Mount Si boys’ basketball gives its all against vaunted national foe in Arizona tournament, plus the diamond cuts and action from the pitch…..

Good Sunday morning. A lot on the plate this morning. First, though, we hit the hardwood, and Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team will be playing for third place at the Section 7 tournament down in Arizona today. That said, they went down there seeking to make themselves a big player on the West Coast, and after last night, it appears they’ve done just that.

They made the semifinals of the tourney last night and played perennial Los Angeles powerhouse Mater Dei, the first time we can ever remember a Mount Si High School sports team either in basketball or football playing this national-caliber team in school history. And the Wildcats left it all out on the floor, falling 63-58 to the boys from SoCal. Jabe Mullins led the way with 27 points, 22 of those in the second half as Mount Si worked their way back from a deficit to make things interesting late.

“Showed a ton of heart and toughness to come back from a deficit and have a shot to tie it at the end,” was the comment from the team’s Twitter feed about last night’s game. Tyler Patterson, despite being injured, gutted it out for 20 points to pace Mount Si. He came off a 26-point effort in their noon-time quarterfinal, in which they blasted Damien, also from southern California, 71-49. His brother Quin added 16 points and eight rebounds, while Mullins pitched in 16 points with eight assists. Bennett O’Connor added eight points, six rebounds and five assists.

Mount Si meets Bishop O’Dowd, from the Bay Area, for third place later this morning.

Also this morning:

Eastside heads home at US Youth Soccer Far West: The two teams from Preston-based Eastside FC featuring top Valley high school soccer stars at the US Youth SoccerFar West Regional Championships in Boise saw their tournament runs come to an end yesterday with losses in the semifinals.

In the boys’ game, Mount Si’s Sullivan Smith was the hero for Eastside’s B03 Red U16 boys, scoring a goal in the 60th minute that ultimately forced overtime with their Puyallup-based rivals Washington Premier FC, but the south Sound squad got the last laugh, winning the game 2-1 on penalty kicks and eliminating EFC from the tournament. Premier advanced to meet Vegas Academy Silver from Nevada for the title today.

On the ladies’ side, the host Boise Thorns blanked Eastside’s G04 Red U15 girls’ team 1-0, sending Eastside home and the Thorns to the finals where they’ll meet Utah Celtic FC from Salt Lake City. Cedarcrest HS’s Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson did not score any goals, of course, in this one, but she finishes the tournament second in the age group in goals with five, so perhaps a little more attention’s going to be paid to her this fall when she suits up for the Red Wolves.

Still, though, for both of the teams, getting to the semis is a tremendous accomplishment, and we congratulate everyone on that here.

Softball: Valley players repping in local tourney
If you are a Valley youth or high school softball fan, today’s final rounds of the USA Softball of Seattle’s Rising Sun tournament 16U age group playoffs in Federal Way are for you. Four teams competing in that age group feature Valley athletes, and yesterday, they all played one another in the same pool. Today’s action starts at 9:00am at South King County Complex. Here’s all of yesterday’s highlights, from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Sidewinders Tyree 11, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 0: The tournament opener for the Shock, playing up in the 16U age group for this weekend’s tournament, proved to be a bit of a challenge, as the Snohomish squad was held to three hits – one by Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook – in the shutout loss at South King County Complex in Federal Way.

Northwest Sidewinders Tyree 10, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 2: The Everett-based Sidewinders limited the Redmond-based squad to three hits in the tournament-opening loss for the Diamonds. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 0-2 for EDP while Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke walked once with no official at-bats.

Washington Illusion 9, KB Fastpitch 16U 8: Kenmore-based KB opened their weekend falling to the southwest Washington team in walk-off fashion. Mount Si’s Vera Harrison doubled twice for KB and scored two runs.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 5, Coquitlam Classics 4: Cedarcrest High School’s Allyson Smith was the heroine in this one for the Shock, walking it off with a double that scored both Westbrook and teammate Macy Oliver as Snohomish stunned the ladies from British Columbia, Canada’s, Lower Mainland. Westbrook finished 2-3, both hits being doubles, with two runs scored, the double and RBI’s from Smith headlined a 1-3 effort for the Red Wolve, and future CHS’er Riley Warden also aided the efforts for the Shock, going 2-3 with a run scored and RBI. Another soon-to-be CHS’er, Kailee Kores, went 0-2 for Snohomish.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 13, Bellevue Blast 16U 5: This game was the first of three featuring Valleyites playing on both teams. Pluschke went 1-2 with a double, walk and three runs scored pacing the Diamonds, while Huntzinger went 0-3 with an RBI. For the Blast, Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-1.

KB Fastpitch 16U 16, Coquitlam Classics 2: KB exploded for eight runs in the fifth to rout the Canadian foe. Harrison went 1-3 with a run scored.

Washington Illusion 6, Bellevue Blast 16U 3: The Illusion scored all six of their runs in the third doubling up the Blast. Harris went 0-2 for BB.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 9, KB Fastpitch 3: The nightcaps last night were the main course, with two games featuring mini-Valley Cup clashes. This one saw the Diamonds roll with the help of Huntzinger, who went 1-3 with an RBI. Pluschke went 0-2 for EDP, while for KB, Harrison went 0-2.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 15, Bellevue Blast 16U 3: The Shock finished out pool play in the weekend tournament with a blowout win over the Bellevue team in this game also featuring Valley players on both squads. Westbrook powered the Shock, going 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI’s, while Warden added a hit, two walks, three runs scored and an RBI. Smith was 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the Shock, and for the Blast, Harris went 0-1.

Youth Baseball
Busy Saturday for local teams with Mount Si High School players past, present and future. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 9, Kirkland Merchants 16U 2: In the Seattle Elite Wood Bat tournament down in Kent, the Bellevue-based XSN rolled to a win over their Kirkland-based rivals. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went four innings on the mound for XSN, allowing a run on four hits, walking three, striking out two and getting the win. He offensively went 0-1 with a walk. Woodinville player Caden McCann went 0-1 for the Merchants.

Coeur D’Alene Lumbermen 7, FSP Baseball 18U 6: Yesterday’s opener for Bellevue-based Ford at the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman proved to be a heartbreaker, as they scored a run in the seventh to tie things at six apiece before the boys from northern Idaho got the last laugh and won it on a walkoff. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard and Harrison Clark went a combined 0-4 in this one for FSP.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 2, Richland Bombers 1: The Dragons opened the day over in the Tri-Cities holding off the Tri-Cities based team. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden went 0-1 with a walk for BDE.

Kent Bulldogs Elite 9, Baden Black 16U 1: In SEL Wood Bat action in Kent, the host Bulldogs blasted the Seattle-based Baden. Former Mount Si player Mason Gronewald went 0-3 for Baden in this one.

Thurston County Saints American 4, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 2: The Lacey-based Saints doubled up Bellevue-based BoS in Ravensdale. Mount Si grad Trace Halvorson went 1-3 with a run, and fellow Wildcat alum Spencer Marenco also went 1-3, both for Boys.

Northwest Naturals 14U 9, Rijo Baseball 1: In Tacoma at the weekend GSL tournament, the Sammamish-based Naturals rolled over their Redmond-based rivals. Mount Si’s Josh Freudenberg went 1-1 with a walk, run scored and RBI and future ‘Cat Parker Norah went 0-1 with a run scored and RBI both for NWN.

Washington A’s 15U 8, Kitsap Rebels 1: Also at the GSL weekend tournament in Tacoma, the Sammamish-based A’s took care of the Bremerton-based squad. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting went 0-4 with a run scored for the A’s.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 3, Thurston County Saints 2 (game one, doubleheader, 8 inn.): Preston-based FoC won the opener of two with the opposition from Lacey in walk-off fashion on a bases loaded walk at home in Sammamish. Mount Si’s Kevin Corder, Tyler Clem, Andrew Edson and Lucas Costello went a combined 1-12 in the game with an RBI for FoC.

Narrows Baseball 14, Kirkland Merchants 16U 2: The Gig Harbor-based Narrows rolled to a morning win over the Merchants. McCann was 1-1 with a run scored for KM in this one also in Kent.

Northwest Naturals 14U 9, Snohomish County Prospects 8: The Naturals stormed back with six runs in the final frame to walk it off, stun the Everett-based Prospects and get Norah off the hook for a losing decision on the mound in the process. Norah started on the hill for NWN in this GSL tourney clash in Tacoma and allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits, with a walk and two strikeouts, and thanks to his team’s late heroics, he ended up with a no-decison. Freudenberg walked and scored a run for NWN.

FSP Baseball 18U 4, Kalispell Lakers 1: Ford took their PSS show up Highway 195 from Pullman to Colfax and rebounded from their earlier loss taking care of the Montana team. Baunsgard went 0-3. A note here, and that is we have learned that the Prep Baseball Report, which featured some coverage of Mount Si High School baseball this spring, is expected to rank the soon-to-be Wildcat senior in the top 40 prospects for the senior high school class of 2021 college list sometime this coming week. So it appears he’s going to be getting some attention, and that of course will help the Wildcat program’s overall exposure.

City Baseball Green 10, Baden Black 16U 0: Baden took their SEL tournament road show to Seattle and fell to Seattle-based City. Gronewald went 0-1 as Baden was limited to one hit in the game. He played for Mercer Island High School this spring after playing for the Wildcats in 2018.

Narrows Baseball 5, Washington A’s 18U Premier 1: Gig Harbor-based Narrows scored four in the third and cruised from there for the win in Ravensdale over the Sammamish-based A’s. 2018 Mount Si HS grad Will Scott, home this summer after finishing his freshman college season with the Colorado School of Mines, went 0-3 for the A’s.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 6, Thurston County Saints 5 (game two, doubleheader, 11 inn.): These two teams probably had enough of one another after this one – after having gone extras in the opener, the two teams decided to go a little longer in this one, with FoC ekeing out the win in a marathon to sweep the twinbill. Edson went 4-5 driving in three runs pacing the Mount Si foursome for the Bears. Costello went 1-6 with two runs scored, while Corder and Clem went a combined 0-8 with a walk.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Rock Creek Premier 3: Boys held off the host Rock Creek squad, based in Maple Valley, down in Ravensdale. Halvorson went 1-3 while Marenco went 0-3, both for BoS.

Washington A’s 15U 11, New Level Kings 2: The A’s took their show from Tacoma to Puyallup for their GSL nightcap last night and brought the bats along for the trip as they rolled again. Wieting went 0-3.

Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 11, Columbia Basin River Dogs 3: The Dragons rolled to a second win over a Tri-Cities team in as many tries with their nightcap win over the River Dogs. Gilden went 0-1, but walked twice, scored a run and drove another in for BDE.

Little League Baseball
With the District 9 “Majors” and “Minors” tournaments set to start in a few days – the “Minors” one week from tomorrow in Bellevue and the “Majors” July 6 in Issaquah, the teams from Snoqualmie Valley and Sno-Valley North Little Leagues are getting ready, playing tune-up games yesterday against non-District 9 opposition in all but one of the games. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Woodinville 13, Snoqualmie Valley LL “Majors” (12U) All-Stars 1: All of these kids will be seeing each other perhaps in about three years or so at the high school level, so this SVLL tuneup in Issaquah might prove fruitful in the future for the boys, giving them a first look at potential Kingco 4A opposition. In any event, this one was all Woody as their pitching held the SVLL boys to one hit – by Brooks Kapfhammer, who also scored the lone Snoqualmie Valley run.

Bellevue West 11, Sno-Valley North LL “Majors” (12U) All-Stars 1: SVNLL fell to District 9 rival Bellevue West in a tuneup game in Issaquah yesterday for the upcoming district tournament, to start in a couple of weeks. Reed Gilmore had a hit and RBI pacing Sno-Valley North, while Michael Rynders also had a hit. Connor Altmeyer also aided the local boys’ efforts, with a walk and run scored.

Woodinville 8, Snoqualmie Valley LL “Minors” (11U) All-Stars 3: Like with their Majors counterparts, this tuneup game for upcoming district action in Bellevue saw two teams of kids who perhaps will be seeing each other again in about four years or so as high school players, so a good first look for sure at the potential Kingco opposition that awaits. In this one, Woody scored seven in the fourth to sink the SVLL squad. Jacob Hayes led SVLL, with a triple, run scored and two RBI’s. Cole Taylor aldo had a hit and run scored for the local boys, and hits were also recorded for SVLL by Kevin Ellis and Jayce Riden. Coleman Wasnock also drove in a run for SVLL.

Seattle Senators 6, Snoqualmie Valley LL “Majors” (12U) All-Stars 1: A five-run third broke an early 1-1 tie and lifted the Sens to the win on neutral turf in Issaquah. SVLL had five hits – Kapfhammer, Micah Jayne, Ryan Caro, Sydney Wyscocki and Grant Bjorke had those hits, with Conner Ball driving in the lone SVLL run and Matt Talbot scoring that run for the local boys.
Northlake 14, Sno-Valley North LL “Majors” (12U) All-Stars 0: SVNLL was held to two hits in the shutout loss. Dylan Hartje and Murphy Vleim had the two hits for Sno-Valley North while Luke Thompson also reached base with a walk.

Snoqualmie Valley LL “Minors” (11U) All-Stars 7, Bothell Black Sox 3: SVLL got the win over the Bothell team aided by Taylor, who doubled twice as part of a 3-3 effort scoring twice, and Wasnock, who also doubled as part of a two-hit effort, scoring a run and driving another in. Keller Hyll added two hits for SVLL, scored two runs and drove in two more, and Ellis pitched in two hits also. Hayes added a hit and RBI to the local efforts, as did Parker Barll. Rounding it out, Riden scored a run also for Snoqualmie Valley. Hayes allowed a run without a hit in three innings of work striking out five on the mound getting the win after SVLL broke out to a 5-0 lead and did not look back.

College Summer Baseball
Seattle Sea Turtles split two with Portland: The Seattle Sea Turtles split a pair of Cascade Collegiate League games with their I-5 rivals from Portland, taking the nightcap from the opposing Prairie Dogs down at Clackamas Community College in Gresham, OR, after Portland won the opener. University of Puget Sound sophomore-to-be Clayton Waltz, from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS grad, worked the nightcap, won by Seattle 8-2, and went 1-2 with a walk and two RBI’s for the Sea Turtles.

Honkers split pair with Canadian foe: In Pacific International League non-conference action, the Valley-based Northwest Honkers split a pair with the Kamloops Sun Devils, from British Columbia. Kamloops won the opener on neutral soil in Edmonds 3-1 before the Honkers blasted the Sun Devils 15-2 in the nightcap. Duvall’s Cameron Padron, a Cedarcrest High School grad, went 0-7 with two RBI’s in the doubleheader for the Honkers, who meet the Everett Merchants in a PIL game today in Everett.

Minor League Baseball
Lane on the hill: North Bend’s Trevor Lane took the hill last night for another relief pitching appearance for the New York Yankees’ class “AA” minor-league Trenton Thunder, and it again went well. The 2012 Mount Si HS grad worked the eighth inning for the Thunder, and it was perfect with two strikeouts. He received no decision and dropped his earned run average down to 1.39 but his efforts proved to be too late as the opposing New Hampshire Fisher Cats, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, cruised to an 8-3 home win over the Thunder in Manchester, NH. Lane is in his fourth season with the Yankees organization after they drafted him in 2016.

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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