The weekend wrap

Good Monday morning. Diamond cuts aplenty this morning and we begin in college summer baseball where for the second straight Sunday, a Mount Si pitcher-catcher battery was used by the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox. While last night’s outing for pitcher Gavin Gorrell and catcher Justin Lutz together perhaps wasn’t as successful as it was the previous Sunday in Bellingham, the Sox still did get a win.

Wenatchee rallied twice from deficits to outslug the Portland Pickles last night 14-8 at home on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College. Gorrell, from North Bend, only went 4 2/3 innings allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits, walking five and striking out two in what can be best described as a rough one for the Boise State University sophomore-to-be, something which hasn’t been seen in awhile by the former ‘Cat. He fortunately ended up with no decision but his ERA rose to 4.32. Lutz, from Fall City and who will be a junior this fall at Montana State-Billings, went 1-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s aiding Wenatchee, who scored five runs in the sixth then six more in the eighth to pull away for the win. Both players are 2017 Mount Si High School grads.

The victory moved Wenatchee into a tie for first place in the second-half league North Division standings with first-half champion Victoria. Wenatchee is 11-5 in league play in the second half and is 23-21 overall on the season. The Sox wrap their series with the Pickles tonight then plays again on Wednesday, hosting the Tri-Cities based River City A’s for a non-league game.

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Honkers fail to close deal, lose in extras: The Pacific International League’s Northwest Honkers broke out of the gate with a 4-0 lead after their half of the first, but could not seal the thing up and ended up falling in 10 innings last night to the WCL’s Kelowna Falcons in Kelowna, B.C., Canada.

The Falcons walked it off for a 6-4 win on home turf to sweep the weekend set. Duvall’s Cameron Padron had a huge night for the Valley-based Honkers, going 4-4 with a double, run scored and RBI as NWH did their best to get this series split but saw the Falcons tie it with two in the fifth before taking it with their two in the 10th.

The season is winding down now for the Honkers, who will announce their home field for next season sometime after the first of next year. They had been playing games at a location in Fall City, but have been playing elsewhere this season as they looked for a new permanent home venue. A possible location is the new Mount Si High School field in Snoqualmie.

Youth baseball
Wrapping up the weekend in youth baseball with our scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

California Warriors 8, FSP Baseball 18U 0 (Phil Singer tournament, San Diego): Mount Si’s Harrison Clark, fresh off an airplane from Eugene, OR, where he’s spent the past few days participating in a separate event, pitched yesterday morning for Bellevue-based Ford at the Singer tournament and the Warrior bats were ready. Clark allowed seven runs, six earned, on six hits in five innings, walking three, striking out three and taking the loss as the southern California team rolled. Clark offensively did have a double, howerver, so all was not lost for the Wildcat athlete, whose college prospects are looking quite strong what with all the opportunities he’s getting to get noticed by scouts and coaches this summer.

Rippers Baseball 16U 3, Rijo Baseball 1: The Cedarcrest trio of Kian Pegueros-Warren, Mason Pudwill and Carter “Deuce” Knowles made their first appearances for the Redmond-based Rippers in their weekend tournament up in Mount Vernon yesterday as the Rippers beat their Redmond-based rivals. Pegueros-Warren doubled and drove in a run while Pudwill was 0-3 and Knowles 0-2.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 25, Columbia Basin RiverDogs 4 (Herb Chaffey tournament, Edmonds): Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich was 1-4 with a walk and two RBI’s for Bellevue-based Michael’s as they scored 13 runs, yes 13 runs, in the second inning on the way to a blowout over the Tri-Cities area team at their season-ending weekend tournament up in Edmonds yesterday.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 7, Spokane Expos 0: 2018 Mount Si grad Will Scott worked the seventh inning on the mound in relief in this one for the A’s and it was a perfect frame, with a strikeout, as the Sammamish-based A’s blanked the Spokane team at a tournament hosted by Gonzaga University yesterday. Scott will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines and received no decision in this one.

WW Sweets 15U 10, San Diego Hustle 7 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): Sammamish-based Sweets won the USSSA World Series’ 16U title down in southern California late yesterday, beating a team that had beaten them back on Friday to do it. And both of Mount Si’s reps on the Sweets pitched in. Aidan Dougherty went 2-3 with a triple, run scored and two RBI’s, while Jake Smith doubled as part of his own two-hit effort, scoring a run and driving in a second. WWS’s season ends on a strong note, as they went 41-8 this season. Good stuff.

Primetime 4, Field of Champions Bears 16U 2: Preston-based FoC fell in their season finale yesterday down at their tournament in Oregon. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson paced the Bears, going 1-3 with an RBI. Fellow ‘Cats Kevin Corder (0-2, walk, run scored), Lucas Costello (0-3) and Tyler Clem (0-2) also played in the game for FoC.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 12, Northwest Naturals 17U 3: The matchup over at Gonzaga University yesterday pitted four players who were part of Mount Si’s team this spring against one another, with all seeing action for their respective teams. 2019 MSHS grad Spencer Marenco went 2-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI for Bellevue-based Boys, while teammate – and fellow ’19 Cat Trace Halvorson went 1-4. For the Sammamish-based Nats, Cam Ferreri went 0-2 and Jack Mardon went 1-3 with a run. Both of them will return this fall for the Wildcats.

Danville Hoots 3, FSP Baseball 18U 0 (Phil Singer tournament, San Diego): Clark went 2-3 and teammate – and fellow Wildcat – Troy Baunsgard went 1-2 for Ford as they were blanked by the northern California team in an early morning game yesterday at the Singer event.

Rippers Baseball 16U 9, City Baseball Navy 2: The Rippers rolled to a win last night at their tournament in Mount Vernon, backed by a double from Pegueros-Warren which headlined a 2-4 effort; he scored two runs. Knowles also had two hits and Pudwill was 1-3 with a run scored and RBI pacing the Redmond team.

Other items now:

Soccer: North Bend’s Stanton plays in front of friends, family
It may have been just for a few minutes in the late stages of the contest yesterday, but a Valleyite got a chance to play in front of friends and family yesterday as her team played here in the Puget Sound area.

North Bend’s Nikki Stanton played for the Chicago Red Stars in their National Women’s Soccer League contest against the Reign FC down at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, a game easily won by the Red Stars 4-0. Stanton worked the last six minutes of the game coming off the bench in place of her teammate and longtime friend Sam Kerr, and had no stats of note. Kerr, the well-known Australian star who has been friends and teammates with Stanton both here in the U.S. and down in Australia for the past several years, a friendship and partnership that was highlighted in a recent ESPN story, had a goal and assist in yesterday’s game.

The Reign were playing without U.S. World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, who is still nursing injuries suffered from the Women’s World Cup tournament run in France, but herself made news yesterday as she and both of Washington’s U.S. Senators, Democrats Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, held a news conference at the stadium discussing the continuing issues of equal pay for the women’s players compared to their men’s counterparts. Legislation is being considered on this front back in D.C. so we’ll see where that heads. This issue is a very important one for many, so we’ll be sure to cover it for you if need be.

Hydros: Valleyite competes on the water in the Tri-Cities
The prelude to the big Seafair hydroplane races every year are the Water Follies races in the Tri-Cities, and those were held on the Columbia River yesterday between Kennewick and Pasco. In the field, and having success, was a Valley driver.

Veteran driver Brian Perkins, a North Bend resident, piloted the U-99.9 Go Fast Turn Left Racing boat to a sixth-place finish in the final heat. The boat finished with a speed of 128.335 miles per hour. The Graham Trucking boat, driven by Perkins’ rival driver J. Michael Kelly, won the race beating out top challenger Andrew Tate, in the Jones Racing boat.

Perkins is the longtime driver for the GFTL team, and will be in the cockpit this weekend at Seafair. KONG-TV, using coverage provided by Spokane-based SWX, will be broadcasting the races this year. We wish Perkins and his team luck this weekend on Lake Washington.

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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