Baseball and softball news, 7-31

The season on the diamond is winding down, here’s the scores from yesterday’s action.

Breshears lifts Chaffey to finals of Lee Johnson Invite, but team finishes runner-up
It was a great day for Mount Si High School’s Carson Breshears yesterday, as he helped lead his Chaffey U18 baseball team to the finals of one of the last tournaments of the summer. But the title game proved to be a struggle, and they finished as the runners-up in the tourney.

Breshears went 2-4, drove in a run and scored two more, including what turned out to be the game winner, as Chaffey rallied from a 3-1 hole with three runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to score a 4-3 win over the Kent Bulldogs in the tournament semifinals. Breshears scored the game winner on a throwing error, which came after the Bulldogs delivered a wild pitch.

In the title game, Chaffey faced off with the Seattle Stars, who beat FM Sports 4-3 to punch their berth in the finals. The Stars won the title game 4-1, and Breshears went 0-3.

104 degrees? No problem for Issaquah Flame U12 team, Valley players
The Issaquah Flame Abraham opened play yesterday at the ASA U12 Western Nationals in Sacramento, where the weather was boiling hot – 104 degrees to be exact – but the Flame, and their three Valley players, did not let that faze them as they scored a win over a team from California.

North Bend’s Maddy Trout went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI’s, helping the Flame take care of the Clovis Rockets 7-3. Fellow North Benders Emily Webb and CJ Howatson also contributed for the Flame; Webb did so with her arm, as she started behind the plate and did well, throwing one Clovis runner out attempting to steal a base, and Howatson did so with her feet, with two stolen bases and a run scored. Webb went 0-2 at the plate and Howatson went 0-1 but was a courtesy runner for the team’s pitchers during the early portion of the game.

In another game involving a Valley athlete, the Northwest Ladysharks U12, with Fall City’s Lexi Wetherbee, fell to Batbuster Mauga of San Diego 7-2.

Two other Washington-based teams in the event, teams from Auburn and Kennewick, also fell in their first games yesterday, making the Flame the only local team to have won on opening day.

Karalus slams door on San Diego team
Former Mount Si HS pitcher Reece Karalus and his Bellevue-based Taylor Baseball U18 team took care of the San Diego Hustle 9-6 yesterday in San Diego. Karalus pitched the last inning, and picked up the save, forcing two groundouts and striking out a third hitter. The Santa Clara-bound pitcher threw 13 pitches, nine of which were for strikes, and he threw first pitch strikes to all three SDH batters faced.

Rock Creek scores win
In Enumclaw last night, Rock Creek U18 Select baseball took care of the ESC Tigers 10-2. Mount Si senior-to-be Connor Jensen was 0-3, but was hit by a pitch in a fourth appearance at the plate, and ended up scoring a run for RC.

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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