“G’s” vs. “JuJu”, plus the rest of this morning’s diamond cuts…..

Good Saturday morning. Hopefully, it is a wonderful morning for everyone from Mount Si High School’s class of 2019, 415 strong who all graduated last night in a special ceremony down at ShoWare Center in Kent. Those 400-plus now embark on a trail that for many of them hopefully will be a successful one for them as young adults, and we once again wish them luck this morning.

We lead our morning round of diamond cuts off with a pair of Mount Si 2017 alums crossing paths last night in the West Coast League. Friends and former Wildcat teammates Gavin Gorrell and Justin Lutz and their teams clashed last night in the first of a three-game rivalry weekend set. Gorrell’s Wenatchee AppleSox took on Lutz’s Yakima Valley Pippins in the so-called “Highway 97” rivalry clash at Yakima County Stadium, the first of six of these this summer for the two college summer baseball teams.

Gorrell, from North Bend, and Lutz, from Fall City, faced each other twice. In the second, Lutz coaxed a walk from Gorrell, who then got the last laugh in the fifth, getting the Yakima Valley catcher to ground out to second to close out his five innings of work, which, for a player who hadn’t pitched competitively since last summer when he played for the Pacific International League’s North Sound Emeralds college summer squad, went fairly well. Gorrell allowed three runs on eight hits, with the walk to Lutz in the third being one of just two of those on the night for the Wenatchee lefty. He also struck out four but took the loss as the Pippins took care of the Sox 4-1. Lutz finished the game 0-3.

Gorrell redshirted this spring after transferring from the University of Northern Colorado to Boise State University, whose program will start next spring. Lutz just finished two years with the Community Colleges of Spokane program and is looking to transfer to a four-year program.

The two teams play again tonight at 6:30 over in Yakima, with the game available on YouTube. Search Yakima Valley Pippins for the live feed.

Marenco aids Bellingham: Us thinks Bellingham Bells infielder Mason Marenco was pretty busy last night. The 2017 MSHS’er, from North Bend and playing collegiately for Gonzaga, we’re guessing watched his brother Spencer graduate on the Mount Si graduation webstream prior to last night’s Bells WCL divisional road game against the Port Angeles Lefties, then proceeded to celebrate going 1-4 with a walk and two runs scored for Bellingham as they held off Port Angeles 11-10 in a wild one up at Civic Field in Port Angeles. The hit was Marenco’s first as a Bell, who he signed with for this spring after spending last summer with the AppleSox over in Wenatchee. The two teams play again tonight on the Peninsula.

Everett routs Highline: In Pacific International League action last night, the Highline Bears fell at home 11-1 to the visiting Everett Merchants down at Steve Cox Park in south Seattle. 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad Riley Mallot got his first action of the summer for the Bears, and it didn’t go as planned, as he allowed three runs on one hit in just 2/3 of an inning of work on the hill for Highline. He walked three, struck out one and received no decision. Mallott this spring pitched for a community college in California after spending last season with Columbia Basin College in the Tri-Cities.

Honkers beat Fairbanks-based squad: The Valley-based PIL’s Northwest Honkers won their 10th game of the season last night, outlasting the Alaska Goldpanners, from Fairbanks, 4-3 in a marathon that perhaps was influenced a little bit by rain last night in Bellevue. Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 2-4 with an RBI pacing NWH, playing the majority of their games in Bellevue this year as they seek a new permanent home field in the Valley to replace Fall City Community Park, which up until last season was their home field. Any decision on a new field is not likely for months, but Mount Si High School’s new on-campus field in Snoqualmie could be a possible destination for the team.

Youth Baseball
Light night on the youth baseball front thanks to the weather last night. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Lakeside Recovery 12, Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 2 (game one, doubleheader): Issaquah-based Lakeside rolled to the win by run rule in the first of two over the Bellevue team at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mount Si’s Ryan Llewellyn went 1-2 with a run for BDG, and fellow Wildcat J.T. DeRouen also had a hit. Mount Si’s Chris Jarocki and Luke Richter both pitched, with Jarocki allowing six runs, five earned, on just two hits in two innings; six walks did not help things but he struck out two. Richter allowed two runs on two hits in his inning of work, walking two. Neither pitched recorded a decision.

WW Sweets 15U 3, Northwest Naturals 16U 2 (8): Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty was the hero last night for Sammamish-based Sweets in a win over their Plateau rivals which took place on neutral soil up at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Dougherty walked it off with a single scoring teammate Luke Olsen in the bottom of the eighth, completing a 3-4 effort that led Sweets with that walk-off RBI. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver paced the Nats, going 1-2. He started on the hill for NWN, allowing two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking five and striking out one. He received no decision.

Lakeside Recovery 8, Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 7 (game two, doubleheader): The Dragons rallied late but fell just short in the nightcap as Lakeside swept the twinbill. The Dragons’ Mount Si delegation in this one was led by Brady Hossfeld, who went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Llewellyn had a hit, run scored and RBI, and Richter also had two hits and two runs scored. He started this game after finishing the first game on the hill and allowed a run on three hits, striking out one, in an inning and a third. He again had no decision.

Youth Softball
Off to southern California for this score, from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Gold Coast Hurricanes 7, Washington Ladyhawks Miller Gold 18U 0: The Puyallup-based Hawks opened their summer schedule last night being limited to just three hits – one of those by soon-to-graduate Cedarcrest HS senior Michaela Carter – in their loss to the Florida team down at the Triple Crown Zoom into June event in Anaheim. Also of note, Woodinville-based Voodoo Fastpitch Rhinehart, which includes Mount Si’s Abby Gronewald, is down there, too, except Gronewald is not playing this weekend thanks to her being among those 400-plus members of MSHS’s class of 2019 who walked the aisle at ShoWare last night and got a diploma, for which we congratulate her here. Voodoo fell to a southern California team.

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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