The diamond cuts with Mount Si athletes playing for a baseball league title and so much more on a Friday…..

We get you set for a North Bend Block Party weekend this morning with some diamond cuts. We lead off the youth baseball action with Mount Si High School players factoring for both teams in a local league’s championship series opener. All of that coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 5, WW Sweets 15U 4: Preston-based FoC responded to a four-run sixth by the Sammamish-based Sweets that cost the Bears the lead with a two-run seventh that enabled FoC to escape with a first-game win in the best of three Seattle Elite League championship finals last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Game two and possilby three are today.

Mount Si’s Andrew Edson and Kevin Corder were factors in that seventh-inning rally for FoC. Edson, with Corder on base, singled to score his teammate and fellow Wildcat player to tie the game, then a later sacrifice fly helped score what turned out to be the game-winning run.

Both Corder and Edson did some damage with their bats for the Bears. Corder went 3-3 with a double, walk and three runs scored while Edson went 2-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI. Teammate – and fellow MSHS’er – Tyler Clem went 1-3.

The rally by the Bears ruined a decent pitching performance by a member of the Sweets’ Mount Si delegation. Aidan Dougherty got the start on the hill and worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits walking one and striking out four. He ended up with no decision. His teammate – and fellow Wildcat – Jake Smith allowed one hit in his one inning of relief and also received no decision for the Sammamish-based Sweets. Offensively, the two combined to go 0-4 with an RBI.

The second game of the set is tonight with a third game to follow should the Sweets win the second contest. The games start at around 5:30 or so at Bannerwood. Don’t know if there will be an admission charge down there but be prepared to pay to get in if need be.

Also this morning:

Eugene Challengers 5, Northwest Naturals 17U 4: The Sammamish-based Nats wrapped up their trip to Oregon State University this week with a loss yesterday afternoon to the Eugene, OR, team. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri and Jack Mardon went a combined 0-6 for the Nats in the contest.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 14, Northwest Futures Select 3: Bellevue-based XSN last night rolled to a win over the Oregon team at this weekend’s edition of the Palouse Summer Series over in Pullman. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-1 for XSN in this one.

Rippers Baseball 16U 8, Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 3: Also over at the PSS last night, Valley players made headlines in this one for both teams as the Redmond-based Rippers exploded for five runs over the final two innings to break a 3-3 tie and sink the Bellevue-based Dragons. The Cedarcrest HS duo on the Rippers led the way. Kian Pegueros-Warren went 2-4 with a triple and two runs scored while Mason Pudwill also had two hits, also walked once, scored three runs and drove in a fourth. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden, for the Dragons, was not to be outdone, however; he also with two hits including a triple, scoring a run and driving in a second.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 7, Kirkland Merchants Elite 3: Bellevue-based BoS handled their affairs well last night beating their Kirkland rivals at home in Bellevue. Mount Si alums Spencer Marenco and Trace Halvorson went a combined 0-6 with an RBI for Boys in this one.

Kent Bulldogs Red 9. Northwest Naturals 16U 5: Over in Spokane at the Gonzaga tournament, the Kent-based squad rallied from an early hole with a six-run sixth to take this one over the Sammamish-based Nats. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver started on the hill for NWN and took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, striking out six and walking two in 5 2/3 innings of work. Teammate – and fellow ‘Cat – Dawson Schneider went 1-2 with a run scored and RBI and another teammate and fellow MSHS’er Tyler Disch went 1-4 with a run scored.

FSP Baseball 18U 10, Team EPB 2: Bellevue-based FSP rolled to a win last night in West Seattle over the Seattle-area opponents. Mount Si’s Harrison Clark and Troy Baunsgard went a combined 0-2 with an RBI for FSP in this contest.

Narrows Baseball 3, Washington A’s 18U Premier 2: The A’s fell in walk-off fashion to the Tacoma-based team down in Kent last night. 2018 MSHS’er Will Scott, set to be a sophomore this fall in college at the Colorado School of Mines, doubled and drove in a run for the Sammamish-based A’s.

College Summer Baseball
“JuJu” gets first league action as an AppleSox: Mount Si High School grad Justin Lutz worked behind the plate last night for the Wenatchee AppleSox in his first West Coast League game with the team since he signed with them this past weekend. The Fall City product, a 2017 MSHS alumnus set to continue his college baseball career this fall at Montana State University-Billings after two years at the community college level, went 0-4 with a sacrifice fly RBI for the Sox as they took an 11-1 lead at one point then had to hold on for an 11-8 win over the Kelowna Falcons up north of the border in the “Okanagan” of British Columbia, Canada.

The win was Wenatchee’s seventh straight and that streak has busted them into the lead in the WCL’s North Division second half schedule, now at 7-2 in the second half a half-game up on first-half division winner Victoria. The streak has also lifted the team over .500 overall on the season at 19-17.

We should of course mention this was not Lutz’s outright WCL debut this summer, as he played several games at the beginning of the year with the Sox’ league rival Yakima Valley Pippins, who had him in their club on a short-term basis before letting him go. He debuted with Wenatchee on Monday in a win over the U.S. Military All-Stars in a non-league game.

Wenatchee, if they didn’t do so last night after the game, will make the trek over the mountains and down through the Fraser Valley, across the border and into Bellingham to start a three-game set tonight with the Bells. Expect Lutz’s 2017 MSHS classmate, Gavin Gorrell from North Bend, to start one of the three games on the hill this weekend, perhaps with “JuJu” calling the pitches behind the dish. We’ll of course see about that but if you are a Mount Si fan you’ll probably want to head up for the games this weekend and support those two. Games are at Joe Martin Field, off I-5 at exit 253 and the games tonight and tomorrow begin at 6:30 with the Sunday game being an afternoon start at 1:00.

Honkers fall: The Pacific International League’s Northwest Honkers fell last night on neutral soil in Edmonds to the Seattle Cheney Studs 5-3. Duvall’s Cameron Padron was 0-1 with three walks and a run scored for the Valley-based Honkers, playing games outside the Valley this season as it seeks a new home to replace its former home field at Fall City Community Park. It is expected they’ll make a decision next spring about a home field and a possible candidate could be Mount Si High School’s new facility in Snoqualmie, now in the initial stages of construction as the old school campus demolition, which has been ongoing now for two weeks, continues. The Honkers play tonight at Sammamish High School in Bellevue against the rival Seattle Wallbangers at 6:00. As we have told you, the Wallbangers have a Mount Si alum on their team, Tiye Utley, so Valley fans will want to get out and support both Padron and Utley in this one tonight.

A marathon in Medicine Hat and all hands, including North Bend’s Simpson, were on deck: On Wednesday night in the West Coast League here in the States, the Victoria HarbourCats and Walla Walla Sweets went 19 innings in a game, won by Victoria. Last night, in Canada, the Okotoks Dawgs and Medicine Hat Mavericks engaged in their own marathon in the Western Canadian Baseball League. And with the game going long into the night, all hands were on deck, including pitchers doing non-pitching things.

That was the case for North Bend’s Tanner Simpson. The Dawg pitcher, a 2014 MSHS’er fresh out of college at Lewis-Clark State in Idaho, was asked to pinch-run in the game for the suburban Calgary, AB, team. Simpson did not score a run in his appearance, but no matter as Okotoks escaped with a 9-8 17-inning win over the Mavs in Medicine Hat, AB.

While a time of game was not announced, it probably ran a good four-five hours so they weren’t done up there until the wee hours of this morning and probably in front of a handful of the several hundred folks that showed up to watch the game at the beginning of it.

Okotoks with the win moved to 28-10 on the season and faces Melville tonight in Saskatchewan.

Minor League Baseball
Lane dinged up: North Bend’s Trevor Lane took the hill last night for the Trenton Thunder minor-league team as the New York Yankees affiliate played the Hartford Yard Goats.

The 2012 Mount Si HS grad was dinged a bit, allowing two runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings of work with two strikeouts and no decision. He kept his ERA under 2.00 at 1.74 but the Thunder fell at home in New Jersey to the Colorado Rockies-affiliated Yard Goats 9-1.

Lane, an all-star this season with the Thunder’s league, the class “AA” Eastern League, is in his fourth season with the Yankees organization, who drafted him out of college in 2016.

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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