Mount Si baseball falls in heartbreaker at T-Mobile Park, plus the weekend wrap and our Athletes of the Week……

Good Monday morning. Athletes of the Week and our weekend wrap on deck, but it was a special day yesterday for Mount Si High School’s baseball team, as another group of Wildcats got a chance to play on the diamond they all dream one day of playing on – the one the Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners play on at the newly-renamed T-Mobile Park.

But the end result was one that Mount Si will soon want to forget, as they fell in a heartbreaker to Edmonds-Woodway. The Wesco 3A squad won it on a walk-off passed ball in the bottom of the seventh, taking the game 4-3.

Mount Si was held to just two hits, one each by Cole Bostwick and Trace Halvorson.

The Wildcats opened things off the bat with Halvorson’s single scoring Bostwick, who reached base on a walk, in the first inning. Mount Si then scored two more runs in the third. Jack Mardon hit a sacrfice fly to score Troy Baunsgard, who also reached on a walk, then Bostwick’s single scored Harrison Clark, who too walked to reach base in the inning.

Ed-Wood then rallied in their half of that inning with three runs to tie it; the key play was a two-run scoring error by Halvorson attempting to field a ground ball at third base. The Warriors then scored another run on a double steal of home to tie the game 3-3.

It remained this way to the bottom of the seventh, when Robley Corsi III reached for Ed-Wood on another fielding error, this by Mount Si’s Austin Oberg. Corsi made it to third via both a stolen base and passed ball, then scored from third on a second passed ball to walk it off for the Wesco team.

Tommy Oda led the Warriors with two hits.

Mount Si is at Bothell tonight. The game starts at 6:00 p.m. at Bothell High School. Ed-Wood meets Cedarcrest tomorrow at home. That game starts at 4:00 p.m.

Time for our weekend wrap.

College baseball
Bellevue U. (NE) 22, Valley City State 3 (game one, doubleheader): The Bruins took game one with ease as they scored 12 runs in the second to nail this one down quickly. Duvall’s Cody Banks was a key to success; he homered as part of a 3-4 effort, scoring three runs and driving in two more for BU.

Cal Baptist 12, Seattle U. 10: CBU won a slugfest to close out a weekend set in Bellevue with the struggling Redhawks. Junior Alden Huschle, he of North Bend and a 2016 MSHS grad, finished out the game on the mound for SU, working 1/3 of an inning, walking one and striking out one. He received no decision.

Gonzaga 3, Pacific-CA 0: GU got a solid performance from one of their Valley pair in taking care of the Tigers in under two hours yesterday over in Spokane to wrap up a weekend series. Freshman Mason Marenco went 2-3 and scored a run pacing GU, while senior Carson Breshears went 0-3. Both are from North Bend and are Mount Si HS grads.

Whitworth 15, Puget Sound 8: Whitworth handled the Loggers at home also in Spokane to finish out a weekend set. Sophomore Jake Brady, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS grad, in a pinch-hitting role for UPS went 0-1.

Bellevue U. (NE) 11, Valley City State 8 (game two, doubleheader): The Bruins closed out the weekend in North Dakota sweeping host VCSU. Banks, a junior and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 1-4.

Rowing
San Diego Crew Classic, San Diego: All four college women’s rowing crews with Valley participants competing in this weekend’s regatta off San Diego made their finals yesterday, with one taking home some hardware.

The University of Washington’s third varsity boat, with Snoqualmie’s Ellie Bruce aboard, won the Copley Cup final, clocking 7:08.39 and handily beating Stanford – by eight seconds.

Meanwhile, Gonzaga’s varsity boat, with North Bend’s Lauren McCallum aboard, took second in the Jessop-Whittier Cup final, clocking 6:54.80 and finishing two seconds behind winner Stanford. Washington State’s second varsity boat, with Fall City senior Sara Brevick aboard, finished sixth in the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy championship race, clocking 7:11.60. Rounding it out, St. Mary’s-CA’s varsity boat, with North Bend’s Emily Sprigings aboard, took third in their UCSD Open final race, clocking 7:08.22. All of the ladies mentioned are Mount Si High School graduates.

Golf
Mount Si’s Maralack falls short at Drive, Chip and Putt: Mount Si High School freshman girls’ golfer Kasey Maralack did her best to represent her community well yesterday down at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia at the national Drive, Chip and Putt championship, but came up short.

Maralack finished seventh in the girls’ 14-15 age group, scoring 15 points. She finished sixth in the drive event, scoring four points there, then fourth in the chip portion of the competition, taking six points, then finished fifth in the putting round, scoring five points.

The overall winner of the event was Canadian Nicole Gal, who beat out runner-up Megha Ganne by one point, 23-22, after Ganne faltered on the putting competition, missing winning the entire event by mere inches.

This was Maralack’s third trip to the finals of this national event, which is part of the Masters’ golf tournament pre-tournament event week. The finals were broadcast nationally on the Golf Channel yesterday, with Maralack’s putting performance part of the live broadcast.

Volleyball
National tourney dreams for MSHS frosh foursome dashed: Attempts by two teams with Mount Si High School freshmen to qualify for the USA Junior Olympic volleyball nationals this summer came up short yesterday in a qualifying event down in Las Vegas.

Both the Kent-based Kent Juniors U-15 team, with Wildcats Jade Petrzelka, Kira Holmberg and Paige Phelps, and Bellevue-based Sudden Impact U-15 Typhoon, with fellow MSHS’er Bailey Showalter, had a chance to make the championship round in the Red Rock Rave tournament’s U-15 “USA” division, but found the going challenging for sure, and both saw their chances of national qualification come to an end.

KJ faltered late yesterday, falling to a pair of California teams dropping them out of tournament berth contention. They will compete in the Silver playoff round today. The same fate will be seen for Typhoon, as they, too, could not muster enough success yesterday, falling in two of their three matches. They also are in the Silver round today. The two teams could meet in the finals if both advance all the way there. We’ll keep you posted.

To our Athletes of the Week.

MOUNT SI-We hit the diamond this week and recognize Mount Si’s senior class. SeniorsTrace Halvorson, Spencer Marenco, Levi Jorgensen, Cole Bostwick, Frankie Cepeda and Trevor Clem celebrated four years in the Mount Si program yesterday with a chance to play on the diamond at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. While the end result was not what they had hoped, the opportunity for all of these guys to celebrate their high school success in this fashion is one that they will cherish forever. Mount Si has been doing this for their seniors for over 10 years now, and the reason they sell tickets to Mariners games as a fundraiser every spring is for this exact reason – to give seniors an opportunity to celebrate their four years in the high school program by living their boyhood dreams. A shoutout to all of you this morning and good luck tonight against Bothell at Bothell High School.

About the Mariner fundraiser – the tickets this year are for a game that is set for this Saturday, and Seattle is hosting the Houston Astros. Sales have stopped online at Mount Si’s website but you can go to the Mariners website or stop by a Mariners’ team store – such as at Bellevue Square or at the stadium in downtown Seattle – to get tickets for the game if you want to go to it. You’ll be paying full price but still will be able to see all of your friends and fellow community members there at the game. That night’s game starts at 6:10 p.m. and with the Mariners having started out real strong this season, this coming series with the Astros has become a very big one for Seattle as it looks to assert itself in the American League West.

CEDARCREST- Boys soccer and we will also recognize their senior class as well this week, Seniors Caleb Chung, Giuseppe Giampapa and Bear Hansen have been part of a program which has been very strong the past four years within 2A. While the team this season has been challenged within Wesco play, they are 4-3-0 in conference with three of those wins coming against 3A teams in league, helpful for district RPI rankings. CHS is at Everett tonight.

HONORABLE MENTION- Yes, it’s a boys week, but we do have some girls to recognize as well this week in the segment. Not for anything on the athletic field, but for their musical talents they showed off on a big sports stage. Cedarcrest High School’s all-girls “Camerata” choir ensemble performed the U.S. national anthem this past Monday night prior to the Mariners’ game at T-Mobile Park against the Los Angeles Angels. We had a listen to this yesterday and linked it for you here. Tremendous job by all the young ladies in this group with this. They represented their school and community very well in front of the just under 15,000 fans who attended that evening’s game, won by the M’s. Great job ladies!!

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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