The diamond cuts, and action from the pitch, as we start our Thursday……

Good Thursday morning. We’re going to lead this off with some Little League baseball and softball.

As the District 9 baseball and softball postseason gets into swing, the Valley’s three Little League programs are getting ready to take on the rest of the Eastside, and case in point, Snoqualmie Valley’s Little League “Minors” (U11) and “Majors” (U12) all-star teams had a friendly tune-up last night in North Bend, won by the Majors 12-6 on the strength of an eight-run second inning.

Leading the Majors were Grant Bjorke and Sydney Wysocki. Bjorke went 2-3 with two runs scored and drove in three for the Majors team. Wysocki also had two hits – a double and triple, and also walked once, scoring a run and driving in three more. Several other players had hits in the contest as well, helping the Majors team. As for the Minors side, Kevin Ellis, Jason Hayes and Parker Ball all led the way, with all three collecting two hits each. Ellis, who doubled, scored three runs and Hayes scored twice. Cole Taylor added a triple and RBI to the Minors’ efforts.

The District 9 Minors tournament starts June 29 in Bellevue while the Majors tournament, the one that starts the road for local teams to Williamsport, PA, and the Little League World Series, starts July 6 in Issaquah.

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Sno-Valley North “Majors” bats cooled off in big way in District 9 softball loss: Well, it was a great night of course on Tuesday for Sno-Valley North Little League’s “Majors” softball ladies as they rolled in a big way to a win in their first game at the District 9 tournament on Mercer Island. That all changed last night, as Redmond West’s all-stars cooled off the strong SVNLL bats.

Sno-Valley North was held to just four hits in an 8-1 loss to Redmond West Little League that drops them into a loser-out game tonight with the combined crew from Issaquah and Falls Little Leagues. The game begins at 6:00 at South Mercer Playfields. Jo Krivanek (who scored SVNLL’s lone run), Gabbi Harrington, Lily Rafferty and Jenna Thomas had the hits for SVNLL, with Rafferty’s being a double.

Big game tonight and we wish both teams good luck this evening.

Time now for the high-school age youth baseball action. All of our local Little League and youth coverage this morning is powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washington Rush Black 7, Baden Black 16U 6: Ex-Mount Si’er Mason Gronewald did most of the damage last night for Seattle-based Baden, but the squad fell just short, falling to the Snohomish County-based Rush down in Kent. Gronewald, who played with Mercer Island High School this spring, went 2-3 with a double, scored a run and drove in three more for Baden in this one.

Narrows Baseball 2, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 1: Also last night in Kent, Bellevue-based XSN was on the short end of a pitcher’s duel with Gig Harbor-based Narrows. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-3 for XSN.

Washington Rush White 4, Rippers Baseball 16U 3: The Redmond-based Rippers fell on the road to the Snohomish County-based Rush up at Archbishop Murphy High School. Kian Pegueros-Warren was the lone member of the Rippers’ Cedarcrest High School trio to play in last night’s contest and he went 1-2 with a walk.

Kirkland Merchants Premier 2, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 1: Mount Si grad Trace Halvorson doubled and drove in the lone run for Bellevue-based Boys as they were on the short end of a pitcher’s duel with their Kirkland-based rivals at Edmonds Community College. Fellow Wildcat alum Spencer Marenco went 0-3 for BoS.

Northwest Reign 8, Rock Creek 15U 6: Maple Valley-based Rock Creek fell in a slugfest at home in Ravensdale to the Pierce County-based Reign. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 1-1 with two walks and two runs scored for RC.

City Baseball Green 11, FM Sports 16U 1: Redmond-based FM was no-hit by Seattle-based City last night in Seattle. Among the Mount Si players participating in the game for FM including Jackson Crumb (who walked once), Scott Harris, Ryan Harris and Chris Wilson.

Kirkland Merchants 16U 9, Boys of Summer 8: The Merchants were road team on their home turf at Lee Johnson Field in downtown Kirkland last night, but it didn’t matter as they won the slugfest with Bellevue-based BoS. Woodinville’s Caden McCann, whose family are regular readers of this blog, went 0-3 for KM.

Time to hit the pitch.

Soccer: US Youth Soccer Far West regionals report
Today is an off day in Boise at the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals championship tournament. Pool play wrapped up yesterday for the four teams from Preston-based Eastside FC’s club program with Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School athletes. Two of those Valleyites are having tremendous success down there thus far, and doing so in front of the right people – the numerous college coaches and scouts in attendance. More now on how everyone is doing down there now.

“Mad Dog” leads her age group in scoring moving into playoffs: Cedarcrest High School’s Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson has been getting it done for Eastside’s girls’ G04Red U15 team at the tournament. She scored another goal yesterday and will move into the playoffs with the scoring lead in the entire regional in her age group with four goals. Eastside fell in their final pool game yesterday to California’s Santa Clara Sporting Green 3-2 despite Davidson scoring a goal in the contest but punched the second seed out of their pool into the playoffs tomorrow, and they will meet the Las Vegas National League team from Nevada tomorrow in that knockout game.

Mount Si’s “Sully” also among the regional goal leaders: Mount Si High School’s Sullivan Smith will also head into the playoffs tomorrow as a goal leader in the tournament; he’s tied for second in the scoring in the U16 boys’ event with three goals, one of those which came yesterday for his Eastside B03Red U16 squad in a 1-1 tie that closed pool play with the Hawaii Rush. Eastside and the Rush finished with identical 2-0-1 pool records, but the big 6-0 win Tuesday for Eastside over the JHUnited team from Wyoming, in which the Wildcat junior-to-be boys’ soccer star scored his other two goals in the tournament, propelled Eastside to a goal differential of six, which earned them the top seed from their pool on a tiebreaker. EFC meets Santa Clara Sporting Green in their knockout playoff tomorrow.

Eastside 16U girls also make it in, win pool: Eastside’s G03Red 16U girls, with not one, but two, Cedarcrest players – Grace McKenzie and Annaliese Irwin, blanked the West Coast Kaos from California 3-0 to win their pool and advance to the playoffs tomorrow. Eastside in the knockout game will meet Arsenal Colorado Academy, from Denver.

Eastside boys’ 15U team knocked out of tournament: The boys’ B04Red team with Mount Si’s Joey Salem finished tournament play with a 3-1 loss to Nevada’s Players’ 04 Elite. Eastside finished third in their pool failing to make the playoffs and Salem finished with no goals scored in the tournament.

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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