Tuesday diamond cuts: Valleyites make noise in college summer, minor league and youth baseball…….

Good Tuesday morning. We have news on a good-sized group of Valley competitors who represented their community strong on Sunday at the Rock N’Roll Marathon in Seattle coming up, but we start with our morning round of diamond cuts, and we take you to the college summer circuit to lead it off.

It was a great day yesterday for a pair of Mount Si High School grads, both of whom play college baseball for Gonzaga, down in Portland as both Valley players delivered for their teams in a college summer doubleheader.

Mason Marenco and his Wenatchee AppleSox played Carson Breshears and his Portland Pickles in the day-night West Coast League twinbill, necessitated by rainouts all weekend down in the Rose City. Both players, from North Bend, made noise in the twinbill, with Marenco, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, starting it off with a double for Wenatchee in the first game yesterday afternoon. However, that proved to be the big hit of the day for the Sox and one of just two they had all game as Portland blanked them in the opener 3-0. That double also ended up being Marenco’s lone hit on the doubleheader.

He went 0-4 in the nightcap for the Sox and Breshears, a 2014 MSHS alum, stole the Valley thunder as a result. He debuted with the Pickles in the second game last night after finishing up play with the Bulldogs, where he was the starting second baseman this spring for GU, who made the NCAA regionals after winning the West Coast Conference tournament this season. The debut went very well, thank you, with a pair of doubles, a run scored and two RBI’s for PDX as they rolled to a 9-0 win in which their pitching limited Wenatchee to just one hit in that game, a total of three for the entire twinbill. Tremendous pitching for sure for the Pickles.

Both teams will meet again later this season, as they have one game still to make up in Portland plus three more in Wenatchee. The Sox head down to Oregon State University tonight to meet the Corvallis Knights while Portland is home to take on Yakima Valley. Game times for both games are 7:00, with the Wenatchee game available via live webstream, with more info on that in our college summer page linked above in our menu bar.

Also this morning:

Mullins slams door shut again, but it was not entirely easy: North Bend’s Isaac Mullins once again got an opportunity to lock down another win on the hill for his Cowlitz Black Bears, and did so, but unlike his previous opportunities, this one wasn’t easy.

The 2015 MSHS grad, a junior-to-be this fall at WSU, served up a solo homer in the ninth to the host Port Angeles Lefties, but Mullins was able to overcome that and take care of business to seal up a 4-3 win for Cowlitz in a WCL contest on the Olympic Peninsula. The homer proved to be pretty much it for Mullins – one inning, one run on one hit with a strikeout – as he recorded his third save of the season for the Black Bears, who continue play tonight with PA up in Clallam County at 7:05. There is also a live radio broadcast of this game – see our college summer page for more information.

Fall City’s Honkers fall in non-league game: For the second straight week, the Fall City-based Northwest Honkers of the Pacific International League hopped over the Cascades to meet a WCL eastern Washington team in a non-conference game, and for the second straight week, it ended in a blowout loss.

An eight-run fifth inning propelled the WCL’s Yakima Valley Pippins to the 13-7 win last night at Yakima County Stadium in Yakima over the Honkers. Paul Bryniarksi, from Arizona, paced the Honkers, going 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, and Zach Zurbrugg, from Bremerton, went 3-4 with two runs scored for NWH.

Minor Leagues: Karalus dazzles on mound, so is he starting to make a case to head back up to AA?
The 2018 baseball season for North Bend’s Reece Karalus started in “AA” minor-league baseball this season, where he struggled a bit with the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Montgomery Biscuits before he was sent down to the Rays’ “advanced A” team in Charlotte, FL, who the 2012 Mount Si HS grad pitched for last year. But his performance last night might start getting people to think about a possible return to the higher level of play for the Valleyite.

That is because Karalus came in and literally shut down the opposing Dunedin Blue Jays bats, who had run roughshod on Stone Crabs starter Brendan McKay for five runs in the first three innings. Karalus proceeded to pitch 3 2/3 innings of two-hit shutout ball in relief for Charlotte, and struck out four, allowing the Stone Crabs a chance to come back, and come back they did, scoring a run each in the fourth, eighth and ninth innings to tie things and force extra innings, then after both teams exchanged runs in the 10th, Charlotte plated two in the 11th to slam the door shut on an 8-6 Florida State League win.

Karalus received no decision, but we’d have to guess received plenty of pats on the back from the Charlotte coaches as he brought his ERA down to a very good 2.84, a far cry from some of the numbers he had back in April with the “AA” Biscuits, located in Alabama. We’d look for the Valleyite to remain with Charlotte for the time being, but if he can build off this and continue to do well, he might get a chance to head back up later in the season.

Lane pitches: Karalus’ fellow Valleyite and 2012 Mount Si HS grad Trevor Lane also pitched in the FSL last night, and his outing was routine, as he allowed a hit and struck out one in 1/3 of an inning for the Tampa Tarpons, affiliated with the New York Yankees, but Tampa fell to the Philadelphia Phillies-affiliated Clearwater Threshers 4-1 at the Phillies’ complex in Clearwater, FL. Lane, who received no decision, saw his ERA drop to 3.86, as he looks to get back to form after a mixed early part of the season which has also for him included some struggles at the “AA” level for New York.

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

Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 8, Northwest Naturals 15U 5: A five-run sixth propelled the Preston-based Bears to the win over their Sammamish-based rivals on the road at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. Mount Si players factored into the game on both teams. Andrew Edson led the way for FoC, going 3-4 with an RBI, while fellow Wildcat Kevin Corder was 0-1, but walked twice and drove in two runs. For NWN, Cole Norah started the game on the mound and allowed five runs, all earned, on six hits, walking four and striking out three in five innings, taking the loss. Fellow Wildcat Dawson Schneider worked the next 2/3 inning, allowing three runs on three hits with a strikeout and walk each and no decision. The two went a combined 1-6 at the plate for the Nats with an RBI.

Rippers 16U 10, Seattle Gladiators 16U 0: Rippers pitcher Yuma Yoshikawa fired a two-hitter to lead the Redmond team to a home win at Redmond High School over the visiting Gladiators, and his efforts were aided offensively by a pair of Cedarcrest HS players. Curt Nelson went 1-1 with two walks and two runs scored, and Gavin McDermott went 0-3, but scored a run and drove in two more. Mount Si’s Tom Phillips had one of the two Gladiator hits, but he and fellow Wildcats Sam Rogers, Austin Oberg and Mason Gronewald went a combined 1-7 with a walk. Rogers took the loss on the mound for Gladiators, allowing all 10 runs – just one of which was earned – on seven hits. He walked five and struck out two in a complete game effort.

City Baseball Navy 14, Boys of Summer 15U 1: Seattle-based City scored five runs in the first then kept on the pressure, ultimately finishing it off with a five-run sixth as they routed Bellevue-based BoS at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 1-1 with an RBI for Boys in the contest.

Diamond Sports 9, Washington A’s 18U Gold 3: It was not a fun night under the lights for 2017 Mount Si grad Nick Solomon. “Solly” started on the hill for the Sammamish-based A’s and allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits in three innings of work, walking one and striking out three. Solomon, who just finished his freshman season at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, took the loss as the A’s were routed on the road in Kent by the host Diamond squad.

Northwest Reign Purple 8, Washington A’s 18U Elite 1: Reign scored six runs in the fourth to post the victory over the Sammamish-based A’s at Bellevue High School. MSHS grad Connor Baxter went 0-3 for the A’s in this one.

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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