Saturday diamond notes…..

Good Saturday morning.

We start with some softball this morning, and as we are prepping our action from yesterday and last night for you, we have a score in from an early game this morning. Yes, it’s an early wake-up call for what turned out to be the final game of the season for the Bellevue Blast 18U squad at the Triple Crown East Coast Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC. And despite the best efforts of a Mount Si High School grad, the Blast fell short and were knocked out of the tournament.

2019 MSHS alum Sam Simmons, set to play this fall at Bellevue College, went 1-3 with the Blast’s lone RBI, and the team mounted a rally attempt in the final inning, but couldn’t bring it home as they fell 3-1 to the Oklahoma Blaze Gold out of Oklahoma City in an elimination game at the tournament. The Blast were winless in the tournament and finished the season 18-30-1.

Simmons missed much of the season – and also this spring season with the Wildcats – dealing with an injury but returned a couple weeks ago and has been getting back in the groove getting ready to hit the college circuit this fall, joining a Bulldog program that is among the best in the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Good stuff and we wish Simmons luck this fall. Here’s all of last night’s action, with it coming from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Crossfire Rollins 5, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 1 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): A busy Friday in Spokane for the Redmond-based Diamonds as they played four games yesterday – the first of these was a morning loss to the Boise-based team. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 1-3 for EDP while Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 0-3.

TNL Haskell 6, Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 0 (Triple Crown World Series, Reno): The Blast were blanked on just four hits in their loss to the Nevada team down in Reno yesterday morning, ending their season as they were eliminated from the national tournament. Mount Si’s Madison Bonham went 0-3 in this one for the Woodinville-based AbB.

Issaquah Flame 14U Black 4, USA Elite 3 (ASA Nationals, Sacramento): The Flame won it in walk-off fashion in their morning game yesterday over the California team. Soon-to-be Cedarcrest HS player Kaylee Hulse went 1-3 with a run scored while teammate and fellow soon to be Red Wolve Maddie Knowles went 0-3.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 6, Rampage Softball 2 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): The Diamonds quickly rebounded from their early loss and scored four in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and take this lunchtime clash with the Colorado team. Huntzinger went 1-1, Pluschke was 0-3 with a run scored and Eastlake’s Leslie Hines homered for the Diamonds leading the offensive efforts.

Team Connecticut 4, Bellevue Blast 18U 1 (Triple Crown East Coast Nationals, Myrtle Beach, SC): The ladies from Connecticut took this one yesterday down in South Carolina over the Blast. Simmons, like this morning, went 1-3 yesterday with the Blast’s lone RBI.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 16, Hype Fastpitch 1 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): EDP picked up where they left off after lunch and the bats were cooking bigtime in this dinner-time blowout last night of the California team. Huntzinger was 1-3 with two RBI’s, Pluschke walked, scored a run and drove in another, and Hines had two doubles, a run scored and four RBI’s.

Bad to the Bone 1, Issaquah Flame 14U Black 0 (ASA Nationals, Sacramento): The Flame found themselves on the short end of a pitcher’s duel down at the national event in northern California to close out yesterday’s action. The Cedarcrest duo of Knowles and Hulse went a combined 0-5 with a walk in this one for the Flame.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 7, Boise Blast 2 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): The Diamonds closed out last night’s four-game special with one last win, this over a second Boise-area team. Huntzinger was 0-1, Pluschke went 1-1 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored, Hines doubled, scored two runs and drove in two more and Avery Henderson, she of the great Wesco 4A powerhouse at Lake Stevens, had a hit and drove in three runs. Good stuff from all the ladies. Action in Spokane continues today.

San Diego Crush 5, FSP Baseball 18U 4: Bellevue-based Ford fell in walk-off fashion to the San Diego team in the opener of their season-ending weekend tournament in southern California yesterday. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard went 0-3 with a walk and run scored. Teammate and fellow Wildcat Harrison Clark is not there at the event this weekend as he is participating in a separate event in Oregon.

WW Sweets 15U 10, Bonita Legends 6 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): The Sammamish-based Sweets turned it on late, scoring five runs over the final two frames to grab a win over the California team at their tournament in San Diego yesterday. Mount Si’s Jake Smith went 2-2 with a double, run scored and RBI pacing WWS, while teammate and fellow ‘Cat Aidan Dougherty went 0-2 with a run scored and walk.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Washington A’s 18U Premier 2: The field at Gonzaga University in Spokane is probably a familiar one these days for one Spencer Marenco, with his brother, 2017 MSHS alum Mason, manning the infield for the Bulldogs. Well, 2019 MSHS’er Spencer made himself at home last night on the GU diamond, going 3-4 with a double and two RBI’s pacing Bellevue-based Boys to a win to open a season-ending weekend tournament. Fellow Wildcat Trace Halvorson went 0-2 with a walk and run scored for BoS while 2018 MSHS alum Will Scott was able to make the trip over and went 0-2 with a walk for the Sammamish-based A’s. He will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines, while Marenco is off this fall to Yakima Valley Community College and Halvorson will head to Jamestown University in North Dakota.

Casper Crush 8, Michael’s Toyota 18U 4: The Crush, hailing from central Wyoming, scored six in the first and cruised to a win in the Herb Chaffey Memorial tournament in Bellevue yesterday. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich pitched in relief for Toyota and did a good job holding down the Casper bats in his five innings of work, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out four. He received no decision.

Keystone Baseball 2, Northwest Naturals 16U 1 (Dynamic Baseball World Series, Raleigh-Durham, NC): We talk about lifelong experiences on the summer ball circuit from time to time, and this was certainly one yesterday for the Sammamish-based Nats as they got to play on the same field in Durham, NC, the Durham Athletic Park, that served as the home stadium in the famous baseball movie Bull Durham. They ended up in a pitcher’s duel with the Pennsylvania team and fell short. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver was on the short end on the hill, taking the loss despite going the distance and allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out two for NWN. He went 1-3 with a run scored, while teammates and fellow ‘Cats Dawson Schneider and Tyler Disch also played; Schneider went 1-3 while Disch went 0-2.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 13, Northwest Star Academy Falcons 1: The Bears’ bats were hot down in Portland yesterday in the win at a weekend tournament there; Mount Si’s duo of Andrew Edson and Kevin Corder powered the Preston-based FoC in this one. Each had a triple, with Corder finishing 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI while Edson went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Bears.

Northwest Naturals 17U 5, Spokane Expos 0: The Sammamish-based Nats started off their weekend tournament in Spokane yesterday with a win. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 1-4 with an RBI in this one for NWN.

FSP Baseball 18U 4, GBG 3: Ford responded from their early loss with a win over a Los Angeles-area team last night down in San Diego. Baunsgard was 1-3 with a run scored.

San Diego Hustle 11, WW Sweets 15U 6 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): The Hustle scored eight runs in the fourth, and that propelled them to the win over the Sweets yesterday afternoon in WWS’ Friday nightcap in the Southland. Smith went 2-2 again while Dougherty was 0-2 with a walk and run scored. He also started on the hill for the Sweets and allowed 10 runs, five earned, on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking three, striking out one and taking the loss on the mound.

College Summer Baseball
Wenatchee rallies for win: The Wenatchee AppleSox scored four runs in the eighth, and that helped them post a 5-3 win over the Walla Walla Sweets in Walla Walla in West Coast League action last night. Fall City’s Justin Lutz saw action in right field for the Sox in this one and went 0-2 with a run scored. He is a 2017 MSHS grad and will be attending Montana State-Billings this fall. The Sox are home tonight hosting Portland.

Dawgs win: The Okotoks Dawgs are Calgary’s representative in the Western Canadian Baseball League, and last night they hosted Edmonton. So baseball’s version of the “Battle of Alberta” and this one was all Dawgs, as they rolled 8-0 at home in suburban Calgary. North Bend’s Tanner Simpson worked the ninth inning in relief last night on the mound for Okotoks and it went well, with a walk and two strikeouts and no hits or runs allowed. The 2014 MSHS’er, a graduate this spring of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, received no decision.

Minor League Baseball
T-Lane locking it down: North Bend’s Trevor Lane was his old self last night, with another dominating outing for the Trenton Thunder.

The 2012 Mount Si HS grad pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief, dropping his ERA down to 1.89 and earning his fourth hold of the season – his second in as many outings – as the Thunder, affiliated with the New York Yankees, posted a tight 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers’ affiliated Erie SeaWolves in Erie, PA, last night in an Eastern “AA” League game.

Lane, in his fourth season with the Yankee organization, has sported an ERA most of this season of under 2.00 and could find himself as a player other MLB clubs might be interested in acquiring should New York need to make a deal over the next few days in advance of the Major League trade deadline next week. It has been opined by many the Yankees probably are in the market to acquire pitching help for the major league club and Lane could be a name bantied about in such discussions. We’ll of course let you know what happens on that front, but it is again worthy to note that Lane’s ascension this season has also partly been attributable to that he has become the primary left-handed relief prospect in the mid-minor league portion of the Yankee system after fellow lefty Phil Diehl was dealt before the start of the MLB season by New York to the Colorado Rockies.

Again, if there’s news, we’ll let you know.

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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