Good Sunday morning….time for a round of cuts…..

Good Sunday morning. Time for our daily round of diamond cuts. We start with baseball this morning. All of our coverage – baseball and softball with the exception of our college summer stuff – comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Team California 2, FSP Baseball 18U 0 (Phil Singer tournament, San Diego): The San Diego-area team won a morning pitcher’s duel with Bellevue-based Ford yesterday down in southern California. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard went 1-3 in this one for FSP.

Northwest Naturals 16U 1, Beaver Valley Red 0 (Dynamic Baseball World Series, Raleigh-Durham, NC): The Sammamish-based Nats won a tight pitcher’s duel over the Pittsburgh-area team in their morning game at this national tournament in North Carolina yesterday. The Mount Si foursome on the NWN side – Dawson Schneider, Tyler Disch, Jack Phillips and Hayden Weaver – went a combined 0-6 with three walks as the two teams managed just six hits total in the contest.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 15, FM Sports 18U 11 (Herb Chaffey tournament, Bellevue): Bellevue-based Michael’s won the slugfest in the season-ending Chaffey event yesterday at Bellevue College’s Courter Field. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich was 1-4 with a run scored for Michael’s, while fellow Wildcat Jackson Crumb played for FM in this one. Crumb, who was one of several Mount Si’ers competing with the Redmond-based club’s 16U squad this summer – which we featured coverage of here for you on the blog – is up with the FM 18U’s this weekend and yesterday went 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

WW Sweets 15U 12, Bulldogs Elite 0 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): Sweet pitcher Jake Smith, a Mount Si HS player, blanked the California team, firing a two-hitter and striking out three in a complete-game effort as the Sammamish team rolled in a game at the USSSA event in southern California yesterday. He at the plate was 1-1 with a run scored. Teammate and fellow ‘Cat Aidan Dougherty was 0-2.

Kent Bulldogs 6, ExploSwing Northwest 16U: At an Oregon tournament, Bellevue-based XSN was blanked on just one hit in this loss yesterday. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan was 0-1 for XSN, who played a second game as well yesterday – which McCutchan did not play in – a win over an Oregon team.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 7, Northwest Diamond Sports 5: The Preston-based Bears handled their Oregon-based foes last night down in Forest Grove, OR, at a tournament there. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson went 2-5 with an RBI for FoC. Teammate – and fellow ‘Cat – Tyler Clem went 1-5 with an RBI and a third MSHS’er, Kevin Corder, was 0-5 with a walk and RBI.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 7, Spokane Expos 4: Bellevue-based Boys used the bat of Mount Si alum Spencer Marenco to cruise past the Spokane team at this weekend’s Gonzaga tournament last night. Marenco, who graduated last month from MSHS, went 2-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI for BoS. Fellow 2019 MSHS’er Trace Halvorson went 1-3 for Boys in this one.

San Diego Naturals 4, FSP Baseball 18U 3 (Phil Singer tournament, San Diego): The San Diego team rallied late, scoring all of their runs in the final two frames to win this one in walk-off fashion over Ford. Baunsgard went 1-3 again in this one for FSP. As noted yesterday, Ford teammate – and fellow Wildcat – Harrison Clark was not playing as he was participating in a separate event in Oregon.

Northwest Naturals 16U 3, Orlando Scorpions 3 (Dynamic Baseball World Series, Raleigh-Durham, NC): The Nats headed down to Buies Creek, NC, and the field at Campbell University to lock horns with the Florida team last night and the two sides ended in a draw after the Scorpions rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of runs over the final two frames. Schneider went 1-3 for NWN while Disch was 0-1 with a walk and Weaver went 0-2 but was hit by a pitch (as was Disch) and scored a run.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 10, Northwest Naturals 17U 0: A battle between current and former Wildcats over in Spokane yesterday went to the team with the ex-‘Cat. 2018 MSHS’er Will Scott was 0-1, but scored two runs, for the Sammamish-based A’s in this one at Whitworth University. Current Wildcats Jack Mardon and Cam Ferreri, both of whom will be seniors this fall at Mount Si, played for the A’s Sammamish rival Naturals in this one. Mardon was 0-1 with two walks and Ferreri was 1-1. Scott will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 9, Montana Mustangs 6 (8) (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): The Redmond-based Diamonds broke a 4-4 tie scoring five runs in the eighth, then had to survive a rally from the Montana squad to post a win at the regional event in Spokane. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 1-4 with two runs scored and an RBI pacing the Diamonds, while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 1-4 with a run scored.

Crossfire Rollins 4, Elite Diamonds 1 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): What a run it was for the Diamonds. The Nevada team beat EDP on Friday knocking the Diamonds into the loser’s bracket, where they rolled off four straight wins before falling again to Crossfire last night in a semifinal of the tournament to have their season come to an end. Pluschke had one of the three Diamonds’ hits in this one – the other two were from Eastlake’s Leslie Hines, who also drove in the lone EDP run as the Diamonds ended up third overall in the tournament, falling to the team who ended up winning the whole thing last night, beating a Utah team twice to do just that. So a congrats to the girls from the Crossfire squad on their championship from us here at the Journal and we wish you luck in your future softball paths down in the Reno area, where this team is based. As for Huntzinger, the Diamonds’ MSHS rep was 0-2 with a walk. EDP finished with a solid 37-28-1 record this spring and summer so a good season for the squad, which is coached by Payton’s father, ex-CHS girls’ basketball assistant coach Mike Pluschke.

College Summer Baseball
Wenatchee wins: The AppleSox took the opener of their modified West Coast League weekend series with the Portland Pickles last night at home in Wenatchee, doubling up the visitors 6-3. Neither of the Sox’s two Valley athletes – Mount Si grads Justin Lutz and Gavin Gorrell – participated in the game, but we mention this score anyway as Gorrell is set to take the hill for Wenatchee tonight in a game at 5:30 over at Wenatchee Valley College that you can catch on the Sox’s live webstream, google Wenatchee AppleSox for that website link.

Honkers fall north of the border: The Valley-based Northwest Honkers fell last night in a non-league battle in Canada. The Pacific International League team was handled easily by the WCL’s Kelowna Falcons 9-3 up in the Okanagan of British Columbia. Duvall’s Cameron Padron was 0-4 in this one for the Honkers, who finish their series with the Falcons tonight at 6:00 in Kelowna. You can Google Kelowna Falcons for their website and a live broadcast of that game as well.

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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