Friday news and notes…..

Good Friday morning. Diamond cuts, and we finally include something from the ladies, it’s been way too long a wait for some softball. Action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Chaffey Baseball 5, Northwest Naturals 18U 1: Thanks to Kittitas County earlier this week moving into phase three of Washington’s COVID-19 restart plan, Ellensburg is able to host tournaments, and one started up over there last night at Rotary Park downtown with the Sammamish-based Nats falling to the Edmonds-based Chaffey squad. Mount Si’s Dawson Schneider took to the hill and worked five innings for NWN, allowing five runs – two earned – on five hits striking out four and taking the loss. Fellow Wildcats Cole Norah (0-1, run, walk) and Cam Ferreri (1-2, walk) also saw action for the Nats in this one.

Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite Green 12, Spokane Expos 2: Also at Rotary, the Bellevue team rolled with the help of Mount Si’s Chris Jarocki, who had a hit, run and two RBI’s. Fellow Wildcat Brady Hossfeld, also for the Dragons, was 0-3.

Kirkland Merchants 18U Elite 13, New Level DJaxx 7: The Kirkland-based team, with a number of Kingco 4A and 3A high school players primarily from the Lake Washington and Northshore School Districts, closed out the opening day of a tournament over at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, with their first win of the season, breaking out to a 10-2 lead in the fourth to cruise to the victory. Ethan Oxford led KME, going 2-3 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI’s.

Mercedes-Benz Prep 14, WW Sweets ’22 18U 0: The Sammamish-based Sweets had a lot of rust to get off their armor yesterday in their COVID-19 delayed season opener, and it showed, as the team was limited to two hits and also made six errors in their season-opening loss to the Bellevue-based team at the NNU event. Mount Si’s Jake Smith got the mound assignment to start for Sweets and only worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing five unearned runs on five hits striking out two taking the loss. He was 0-1 at the plate and fellow Wildcat Aidan Dougherty, also for S22, was 0-2.

Idaho Cubs 9, Kirkland Merchants 18U Elite 2: Also at NNU, the Boise-based Cubs scored six times in the second and cruised to the win over the Merchants, who were limited to just three hits in the contest. Nate Soejima had one of those hits, also recording a walk and RBI leading Kirkland.

Northwest Bullets 13, Washington Ladyhawks Hirai 18U 0: With the COVID-19 situation making the summer schedule a little lighter, one of the things we have been doing a little bit of already has been featuring teams with no Mount Si or Cedarcrest High School players, but with players familiar to fans of either or both schools. We start our softball summer coverage doing just that here.

The Bellevue-based team features several players from league rival schools to both the Wildcats and Red Wolves, and they had action in this game last night against the Portland-area team at a location in southwest Washington. The ‘Hawks were limited to two hits in the loss, with those hits coming from Jackson HS (Mill Creek) grad Kassidi Dean and Issy senior-to-be Kahia Vaifo’ou. Also on the team are Murphy alum Brooke Jordan, who went 0-2 in the game, and Newport HS grad Hanako Hirai, who went 0-2 at the plate and pitched two innings allowing eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits with one strikeout.

Also this morning:

Recruiting: NCAA extends recruiting shutdown again
As was likely since the beginning of this, the NCAA late yesterday officially extended their longstanding ban on in-person contact between prospective recruits and Division I college coaches to the end of the summer, August 30 to be exact. The ban, which was imposed shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down college sports back in March, had been extended several times leading to yesterday’s announcement, which has met with some criticism from parents and others.

The ban has forced recruits and prospective colleges to do all their business remotely, and has prevented on-campus visits by athletes and their families. Several high-profile recruitments of Mount Si athletes – namely, those of top senior-to-be football players Clay Millen and Andrew Edson and recently graduated boys’ basketball player Hayden Curtiss – all were pretty much done remotely this spring.

This ban has continually been extended largely, we believe, due to campus closures around the country due to the virus outbreak that have prevented athletes and coaches from working out. The University of Washington and Washington State University, as you know, have only started to restart their workouts on a limited basis for select athletes, and that process is the same at other schools in the Pac-12 Conference. However, with other non-Pac-12 schools around the country seeing spikes in COVID case numbers among athletes, and states in general implementing quarantine restrictions on certain travelers from out-of-state (such as the three-state New York, New Jersey and Connecticut regulations aimed at states including Texas, Florida and Washington announced earlier this week) and with continued campus closures in general, the ability of schools to fully reopen in such a manner as to allow for a transparent recruitment is still not there. So the ban continues, and it is expected to continue until further notice.

The ban also has prevented coaches from heading out and viewing potential new players this summer, and this announcement could result in further youth tournament cancellations as well. If you are a parent of a prospective college athlete from either Mount Si or Cedarcrest High Schools, it is important you pay attention to the latest news on this situation.

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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