Another D-I college offer for Mount Si’s Mullins, plus the morning diamond cuts…..

Good Wednesday morning. We begin this morning on the hardwood and a follow-up to our coverage yesterday afternoon regarding Mount Si High School senior-to-be star boys’ basketball player Jabe Mullins and the tremendous college interest he received yesterday. Well, you can add a fifth NCAA Division I school to those other D-I’s which made him scholarship offers yesterday.

Shortly after we posted our update announcing his fourth offer yesterday, Mount Si’s boys’ basketball program took to Twitter again, as they did for the other four offer announcements yesterday, to report that Mullins had received an offer from Northeastern University, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Similar to Stanford, who offered him a scholarship late yesterday, Northeastern is a very tough school to get into academically, so Mullins being offered a scholarship by this program again appears to be as much about his academic success as it is about his athletic success.

The Huskies, as they are called, made the NCAA Tournament this past season, finishing 23-11, so this is definitely a program that Mullins will probably look at. Additionally, another potential selling point for Mullins with this school is that it’s only about a two-hour drive from their campus in downtown Boston up to Dartmouth University’s campus in Hanover, NH, which, of course as you all know will have his ex-Wildcat teammate Jonny Barrett around the next four years. In other words, a friend close by and that always is a plus as you make the adjustment to adulthood.

The two offers we mentioned joined offers made earlier yesterday as we reported to you then by two West Coast Conference schools (University of Portland and the University of San Diego) and Washington State University. It is possible Mullins will get more offers in the coming days, all likely the result of his performance this past weekend at the Section 7 Team Camp event with the Wildcats in Arizona. If we get word, we’ll let you know here.

Again, a congrats to Jabe from us here.

Time for our diamond cuts. Scores and highlights from our youth baseball from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Northwest Naturals 17U 9, Mercedes-Benz Prep 4: The Sammamish-based Naturals brought the bats out early in this one, scoring all nine of their runs in the first two innings to roll to a home win up at Skyline High School over the south Sound team. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 1-4 for NWN in this one last night.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 5, Rock Creek 15U 4: Tacoma came into Ravensdale last night and left with a win over the host RC squad. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer started on the hill for RC and took the loss, allowing all five Tugs runs on three hits in just 2 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out one. Offensively, he doubled, scored a run and drove in a second pacing the Maple Valley-based Rock Creek.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 6, Washington Rush White 2: Bellevue-based XSN scored five runs in the fifth to take command of this one and score the win at home on Mercer Island under the lights last night over the Snohomish County-based Rush. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-3 for XSN in this one.

Northwest Naturals 15U 8, Kirkland Merchants 16U 1: At Eastlake High School in Sammamish last night, three NWN pitchers combined on a three-hitter as they handled the Kirkland-based team. Woodinville’s Caden McCann started on the hill for KM and took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in three innings, walking two and striking out five. Regular 16U Natural Hayden Weaver saw work for the Sammamish club’s 15U squad last night, with the MSHS player going 0-1.

Northwest Reign Silver 3, Baden Black 16U 1: A pair of Reign pitchers combined to no-hit Seattle-based Baden down in Kent last night. Among the Baden hitters having challenges with the opposing pitching was ex-Mount Si player Mason Gronewald, who went 0-3. He played for Mercer Island High School’s program this spring.

College Summer Baseball
Gorrell struggles: North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell took the hill last night for the Wenatchee Apple Sox in a West Coast League game north of the border, and it proved to be a short night for the Mount Si grad.

The 2017 Wildcat alum, who will be playing this fall for Boise State University, struggled, allowing four runs on three hits in just 2/3 of an inning, walking four and striking out two, as he took the loss dropping to 0-2 as Wenatchee fell 14-5 up in Victoria, BC, Canada, to the host HarbourCats.

His earned run average rises to 6.75 with the performance last night as the Sox fell to 7-9 on the season.

CHS alum Mallot on hill: 2017 Cedarcrest alum Riley Mallot also saw work last night, for his Pacific International League team Highline Bears as they played a non-conference clash with the WCL’s Bellingham Bells up in Bellingham. Mallot took the loss as the Duvall product allowed two runs on one hit in the 10th inning, as Bellingham walked it off with a 6-4 win in 10. Of note for Mount Si fans is that former Kingco rival Cole Hinkleman, the recent grad of Skyline High School, homered for the Bells in the contest.

PIL rivals play on neutral turf away from home: The PIL Seattle-area rivals Everett Merchants and Northwest Honkers took their league rivalry a couple hundred miles northeast into Canada and Grand Forks, BC, to be specific as they squared off up there last night in the opener of this week’s Grand Forks International tournament. Everett took the win over the Valley-based Honkers 7-4 with Duvall’s Cameron Padson going 2-5 for NWH. The Honkers and several other teams, including the Merchants, will continue play in the event through July 1. The tournament was canceled last year due to major flooding in that part of British Columbia.

Minor League Baseball
Lane in action: North Bend’s Trevor Lane got to pitch last night, and once again, things went well.

The 2012 Mount Si High School grad pitched 2 2/3 innings of no-hit relief, walking one and striking out one for the New York Yankees-affiliated Trenton Thunder, but the “AA” team fell at home to the Philadelphia Phillies-affiliated Reading Fighting Phils from Pennsylvania 9-2. Lane received no decision and saw his earned run average again improve, down to 1.29 as he continues to work his way toward a callup to the Yankees “AAA” team in Scranton, PA.

Lane is in his fourth season with the New York organization, who drafted him in 2016 out of college at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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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