Sunday news notes….Valley athlete part of pro sports championship club, and our round of diamond cuts……

Good Sunday morning. We begin with a great piece of news for Valley sports fans.

A Valleyite won a pro sports title with his team for the first time since 2015 last night, as North Bend’s Aladdin Schirmer and his Seattle Seawolves teammates rallied from a second-half deficit to down the Colorado-based Glendale Raptors 23-19 to win the inaugural Major League Rugby title in the league’s first-ever championship game, which was held down in San Diego and nationally televised.

Schirmer, who graduated from Mount Si High School several years ago, adds this to a growing list of accomplishments in his rugby career, which includes time with the USA men’s national rugby sevens team and a stellar four years with Central Washington’s rugby program.

He becomes the first local athlete since fellow MSHS’er Josh Kimborowicz was part of the minor-league Florida State League champion Charlotte Stone Crabs team back in that 2015 season. Kimborowicz, a pitcher, aided the Tampa Bay Rays-affilated team to the title that season and is now bouncing around in independent baseball.

A congrats to Schirmer, the Seawolves and their fans on this tremendous accomplishment. Now to our diamond cuts this morning. Youth scores from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Boys of Summer 15U 17, Boise Gems 7: In Boise, Bellevue-based Boys opened play at their tournament yesterday with a win over the host Idaho team, aided by Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan, who went 1-2 with a double, run scored, two walks and two RBI’s.

Northwest Naturals 15U 16, Kitsap Ospreys 4: The Naturals rolled to the win over the Bremerton team down in Portland, aided by a pair of doubles from MSHS’s Dawson Schneider, who scored two runs and drove in two more for the Sammamish-based team.

ProPlayer 3, Seattle Gladiators 18U 0: In Kent, the PP squad held the Gladiators to two hits – among them one by MSHS’ Frankie Cepeda – to get the win. Cepeda also pitched an inning, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out another. He received no decision.

Kent Bulldogs Navy 11, Seattle Gladiators 15U 4: Mount Si’s Jake Marzetti led the Gladiators, going 2-3 with a run, as the Seattle team fell to the Kent squad in Bellevue. Fellow ‘Cat Ryan Harris went 0-1 with a walk and run scored for SG.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 3, Westside Hammers 2: The Gladiators won this on a walk-off last night at Liberty High School in Renton. Mount Si’s Jack Dougherty guided the Gladiators, going 1-3 with two walks, while fellow ‘Cat Mason Gronewald went 1-3 with a walk. A third MSHS’er, Tom Phillips, went 0-2 with a walk for SG.

Rippers 15U Black 12, City Baseball Gold 3: The Redmond team opened day two of their central Oregon weekend tournament trip with a blowout win yesterday over the Seattle team. Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill went 0-2 for the Rippers in the contest.

Seattle Tides 5, Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite 1 (game one, doubleheader): Seattle took the first of two over the Bellevue team at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard went 0-1 with a walk for the Dragons in the contest.

Thurston County Saints 6, Field of Champions 15U Black 5 (game one, doubleheader): The Preston-based Bears fell on a walk-off to open a pair down in Lacey with the host Saints. Mount Si’s Jackson Crumb went 2-4 with a double and two RBI’s pacing FoC while fellow ‘Cat Anthony Gilden went 2-4 as well with a run scored and two RBI’s. Rounding it out, a third MSHS’er, Logan Garwood, went 1-2 with a walk for the Bears. Crumb took the loss in relief for FoC, allowing two runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out four. Garwood started on the mound, allowing four runs on six hits in three innings walking three and striking out two. He received no decision.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Vancouver Cardinals 0: In Portland last night, the Bellevue-based Boys took control early and rolled to the win. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 0-3 for BoS in the contest.

Boys of Summer 15U 7, Meridian Rangers 6: McCutchan went 0-2, but walked once and scored a run, pacing Boys, who held off a late rally by the suburban Boise team to take the win in the Idaho capital.

Northwest Naturals 15U 9, Baden Black 1: NWN capped off the night in the Rose City last night rolling over the Kent-based team. Mount Si’s Cole Norah went 1-1 with two walks, a run scored and two RBI’s for the Nats, while Schneider went 0-2 with an RBI.

Baseball Beyond Borders 1, Boys of Summer 18U White 0: Bellevue-based BoS was on the short end of the pitcher’s duel last night at home in Bellevue. MSHS grad Trace Halvorson went 0-3 for BoS in the contest.

Crimson Cannons 4, Seattle Gladiators 15U 1: The Cannons took care of this one in south Seattle. Mount Si’s Jack Phillips pitched for SG, and went the distance, allowing four runs on five hits, walking five and striking out four to take the loss. He went 1-3 offensively with an RBI. Fellow ‘Cats Ryan and Scott Harris both walked once each and had a hit, and a third MSHS’er, Jake Marzetti, paced the Gladiators with a hit and their lone run of the game.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 13, Richland Knights 10: Bellevue-based Michael’s won a wild one over on the Palouse at the PSS tournament over the Tri-Cities team. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 1-1 with a walk for Toyota.

Rippers 15U Black 13, Washington A’s 5: Pudwill doubled as part of a 2-2 effort, scoring a run and driving in two more, as the Rippers blasted the Sammamish-based A’s down in central Oregon last night. The Red Wolves player also recorded a walk in the contest.

Bellingham Legion 7, JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 5: In Spokane at the American Legion wood bat tournament, the Kirkland-based JBC squad fell to a team from Whatcom County. MSHS’s Jake Mitton went 1-1 with a run scored and two RBI’s to pace JBCPS.

Thurston County Saints 4, Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 0 (game two, doubleheader): TC took the nightcap and swept the pair down in Lacey at North Thurston High School. Crumb went 1-3 pacing FoC. MSHS’s Josh Moore started on the mound and took the loss for the Bears, allowing two runs on five hits, walking one in four innings. Gilden worked the final three innings in relief for FoC, allowing two runs on two hits, walking four and striking out two. CHS’ Nate Hoyer went 0-2 in this contest for the Bears.

Seattle Tides 10, Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite 8 (game two, doubleheader): The Tides scored seven runs in the fourth to get the win in the nightcap of two in Snohomish County and sweep the pair from the Bellevue team. Baunsgard went 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored, while fellow MSHS’er Harrison Clark went 0-3 for BDE. Baunsgard also pitched in this one, allowing a hit and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings of relief for the Dragons. He recorded no decision.

WW Sweets 18U 8, Yakima Apple Packers 5: MSHS grad Dusty Dover worked this one on the mound for Sammamish-based Sweets and got the win, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, walking two and striking out two as the Sweets handled the eastern Washington squad in a tournament in Bellevue.

Northwest Naturals 16U 3, Bellevue Dragons 1: The two teams waited until the end to deliver goods in this one, with the Nats scoring all of their runs in the seventh, then holding off a late rally to seal the win over their Eastside rivals in Bellevue. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri and Jack Mardon went a combined 0-4 with an RBI for NWN in the contest.

District 9 “Majors” tourney starts: All three Snoqualmie Valley Little Leagues “Majors” (under-12) All-Star baseball teams started their runs at the District 9 tournament at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish yesterday with the Sno-Valley North LL’s squad being the lone winner of the three. They beat Bellevue West. SVLL and Falls both fell in their first round games and were relegated to the loser-out bracket. Falls plays tonight and SVLL plays tomorrow in the must-win games. As for SVNLL, they continue winner’s bracket play this morning at 11 at Beaver Lake against Bellevue East.

Softball
Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 16, Snohomish Shock 7: The Blast opened play at the Seattle ASA Metros tournament at Sprinker Rec Center in Spanaway with a win over the Snohomish-based team. Mount Si’s Sam Simmons went 0-2 for BBD, but walked twice, scored two runs and drove in another pacing the victors.

CC Athletics 9, Elite Diamonds ’02 16U 2: Despite a solid 2-3 performance from Cedarcrest’s Kenzie Brown in whcih she drove in a pair of runs, the Redmond-based Diamonds fell to the California team in the first game of their Saturday action at the ASA’s Champions Cup tournament down in Irvine, CA.

Washington Thunder 8, Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 2: Simmons hit a solo homer for the Blast in the fifth, but it proved to be a bit late as the Thunder scored five runs in the second and cruised to the win.

Explosion 12, Eltie Diamonds ’02 16U 6: Brown was 0-2 in this one as the Diamonds were unable to withstand a 17-hit attack from their opponents in the southern California nightcap last night.

College Summer Baseball
Mullins delivers for Cowlitz: On the West Coast League front, North Bend’s Isaac Mullins is back to form, dominating in relief for the Cowlitz Black Bears. He pitched an inning of relief last night for Cowlitz, with the 2015 MSHS’er, a junior this fall at Washington State, striking out two and not allowing a hit or run. He received no decision as Cowlitz rallied in the ninth to force extras, and won it in 10 3-2 over visting Bend last night at Lower Columbia College.

Johnson paces Everett rout of Canadian host team in B.C. tourney: Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson doubled, scored a run and drove in two more for the Pacific International League’s Everett Merchants as they routed the tournament host Kamloops Sun Devils 13-1 at the Kamloops International tournament up in British Columbia yesterday. Johnson is a 2014 MSHS grad and graduated this spring from the University of Northern Colorado.

Kelowna holds off Portland: Down Highway 97 in Kelowna, the West Coast League’s Falcons held off the visiting Portland Pickles 3-2 in a WCL clash last night. North Bend’s Carson Breshears returned to the lineup after a few games off for Portland and went 1-3 with a walk and run scored. He is a 2014 Mount Si grad and will be a senior this fall at Gonzaga.

MSHS alum Corra delivers for Dudes in loss: Also in Kamloops, Mount Si grad Carson Corra led the way for the Redmond Dudes in a 12-3 loss to their PIL rivals Seattle Cheney Studs. Corra, from Ames Lake and a 2017 ‘Cat alum, went 2-4 with two runs scored for Redmond. He will be a sophomore this fall at Mount Hood Community College in suburban Portland.

Wenatchee falls and Marenco hitless: North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 0-4 last night for the Wenatchee AppleSox as the WCL team fell in a close one, 3-2, to the Walla Walla Sweets in Walla Walla. Marenco, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad who will be a freshman this fall at Gonzaga after redshirting this past spring for the Bulldogs, is now hitting .284 on the season for Wenatchee.

Pro Baseball
Dominant Lane aids Tampa to win: It’s been an up-and-down season for North Bend’s Trevor Lane, but last night it was on the up as he put on a clinic on the mound to help his team to a win.

Lane, a pitcher for the minor-league Tampa Tarpons, worked two no-hit innings of relief, striking out four and receiving a “hold”, his third of the season, as the New York Yankee-affiliaed “advanced A” squad handled the Detroit Tigers-affiliated Lakeland Flying Tigers 2-1 in a Florida State League game down in Lakeland, FL.

Lane is a 2012 Mount Si HS grad and with last night’s efforts, he now boasts a 4.25 earned run average on the season, which has seen strong stretches but also some struggles as he’s been both with Tampa and the Yankees’ “AA” team in New Jersey this season.

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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