The weekend wrap and the Athletes of the Week……for 3-13

Good Monday morning. We’ll have our Athletes of the Week on deck but we start with our weekend wrap first, and we take you to the pitch to open it up this morning.

The final day of the weekend US Youth Soccer National League boys’ tournament in Las Vegas yesterday saw all three teams from Preston-based Eastside FC with Mount Si High School players fall to various national foes, but a pair of Wildcats made their mark. Highlights:

Kings Hammer Red 3, Eastside FC ’01 U18 Red 1: The Cincinnati-area team handed Eastside, featuring Wildcat Jake Jimenez, a loss to close out National League play; EFC finished 1-4 and in seventh place in their pool.

Tuzos Academy (AZ) 4, Eastside FC ’02 U17 Red 3: Mount Si’s Banner Hovinga scored a pair of goals for Eastside, who finished winless in this U17 pool. This squad also featured fellow Wildcats Sebastian Bednik, Paul Talens, Colby Ramsey and Erik Davies.

La Roca (UT) 4, Eastside FC 16U 1: Mount Si’s Sullivan Smith pocketed a goal for Eastside, their lone goal on the day, as they finished National League play 2-2-1 and in a tie for fifth in their pool.

The rest of the action:

Baseball
Texas A&M 3, Gonzaga 1: The Aggies took the finale of the three-game weekend set at home in College Station, TX, over the Bulldogs to take the series. Freshman Mason Marenco, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad from North Bend, went 1-4 for the Zags playing second base and filling in once again for fellow Valleyite Carson Breshears; the senior, a 2014 MSHS alum, got the day off again for the second day in a row.

Snoqualmie’s Brady a hero for UPS: Sophomore Jake Brady, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, hit a pinch-hit three-run homer for Puget Sound – a homer which we think may have been the first of his college career – in the bottom of the eighth inning of yesterday’s nightcap of two between the Loggers and Tacoma rival PLU, putting UPS briefly in the lead. The Lutes tied the game 5-5 with a run in the top of the ninth, but the Loggers won it in walk-off fashion in the bottom of that ninth, taking the game 6-5 and splitting the twinbill (PLU won the opener 6-5 with neither Brady nor North Bend freshman Clayton Waltz, also a MSHS alum, seeing action in that game). Waltz also did not play in the nightcap for Puget Sound.

Skagit Valley 1, Spokane 0 (game one, doubleheader): The host Cards held the Sasquatch to three hits in the pitcher’s duel win at home in Mount Vernon. Fall City sophomore Justin “JuJu” Lutz, a 2017 MSHS grad, went 0-3 for CCS in the contest.

Tacoma 2, Bellevue CC 1 (game one, doubleheader): Skyline HS grad Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 2-3 for BCC in the first of two down in T-Town.

Mount Hood 8, Big Bend 5: Sophomore Carson Corra got a chance to play on familiar ground yesterday, as the game was played at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Corra made the most of it, too, with the 2017 MSHS’er from Ames Lake scoring a run despite no official at-bats.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2, Whitman 1 (game two, doubleheader): California’s CMS took both ends of a twinbill, closing it out with this win in the nightcap (they won the opener 3-1). Junior Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, pitched only in this contest for the Blues and worked 1/3 inning in relief, walking one and allowing a hit. He received no decision.

Spokane 4, Skagit Valley 0 (game two, doubleheader): Lutz was 1-4 with a double for CCS as they blanked Skagit in the nightcap and split the twinbill.

Bellevue CC 4, Tacoma 2 (game two, doubleheader): Gill went 1-4 with a run for Bellevue as they won their nightcap and split the pair with Tacoma.

Mount Hood 6, Everett CC 5: Five runs in the ninth propelled MHCC to the win in Kenmore; Corra went 0-2 for Mount Hood in the contest.

Softball
Bellevue CC 8, Wenatchee Valley 0: BCC rolled to the win down in Lacey at the NWAACC crossover tournament; sophomore Maddy Trout, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er, caught the contest for the Bulldogs but had no official at-bats.

Hillsdale (MI) 2, Pitt-Johnstown 0: Carnation’s Elaine Townley saw her first action for the Chargers at this week’s Dot Richardson Games down in Florida going 0-2 for Hillsdale in yesterday’s opener. Townley is a freshman and 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad.

Bellevue CC 6, Mount Hood 5: Bellevue escaped with an extra-inning win over the Oregon team to close out the tournament down south. Trout played first base and went 1-3 for the Bulldogs.

California-PA 5, Hillsdale (MI) 0: Townley went 0-1 for the Chargers as they were limited to three hits in the Dot Richardson tournament loss. Hillsdale remains in Florida at that event all week.

Golf
Dover leads PLU men: North Bend’s Mitch Dover led Pacific Lutheran University’s men’s “B” golf team to a sixth-place team finish last Friday at a University of Puget Sound-hosted tournament in Tacoma. Dover carded rounds of 78 and 79 respectively to finish with a 15-over par 157 and a tie for 24th on the par-71 Oakbrook Golf Club layout. Dover, a junior from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, was not the only ex-Wildcat in the tournament competing for the Lutes.

Sophomore Jordan Lau, from Ames Lake and a 2017 MSHS’er, carded rounds of 86 and 76 finishing with a 20-over par 162 and a 33rd-place finish as part of the “B” squad, and North Bend junior Alex Nelson, who along with Dover is a 2017 MSHS alum, was on the Lutes’ “A” squad and finished in a tie for 13th overall, carding rounds of 77 and 76 for an 11-over 153 for two rounds. His score did not count towards PLU’s “A” team score. That team won the tournament.

Time now for the Athletes of the Week. Boys to start our spring coverage.

CEDARCREST – Curt Nelson gets our nod this week for the Red Wolves. The CHS baseball player had a hit and scored a run for Cedarcrest in their 8-1 loss to Redmond on Saturday that opened their season. Nelson and the Red Wolves are at Anacortes tomorrow then host Sedro-Woolley for their home opener on Thursday.

MOUNT SI – As we mentioned above, all of those Wildcat soccer players playing in the tournament down in Vegas meant they weren’t on the field for Mount Si this past Saturday for their season opener, and that reduced the available number of players for the Wildcats in that game to just 12 – no substitutes. This meant players who are a little further down the depth chart got to play, and several of them stepped up big to help Mount Si stun Kentwood. Two of them in particular – Henry Clark and Jack Thorne – made significant contributions, and for that they share the nod this week. Clark scored two goals and Thorne, well, let’s tell you what coach Darren Brown thought of his play.

From our coverage we had for you yesterday: “We brought up Jack Thorne from JV today and he executed,” Brown said. “He got the start in warm ups and came out of the game really impressing the coaching staff. That second goal of ours (just before halftime giving Mount Si a 2-0 halftime lead) was led up all by him. Jack anticipated a poor pass, stepped to his man and stripped the ball and delivered a dime to a good run by Henry (Clark) to seal it.” The play of these two guys seems to, at least in the eyes of the coaching staff and us here at the Journal, suggest that the depth of this team could be greater than what perhaps was first believed at the start of practices two weeks ago. So we give these two a nod and wish them continued success. Mount Si is at Bothell on Wednesday.

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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