The morning news on the Fourth….

Good morning and happy Fourth of July, Independence Day, to all of you.

The season is over for the Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s “Minors” 11U All-Stars baseball team. They were one-hit by opposing Redmond West Little League in a 5-0 loss last night in a loser-out game at the District 9 tournament in Bellevue.

Kevin Ellis had the lone hit for SVLL, who advanced to last night’s game with a loser-out win over Eastlake 9-8 on Tuesday. Parker Ball led Snoqualmie Valley in that game, going 3-3 with three runs scored and two RBI’s. Jayce Riden also had a good game, going 2-3 with a run scored and RBI.

Time now for the rest of last night’s youth baseball. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 8, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 4: Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden paced things for the Dragons, going 2-4 with a run scored and RBI as the Bellevue-based team beat its Bellevue rival on neutrail soil at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island. Fellow Wildcat Turner McCutchan did not play in the game for XSN.

Rock Creek 15U 7, Prospect United 5: Maple Valley-based RC exploded for all seven of their runs in the fifth, rallying from a deficit to take care of the Tacoma-area team at home in Ravensdale. Cedarcrest HS’s Nate Hoyer went 0-3 for Rock Creek in this one.

WW Sweets 15U 5, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 0: Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty was among four pitchers from Sammamish-based Sweets who combined on a shutout of Kirkland-based JBC last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Dougherty started on the hill and worked the first three innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out one for the win. He and fellow Wildcat Jake Smith at the plate went 0-4 for WWS, but Mount Si’s Jake Mitton led Juanita offensively, going 2-2 with a walk.

River City A’s 3, Field of Champions 16U Bears 0: The Preston-based Bears were blanked on the road in the Tri-Cities by the Tri-Cities based A’s. Mount Si’s Kevin Corder, Lucas Costello, Tyler Clem and Andrew Edson went a combined 2-10 in the game for FoC.

Volleyball
Split on day two in Indy for Bellevue team with Mount Si duo: The Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Storm U17 girls’ volleyball team went 2-2 on day two of play at the USA Volleyball Nationals in Indianapolis yesterday. The squad, with Mount Si players Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, beat teams from Texas and Indiana, but fell to that same Indiana team later in the day as well as to one from California. Action continues today. The team is 4-3 overall and not expected now to compete for a tournament title in the U17 “Patriot” division.

Softball
SoCal A’s 4, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 1: At the IDT in Boulder, CO, the ‘Hawks were unable to overcome an early hole and fell to the California team. Cedarcrest HS grad Michaela Carter went 0-1 for WLH.

Golf
Mount Si’s Warford faces stiffest test as youth golfer: One of the hallmarks of Mount Si High School boys’ golf star Drew Warford as he has developed into one of the best youth boys’ golfers in the entire Pacific Northwest is his willingness to take on any challenge regardless of how tough that might be. That has been evidenced a number of times over the past couple of years, as he has competed in qualifiers for the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur boys’ tournament, even getting to compete in the U.S. Amateur last year. Well, that continued this week, as he competed in perhaps the highest-profile local amateur men’s tournament on the yearly calendar, the Sahalee Players’ Championship.

It proved to be a tough one for Warford, as he yesterday finished 64th of 64 golfers who competed in the event, with a 43-over par score of 331 on the par-72 Sahalee layout in Sammamish and scores all four rounds in the 80’s with only one birdie in the entire event, in the afternoon round on Monday. But, at the end of the day, it’s all about being tested and challenged, and it’s certainly hoped that the things he learned this week will help him as he gets set to return for his senior season at Mount Si this fall. Warford did not compete Monday in his Washington Junior Golf Association tournament due to this commitment, so he’ll likely be back out on the WJGA tour next week, his first chance to incorporate the things he learned into his game.

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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