Saturday diamond cuts: CHS softball advances to district quarters behind Carter

Good Saturday morning. A little late to this today, but our diamond cuts start with the Northwest 2A District playoff opener for Cedarcrest’s girls’ softball team, and if how things went is any indication, they could be primed for a deep run.

Ace Michaela Carter fired a one-hitter and also homered, powering a 10-0 Red Wolve win at home yesterday afternoon by run rule through five innings over Burlington-Edison, advancing Cedarcrest into the round of eight next week up at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley. Carly Nelson also homered for the Red Wolves, who came in as the seventh seed in the tournament and took care of the 10th seeded Tigers.

And the Red Wolves wasted no time getting things underway. After CHS’s senior, Fordham-bound, ace breezed through the top of the first, the Red Wolves went right to work in their half of the frame. After Payton Pluschke struck out to open the frame, Carter singled and that was follwed by a single from Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson. Carter advanced to third on that, then the “Mad Dog” turned on the jets and stole second during the next at-bat, which featured teammate Katelynn Smith. Smith grounded out to score Carter, then the freshmen stepped up. Allyson Smith doubled to score Davidson, then Carly Nelson doubled to score Allyson Smith. 3-0 after one and that was only the appetizer.

Carter moved through the second inning with relative ease, then brought the bat out in the Red Wolves’ half of that frame and crushed a 0-1 offering from B-E hurler Izzy Young, sending it over the right field fence for a two-run shot (Pluschke had singled prior to Carter’s at bat and was on base). Davidson then singled, followed by a Katelynn Smith double, setting up Allyson Smith with runners on in scoring position at second and third bases. Allyson hit a sacrifice fly out to center field to score “Mad Dog” and it was now 6-0 headed to the third and it looked like it was going to be all Cedarcrest on this afternoon.

Carter struck out the side in the third; she finished having struck out 11 total Tiger hitters, then in the Red Wolves’ half of that inning, she brought out the bat again singling to score Pluschke, who reached base on a single, and Jessica Wonder, who had come in as a courtesy runner for Taeler Gerde, who herself reached to open the frame with a single. In all, everyone in Cedarcrest’s lineup had at least one hit led by Carter, who went 3-4 with two runs scored and four RBI’s, and “Mad Dog”‘s three hits and three runs scored.

Carter continued in cruise control in the fourth with another one-two-three frame in the circle, then Cedarcrest delivered again, this time from Nelson, who took a full count (three ball, two strike) pitch from Young and sent it over the left field fence for a solo shot. Young broke up the no-hit bid by Carter with a leadoff single in the fifth, and that proved to be the only real highlight of the afternoon for B-E. Cedarcrest’s senior hurler didn’t let that faze her one bit as she then struck out the side in rapid-fire succession, then saw “Mad Dog” and both Smith’s hit consecutive singles to run rule this one in the bottom of the frame.

The Red Wolves now get set to face Riley Mae Swanson and the second-seed Lakewood Cougars in the quarters on Wednesday at 4:00. The winner will be into the semis facing possibly Lynden.

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Wes-King 4A Tournament: Bothell 6, Redmond 5 – The Cougars pulled off the upset of the tournament perhaps in the opening round last night up at Phil Johnson Complex in south Everett. And the way they did it was even more remarkable, coming back from an early 35-0 hole to do it. Rylee Kim homered for Bothell and Tatum Powers added a hit, two runs scored and two RBI’s to the Cougar cause. Haley Hanson went 2-3 with two runs scored for Redmond.

Wes-King 4A Tournament: Glacier Peak 14, Bothell 10 – Kendall Curtis had a hit, run scored and drove in three runs for Glacier as they outslugged the Cougars. Malia Menchaca went 2-3 with two walks and scored four runs for the Grizzlies. Morgan Schults had two hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Train.

Wes-King 4A Tournament: Woodinville 5, Kamiak 2 – Taylor Fitch homered for Woodinville and Bailey Burger-Moore added two hits, a run scored and RBI to the effort as the Falcons won their opening-round matchup with the Knights. Natalie Smullin went 2-4 with two runs scored for Kamiak. Pitcher Katelyn Sonnichsen went the distance in a losing effort for the Knights, allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits, walking seven and striking out six.

Wes-King 4A Tournament: Lake Stevens 9, Woodinville 8- Lake Stevens scored three in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a walk-off win over the Falcons under the lights last night at PJC. Kiley Hubby powered the Vikings, hitting two homers and driving in four RBI’s in addition to scoring three runs herself. Emma Fortney also homered for Lake Stevens and drove in two. Alex Nyberg tripled and homered for Woodinville and drove in four runs.

Wes-King 4A Tournament: Inglemoor 16, Monroe 7 – It was a homer-fest in this one as Inglemoor exploded late, scoring eight runs in the seventh to break open what had been a barnburner in the opening round matchup. Sophia Fike homered twice for the Vikings, driving in four runs, and Maddy Brown also homered for Inglemoor. She had a double as well, scored three runs and drove in three more. Elise Allen hit a grand slam to power Monroe, and slugger Hannah Hvitved also homered for the Bearcats, driving in two runs.

Wes-King 4A Tournament: Eastlake 11, Inglemoor 10 – The Wolves survived a five-run seventh-inning comeback by the Vikes to escape with the win. Bella DeOliviera paced Eastlake, going 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s while Taylor Waara powered Inglemoor, going 4-5 with a double, run scored and RBI. Kennadi Wuebel, O’Nalisa Hall and Hailey King all homered for the Vikings. Hall drove in four runs.

Wes-King 4A Tournament: Jackson 4, North Creek 0 – Macy Tarbox homered and Iyanla DeJesus fired a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 14, as the Timberwolves beat the Jaguars for the second time this season; DeJesus no-hit them the last time the two teams met to open the season back in March. Libby Peoples went the distance in the loss for North Creek in the circle, allowing four runs on six hits. She had one of the two Jaguar hits offensively.

Wes-King 4A Tournament: Jackson 9, Newport 6 – Jessica Asantor’s two-run shot fueled a three-run seventh that broke a 6-6 tie and enabled the Timberwolves to survive this one against a Knight team that had rallied from a 6-0 deficit after four innings to get that tie. Tarbox also homered for Jackson and drove in five. Lexi Richards had two hits, including a double, and scored twice for Newport. The pitching matchup was expected to be a good one, and both hurlers went the distance. DeJesus allowed just two earned runs of the six she allowed on four hits, walked three and struck out 16. Knight ace Hanako Hirai allowed nine runs, seven earned, on seven hits, walked six and struck out five.

Kingco 3A Tournament (winner to districts, loser out): Juanita 8, Interlake 3 – The Rebels punched the third and final Kingco berth to the SeaKing District Tournament, eliminating Interlake from the playoffs with the victory at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Mackenzie Burke paced the Rebels, going 2-3 with a triple, run scored and two RBI’s, and Rory Hutchinson doubled and drove in three for Juanita. Kiana Gregorich homered for the Saints.

Kingco 3A Tournament Championship: Lake Washington 12, Bellevue 5 – L-Dub exploded late, scoring eight runs over the final two innings to lock up the Kingco crown and the top seed to next week’s SeaKing District Tournament. Maddie Miller homered and drove in three runs for the Kangs, and Emma Rosendal added a double as part of a two-hit effort and also drove in three.

Wesco 3A Playoffs (winner to districts, Thu.): Edmonds-Woodway 6, Shorecrest 5 – Nalani Marinez had three hits, including a double, scoring two runs for the Warriors as they eliminated Shorecrest from the playoffs with the win at home. Annika Forseth added two hits for Ed-Wood, scored a run and drove in another. Kaine Marcinkowski went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s pacing Shorecrest.

Youth baseball
ExploSwing NW 16U 5, Aces 18U 2: Bellevue-based ExploSwing posted a victory at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island; Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan aided the efforts for the victors, with a walk and run scored despite going 0-2 for XSW.

High School Baseball
Wes-King 4A Tournament (winner to state): Eastlake 6, Cascade 2 – The Wolves punched a berth to state last night with the win over the Bruins at Everett Memorial Stadium. Justin Lewis had a double and drove in three runs for Eastlake, while Jayden Tait homered for Cascade driving in both of their runs. Nathan Fitzgibbons went the distance on the hill for the Wolves, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, striking out five. Montana Jones had two hits, scored a run and drove in three more for Bellevue.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (winner to state): Monroe 9, Issaquah 5 – The Bearcats punched a ticket to state in Everett last night powered by a triple, run scored and three RBI’s from Grant Davis. Gage Kirschenmann had a triple also for Monroe, scored a run and drove in two more. Jack Githens went 3-4 and scored two runs pacing the Eagles.

College Baseball
Gonzaga 7, Lamar 6: GU survived a five-run sixth-inning onslaught to take the first of their weekend set at home in Spokane last night with the non-conference foes from Texas. North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 0-2, but walked twice and scored two runs for the Zags, and fellow North Bender Carson Breshears also saw playing time, but no at-bats, for GU. Marenco is a freshman and Breshears is a senior, and both are Mount Si HS grads.

Mount Hood 7, Clark 6 (game one, doubleheader): Mount Hood won this one on a walk-off to open a pair with the visiting Penguins down in Gresham, OR. Sophomore Carson Corra, he from Ames Lake and a 2017 MSHS’er, went 0-2 for MHCC. He did not play the nightcap, won as well by Mount Hood giving them a doubleheader sweep.

Bellevue CC 9, Shoreline 7 (game one, doubleheader): The Bulldogs outlasted the Dolphins in the first of two at Courter Field on the BCC campus. Skyline HS grad Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 2-4 with a run scored for BCC.

New Mexico State 21, Seattle U. 7: The Aggies blasted the Redhawks at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue last night to open a weekend set. North Bend junior Alden Huschle pitched an inning for SU, allowing two runs on two hits, walking two and striking out two. The Mount Si HS alum received no decision.

Shoreline 5, Bellevue CC 4 (game two, doubleheader): ShCC took the nightcap and split the pair with the Bulldogs. Gill went 0-2.

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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