Saturday diamond cuts – Puyallup team falls in heartbreaker in national tournament qualifier despite efforts of Cedarcrest’s Carter, plus baseball……

Good Saturday morning.

Despite the efforts of a top player from Cedarcrest High School, a local softball team’s quest to earn a trip to a major national tournament suffered a big setback last night in heartbreaking fashion.

The Washington Ladyhawks’ 18U Miller team, based in Puyallup and featuring Cedarcrest star Michaela Carter, broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth with the help of the Red Wolve junior, named as as the Cascade Conference’s offensive player of the year, but an error in the bottom of that frame by the Hawks – one of five total in the game – allowed opposing Universal Fastpitch from the east Bay Area of northern California to score twice and walk-off with a dramatic 3-2 win at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national qualifier last night down in Lincoln, CA, just outside of Sacramento, played under international tiebreaker rules in that eighth inning.

Carter finished 1-3 with both of her team’s runs, including that initial tie-breaking run in the top of the eighth for the Hawks. She had been placed on second base to start the frame as per the tiebreaker rules, as she was the last hitter for the team in the previous inning.

The loss moved Ladyhawks into the loser-out bracket of the tournament, in which they are the only non-California team participating, and made their chances of earning one of four national tournament berths more challenging. Instead of having to just win two in a row, which would have happened had they won last night and remained in the winner’s bracket, they now must win five in a row today and tomorrow to secure that national berth, and with the opposition all expected to be very difficult, this will be a challenge for the Ladyhawks, who are coached by one of the top club coaches in the Northwest in Wayne Miller, who has coached Valley players on the team in the past.

They play again this afternoon against the winner of another loser-out game earlier this afternoon between two more Golden State squads.

We’ll keep you posted.

Now to baseball.

Lane struggles for Tampa in loss
The 2018 season thus far has been full of peaks and valleys for North Bend’s Trevor Lane. Lane, pitching for the New York Yankees-affiliated Tampa Tarpons, has seen his share of solid outings, but has also had his bumps in the road. Last night proved to be another one of those bumps in the road.

The 2012 Mount Si High School grad came in to lock down what could have been a Tarpon win in the ninth, only to blow that save chance then end up taking the loss after allowing three runs in the frame as the visiting Bradenton Marauders, affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, rallied from a late 9-4 deficit to escape with a 10-9 win over the Tarpons at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa at the Yankees’ spring training complex in the Florida State League “advanced A” class game.

Of the three runs the Valleyite allowed, two were earned on two hits. He walked one, struck out one and saw his ERA rise to 3.91 with the performance. He drops to 1-2 on the season and blew his second save of the year as well. A bump in the road for sure, but he’ll look to bounce back in his next outing, which we’d expect would come next week.

Karalus runs into trouble as well: Down the road in Port Charlotte, FL, Lane’s fellow 2012 MSHS’er, Reece Karalus, also of North Bend, took his lumps last night pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Charlotte Stone Crabs, also in the FSL. He allowed four runs, of which only one was earned, on just two hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief, walking one, as Charlotte fell to visiting Clearwater, a Philadelphia Phillies-affiliated team, 8-5. Karalus, who received no decision, saw his ERA go to an even 4.00 with his outing. Both he and Lane have split the early portion of their seasons between these Florida-based teams and their parent club’s “AA” teams – the Rays’ in Alabama and the Yankees’ in New Jersey.

To our youth scoreboard now. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 5, Kitsap Osprey 4: At the Cam Christian tournament down in Auburn, the Gladiators scored three in the seventh to escape with a win over the Bremerton team. Mount Si’s Jack Dougherty went 1-3 with an RBI for the Gladiators, while fellow Wildcat Tom Phillips walked three times and scored a run. Rounding out the MSHS group on the Seattle-based squad, Mason Gronewald was 0-3, but walked once and scored a run.

City Baseball Navy 5, Rippers 15U Black 4: Seattle-based City scored twice in the sixth to take the lead, then held on for the home win last night in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Cedarcrest High School’s Mason Pudwill paced the Redmond-based Rippers, doubling once and driving in two runs.

Field of Champions Bears 14U Blue 11, Baden 1: We debut coverage of this Preston-based 14U squad this morning thanks to a tip from one of our readers, which we thank them for. Mount Si’s Caleb Brown delivered for the Bears, going 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s as FoC scored five runs in the third to break a 1-1 tie and cruise to the win in Kent. CKMS’s Quin Patterson went 1-2 with a run scored pacing the Bears, and also pitched a complete-game one-hitter, walking three and striking out five, with the run he allowed being unearned.

FCA Black 5, Bellevue Dragons Elite 18U 3: The Woodinville-based FCA held off Bellevue’s Dragons last night at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, despite the efforts of a pair of MSHS’ers. Harrison Clark doubled, walked twice and scored a run, and Troy Baunsgard went 1-3 with a run 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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