Pair of former Red Wolve softball alums make college debuts, plus other Friday college action for local athletes……

Good Saturday morning. Yes, there’s snow outside and it’s cold. But if you can believe this, we’re talking college baseball and softball this morning, among other things on the college front, and we’re going to start with some softball, and it was a big day for Cedarcrest High School softball fans yesterday, as a pair of their alums made their first forays into college softball, and it proved to be a smashing success in more ways than one for both of them.

We’ll start first with freshman Elaine Townley. Townley, who graduated this past year from CHS after helping the Red Wolves win the Cascade Conference and make the state 2A high school tournament during her four years at CHS, debuted for Hillsdale College’s team as the Michigan school took on Pennsylvania’s West Chester in the second of two games that opened their season opening weekend tournament in Florida.

She started at third base and went 2-4 with a run scored and stolen base, and also made several nice plays defensively at third base, helping Hillsdale handle West Chester 8-5 in the contest, taking place outside of Tampa in the city of Clearwater.

The Chargers, part of the NCAA Division II Great Midwest Conference, opened their season prior to the game with West Chester scoring a 2-1 win over North Carolina’s Lenoir-Rhyne; Townley did not play in that game.

Hillsdale is playing today and tomorrow in the event in Florida. But Townley was not the only ex-Red Wolve softball standout to hit the college diamond for the first time yesterday.

Townley’s ex-Red Wolve teammate also debuts with a bang: Not only was it a special day for Townley, it was also a special one for one of her former teammates at Cedarcrest, as she, too, had a successful college debut.

The University of North Dakota’s Maddie Nixon, a 2017 Red Wolve alum, made her debut in the fourth inning as a pinch-hitter for the Hawks in their season-opening game with Utah Valley at a tournament down in Las Vegas. She singled in that appearance and did not play the remainder of the game, which was won by Utah Valley 8-4. North Dakota also played Long Beach State in Vegas yesterday and took that game 2-1. The Hawks play again today.

Also this morning:

Cal Lutheran 4, Whitman 1: The Blues fell in the nightcap of two yesterday at the Tucson Cactus Classic in Arizona to open the season. Junior pitcher Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, made his 2019 debut for Whitman working an inning of relief, which was perfect with a strikeout. He received no decision. Weather yesterday in Tucson – 60’s and decent, and that’s in the forecast again today.

Pomona-Pitzer 14, Puget Sound 4: Pomona handled the visiting Loggers in UPS’ season opener in southern California, where the weather today is expected to be around 60 degrees with some sunshine. Sophomore Jake Brady, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-1 in the contest for the Loggers.

Track & Field
Husky Classic, Seattle: The snowstorm that impacted so many high school events this weekend as we’ve discussed also has impacted college action, too, not the least of which was this weekend’s scheduled indoor track and field meet at the University of Washington, condensed into one day yesterday to get the participants in and out of here before all heck broke loose. And for the most part, that happened. Two Mount Si grads participated in the events, too.

The UW’s Hannah Waskom and WSU’s Melissa Hruska both ran in distance events for their respective schools; Waskom, a sophomore from Snoqualmie, finished 15th in the women’s 3000m clocking 9:40.90, and Hruska, a junior also from Snoqualmie, ran a heat in the women’s 5000m but did not finish.

Puget Sound ladies handle Lewis & Clark: The snow hitting Seattle is also hitting Portland, but that did not stop the Rose City’s Lewis & Clark College from hosting Puget Sound’s women’s basketball team last night. But after what the Loggers did to the Pioneers, LCC perhaps may be having second thoughts about that this morning.

UPS rolled to an 83-56 blowout win over the Pios, with a small contribution to the effort coming courtesy of the Valley’s Elizabeth Prewitt. The Logger senior, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, scored six points and added four rebounds as UPS moved to 16-4 on the season and 10-3 overall in league play in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. The Loggers head down to Salem, OR, this afternoon to meet Willamette at 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.

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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