Starting a weekend off with a little rude awakening from Mother Nature, eh……time for the morning round from the links and the diamond……

Good Friday morning. Hope all of you are well and safe after the earthquake that was felt in the Valley this morning, with you folks down in the lower Valley perhaps feeling it a little more than those of us here in the upper Valley (although your editor felt it in North Bend). Those who perhaps slept through it, and if you did, you slept real well last night – there were a couple of temblors that struck just before 3:00 this morning.

The folks at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network report the initial quake was a 4.6 on the Richter scale, so a decent-sized one by our standards here, and it was followed by an aftershock, measuring 3.5. Checking the PNSN webpage, they report an additional five aftershocks following the initial 3.5 one, all of which likely were not felt significantly as all were under 2.0. The quakes were all centered in the Monroe area, so you folks in Duvall in particular probably felt them real strongly.

As of now, we’re not hearing any damage or injuries have been reported which is good, but a lot of you might need an extra cup of Starbucks this morning to compensate for the rude early wake-up call from Mother Nature.

With that news item out of the way, time for our morning round to go with your cup of ‘joe. We hit the links first.

The Washington Junior Golf Association wrapped up its regular season yesterday with tournaments featuring Valley youngsters in two locations. The District Two event was at Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation. No Valley golfers earned district berths yesterday. The leader of the pack among locals was Mount Si High’s Kasey Maralack, from Snoqualmie, who fired a 77 and finished in a tie for first among the girls age 14 and 15 in the field. She previously qualified for districts, so she’ll be repping the Valley in next week’s district tournament in Redmond.

Meanwhile, in District Six, down at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Federal Way, like the District Two event, no Valley entrants earned district berths yesterday, so the leader there was Snoqualmie’s Shane Russell, who finished in a tie for third among boys age 8-11 firing a 47 over nine holes. He, too, already qualified, so he’s going to join a threesome of Mount Si High School boys’ golfers – Cooper Neil and the Warford’s, Drew and Hogan, all of whom also have qualified for the tournament – to rep the Valley in this district’s tourney next week, down in Orting.

Also of note, Mount Si High girls’ golfers Tori Berger and Erika Groshell finished in the top 10 in their age groups at the District Two event, but neither earned a district berth, and Drew and Hogan did not compete in the District Six action yesterday but perhaps were at Twin Lakes watching their sister Karly take her best shot again. She did, finishing seventh in the girls 8-11 age group carding a 69 over nine holes at Twin Lakes. That performance did not earn her a district berth, sadly, so she misses out after also not earning a berth at Monday’s qualifying event. That said, good experience for her in this type of an environment that she can learn from and perhaps she’ll be back out there ready to go next summer.

Good stuff for sure and we wish the golfers from the area competing in next week’s district tourneys luck in the events.

Time for the diamond cuts. Baseball and softball with the coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
City Baseball Green 4, Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 3 (game one, doubleheader): Seattle-based City took the opener of two with the Dragons in Seattle yesterday. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden went 0-3 for BDE in this one. He did not play in the nightcap, won also by City, 7-2, giving them the sweep of the twinbill.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 16, Bellingham American Legion 1: It’s Brandy Pugh Tournament weekend on the Eastside, and Bellevue-based Michael’s is in the event and yesterday they continued the tournament with a blowout win at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue backed by Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich, who went 2-2 with two walks, two runs scored and three RBI’s. Michael’s plays tonight in the event. Also in the event are the Bellevue-based Boys of Summer 18U Blue squad, with Wildcat alums Spencer Marenco and Trace Halvorson. They play a pair this afternoon at Bellevue College. The tournament runs through the weekend.

Northwest Naturals 17U 10, Hodgen Distributing 0: The Sammamish-based Nats rolled to a win to open a weekend tournament in Centralia. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 0-3 but scored a run and drove in a second for NWN. Fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon went 0-1 with a walk and run scored as well for the Nats.

FSP Baseball 18U 4, Northwest Futures ’20 Scouts 2: Bellevue-based Ford also is in this tournament down in Centralia, and they opened their run in it last night posting a win with the help of Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard, who went 1-2 with an RBI. Fellow ‘Cat Harrison Clark went 0-1 for FSP in this one.

Victoria Eagles 8, Northwest Naturals 17U 2: Mardon and Ferreri both went 0-1 for the Naturals as they nightcapped day one in Lewis County last night with a loss to the Canadian team.

Softball
Surrey Storm 8, KB Fastpitch 16U 4: Mount Si’s Vera Harrison led the way for Kenmore-based KB, going 3-4 with a double and RBI, but a five-run fifth by the Storm doomed KB to a loss to the suburban Vancouver, BC, foe north of the border in Canada.

Victoria Devils 15, KB Fastpitch 16U 0: KB was no-hit by the Devils in last night’s Canadian nightcap. Harrison went 0-1.

College Summer Baseball
Honkers once again give it their best against WCL foe: Just like the series opener on Wednesday, the Pacific International League’s Valley-based Northwest Honkers gave the West Coast League’s Yakima Valley Pippins all they could handle, but the Honkers once again fell just short.

NWH fell 11-10 to the Pippins over in Yakima in 10 innings last night at the Pippins won it on a walkoff in the 10th inning. Duvall’s Cameron Padron did not play once again for NWH in this one. The Honkers will be back in action sometime this weekend.

CHS alum in action: In PIL action last night, the Seattle Cheney Studs rolled to a 9-2 win over the Highline Bears down in Tacoma. Duvall’s Riley Mallot, a Cedarcrest HS grad, pitched for the Bears in this one, allowing two runs on four hits striking out one in 1 2/3 innings of relief. He received no decision. Mallot this spring played for a community college in California after spending 2018 with the team over at Columbia Basin College in the Tri-Cities.

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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