Diamond cuts aplenty…..

Good Thursday morning. A lot of baseball this morning, but we want to first wrap up the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft. 2016 was the last time a Valley player got his name called in this annual draft of top high school and college baseball players, and the Valley will have to wait another year for one of their own to hear their name called.

Two players from our community who the SVSJ had identified as potential candidates to get drafted, Duvall’s Cody Banks and North Bend’s Tanner Simpson, did not hear their names called by MLB clubs during the three-day, 40-round proceedings which wrapped up last night at the MLB Network television facilities in Secaucus, NJ. Banks, a junior this season at Bellevue University in Nebraska and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, is expected to return next season to the Bruins while Simpson, a fifth-year senior at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, has finished his college eligibility so if he wants to play at the next level, he’ll either need to sign a free-agent contract with a MLB organization or with an independent minor league team. If he does either, which is anticipated within the next several days, we’ll let you know.

Of note as well is that no player from either of their teams was drafted, a bit of a surprise considering that both schools had good seasons and have had players drafted in the past in this draft proceeding.

While the celebration didn’t come to the Valley, it did come once again to the Kingco Conference, as several players with ties to the conference were drafted yesterday, a testament once again to how well a job the league’s high school programs and coaches are doing, including Mount Si’s Brent Lutz, and the many select programs that feature league athletes on their rosters as well, in preparing kids for that next level. In all, yesterday was a great day for everyone in the local baseball community, but the hard work continued last night on the youth baseball diamond, as a number of those Eastside-based select organizations had teams in action, as the next crop of potential MLB draftees continue to improve their skills in advance of perhaps one day having their dreams realized. More on all these games now thanks to our friends at Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washingtom A’s 18U Premier 11, Kirkland Merchants Premier 3: The A’s rolled at home at Eastlake High School in Sammamish over the Kirkland squad last night. Mount Si alum Will Scott did not play for the A’s in the contest, but it was still a very celebratory night for the team; not only did they get the win, but the young man who powered it offensively now has a big decision to make.

Among the players with Kingco ties drafted in yesterday’s final day of the MLB Draft was Skyline High School’s Will Simpson, who is one of Scott’s A’s teammates. Simpson, who homered and drove in three runs, has committed to Washington State but yesterday was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round, a similar level to that of 2010 Mount Si alum Josh Kimborowicz when he was drafted in 2013 by the Tampa Bay Rays, at that time becoming the first player with Valley ties to be drafted in over 20 years. So Simpson will have some things to think about over the next few days, we expect, and we offer our congrats here.

We should also mention that the Merchants also had a player selected yesterday – Lake Washington’s Torin Montgomery got picked, in the very late rounds, by the Miami Marlins. Montgomery last night went 1-2 with a walk for the Merchants.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 2, Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 1 (9): The two Bellevue teams battled late into last night at Hartman Park in Redmond with XSN winning the extra-inning pitcher’s duel featuring Mount Si players on both teams. Anthony Gilden repped the ‘Cats for BDE and went 2-3 while Turner McCutchan did the same for XSN and went 0-4.

Boys of Summer 18U Red 8, Aces Baseball 7: Bellevue-based Boys headed all the way down to Enumclaw last night and escaped with a hard-fought win after rallying in the seventh with four runs. That four-run frame took Mount Si’s soon-to-graduate Levi Jorgensen off the hook for the loss on the mound for BoS; the Boys starting pitcher allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits in three innings, walking one and striking out two and ending up with no decision.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 7, Prospect United 7: The game prior to the above-noted BoS game at Enumclaw High School also featured Mount Si players aplenty as the Preston-based Bears battled to a draw with the Pierce County team. Wildcat Harrison Kelly led the way for FoC, with a homer and double, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Fellow ‘Cat Beck Hoffman went 2-4 for the Bears with a double and run scored, and another, Drew Hiddleson, tripled, walked and drove in a run. A fourth MSHS’er, Blake Miller, also had a hit and RBI pacing the Bears.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 2, City Baseball Green 1: Michael’s scored two in the seventh to walk it off at home in Bellevue last night over the Seattle-based visitors. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 1-2 for Toyota.

Northwest Reign 4, Northwest Naturals 17U 3: The Sammamish-based Nats rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit and tied the game late only to see the visiting Reign score a run in the seventh to sink NWN at home on the Eastside last night. Mount Si’s Jack Mardon went 1-3 with a run scored while fellow ‘Cat Cam Ferreri went 0-3 with a run scored.

Rock Creek Premier 5, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4: Bellevue-based Boys fell on the road to Maple Valley-based Rock Creek down in Ravensdale last night with Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco going 1-4 with an RBI pacing BoS, and fellow ‘Cat Trace Halvorson going 0-2 with a walk as well for the Eastside team.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 9, Boys of Summer 4: Preston-based FoC handled the Bellevue team at Skyline High School in Sammamish last night. Mount Si’s Lucas Costello went 1-1 with a run scored and fellow ‘Cat Tyler Clem went 0-3, both for the Bears.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 4, Washington A’s 15U 1: MSHS’ Chris Jarocki went 2-3 with a double and run scored pacing the Dragons to a win over the Sammamish-based A’s at Bellevue High School last night. Fellow Wildcat Ryan Llewellyn went 2-4 with a run, and two other ‘Cats – Brady Hossfeld (1-1, three walks) and Brady Farris (1-3) also chipped in for the Bellevue team. Mount Si was also repped on the A’s, by Matt Wieting, who went 0-2.

College Summer
Bellingham delivers: In West Coast League action last night up at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, the Bells handled the visiting Kelowna Falcons 6-2. 2017 Mount Si alum Mason Marenco, from North Bend and playing collegiately for Gonzaga University in Spokane, went 0-4 with two RBI’s for Bellingham in this one. He played second base in the contest for the Bells.

Yakima Valley blasts Raptors: The Pippins poured it on late to rally from an early deficit to blast the Ridgefield Raptors 10-3 in WCL action down in Clark County last night. Skyline HS alum Riley Gill, a BCC player whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 1-4 with an RBI for YVP in this one.

Wenatchee falls for first time this summer: The AppleSox took a 9-3 loss at home in Wenatchee last night in WCL play to the visiting Victoria HarbourCats. Grant Gorrell, from Arizona, is the cousin of Mount Si grad and fellow AppleSox and Boise State teammate Gavin Gorrell, and he made his summer debut last night for the Sox, going 0-3. He will be playing second base. As for Gavin, from North Bend, he will be pitching for Wenatchee, and his first outing is yet to be officially announced.

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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