The morning news…..

Good Tuesday morning. Youth baseball and softball this morning with all our coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Baseball
Three Eastside teams with players that have past or present ties to Mount Si High School’s baseball program were busy in a season-ending tournament over at Gonzaga University in Spokane yesterday. Highlights:

Kirkland Merchants Premier 9, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8: The Bellevue-based BoS fell to their Kirkland rivals despite a triple, walk and two runs scored from Mount Si High School grad Spencer Marenco. His fellow class of 2019 alum from the Wildcats, Trace Halvorson, also had a hit and two RBI’s for BoS in the contest yesterday.

Northwest Naturals 17U 14, Diamond Sports 1: The Sammamish-based Nats blasted the Pierce County team with the help of a nine-run fourth inning. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri paced NWN, going 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Teammate and fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon served as a courtesy runner in the contest for the Nats and scored three runs.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 6, Narrows Baseball 4: Rounding things out over in the Lilac City, the Sammamish-based A’s handled the Gig Harbor-based Narrows with the aid of 2018 MSHS’er Will Scott. Scott, who will be entering his sophomore year of college in just a few short weeks down at the Colorado School of Mines, was 0-2 with two walks for the A’s.

Cedarcrest High School sophomore-to-be softball player Allyson Smith, who plays for the Snohomish Shock-Oylear 14U  club team, is one of several Valley players competing in this week’s Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament in southern California. She is seen here in her Shock uniform with the three balls she hit for home runs in the team’s recent tournament in Colorado. (Photo courtesy Kevin Smith)

Softball
Two area teams with Valley players are competing in the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national 14U tournament down in Anaheim this week. Action in this event started yesterday and we have highlights:

Firecrackers Lahners 5, Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller 0: The Snohomish-based satellite team of the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks were one-hit in their opener yesterday at the national tournament by the southern California team. Soon-to-be Cedarcrest Red Wolve Reagan Hollett was 0-1 with a walk for the ‘Hawks.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 1, Firecrackers Holcomb 0: The Shock won the pitcher’s duel in their opener at PGF over the team from California. Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook and future Cedarcrest athlete Riley Warden both went 0-1 while soon-to-be Red Wolve sophomore Allyson Smith was hit by a pitch in her lone plate appearance. The game lasted just three-plus innings due to a time limit.

Action in this event continues today. Both teams are competing in the event’s Platinum division and will have two games apiece today to close out pool play with the Shock’s games taking place today and the ‘Hawks going tonight.

Also:

Golf: WJGA state tournament starts tomorrow
The youth golf summer season closes out this week for the Washington Junior Golf Association with its state tournament, that starts tomorrow down in Tacoma. Four Valley kids are set to compete in the event.

Mount Si High School golfers Drew and Hogan Warford and Kasey Maralack, and future ‘Cat Shane Russell, all of Snoqualmie, will tee off tomorrow morning seeking state titles. Maralack and Drew Warford are expected to contend for their age group titles (Drew in the boys’ 16-18 age group, Kasey in the girls’ 14-15 age bracket) while Hogan Warford should also compete for his age group crown in the boys’ 14-15 age group. Russell earned his trip to state in the boys’ 8-11 age group, and could also make a push for the top spot.

The tournament will last through Friday.

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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