CHS grad to compete for national college baseball title, plus youth cuts from the diamond on this Thursday….

Baseball now. A second Valley player will be competing at the upcoming NAIA baseball World Series in Lewiston, ID, at the end of this month.

This came as the result of Nebraska’s Bellevue University winning their regional in the NAIA tournament yesterday, beating in-state rival York 10-4 in the regional final in Shreveport, LA, to advance to the national championship event.

The win for the Bruins means a trip to Idaho for Duvall’s Cody Banks. Banks, a junior and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, went 1-3 with two RBI’s for BU, who their 26th straight game and 39th out of the past 40 to move to 46-14 on the season. Banks is hitting a solid .364 on the season for the Bruins, with four homers and 39 RBI’s. He is top 10 in both on-base and slugging percentage on the team and has a strong .987 fielding percentage with just three errors in 231 total chances defensively. All numbers which, along with the torrid success of BU this spring, make him a candidate to be drafted in this year’s Major League Baseball draft, which if he is would make him the first player with Cedarcrest ties ever drafted as far as we know.

Banks will join North Bend’s Tanner Simpson as Valley reps in the upcoming national tournament. Simpson is a pitcher for Lewis-Clark State, and they are the tournament hosts. He is a senior and 2014 Mount Si HS grad.

With that, time for the youth scores from last night locally. Scores and highlights powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 10, Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 1: Hartman Park in Redmond had a lot of scarlet and gray presence last night, as multiple players from Mount Si High School’s baseball program suited up for the two teams in a Seattle Elite League game. Among the Wildcats making waves: Blake Miller (FoC), who went 2-2 with two runs scored, two walks and an RBI; Beck Hoffman (FoC), who had a hit, two walks and an RBI; Harrison Kelly (FoC), with a hit, run scored and RBI, and J.T. DeRouen (BDG) who had one of the two Dragon hits. Mount Si’er Quin Patterson closed out the game on the hill for Preston-based FoC, walking two in his one inning of work but otherwise having nothing of note on the stat sheet. He received no decision and also walked once and scored a run.

Among the others in action last night for the Bears and Dragons repping MSHS: Drew Hiddleson (FoC), Luke Richter, Ryan Llewellyn, Brady Hossfeld, Brady Farris and Chris Jarocki (all BDG).

Rippers 16U 11, Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 3: Cedarcrest’s Kian Pegueros-Warren led the Redmond team to a season-opening rout over the Dragons at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue last night. He was a homer short of hitting for the cycle, going 3-4 with a double and triple apiece, scored three runs and drove in three more pacing the Rippers. Fellow Red Wolves Carter “Deuce” Knowles and Mason Pudwill also had a hit each, with Pudwill scoring a run and Knowles driving in one. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden went 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the Dragons.

Bellevue Dragons Elite Blue 24, Washington A’s 15U 7: The Bellevue team won at home at Bannerwood last night. MSHS’ Matt Wieting went 0-3 for the Sammamish-based A’s.

Seattle Tides 5, Juanita Baseball Club 0: The Tides blanked the Kirkland-based JBC on just three hits last night in downtown Kirkland. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-2 at the plate and pitched an inning of relief as well for Juanita, allowing a run on one hit and receiving no decision.

WW Sweets 15U 13, City Baseball 16U Green 2: Jake Smith, from Mount Si, was 1-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI for Sammamish-based Sweets as they blasted the Seattle team on their home turf at Ballard’s Whitman Middle School. Fellow Wildcat Aidan Dougherty went 0-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI for Sweets. He also pitched three innings, allowing two runs, one earned, without a hit, walked one and struck out three. Dougherty received no decision.

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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