Happy Father’s Day from us here at the SVSJ. Time for a round of diamond cuts…..

Good Sunday morning. Splitting our diamond cuts into two. Baseball aplenty to start. Youth action leading it off with our coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

FM Sports 16U 5, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 3 (game one, doubleheader): It was a Mount Si High School duel on the mound last night as Wildcats Ryan Harris (FM) and Turner McCutchan (XSN) opposed one another to start on the hill in the opener of two at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island. Harris worked the first four innings for FM, allowing two runs on one hit, walking five and striking out three, receiving no decision as FM scored three in the sixth to rally after XSN scored three themselves in the fifth. He went 1-3 pacing the Redmond-based FM offensively. As for XSN, McCutchan took the loss for the Bellevue team, allowing four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out two. He also went 0-1 with a run.

Baden Black 16U 7, Thurston County Saints 3 (game one, doubleheader): Seattle-based Baden made the trip down to Lacey for two yesterday, and scored four in the sixth to take the first of the twinbill with the host Saints. Former Mount Si’er Mason Gronewald went 0-3 with a walk for Baden. Gronewald, now at Mercer Island High School, did not play the nightcap for Baden, won by the Saints 6-2 after they scored five runs in the sixth of that contest to split the pair.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 4, Narrows Baseball 3 (game one, doubleheader): Mount Si’s Lucas Costello guided the Preston-based FoC, with a pair of hits, as the Bears held off the Gig Harbor team in the first of two at Bob Albo Field on the Newport High School campus in Bellevue. Fellow Wildcat Tyler Clem added a hit and run scored to the FoC efforts, and Kevin Corder also repped Mount Si for FoC in this one, going 0-1 with a run scored after reaching base on a hit by pitch.

FSP Baseball 18U 12, Narrows Baseball Premier 2: Troy Baunsgard led the way for Bellevue-based Ford in their win at BCC over the Gig Harbor-based team in the SPL Invitational. Mount Si’s senior-to-be went 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s as FSP scored six in the fourth to put this one away. Fellow Wildcat senior-to-be Harrison Clark went 0-4 also for Ford.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 7, Woodinville Baseball Club 5: The Eastside rivals went all the way over to the Tri-Cities for this battle as part of the Triple Crown Father’s Day Slugfest, and Mount Si players aided the Dragon efforts in this one. Brady Hossfeld went 1-3 with two runs scored while Ryan Llewellyn went 0-4 but reached base both on a fielder’s choice and error and scored two runs. He also pitched and earned the save for BDG, allowing a hit and striking out four in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Baden Premier 0: Also at BCC in the SPL tournament, the Bellevue-based Boys blanked Seattle-based Baden with Mount Si grad Trace Halvorson pacing the victors, going 1-2 with a walk and run scored. Fellow 2019 Wildcat alum Spencer Marenco went 0-2 with a walk as well for BoS.

Juanita Baseball Club 16U 10, Seattle Wave 0: In Puyallup as part of this weekend’s GSL tournament action, Kirkland-based JBC ran away with this one backed by Mount Si’s Jake Mitton. He tripled, walked and scored two runs pacing Juanita, who scored seven runs in the fourth to seal this one up.

Renegades 8, Rock Creek 15U 0: Also in Puyallup as part of the GSL weekend action, Maple Valley-based Rock Creek was limited to three hits as they fell to the Kitsap County-based Renegades. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 0-1 with a walk for RC.

Northwest Naturals 17U 1, Prospect United 1: Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri had the lone hit for the Sammamish-based Nats as they ended in a tie with the Puyallup-based Prospect squad at the GSL tournament in Federal Way. Fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon scored the Naturals’ lone run and also had a walk.

Northwest Naturals 16U 5, Spokane Crew 1: The Naturals were up bright and early over in Spokane yesterday and posted a win over the host Crew in a wood-bat tournament at Whitworth University. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver led the way for NWN, going 3-4 with a run scored and RBI. He also went the distance on the hill, allowing an unearned run on five hits, walking one and striking out six for the win. Fellow Wildcat Tyler Disch went 0-2 but walked as well for the Nats.

Washington A’s 15U 12, Spokane Blue Devils American Legion 2: Over the border from Pullman in Moscow, ID, at the Palouse Summer Series, the Sammamish-based A’s rolled over the Spokane team aided by Mount Si’s Matt Wieting, who went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Northwest Naturals 14U 8, Bellevue Dragons Elite White 7: The two teams exchanged four-spots in the sixth and the Nats held on at home on the Sammamish Plateau. Future MSHS freshman Parker Norah started on the hill for NWN and worked five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, walking four, striking out one and receiving no decision. He also got to hit in the contest and went 1-2 with a run scored for the Nats. Fellow Wildcat Josh Freudenberg went 2-2 with a run scored and RBI also pacing the victorious Naturals efforts.

WW Sweets 15U 9, City Baseball Green 8: The Sammamish-based Sweets won a wild one over the Seattle-based City at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty did a lot of the heavy lifting for Sweets in this one. Offensively, he went 3-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s, and on the mound, he worked four innings, allowing seven runs, four earned, on six hits, walking four and striking out five to get a no-decision.

FM Sports 16U 7, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 7 (game two, doubleheader): Chris Wilson beat a throw home in the bottom of the seventh for FM to win this one in a dramatic walk-off to give the Redmond side the sweep of the twinbill on Mercer Island. Of the strong MSHS delegation on FM, Jackson Crumb went 1-1 with two walks, a run scored and RBI, and Ryan Harris also had a hit. McCutchan, after pitching the opener, got the second game off for XSN.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 5, Narrows Baseball 0 (game two, doubleheader): Corder pitched a gem in this one, scattering just seven hits while striking out one in a complete-game performance as FoC blanked Narrows to sweep both ends of the twinbill in Bellevue. Costello went 0-3 but scored two runs and drove in a third for the Bears, while Clem walked once and Corder also had a walk despite an 0-3 effort offensively.

Spokane Expos 6, FSP Baseball 18U 3 (9): The Expos scored four in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and take this one in extras last night at Courter Field on the BCC campus in Bellevue. Baunsgard continued to pace Ford, going 2-3 with a run scored and RBI for the local squad. Clark again went 0-4.

Lakeside Recovery 5, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4: Boys traveled to Issaquah High School for this one and fell to the Issaquah-based Lakeside in another SPL Invite contest. Marenco went 1-4 with a run scored while Halvorson went 0-4, both for BoS.

Northwest Naturals 17U 10, Rock Creek Select 3: The Naturals headed from Federal Way down I-5 to the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma for their GSL tournament nightcap and the bats were waiting, as both Mardon and Ferreri had a hit, run scored and RBI apiece pacing NWN to the win over the Maple Valley-based RC team.

Rock Creek 15U 7, Northwest Reign 6: Rock Creek scored five in the third, then had to survive a six-run fourth to hold on for the win at the GSL event in Puyallup over the Puyallup-based Reign. Hoyer started on the mound for RC and allowed five runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking five and striking out seven and receiving a no-decision. Offensively, the Red Wolve went 0-3 with an RBI for the Maple Valley-based squad.

RSP Baseball 8, Bellevue Dragons 15U Green 7: The Richland-area team won this one on a walk-off on home soil to close out play yesterday at the TCS tournament in the Tri-Cities. J.T. DeRouen led the Mount Si delegation in this one, going 2-2 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Fellow ‘Cats Brady Farris and Chris Jarocki also added a hit and RBI apiece for the Dragons.

Northwest Naturals 16U 7. Spokane Expos Blue 1: The Naturals scored all seven of their runs in the fourth to cruise to a win over another Spokane team at Merkel Field on the Whitworth campus in north Spokane. Weaver went 1-3 with a walk and run scored pacing NWN, while Disch added a hit and walk as well for the victors.

College Summer Baseball
Seattle Sea Turtles 7, Lynnwood Llamas 4 (game one, doubleheader): In Cascade Collegiate League action up at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon yesterday, the Sea Turtles took the first of two anchored by Clayton Waltz. The University of Puget Sound sophomore catcher-to-be, a 2018 Mount Si HS alum from Snoqualmie, went 2-4 with a double and two RBI’s as the Sea Turtles scored three in the first and held on for the win. Waltz did not play the nightcap, also won by Seattle to give them a sweep of the twinbill.

Bellingham Bells 3, Yakima Valley Pippins 1: West Coast League action last night in Bellingham saw the Bells hold off the visiting Pippins. Fall City’s Justin Lutz saw action late for YVP behind the plate with no at-bats, and Skyline HS grad Riley Gill did not start for the Pippins, but he pinch-hit late and went 0-1. His family now lives in Snoqualmie. No Mason Marenco last night by the way for Bellingham. He is a Mount Si HS grad from North Bend and is an infielder for the Bells.

Seattle Cheney Studs 11, Highline Bears 4: Pacific International League action in Burien saw the Studs roll. Cedarcrest HS alum Riley Mallot pitched three innings for the Bears, and it went well, as the Duvall product allowed a run on three hits striking out two and receiving no decision. He played this spring for a college in northern California.

Minor League Baseball
Lane continues to do his work well: Another outing for Trevor Lane last night with the New York Yankees-affiliated Trenton Thunder, and another good night for the Valley product. He pitched an inning of relief, didn’t allow a run or hit, walked one and struck out two receiving a no-decision as the Thunder fell on the road in Maryland to the Baltimore Orioles-affiliated Bowie Baysox 9-4. Lane’s ERA drops to 1.53 on the season with the performance last night, which came amidst news the Yankees traded another minor-league pitching prospect to Lane’s hometown Seattle Mariners for slugger Edwin Encarnacion. And we just ask Mariner GM Jerry Dipoto: why didn’t you ask for “T-Lane?” Lane, for everyone’s info, is from North Bend and a 2012 Mount Si HS grad.

The Thunder continue their series today with the Baysox.

Little League Baseball: Valley leagues clash in district tournament opener
We debut some Little League All-Star coverage this morning with a District 9 tournament battle in the “Intermediate” division featuring all three Valley Little Leagues competing against one another.

The Falls and Snoqualmie Valley Little Leagues combined to form a team for the District 9 “Intermediate” all-star tournament in Sammamish, and this first game proved to be a tough one to swallow for the Valley kids as they fell on a walk-off 13-12 to a combined team featuring kids from both the Sno-Valley North and Eastlake Little Leagues. There were plenty of tremendous performances in this one, too many to mention here so we’ll apologize to all three Valley Little Leagues in advance.

Ethan Arndt went 5-5 with two RBI’s for the Valley/Falls crew, while Jacob Hansen went 3-4 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI’s. Also, Jake Thompson had a double as part of a two-hit effort for the Valley/Falls boys, driving in three runs. Alex Dreher led Eastlake/SVNLL, going 2-3 with a double, walk, two runs scored and an RBI, while Noah Finch had a triple as part of his own two-hit effort, driving in a run.

For those unaware, the “Intermediate” level is one level beyond Majors but just before the “Juniors” level. They play with modified field dimensions of 70-foot basepaths and 50 feet between the pitching mound and the plate.

The Valley kids play a loser-out game against a combined Kirkland National/Bellevue East and West squad at 3:30 this afternoon, while the Eastlake/SVNLL squad goes at noon today in winner’s bracket action against the combined Redmond North/Issaquah and Sammamish squad. All games are at East Sammamish Park, 21300 NE 16th St. in Sammamish. To get there from the Valley, take SR 202 down to Sahalee Way in Redmond, hang a left and head up the hill. Take a right at NE 37th Way and meander around the back side of Sahalee Golf Course and the road will end up on NE 16th St. near the park. Follow east and the park will be on your left. Admission is free.

Also, and a note, and that is all our coverage here is from GC as well:

North Bothell LL All Stars 18, Snoqualmie Valley Little League “Coast” 10U All Stars 0: SVLL’s Coast crew was held to two hits last night in this loss in a tune-up for their upcoming district tourney at Tibbetts Valley Park in Issaquah. Shouts this morning to Noah Hyde and Jayden Shumate, who had those hits for the Valley boys, and also to Jacoby Abrahamson, who walked twice aiding his team’s efforts.

Snoqualmie Valley LL “Majors” 12U All-Stars 7, Sno-Valley North 4: In a tune-up also for their upcoming District 9 event at Dodd Field in Issaquah, SVLL pounded out six runs in the second en route to a win over their Valley counterparts. Shouts here to Matthew Talbot, who led SVLL going 2-2 with a run scored and two RBI’s, and Sydney Wysocki, who pitched three perfect innings and struck out five for the win on the hill for SVLL.

Northeast Seattle Sluggers 19, Snoqualmie Valley Little League 10U “Coast” All Stars 0: SVLL was held to one hit in this loss to the Seattle team also in Issaquah. Shouts here to Alex Harting for the lone SVLL hit and also to Landon Defenbaugh, who also reached base after earning a walk. Good job you two. The “Coast” tournament starts next weekend in Kirkland.

Mercer Island 10, Snoqualmie Valley LL” Majors” 12U All Stars 6: SVLL might have found out perhaps how challenging the MI team might be in the upcoming district tournament, as the Mercer kids pounded out 10 hits and held the Valley boys to just four in the win. Brooks Kapfhammer gets the pat on the back from us here, going 1-1 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI pacing the SVLL. The District 9 “Majors” tournament, which helps potentially send a team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, begins July 6, at Dodd Field.

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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