Mount Si’s Clark does something rare on the diamond, plus the rest of the cuts from last night’s baseball…..

Good Thursday morning. We start this morning on the diamond, and we offer you a history lesson this morning.

Those of you who are baseball historians are probably familiar with the name Johnny Vander Meer. His claim to fame in baseball is he is the only major league pitcher to ever throw back-to-back no-hitters; this happened back when Vander Meer pitched for the Cincinnati Reds in the late 1930’s. Well, on the youth summer baseball circuit, Mount Si High School’s Harrison Clark last night did something that simply is unbelievable, but if you’re a Wildcat fan, might be a good sign for next spring. Clark pulled off the feat himself.

As you remember, last Friday in his last starting pitching appearance for his select team, the Bellevue-based FSP Baseball 18U, he no-hit a Seattle-based team at a tournament in Centralia. He took the hill last night at Bothell High School for FSP for the first time since last week’s no-no in a game against Seattle-based Baden Red. And once again, just like last weekend, he got the job done.

He pitched another no-hitter, as noted his second straight, as FSP blasted Baden 16-0 in a five-inning mercy rule result. The Wildcat senior-to-be walked five and struck out three in his complete-game effort, which finished in just 68 pitches. And he helped his own cause with his bat – Clark went 2-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI’s. Teammate and fellow Mount Si senior-to-be Troy Baunsgard also helped out, with a hit, two walks, three runs scored and two RBI’s.

The season for FSP, like most select baseball, is winding down, with most action set to finish in the next couple of weeks. But for Clark, his last several days have been quite memorable, and will certainly increase expectations for what he can bring to the table for Mount Si in 2020, who will need to fill at least one starting pitching spot with the graduation last month of former SP Levi Jorgensen. Good problems to solve if you’re Wildcat head coach Brent Lutz.

Rest of the youth action now. Scores from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Naturals 17U 5, Northwest Futures ’21 Select 2: The Sammamish-based Nats had a busy afternoon down on the campus of Oregon State University yesterday, starting it off with a tournament win over a Portland-area team. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri was 0-2 for NWN in this one.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 4, Michael’s Toyota 18U 1: The Sammamish-based A’s held off Bellevue-based Michael’s at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island. Wildcat Parker Wutherich went 1-2 for Michael’s in this one.

Northwest Naturals 17U 3, Reno Knights 2 (8): Ferreri hit a pinch-hit double and scored what turned the game-winning run in the eighth as the Nats rallied from a 2-0 hole for the extra-inning win to close out their afternoon down in Corvalls. Fellow MSHS’er Jack Mardon was 1-4 for NWN in this one.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 10, Thurston County Saints 5: The A’s took an early lead and cruised to the win on Mercer Island last night, backed by MSHS grad Will Scott, who went 1-1 with two RBI’s. Scott, who graduated in 2018, will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines.

Baden Baseball 8, Michael’s Toyota 18U 5: Michael’s hopped in their cars and headed the short distance east on I-90 from Island Crest Park to Bellevue College for their nightcap last night, in which Seattle-based Baden scored five in the fifth to win a back-and-forth affair with the Toyota squad. Wutherich, for Michael’s, went 0-3.

College Summer Baseball
Mount Si grad a jack of all trades: Mount Si High School alum Tiye Utley last night showed off his versatility for his college summer team, the Seattle Wallbangers.

Utley, who graduated a few years ago from Mount Si and played both baseball and basketball, played shortstop and also pitched for the Wallbangers in their Pacific International League game last night against the rival Seattle Cheney Studs in Tacoma. He went 0-2 at the plate and pitched two innings, allowing a run thanks to four walks with no decision recorded. The Studs scored nine runs in the second and cruised from there handing the Wallbangers a 10-4 loss.

Utley is on the roster for Shoreline Community College’s baseball team but has played sparingly for the Dolphins during his time there.

Honkers beat Dudes: In a battle of Eastside rivals in the PIL, the Valley-based Northwest Honkers scored four in the seventh to escape with an 11-8 win over the Redmond Dudes last night in what was supposed to have been the first game of a doubleheader; the second game appears to have been rained out as it was in progress last night at Hartman Park in Redmond. Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 2-4 with a double, run scored and RBI for NWH, who is currently seeking a new home in the Valley to replace its former home field at Fall City Community Park. In the meantime, they are playing home games elsewhere this summer, including one tonight at Edmonds Community College.

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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