Diamond cuts this morning, with a piece of friendly advice from your editor……

Good Saturday morning. Diamond cuts aplenty from baseball this morning.

We start on the college summer circuit and the end of a win streak for the Wenatchee Apple Sox as they fell last night in Bellingham to the Bells in the first game of their West Coast League weekend series.

The Sox scored five in the seventh to rally from an early deficit to take a 5-3 lead, but the Bells scored four in the eighth to re-take command and get this one 7-5 at Joe Martin Field. Fall City’s Justin Lutz normally catches, but last night was inserted as the right fielder for Wenatchee, part of a reward by Sox team head coach Kyle Krustangel for his three catchers, all of whom played in the game. Lutz, soon to be a junior at Montana State-Billings, went 1-3. Of doing this, Krustangel called the trio “catchers who rake (get hits)” in a comment on the team’s Twitter feed. This Tweet was retweeted by Lutz’s dad, Mount Si High School head coach Brent Lutz, as he used it as a teaching opportunity for his program’s players.

Coach Lutz told his players on Twitter: “Great example of why we talk about playing multiple positions. Give your college/high-school/summer/pro coaches more options to get you in the lineup. You may be behind an All-American at (your) primary position, work at other positions to get yourself in the lineup.” A message we would echo here, too, and also for you softball players as well. Learn to play multiple positions well in these sports, especially if you can hit. It’ll serve you well in your college recruitment process.

The Sox and Bells continue action tonight at 6:30, then wrap tomorrow at 1:00. North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell is on the mound for Wenatchee tomorrow up there at Joe Martin so Mount Si baseball fans looking to perhaps take a day trip should head north up to Bellingham tomorrow for that one. Tickets are $7-$15 and will be available at the gate when you get up there if you go. The field is off I-5 at exit 253 and parking should be free. Both Gorrell and Justin Lutz are 2017 Mount Si HS grads.

Honkers win: Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s for the Northwest Honkers as the Valley-based team won a 7-1 decision over the rival Seattle Wallbangers in a Pacific International League game last night in Bellevue. The Honkers are back at it this afternoon for a 2:00 game against the Everett Merchants at Bob Albo Field on the Newport High School campus in Bellevue. NWH is playing games at various Eastside venues this season as it seeks a new permanent home field to replace their former home of Fall City Community Park. A possible destination for the team could be Mount Si High School’s new field in Snoqualmie but a decision on where the Honkers will play next season is months away.

Time for the youth action. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 5, WW Sweets 4 (Seattle Elite League championship, game two, best of three, FoC wins 2-0): The Preston-based Field of Champions Bears are your Seattle Elite League 16U champions for 2019, after besting their Sammamish-based rivals in a two-game sweep of the best-of-three championship series. FoC took that second game last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue with the help of Mount Si’s Tyler Clem, who went 1-2 with two RBI’s as the Bears rallied from a 4-2 deficit midway through the game to get the win and the title. Teammate and fellow Wildcat Kevin Corder was 1-3 with a walk and run scored and the third MSHS’er on the Bears, Andrew Edson, went 0-3.

The Sweets were missing one of their top players in this one last night in Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty, and that perhaps factored into this one, we don’t know. His teammate and fellow Wildcat Jake Smith walked and drove in a run with no official at-bats. FoC finishes things up 30-17 on the season while the Sweets finished up at 36-7. Maybe a game or two more for both we shall see but if not, a great season for these two squads with their Mount Si players.

FSP Baseball 18U 7, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 3: The two Bellevue teams, with Mount Si players past and present, squared off in the Baden Invitational tournament last night at Bothell High School. Ford took the win despite a strong performance from Wildcat 2019’er Spencer Marenco for Boys, who tripled, scored a run and drove in another. Fellow MSHS alum Trace Halvorson doubled and also drove in a run for BoS, while for FSP, soon-to-be Mount Si seniors Troy Baunsgard and Harrison Clark went a combined 0-5 with a run scored.

Washington A’s 15U 14, Rock Creek 15U 5: The A’s, based in Sammamish, rolled over Maple Valley-based Rock Creek at a tournament in southwest Washington last night. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting went 1-3 with a walk and run scored for the A’s, while for RC, Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer started on the hill and allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits in two innings taking the loss. He walked four and struck out three. Offensively, Hoyer went 0-2 with a walk and run scored.

Northwest Naturals 14U 2, Northwest Futures 14U Green 2: The Naturals and Oregon-based Futures ended in a draw in a tournament down in Portland yesterday morning. Mount Si’s Parker Norah and Josh Freudenberg went a combined 0-3 for Sammamish-based NWN.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 5, Northwest Futures ’22 Black 4: Mount Si’s Brady Hossfeld was the hero last night over on the Palouse for the Dragons, as he hit a walk-off winning single to score teammate Chris Givan with the winning run and lift BDE over the Oregon team at Washington State University in the Palouse Summer Series. He finished 1-4 with that RBI, but other players from the Wildcat program on the Dragons also delivered. Ryan Llewellyn went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s while Luke Richter and J.T. DeRouen also had two hits each and scored a run apiece.

Laces Baseball 4, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 2: Also at the PSS but across the border over in Moscow, ID, the Snohomish County-based team doubled up Bellevue-based XSN. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-2 for XSN in this one.

Rippers Baseball 16U 11, City Baseball Navy 3: Back at WSU, the Redmond-based Rippers handled the Seattle-based City as the Cedarcrest trio was together again. Carter “Deuce” Knowles participated in his first game for the Rippers after being out for a bit dealing with an injury and went 0-2 with a run scored. Fellow Red Wolves Kian Pegueros-Warren and Mason Pudwill also pitched in for the Rippers with Pegueros-Warren going 1-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s and Pudwill was 0-2 with a walk and run scored.

River City A’s 6, Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 3: In a morning PSS tilt, the Tri-Cities-based A’s doubled up the Dragons. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden was 1-3 with an RBI for BDE.

Prospect United 10, Northwest Naturals 16U 7: The Sammamish-based Nats had an early wake-up call over in Spokane yesterday for this one at the Gonzaga tournament against the Puyallup-based Prospect crew. We retweeted on our Twitter feed last night a video clip of the big NWN hit from this one, a double by Mount Si’s Jack Phillips which helped him drive in three runs for the Nats. Fellow Wildcat Hayden Weaver was 1-1 with two walks, an RBI and run scored for NWN while another MSHS’er, Dawson Schneider, was 1-4 with an RBI also for the Nats. Rounding it out for the Nats, Mount Si’s Tyler Disch was 0-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI.

Both Schneider and Disch pitched as well for NWN, with Schneider starting and receiving no decision allowing five runs, just one earned, on five hits in three innings of work, walking three and striking out three, and Disch taking the loss in relief allowing four runs on two hits in one inning walking three.

Baden Black 16U 10, FCA Cards 3: Baden blasted the Woodinville-based FCA in a Baden Invitational game last night in west Seattle aided by former Mount Si player Mason Gronewald. Gronewald, who played this spring for Mercer Island High School, went 2-3 with two RBI’s for the Seattle-based Baden team.

Prospect United 3, Michael’s Toyota 18U 2: Bellevue-based Michael’s fell at Bannerwood last night in Baden Invitational action to the Pierce County team. Mount Si’s senior-to-be Parker Wutherich went 0-2 for Toyota.

Hardtke Academy 9, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8 (8): BoS took a tough loss in extras last night to the northern California team as the Baden Invitational continued in Bothell. Marenco went 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI while Halvorson went 0-1.

Washington A’s 15U 11, Seattle Tides 3: The A’s opened their tournament down in Clark County with a rout of the Seattle team. Wieting in this one was 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the victors.

South Sound Power 9, Rock Creek 15U 4: The Lacey-based Power turned it on in the second, scoring eight runs to end up with the win in this one at the southwest Washington tournament. Hoyer in this game for RC went 0-4.

Northwest Naturals 14U 13, Rippers Baseball 0: The Naturals rolled over the Redmond team in an early one down in Portland yesterday morning. Norah was 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s while Freudenberg was 1-3 with a run.

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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