The weekend wrap…..

Good Monday morning. We’ll try to get to the Athlete of the Week soon, but we have a full weekend wrap for you, starting in college baseball with a couple of big moments for Mount Si High School grads over in the Lilac City of Spokane yesterday.

Mount Si alum to compete for national college baseball championship: Whitman College from Walla Walla advanced to the NCAA Division III national baseball tournament yesterday, punching its ticket by winning the Northwest Conference crown after dispatching Whitworth in the conference tournament finals at Merkel Field in Spokane.

The Blues needed two games to get it done, falling in their first against the Pirates 9-6 before winning the second 8-7 to earn the berth. Whitman earning the trip means a Valley athlete will get a chance to compete for that crown. Junior pitcher Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si High School grad, worked the first game for the Blues and did very well, allowing a run on four hits with two strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings of solid relief pitching. He received no decision and did not play in the second game.

We wish Whitman good luck at the upcoming tournament.

North Bend’s Marenco a factor again for GU: Across town over at the Pattison Complex on the Gonzaga campus, after hitting his first college home run on Saturday night to help Gonzaga win a key game at home with conference rival San Francisco, one would thought an encore wasn’t likely for North Bend’s Mason Marenco yesterday. Well, Marenco had other ideas. He one-upped himself.

Marenco, a freshman and 2017 Mount Si HS grad, not only hit it out again, but this time it was a grand slam, and it came following an at-bat in which he missed hitting a slam there by about three feet. He finished 2-4 with the four RBI’s as Gonzaga rolled 12-3 over the visiting Dons and took over control of the top spot in the West Coast Conference with the win and resulting weekend series sweep. Fellow Valleyite Carson Breshears also played in the contest and had no official at-bats. He is a senior from North Bend and a 2014 MSHS’er.

Also from college baseball yesterday:

Bellevue U.-NE 16, Waldorf (IA) 0: (game one, doubleheader): The Bruins rolled in the first of two on the road in Iowa. Duvall’s Cody Banks went 0-4 in the contest for BU.

Edmonds 5, Shoreline 3 (10 inn., game one, doubleheader): EdCC took the opener of two in Seattle over the Dolphins. Sophomore Jake Jewell, from Carnation and a 2016 CHS’er, pinch-ran for Shoreline in the game and scored a run.

Bellevue CC 6, Olympic 0 (game one, doubleheader): BCC blanked the Rangers in the first of two at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Silverdale. Skyline HS alum Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 0-5 for BCC in the game. He did not play the nightcap, won by the Bulldogs by that same 6-0 score to give them the sweep. As was the case on Saturday when the two teams played in Bellevue, Olympic’s Jon Bell, a freshman and CHS alum from Duvall, did not pitch either of yesterday’s games for the Rangers.

TX-Rio Grande 7, Seattle U. 6 (10): The boys from Texas rallied to stun the Redhawks at home in Edinburg, TX, to sweep the weekend series. Duvall junior Blaine Wagner, who normally catches for SU, found himself playing center field in the contest late for the Redhawks, and the 2016 CHS’er went 0-1.

Cal State Northridge 6, Hawaii 3: Northridge took the weekend set taking yesterday’s game at home in southern California despite a good outing from Hawaii starter Aaron Davenport. The freshman, from Duvall and a 2018 CHS’er, worked 4 2/3 innings, allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits, walked two and struck out three. He received no decision.

Bellevue U.-NE 12, Waldorf (IA) 3 (game two, doubleheader): Bellevue took the nightcap, swept the twinbill and won the North Star Athletic Association (NAIA) crown in the process. Banks, a junior and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, went 1-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Bruins.

Edmonds 11, Shoreline 4 (game two, doubleheader): The Tritons had a bit easier time with this one as they swept the twinbill from the Dolphins. Jewell pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out two with no decision recorded for ShCC.

North Bend’s Nelson improves, but still finishes well back in conference tourney: Off an 88 Saturday in round one, Pacific Lutheran junior Alex Nelson, from North Bend, had a much better day yesterday at the Northwest Conference men’s golf championship tournament in Walla Walla.

Nelson, a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, carded a 73 to finish the event with a two-day total of 161, +17 over par on the par 72 Wine Valley layout, and that earned him a tie for 25th overall in the two-day tournament. PLU as a team finished fourth. Nelson was the lone Valley competitor to participate this weekend – his Lute Valley teammates Jordan Lau and Mitch Dover, also both Mount Si grads, did not compete.

Valleyites compete in the Fawley Cup: Gonzaga and Washington State’s women’s rowing teams braved the cold winds of the Snake River to contest the Fawley Cup yesterday morning, with both teams featuring Valley competitors.

North Bend’s Lauren McCallum was aboard the GU varsity eight boat and they fell to WSU’s varsity eight by a couple of seconds, the Cougars coming across in 6:35.82 to the Bulldogs’ 6:38.26. However, WSU ended up sweeping the races yesterday and that meant success for Fall City’s Sara Brevick. She and her Cougar second varsity eight boat beat GU’s second varsity eight clocking 6:49.24 to the Bulldogs’ 6:54.19, winning by about five seconds. Both ladies are MSHS alums.

The races were supposed to be held on Saturday but were pushed back due to the windy conditions, which were once again a factor especially late in the meet.

Valleyite helps team win WIRA crown: St. Mary’s-CA’s women’s varsity eight boat, with a Valleyite aboard, took the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association title yesterday with a great performance at the finals in Sacramento.

The Gaels, with North Bend’s Emily Sprigings in the seventh seat on the boat, clocked 6:55.74 and easily beat Santa Clara for the title, by 10 seconds. St. Mary’s will now compete for the West Coast Conference crown in three weeks time with a shot at advancing to nationals if they win. Sprigings is a Mount Si HS grad.

Findlay (OH) 6, Hillsdale (MI) 1 (game two, doubleheader): The Ohio team took both ends of a doubleheader at home to close out the regular season; they won the opener 5-4. Freshman Elaine Townley did not see action in the first game for the visiting Chargers, but did see work in the nightcap; the 2018 CHS’er from Carnation went 0-1.

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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