The weekend wrap, and Athletes of the Week for 3-27

Good Monday morning. Athletes of the Week on deck but first our weekend wrap.

Baseball
Gonzaga 3, Pepperdine 2: GU scored two runs in the ninth to stun the Waves and salvage this weekend set in southern California, rewarding pitcher Alek Jacob, who pitched eight innings of two-hit relief, striking out six. Both of the Bulldogs’ Valley players participated – senior Carson Breshears pinch-ran in that ninth inning, but didn’t score, and freshman Mason Marenco, who has replaced Breshears as the starting second baseman it appears for Gonzaga, went 0-4 with an RBI. Both players are from North Bend and Mount Si HS grads.

Regis 9, Colorado Mines 2: North Bend’s Will Scott got his first college start on the mound for Mines, and it went okay, as he allowed three runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of work in what looks to have been a “bullpen” day for the Orediggers in this one. The freshman, a 2018 MSHS grad, walked one and struck out two as Mines fell on the road in Denver to the Rangers.

Lewis-Clark State 7, Oregon Tech 0 (game one, doubleheader): North Bend’s Tanner Simpson started the opener on the mound for LCSC – his first as a Warrior – and allowed just four hits over five innings, striking out eight, to get the win. He is a senior and 2014 MSHS grad. LCSC took the nightcap of the twinbill at home in Lewiston, ID, sweeping the Owls.

Spokane 10, Centralia 0 (game one, doubleheader): CCS moved above .500 on the season with the win. Sophomore Justin “JuJu” Lutz, from Fall City, went 0-5 for the Sasquatch in this one.

Columbia Basin 8, Bellevue CC 2 (game two, doubleheader): CBC rolled to the win in the nightcap of two over in the Tri-Cities splitting the pair; Bellevue won the opener. Skyline HS grad Riley Gill, whose family now resides in Snoqualmie, went 0-4 in this nightcap for BCC but did not play in the first game.

Spokane 10, Centralia 0 (game two, doubleheader): Wash, rinse, repeat at Wheeler Field down in Centralia as CCS won the nightcap of two and swept the Blazers. 2017 MSHS alum Lutz, son of Mount Si baseball coach Brent Lutz, went 1-4 with two RBI’s aiding Spokane.

Softball
Hillsdale 18, Ohio Valley 2 (game one, doubleheader): The Chargers made quick work of the visiting – and winless – Scots in the opener of two in Hillsdale, MI, and Carnation’s Elaine Townley pitched in. The freshman, a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, doubled, scored a run and drove in two more in a late-inning role playing third base.

Hillsdale 18, Ohio Valley 1 (game two, doubleheader): Townley was 2-2 with an RBI for Hillsdale as they repeated the game one performance in the nightcap, sweeping the pair from the Scots.

Rowing
WSU women’s meet, Wawawai Landing (Snake River, Whitman Co.): A pair of Valleyites hopped in their boats and hit the calm, cold waters of the Snake River just downstream from Clarkston yesterday morning for their spring-season opening meet. Gonzaga’s varsity eight boat, with North Bend’s Lauren McCallum aboard, took third in that race, clocking 6:56.1, and WSU’s second varsity eight boat, with Fall City’s Sara Brevick aboard, took third in their race as well, clocking just over seven minutes. Oregon State and Loyola Marymount were also represented in this meet; the Beavers, as you may know, will have a Valleyite on their team next season as current Mount Si High School senior Hayley West has signed a letter of intent to compete for OSU. Both McCaluum and Brevick are themselves MSHS grads.

Volleyball
Pacific Northwest Qualifier wrapup: Action has wrapped up over in Spokane for the first weekend of play at the Pacific Northwest Qualifer volleyball tournament. Leading the pack of local squads with Mount Si HS players was the Kent Juniors’ 15’s, who finished 13th overall in the U-15 “USA” division. The team, with freshmen Jade Petrzelka, Kira Holmberg and Paige Phelps, fell in their first playoff game yesterday morning to a team from Texas. The remaining teams with Wildcat athletes, all from Bellevue-based clubs, all finished further back and none qualified for the USA Volleyball Nationals later this summer.

We’ll have a full wrapup for you of the action on Wednesday and a preview of weekend two of the event this weekend in our weekly volleyball report.

Time now for this week’s Athletes of the Week. To the track for both of these boys’ selections.

MOUNT SI-Distance man Joe Waskom earns it this week. He won the 800m last Thursday for MSHS in their Kingco season-opening meet at Issaquah, and also was part of a 4×400 relay team win for the Wildcats in that same meet. He then competed at his regular distance this past Saturday at the Ram Relays, and again won that race over in Yakima. The UW-bound runner is among the best high school senior distance runners in the nation, and he’ll get to show that coming up in a couple of weeks as he’s expected to compete once again at the Arcadia Invitational down in southern California, which he competed at – and did well in – last season.

CEDARCREST – Ryan LaTurner picks up the nod here as he, like Waskom, won an individual event but also was part of a relay team win for the Red Wolves last Thursday in their season-opening Wesco meet with Everett and Meadowdale. LaTurner won the high jump individually and also competed with the CHS 4×100 relay team in their winning performance in that race. Cedarcrest is at Arlington on Thursday for another Wesco meet.

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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