Saturday news notes…..

Good Saturday morning. We have a special round of diamond cuts this morning. The action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 6, Lakeside Recovery 4 (game one, doubleheader): Well, this is a great sight to see on a box score. Cancer’s butt has been kicked. Yep, Mount Si High School’s Ryan Gerlitz returned to action for the first time since his cancer battle began months ago, a battle which captivated an entire Valley and earned a lot of coverage here on the blog. He got a hit, too, as FoC took this one over their Issaquah-based rivals at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Fellow Wildcats Beck Hoffman and Drew Hiddleson each had a double and RBI pacing the Preston-based Bears.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 10, Lakeside Recovery 4 (game two, doubleheader): Hoffman powered FoC to a nightcap win and doubleheader sweep, hitting two doubles and a triple to finish 4-4 a homer short of hitting for the cycle, scoring twice and driving in four more for the Bears. Fellow Wildcat Blake Miller went 1-4 with two RBI’s and in a testament to how well he has recovered following his valiant battle, Gerlitz played this game too and finished 0-3 with a walk and RBI. What a night for sure, and it couldn’t have come without the help and support of all of us in this Valley. Ryan Strong!!

Also from youth baseball:

FSP Baseball 18U 12, Kirkland Merchants 5: Mount Si’s Harrison Clark went 2-3 with an RBI as Bellevue-based Ford handled their Kirkland rivals last night in an SPL Invitational game at Edmonds Community College. Fellow Wildcat Troy Baunsgard went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s pacing FSP.

Columbia Basin RiverDogs 5, Washington A’s 15U 1: The Sammamish-based A’s fell to the Tri-Cities team over at the Palouse Summer Series on the Washington State University campus in Pullman. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting went 0-3 for the A’s.

Northwest Naturals 14U 17, Rippers Baseball Black 7: Future Mount Si’er Parker Norah powered the Naturals, based in Sammamish, to a home win last night, going 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI’s as the Nats handled the Redmond rivals at Skyline High School. Fellow current ‘Cat Josh Freudenberg added a double and two RBI’s for NWN, while it appears there’s a decent group of ‘Cats on the Rippers as well. Among those we think are probably locals, Nick Garwood went 2-3 with a run scored. Anyone with info on whether there’s MSHS’ers or future ‘Cats on that squad, let us know at snovalleysports@gmail.com.

Northwest Naturals 16U 5, Spokane Expos 16U White 2: The Sammamish-based Nats headed over to the Lilac City last night and took one over the host Expos at Whitworth University in north Spokane. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI, and fellow Wildcat Tyler Disch locked the door shut on the hill getting the save striking out one in 2/3 of an inning of work for NWN.

Spokane Expos 18U White 10, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 9: Mount Si grad Spencer Marenco homered and doubled for Boys, finishing 3-5 and coming a triple short of hitting for the cycle, scoring twice and driving in two runs, but the Bellevue-based BoS fell in their SPL Invite game at home in Bellevue to the visitors from the Inland Northwest. Fellow Wildcat alum Trace Halvorson tripled and drove in a run for Boys as they could not overcome a nine-run Expo first frame.

Spokane Crew Black 13, Washington A’s 15U 5: Wieting went 1-2 in the weekend PSS opener for the A’s, but they started out the Palouse event on a down note falling to the Spokane team. The Mount Si player also recorded a walk in the contest.

Softball: Kingco all-league announced, and a change at the top for Wildcat softball
We have some items from softball this morning. Leading it off are the Kingco all-league announcements for Mount Si softball.

The Wildcats landed a pair of players in the all-Kingco first team selections. Recently- graduated senior Abby Gronewald and soon-to-be senior third baseman Hope Bostick both landed on the all-Kingco first team, and four others – Cassidy Brickman, Molly Wilbourne, Madison Bonham and Jackalyn Gates – earned honorable mentions. Additionally, the Wildcats earned the all-league sportsmanship award, a testament to the continued emphasis on this by this coaching staff and a hallmark of past years under former longtime head coach Larry White.

Speaking of coaches, we also have news on that front, too. There will be a new coach next season to open up the new field at Mount Si High School. Lauren Dumoulin has stepped aside, as we have been told she will be leaving the Valley and has accepted a job elsewhere which will also result in her leaving her teaching position at Cascade View Elementary on Snoqualmie Ridge. The coaching job has been posted but it’s not expected there will be an announcement on a new head coach until after the start of the school year.

It can be expected, though, that based on his coaching hire history, athletic director Darren Brown will likely look for a candidate with past ties to the Mount Si program or otherwise local in nature to take over. Possible candidates could include current assistants Gary Clesson or Randy Griffin and several MSHS grads that played under White, including Kyleen Sweepe, Michaela “Mickey” Blad, Celine Fowler and Katie Shaw. Depending on who’s hired, it’s likely you’ll see most of, if not all of, the existing staff to return next season.

Valley Invitational opens up: The major event on the summer softball calendar in the Northwest opened up last night down in Portland. The Valley Invitational is perhaps the most prominent annual so-called “college exposure” tournament for high-school age girls softball players throughout the region every summer, and this year, this thing has been expanded to also include venues in southwest Washington in addition to their longtime locations in the west Portland suburbs.

The Friday night headliner was down in Vancouver, where the Kenmore-based KB Fastpitch got a strong effort from a pair of Kingco players, including one from Mount Si, as they posted a blowout win in their opening game.

North Creek’s Carli Zanassi fired a no-hitter and also homered driving in two runs, and Wildcat Vera Harrison doubled to pace a 2-2 effort scoring twice and driving in a third run, as KB blanked the Pierce County-based Diamond Dusters Nelson 10-0.

In other action, a pair of Mount Si varsity players played one another last night, with the Auburn-based Washington Acers’ Campbell 18U squad routing the Snohomish-based Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek squad 10-3. Hope Bostick plays for the Acers while Molly Wilbourne plays for the Batbusters. Cedarcrest High School’s Carly Nelson is also down there, with the Redmond-based Rijo 16U’s and they blanked the Adrenaline from Longview 3-0.

Action for these squads continues today, and two more teams with locals start play – the Issaquah Flame 16U, with Mount Si’s Jackalyn Gates, and the Snohomish Shock Oylear 14U, with a Valley delegation including Wildcat Willow Westbrook, Red Wolve Allyson Smith and a pair of girls who will be future teammates of Smith at CHS – Riley Warden and Kailee Korres. All of these Valley athletes will be playing in front of a large group of college coaches. Tournament organizer Triple Crown Sports reports that among the colleges sending folks, a number of them are from the Northwest, including the University of Washington, Western Washington University and Seattle University.

College Summer Baseball
Davenport gets his first crack at Cape Cod: Cedarcrest High School alum Aaron Davenport Thursday night got a taste of the Cape Cod League for the first time, and if it’s any indication, we could be seeing him on the draft radar in a couple of years.

Davenport, from Duvall and who will be a sophomore this fall at the University of Hawaii, started for the Wareham Gatemen against Orleans and worked three innings, allowing a run on just one hit while striking out five. Good outing and it resulted in a no-decision as the Gatemen and Orleans ended things in 10 innings in a 4-4 draw.

Another solid outing for G’s: North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell looked to get in the win column last night pitching his first home game of the summer for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox. And after a slow start, he seemed to be in position to get it. However, lack of offense and a bullpen collapse in the ninth proved costly as the Sox fell.

Wenatchee allowed two runs in the ninth inning and fell to the visiting Walla Walla Sweets 3-1 at Wenatchee Valley College. Gorrell pitched five crisp innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking four and striking out five receiving a no decision but dropping his earned run average down to a good 3.60. Gorrell, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, will be a sophomore this fall with Boise State University.

Wild night at Joe Martin: The Bellingham Bells held off the visiting Yakima Valley Pippins in a nail-biter last night 7-6 in West Coast action at Joe Martin Field. Skyline HS alum Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 0-1 for YVP. He plays for Bellevue College.

Football
Cedarcrest needs new week 5 opponent after division foe cancels 2019 season: Cedarcrest High School is scrambling to fill a suddenly-created hole in the middle of this fall’s football schedule. This hole was created as a result of Northwest District Lake Division rival Anacortes High School announcing this week they had, due to lack of players, decided to cancel their upcoming 2019 varsity games, including their one with CHS in Duvall on October 4, the fifth week of the schedule. More on that from Scorebook Live.

As for filling the vacancy, the school has posted an advertisement on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s website seeking a school to fill that date. We checked those ads out yesterday and found that King’s, a former Cascade Conference rival of Cedarcrest, is also looking to fill a game that week, so perhaps that may be the best fit available, we shall see. In any event, CHS athletics director Jason Frederick will be busy looking to fill that open date. Any announcement on a new game schedule will be made soon.

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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