Mount Si soccer starts out slow in Kingco opener, but pours it on late for win, along with golf and diamond notes this morning…..

Time now to hit the pitch. Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team opened the Kingco 4A schedule last night with a road test at Bothell, back with their full compliment of players after having had several not play the season opener this past weekend due to club tournament commitments in Las Vegas. But, having that full compliment didn’t exactly come without its moments, either.

“Well, that was even more interesting than game one,” said Mount Si coach Darren Brown by email. “The first half was a side that I have not seen since February 25th. Some had nerves being game one and I can understand that but, not following our game plan out of the gates is lack of focus. That will not happen again as we are well prepped. We walked in to Pop Keeney down 2-0 because we started mirroring what was in front of us.”

As noted, the Cougars took a 2-0 first half lead before Mount Si woke up, and once they woke up, it was all Wildcats. Jared Davies had a pair of goals, Sullivan Smith scored a goal and added an assist and Drew Harris also tallied on as the Wildcats poured it on in the second half in particular and bagged a 4-2 win.

Davies scored his first goal just before halftime. “Obviously, no one was very happy at half. We made a few adjustments and re-focused which was needed,” Brown told us. Then the boys went to work and delivered. First was Harris in the 58th minute to tie it at 2-2, then Davies scored the eventual game-winner in the 66th off a rebound of a Smith shot; the sophomore was credited with an assist, then two minutes later in the 68th, Smith received a similar rebound of a shot by Stuart DeMerit and rammed it home for the insurance, with DeMerit also recording an assist on that goal.

“We know we played well when Sully and Drew’s touch counts are the highest of the team. When Reed has the ball at his feet for half the match, I know our movement off the ball is not where it should be,” Brown said. “We had no one tonight that was hungry for the rock other than those twenty of Drew and Sully creating opps for themselves and for open space to involve our attack. The job is much easier on us when we are all communicating. My eleven that are on the pitch are all captains and it starts in the back.” So look for today’s practice to be a busy one focusing perhaps on unified team play as they get ready for what is supposed to be their home opener tomorrow, but could be moved due to continued snow on the turf at Mount Si High School’s stadium. They’re set to play Lake Washington at 7:30 p.m.

Also this morning:

Mount Si girls golf opens season with win
Mount Si High School’s girls’ golf team scored well last night, pocketing a win over Woodinville, who forfeited the match at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond due to the Falcons not having enough golfers competing. The Wildcats shot 230 as a team, with Kasey Maralack carding a 39 for medalist honors leading Mount Si. The Wildcats are in action again next week.

High school baseball scoreboard
Our high school baseball scoreboard from around the area last night featuring scores from Kingco and Wesco games is powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. Neither Mount Si or Cedarcrest were in action last night but the Red Wolves are home today hosting Sedro-Woolley for their home opener. Game time is 4:00 p.m. at CHS’ campus in Duvall.

Wesco 4A/3A: Lake Stevens 12, Snohomish 3 – An eight-run fifth powered the 4A’s Vikings to the road win over the 3A’s Panthers in Snohomish. Tate Brust went 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s for LS, while Jacob Brandvold had a hit and two RBI’s for Snohomish.

Wesco/Kingco 4A: Jackson 2, Newport 1 – The Wesco 4A’s Timberwolves won the pitcher’s duel at home in Mill Creek over the Kingco 4A’s Knights perhaps illustrating how competitive the Wes-King district playoffs will be later this spring. Case Matter went 1-3 with a double and run scored pacing Jackson, and that effort with the bat aided his efforts on the mound – he pitched four solid innings, allowing a run on two hits while striking out four and got the win. Evan Canfield allowed one hit over the final three frames to get the save, striking out three. Jason Cobert went 1-3 with a run scored for Newport.

Kingco 4A/Wesco 3A: Woodinville 2, Edmonds-Woodway 1 (9): Justice Dillman walked it off in the bottom of the ninth for Woody, singling to score Trent Boyd with the game-winning run as the Falcons won the pitcher’s duel at home under the lights in Woodinville. Matt Kaiser added a 2-4 effort to pace Woody, while Robley Corsi III doubled and drove in the lone Ed-Wood run. Dillman struck out the side on the mound in the ninth – his lone inning of work – to pick up the win on the hill in relief for the Falcons.

Wesco 4A: Monroe 13, Kent-Meridian 1 – The Bearcats rolled to the home win in Monroe aided by Morgan Granich, who went 3-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI’s, and Luke Klein, who went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. K-M was led by a hit and RBI from Mark Hanscom. Pitchers Ryan Lynch, Elijah Moore and Brady Hinkley combined to shut down K-M bats on the hill for Monroe; they combined on a three-hitter, striking out a total of eight Royals.

Kingco 4A: Redmond 5, Kentwood 0 – Pitchers Landon Thompson, Calvin Cadman and Colin Curry combined on a three-hit shutout for the Mustangs as they handled the NPSL’s Conquerors at home in Redmond. Ryan Rembisz went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI to aid Redmond. Wyatt Hansen was among the Kentwood players with hits in the contest.

College baseball
We also have some college baseball for you today.

Portland 7, Seattle U. 1 – The Redhawks fell to the Pilots in the Rose City in a midweek non-conference clash yesterday. Junior Alden Huschle, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, allowed two runs on just one hit, walking one and did all that without the benefit of an out in the seventh inning. He received no decision in his second straight game of work – he pitched in the game for SU Monday at home against Minnesota and took the loss in that contest.

Shoreline 20, Grays Harbor 1 (game one, doubleheader) – The Dolphins rolled over the Chokers down in Aberdeen in the first of two yesterday. Sophomore Jake Jewell, from Carnation and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, pitched two innings, allowing just one hit while striking out four. He did not pitch the nightcap, also won by Shoreline giving them the doubleheader sweep.

UNLV 12, Washington State 7 – While WSU’s men’s basketball team was over at the nearby T-Mobile Arena losing in the Pac-12 Tournament, the Cougar baseball team had the same fate last night against the Rebels on their field in downtown Las Vegas. Junior Isaac Mullins, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, allowed a run without a hit, walking two, in 1/3 inning of relief for the Cougars. He took the loss.

Gonzaga 5, Utah 3 (Tue.): GU scored a road win in Salt Lake City in the nationally-televised game over the Utes. North Bend senior Carson Breshears was 0-4 in his first start since last week at second base for GU, while fellow North Bender Mason Marenco did not play; he was injured prior to the game and the freshman is expected to be out this weekend for the Zags’ series against BYU in Provo. Both are Mount Si High School grads.

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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