On this Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. A lot to get to once again.

Solid finishes for local teams with Valley players at Volleyball Festival
Play wraps up today at the big Volleyball Festival tournament in Phoenix, and for four of the five teams from the Eastside with Mount Si or Cedarcrest athletes, they head home holding their heads high after a job well done.

Sudden Impact’s U15 team, with Mount Si’s Kaitlyn Van Cise, finished 15th overall out of 75 teams entered with an 8-4 tournament record; the Issaquah-based club split a pair of games to close out their tournament yesterday against foes from Orange County, CA. The SIVBC U16s, with Wildcats Lindsay Carr, Noelle Stockstad and Anna McCreadie, finished 20th out of 95 teams with a 7-5 mark. SIVBC fell in both of their matches yesterday, to teams from San Diego and Tucson, to close out their run.

The U17s did not see Mount Si’s Gen Knoppi and her NWJ Elite team meet Cedarcrest’s Kendall Koch in the playoff finals for both teams, but both clubs beat a team from Valencia, CA, and fell to a Phoenix team to close out play. Rain City finished 26th, 6-7 in the tourney, while NWJ was right behind in 27th, with a 4-7 mark. Those placings were out of 65 teams, so a good showing for them as well.

The U14s finish up this morning, with Sudden Impact and Chief Kanim’s Kara Link looking to come home on a strong note as well.

Issy Flame with mixed bag in Tri-Cities
Two of the four Issaquah Flame girls’ softball teams with North Bend and Snoqualmie athletes competing in the Tri-Cities are still in action, while the other two were eliminated yesterday.

Both eliminated teams come out of the U12, where both the Flame Abraham and Flame Salter (THTH) teams were knocked out. Flame Abraham fell 10-1 to the Washington Majestics and 7-4 to the Woodinville Reign, while Salters won a pair of loser-out games before being sent home by the Washington Patriots with an 8-1 loss late yesterday.

Things are better for both the U10s and U14s, however; the U10’s won four loser-out games to make it into the fourth-place game later this morning, and the U14s are into the winner’s semis after beating the Walla Walla Xplosion 6-3. Those semis are later today.

Draws for Valley athletes’ teams in club action
In men’s pro action Friday on the USL front, Dayton tied Orlando 2-2. Fall City’s Gibson Bardsley came off the bench for Dayton and played 24 minutes, getting off one shot. And in WPSL semi-pro action, Issaquah FC traveled to Eugene yesterday and left there with a 1-1 tie keeping them right at the top of the division standings. Issy is home next Friday night against Oregon Rush from Bend at 7:00 p.m. No stats available from yesterday by the way for the two Issy Valley athletes, Mount Si grads Jordyn Wilson and Jessica Oliver.

One Valley Little League gets off on right track in baseball districts; the other two not so
Both the 9/10 and “Minors” (10/11) Little League baseball District 9 tournaments started yesterday, and the theme was the same for both: one Valley league started out strong, and the others struggled.

That one league was the Snoqualmie Valley Little League, representing North Bend and Snoqualmie. Their teams in both events won their openers yesterday. In the 9/10 opener, SVLL got a lot of strong offensive performances and rolled over Sammamish 18-8. Sam Rogers went 4-4 to lead SVLL, who also got a 3-4 effort with a double from Shane Dowling to pace things. SVLL’s “Minors” team also won, 9-5, over Issaquah. Both teams play later today.

Meanwhile, the entries into these tournaments from both Falls and Sno-Valley North Little Leagues fell in their openers, and now have to win loser-out games to stay alive in the events. SVNLL’s 9/10 team was blanked by MI 8-0 and their “Minors” team fell to Bellevue West 5-2. Falls’ 9/10 team fell to Bellevue East 5-2 and their “Minors” squad lost 8-1 to MI. Falls’ loser-out games for both teams are today, while the SVNLL loser-out games are tomorrow.

The 9/10 tourney is at Hartman Park in Redmond and the 10/11 event is in Kirkland at Big Finn Hill Park. Schedules are at the Washington LL District 9 website and that is here.

Valley players done in Colorado
The remaining local teams with Mount Si players were knocked out of their tournaments in Colorado yesterday. At the Fireworks U18 event, Wildcat Lauren Smith and her Northwest Ladysharks Gold blasted the Dallas-based American Freedom Gold 14-1 before falling to the Oregon Silver Bullets Gold out of Portland 3-1 in loser-out games. In Boulder, it was a heartbreaker for the Washington Ladyhawks Miller, and recent Mount Si grad Maura Murphy, as they fell to Team FLA out of Tampa 11-10, ending their run in that tournament.

The U16 Ladysharks Wetherbee team out of Fall City, also competing in Colorado, was sent home Friday after two playoff losses.

Valley players in action on the Palouse
Players from both the Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School baseball teams saw plenty of action with their club teams during games yesterday at the Palouse tournament in Pullman. Three contests featured local athletes:

-Taylor Baseball defeated Boys of Summer Blue 11-3. Eastside Catholic catcher Braden Wolgamott, from North Bend, went 1-2 with a run and RBI for BOSB, and Mount Si’s Zach Usselman pitched two innings of relief, giving up a run on two hits, and not getting the decision for BOSB. Taylor’s Reece Karalus, recent MSHS grad, did not play in the contest.

-The Seattle Stars got solid efforts from three Cedarcrest grads in a 16-5, five-inning blowout of the Titans. Tanner Marty went 2-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored to lead Seattle, and both Nick Gagner and Tyler Reeves pitched for the Stars, with Gagner giving up three earned runs on four hits in two innings, and Reeves finishing it off behind Gagner, striking out two in his one inning of work.

-O’Brien fell to the Kirkland Merchants 9-2. Connor Swift, Mount Si senior-to-be, pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits, but got the no-decision thanks to reliever Tyler Wicks, who gave up seven runs in two innings, four of which were earned. Recent MSHS grad Daniel Besmer went 2-3 with a walk to lead the Mount Si O’B contingent at the plate, while the others, Ryan Atkinson, Gunnar Buhner and Trevor Taylor, went a combined 0-8 with a walk.

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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