Valley duo contributes to college summer team’s win, aiding their playoff push, plus news on the Valley’s lone pro player in our cuts this morning

Good Wednesday morning. Had nothing yesterday so we had the day off. Back at work this morning and we have some diamond cuts for you.

We start with some college summer baseball.

The Valley duo of Gavin Gorrell and Justin Lutz went to work last night for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee Apple Sox as they advanced a step closer to the playoffs with a blowout win.

Gorrell worked five solid innings and Lutz pitched in offensively as Wenatchee blasted the league’s expansion team, the Ridgefield Raptors fom southwest Washington, 16-2 at home in Wenatchee last night.

Gorrell, from North Bend and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, allowed two runs on six hits in five innings, walking three and striking out seven, showing it would seem no signs of the illness that forced his start to be pushed back from Sunday to last night. Lutz, also a 2017 Mount Si grad but from Fall City, went 1-4 scoring a run and driving in two more. It was a fellow Kingco alum, though, who stole the show.

Torin Montgomery, who graduated from Lake Washington High School back in June, was drafted by the Miami Marlins in this year’s MLB draft and who just signed with the Sox after completing his club baseball season with the Kirkland Merchants Elite 18U team in the Seattle Premier League, had two doubles, scoring a run and driving in four more.

Montgomery, like Gorrell, will be playing this fall at Boise State University while Lutz will be headed to Montana State-Billings.

The win moved Wenatchee 4 1/2 games ahead of Port Angeles for the final playoff spot in the league’s North Division with five games left to go in the regular season. The Sox, at 16-6 in the WCL’s second half, are tied in those standings with Victoria, who routed the Lefties last night. The HarbourCats took the first-half title so the next best team in the second half would get the spot, so if Wenatchee wins tonight, they’re in. Overall, they’ve won eight straight and are now 28-21 on the season.

Wenatchee and Ridgefield play again tonight. The series finishes tomorrow then the Sox wrap up the season down in Corvallis against the Knights. If all holds, it’s likely Gorrell has one more start, on Sunday night, before the playoffs start next week.

Also this morning:

Minor Leagues
Tough one for Lane: North Bend’s Trevor Lane took the hill last night for his second outing in three nights and while it again went well, the stats, sadly, did not do it justice.

Even though he only allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout, Lane suffered the loss on the mound, his second of the season, as the visiting Bowie Baysox, from Maryland and affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles, broke a 3-3 tie with that run off Lane in the seventh, and Lane’s Trenton Thunder could not come back and ended up falling in the Eastern “AA” League contest 4-3.

Lane drops to 3-2 on the season with the New York Yankees-affiliated Thunder but sports a strong 1.92 earned run average despite the loss.

The 2012 Mount Si High School grad, as noted, also pitched sunday, going an inning allowing two hits and striking out one with no decision in a game against the Hartford Yard Goats, affiliated with the Colorado Rockies. The Yard Goats won that game 13-7.

Trenton is now 59-54 on the season and as the winner of the league’s first half, has clinched a playoff spot. They play Bowie again tonight.

Lane is in his fourth season of pro ball after the Yankees drafted him out of college in 2016.

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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