News on this Saturday…..

Good morning. Time now for our news, and we start with volleyball.

The Kent-based Kent Juniors’ 12’s trip to the USA Volleyball girls’ club national tournament wrapped up this morning in Detroit with them finishing winless; they fell to teams from Colorado and Iowa yesterday and finished out play this morning falling to a team from St. Louis. The squad, coached by Mount Si head coach Bonnie Foote and which features her daughter Isabelle, played eight matches in the event, and despite not winning any of them, hopefully learned a lot about themselves and what they will need to do as players, both individually and as a team, to get better as they advance into higher levels of play both at the club and school levels. Their competition this week was quite challenging, to say the least, so hopefully everyone had fun back there, met new friends from around the country, and enjoyed the fruits of their hard work this season.

We head west now for the rest of our coverage, and offer KJ our congrats on a great season, and we wish all of the girls good luck in their future volleyball endeavors.

Phoenix update: Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Blue continues on a roll at the Volleyball Festival tournament in Phoenix. The team, with Mount Si’s Megan Underbrink, went 3-0 again yesterday and now sits 6-0 on the weekend and begins a quest for the tournament title later today in the event, as its 11th seed in the 16U division.

Meanwhile, two other NWJ’s squads sit at 3-3. The 18’s, with Wildcats Dana Dolan and Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen, beat two of three Arizona opponents yesterday to move to 3-3 thus far on the weekend, and among the opponents today is the USA U-18 national deaf volleyball team, so for NWJ, it will be a chance to open their eyes a bit and see how their opponents compete and succeed despite being hearing impaired. And the 15’s, with Lexi Niehaus and Megan Simpson, fell to 3-3 after going 1-2 yesterday. Also, Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 17’s are also at 3-3 on the weekend after going 1-2 yesterday. This squad, featuring Mount Si’s Bellah Gogan, along with the remaining teams, continue pool play today.

AbZero racking up wins in Anaheim: Mercer Island-based Absolute Zero is in a groove down at the Summer Soiree in Anaheim. AbZero’s 18U team, with MSHS’ Dana Kenow, swept three southern California opponents last night in the second day of action at the weekend tournament, and now has won four in a row dating back to their nightcap win over a Hawaii team to close out the first night of play on Thursday. Two more California teams, and a third from Whatcom County, are on tap today for the Eastside squad.

Youth baseball
Youth baseball coverage featuring Valley players and their club teams competing in weekend tournament action all over the place – from right here in the local area all the way down to California – comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Boys of Summer 15U 11, Portland Baseball 2: Bellevue-based Boys rolled to the win down in Portland yesterday with Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan making some noise, going 1-3 for BoS in this one. He did not play in their second game of the day, a 12-1 Boys rout last night over a team from Hillsboro, OR.

WW Sweets 14U 3, Northwest Naturals 15U 2: Future MSHS’er Aidan Dougherty led the way for the Sweets in the win over their Sammamish rivals last night at Skyline High School. Dougherty doubled, part of a 3-3 effort which saw him score a run and drive in another. Current ‘Cat Dawson Schneider also had a double for the Nats, and a second current MSHS’er, Cole Norah, added a hit and run scored to the cause for NWN. Schneider took the loss despite pitching five solid innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out two.

Rippers 16U 7, Northwest Blaze 5: A wild first inning between the two teams, in which a combined 10 runs were scored, settled way down into a pitcher’s duel the rest of the way, with the Redmond-based team winning it under the lights last night down in southwest Washington’s Clark County. Cedarcrest’s Gavin McDermott and Curt Nelson both went 0-1 for the Rippers, but each player walked once and scored a run as well, with McDermott also driving in a run.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 5, Hodgen Distributing 4: Bellevue-based Michael’s responded to a Hodgen game-tying four-run rally in the sixth scoring a run of their own in the frame to take this one over at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 1-1 for Michael’s in this one.

Washington Rush 8, Boys of Summer 18U White 0: The Rush scored all eight of their runs in the second inning to sink the Bellevue-based Boys at the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman. MSHS grad Trace Halvorson went 0-2 for BoS in this one. He did not play in the nightcap for Boys last night, a loss to the Walla Walla Bears.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 9, Baden Black 3: Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 2-4 with two runs scored, guiding BoS to a win at the Josh Dickerson tournament in Seattle over the Kent-based Baden.

Baden Premier 6, Washington A’s 18U Gold 2: Mount Si grads Tank Brewster and Will Scott shared pitching duties last night for the Sammamish-based A’s in their Dickerson tournament loss at Courter Field (Bellevue College) in Bellevue. Brewster pitched four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits, walking five and striking out four, while Scott worked three innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits, striking out four. Brewster took the loss.

Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 12, Kirkland Merchants 4: The Eastside rivals took their road show all the way down to Portland last night with the Preston-based Bears posting the win with the help of Mount Si’s Kevin Corder and Andrew Edson. Corder went 2-4 with three stolen bases and three runs scored, while Edson added a hit, run scored and RBI to the cause for FoC.

Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 13, Baseball Beyond Borders 0: Also down in PDX, this group of Bears rolled to a twin, with Mount Si’s Jackson Crumb leading the way. He doubled as part of a 3-3 effort, scoring twice and driving in four more runs for FoC. Fellow Wildcat Anthony Gilden walked twice and scored two runs for the Bears, and Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 0-1 with a walk.

Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 11, Washington Rush White 0: The Dragons hit the road to Everett and rolled to a win over the host Rush, aided by Valleyites aplenty. Future Mount Si’er Ryan Llewellyn led the Valley delegation for the Dragons, with a double, run scored and two RBI’s. Fellow future ‘Cat Brady Hossfeld added two hits and a run scored, and a third soon-to-be MSHS’er, Chris Jarocki, went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI. A fourth Valleyite, Hayden Weaver, delivered on the hill for BDG, pitching five innings of two-hit ball, striking out two and walking one to get the win.

California Warriors ’20 Elite 7, Northwest Naturals 16U 6: The Naturals scored three times in the seventh, but got no closer as they fell under the lights last night in the opener of a weekend tournament in northern California. Mount Si’s Jack Mardon and Cam Ferreri went a combined 0-5 for the Sammamish-based Nats with an RBI in this one.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 5, Pasco Sun Devils 2: The Bellevue-based Michael’s handled the Tri-Cities team in their nightcap last night in Walla Walla. Wutherich went 0-3 for Toyota.

Valley players and teams are out and about this weekend at tournaments around the western United States. Action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 4: HeyBucket Gold 3: Bellevue took the opener of this weekend’s USA Preps tournament down in Las Vegas aided by Mount Si’s Sam Simmons, who went 1-3.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 8, Texas Blaze Carpenter 2: The Puyallup-based Hawks beat the heat down in Boulder, CO, at the IDT tournament, blasting the Texas team. Cedarcrest’s Michaela Carter went 0-3, but reached base twice on Blaze errors (of which the Texas ladies had a total of seven of them), scored a run and drove in a second.

Elite Diamonds ’03 14U 7, Washington Angels Barcomb 4: The Redmond-based Diamonds rallied from a 2-0 deficit midway through their first-round clash at the National Softball Association of Washington’s 14 “A” state tournament in the Tri-Cities to beat the local Tri-Cities squad and advance. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke and Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went a combined 0-5 with a walk in the contest for the Diamonds.

Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 8, SoCal Dynasty 1: Simmons again went 1-3 for the Blast as they rolled to a win over the California team in the middle game of their three yesterday in Sin City.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 7, Indiana Magic 5: The ‘Hawks took it in walk-off fashion last night down in Boulder, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth to break a 5-5 tie and pick up another win. Carter went 1-2.

Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 8, New Mexico Elite 7: Bellevue won a wild one over the New Mexico team to close out the day down in Vegas. Simmons went 1-3 again, but this time drove in a run pacing the Blast.

Other NSA: In addition to the two Valleyites mentioned earlier with the Diamonds at the NSA tournament, a second Wildcat player and her club team are also in the event this weekend. Sophomore-to-be Ginger Harris and her Bellevue Blast ’03 squad are competing in the 14U’s “B” division tournament. Harris did not play either of the two games Bellevue competed in last night over there in eastern Washington – both of which were victories, one over the Issaquah Flame Red.

Not a good day in Boulder for Gronewald, AbBlast Rinehart: Yesterday proved to not be a great one for Woodinville’s Absolute Blast Rhinehart at the Boulder IDT. The local 18U Gold squad, featuring a primarily Kingco 4A roster including Mount Si’s Abby Gronewald and coached by longtime Woodinville softball parent Clint Rhinehart, was outscored 26-4 in two losses yesterday to close out pool play at the Boulder event, by teams from Arizona and California. Bracket play for them and the Ladyhawks in the event starts today.

Sparkler/Fireworks: It was a busy Friday in the heat down in Denver at the Sparkler and Fireworks tournaments for the several local teams with Valley players in the event.

The 16U’s Seattle Sundodgers, with MSHS’ Molly Wilbourne, had a 3-0 day yesterday, closing out pool play with a pair of wins over teams from Chicago and Connecticut, then opening the playoff rounds last night beating local rivals Northwest Lady Bandits Black, from Kirkland. The remaining teams all split their games yesterday. The Snohomish-based Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek, with MSHS grad – and Molly’s older sister – Lauren Wilbourne and CHS grad Elaine Townley, the Team Seattle 14U, with Elaine’s sister – and future CHS’er – Kat Townley, and the Auburn-based Washington Acers 16U Orange, with MSHS’ Hope Bostick, all went 1-1 on Friday. TS beat an Arkansas team but fell to one from Austin, TX, while Acers beat a Utah team but fell to one from Wichita, KS, and Batbusters handled an Illinois team but lost to one from San Diego. Play for all teams continues today.

College Summer Baseball
Honkers blanked: The Pacific International League’s Fall City-based Northwest Honkers were limited to just seven hits last night in a 10-0 shutout loss to the Seattle Cheney Studs down in Tacoma. John Wuthrich had one of those pacing the Honkers, who are in action again today.

Simpson falls for first time this season: North Bend’s Tanner Simpson allowed five runs on 10 hits in four innings of work for the Medford Rogues in the first game of a doubleheader last night with the Chico Heat at home in Medford, OR. The pitcher, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad who just graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, took his first loss of the season to drop to 3-1 as the Rogues fell 8-3 in that game to the Heat. Chico ended up sweeping the Great West League twinbill, taking the nightcap as well 5-3.

Portland wins in WCL, aided by Valleyites: The Portland Pickles won big last night in West Coast League action at home, taking their game 16-0 over the visiting Bend Elks at Lents Park in the Rose City. Valleyites factored in, too – North Bend’s Carson Breshears went 0-3, but walked twice and scored four runs, and Duvall’s Adam Davenport closed out the game on the mound, striking out two in his one inning of work and helping two other pitchers finish out a combined one-hitter of the Elks.

Pro Baseball
North Bend’s Lane rocked: Last night was not a good one for North Bend’s Trevor Lane on the hill in the minor leagues. The 2012 Mount Si HS grad struggled, allowing four runs on three hits in one inning of work for the New York Yankees-affiliated Tampa Tarpons in their 10-4 road loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs in a Florida State League class “advanced A” game down in Port Charlotte, FL. Lane’s fellow Valleyite and 2012 MSHS classmate Reece Karalus did not see action in the contest for the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Stone Crabs. Lane in his outing last night received no decision, but saw his ERA balloon up to 4.78.

“Kimbo” takes care of business: North Bend’s Josh Kimborowicz had another good outing last night on the independent circuit, scoring a win for his River City Rascals.

The pitcher, a 2010 Mount Si HS grad, allowed three runs on six hits in six solid innings, walking two and striking out four, as River City, based in suburban St. Louis, handled the Evansville Otters 5-3 in a Frontier League game last night in Evansville, IN. “Kimbo” moves to 2-2 on the season with a solid earned run average of 3.23 for River City, who moved to within a half-game of the West Division lead in the league, at 23-20. Ahead of them – the Otters, so a win tonight for the Rascals would put them in the division lead.

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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