The Tuesday news, from the pitch, the diamond and the links……

Good Tuesday morning. A lot on the plate this morning and we hit the pitch to start with a look at soccer.

The US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships started yesterday in Boise, and day one was a smashing success for Preston-based Eastside FC. The local club organization’s U15 and U16 boys’ and girls’ teams, all of whom feature players from the Valley, all won their openers yesterday. Highlights:

“Mad Dog” does the damage for Eastside’s G04 Red U15 in opening round win: Cedarcrest High School’s Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson had a natural “hat trick”, scoring all of her team’s three goals as they handled the CDA Slammers from southern California 3-1 to open their play at the tournament. California’s Jordan Galvin opened the scoring in the eighth minute, and that sparked Davidson, who promptly tied it with her first tally seconds afterward, then she pounded out two more second-half goals for the trick to seal the win for Eastside. They play again today against Santa Clara Sporting Green from the Bay Area, a win likely sending EFC ahead to the playoffs later this week.

Also:

Eastside FC Boys’ B04 Red U15 2, Salinas United 0: Eastside’s crew with Mount Si’s Joey Salem aboard and coached by former Wildcat boys’ coach Tom Bialek blanked the California crew in their opener. EFC plays the Hawaii Rush this afternoon. A win should put them into the playoffs.

Eastside FC Girls’ B03 Red 2, New Mexico Sting Elite 1: Eastside held off the New Mexico team for their first win of the tournament. Cedarcrest’s Grace McKenzie reps the Valley on EFC, and the squad meets Pride Predators from Colorado today. A win and their playoff chances look good.

Eastside FC Boys U16 3, FBSL Tuzos Academy 1: Eastside handled their business well with the Arizona team. The EFC squad, featuring Mount Si’s Sullivan “Sully” Smith, are up against JHUnited from Wyoming this morning, a win likely putting EFC into the playoffs later this week.

Golf
Rough day for Warford at US Junior Am qualifier: The big stage, as you all know, has been very kind in recent years to Mount Si High School star senior-to-be boys’ golfer Drew Warford, what with his championship performances at both the state high school and Pacific Northwest regional boys’ tournaments, so what happened for the Valleyite yesterday perhaps was a bit of a surprise. He struggled yesterday in the US Junior Amateur tournament qualifier event and missed a chance to compete in that big national tournament later this summer.

Warford fired a 10-over par 82 on the par-72 Canterwood Golf and Country Club layout in Gig Harbor and finished well back of the two qualifiers, both of whom fired even-par rounds of 72. The round didn’t start out the best for the Wildcat, as he bogeyed two of his first four holes, then it really went south for Warford on the 12th and 13th holes. On the 12th, a par-three, he triple bogeyed that hole, then on the par-four 13th, he carded a 9 there. He closed out with a birdie on 18, his only one of the day, but the damage was done and he failed to make the cut.

Warford now will get set for the Washington Junior Golf Association tour to start and that takes place next week.

Youth Baseball
This morning’s round of diamond cuts. Youth baseball and softball coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Baden Black 16U 9, Rippers Baseball 15U Gold 9: Seattle-based Baden and the Redmond-based Rippers ended in a draw last night on Mercer Island, but not before bringing out the bats to a tune of a combined 16 hits between the two teams. Former Mount Si player Mason Gronewald, who played this spring with MIHS’s Islanders, doubled, walked and drove in two runs pacing Baden.

WW Sweets 15U 12, FM Sports 16U 0: Sammamish-based Sweets blanked Redmond-based FM up at Bothell High School under the lights last night. Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty went 1-3 with two RBI’s for Sweets while the large Wildcat delegation for FM – Jackson Crumb, Scott Harris, Ryan Harris, Josh Moore, Logan Garwood and Chris Wilson – went a combined 0-10 with three walks in their loss.

Prospect United 5, Field of Champions 16U Bears 2: Preston-based FoC fell on the road to the Puyallup-based team down in Gig Harbor last night. Leading the Mount Si foursome on FoC was Lucas Costello, who went 2-4 with a double. Fellow ‘Cat Andrew Edson also had a hit, and a third MSHS’er, Tyler Clem, reached on an error and scored a run despite finishing 0-3.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 9, FM Sports 0: The Preston-based Bears blanked Redmond-based FM down at Bob Albo Field on the Newport High School campus in Bellevue. The Mount Si delegation for the Bears was led by Beck Hoffman. At the plate he went 3-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored and on the hill, he worked three innings allowing two hits, walked two and struck out two. Fellow ‘Cats Harrison Kelly and Blake Miller both doubled; Miller’s double was his lone hit and he also had a walk, reached on a fielder’s choice, scored three runs and drove in a fourth while Kelly finished 2-4 with two RBI’s.

Rounding it out, Ryan Gerlitz also played for the Bears, and the MSHS sophomore-to-be went 0-1. He tweeted out video of his base hit in last Friday’s doubleheader FoC played in, games that marked his return to action following his successful fight against cancer. It has received several nice comments from us and some of his Mount Si teammates, and also several likes. Go to our Twitter feed @snovalleysports for all that.

Softball
Little League District 9 tournament starts: The “Majors” District 9 tournament started last night, the first step for teams trying to make it to the Little League World Series down in Portland. A combined unit from Falls Little League and Issaquah’s Little League fell last night in their first round game to Eastlake 11-6 and dropped into a loser-out game Thursday. Sno-Valley North’s Little League All-Star unit starts play tonight taking on a combined unit from Mercer Island and Bellevue Thunderbird. The game is at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free. All of the games are being held at South Mercer Playfields on Mercer Island, the home for Mercer Island High School’s softball team.

This park is located at 84th Ave. SE and SE 78th St. on the island. To get there from the Valley, take I-90 west to Mercer Island, and exit at Island Crest Way (exit #7). Turn left on Island Crest Way off of the ramp. Head south on Island Crest Way past Island Crest Park until you reach SE 68th Street. Turn right here and head west on 68th. Hang a left onto 84th Ave. SE. As it curves to the right to become SE 72nd, take a left to stay on 84th Ave. SE. Islander Middle School will be on your right. Turn right on SE 78th Street. The driveway to the parking lot for the fields is on the immediate right. Snoqualmie Valley Little League does not have a team represented in the tournament this summer.

College Summer Baseball
Yakima wins again: The Yakima Valley Pippins returned home last night to open a West Coast League series with visiting Kelowna, and scored five runs in the fourth inning to seal up a 6-4 win over the Falcons. Fall City’s Justin Lutz, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, went 0-3 for YVP. He is working on finding a four-year school to transfer to after finishing up his eligibility with the Community Colleges of Spokane. Also of note, it was mentioned on the Pippin broadcast last night that Skyline HS alum Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, has departed the team after finishing up his contract Sunday. Gill is now free to find another playing opportunity elsewhere. It’s anticipated Lutz is also on a similar short-term contract so his time with the team may also be close to ending.

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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