Valley players contribute in college summer league action

Good Wednesday morning. Light morning this morning, but we have some news about a pair of Valley players playing in the West Coast League college summer baseball league as that circuit is winding down its season.

We begin down in Longview where in what likely was his final summer outing of the 2018 college campaign, North Bend’s Isaac Mullins saved the best for last, pitching 1 2/3 perfect innings for his Cowlitz Black Bears in a relief appearance last night. Mullins struck out two in his stint but the Black Bears fell at home, 5-3, to the visiting Walla Walla Sweets at Lower Columbia College.

Mullins, who will be a junior this fall at Washington State University, finished with no wins or losses this summer with a solid 3.47 earned run average and six saves, which put him among the league leaders in that category. He threw 23 1/3 innings this summer for Cowlitz, allowed just nine earned runs and struck out 29. The 2015 Mount Si HS grad will now look to build on that success this season next spring for WSU as he seeks to attract interest from professional clubs.

Cowlitz closes the season at home tonight. They will not head to the WCL postseason, as they hold a 19-34 overall record and are well back in the league’s South Division standings. Also this morning:

Playoff hopes for Wenatchee damaged with loss, despite Valleyite’s efforts: It was all Falcons, all the time up in British Columbia’s Okanagan last night as the host Kelowna side brought out the bats and kept them humming in a 14-1 rout of the visiting Wenatchee AppleSox which hurt the Sox’s playoff chances. Wenatchee remains behind Yakima Valley for the final playoff spot in the North Division, but can still get in it appears if they win tonight and the Pippins fall to Corvallis. Yakima Valley fell last night to the Knights as well.

For Wenatchee, North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 1-4. He is a 2017 MSHS grad who will be a freshman this fall at Gonzaga.

The Sox and Falcons finish the regular season tonight. If Wenatchee makes the playoffs, they will meet Bellingham. Meanwhile, the Portland Pickles, who have two other Valleyites on their roster – pitcher Adam Davenport, from Duvall, and infielder Carson Breshears, from North Bend – will be in this weekend’s league playoffs, playing Corvallis. Neither player played last night for Portland in their loss to Victoria up on Vancouver Island with the two teams set to finish that regular season series tonight.

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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