The look at the diamond and the links on the last day of July…..

With teammate Camryn Davidson looking on, the Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear club team’s Willow Westbrook, a Mount Si High School player, races towards first base during a game yesterday at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national softball tournament in Anaheim. The Shock won one game and tied in a second and is in the playoffs today. (Photo courtesy Kevin Smith).

Good Wednesday morning. Diamond cuts on a Wednesday:

The playoffs start today down at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch 14U national tournament in Anaheim for a pair of local teams with Valley players. Yesterday and last night’s pool action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 6, SoCal Choppers 3: The Shock scored three runs in the fourth to break a 3-3 tie and grab the win over the Orange County, CA-based team. Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook paced the Valley contingent, going 1-2 with a run scored. Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith went 0-2 with an RBI for the Shock and future Red Wolve Riley Warden stole a base and scored two runs in a courtesy-running role.

Lil’ Rebels 4, Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller 3: The Snohomish-based satellite team of the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks fell last night to the Nevada team dropping to 0-4 in the tournament. Future CHS’er Reagan Hollett went 0-1 in this game. The ‘Hawks played a second game last night as well. In that game, they were blanked by California’s Corona Angels on just one hit. Hollett did not play in that game.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 2, All American Sports Academy 2: The Shock scored twice in the fifth to snag a draw from the jaws of defeat in their opener yesterday at the PGF event. Westbrook was 1-2 while Smith went 0-1 and Warden went 0-3.

On deck: The ‘Hawks play this morning looking for their first win in the tournament, while the Shock take on the Birmingham Thunderbolts from Alabama this afternoon as it seeks to make a strong push towards a title. The playoffs are double-elimination and if one or both teams makes the title game, it would be Saturday.

About 90 minutes south of Anaheim down I-5 in San Diego, the Bellevue-based Ford Sports’ 18U baseball team, with Mount Si’s duo of Harrison Clark and Troy Baunsgard, were busy yesterday with three games at the Phil Singer Classic. GC and GC’s app provide the highlights:

FSP Baseball 18U 3, San Diego Cardinals 2: Ford scored all three of their runs in the first inning of their morning game yesterday then rode the arms of a pair of Kingco 4A’ers to get things done. Eastlake’s Elston Miller went six solid innings for the Bellevue-based team, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out five for the win, and Skyline’s Cole Fontenelle worked the seventh, allowing two hits while striking out two. Rivals in the spring, teammates getting it done on the hill together in the summer, you’ve got to love it. Clark went 1-2 with a walk for FSP in this one and teammate and Baunsgard went 0-1 with a walk and RBI.

City Baseball Showcase 3, FSP Baseball 18U 1: Ford and their Seattle rivals got in another game against one another yesterday just before lunchtime despite it being 1,500 miles from home with City taking this one. Clark was 0-3.

FSP Baseball 18U 11, East Bay Bulls 3: Ford wrapped up their busy day yesterday blasting the northern California team, with both Clark and Baunsgard very much doing damage. Baunsgard went 2-2 with a double, two walks and three runs scored while Clark went 2-2 with a run scored and RBI. The FSP offense was powered by Owen Bishop, who homered and drove in four runs.
On deck: FSP is in a loser-out game this morning in the tournament. They need to win out to make the title game, which would be tomorrow if they can make it all the way there. They could play as many as four games today if they keep on winning.


College Summer Baseball
Gorrell’s cousin resurfaces in WCL: The Yakima Valley Pippins of the West Coast League hosted the Pacific International League’s Highline Bears last night, and while we were focused on this game because of the possibility Cedarcrest HS alum Riley Mallot, who pitches for the Bears, might have gotten a chance to do just that, it turned out there was a different local angle to pursue in this one.

Grant Gorrell, the cousin of 2017 Mount Si HS grad Gavin Gorrell, and who started the season with his relative on the Wenatchee AppleSox, debuted last night for the Pippins as their catcher. He went 0-3 in the contest and Yakima Valley fell to Highline 6-1 at home in Yakima in the non-league battle. Grant, who will be teammates this fall at Boise State University with Gavin, played a couple of games at the beginning of the season for the Sox as an infielder but has not played since then. As for Mallot, he did not pitch for Highline in the game. He will be a sophomore this fall, after redshirting this past spring. Mallot is from Duvall and graduated from Cedarcrest in 2017.

The two teams wrap up their series tonight in Yakima at 6:30 with the game to be seen live on YouTube at the Yakima Valley Pippins’ YouTube page. Wenatchee, on the other hand, also has a non-league game tonight, with the Tri-Cities-based River City A’s, also at 6:30. The Pippins and Sox meet this weekend in Wenatchee in the back end of the US 97 rivalry series.

Early wakeup call for Valley foursome at WJGA state: The foursome of Valley youth golfers competing at this week’s Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament in Tacoma will be up and early this morning as their first of two rounds in the preliminary phase of the tournament takes place today.

The foursome will be split among all three Tacoma-area courses hosting the tournament. Mount Si High School golf fans will want to focus their attention on the Oakbrook Golf Club site down in Lakewood, as the Wildcats’ top two stars compete in action there. Girls’ top player Kasey Maralack tees off at 8:12 am in the girls’ 14-15 age group, then boys’ top player Drew Warford heads out 45 minutes later, at 8:57am in the boys’ 16-18 age group.

Drew’s brother – and Mount Si boys’ teammate – Hogan will tee off at Fircrest Golf Club in the boys’ 14-15 age group just before 9:00am, and the youngest of the four, future ‘Cat Shane Russell, from Snoqualmie, tees off at Allenmore Golf Club along Highway 16 near Bellarmine Prep School in central Tacoma just before 8:00am. He is competing in the boys’ 8-11 age group which will contest its event over just nine holes as opposed to the full 18 for the other age brackets.

All of the competitors compete tomorrow as well, with those making the cut advancing to Friday play at Fircrest.

We wish all four players luck in Tacoma this week.

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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