From the links and the diamond to start another beautiful weekend in the Pacific Northwest…….

Good Friday morning. Diamond cuts shortly, but a quick note from the links to start things off on this weekend eve day.

The Washington Junior Golf Association’s District Two held its final regular season tournament yesterday as it gets ready for its postseason next week. Three Valley golfers, all from Snoqualmie, competed in yesterday’s tournament, at Bear Creek Country Club in Redmond, with the headliner being Kasey Maralack. The future MSHS golfer, and sister of Mount Si grad – and University of Hartford women’s golfer – Caitlin Maralack, fired a 76 to finish in second in the girls’ 14-15 age group, one shot behind age group winner Gihoe Seo. Kasey has qualified to compete in next week’s district tournament, to take place this coming Monday and Tuesday over in Kingston.

Also representing the Valley in that event will be Sage Phelps, in the boys’ 16-17 age group. He finished well back in yesterday’s tournament, as did fellow local Robbie Nielsen, also competing in that age division. Nielsen missed out on qualifying for the district event and will not be competing in next week’s tournament.

The WJGA’s District Two tournament, which will determine entrants to the upcoming WJGA state tournament, will be at White Horse Golf Club.

As we noted yesterday, there will be several local golfers competing as well in the WJGA’s District Six event, being held down in Orting, also this coming Monday and Tuesday. That event also will determine entrants to the WJGA state tournament, to be held in Renton in a couple of weeks.

Now to our baseball and softball. Youth baseball and softball action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Northwest Naturals 16U 4, Northwest Futures 2: The Sammamish-based Naturals handled the Portland-area team at a tournament down at Oregon State University yesterday afternoon, paced by Mount Si’s Jack Mardon, who went 1-2 with a run scored and RBI. Fellow ‘Cat Cam Ferreri went 0-2 for the Nats in the contest.

Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 8, WW Sweets 14U 7: It was a wild one down in Kent last night in the first round of the Seattle Elite League’s 15U “B” playoffs as the third-seeded Bears, from Preston, won it on a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh after the Sammamish-based Sweets, seeded sixth, scored three in the top of that frame to tie things at 7-7. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson paced FoC, going 2-4 with a triple and run scored. Fellow ‘Cat Kevin Corder also tripled for the Bears, walked twice and scored two runs. Future MSHS’er Aidan Dougherty paced Sweets, going 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.

Boys of Summer 18U White 10, Baden Red 5: Mount Si grad Trace Halvorson had a huge game for Bellevue-based Boys last night, homering as part of a 4-4 effort, scoring twice and driving in three more, as BoS doubled up the Kent-based Baden at a tournament in Centralia. The homer, a three-run shot in the fifth, was the big blow of what turned out to be a five-run inning for Boys, who used that to break a 4-4 tie and then they cruised from there to lock the win up.

Washington A’s 18U Gold 12, Puyallup Knights 6: 2017 Mount Si grad Nick Solomon, a sophomore this fall at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, fired four innings of one-hit relief, striking out six, and got the win for the Sammamish-based A’s as they doubled up the Puyallup team on neutral soil in Tacoma. 2018 MSHS’er Will Scott also played, and scored a run with no official at-bats reported.

California Prospects 8, Northwest Naturals 16U 5: Ferreri and Mardon went a combined 0-4 for the Naturals in their loss to the California team last night down at the OSU tournament, which continues today.

Little League District 9: In the “Majors” (under-12) tournament, Falls Little League’s team was eliminated with a loss to Issaquah on Wednesday, joining the Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s team, who was knocked out earlier this week with a loss as well to those same Issy kids. This leaves Sno-Valley North as the remaining Valley league in the tournament, and they play a loser-out game tonight against Mercer Island after falling Wednesday night in their winner’s bracket semi to Kirkland American.

Another loss for Carter, Ladyhawks in the Windy City: After starting the DeMarini Showcase tournament in suburban Chicago yesterday morning with a pair of losses which we reported here yesterday afternoon, the Puyallup-based Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller team, and their Valley rep, Cedarcrest High School’s Michaela Carter, looked to right the ship last night against the Chicago-based Illinois Bandits 18U Premier Conroy. However, the home side scored the win, taking it 9-4 over the Hawks. Carter went 0-3 for WLH, who continues play in the event through this weekend. Earlier yesterday, the Hawks fell to a 16U team from that same Illinois Bandits Premier club, along with a team from New Jersey.

College Summer Baseball
Breshears paces Portland blowout: North Bend’s Carson Breshears went 1-3 with three runs scored and two RBI’s for the West Coast League’s Portland Pickles as they hammered the visiting Walla Walla Sweets 12-0 last night down in Portland. Breshears, a senior this fall at Gonzaga and 2014 Mount Si HS grad, is hitting .279 this summer as the starting second baseman for the Pickles. They host Kelowna tonight.

Honkers routed at home: In Pacific International League action last night at Fall City Community Park, the host Northwest Honkers fell to the visiting Seattle Cheney Studs 8-2. Duvall’s Cameron Padron paced the Honkers, going 1-3, while teammate John Wuthrich also had a hit for NWH. They are now 12-20 on the season.

North Bend’s Huschle dinged a bit on hill, but MoonDogs hold on: A rare rough outing for North Bend’s Alden Huschle on the mound didn’t stop his team, the Northwoods League’s Mankato MoonDogs, from posting a win. Huschle, a junior this fall and 2016 MSHS’er, allowed three runs on two hits, walked one and struck out two, in just 2/3 of an inning in the MoonDogs game at home in Minnesota last night against Rochester, and it made things interesting late, but Mankato held on and posted the 5-4 win. Huschle received no decision but saw his ERA bump up to 3.38, still good, but he’ll definitely look to bounce back next time out. Mankato with the win moves to 27-18 on the season.

Marenco picks it up: North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 2-4 last night for the Wenatchee Apple Sox as they fell at home in West Coast League action 10-4 to the Bellingham Bells. Marenco, a freshman this fall at Gonzaga after redshirting this spring, is the starting second baseman for the Sox and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad. The Sox and Bells continue their series tonight as it shifts to Bellingham for three this weekend. Game time is 6:30 up at Joe Martin Field off I-5 in Bellingham.

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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