Sunday diamond cuts

Good Sunday morning. Diamond cuts on a Sunday and we start off with a fun college summer baseball game in Gering, NE, just outside Scottsbluff. The Expedition League’s Western Nebraska Pioneers last night put together a historic offensive performance, and among those contributing to the onslaught was a Mount Si High School grad.

The Pios came one run short of a league record for most runs scored in a game, using two big innings to shellack the visiting Pierre Trappers from South Dakota 23-5 at Oregon Trail Park. Spencer Marenco, a 2019 Wildcat alum who played for Yakima Valley Community College this spring before the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short, was 1-2 with three walks, two runs scored and two RBI’s in his first start as a member of the Pioneers. He started at shortstop and played the full contest, also reaching base after being hit by a pitch.

Western Nebraska took a 4-1 lead into the fifth and saw the visitors score four times in the top of that frame on the strength of two homers. The Pios however responded in a big way, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the inning to retake command, then put it away with a seven-run seventh in a game that ended up going three and a half hours in front of several hundred onlookers at the stadium. Yes, they’re allowing fans to watch in the state of Nebraska, which is open for baseball and softball now, and according to their state restart plan, football will be open for business on Wednesday. So it would appear that fall sports at the high school level in that state should be taking place, and as such could be a good spot to look at if you and your family want to explore possible transfer and relocation options if Washington does not have high school fall sports this fall.

The Pios and Trappers wrap up play today at 3:30 our time. As the home broadcast from KOZY-FM in Scottsbluff has had technical issues the past two nights which have rendered it unavailable for listening, Mount Si baseball fans wanting to catch the action and support their alum can log on to the Mixlr app or onto the Mixlr website at mixlr.com, and search Pierre Trappers to find their game broadcast.

Time now for the youth scoreboard. We’re headlining it with the ladies today, thank goodness, we’ve been waiting to do that so we get to do that today. Softball and baseball action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Softball
Absolute Blast 16U Miller 11, Clark County Breeze 2: Woodinville-based AbB got its delayed summer schedule underway yesterday doing what a number of Seattle-area youth baseball teams have done for the past couple of weeks – traveling across the border into Idaho. The Blast are in a tournament over in Lewiston, and they got things started on the right note with a win over the southwest Washington foes aided by a contribution from Mount Si’s Madison Bonham, who doubled and scored a run.

Washington Acers 14U McGee 4, Frost Elite 1: Also in Lewiston, Mount Si’s Sam Prosise doubled and drove in a run to pace the Auburn-based Acers to a win over the Portland-area team.

Absolute Blast 16U Miller 12, Frost Elite 2: After taking a break for lunch, the Blast returned for their second game of the day at Airport Park in Lewiston and flew away with the win. Bonham was 0-1.

Washington Acers 14U McGee 5, Blue Thunder 0: Two pitchers combined to one-hit the southwest Washington foes to wrap up their opening day over in Lewiston. Prosise was 0-1 with a walk.

Absolute Blast 16U Miller 8, Washington Angels 2: Another break for the Blast and they returned under the lights last night to post another blowout. They finished the day yesterday winning all three of their games outscoring foes 31-6 combined, so it appears that there was no rust with the group and they had certainly been waiting to get things rolling for quite awhile. Bonham went 1-2 with two RBI’s pacing AbB, who wraps up play today. For those curious, the Airport Park complex is a four-field thing on the south end of downtown Lewiston, right next to the Lewiston municipal airport.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Hirai 12, Crossfire Fastpitch 2: The ‘Hawks took care of business behind Morgan Shults; Bothell HS’s senior-to-be went 3-3 with two RBI’s leading the Bellevue-based squad to the win.

Baseball
WW Sweets ’22 18U 17, New Level Diamond Jaxx 6: Sammamish-based Sweets blasted the Portland-area foe last night under the lights at their weekend tournament in Nampa, ID, aided by Mount Si’s Jake Smith. He went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s lifting Sweets. Fellow Wildcat Aidan Dougherty pitched in a walk and run scored for WWS despite going 0-2. Both guys pitched an inning each – Dougherty’s was clean across the board while Smith allowed a hit but struck out the side. Neither received a decision.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 2, Diamond Sports 1: The A’s went to the beach to open their season yesterday – Aberdeen to be exact on the Washington coast. With Grays Harbor County in phase three of the state’s COVID-19 reopening, baseball has become a going concern down there, with this tournament and the Cascade Collegiate League over in Hoquiam taking center stage. Anyway, in this game, Mount Si 2020 grad Troy Baunsgard had a solid game, going 1-3 with a walk pacing the Sammamish-based A’s. Fellow Wildcat Harrison Clark was 0-2 with two walks.

Northwest Naturals 17U 4, Ellensburg Blues 3: The Sammamish-based Nats opened their COVID-19 delayed season yesterday over in the Kittitas Valley with a virtual road win over the Ellensburg-based Blues at Rotary Park in Ellensburg. Mount Si’s Tyler Disch pitched four innings of three-hit ball striking out seven for the win, and also went 1-2 with a walk offensively pacing NWN. Fellow Wildcats Hayden Weaver (0-3) and Jack Phillips (0-3, run) also played in the game for the Nats.

Northwest Bandits 7, Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U Green 4: The Dragons played once over in Ellensburg yesterday finishing with a loss to the Kirkland-based rivals. Mount Si’s Brady Hossfeld was 0-3 with a walk and run for BDE, while fellow Wildcat Chris Jarocki went 0-1.

WW Sweets ’22 18U 22, Kirkland Merchants Elite 7: Smith was 2-2 with a double, two runs and four RBI’s, and Dougherty homered as part of a 2-3 effort, scoring three runs and driving in two more, as the Sweets did a number on their Kirkland rivals at the Northwest Nazarene University-hosted tournament.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 6, Narrows Baseball 5: Clark doubled and scored a run, and also got the save on the hill with a perfect seventh inning as the A’s held on for the win at Pioneer Park in Aberdeen over the Gig Harbor-based opposition. Baunsgard was 1-2.

Chaffey 13, Northwest Naturals 17U 2: The Sammamish-based Nats could not keep the good vibes going out of their season-opening win earlier yesterday and fell in dominating fashion to the Edmonds-based foe. Phillips was 1-2 with a walk and run scored for NWN while Weaver (0-2) and Disch (0-1, walk) also saw action once again in the contest.

Ellensburg a no-go the rest of the summer: The action at Rotary Park the past few days was put together following Kittitas County’s move into phase three of the state COVID-19 restart plan. However, one of the big concerns for public health officials in areas where the restart plans have allowed for youth tournaments to take place has been potential for higher spreading of the virus due to such things as importation from other areas. That appears to be the issue for health officials over in Ellensburg, where we have been informed the city has decided to scrap additional tournaments this summer following this weekend’s event. With the county likely handling overflow of hospitalizations from neighboring Yakima County, which is seeing a major problem right now with its case counts and hospitalizations, the city according to tournament organizers felt that it was too much of a risk to allow tournaments with their large numbers of attendees to continue. So with the current situation being what it is, it appears now likely that Idaho may be the only definite possibility for Seattle-area teams to get tournaments in this summer.

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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