Waskom with top national time at state meet in 1600m….but it doesn’t win him a title…plus other track and baseball for you on this Friday

Good Friday morning. We have a Mount Si High School boys’ soccer preview this morning coming up, but first we have some news from track and field.

The WIAA’s state 4A and 2A track and field championships started yesterday down in Tacoma, and Mount Si and Cedarcrest were represented in the first day of action.

It was headlined by the boys’ 1600m race, where Mount Si’s Joe Waskom finished second clocking four minutes, 6.64 seconds. According to Wildcat distance coach Sean Sundwall, this was the second-fastest time in the nation in this distance at the high school level this spring. The fastest was by the man who beat Waskom for the title in this race, Camas’ Daniel Maton, who clocked 4:06.07, just a hair ahead of the Mount Si senior.

In other action, Abby Triou took 12th in the girls’ discus tossing it 106 feet, three inches, and Tatum Dalgleish took 12th in the girls’ long jump clearing 15′ 11 1/2″. Mount Si’s boys 4×400 relay crew of Blake Woodford, Ryan Hurley, Murphy McDowell and Spencer Sprague finished 17th in the preliminary race and did not advance to the finals on Saturday. They clocked 3:38.01.

On the Cedarcrest front, they were repped in one event yesterday. The Red Wolve 4×200 girls’ relay foursome of Kiley Frank, Grace McKenzie, Sydney Smith and Lauren Krause earned a berth in the finals tomorrow, taking fifth in their preliminary race yesterday. They came across in 1:46.26.

Action continues through tomorrow at Mount Tahoma High School.

Valley’s Larson competes at nationals: St. Martin’s University senior Liz Larson, from Snoqualmie, competed in her final college event yesterday, finishing 14th in the women’s hammer toss at the NCAA Division II women’s national track and field meet down in Kingsville, TX. She had a toss of 172’7″.

Time for some baseball.

Youth Baseball
This weekend starts the summer travel baseball season in earnest, as many of the top local teams featuring players from Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School face teams from around the Northwest in the annual Art Wright Invitational. Play in this event, at numerous local venues, continues through Monday, but it started last night for several of the teams with local athletes. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. We’ll have coverage all weekend of the Wright tournament so look for that here.

FSP 18U 4, QAB Renegades 2: The Bellevue-based team played its first game ever last night to open the Wright event doubling up the Kitsap County team at Courter Field on the BCC campus in Bellevue. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard doubled and scored a run to pace FSP, operated by former Bellevue High School football standout Tracy Ford. Fellow Wildcat Harrison Clark went 0-2 also for FSP.

Baden Premier 5, Northwest Naturals 17U 3: Seattle-based Baden rallied from an early deficit to take the Wright opener for both teams also at Courter. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri paced NWN, based in Sammamish, going 1-3 with a run scored and RBI. Fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon was 0-1 also for the Nats.

Rippers 16U 15, City Baseball Gold 1: There’s also Cedarcrest representation in this weekend’s Wright tourney – on this Redmond team, and the Red Wolve players all pitched in to last night’s win at Hartman Park in Redmond as they blasted the Seattle team. Mason Pudwill went 2-2 with two runs scored, while Kian Pegueros-Warren went 0-2 with a walk, but scored two runs and drove in two more, and Carter “Deuce” Knowles went 0-1 with two walks.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 3, Baden Black 16U 2: Several current Wildcat players took on one of their former teammates last night in the Wright 16U opener at Denny Field in West Seattle. Kevin Corder went 1-3 with an RBI for Preston-based FoC pacing the crop of current ‘Cats playing for the Bears, while ex-MSHS’er Mason Gronewald was 0-3 with a run scored for Seattle-based Baden. Gronewald this spring played for Mercer Island High School’s program after he transferred there from Mount Si prior to the season. Also, Wildcat Tyler Clem was 1-3 with a run scored for FoC.

College Baseball
Lower Columbia handles Mount Hood: Off the tremendous success of his former Mount Si High School teammate yesterday in his game at the NWAC Tournament, Mount Hood outfielder Carson Corra looked to lead his team to an upset win over the tournament hosts Lower Columbia College. However, that didn’t happen.

The Red Devils rolled to an 8-1 win knocking Mount Hood into the loser-out round today at the regional community college baseball tournament in Longview. Corra, a sophomore who like Spokane’s Justin Lutz, who hit a mammoth two-run homer helping the Sasquatch win their game earlier yesterday, a moment which generated a bit of buzz on Twitter amongst a number of folks associated with the MSHS baseball program, graduated from Mount Si in 2017 and is from the Fall City area (Ames Lake to be specific), went 0-2.

Corra and his MHCC side face Yakima Valley in their loser out game at 12:30 while Spokane takes on Tacoma in the winner’s bracket semfinals at 4:30.

More on “JuJu’s” blast: Speaking of Lutz by the way, his aforementioned homer was witnessed by both his dad, Mount Si baseball coach Brent Lutz, and his brother, Reid, also a MSHS grad and former Wildcat baseball player, both of whom were there at the game yesterday morning. Reid told us on Twitter that the center field fence at David Story Field, which is where the tournament is being held, is 387 feet and the ball landed, as we told you yesterday, on the roof of a shed out beyond that center field fence that also doubles as the hitting backdrop at the field.

That roof is 20 feet above the ground, so it’s estimated that homer probably went better than 400 feet, a major-league quality blast for sure. Lutz as a sophomore is not eligible to be drafted this year in the MLB draft but we told you his current numbers yesterday when we mentioned this to you then and it is expected he’ll find a four-year program to transfer to to complete his college career following this season, likely in NCAA Division II or lower or the NAIA.

Minor Leagues
Lane a winner: North Bend’s Trevor Lane picked up the win last night on the mound in a relief pitching appearance for the Trenton Thunder “AA” team as the New York Yankees-affiliated team beat the Boston Red Sox-affiliated Portland Sea Dogs.

Lane pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one, picking up the victory to move to 2-0 on the season, as Trenton rallied from a 2-1 deficit with a pair of runs in the sixth to beat the visitors from Maine 3-2 in an Eastern League game in Trenton, NJ.

Trenton moved to 27-17 on the season and the performance last night was a nice bounce-back for the 2012 Mount Si HS grad, who walked a season-high four in his previous outing, which took place on Monday night against Binghamton. In that game, he allowed two runs on one hit in just 2/3 of an inning with the four walks as the New York Mets-affiliated team won that game 7-1. Lane’s ERA now is at a respectable 2.14, a far cry from his under 1.00 that he had just a few weeks ago.

Trenton this weekend is at Binghamton, meeting the Rumble Ponies in upstate New York.

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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