CHS grad Banks delivers for college team as its regular season closes, while the current Red Wolves open their playoffs. Preview and pick now…..

More baseball now. Cedarcrest playoff preview shortly, but let’s talk some college baseball and bring you some news about a Red Wolve alum.

The Bellevue University of Nebraska baseball team started out slow this season, but has been on a tear in the second half, and closed out the season strong with a doubleheader sweep yesterday over conference rival Waldorf of Iowa, winning the opener 24-12 before closing out the twinbill with a 19-2 blowout in the nightcap.

In the first game, Duvall’s Cody Banks was among the many factors for the Bruins. The junior, a 2016 Cedarcrest High School grad, doubled as part of a 4-6 effort, scoring four runs and driving in four more, then in the nightcap, Banks added another hit along with a walk. After starting 3-7, the Bruins have won 33 of 34, including a 19-game win streak currently ongoing. And the Valleyite is among the team’s top hitters, currently hitting .374 with four homers and 35 RBI’s. He’s eligible to be drafted this year in the MLB baseball draft as a junior, so these stats could be getting him some notice by pro scouts, we shall see.

Bellevue won the North Star Athletic Association (NAIA) crown this spring and will open the playoffs Friday against Viterbo in the conference tournament, being hosted by Valley City State in Valley City, North Dakota. A win of the tournament will earn them a trip to the NAIA national playoffs and a potential spot in the NAIA World Series at the end of May in Lewiston, ID.

With that, let’s now preview today’s game involving the current Red Wolves. They are in the playoffs and facing a familiar foe.

WESCO 2A/3A BASEBALL
NORTHWEST DISTRICT 2A PLAYOFFS, FIRST ROUND – LOSER OUT
#10 CEDARCREST RED WOLVES AT #7 ANACORTES SEAHAWKS
DANIELS FIELD, ANACORTES, 5:00 P.M. FIRST PITCH

Cedarcrest and Anacortes meet in the opening round today of the Northwest District playoffs and this is not the first time they’ve seen each other this spring. The two teams met on this same field up in Anacortes on March 12, with the Seahawks rolling to a 9-1 win. Eric Dotzauer was a key that day as Anacortes scored six first-inning runs en route to the victory. He went 2-3 with two RBI’s, and has continued his strong season; he went 3-3 with two doubles and two RBI’s last Thursday in the Seahawks’ most recent game, a 9-1 win over NWC rival Squalicum. Anacortes finished the season 11-9 and the freshman certainly helped do his part. Also keep an eye on senior Ryan Rubalcava, who went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI last Thursday, and junior Pierson Nordmark, who tripled and drove in three runs in the Seahawk win over the Red Wolves earlier this season.

Both teams have been on different paths this season since that day – Anacortes pushing to a better than .500 finish in the regular season, but CHS hasn’t found the going much better after that loss to the Seahawks, only ending up winning four games all season and dealing with challenges both on and off the field this spring. Kian Pegueros-Warren leads the Red Wolves; he’s hitting .326 this season with five doubles and four RBI’s. Senior Tyler Gray has also had a strong season, currently hitting .290 with a team-leading 18 hits and 12 runs scored.

But those challenges have been pretty profound. There’s adjusting to life in a new, much tougher Wesco league with a young team; only Gray and Chris Busch are seniors this year on a team largely dominated by sophomores and juniors. These past couple of weeks have also been distracted, just like everything else on that Cedarcrest campus has been, by everyone coming to grips with and grieving the passing of Red Wolve senior student athlete Bryce Hefner.

But then, there have also been challenges internally in the program, headlined largely by the mid-season scrapping of the Red Wolve junior varsity team for this season due to roster size concerns. It’s hoped that the lessons coach Scott Goldsberry and the program as a whole learned out of these challenges will help the program become more competitive as a team in the Wesco next season. That all said, the upcoming offseason is going to be a very important one for the program and its boosters if it wants to regain the strong competitive resume that they came into Wesco with this season.

We expect that offseason to begin tonight after this one ends, but not until after Gray and Busch have left it all out on the field in their final games as high school players. Hopefully, both guys will find a way to remain involved in this program after they graduate, and join the list of guys who come back and perhaps help coach the team in future seasons.

ANACORTES 8, CEDARCREST 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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