A weekend wrap with some cuts……diamond style

Good Monday morning. We have a weekend wrap with some diamond cuts for you to start the new week.

We of course lead it off with some college summer baseball and as we mentioned here yesterday, it was quite the fun Saturday night for the Expedition League’s Western Nebraska Pioneers, as they nearly set a league record for most runs scored in a game in a 23-5 rout of visiting Pierre, from South Dakota, and Mount Si High School alum Spencer Marenco pitched in with four walks, a hit and a couple of runs scored. Well, how much can change in the span of 24 hours.

It was the visiting Trappers who brought out the lumber last night, with back-to-back six-run innings in the fourth and the fifth to blow open what had been a close game at the outset and they ended up handing Western Nebraska their first loss of the season, 15-5 at Oregon Trail Park, in Gering outside of Scottsbluff, NE.

Marenco, despite his team’s tough night, continued to fare well to start the season. Inserted as a replacement early in the game at second base after the Pios’ starting second baseman for the contest suffered an injury, the Valleyite picked up where he left off Saturday, with a two-RBI double that keyed a four-run eighth inning for Western Nebraska, and he was also hit twice by pitches. The 2019 MSHS alum played this spring for Yakima Valley CC in Yakima, and is on the team with several of his Yaks teammates, who are all being coached by a YVCC assistant who is the Pios’ manager this summer.

Western Nebraska hits the road tonight – they head east into the heart of Nebraska, playing the Hastings Sodbusters. It is a doubleheader tonight, with games starting at 2:30 our time and lasting all evening so expect Marenco to play again tonight. You can find live audio for the games by going to TuneIn and searching KOZY-FM. The station’s broadcast was available last night after being off air for both the games last Friday and Saturday nights, forcing Mount Si fans interested in supporting their alum to listen to the opposing Trapper broadcast on Mixlr. Speaking of which, the Sodbusters are also on Mixlr and you can click on the Mixlr app and search Hastings Sodbusters for that broadcast.

Time for some youth softball and baseball this morning. Action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads.

Washington Shock 16U 10, Absolute Blast Miller 16U 8: A pair of top Mount Si players took on one another as the Woodinville and Snohomish-based teams competed some 300 miles from home over in Lewiston late yesterday with AbB winning in a slugfest despite an eight-run second frame from the Shock. Wildcat Madison Bonham led Blast, going 3-3 with a double, run scored and RBI, while fellow Mount Si’er Willow Westbrook paced the Shock, going 1-3 with an RBI.

Absolute Blast Taylor 9, Washington Acers McGee 14U 2: The Woodinville-based Blast rolled past the Acers to wrap up the weekend in Idaho. Mount Si’s Sam Prosise was 0-2 for the Auburn-based Acers while for AbB, Juanita HS’s Makenzie Reynolds homered to key a 3-3 effort, scoring three times and driving in two more runs.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Hirai 7, USA Explosion Kloczko 7: The Bellevue-based ‘Hawks and their Tri-Cities based opposition ended in a draw with Eastlake’s Julia Holec pacing WLH, with a triple, run scored and RBI. Newport alum Hanako Hirai pitched five innings for the Hawks, allowing six runs on eight hits with no decision. She walked two and struck out two.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U Green 12, Spokane Expos Red 3: As we told you yesterday morning, yesterday was going to be the final day this summer for games in Ellensburg, and a pair of Mount Si players left it all on the field pacing the Dragons to the win. Both Brady Hossfeld and Chris Jarocki picked up triples to power BDE, with Hossfeld finishing 2-3, driving in three runs and scoring a fourth while Jarocki finished 2-2 with a run scored and RBI. BDE scored seven first-inning runs and never looked back as they finished 2-3 on the weekend.

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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