MSHS boys’ soccer finishes season nationally-ranked, plus the morning round of cuts from both the pitch and the diamond……

Good Wednesday morning. Diamond cuts aplenty in a moment but we hit the pitch first.

Mount Si High School’s academic year has come to a close, and with it their old campus for good, but the accolades are still coming in for one of their sports teams.

The Wildcat boys’ soccer team this season had its best season in school history, finishing 17-3-0 and advancing to the state 4A high school title game for the first time ever. Well, that’s earned them some more history – a national ranking.

USA Today has ranked Mount Si 20th in the nation in their final “Super 25” high school boys’ soccer rankings, a list released yesterday. They had been ranked by the national newspaper for the past month or so, opening at the 21st spot in their poll during the middle of May. This is the first time ever that the Wildcat soccer program – boys or girls – has been nationally ranked. Additionally, they were ranked third in the Western region as well.

We contacted outgoing Mount Si head coach Darren Brown about this and he has not yet returned our note; Brown, as the school’s athletic director, is very busy, along with the rest of the school’s staff, making final preparations for the school’s move into their new campus. Demolition of the existing campus is expected to begin July 5. The old gymnasium is expected to go first then classroom and other buildings will follow. That process should take a couple of weeks to finish up before new parking and the baseball and softball fields begin to be constructed in advance of the start of the new school year.

Also this morning from the pitch:

Mount Si boys’ star Smith sparks Eastside FC club win at regionals
For the second straight day at the US Youth Soccer’s Far West Regionals in Boise, a Valley player made headlines. Monday, it was Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer athlete Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson, and yesterday, it was Mount Si High School boys’ junior-to-be star Sullivan “Sully” Smith.

Smith scored two goals early in his contest for Preston-based Eastside FC against Wyoming-based JHUnited, and those two tallies lifted Eastside’s B03Red U16 squad to a 6-0 blowout of JHU that looks to have locked up a playoff spot for Eastside.

EFC is 2-0 and has outscored opponents 9-1 in their first two pool games. They meet the Hawaii Rush, also 2-0, today to wrap up pool play, with a win locking up a top seed into the playoffs later this week.

The other Eastside FC teams featuring Valley athletes also were in action yesterday at the Simplot Complex. Here’s highlights:

Eastside FC G03 Red U16 2, Pride Predators 2: Eastside, with Cedarcrest’s Grace McKenzie, drew with the foes from Colorado and will look to advance to the playoffs today playing the West Coast Kaos from northern California. A win over the Kaos will move EFC into the knockout rounds starting tomorrow.

Hawaii Rush 2, Eastside FC B04 Red 15U 1: Hawaii broke a 1-1 tie with a goal late in regulation to sink this Eastside unit featuring Mount Si’s Joey Salem. EFC plays pool first-place Players Elite from Nevada this afternoon needing a win and a loss or tie from the Rush to advance.

Santa Clara Sporting Green 3, Eastside FC G04 Red 15U 2: Davidson scored another goal for Eastside in this one, but the ladies from northern California got the last laugh, scoring the final goal in a back-and-forth battle on the pitch in Idaho yesterday that dropped EFC to 1-1 in pool play. They play the Washington Timbers from southwest Washington’s Clark County today. A win for Eastside will likely put them into the playoffs.

Youth Baseball
Lighter than normal schedule last night, but there were some games of note featuring both Wildcat and Red Wolve players. Scores and highlights powered by our friends at Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 9, Baden Premier 4: It was a good night in the Seattle Premier League last night for Mount Si High School grad Trace Halvorson, who went 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Bellevue-based BoS as they handled Seattle-based Baden at Bellevue College’s Courter Field. Fellow 2019 MSHS alum Spencer Marenco paced Boys, going 1-3 with a walk and run scored.

Rippers Baseball 16U 6, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 4 (8): Ananth Iyer broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth by hitting a two-run homer and helping the Redmond-based Rippers finish a late rally and stun Kirkland-based JBC on home soil in downtown Kirkland last night. Cedarcrest’s Kian Pegueros-Warren went 1-4 with a run scored for the Rippers, while fellow Red Wolve Mason Pudwill also added a hit. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton led JBC, going 2-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI’s.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 5, Thurston County Saints American 2 (8): Brandham Ponce walked it off with a three-run homer in the eighth, giving teammate – and 2018 Mount Si High School grad – Will Scott the win on the hill for the Sammamish-based A’s; Scott, home this summer after finishing his freshman season with the Colorado School of Mines college team, pitched a perfect eighth at Foster High School in Tukwila, striking out one for the A’s in this one as they beat a Lacey-based squad.

Mercedes-Benz Prep 8, Northwest Naturals 17U 6: The Naturals could not close out a win last night on home soil at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, allowing the visiting Mercedes team to score seven runs in the seventh to effectively steal the victory away from the Sammamish-based hosts. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored and two RBI’s for the Nats, while fellow ‘Cat Jack Mardon went 0-2.

Northwest Naturals 14U 8, FCA Cards 4: The Nats doubled up Woodinville-based FCA on home turf at Skyline High School in Sammamish, aided by Mount Si’s Josh Freudenbeg, who pitched 5 2/3 solid innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out three. He got the win on the hill and also doubled and scored a run offensively. Soon-to-be ‘Cat Parker Norah went 0-1 with a walk for NWN.

City Baseball Green 13, Kirkland Merchants 16U 2: Seattle-based City rolled over the Kirkland team at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Woodinville player Caden McCann went 0-2 for the Merchants.

Sno-Valley North bats make a statement in District 9 tourney opener: This year’s version of the Sno-Valley North Little League’s “Majors” 12U All-Stars, if last night is any indication, could find themselves perhaps the favorites to advance to state from Little League’s District 9. A nine-run first inning sparked what turned out to be a 27-9 run-rule blowout for SVNLL over a combined team from Mercer Island and Bellevue Thunderbird Little Leagues last night at South Mercer Playfields on the island in the opening game for SVNLL in the District 9 tournament.

Homers from Teigan Robertson (who drove in five runs) and Jenna Thomas powered a balanced SVNLL attack, with all except three players getting a hit and all except two scoring a run and/or driving in at least one. Robertson also doubled and finished 2-4 with two runs scored and the five RBI’s leading the girls from the Lower Valley. Savannah Livingstone also had a big game, with a double headlining a 3-4 effort, with two walks also; she scored three runs and drove in two more.

SVNLL is back at it tonight, playing a combined team from both Redmond Little Leagues (West and North). It’s at 6:00 p.m. at South Mercer with a win moving them into the semifinals Friday. Falls’ combined team with Issquah plays tomorrow in loser-out action at the D9 event and Snoqualmie Valley Little League is not represented this summer in the tournament.

College Summer Baseball
CHS alum Mallot on hill for Bears: In Pacific International League action last night, the Everett Merchants routed the visting Highline Bears at home in Everett last night 17-5. Cedarcrest High School alum Riley Mallot pitched for Highline and allowing five runs, four earned, on three hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief, striking out one and receiving no decision. Mallot pitched this spring for a college in California. He graduated from Cedarcrest in 2017.

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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