend of diamond action for fans. More information on all of that is in our college summer page.

Speaking of Everett and their Valleyite……..

Johnson delivers in Everett debut: After finding out, as expected, he’d not be drafted, Mount Si grad Johnson sent a message to major league clubs about that, homering as part of a 2-3 effort in his 2018 Merchants debut as Everett handled the Highline Bears 5-2 last night at Everett Memorial Stadium in Pacific International League action. Johnson, who has graduated following his senior season this spring with Northern Colorado, drove in three runs. He is from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si High School grad and depending on how the PIL contracts work could still sign a free-agent deal to join the minor leagues. Johnson had previously signed with Everett in advance of this season after spending last summer having a successful one with the WCL’s Wenatchee AppleSox.


Mullins slams door shut for Cowlitz in win: North Bend’s Isaac Mullins got the job done once again for the WCL’s Cowlitz Black Bears as they handled the visiting Portland Pickles last night in Longview.

Mullins, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad and sophomore at Washington State University, struck out two in the ninth to seal the 3-1 Black Bear win at David Story Field. He picked up the save, his second of the season, and sports a 0.00 earned run average. The Pickles’ two Valley players – Gonzaga’s Carson Breshears, from North Bend, and Washington’s Adam Davenport, from Duvall – both did not play for Portland.

Youth baseball
Youth baseball scores from last night. Coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Naturals 15U 8, Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 7: The Sammamish-based Naturals had the lead throughout, but had to survive a late, and rather furious, rally from the Preston-based Bears to close it out at Skyline High School in Sammamish in a game that featured a number of solid performances from Mount Si athletes. Wildcat Dawson Schneider led the Nats, going 2-3 with two walks and two runs scored, and fellow MSHS’er Cole Norah paced the NWN efforts, with two walks and two runs scored. Schneider got the win on the hill allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits in five innings of work, walking two and striking out five. Norah slammed the door shut in the seventh, striking out one, to get the save.

Mount Si’s Andrew Edson contributed to the Bear efforts, doubling as part of a 1-4 performance, scoring a run and driving in another. Fellow Wildcat Tyler Clem also had a hit, and Mount Si’s Kevin Corder added a walk and run scored to the FoC performance. Clem pitched the final 1 2/3 innings in relief for the Bears, allowing a hit and striking out one. He received no decision.
Rippers 15U 9, Boys of Summer 15U 8: The Redmond-based Rippers overcame a early 4-0 hole, scoring three runs in the seventh to steal the victory at Sammamish High School in Bellevue from the Bellevue-based BoS. Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill went 1-1 with a run scored for Rippers. Boys’ Valleyite – Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan – did not play.

Boys of Summer 18U White 9, Diamond Sports 0: Bellevue-based Boys took care of business down in Auburn at the GSL Cam Christian event last night, and pacing the efforts was Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson. Halvorson, set to graduate from Mount Si tomorrow, went 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI for BoS.

Washington A’s 18U Gold 6, Kirkland Merchants 5: In Seattle Premier League action at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, 2017 Mount Si grad Nick Solomon got it done on the mound to help the Sammamish-based A’s. “Solly”, from North Bend and having finished his freshman season at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, worked six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out four, getting the win. Fellow Wildcat Will Scott aided the A’s efforts, going 1-2 with a run scored and RBI.

Baden 7, Washington A’s 18U Elite 4: Kent-based Baden scored five runs in the fifth to notch the Seattle Elite League win at Denny Field in Seattle. Mount Si’s Connor Baxter went 1-4 with a run for the A’s.

Washington Rush 12, Seattle Gladiators 16U 2: The Rush broke out of the gates in a big way early last night down in Auburn at the Cam Christian tournament, scoring seven first-inning runs then cruising from there for the victory over the Seattle-based Gladiators. Mount Si’s four-player Seattle delegation was led by Sam Rogers, who doubled, walked and scored a run. Fellow Wildcat Mason Gronewald also recorded a walk and scored 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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