North Bend’s Gorrell delivers for Sox in college summer league win, plus the morning round on a Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. A lot on the ledger this morning diamond-cuts wise. We first begin with college summer baseball, and it was a great night on the hill last night for one Valley pitcher, as he recorded his first win of the summer with his new team.

North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell pitched by far his best outing of the summer for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox, and got some run support from his team’s offense to go with it, as Wenatchee went down to Bend, OR, and doubled up the host Elks 8-4 at Vince Genna Stadium under the lights last night. Gorrell, a sophomore this fall at Boise State University who graduated from Mount Si HS in 2017, pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on just four hits – his lone mistake pretty much was allowing a solo homer in the sixth to the Elks – walking one and striking out six to drop his ERA to 5.09 and move to 1-2 on the season. A great outing for sure and one that hopefully will spark a strong second half for the Valley player.

Wenatchee with the win moved to 11-15 on the season. They wrap up the series tonight with the Elks down in Bend with a 5:00 p.m. first pitch. You can catch the game live on Facebook Live at the Elks’ Facebook page, or hop on their Mixlr broadcast which is available at their website; search “Bend Elks” on Google and you should find a link to that broadcast there.


Honkers split two with Canadian foes in Kamloops tourney: The Pacific International League’s Northwest Honkers split a pair at the Kamloops International tournament in Canada yesterday, beating the host Sun Devils from British Columbia but then falling to the Calgary Dinos from Alberta.

In the win over the Sun Devils, Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 0-4 but drove in two runs as NWH scored seven runs in the seventh to run away with the 8-2 victory, but in the nightcap he went 0-2 with a run scored and RBI as the Honkers couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead and fell to the Dinos 8-7. The Valley-based Honkers continue play at the tournament today.

Time now for the youth baseball on a Sunday. Action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Rippers Baseball 16U 8, Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 6: A big night for Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill lifted the Redmond-based Rippers to a win over a Tacoma-area team in the GSL weekend tournament in Tacoma. He went 3-3 with a double and three RBI’s leading Rippers. Fellow Red Wolve Kian Pegueros-Warren went 0-3 in this one for the victors.

Victoria Eagles 4, Juanita Baseball Club 16U: In Kirkland last night as part of the weekend GSL event, host Juanita was blanked by the Canadian team. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-3 for JBC in this one.

Rock Creek 15U 3, North Seattle Rainiers 1: In the weekend GSL event as well, but in Ravensdale, Maple Valley-based RC held off the Seattle team. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 0-3 in this one for Rock Creek.

Stilly Venom 14, Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 0: The Bellevue team fell in an early-morning clash to the Arlington-based Venom in Kirkland. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden recorded a walk in this one with no official at-bats for BDE.

Washington A’s 15U 11, Seattle Wave Green 6: In Ravensdale at the GSL event, the Sammamish-based A’s outslugged the Seattle-based team in a morning clash. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting went 1-5 with a run scored and RBI for the A’s.

Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 8, Michael’s Toyota 18U 5: In a tournament in Sammamish yesterday morning, the Bellevue-based Michael’s fell against the Tacoma-area team. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 0-3 with a run scored for Toyota in this one.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 2, Washington Rush 2 (10): The Dragons and Snohomish County-based Rush played well into extras in this one and ended in a draw at Redmond High School. Mount Si’s delegation on the Dragons was led in this one by Brady Hossfeld, with two hits, and Ryan Llewellyn, who went 1-4 with a run offensively and also pitched three perfect innings of relief striking out five with no decision. Fellow ‘Cat Luke Richter also had a hit and RBI for BDG.

Northwest Naturals 14U 10, California Baseball Academy Bruins 1: The Sammamish-based Nats, as we mentioned yesterday, are in a tournament in Phoenix. Well, as part of that yesterday, they got to play this one at a major league spring training stadium – this the Oakland A’s complex at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, and the two Mount Si’ers on the Nats had an experience to remember. Sophomore-to-be Josh Freudenberg went 2-3 with two RBI’s, and soon-to-be freshman Parker Norah went 0-2 but scored a run as NWN rolled past the California team.

WW Sweets 15U 10, Seattle Tides 3: The Mount Si duo of Aidan Dougherty and Jake Smith powered the offense for Sammamish-based Sweets in this GSL tourney win in Lacey. Smith tripled, scored a run and drove in two more for WWS, while Doughery had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.

Vancouver Cardinals 6, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 3: Bellevue-based Boys fell to the southwest Washington team last night down in Portland at a tournament there. Mount Si HS grads – both now college-bound – Trace Halvorson (Jamestown U.) and Spencer Marenco (Yakima Valley CC) – went a combined 0-5 with two walks in this one for BoS.

FSP Baseball 18U 7, Rippers Baseball 0: Bellevue-based Ford beat the Redmond-based squad at Issaquah High School anchored by Mount Si’s Harrison Clark. Clark went 2-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI’s guiding FSP, and fellow ‘Cat senior-to-be Troy Baunsgard went 1-2 with a walk and RBI also for Ford.

Zoots Baseball 10, Northwest Naturals 17U 1: At the Prospect Wire tournament down in Phoenix, the Sammamish-based Nats fell to the California team. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 0-3 in this one for NWN.

BOSS Baseball 6, Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 3: Preston-based FoC was held to one hit – that a triple by Mount Si’s Drew Hiddleson that drove in two runs – as they were doubled up by the Oregon team last night down in the Willamette Valley, in Wilsonville, OR. Fellow Wildcats Ryan Gerlitz and Blake Miller both went 0-2 with walks and a run scored each pacing the Bears.

Baden Black 16U 6, Southridge Bandits 3: At the Palouse Summer Series over in Colfax, Seattle-based Baden doubled up the Tri-Cities area team. Ex-MSHS’er Mason Gronewald went 0-2 with a walk in this one for Baden. He played this spring for Mercer Island High School.

Kirkland Merchants 16U 5, Kennewick Dusters 3: Kirkland also took a PSS win, this in Pullman, over a Tri-Cities team. Woodinville player Caden McCann had no official at-bats in this one for KM, but did score a run.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 8, Idaho Cubs 4: Preston-based FoC also delivered a win at the PSS in Pullman, beating the Idaho team. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson went 2-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored for FoC, while fellow ‘Cat Lucas Costello went 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s pacing the victors. Two other Mount Si’ers also contributed – Tyler Clem, who went 1-3 with a walk and RBI, and Kevin Corder, who went 0-4 with a walk, reached twice on errors and scored two runs.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 5, Yard Dawgs 2: Bellevue-based XSN took this one over the Oregon team down at Oregon State University yesterday in Corvallis. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-1 with a walk and RBI for XSN in this one.

Reality Sports 8, Rippers Baseball 16U 1: The Rippers played yesterday morning as well and the bats couldn’t wake up in time as they fell in this one. Rippers was limited to just one hit and the CHS duo of Pegueros-Warren and Pudwill went a combined 0-4 in this one.

Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 3, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 2: The two Eastside rivals squared off in a morning game yesterday with the Dragons ekeing it out. Mitton (JBC) and Gilden (BDE) went a combined 0-6 in this one for their respective teams. Mitton also pitched two innings, allowing a run on one hit, walking four, striking out three and receiving no decision.

Rock Creek 15U 12, Bothell Bulldogs 2: Hoyer tripled and drove in three for Rock Creek as they used an eight-run third to roll over the Bothell team last night in the GSL event.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 7, Washington A’s 15U 6: The Tugs took this one in a walk-off down in Ravensdale with Wieting going 0-3 with a walk and RBI. He also pitched an inning for the Sammamish-based A’s in this one, allowing two runs on three hits and recording no decision.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 6, Seattle Braves 4: Wutherich took the hill in this one for Michael’s and pitched five solid innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits, walking two and striking out two as Toyota held off the Seattle-based squad at Skyline High School in Sammamish.

Northwest Naturals 14U 12, Arizona A’s Orange 1: The Nats took their road show in Arizona to a Mesa-area park for this one, and saw Norah triple, score a run and drive in a second as they blew past the Arizona team. Freudenberg added a hit, walk, run scored and two RBI’s to the efforts for NWN.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 8, Seattle Wave Black 4: Bellevue doubled up the Wave at Redmond High School, backed by Richter, who went 2-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI, Llewellyn, who went 0-4 at the plate but pitched another solid inning of relief, allowing an unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts, and fellow MSHS’er Chris Jarocki, who hit a pinch-hit triple and drove in a run.

A lot of softball as well. Action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 10, ‘Canes Fastpitch 1: A busy day for the Woodinville-based Blast in their weekend tournament down in Centralia yesterday started out with a bang, as they pounded out nine runs in the first two innings to roll over the central Washington team. Mount Si’s Madison Bonham powered the win, too, for AbB, going 3-3 and coming a homer short of hitting for the cycle. She scored two runs and drove in three more for the Blast in this one.

Issaquah Flame 14U Black 6, Minnesota Sting 2: The Flame opened their playoff action at the Sparkler Juniors in Loveland, CO, yesterday with a win over the Minneapolis-area team backed by efforts from two future CHS Red Wolves. Maddie Knowles doubled, scored a run and drove in a second run for the Issaquah-based team, while Kaylee Hulse went 0-2 but was hit by a pitch and drove in a run.

Las Vegas Lady Scorpions 11, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 3: The Redmond-based Diamonds were knocked out of the Colorado Sparkler event in Arvada, CO, with this loss to the Vegas team. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 1-2 with a run scored and RBI for the Diamonds, while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger also had a hit.

Ruthless SoCal 11, Bellevue Blast 16U 10: The Blast suffered the same fate – being knocked out of the Sparkler in Arvada with this loss, to a southern California team, in walk-off fashion. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-2 for the Blast with a walk and run scored.

SoCal A’s 9, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 1: The Shock were also knocked out of the Sparkler Juniors last night in Johnstown, CO, near Greeley, as they couldn’t get the bats going in a loss to the California team. Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith homered to account for the Shock’s offense in this one. Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook and future CHS’er Riley Warden went a combined 0-5 in this one for SSO.

Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 10, Lady Warriors 2: The Blast waited until late to break out the bats in the lunchtime win at the Fort Borst Complex near the Centralia outlet mall and just off I-5, scoring nine of their 10 runs over the final three innings to sink the local foe. Bonham went 2-5 in this one.

Issaquah Flame 14U Black 10, Texas Premier Prospects 3: The Flame’s bats cooked in the fourth, as they scored seven runs to roll past the Austin, TX-based team. Knowles and Hulse were busy too – they went a combined 3-6 with all the hits being doubles, scored three runs and drove in three more pacing the Flame in this one. It was a balanced win, too, with everyone in the lineup recording a hit and most also scoring a run and/or driving in one.

Washington Illusion 5, Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 2: AbB’s bats ran out of magic in this one as they couldn’t overcome a 5-0 hole and fell in this nightcap last night to the southwest Washington team. Bonham went 1-3 in this one for the Blast.

Colorado Stars 3, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Miller Gold 2: The Hawks fell to the Colorado team and ended the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks trip to the Boulder IDT event in Colorado in the process. Cedarcrest HS grad – and Fordham U. bound – Michaela Carter went 2-2 with an RBI in this one for the ‘Hawks.

Illusions Gold CTX 1, Issaquah Flame 14U Black 0: The Flame saw their week in Colorado come to an end last night as they were eliminated falling on the short end of a pitcher’s duel to the suburban Austin, TX, team. Hulse had a hit but Knowles went 0-2 in this one for Issaquah, who ended up a solid 6-3 on the week in Colorado.

Acers out: The Auburn-based Acers’ Campbell 18U’s, with Mount Si’s Hope Bostick, fell to a California team in a loser-out game at the Sparkler event as well yesterday in suburban Denver and were, too, eliminated from the tournament.


Valley girls to play for world title: Sno-Valley North Little League will be on the world stage this summer, as some of their girls’ softball players will get to play for a world championship on home soil.

The SVNLL Juniors’ softball All-Stars, which is part of a combined team with two Redmond Little League programs, won the Washington state Little League “Juniors” (U13-14) title yesterday. The squad, as the District 9 champions, will be the host team for the Little League Junior Softball World Series later this month in Kirkland. But their state win advances them to the West Regional tournament which starts July 17 down in Tucson, AZ.

The team consists of the following players: Abigail Lew, Anne Crystal, Annika Dayberry, Ella Claus, Grace Haegele, Hannah Robarge, Karli and Krista Kostoff, Kimora Johnson, Malia Parra, Natalia Farago, Shealyn O’Connor, Sophie Williams and Tatum Wood. It is coached by Cheryl Johnson. Good luck ladies down in Arizona from us here at the SVSJ.

Little League Baseball
All three Valley teams suffered losses in the District 9 Little League “Majors” (U12) tournament first round yesterday. Action as well from GC:

Bellevue Thunderbird 10, Snoqualmie Valley LL “Majors” (U12) All-Stars 2: SVLL couldn’t get the bats going as they were sent to the loser-out round with the loss in the opening round yesterday at Dodd Field in Issaquah. Taylor Davis led SVLL, going 2-3 with a run scored. Brooks Kapfhammer also had a hit for SVLL in this one. SVLL plays their loser-out game tonight at 5:00 at Dodd against Mercer Island.

Issaquah 16, Sno-Valley North LL “Majors” (U12) All-Stars 0: Sno-Valley North’s bats stayed ice cold, too, as they were no-hit by Issaquah in this one. SVNLL’s loser-out game is on Tuesday night with an opponent to be determined.

Falls also drops into loser-out bracket: Falls’ entry fell to Bellevue West and will play their loser-out game tomorrow. Stats and score were not available.

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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