Valley duo combines to help deliver dramatic win for Sammamish-based team at Oregon baseball tourney, plus the diamond cuts and some news from the links…..

This summer has seen quite a few baseball players from Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools make an impact for their summer travel teams, but yesterday proved to be especially special for a pair of Wildcat JV’ers who combined to help their team steal a heartstopping win.

With fellow ‘Cat Jack Mardon on third base in the bottom of the seventh and two out with the game tied 6-6 with opposing Portland Baseball Club after the Oregon team scored twice in the top of the frame to tie the tournament game at Oregon State University yesterday morning, Cam Ferreri lined the first pitch he saw into center field to score Mardon with the game-winning run for the Northwest Naturals 16U squad from Sammamish as they won it 7-6 over PBC.

The walk-off magic capped off a stellar game for Ferreri. He went 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s to lead the Nats, and he also doubled in the contest. Mardon tripled, walked and scored two runs for NWN, who continued play yesterday afternoon. More on that game and the rest of our youth baseball now, with coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions Bears 14U Black 9, Baden 3: The Seattle Elite League 14U “Silver” playoff top-seeded Bears wasted no time in maintaining their strong playoff push last night, handling the Kent-based team with the help of future MSHS’er Harrison Kelly, who went 2-3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI’s to lead FoC to the win. Fellow local Ryan Gerlitz also pitched in, going 1-4 with two runs. A third future ‘Cat, Drew Hiddleson, also played for the Bears and went 0-3.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 11, Seattle Stars 6: Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI for Bellevue-based Boys as they took this one from the North Sound-centric Stars at Bellevue College.

Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite 10, Victoria Eagles 2: The third inning was the decider in this one down in Centralia yesterday, as the Canadian team scored a pair of runs only to see the Bellevue-based squad score nine times in their half of the frame to take the victory. Mount Si’s Harrison Clark went 1-1 for BDE while fellow ‘Cat Troy Baunsgard walked twice, scored a run and drove another one in for the Dragons.

Boys of Summer 18U White 3, Hogden Distributing 0: Also down in Centralia, the Bellevue-based Boys got a solid pitching effort from their pitcher, Mike Morgan, in the win; he hurled a two-hitter and struck out 10 in a complete game effort. MSHS grad Trace Halvorson went 0-3 for BoS in the contest.

Northwest Naturals 16U 6, 503 Baseball 1: It was back to earth for Ferreri and Mardon after their previously-noted walkoff heroics in the opening game of the day for the Sammamish-based Nats, as the two Wildcats both went hitless (a combined 0-5) but NWN continued its winning ways anyway handling the Oregon-based team in their nightcap.

Little League: The two remaining teams from Valley Little Leagues are still in the running for the District 9 “Majors” (under-12) baseball title. Falls won their loser-out game Tuesday with Bellevue East and plays tonight against Issaquah, who eliminated Snoqualmie Valley’s All-Stars Monday in a loser-out clash. Sno-Valley North was scheduled to play last night in a winner’s bracket game, with no report on that now. If SVNLL won, they’ll play again Saturday.

Softball: Redmond team wins pool play in San Diego with aid from Valleyite despite mixed results in second day
It was a mixed day yesterday for the Redmond-based Elite Diamonds Pluschke as they finished up pool play at the Triple Crown 14U World Series in San Diego.

The opposing El Monte Dukes from California broke a 4-4 tie scoring a run in the sixth and took the morning opener over the Diamonds 5-4 despite committing six errors. Cedarcrest High School’s Payton Pluschke led the Valley duo on the Diamonds; the daughter of head coach, and CHS girls’ basketball assistant, Mike Pluschke went 1-2 with a walk and run scored for EDP. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 0-3 for the Diamonds in this one.

The team then had lunch then returned yesterday afternoon to take on California Gold from the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove. Both teams exchanged runs in the third and fourth innings with the two teams ending the time-limited contest in a 5-5 tie. Pluschke went 1-2 while Huntzinger did not play in the contest.

The Diamonds won their pool going 2-1-1 and are seeded first in their portion of the championship bracket with the playoffs starting today.

College Summer Baseball
Valley players see action on home soil in PIL game: The Fall City-based Northwest Honkers took a Pacific International League contest 4-1 last night at home at the Fall City Community Park over the visiting Everett Merchants. Valley players competed for both teams, with the two, Duvall’s Cameron Padron for the Honkers and Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson for the Merchants, going a combined 0-3 in the contest. The Honkers host the Seattle Cheney Studs tonight in Fall City.

Wagner hitless in Highline loss: Cedarcrest grad Blaine Wagner went 0-4 yesterday for the PIL’s Highline Bears as they were doubled up on the road by the West Coast League’s Port Angeles Lefties 4-2 at Civic Field in Port Angeles. Wagner, from Duvall and who will be a junior this fall at Seattle U., is the Bears starting right fielder. He normally catches for the Redhawks during the college baseball season.

Breshears hitless for Portland in loss: Mount Si grad Carson Breshears also struggled, also going 0-4, as his Portland Pickles fell in a WCL clash to the visiting Walla Walla Sweets 2-1 last night down in PDX. Breshears, the starting second baseman for Portland, is hitting .276 on the season, which started late as he joined the team following his college season ending with Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. Breshears is from North Bend and will be a senior this fall with the Bulldogs.

Golf: Snoqualmie’s Neil wins final WJGA regular-season district event
Snoqualmie teen Cooper Neil took the boys’ 14-15 age division in dramatic fashion yesterday at the Washington Junior Golf Association’s District Six regular-season tournament at Brookdale Golf Course in Spanaway, with a birdie on the 18th hole to finish with a one-under round of 70 and a one-stroke win over the runner-up Mats Lund. Neil will be one of six Valley youngsters to compete in next week’s district tournament in Orting.

Among the others will be fellow Snoqualmie resident Hogan Warford, who finished in a tie for fourth in that age group after a round of 75, five shots back of Neil.

The rest from the Valley who will be in next week’s district event include Fall City’s Cole Bostwick, Snoqualmie’s Drew Warford and Shane Russell, and North Bend’s Megan Hodgson. All except for Drew Warford competed in yesterday’s tournament, with mixed results for all of the competitors.

WJGA’s District Two has its final tournament before its postseason today, with Valley golfers led by Snoqualmie’s Kasey Maralack expected to participate.

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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