Karalus records personal accomplishment in baseball, plus news from college summer ball as we start the new week

Good Monday morning. We’ll see if we have a chance to talk hydro racing a little later on, but we begin the new week with a special accomplishment on the diamond for a Mount Si High School grad aiming to make it to “The Show.”

North Bend’s Reece Karalus earned his first win on the mound as a “AA” minor league pitcher, as his Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Montgomery Biscuits rallied from a deficit to score a 7-3 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, in a Southern League contest last night in Pensacola, FL. Karalus, who graduated from Mount Si in 2012 and has been part of the Rays major league baseball organization for four seasons now after being drafted by them in 2015 out of Santa Clara University in California, was promoted back to the Biscuits from Tampa’s “advanced A” team in Florida last week. He had started the season with Montgomery, but had struggled, resulting in a demotion to the lower-level club.

Karalus allowed two runs on three hits – one on a solo homer by Pensacola’s Aristides Aquino – walking two and striking out five in three innings of relief work for Montgomery, who went to 61-52 with the win. Pensacola with the loss dropped to 59-52.

Karalus now is 1-1 on the season and becomes the first former Mount Si pitcher to earn a win at the “AA” minor league level; the other MSHS pitching alum playing in “AA” ball, Trevor Lane, has not yet won a game at that level for his team, the New York Yankees-affiliated Trenton Thunder.

Both pitchers are anticipated to see action later this week. We have a full schedule of all of both Montgomery and Trenton’s games the rest of the month linked in our Minor League Baseball schedule page which we have for you in our top menu bar. All of the games will be available for live webstreaming via MILB.tv, the Minor League Baseball webstream broadcast service. There is a fee to watch the games and we have information on that on the previously-mentioned schedule page for you.

Also this morning, from college summer ball:

Mullins locks it down for Black Bears: North Bend’s Isaac Mullins pitched well last night for the West Coast League’s Cowlitz Black Bears in a home game with the visiting Corvallis Knights.

Mullins, a 2015 MSHS’er who will be playing this fall as a junior at Washington State University, allowed a hit and struck out two working the eighth inning in relief for Cowlitz, who fell at home at Lower Columbia College in Longview to Corvallis 4-1. He received no decision and his earned run average stands at a solid 3.74 with last night’s efforts.

Cowlitz with the loss dropped to 18-33 overall, 8-16 in the second half of WCL play and they are well out of playoff contention. They start their final series of the season tonight hosting Walla Walla at LCC.

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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