Saturday scoreboard…

Good Sunday morning. Time for some scores from yesterday, all after the break:

Softball: Local players, teams eliminated at state tourney
Three area U14 girls’ fastpitch teams with Valley players all saw their state title dreams come to an end yesterday at the National Softball Association’s Washington state tournament over in the Tri-Cities.

The Redhawks, from Carnation, fell twice yesterday to see their run come to an end. They fell to two teams from eastern Washington – the Washington Explosion from Richland and the Walla Walla Xplosion. The Redhawks fell to the Explosion 9-6, despite a 2-3 effort from Cedarcrest High School’s Hailey Lacher, in which she scored a run and drove in another, and in the nightcap, the Carnation-based team fell to the Walla Walla crew 8-0 despite a 2-2 game from another Red Wolve, Rachel Kent.

The Issaquah Flame Abraham saw their run end as they were no-hit in a 13-0 loss to the Washington Elite. Abraham also fell to the Spokane Crash 11-1, but pitcher Tori Hellervik, a Mount Si sophomore-to-be, had a nice outing in relief, pitching 1 2/3 innings, giving up only one unearned run on three hits.

The Issaquah Flame THTH beat the West Seattle Thunder 9-1 before falling to the Lady Pirates 14-4 to end their tournament. Snoqualmie’s Lauren Wilbourne pitched both games for the Flame, and fared well against the Thunder, giving up just the one run on five hits in a complete game effort.

Baseball: Gagner shuts down Spokane team and helps Stars rally
Cedarcrest grad Nick Gagner pitched a strong game of relief, helping his Seattle Stars rebound to win at the Palouse Summer Series.

After the Spokane Expos had scored seven runs in the third, Gagner came in and shut down the Expo bats, then the Stars bats exploded themselves, for 10 runs in the fourth, and Seattle won 16-9 in the U18 game in Pullman. Gagner pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on four hits, striking out one. He earned the win on the mound, throwing 36 of 56 pitches for strikes.

In other action at the Palouse event featuring Valley talent, the Washington A’s tied the Spokane Dodgers 9-9 then fell to Narrows Premier 9-0. Mount Si grad Austin Hall doubled, scored twice and drove in three more runs to aid the A’s against the Dodgers.

Volleyball: NWJ struggles to start nationals
The USA Volleyball girls’ club national tournament is underway in Dallas, and for the Northwest Juniors Elite U18 team, with Mount Si grad Gen Knoppi, it has been a tough start. NWJ is winless in their first five matches, falling to teams from Texas, Missouri and Oregon among other places in their games Friday and yesterday. Play continues today, as NWJ looks for a win.

Later in the week, two other teams with Mount Si players will be participating in the nationals  – the SIVBC 16s, with Wildcats Kaitlyn Van Cise and Anna McCreadie, and the KJ 15’s, with Mount Si’s Haley Holmberg. We’ll keep you posted on their efforts.

Softball: Snohomish team with CHS players finishes strong at Seattle tournament
The Snohomish Shock U18, with Cedarcrest’s Taylor Turner and Jerrica Kjorsvik, had a dream day yesterday, winning four loser-out games at the ASA Seattle Metros tournament in Kent to make it to the finals, where they fell 1-0 to the Washington Acers. This strong run should set the Shock up well, as they are one of several teams with Mount Si and Cedarcrest players which we will be following this upcoming week at the big Denver-area tournaments, the Colorado Fireworks and Colorado Sparkler. Your editor has been covering this event in one form or another for the past several years, and we look forward to providing coverage again this summer.

Here’s the scores from the Metros tournament for both the Shock and the Bellevue Blast Martin U16:

U16
Ladyhawks U16 11, Bellevue Blast Martin 7 (WLH went on to win title)
Blast Martin 9, Mustangs 2
Elite Fastpitch 7, Blast Martin 5
Blast Martin eliminated from tourney; BBM: LuAnn Townley (CHS)

U18
Sno Shock 6, Diamond Dusters 3
Sno Shock 9, TNT 1 (TNT had beaten Shock Fri)
Sno Shock 6, WA Speed 5
Sno Shock 10, Blaze Blue 2
WA Acers 1, Sno Shock 0 (Championship game, Shock runner-up)

Baseball: Chaffey splits pair in Reno, and Mount Si player is key to win
Chaffey U18 baseball split two games yesterday at their tournament in Reno, falling 6-4 to a team from Chico, CA, before blasting a team from Santa Clara, CA. In the win over Santa Clara, Mount Si senior-to-be Carson Breshears was a factor, as he went 2-4 with three runs batted in as the Chaffey team rolled to the 14-3 victory.

In other diamond action, Michael’s Toyota U18 scored another win at the Whitworth tournament in Spokane. In yesterday’s victory, MSHS’ Wyatt Baker and Tanner Simpson each had a hit and scored a run.

Softball: Flame U14 Zacher unbeaten in local tourney with wins over older competition
The Issaquah Flame Zacher appears primed to win the ASA June Final tournament in Kent after rolling to three wins yesterday.

The U14 team blanked the Victoria Devils 4-0, then beat two older-age teams. Mount Si sophomore-to-be Bayley Barnett factored in two of the wins, first doubling and scoring a run in the win over the Devils, then dominating in the circle in the Flame’s 5-2 win over the SKC Black Magic U16 team from Federal Way. Barnett pitched three strong innings, striking out eight and only giving up one hit. Mount Si freshman-to-be Maddy Trout had a hit and run batted in to aid the Flame in that game.

In the nightcap, the Flame blasted the Woodinville Reign U18 Dankert team 16-4. MSHS freshmen-to-be Emily Webb and C.J. Howatson led a strong Valley showing in this game for the Flame. Webb went 2-2 with a run scored and RBI and Howatson added a hit, run scored and run batted in. Barnett had a tough time in the circle, giving up four runs on four hits without recording an out, but made up for that with a good effort offensively, as she scored a run, drove in two more runs, and helped things out by completing a sacrifice bunt and reaching base on a fielder’s choice.

Their tournament continues today.

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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