News and notes from the baseball and softball landscape….

Thursday brings us some more news from yesterday on the diamond.

Issaquah Flame Zacher softball records two wins at nationals
The bats came to work in a big way yesterday for the girls of the Issaquah Flame Zacher U14 fastpitch softball team, as they racked up 31 runs and quite a few hits as well in two wins at the ASA’s ‘A’ Western Nationals for U14 in Kaysville, UT.

The first game saw a quick and thorough offensive display by the Flame in a 21-2 win over the Mize Diamonds from California. Mount Si High freshman-to-be Maddy Trout went 2-3 with a double, run scored and run driven in to lead the Flame’s Valley contingent, and fellow Wildcat freshman-to-be C.J. Howatson scored a pair of runs to aid the Flame efforts.

The nightcap saw the Issaquah team double up a second California team, the Clovis Rockets, 10-5. Trout and Howatson both had a hit each and scored a run apiece, with Trout also driving in one. Mount Si sophomore to-be Bayley Barnett pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief in the circle for the Flame, giving up two earned runs on three hits, striking out one. She earned a no-decision.

Baseball: Michael’s Toyota U18 opens final week of season with win
The Michael’s Toyota U18 summer baseball team opened their season-ending tournament called the Toyota Bash in Bellevue last night with a 4-0 shutout of the Wave team. Mount Si High senior-to-be Evan Johnson went 2-3 with a run scored to aid the Michael’s efforts. Former Wildcat Joe Done also had a hit to pace things for Michael’s.

Softball notes
-At the ASA ‘A’ U16 nationals in Sunnyvale, CA, the Snohomish Shock U16 team, with a few players from the Lower Valley including Cedarcrest’s Halie Gerde and Kayla Blakslee, fell in the first round of the playoffs to Something Special, this year’s Washington state ASA U16 ‘A’ division champions. The Shock fell 7-1 to SS, which features a number of girls from the Greater St. Helens League in addition to several from the Portland area. The GSHL has been one of the top high school leagues in Washington in recent seasons, so the Shock certainly had a solid foe last night.

-At the PGF U18 nationals in Huntington Beach, CA, the Puyallup-based Washington Ladyhawks Miller fell 3-2 to the Jersey Intensity from New Jersey. Mount Si High senior-to-be Celine Fowler pinch-ran and played right field late in the contest, and went 0-1 with a run scored.

Baseball: Kimbo on the mound again in rookie pro ball
Mount Si High School grad Josh Kimborowicz saw work again on the mound Tuesday night for his rookie minor league pro team, the Princeton Rays, and his efforts helped contribute to a rare win for the Appalachian League team.

Although he gave up a two-run homer to a opposing hitter in his one inning of work, “Kimbo” was credited with a “hold”, essentially a stat noting that he successfully held a close lead in a relief pitching outing, and the Rays won the contest over the Johnson City (TN) Cardinals, 8-7. The win was just Princeton’s eighth of the season, which they added to last night with another win.

Kimborowicz in his one inning of work Tuesday, in addition to giving up the two earned runs on that homer, also gave up one additional hit in that frame, walked two and struck out one. He inherited three runners when he came into the game and did not allow any of them to score, another reason why he was credited with the “hold” stat, his first as a pro.

On the flip side, though, that homer resulted in Kimborowicz’s earned run average going up to 3.00, his highest of the season thus far; he had been running around a 2.00 ERA for much of the early part of the season. It’s still a good number, though, but he will look to bring that back down in upcoming outings.

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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