The Friday round of cuts, and your annual note from the editor about this year’s Mount Si senior graduation ceremony……..

Good Friday morning. The morning round of diamond cuts on deck, but first, a quick note from your editor.

Tonight is a special night for Mount Si High School’s class of 2019, as they all celebrate graduation and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, as they move onto college or other endeavors and become adults.

The moment for all of these kids, whether they are athletes or not, is one that has been earned through a lot of years of hard work and sacrifice, both by the kids themselves and their families. These young men and women have faced many challenges over the years, both individually and as a group, but they have risen above that to make it to this special night tonight.

It has been your editor’s honor and privilege these past four years as a local writer to tell the athletic stories of this great group of kids. Whether it’s been two-sport athlete (football/basketball) and Mount Si’s boys Athlete of the Year Jonny Barrett, softball star Abby Gronewald, boys’ distance track star Joe Waskom, senior girls’ track and field throwing experts Abby Triou or Jenae Usselman, girls’ two-sporter (soccer and gymnastics) Shelby Johnson, baseball athletes Trace Halvorson or Spencer Marenco or dozens of others too numerous to mention here, the accomplishments of these kids, both on the field and in the classroom, are accomplishments that will forever be etched in history.

Many of these kids will be moving on to college to pursue their goals. Others will head to the military, or perhaps straight into the workforce. There will be some challenges on that trail, but there will also be some opportunities for these kids to chase, opportunities which may see them head elsewhere. But these kids will always have a piece of this Valley in their hearts, and will forever bleed that scarlet and gray.

We congratulate Mount Si’s Class of 2019 on their accomplishments and wish them all the best as they move on and chart their new paths to success as young adults.

The graduation ceremony once again this year is being webstreamed live for those unable to get a ticket to the event. That webstream is below.

The event itself is this afternoon down at ShoWare Center in Kent, at an unusually early 4:30 p.m. start time to accommodate other events in the arena this evening. Those going to the event we would suggest you dress for the weather as rain is in the forecast and get there early.

Cedarcrest High School’s graduation takes place next Friday.

With that, time for the scores. Youth baseball action powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washington Rush White 9, FM Sports 16U 8: A wild one up north in Snohomish County last night went to the Rush on a walk-off. The Mount Si High School delegation all pitched in for Redmond-based FM; among them, Josh Moore started the game for FM on the hill, allowing a run on six hits in three innings with a strikeout and no decision, and Jackson Crumb went 1-2 with two walks and a run scored. Also, Scott Harris had a hit and RBI and Ryan Harris had a hit, walk and two runs scored, both for FM.

Rippers Baseball 16U 7, Baden Black 16U 5: The Redmond-based Rippers held off Seattle-based Baden in a game at the Cam Christian tournament down in Auburn last night. Cedarcrest HS’s Kian Pegueros-Warren paced Rippers, with a double as part of a 2-3 effort; he scored a run and also drove in one as well. And fellow Red Wolve Carter “Deuce” Knowles was also delivering the goods, going 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. The third CHS’er on Rippers, Mason Pudwill, went 0-1. Former Mount Si High School player Mason Gronewald went 1-2 with a double, walk, run scored and RBI for Baden. He played this spring for Mercer Island.

Northwest Naturals 16U 3, Kirkland Merchants 16U 2: This was a good one up at Skyline HS in Sammamish last night as the host Sammamish-based Nats won it on a walk-off over the Kirkland team. Mount Si’s Dawson Schneider got the win in relief for the Nats, allowing one hit in one inning of work while striking out two. He offensively went 0-3. Woodinville’s Caden McCann, whose family are regular readers of this blog, pitched very well last night, allowing two runs on four hits in a solid six innings of work on the hill for the Merchants. He walked six, struck out eight and ended up with no decision thanks to the walk-off heroics in the seventh.

Rock Creek 15U 8, Power Baseball 8: Also in Cam Christian action in Auburn last night, the Maple Valley-based Rock Creek could not hold a late lead and ended in a draw with the south Sound team. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 1-4 with a run scored for Rock Creek.

Diamond Sports 9, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8: The Pierce County team held off the Bellevue-based Boys at home in Bellevue last night. Marenco and Halvorson spent their graduation eves on the diamond last night for BoS, with Marenco going 0-4 with a run scored and RBI and Halvorson going 0-2 with a walk and run scored.

Kirkland Merchants Premier 10, Washington A’s Premier 18U 3: The Merchants cruised to a home win at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore over the Sammamish-based A’s. Will Scott, who walked down this same ShoWare Center graduation aisle last year during the MSHS class of 2017 graduation ceremony, went 0-1 for the A’s. He just completed his freshman college season at the Colorado School of Mines.

College Summer Baseball
Ridgefield wins first-ever game: The West Coast League’s expansion Ridgefield Raptors won their first-ever game last night, outlasting the Yakima Valley Pippins 3-2 at home in Clark County. Skyline HS grad Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 1-3 for YVP, who now has on their roster Fall City’s Justin Lutz. And the Mount Si grad could face a fellow Wildcat alum – Gavin Gorrell – tonight as the Pippins host Wenatchee for their home opener. We’ll keep tabs and let you know.

Honkers roll: In Pacific International League action, the Northwest Honkers rolled to a 13-1 win over the Seattle Wallbangers last night in Edmonds. The Valley-based Honkers, playing home games at various out-of-area venues this summer as it seeks a permanent field in the Valley to replace their former home of Fall City Community Park, scored six in the eighth to cement the win. Ben David and Paul Bryniarski both homered for NWH, while Mount Si alum Tiye Utley went 0-4 for Seattle.

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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