Diamond cuts aplenty on a Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning. Baseball on the ledger today.

We first lead off with the Little League District 9 “Majors” (under-12) all-star tournament. Snoqualmie Valley’s time in the tournament sadly proved to be brief, as they were eliminated Monday night with a loss to Issaquah.

The SVLL’s team fell 12-2 to the Issy squad in the loser-out game at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish; Snoqualmie Valley also fell on Sunday in the opening game of the tournament. Jake Patton led SVLL, going 1-3 with a double and both Snoqualmie Valley RBI’s, while Isaac Bruce went 2-2 with a run scored. Blake Forrest also scored a run for SVLL.

We have no report from last night’s loser out game involving Falls Little League for you, and tonight, Sno-Valley North’s team looks to advance a step closer to the district title game as they play in the winner’s bracket at 6:00 p.m. against Kirkland American. Admission is free and if SVNLL wins, they play again on Saturday for a trip to the finals.

Also this morning from the Little League front:

Another district softball champion for Sno-Valley North: Many of the top players currently playing with Cedarcrest’s softball program won district tournaments with SVNLL in recent years. Well, get to know the following names, because you may see them have similar success perhaps for the Red Wolves in the coming years: Celeste Lyons, Lexi Beck, Lily Rafferty, Gabi Harrington, Peyton Hayes, Jordan Krivanek, Kylee Palmer, Teigan Robertson, Ridley Deklotz, Taylor Freiheit and Savannah Livingstone. These girls are this year’s Sno-Valley North “Minors” (under-11) All-Stars, and Monday they took the District 9 “Minors” softball title beating Kirkland American/National at Robinswood Park in Bellevue in the title game. It was the second straight win for SVNLL over Kirkland to get the crown. A SVLL/Falls combined crew teamed with Issaquah and finished fourth in the tournament.

The state tournament for Little League’s “Minors” All-Star softball starts on Saturday in Shoreline. Good luck girls.

Now to the rest of the youth baseball, with it all courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPads and IPhones in their app store.

Boys of Summer 15U 5, City Baseball Navy 1: An amazing night on the hill last night for a Mount Si High School player guided Bellevue-based Boys to the win on Mercer Island over the Seattle-based City. Turner McCutchan pitched a one-hitter, allowing an unearned run on that one hit, walking four and striking out one to get the win in a very efficient 78 pitches as Boys roared out to a 3-0 lead after one and rode McCutchan’s arm the rest of the way to the victory.

Washington A’s 18U Gold 5, Narrows Baseball Premier 3 (game one, doubleheader): The A’s took the first of two at home over the Tacoma-area team with the help of a pair of MSHS grads. Will Scott, who walked the aisle last month, went 1-2 with a triple, scored two runs, walked once and also drove a run. 2017 Wildcat alum Nick Solomon picked up the save working three innings of relief for the A’s, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out two.

Bainbridge Mavericks 20, Rippers 16U 0 (game one, doubleheader): The Redmond-based Rippers hopped on the ferry for the twinbill last night on Bainbridge Island and were rudely welcomed in the first game, as the Bainbridge bats unloaded for 15, yes 15, first-inning runs and cruised from there. Cedarcrest’s Gavin McDermott laid claim to the lone Ripper hit in the contest and went 1-2. He also stole a base.

Kirkland Merchants 9, Rippers 15U Black 6: The Kirkland team scored seven runs over the final two innings to stun the Redmond-based Rippers at Redmond High School. Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill went 1-3 for the Rippers in this one.

Northwest Naturals 15U 5, Bellevue Baseball 1: Mount Si’s Dawson Schneider led the Sammamish-based Nats to the win over host BBC at Bellevue High School. He went 2-3 with a double and three RBI’s as NWN scored four unanswered runs over the final three innings to break a 1-1 tie and take the win. Fellow Wildcat Cole Norah went 0-3 with a run scored for the Nats.

Northwest Naturals 16U 8, NorCal Valley 3: Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri delivered the goods for the Nats as the Sammamish team won the opener of a tournament down at Oregon State University last night. He tripled, part of a 3-4 effort that saw him drive in two as NWN rolled. Fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon also contributed to the Nats’ cause, going 1-4 with a run scored.

Field of Champions Bears 14U Black 5, FM Sports 3: The Preston-based FoC is seeded first overall in the Seattle Elite League’s 14U “Silver” division playoffs after an 18-5 record this summer, and they showed why they deserved the top seed with the opening-round playoff win last night at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore over the Redmond-based team. Future Wildcats Ryan Gerlitz, Drew Hiddleson and Harrison Kelly all played in the contest for the Bears, combining to go 0-7 with two walks and two runs scored. FoC plays again tonight in a playoff semifinal at Eastlake High School in Sammamish.

Northwest Bandits 12, Seattle Gladiators 16U 0: The Kirkland-based Bandits applied a lot of pressure with the bats last night as they rolled over the Gladiators at Jackson High School in Mill Creek. Mount Si’s Mason Gronewald went 1-2 in the contest and also pitched a little, walking two batters without getting an out in relief. Fellow Wildcat Jack Dougherty also played both ways, going 0-2 and pitching a perfect inning following Gronewald’s brief stint. Neither local player received a decision.

Narrows Baseball Premier 5, Washington A’s 18U Gold 3 (game two, doubleheader): Narrows built an early 5-0 lead and took the nightcap at Eastlake High School in Sammamish to split the twinbill. Scott pitched two innings for the A’s, allowing two hits and striking out two. He received no decision.

Bainbridge Mavericks 10, Rippers 16U 1 (game two, doubleheader): The nightcap proved to be pretty much the same result as the opener for the Rippers – a blowout but McDermott did most of the damage for the Redmond side, going 1-2 with the team’s lone RBI. Fellow Red Wolve Curt Nelson, who did not play the opener, saw action in the nightcap but went 0-2 as Bainbridge locked down the sweep of the twinbill.

College Summer Baseball
Honkers win slugfest: Fall City’s Northwest Honkers took a non-conference slugfest at home at Fall City Community Park last night, beating the Seattle Wallbangers 11-9. John Wuthrich paced the Pacific International League’s Honkers, going 2-5 with a run scored and RBI. Duvall’s Cameron Padron did not play for NWH in last night’s tilt.

Dudes blanked: The Seattle Cheney Studs posted a 9-0 PIL shutout of the Redmond Dudes last night in Seattle. Mount Si grads Drew Cotto and Jake Brady, along with Snoqualmie’s Riley Gill, a Skyline High School grad, all went 0-3 for the Dudes in the contest. Cotto attends Corban College, while Brady attends the University of Puget Sound and Gill attends the University of San Francisco.

Mallot on mound: Duvall’s Riley Mallot took to the hill last night in the Great West League for the San Francisco Seals in their road game with the Medford Rogues in Oregon. The CHS alum, attending Columbia Basin College in Pasco, struck out one in 2/3 of an inning of work, receiving no decision for the Seals as they were blown out by the Rogues 11-3. North Bend’s Tanner Simpson, a pitcher for the Rogues, did not play for Medford in the contest.

Valleyites do the damage in Portland win: Valleyites Carson Breshears and Adam Davenport were big factors for the West Coast League’s Portland Pickles as they survived a 10-7 slugfest with the visiting Walla Walla Sweets at Lents Park in Portland last night. Breshears, from North Bend, went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s, and Davenport, from Duvall, locked down his first save as a Pickle, allowing a hit and walk in one inning of work, but striking out two. Breshears is a Mount Si grad while Davenport graduated from Cedarcrest. The two teams play tonight.

Wenatchee wins: With two big wildfires burning to the city’s south, the Wenatchee AppleSox avoided the distractions and posted a 6-2 West Coast League win last night at home in Wenatchee over the visiting Bellingham Bells. North Bend’s Mason Marenco, a Mount Si HS grad, went 1-4 for the Sox in the contest. The two teams play again tonight at Wenatchee Valley College.

Minor League Baseball
North Bend’s Lane gets job done, but the stats don’t reflect it: It was a good night for North Bend’s Trevor Lane on the hill for his minor league team, the Tampa Tarpons. He pitched two good innings, allowing three hits while striking out one. He was charged with a blown save, however, as host Jupiter tied the game with a run while Lane was pitching in the sixth. The New York Yankees-affiliated Tarpons, though, broke that 3-3 tie with a run in the ninth and beat the Miami Marlins-affiliated Hammerheads in the Florida State “advanced A” League game 4-3. Lane’s ERA now after last night sits at 4.03.

Karalus also works: Lane’s fellow 2012 Mount Si High School alum Reece Karalus, also from North Bend, also saw action on the mound last night down in the FSL – this for his Charlotte Stone Crabs. Karalus worked two innings as well, allowing a run on three hits and walking three for the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated team in their 5-1 home loss in Port Charlotte, FL, to the New York Mets-affiliated St. Lucie Mets. Karalus received no decision and his ERA bumped up slightly, to 2.96.

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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