A Valley athlete is competing for a championship tonight….and our morning round of diamond cuts to start your post-July 4 weekend…..

Good Saturday morning. We’ll have a round of diamond cuts on deck, but we first lead off the morning with a big game tonight for a Valley athlete.

Mount Si High School grad Aladdin Schirmer and his pro rugby squad, the Seattle Seawolves, are looking to claim the inaugural Major League Rugby championship and they are playing for that title tonight. Schirmer, from North Bend and who graduated from Mount Si about five years ago, is a top player on defense for the Seawolves and has played with the US Rugby Sevens during his college career, at Central Washington.

If Seattle, who is playing the Glendale Raptors from Colorado for the title on the Raptors’ home turf in suburban Denver, takes the title, it will be the first pro title for a Valley athlete since 2015, when ex-MSHS baseball player Josh Kimborowicz helped guide his minor-league baseball team, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, to the Florida State League’s championship. The FSL is a class “advanced A” league located in Florida.

Tonight’s game is being nationally televised, on the CBS Sports Network, and begins at 6:00 p.m. CBSSN is available locally on Comcast, DirecTV and Dish Network, check your listings. The Seawolves are also hosting watch parties at several restaurants around the region, including three on the Eastside:

-Postdoc Brewing, 17625 NE 65th St., Suite 100, in Redmond (at the east entrance to Marymoor Park off East Lake Sammamish Parkway NE)
-The Lodge Sports Grille, 107 Lake St. in downtown Kirkland
-Paddy Coyne’s, 700 Bellevue Way NE, in downtown Bellevue at Lincoln Square

If you are a Valley sports fan who wants to cheer on your fellow Valleyite and perhaps experience something a little different, as rugby isn’t as well known a sport around the region as major American sports such as football, baseball and basketball are, either watch the game at home tonight with your family and friends or head down and meet new friends and enjoy their camaraderie at one of the watch parties.

Go Seawolves! Now to the diamond cuts. Youth baseball and softball from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Kent Bulldogs Elite 3, Northwest Naturals 15U 0: Dawson Schneider did most of the work last night for the Sammamish-based Nats, but the heroics of the MSHS’er were not enough, as the Nats fell in the opener of a weekend tournament in Portland. Schneider offensively went 2-3 with a double, and on the mound allowed three runs on just three hits in six solid innings, walking three and striking out eight. However, the Nats were held to just four hits in the contest. Fellow Mount Si’er Cole Norah went 0-3 for NWN.

JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 13, Calgary Blues 2: Kirkland-based JBCPS opened play yesterday at the Spokane American Legion wood bat tourney blasting the Canadian team. MSHS’s Jake Mitton went 0-1 with a walk and run scored for JBCPS.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 7, West Valley Baseball 6: At the Palouse Summer Series, Bellevue-based Michael’s handled the eastern Washington team. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 0-4 for Toyota.

WW Sweets 18U 6, Seattle Braves 0: The Sweets took the Randy Gifford tournament contest last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mount Si grad Dusty Dover went 0-2 in the contest for the Sammamish-based Sweets, who also played a second game yesterday, a 12-4 win over the Diamond Jaxx from Puyallup. Dover did not play in that contest.

Kirkland Merchants 5, WW Sweets 4: A two-out triple in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded by Valleyite Aidan Dougherty cleared the bases and made things a little interesting late at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland, but the Merchants got the final out and locked the door shut on the Sammamish-based Sweets. That triple and three RBI’s accounted for Dougherty’s offense on the game.

Northwest Naturals 16U 5, Northwest Bandits Blue 3: In Sammamish last night, the host Nats scored all five of their runs in the sixth to rally for the win over the Kirkland-based Bandits. Mount Si’s Jack Mardon went 1-2 with a run scored for NWN, and fellow ‘Cat Cam Ferreri went 1-3.

Narrows Baseball 12, Seattle Gladiators 16U 0: The Gladiators were held to one hit – that by MSHS’ Jack Dougherty – in the loss to the Tacoma-based team down in Kent. Dougherty and fellow ‘Cats Mason Gronewald and Tom Phillips went a combined 1-3 with a walk, and Phillips also pitched an inning of relief for SG, and it was clean, with no runs or hits allowed. He received no decision.

Rippers 15U Black 11, River City A’s 4: The Redmond team opened a weekend tournament down in central Oregon with a win over the Tri-Cities-based A’s. Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill went 1-3 with a walk for the Rippers in the contest.

Mount Spokane Wild 11, JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 5: The tournament host Wild handled JBCPS in the nightcap last night at the American Legion event in the Lilac City, being held up at Mount Spokane High School way up on the north side of Spokane past Mead and out US 2 towards Newport. Mitton went 1-3 with a walk.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 3, Lakeside Recovery 2: The two Eastside rivals took their road show all the way south down to Columbia River High School in Vancouver, WA, and put on a hard-fought battle, won by the Bellevue-based Boys. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 0-3 for BoS, who played a second game yesterday in their weekend tournament down south – an 8-4 win over local foe Prospect United. Marenco did not play in that game for Boys.

Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 5, Michael’s Toyota 16U 4: Michael’s fell to the Puyallup team despite breaking out to a 4-0 lead after one frame over at the PSS in Pullman. Wutherich went 0-3 for Toyota in the contest.

Softball
Cedarcrest player aids Redmond team comeback win in SoCal: Cedarcrest High School’s Kenzie Brown went 1-3, helping her Redmond based Elite Diamonds ‘02 Eaton 16U club squad post a 5-4 win over the California-based Victory USA in their lone game yesterday at the American Softball Association’s Champions Cup tournament down in Irvine, CA. The Diamonds trailed 4-1 into the fourth inning but scored four runs in that frame to take the lead, then held on for the win. The Diamonds are 3-0 on the weekend and continue play today in the event.

College Summer Baseball
Valley players compete in Canadian tournament: A pair of Valley players hit the field yesterday up in Kamloops, BC, as the Pacific International League’s Redmond Dudes and Everett Merchants squared off in a game at the Kamloops International tournament. The two locals, the Dudes’ Justin “JuJu” Lutz from Fall City, and the Merchants’ Evan Johnson from Snoqualmie, went a combined 0-5 in the contest, won by Redmond 2-0. Lutz is a 2017 Mount Si HS grad and will be a sophomore this fall at Spokane Falls Community College, while Johnson is a 2014 MSHS’er and just graduated from the University of Northern Colorado.

Fall City-based Honkers fall in Kamloops: Also in Kamloops, the Fall City-based Northwest Honkers fell to their PIL rival Seattle Cheney Studs 13-1. Duvall’s Cameron Padron, a 2009 Cedarcrest HS alum, went 0-3 for the Honkers, who along with the other local teams continue play today in the tournament. The PIL squads are playing the host Kamloops Sun Devils along with an independent Seattle team, the Wallbangers, in the event.

Simpson pitches strong: North Bend’s Tanner Simpson pitched well last night for his team, the Great West League’s Medford Rogues, but the squad fell at home in 10 innings 6-4 to the visiting Yuba Sutter Gold Sox in Medford, OR. Simpson, a 2014 MSHS grad who just graduated from Lewis-Clark State in Idaho, allowed just three hits in five shutout innings of work, striking out four and receiving no decision, seeing his ERA improve to a strong 2.03.

Huschle slams door shut: North Bend’s Alden Huschle picked up his first save last night for his summer team, the Northwoods League’s Mankato MoonDogs, as they posted a 5-1 home win in Mankato, MN, over the in-state rival Willmar Stingers. Huschle, a 2016 MSHS’er who will be a junior this fall at Seattle University, allowed two hits but struck out two to drop his earned run average to an eye-popping 0.90 to get his save. He is among the team’s leaders in ERA, so look for more from him as the season winds along there in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Marenco back for Wenatchee: After a couple of days off, Mount Si grad Mason Marenco returned to the field last night for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox in their 7-6 win over the Walla Walla Sweets down in Walla Walla. Marenco went 0-5 and the North Bender, a freshman this fall at Gonzaga, saw his average drop below .300, to .299. He’ll look to get back above the .300 plateau tonight when the two teams meet at 6:30 over at Whitman College.

CHS alum Wagner hitless for Bears in blowout loss: Duvall’s Blaine Wagner went 0-2 for the Pacific International League’s Highline Bears in a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of the WCL’s Victoria HarbourCats up north in Victoria, BC, last night. Wagner, the starting right fielder for Highline, normally catches for Seattle University, where he will be a junior this fall. He is a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad.

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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