From the SVSJ news desk on this Friday….

Friday morning brings us a lot of news from baseball, softball and volleyball, so let’s get to it.

Tough loss for O’Brien U18 baseball on the Palouse
The O’Brien Autogroup U18 baseball team got a good pitching effort from a Mount Si grad, but defensive miscues – six of them in all – ultimately cost O’B in a 7-3 loss last night to Baden Baseball over at the big Palouse summer tournament in Pullman. Trevor Taylor, who is going to Tacoma CC this fall, pitched five innings, giving up three runs, just one of which was earned on six hits, walking four and striking out seven. Taylor, who recently graduated from MSHS, took the loss. Fellow grad Ryan Atkinson went 0-2 with a run scored and was responsible for two of the errors defensively, while Connor Swift and Daniel Besmer both went 1-3 apiece, with Besmer also scoring a run.

In other Palouse tournament action, the Seattle Stars and Seattle Select played to a 1-1 tie in a game which was called after seven innings. Cedarcrest grad Tanner Marty went 0-1, but drove in the Stars’ lone run. His two teammates from CHS, fellow grads Tyler Reeves and Nick Gagner, did not play.

Huge day on softball diamond in Colorado for Fall City-based team
The Northwest Ladysharks Wetherbee U16 team out of Fall City, which features several Mount Si softball players, continued their winning ways yesterday at the Colorado Fireworks, scoring an 8-1 win over the Kansas Renegades out of Wichita to close out pool play with three straight wins after an opening game loss Tuesday to a team out of Phoenix. LSW finished in a three way tie for first, but ended up as the third seed thanks to tiebreakers, and is playing now against a team from Waco, TX, in the playoff opener.

In other action at the Fireworks, it was not a good day yesterday for the Ladysharks U18 Gold club, which includes Mount Si senior-to-be Lauren Smith. LSG was routed twice, first by the San Jose Sting out of California then by the Kansas City Zephyrs Gold out of Missouri. LSG finished 1-2-1 and took fourth, and are playing this morning in their playoff opener against a team from Houston. Playoffs for both Ladysharks teams are double elimination.

The players from the Ladysharks and other Seattle-area teams at the Fireworks this week are playing against several hundred different teams from around the country, and are doing so in front of a large array of college coaches and recruiters, including those from Division III national champion PLU, Seattle University, UW, Whitworth, and Skagit Valley CC, Spokane Falls CC and Pierce College.

Representatives from the last three NCAA Division I schools to land Mount Si players are also in attendance – Idaho State (Kandis Clesson, committed in 2005), George Washington (Maura Murphy, committed in 2011) and BYU (Mickey Blad, also committed in 2011).

One other note from Colorado, and that is up US 36 in Boulder, where Washington Ladyhawks Miller, which features recent grad Murphy, once again splitting a pair of pool games at the Boulder Independence Day tournament yesterday. In the two games yesterday, WLH rolled over the Texas Storm out of Houston, then lost an 8-5 slugfest to the Lady Magic out of Sacramento. Pool action continues today in that event.

Jensen delivers for Rock Creek in win
Mount Si’s Connor Jensen went 1-3 and drove in a run to help Rock Creek U18 baseball from Enumclaw score a 6-1 win over the Northwest Krush from Puyallup in a non-conference game last night at Enumclaw High School. Jensen is one of two Wildcat players on RC; the other, Haydin Campbell, did not play.

Valley Little Leaguers’ dreams of making state end in majors softball
The Snoqualmie Valley’s three Little League programs – the SVLL, Sno-Valley North and Falls Little Leagues – combined this season to form an all-star team at the majors (11-12) level for girls’ softball district tournament action, and that run has come to an end, one win short of competing for the title. The Valley’s best fell 10-2 last night up at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall to a combined team of Bellevue and Mercer Island players.

The tournament started last Saturday well enough for the Valley, as their girls scored a 14-0 blowout over a team of players from Kirkland’s two Little Leagues, National and American. In that game, AnnaLee Reid and Hayley Benham both went 2-2, with Reid tripling and Benham doubling, and those offensive efforts made life easy for pitcher Hayley Aman, and she did the rest, pitching a complete game, striking out eight to pace the Valley efforts.

Wednesday night, the Valley team fell 5-1 to a team of players from the two leagues on the Sammamish Plateau, the Sammamish and Eastlake Little Leagues, despite a triple from Benham and double from Skylar Shinsom.

That Plateau team will compete for the district title tonight against the Bellevue/MI team at CHS’ field at 6:00 p.m.

Interesting day on volleyball floor yesterday in Phoenix
The four teams with Valley high school players competing this week at the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix found themselves getting a little more than they bargained for in action yesterday, in various ways. Two of the four teams found themselves in unscheduled tiebreaker playoffs, and two other teams found life a little bit difficult against quality foes.

Issaquah-based Sudden Impact’s U15 team, with Mount Si player Kaitlyn Van Cise, and Bothell-based Rain City’s U17 squad, with Cedarcrest players Kendall Koch and Cassie Chriest, were the two teams that landed in playoff matches, after they finished tied with other teams in their pool. SIVBC was in a three-team pool where all three teams finished 1-1, and Rain City competed for second place in their four-team pool after three teams tied for that spot at 1-2.

SIVBC, who had fallen to the Pacific Juniors of Glendora, CA and beaten the LAVA North 15s out of Valencia, CA, in pool play, beat both teams in one-game playoffs to earn the top seed out of the pool into today’s play; SIVBC will go in at 7-1 overall after a 3-0 start Wednesday. Rain City split their two playoff games, against the Sudden Impact 17s entry which does not have any Valley players on its roster and a team from Idaho Falls, after having done the same with those two clubs in pool action. They also fell to a team from California as well, finishing their day at 2-3, 4-4 overall going into today’s play.

As for the Sudden Impact 14’s and 16’s, it was less climactic for them, but still a challenge. The 14’s, with CKMS’ Kara Link, struggled a bit, only winning once in three tries yesterday against teams from the Phoenix area. They sit at 4-2 overall after a 3-0 start Wednesday. The 16’s, who won a late playoff game Wednesday night over a team from the Bay Area to move into their pool play yesterday, also won only once in three tries yesterday, all against California teams. SIVBC, which features Wildcat players Lindsay Carr, Noelle Stockstad and Anna McCreadie, sits at 4-3 going into today’s action overall.

Play in this tournament continues through the weekend. As we mentioned yesterday, there are live webcasts from down there, but none of the teams with Valley players are scheduled for play today on either of the courts set up for that. If that changes tomorrow or Sunday, we’ll let you know.

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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