Wildcat varsity, JV baseball split season openers with Decatur, plus a huge helping of Sunday baseball diamond cuts….

Good morning. Mount Si High School’s baseball team opened their season last night with a home meeting at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue with the Decatur Gators, and while Mount Si’s bats were clicking, the pitching had its struggles, as the Wildcats fell on the short end of a slugfest.

Decatur scored six first-inning runs, only to see Mount Si rally to tighten things up midway through. The Gators then scored three in the fourth and four more in the sixth to put it away, and held off another Wildcat rally to hand Mount Si the 13-9 loss.

The game opened with Decatur’s first-inning onslaught, which was keyed by a two-run single by Blake Beck that scored Nick Orr and Brett Wilbur. Mount Si then rallied with three runs in the bottom of that frame, with doubles by both Troy Baunsgard and Harrison Clark powering that rally. Baunsgard’s double scored Trace Halvorson, then Baunsgard scored on the Clark double.

Mount Si crept closer in the second. Freshman Cam Ferreri made instant impact in his first official varsity at-bat, tripling to center field for his first varsity high school hit, then scoring to make it 6-4 Gators.

Decatur then responded to the Wildcat rally with the three fourth-inning runs; the big hit in the frame was from Brady Houston, who drove in two runs on a double. He finished 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI’s to lead the Gators. After Decatur’s four-run sixth, with the key hit being a two-RBI single from Elijah Bakam, the Wildcats scored twice in the bottom of that frame then two more in the seventh but could get no closer.

Baunsgard led Mount Si, going 3-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI, while Clark doubled twice as well and Trevor Clem also had two hits, scored a run and drove in two more. Cole Bostwick also had a 3-4 afternoon, with an RBI.

It was a struggle for Wildcat pitching. Levi Jorgensen got the call and allowed six runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. Bostwick, Jake Mitton and Parker Wutherich also pitched for Mount Si, with Wutherich’s line being the best of those three – he allowed just one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Mount Si hosts Bothell tomorrow afternoon for a rare day game at Bannerwood to open Kingco play. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

Mount Si JV’s blast Decatur behind Edson’s five RBI’s
Andrew Edson had a big day for Mount Si, as he went 2-4, scoring twice and driving in five more runs, as Mount Si took a 6-0 lead after two and cruised to a 14-1 season opening win over the Gators in the junior varsity game between the two schools which took place at Decatur’s campus in Federal Way.

Mount Si opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first, then back-to-back RBI doubles by Hayden Weaver and Kevin Corder keyed the four-run onslaught in the second that propelled the Wildcats the rest of the way. Corder finished the day going 4-5 with two doubles, a run scored and RBI.

Weaver, Lucas Costello and Tyler Disch did great work as a threesome on the hill for Mount Si, with the pitchers scattering a total of five hits and striking out a combined nine Decatur hitters. Weaver got the win allowing two hits over three innings, striking out four.

The Wildcats open league play against Bothell tomorrow at Bothell High School.

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High School
Wesco 4A: Cascade (Everett) 5, Squalicum 2 (game one, doubleheader) – The Bruins headed up I-5 to Joe Martin Field in Bellingham for two with the Storm and took the opener backed by Jayden Tait, who went 3-5 with a double and three RBI’s. Brody Larson also delivered for Cascade, going 2-3 with a double himself, scoring twice and driving in two more runs.

Kingco 3A: Liberty 10, West Seattle 1 (game one, doubleheader) – Colton Wigen and Kai Alberghini both homered for the Kingco’s Patriots as they took the first of two at home in Renton. over the Metro League’s Wildcats. Alberghini finished going 2-4 with two runs scored and five RBI’s to pace Liberty, who got a strong outing from pitcher Chase Archibald as well; he allowed a run on three hits in six innings, striking out 10 for the win.

Kingco 3A: Gig Harbor 5, Bellevue 0 – Bellevue was held to two hits – both by Trent Gertz, including a double, as the Wolverines were blanked on the road by the Tides in Gig Harbor.

Wesco 3A/4A: Arlington 4, Monroe 3 – Andrew Smith hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh for the Eagles, scoring teammate Jack Sheward with the winning run as 3A Arlington won the Wesco cross-classification battle at home in dramatic fashion. Smith finished with the hit and two RBI’s for the Eagles. Luke Klein doubled and scored a run to pace the 4A Bearcats.

Kingco 3A: Lake Washington 2, Port Angeles 0 – Dylan Kennedy homered for L-Dub and let his team’s pitchers do the rest, and do the rest they did. Hurlers Ryan Macomber and Andrew Urrutia combined on a five-hit shutout on the hill, striking out four between them, as the Kangs at home in Kirkland blanked the visitors from the Olympic Peninsula. Macomber got the win allowing three hits in five innings, and Urrutia finished it out over the final two allowing two hits to pick up the save.

Kingco/Wesco 3A: Interlake 11, Shorecrest 1 – The Saints exploded late, scoring seven runs in the seventh to turn a competitive battle at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline into a one-sided blowout in favor of the boys from Kingco. Xavier Bellay paced Interlake, going 2-2 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, and pitchers Cade Didrickson and Zane Dewar combind on a two-hitter, striking out four. Davis Stallings had both hits for Shorecrest.

Wesco 4A: Ingraham 3, Jackson 2 – The Rams, from Seattle, held on for the win over the Wesco’s Timberwolves in Mill Creek. Ben Grivas went 2-4 with a triple and RBI to lead the Metro League Ingraham team, while Dominic Hellman doubled and scored a run for Jackson.

Wesco 4A: West Valley-Yakima 8, Kamiak 1 – The Rams avenged Friday night’s loss to the Knights with a blowout win up in Snohomish County to take back home to central Washington. Sy Steele paced WV, going 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s. Jackson VanDeBrooke went 2-4 with a double as well for West Valley. Syrus Vannatta went 1-4 with an RBI for Kamiak.

Wesco 4A: Cascade (Eveerett) 12, Squalicum 1 (game two, doubleheader) – Cascade hurlers Joe McBride and Zach Bloch combined on a no-hitter, striking out 13 between the two of them as the Bruins won the nightcap and swept the pair. Brock Gillis tripled, scored a run and drove in two more to pace Cascade.

Kingco 3A: Liberty 15, West Seattle 5 (game two, doubleheader) – Alberghini tripled as part of another 2-4 performance, scoring a run and driving in two as the Patriots took the nightcap and swept the pair from the Wildcats. Brandon Toy went 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s to aid the green, blue and silver.

Kingco 4A: Moses Lake 7, Woodinville 1 – The Falcons fell at home to the visitors from central Washington. Jared Gee led Woody, going 3-4. Nathan Mouhanna also had two hits, both doubles, for the Falcons.

College
Whittier 5, Puget Sound 4 (game one, doubleheader): The Pirates held on for the win to start a doubleheader with the Loggers in southern California. Mount Si HS grad Jake Brady went 0-3 in this one for UPS.

Simpson 5, Crown (MN) 1 (game one, doubleheader, Fri.): CC got its season started down in the Florida sunshine with a loss to the Iowa team. Junior Levi Knott, he of Carnation and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, went 1-3 for Crown in this one, playing outfield.

Crown (MN) 7, St. Norbert 0 (game one, doubleheader, yesterday): Knott went 2-4 driving in three runs as Crown rolled to their first win of the season yesterday down in Winter Haven, FL, taking the first of their second doubleheader in as many days to start the season.

Spokane 5, Big Bend 3: Sophomore Justin “JuJu” Lutz, from Fall City, went 1-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s for CCS as they took the clash with their NWAACC East Division rivals over on neutral ground in Pullman.

Lane 6, Bellevue CC 5 (game one, doubleheader): Skyline HS grad Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 0-3 with an RBI for Bellevue as they fell in the opener of two with the visitors from Eugene, OR.

Shoreline 10, Green River 3 (game one, doubleheader): The Dolphins handled the Gators with ease in the first of two in Auburn. Sophomore Jake Jewell, from Carnation and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, pitched an inning of relief for ShCC, allowing a run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. He received no decision. Jewell did not pitch the nightcap of the twinbill, won by the Dolphins to give them the sweep.

San Diego State 12, Seattle U. 8: In San Diego last night, the Aztecs outslugged the Redhawks in a non-conference battle. Junior Alden Huschle, he of North Bend and a 2016 MSHS grad, was dinged up a bit on the hill, allowing two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out one in relief for SU. He received no decision.

Pierce 8, Spokane 3: Also in Pullman, at WSU, PC took this one with Lutz going 0-4. He is a 2017 Mount Si HS grad and son of current Mount Si head coach Brent Lutz.

Gonzaga 4, BYU 2: GU won the rubber match with the Cougars down in Provo, UT, taking two of three in the weekend set to open West Coast Conference play. Senior Carson Breshears, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS alum, went 1-4 with a run scored for the Bulldogs.

Whittier 6, Puget Sound 5 (game two, doubleheader): The hosts from southern California rallied for a doubleheader sweep taking the nightcap over the Loggers. Both of UPS’ Valley reps played, with Brady going 1-4 with an RBI, and Clayton Waltz going 0-3 with two walks and a run scored. Both are from Snoqualmie. Brady is a sophomore and 2017 MSHS alum, while Waltz is a freshman and graduated from Mount Si last year.

Simpson 7, Crown (MN) 5 (game two, doubleheader, Fri.): Knott doubled to power a 2-4 effort, with a run scored and RBI, as Crown fell short in their season-opening twinbill nightcap and were swept.

St. Norbert 10, Crown (MN) 5 (game two, doubleheader, yesterday): Knott finished a good start to his season with another 1-4 effort, driving in two runs and scoring two more for Crown as they fell in the nightcap of yesterday’s twinbill and ended up with a split. They’re off today and have two more tomorrow as they continue their trip to Florida. Knott finished the weekend hitting .400 with a double and six RBI’s, a good start for sure for the Valleyite.

Bellevue CC 6, Lane 5 (game two, doubleheader): These two were arch-rivals in high school, but these two combined to help their Bulldog team win the nightcap of their twinbill in dramatic fashion yesterday. Gill, in as a pinch-runner, scored the walk-off run on a single from Issaquah HS grad Mack Mahovlich as BC split the twinbill with the Titans.

Mount Hood 6, Columbia Basin 3 (game two, doubleheader): Sophomore Carson Corra, from Ames Lake and a 2017 MSHS grad, went 1-3 for MHCC as they took the nightcap and swept a twinbill with the visitors from the Tri-Cities, who for the first time in several years this spring have no Mount Si or Cedarcrest grads on their roster. Mount Hood won the opener 11-1 and Corra did not play in that game.

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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