Wednesday news notes…..

Good Wednesday morning. We’re going to hit the links to start the day and the three Valley youth golfers that were looking to punch berths to the Washington Junior Golf Association’s state tournament did just that yesterday as district tournament action wrapped up.

The group will be led by Mount Si High School’s Kasey Maralack. Maralack won the District Two girls’ 14-15 title, firing a four-under round of 68 on the par-72 Willows Run course in Redmond to take the crown by four shots over runner-up Nicole Kato. The other two Valley state qualifiers come out of District Six. Mount Si High boys’ golfer Hogan Warford fired a 76 and finished fifth in the boys 14-15 age group at the District Six event down in Orting. He carded a two-round 151, seven over par on the par 72 High Cedars layout, to earn his trip to state. Also going is future Wildcat Shane Russell. Russell, from Snoqualmie, finished second in the boys’ 8-11 age group, carding a 43 over nine holes to finish at 15-over 87 over two days. The 8-11 age group competes over nine holes in the tournaments as opposed to older age levels, which compete across all 18 holes.

State is July 31-August 2 in Tacoma. A congrats to all three of you and good luck at state!

Baseball
A pair of Eastside 16U teams with Mount Si High School players competed in the semifinals of the Seattle Elite League playoffs last night. Highlights and more from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

WW Sweets 15U 11, FCA Black 1 (game one): Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s helping the Sammamish-based Sweets take the first of what turned out to be two over Woodinville-based FCA down in Kent last night. Teammate and fellow Wildcat Jake Smith was 1-3 with a run scored, and went the distance on the hill allowing a run on six hits walking one and striking out two.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 3, Laces Baseball 2 (game one): Also in Kent, Mount Si’s Andrew Edson tripled and drove in all three Bears runs as the Preston-based FoC forced a deciding game with the Snohomish County-based team for the right to advance to the Seattle Elite League championship round. Teammate and fellow ‘Cat Tyler Clem went 1-2 with a walk and run scored.

WW Sweets 15U 10, FCA Black 0 (game two): Sweets rolled in the nightcap sweeping the twinbill down in Kent and advancing to the Seattle Elite League 16U finals tomorrow against FoC. Dougherty went 0-3.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 11, Laces Baseball 0 (game two): The Wildcat duo of Clem and Kevin Corder delivered on the hill, with a combined no-hitter to send the Bears to the title series tomorrow against WW Sweets. Corder walked three and struck out five in his five innings, with Clem pitching a perfect sixth. Edson delivered with the bat again, going 3-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI’s.

Seattle Elite League 16U title series preview: Mount Si High School’s program will be very well-represented in the best-of-three series between the Sweets and FoC that starts tomorrow and will also have games Friday night. All will be at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Dougherty has been real strong all season for WWS both with the bat and the arm, and he is likely to take the hill for at least one of the games in the series. Smith also has had a good season.

The Bears’ Corder, Clem and Edson all have had solid showings this summer for that team, and Edson’s efforts last night definitely bode well for him having an impact in the finals. All of these guys are likely going to be in competition to make the Wildcat varsity next spring under Mount Si coach Brent Lutz, so if you are a Wildcat baseball fan, you will see the future on display for Mount Si in this series. Game one tomorrow is at 3:00 p.m. with the title-deciding games being on Friday, with the first game at 5:30 and a second game if necessary happening right afterward.

College Summer Baseball
Solid outing for North Bend’s Simpson: North Bend product Tanner Simpson pitched six strong innings last night and helped the Okotoks Dawgs college summer team post a win.

The Dawgs exploded late and rallied for a 7-4 win over the Medicine Hat Mavericks in a Western Canadian league contest last night at Okotoks’ home field in suburban Calgary, AB. Simpson allowed three runs, one earned, over six innings, walking one and striking out five, and ended up getting off the hook for the loss after the Dawgs rallied from a 3-0 early deficit with four runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth. The 2014 Mount Si HS grad, who just graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, drops his earned run average to 2.83 with last night’s results.

Simpson will likely pitch again this weekend.

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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