The weekend wrap featuring Preston-based youth baseball teams, both with Mount Si players, making title games in big weekend tournament…..

Good morning. We’re back to the work week today with diamond cuts aplenty and we start on the college baseball diamond for you.

It was a mini-Valley Cup of sorts yesterday at the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, ID, as Duvall’s Cody Banks, a Cedarcrest HS grad, and his Bellevue U. Bruins from Nebraska took on North Bend’s Tanner Simpson, a Mount Si HS grad, and his Lewis-Clark State College squad, hosting the tournament at their field there in Lewiston.

The loser-out game went to BU, 4-2, ending the Warriors’ season and the college career for Simpson, a fifth-year senior pitcher who graduated from Mount Si in 2014. He pitched one last inning yesterday and he allowed just one hit. He did not face Banks, though, but the junior didn’t mind perhaps, as he went hitless in four at-bats. Banks graduated from Cedarcrest in 2016. Both players are potential candidates to get drafted in next week’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Simpson’s season ends with him going 4-1 with a team-best 2.41 earned run average filling a primarily long-inning relief role. He’s a lefty, too, and that’s always coveted by MLB clubs. He had two saves and threw 41 total innings, allowing 11 earned runs and just eight walks while striking out 42. Batters hit just .252 against the Valleyite, so as you can see, all numbers which certainly, especially when you consider LCSC has had a history of getting players to the MLB level, such as fellow MSHS alum Gunnar Buhner, should give Simpson a good chance of if not getting drafted, perhaps being signed by a MLB club following the draft as a free agent.

We will see what happens. In the meantime, though, we have a lot of youth action as well for you this morning.

Youth Baseball: Preston-based teams with Mount Si players make finals of Art Wright event
The Art Wright Memorial Day youth baseball tournament wrapped up yesterday, and for a pair of teams from Preston-based Field of Champions which feature multiple players from Mount Si High School, the day ended up being very busy, but very successful at the same time. Scores and highlights for all of our games come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 8, Bainbridge Mavericks 0 (First round, 16U): The very busy, but as it turned out successful, day for FoC’s 16U’s started out with a blowout win over the Kitsap County team at Russell Road Park in Kent. Mount Si’s Kevin Corder pitched six strong innings, allowing just five hits while striking out one for the win, and fellow Wildcat Lucas Costello led the offense for FoC, going 3-4 with a double and three RBI’s. Corder, too, delivered with the bat, with a pair of hits, a run scored and RBI for the Bears.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 11, Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 2 (Quarterfinals, 15U): This FoC squad also made a strong push in the Wright tournament playoffs, with their first win coming in a game pitting several Mount Si players against one another at Marymoor Park in Redmond. And a number of them made noise. Case in point, for the Bears, Beck Hoffman had two hits, scored a run and drove in three more, and Quin Patterson, well, he’s just as good at baseball as he is in hoops. 2-4 afternoon for Quin in this one with a run scored and RBI. J.T. DeRouen and Ryan Llewellyn led the Wildcat delegation for the Bellevue-based Dragons, each with a hit and run scored.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 2, Thurston County Saints 1 (Quarterfinals, 16U): Corder, Costello and fellow Mount Si’er Tyler Clem all had a hit each to pace the Bears, with Corder scoring a run and Costello driving one in, as FoC held off the top-seeded team from Lacey to advance into the semis.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 7, Narrows Baseball 6 (Semifinals, 15U): Hoffman and fellow Mount Si’er Drew Hiddleson both doubled, Hiddleson’s as part of a 3-3 effort in which he scored a run, as FoC advanced to the title game with the win over the Gig Harbor team. Patterson also had three hits, scored a run and drove in another, and Hoffman finished 2-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored. And let’s not forget a fourth ‘Cat, Blake Miller, he also had a hit in this one for the Bears. Hiddleson pitched two innings as well for FoC, allowing four runs, one earned, on five hits, walking one. He received no decision.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 7, Narrows Baseball 2 (Semifinals, 16U): A five-run second propelled FoC into the title match as they beat the Gig Harbor-based squad at Russell Road. Clem had a hit, run scored and RBI, while Costello walked, scored a run and drove another in despite going 0-3. Corder added a run and stolen base despite going 0-4 for the Bears.

Bellevue Dragons Elite Blue 5, Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 4 (Championshp, 15U): The Dragons “Blue” team got the last laugh, winning the title at Marymoor on a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh. Hiddleson went 1-4 with a run scored while Hoffman, Miller and a fifth Mount Si’er on the team – Harrison Kelly – went a combined 0-7 with two walks and a run scored. Busy day for these five, but a successful run nonetheless.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 13, FCA Black 7 (Championship, 16U): Corder had two hits and two runs scored for FoC as they used a six-run first to spark a winning effort that landed them this very prestigious title to start the summer season. Costello had a hit, run scored and RBI, and Clem added a run scored and RBI. We’re guessing these three are going to need a lot of rest today, but it’s back to work for them- in the classroom – at school.

Great day for both teams.

Also:

Rijo Baseball 7, Northwest Naturals 16U 3 (Art Wright quarterfinal, 16U): Another one of the Wright 16U quarters featured the Sammamish-based Nats falling to the Redmond-based Rijo down in Kent. Tyler Disch and Dawson Schneider led the Mount Si delegation for the Nats. Both players doubled and also each pitched three innings for NWN. Disch’s three saw him allow all seven runs, three earned, on five hits, walking three and striking out two, and Schneider’s three were like a lot of the games he pitched with the Wildcat varsity this spring – dominant and outstanding. He allowed just four hits and struck out three.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 4, WBA Dirtbags 2: A memorable weekend closed out down in Arizona for Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan as he delivered again inside a major league spring training complex. He doubled and scored a run for XSN, based in Bellevue, as the local team closed out their weekend tournament being held at several Phoenix-area MLB spring sites; the game yesterday was at the Cleveland Indians’ facilities in Goodyear.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 11, Showtime Baseball 1: Boys scored nine in the first to rout the Pierce County team up at Edmonds Community College. Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson had a hit, walk and run scored for BoS, and fellow Wildcat Spencer Marenco walked twice, scored a run and also drove one in for the Bellevue team.

Softball
Washington Ladyhawks Miller 14U 8, Alaska Krush 1: At the National Softball Association’s tournament over at Sterling Complex in East Wenatchee, the ‘Hawks kept the pressure on and advanced against the Alaska team. Tolt Middle School’s Reagan Hollett was 0-1 for the Hawks in this one. She did not play in a second game yesterday for WLH, as they were eliminated from the event with a 4-1 loss to the Issaquah Flame.

Volleyball
Showalter, Sudden Impact Typhoon win ECC: Mount Si’s Bailey Showalter and her Bellevue-based Sudden Impact 15U Typhoon team took the title at the season-ending Emerald City Classic at the University of Washington yesterday, taking down top-seed – and fellow SI squad the Lightning in three sets, the third going 15-9. Typhoon advanced with wins over a Mexican team that eliminated the Kent-based KJ 15’s and their Mount Si threesome of Paige Phelps, Jade Petrzelka and Kira Holmberg in the first round and a team from eastern Washington.

We’ll have more on this tomorrow, including on how Typhoon’s SI 17’s colleagues, which too have Mount Si’ers aboard, did in the event.

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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