Saturday news notes….

Light night last night, so here’s the news this morning:

Former CHS pitcher contributes in big way to select baseball win
2011 Cedarcest HS graduate Nick Gagner, who pitched in community college ball this spring, has returned home and is pitching this summer for the Seattle Stars U18 select team. Last night, it was Gagner’s pitching which helped to be the difference as the Stars won in a blowout.

Gagner pitched four shutout innings of relief, giving up just two hits in the process, as the Stars rolled to a 21-8 win over FM Sports at Bellevue College. Gagner came in to pitch in the second inning, after FM had racked up seven runs on the Stars’ starting pitcher to rally from an early deficit and make things interesting. The Stars scored 12 runs over the final two innings to break open what had been a 9-7 barnburner after five innings of play. All of those runs with the exception of one were scored in the first two innings.

Oliver could be one step away from professional women’s soccer career
A former Mount Si High School soccer star finds herself this summer potentially with a shot at a future professional career in women’s soccer.

Jessica Oliver, who graduated from Mount Si several years ago and will be a senior this fall on Northwest University’s women’s soccer team, is once again playing for the Issaquah FC entry in the Women’s Premier Soccer League this summer. But recently, Issaquah FC and the Seattle Reign women’s professional team signed an agreement to make the Issaquah side known as the “Seattle Reign Reserves”, meaning those players could have a shot to join the Reign team now or perhaps in the future, so for Oliver, that could mean a professional opportunity for her perhaps as soon as next year, once her college eligibility runs out.

Oliver’s friend and fellow Mount Si grad Jordyn Wilson, who was on the Issaquah team last season, is not playing for them this year.

The Reign Reserves opened the season last night with a 3-0 win at home over Seattle’s Emerald City FC; they are next at home June 14th for a game against the Spokane Shine at Issaquah High School. The team will also have one home game at Skyline High School, and that is on June 15th.

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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