News from the pitch and some diamond cuts this morning, also…..

Good Wednesday morning. Diamond cuts from last night in one moment, but we have news from the pitch. If you are a local youth soccer fan, you have the chance to see the best up-and-coming players in your backyard in a couple of weeks.

Cascade FC, the select arm of the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association, will be hosting its annual Cascade FC Cup June 29 and 30 at Jeanne Hansen Park on Snoqualmie Ridge. Select and premier-level squads in the U9 and U10 age groups, both boys and girls, will compete for the tournament title, while also learning skills that will help them improve their overall soccer as they get older and get more experience in the game. These age groups are full of players just beginning their long soccer journey, so this tournament is just as much about gaining experience and appreciation for the sport as it is about the final result on the scoresheet.

Admission to the event is free and parking is also available, but with many teams expected to come in from around the Eastside for this one, that may be at a premium, so keep that in mind if you head up there.

Baseball scores
Time now for our morning round of diamond cuts from baseball. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kirkland Merchants 16U 7, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 5: The battle of the two Kirkland-based clubs under the lights last night at Lee Johnson Field in downtown Kirkland went the Merchants’ way on the strength of a five-run sixth. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-2 for JBC in this one while Caden McCann, from Woodinville, paced the Merchants, with a double and two RBI’s.

Rock Creek 15U 10, Kent Bulldogs 5: Maple Valley-based Rock Creek doubled up the visitors from Kent in a Seattle Elite battle last night on home turf in Ravensdale. Cedarcrest High School’s Nate Hoyer went 1-3 with a run scored, walk and RBI for RC.

FM Sports 16U 12, Northwest Naturals 15U 8: Redmond-based FM won the slugfest with the Naturals on the Sammamish Plateau last night. Mount Si’s Jackson Crumb got the win on the hill for FM despite some challenges; he allowed six runs on eight hits in four innings of work but did strike out six and also go 1-3 with a run scored and RBI. Also pacing FM repping the Wildcats was Ryan Harris, with a hit, walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s.

Field of Champions 16U 18, Baden Black 16U 6: A homer from an ex-Wildcat was not enough for Seattle-based Baden as the Preston-based Bears rolled in this one down at Foster High School in Tukwila. Mason Gronewald powered the Baden bats; the former MSHS’er, who played this spring at Mercer Island High School, homered as part of a 2-3 effort leading Baden, scoring two runs and driving in a third. Gronewald’s former teammates with Mount Si, Lucas Costello, Kevin Corder and Tyler Clem, all factored into FoC’s efforts, with Costello leading the way, going 3-6 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Corder added a hit, walk, run scored and RBI and Clem also had a hit, walked twice and drove in a run.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 7, Kirkland Merchants Premier 1: Mount Si grad Trace Halvorson led the way for BoS as they handled the Merchants up at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. He went 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBU leading the Bellevue team, while fellow Wildcat ’19er Spencer Marenco went 1-3 with a run scored. Of note, Lake Washington’s Torin Montgomery, drafted last week in the Major League Baseball draft by the Miami Marlins, went 1-3 for the Merchants.

Chaffey Baseball 16, Michael’s Toyota 18U 3: Edmonds-based Chaffey rolled to the road win at Bellevue College over host Michael’s of Bellevue. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich pitched in this one for Michael’s, and allowed five runs, just one earned, on four hits in one inning of relief. He walked two and received no decision. A player Wutherich probably remembers well from the Wes-King playoff battle the Wildcats had this spring with Jackson, Timberwolve slugger Case Matter, plays for Chaffey and he went 2-4 with two runs scored.

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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