The weekend wrap and the Athletes of the Week…..

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap with the diamond cuts and then our Athletes of the Week. Final boys’ selections of the year this week.

Youth Baseball
Yesterday wrapped up the first big tournament weekend of the summer ball season, the GSL BaumBat tournament in southeast King County. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones or IPads in their app store.

Bellevue Dragons 15U Elite Green 2, Renegades 1: Mount Si’s Luke Richter went 2-3 with a double, and fellow Wildcat J.T. DeRouen also doubled pacing the Bellevue team to a win over the Kitsap County-based Renegades at the tournament in Ravensdale. Several other Wildcats played in the contest for the Dragons, including Ryan Llewellyn, Brady Hossfeld, Brady Farris and Chris Jarocki.

ExploSwing NW 16U 4, Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 0 (seventh place): Bellevue-based ExploSwing got a combined one-hitter from starter Davis Franklin and his relief counterpart, Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan, to take seventh in the tournament last night. Franklin allowed the lone hit, with McCutchan pitching a perfect seventh inning. He and fellow Mount Si’er Anthony Gilden, playing for BDE, both went 0-2 and Gilden also pitched an inning for the Dragons, and he walked one and struck out one in his inning of work in the fifth.

Thurston County Saints 12, Field of Champions 16U 3 (third place): Eight runs in the first propelled the Lacey-based Saints to third place in the tournament. The Preston-based FoC’s Mount Si delegation was led by Tyler Clem, who went 1-2 with an RBI. Fellow Wildcats Lucas Costello (0-3) and Kevin Corder (0-1, walk, run) also played in the game for the Bears.

City Baseball 16U Green 6, WW Sweets 15U 4 (championship): Seattle-based City used a five-run third and held off the Sammamish-based Sweets for the title last night at Ravensdale Park in southeast King County. Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty went 0-3 for Sweets in this one.

Other action as well, also from GC:

Rippers 16U 7, Kirkland Merchants 16U 3: The Redmond team handled affairs well with the road win over the Merchants at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Cedarcrest’s trio of Mason Pudwill, Carter “Deuce” Knowles and Kian Pegueros-Warren went a combined 0-5 in the game for the Rippers, with a walk. Carson Doi led the Merchants, going 3-4 with a double and run scored.

Bainbridge Mavericks 8, Washington A’s 15U 5: Bainbridge took command with a four-run second and won this one at home on Bainbridge Island over the visiting Sammamish-based A’s. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting went 0-3 for the A’s in this one.

Softball
Bellevue CC 14, Mount Hood 13 (10) (NWAC Tournament, Spokane, loser out): Bellevue rallied with two in the bottom of the 10th to walk this one off and live to play another game over at the NWAC championship tournament in Spokane. North Bend’s Maddy Trout went 1-5 for Bellevue in the game.

Clackamas 10, Bellevue CC 4 (NWAC Tournament, Spokane, loser out): Trout, a sophomore and 2017 MSHS grad, played her final game in this one for Bellevue as they fell and were eliminated from the tournament. She went 0-2 and finishes the season having hit a solid. 385 with five homers and 33 RBI’s splitting time between first base and catcher for a Bulldog team that went a stellar 42-7 this season. Look for Trout, who also had a solid .639 slugging percentage this season, to find a home next spring at a four-year school. Central Washington University we believe would be a good fit for Trout, but we’ll see what ends up happening with her this offseason.

College Baseball
Gonzaga 4, Loyola Marymount 1: GU broke open a close one with two in the seventh and won the regular-season finale in Los Angeles over the Lions. The North Bend duo of Mason Marenco and Carson Breshears both played for the Bulldogs, with Marenco, a freshman, going 0-2 and Breshears, a senior, seeing action defensively at second base late in the game but no official at-bats. Both players are MSHS grads. GU opens the West Coast Conference tournament on Thursday in Stockton, CA, playing St. Mary’s.

Mount Hood 5, Columbia Basin 4 (NWAC Regionals, Portland): Mount Hood held off CBC to advance to this weekend’s NWAC championship tournament in Longview. Sophomore Carson Corra, he of Ames Lake and a 2017 MSHS grad, went 0-2 with two walks for Mount Hood who meets tournament host Lower Columbia in their first game on Thursday night. Spokane will also feature Mount Si alum Justin Lutz, and they open play Thursday morning against Edmonds.

Yakima Valley 13, Bellevue CC 3 (NWAC Regionals, Yakima): The Yaks rolled to the win and eliminated Bellevue from the postseason in the process. Skyline HS grad Riley Gill, whose family lives in Snoqualmie, went 1-3 for BCC in the contest.

Soccer
Chicago wins, moves into first in NWSL: The Red Stars posted a 2-1 win in National Women’s Soccer League action last night over the visiting Houston Dash and that moved them into first overall in the league with three wins, a loss and two ties in their first six games. North Bend’s Nikki Stanton started the game at defensive midfield for Chicago, and the 2008 Mount Si HS grad worked the first 59 minutes of the game before being substituted. She did not return following that exit and ended up with no stats of note aside from a yellow card she was assessed during the contest in the 49th minute by officials. Chicago hosts winless Orlando on Wednesday and you can catch the game either on Yahoo Sports or if you have Dish or Direct’s sports packs, NBC Sports Chicago. Game time is 5:30.

Now to the Athletes of the Week.

CEDARCREST – Track is it now for CHS this spring, so we recognize thrower Daniel Enciso-Navarro, who will be the lone state rep for the Red Wolve boys after taking fourth at last week’s Northwest 2A District meet in the javelin, with a toss of just over 157 feet. He has been one of the top javelin throwers all season in Wesco and will look to show off his skills this week at the state meet, which is in Tacoma.

MOUNT SI – We did soccer two weeks ago, but we’ll have something to say about them in a moment. First, though, we’re recognizing track and field here as well. Blake Woodford, Roy Bang, Murphy McDowell, Ryan Hurley and Spencer Sprague along with previous AotW’er Joe Waskom will be repping Mount Si’s boys at state down in Tacoma. Woodford will compete in the 400m individually, and will team with Hurley, McDowell and Sprague in the 4×400. Bang will compete in the shot put and Waskom competes in two distance races – the 1600m and 3200m. All of that action starts Wednesday.

Now to soccer. Mount Si’s boys are off to the final four but it seems as if everyone this morning is talking about the goal heard ’round the Valley. We mentioned it with some historical context in yesterday’s game report – the goal by senior Reed Paradissis which came off the faceoff following a second-half penalty kick goal by the Eagles which helped restore a two-goal Mount Si lead, a lead that because of this goal they would not relinquish as they beat Issy 3-2 to advance.

We’re giving Paradissis an honorable mention this week. We’ll let his coach, Wildcat head coach Darren Brown, continue here. ”I appreciate any athlete in every sport that shines in the moment. Number 3 (Paradissis) had an evening that will always be remembered,” Brown told us by email. “He was smart at a time when his team needed him most and he delivered. He is special, Reed has that gift that a lot of people do not see. He is already ahead of the next play in his mind and his anticipation to me is right there with Davis Karaica, an ‘x’ back of ours that I always use as the bench mark.” A bench mark that went on to have a stellar four-year career as a starting defender for NCAA Division II stalwart Seattle Pacific University. And while Paradissis has opted to not play college soccer this fall as far as we know, there will always be a door open for him there if he wants it.

Those of you who haven’t seen it, we have the video proof for you here, courtesy of Mount Si’s boys’ soccer YouTube video feed and videographer “Photomatto.” To get to the moment, you’ll need to scroll to 1:43:36 in the video, and then watch about the next 60 seconds or so.

(Regular feed)

(Start this one at 1:51:10, Photomatto’s second camera feed, wider view angle of the goal)

This is a type of goal that isn’t often seen in soccer, but as we mentioned yesterday, this is not the first time a Wildcat player has done this. We remember a goal back in 2005 if we remember the year correctly. Brown may remember this goal, too. It was in a girls’ game against Newport, and Krisi Lund was a defender that year for Mount Si, just like Paradissis is this spring for the Wildcat boys. She fired a shot from a similar distance on the same sort of line toward the Knight goal, and it made its way into the goal giving the Wildcats a goal and if we remember it right it helped Mount Si win and they went on to make state that season, falling in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Camas in the second round in what will probably go down as the greatest girls game that Brown ever coached as a Wildcat coach.

The goal – and the YouTube clip of it – is making the rounds in a big way this morning. KOMO was scheduled to have a feature on it last night on the 11:00 news, and at least one of Paradissis’ fellow teammates on Mount Si’s football team this past season is suggesting on Twitter this make the cut at ESPN for their top 10 plays of the night on their SportsCenter show. Hell, if we can get Scott Van Pelt to give us a shout, more power to us, we guess.

This goal by Paradissis is looking like one that people will be talking about for years in the local soccer community, especially if Mount Si is able to win it all this coming weekend. Ferris is up next Friday and while they’re good, we see at least one real red flag with their overall product and we’ll mention that more soon here.

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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