A note from your editor, and the Friday diamond cuts…..

We’ll get to our Friday youth baseball scoreboard after the break, but the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal wants to offer a shoutout this morning to Mount Si High School’s Class of 2018, who walks down the graduation aisle tonight.

Tonight is a special night for those Mount Si seniors, as they all celebrate graduation and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, as they move onto college or other endeavors and become adults.

The moment for all of these kids, whether they are athletes or not, is one that has been earned through a lot of years of hard work and sacrifice, both by the kids themselves and their families. These young men and women have faced many challenges over the years, both individually and as a group, but they have risen above that to make it to this special night tonight.

It has been your editor’s honor and privilege these past four years as a local writer to tell the athletic stories of this great group of kids. Whether it’s been boys’ three-sport star Jesiah Irish (football, basketball, track), girls’ softball players Lauren Wilbourne or Grace Lis, two-sporter Tank Brewster (football, baseball), cross country maven Chloe Cosgrove, soccer player “Big Al” Alec Bothwell or dozens of others too numerous to mention here, the accomplishments of these kids, both on the field and in the classroom, are accomplishments that will forever be etched in history.

Many of these kids will be moving on to college, to pursue their goals. There will be some challenges on that trail, but there will also be some opportunities for these kids to chase, opportunities which may see them head elsewhere. But these kids will always have a piece of this Valley in their hearts, and will forever bleed that scarlet and gray.

We congratulate Mount Si’s Class of 2018 on their accomplishments and wish them all the best as they move on and chart their new paths to success as young adults.

The graduation ceremony once again this year is being webstreamed live for those unable to get a ticket to the event, which once again were limited this year despite it being held off-site for the first time in recent memory, at Kent’s ShoWare Center, the home of the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team. We have a live Youtube webstream for you below. Tonight’s ceremonies at ShoWare start at 6:30 p.m. Those going to the event we would suggest you dress for the weather as rain is in the forecast and allow for plenty of extra time to get down there.

Cedarcrest High School’s graduation takes place next Friday.

To the board now. Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in the app store.

Northwest Naturals 16U 5, Boys of Summer 4 (8): Mount Si’s Jack Mardon was the hero for Sammamish-based Nats last night, hitting a walk-off double in the bottom of the eighth inning that scored two runs and lifted the host Nats to the win at Eastlake High School in Sammamish over Bellevue-based BoS. Mardon finished 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s. Fellow Wildcat Cam Ferreri aided NWN, going 1-2 with a run scored.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Black 7, Seattle Gladiators 15U 0: Mount Si players aplenty were on display last night for both of these teams down in Seattle. FoC’s Wildcat contingent was led by Jackson Crumb, who went 2-3 with a triple, run scored and three RBI’s, while the Gladiators’ Valley delegation was led by Ryan and Scott Harris, who went a combined 3-6 and were responsible for three of the Gladiators’ four total hits on the contest. The fourth hit belonged to another Wildcat, Tyler Disch. Crumb and fellow Mount Si’er Logan Garwood combined on that four-hit shutout on the hill for the Bears, each allowing two hits with Crumb walking two and striking out four in six innings for the win. Garwood struck out one in his one inning of relief and received no decision. Another ‘Cat, Tom Parker, also pitched, for the Gladiators, and he allowed two runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out two and also receiving no decision.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 3, Bellevue Baseball Club 1: At Skyline High School in Sammamish, Preston-based FoC used efforts from MSHS players to seal the win. Wildcat Lucas Costello pitched two-hit ball over five innings, walking one and striking out four to get the win, and fellow MSHS’er Kevin Corder went 2-3. Andrew Edson, another Wildcat, paced the Bear efforts, going 1-3 with a run scored. Costello and a fourth Mount Si’er, Tyler Clem, both went 0-2 at the plate for FoC.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 18U 13, FCA Black 7: Under the lights at Marymoor Park in Redmond last night, the Dragons won the slugfest with the Woodinville-based opponents aided by some Mount Si players. Troy Baunsgard went 0-1 for BDE but walked once and scored two runs. Fellow Wildcat Harrison Clark also recorded a walk.

Baden 5, Washington A’s 18U Gold 2: Kent-based Baden took care of this one at Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle. Mount Si’s Will Scott worked two innings of relief for the Sammamish-based A’s, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out one and receiving no decision. He also at the plate went 0-3. Fellow Wildcat Tank Brewster also recorded a walk for the A’s in the contest.

Boys of Summer 18U White 12, Northwest Tugs 1: At the GSL Cam Christian tournament in Auburn, Bellevue-based Boys ran away with this one, aided by Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson, who went 0-3 with a run scored.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 11, Seattle Stars 2: Bellevue-based Boys took this one at Courter Field on the Bellevue College campus aided by Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco, who went 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

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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