More good news for Valley pro baseball players and the rest of the news from the diamond and the links on a Friday….

Good Friday morning. Diamond cuts to start your weekend with and we have some good news to report from the pros. The Valley’s two professional baseball players have had a very successful week.

We told you yesterday about the Tampa Bay Rays promoting North Bend pitcher Reece Karalus from the class “advanced A” level of minor league baseball up to “AA”. Well, just about 24 hours after that promotion was announced, Karalus’ fellow Valleyite and 2012 Mount Si classmate Trevor Lane also received the same good news. His major league organization, the New York Yankees, promoted him from the “advanced A” ranks up to “AA.”

He made an appearance on Wednesday night for the Yankees’ “AA” team in Trenton, NJ, called the Thunder, and it went well. He pitched two shutout innings and allowed four hits in a 6-1 Trenton win over the Reading Phillies, a Philadelphia Phillies affiliate, in Reading, PA, in an Eastern League contest. The Thunder and Phillies are both members of that “AA” league, while Karalus’ club, the Montgomery Biscuits in Alabama, are part of the Southern League.

Lane, after starting the season and doing very well with the Yankees’ “advanced A” team in Tampa, FL, was promoted to Trenton in May and pitched briefly with them at that time. He struggled, recording a 13.50 earned run average in three outings during that stint, and was sent back to Tampa to continue pitching with the Tarpons. He’s had a few rough patches, but ended up with a 1-3 record and good 3.97 earned run average for that team, giving him another chance at the “AA” stuff.

This weekend, the Thunder are playing the Hartford Yard Goats in ESPN’s backyard of central Connecticut. First pitch this afternoon is at 4:00pm our time followed by a 3:00 pm start tomorrow and 2:00 pm start on Sunday. All of the games, as well as all of Trenton’s remaining games on the schedule, are available on MILB.tv, and we’ll have a schedule page for you later today on the website so you can catch all the action. Same goes for Karalus and his Biscuits, and they are playing Pensacola this weekend on the Florida Gulf Coast.

College summer action now:

Mullins on hill: In the West Coast League last night, Bellingham’s Bells smacked visiting Cowlitz 11-1 up at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham. North Bend’s Isaac Mullins pitched for the Black Bears, allowing a run on two hits, walking one and striking out two receiving no decision. He is a 2015 Mount Si High School grad and will be a junior this fall at Washington State University.

Big night for Marenco, but Wenatchee falls: Also in the WCL, North Bend’s Mason Marenco led the way for Wenatchee, but three runs in the eighth lifted the visiting Port Angeles Lefties to a 5-3 win over the Apple Sox at Wenatchee Valley College. The 2017 Mount Si HS grad and WCL All-Star second baseman went 3-4 with an RBI last night for the Sox, bumping his average up to a solid .307 this summer for Wenatchee. He will be a freshman this fall at Gonzaga after redshirting there this spring.

And some youth action as well, coming from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Seattle Wave 18U 8, Michael’s Toyota 16U 1: In Bellevue yesterday the Michael’s squad fell to the Wave. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 0-2 for Toyota in the contest.

Walla Walla Bears 18U 2, Michael’s Toyota 16U 1: The Bellevue-based Michael’s also was on the short end of this one against the eastern Washington team at Bannewrood Park in Bellevue. Wutherich again went 0-2. He also pitched two innings, and they were perfect, with one strikeout. He received no decision.

Golf: Snoqualmie teen unable to repeat as WJGA boys’ golf champion
The title reign for Snoqualmie’s Drew Warford on the Washington Junior Golf Association tour came to an end yesterday as he was unable to defend his 2017 WJGA state title.

Warford fired another 73 on the Fairwood Golf and Country Club layout in Renton and finished with a one-over par 215 for three rounds and a tie for fifth in the boys’ 16-18 age group. Tacoma’s Clayton Thatcher, one of four others the Mount Si High School golf star was tied with for the lead after the first round on Tuesday, took the title, carding a 68 yesterday and finishing with a three-under 210 and one stroke ahead of runner-up Sean Kato from Redmond. Sammamish’s John Hayes was third and Tahoma High School’s Colt Sherrell, from Maple Valley and who Warford beat back in May for the WIAA 4A state high school boys’ golf title, took fourth.

Drew’s brother Hogan also competed yesterday and finished in a tie for 10th – along with Colt Sherrell’s brother Luke – in the boys’ 14-15 age group. Hogan Warford fired a 75 and finished with a +19 over par 233 for his three rounds. The Warford’s were the only two of five Valley golfers who competed in this week’s WJGA state tournament that made the final round yesterday. The other three – Shane Russell, Kasey Maralack and Cooper Neil – all missed the cut for the final round after the second round on Wednesday.

Next up on the youth boys’ calendar is the Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s junior boys’ tournament happening the weekend of August 13-17 over in Caldwell, ID, outside of Boise. Both Warford’s are scheduled to compete in the event and are the lone Valley entrants in either that tournament or the PNGA’s junior girls’ amateur event also happening that weekend in conjunction with the boys’ event. Both tourneys will be contested at the Timberstone Golf Course, a par-72 layout west of the Idaho city in the Snake River Valley.

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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