Thursday news: College action, and Oak Harbor High School’s baseball team participates in a jamboree; could that be the lone spring sports action this year for Wesco?

Good Thursday morning. We have some sports to get to this morning, but we once again – and we know we’re starting to sound like a broken record here – have to discuss Coronavirus and its impact on youth sports. Today, we’re going to do it in a commentary form and that’s coming up.

College Baseball
Gonzaga 15, Washington State 3: The Bulldogs went down to Pullman Tuesday and posted a win over the Cougars. North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 0-1 for GU; he is a sophomore and 2017 MSHS grad.

Boise State 12, Niagara 9: The Broncos last night took care of the visitors from New York at home in Idaho, aided by the cousin of their Valley player. Grant Gorrell, the cousin of North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell, who pitches for Boise, went 1-2 with three walks, a run scored and two RBI’s for the Broncos. Grant is from Arizona. Gavin did not pitch last night’s game for Boise, but is slated to pitch this weekend provided there’s games, more on that shortly.

Boise State 7, Niagara 1 (Tue.): Grant Gorrell doubled and drove in a run – his first as a Bronco – aiding Boise’s Tuesday win over the boys from western New York; Gavin Gorrell again did not pitch for the Broncos in the contest.

Maralack hits the links in spring season opener: The University of Hartford women’s golf team took fourth on Tuesday at the Lonnie Barton Invitational in Daytona Beach, FL. Senior Caitlin Maralack, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS grad, had rounds of 84 and 78 for the two days of the tournament Monday and Tuesday for a final total of 162 and 18 over par on the par-72 LPGA International layout. It was good for a tie for 29th in the event.

High School Baseball: Could Oak Harbor’s jamboree be the only action this spring for Wesco?
As a service to our Cedarcrest High School baseball fans, we have some news this morning on a Wesco Conference opponent that got its season started yesterday with a jamboree. Oak Harbor competed in that three-team event up on Whidbey Island.

The Wildcats beat Ferndale in one mini-game 6-0. Gage McLeod went 2-2 with two runs scored and Luke Vrable doubled and scored twice both pacing Oak Harbor, whose pitchers – Vrable, Andrew Dixon and Noah Meffert – allowed just three htis between them. Oak Harbor also fell to Anacortes 5-1 in the other mini-game; Meffert had the Wildcats’ lone hit and run in the contest.

The two mini-games were three innings each. This jamboree may be it for Oak Harbor for a while, as all other Wesco 2A/3A schools including Cedarcrest are within King and Snohomish Counties, which are currently subject to the ban on large gatherings which has effectively wiped out high school spring sports games for the time being, and also may have all of their schools closed in the coming days.

Riverview School District superintendent Anthony Smith, in an email to families obtained by the Journal last night, advised that as per a conference call he was on with Governor Jay Inslee and other area school superintendents, there is a possibility of an extended school closure, which he said the district is preparing for. Dr. Smith advised families to begin making plans for that potential closure, which he said could begin as soon as Monday and last for up to several weeks, effectively canceling all Cedarcrest and other Wesco spring sports most likely. Additional announcements on this are, according to Dr. Smith, expected today from the governor and school district.

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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