The diamond cuts as we head into the weekend

Good Friday morning. We start on the diamond and it was a tough end to the season for the Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s “Coast” (under-10 age) All Star team, as they fell in a loser out game to Bellevue Thunderbird 12-5 at Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie. SVLL had a 5-0 lead at one point late in the contest, but saw Bellevue score 12 unanswered runs, including nine in the fifth, to roll to the victory and end the SVLL season.

Jayce Riden led SVLL, going 2-3 with a walk and two RBI’s. He started on the mound for Sno-Valley, allowing three runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out one.

A congrats to all the players on their successful run this summer. To the rest of our youth baseball and softball. Baseball coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on the Apple IPad and IPhone in their app store.

Seattle Gladiators 18U 10, Thurston County Saints National 8: The Gladiators won the opening game at the GSL State Tournament down in Olympia last night, paced by Mount Si’s Austin Oberg, who doubled, scored a run and drove in a second for the Seattle team. Fellow Wildcat Frankie Cepeda also went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI for SG.

Chaffey Baseball 18U 10, Portland Baseball Club 0: Cedarcrest grad Aaron Davenport tossed a one-hitter and struck out six as Chaffey rolled past PBC in the first game of a weekend tournament down in the Rose City.

WW Sweets 14U 5, Rippers 15U Black 1: The Sammamish-based Sweets handled the Redmond-based Rippers at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Future MSHS’er Aidan Dougherty went 0-4 for the Sweets while Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill went 0-1 with a walk for the Rippers.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Mercedes-Benz of Seattle 0: Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco tripled, scored a run and drove in two more for Bellevue-based Boys as they blanked the Seattle team down at Lower Woodland Park in north Seattle in the opener of the Josh Dickerson tournament.

Washington A’s 18U Gold 8, Baden Red 0: Also in the Dickerson event but at Bellevue College, the Sammamish-based A’s blanked the Kent-based opposition. Mount Si grad Tank Brewster went 0-2 for the A’s in this one.

Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 2, Seattle Gladiators 18U 1: The Gladiators were on the short end of the pitcher’s duel last night down in the state capitol at the GSL state event. Cepeda went 1-3 with a run for SG.

Chaffey Baseball 12, Miles City (MT) Outlaws 3: An eight-run second lifted the Edmonds-based Chaffey to the win over the Montana team down in Portland. Davenport saw action in the field late in the contest with no official at-bats.

Softball: It’s hot a mile high, and Valleyites part of it
The softball action in Colorado is heating up, and we mean that literally. Temperatures yesterday were in the mid-100’s, the hottest weather the Denver area has apparently ever seen, so a big thing that has, we suspect, come into play for all the local coaches and players’ parents that are down there is making sure the girls have plenty of water, Gatorade and ice to keep cool. Scores and highlights from the Ladyhawks’ games featuring Valley player Michaela Carter from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 5, Illinois Chill 2: At the IDT in Boulder, the Puyallup-based WLH scored all five of their runs in the fourth to sink the Illinois team. Cedarcrest’s Michaela Carter went 0-3 with a run scored for the Hawks.

AASA Gold 8, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 5: The California team used a six-run second to sink the Hawks. Carter went 0-2 with a walk and run scored.

AbBlast holding own: Woodinville’s Absolute Blast 18U Rhinehart is holding serve in pool play as well in the Boulder event, winning a game, losing in a second and tying two others the past two days in pool play. The squad, with MSHS’ Abby Gronewald, has ties with teams from Illinois and Nevada, a loss to a California team and a win last night over a Kansas team in pool play. Both they and the Hawks finish pool play in the Boulder event today, and with the weather expected to be hot again today – yesterday proved to be the hottest day in recorded Denver weather history – hydration and keeping players cool will be key especially as these are by far the hottest conditions the local teams have faced all season.

Sparkler/Fireworks: Down the road in Denver, it was a mixed bag in the heat yesterday for the remaining teams with Valley players competing in Colorado this week. The Washington Acers 16U Orange, with Mount Si’s Hope Bostick, and the Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek, with Mount Si grad Lauren Wilbourne and Cedarcrest grad Elaine Townley, both split their two games yesterday, with the Snohomish-based Seek team beating an Arizona team but falling to one from Texas, and the Auburn-based Acers handled a local Denver-area team but fell to one from Los Angeles. Also, the Seattle-based Team Seattle 14U, with Elaine Townley’s sister – and future CHS’er – Kat, fell in their lone game at the Sparkler Juniors tournament to an Iowa-based team.

All of these teams, and the Seattle-based Sundodgers 16U, with Mount Si’s Molly Wilbourne but who fortunately didn’t have to play yesterday in that very hot weather, will be in action today. Again, as noted in our Boulder brief, it’s going to be hot, so keeping players cool and hydrated is going to be a big factor today for coaches and parents as they look to beat the heat.

College Summer Baseball
Huschle’s quality outing not enough in Mankato extra-inning loss: North Bend’s Alden Huschle had a solid relief pitching appearance last night for the Northwoods League’s Mankato MoonDogs. Huschle, a 2016 MSHS’er who will be a junior this fall at Seattle University, pitched two innings, allowing just one hit while striking out four. His efforts helped keep the opposing LaCrosse bats at bay long enough to allow his team to score two runs in the ninth to tie the game 7-7 and force an extra 10th inning, but the host Loggers won it on a walk-off in the bottom of that 10th frame 8-7 at home in Wisconsin. Huschle received no decision and Mankato dropped to 20-11 this season with the loss.

Rare struggles for Mullins: This summer has been a strong one for North Bend’s Isaac Mullins with the Cowlitz Black Bears of the West Coast League. So, it could be argued he was due to have a rough outing. Well, it happened last night. Mullins, a junior-to-be pitcher at Washington State and 2015 MSHS’er, allowed three runs on two hits in just 1/3 of an inning of work for Cowlitz in their game with Yakima Valley last night over in Yakima, walking one and striking out one. He received no decision as the Black Bears fell 6-3 to the Pippins. The Valleyite, whose earned run average has been below 1.00 all season, saw it balloon to 3.60 after last night, still good, but he’ll

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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