Marenco delivers again, plus news from the youth front as we bring you some Saturday diamond cuts

Good Saturday morning. Baseball this morning, and it continues to be a strong stretch for North Bend’s Spencer Marenco, and it’s helping his college summer baseball team get back above water in this early part of the Expedition League season.

Marenco, a 2019 Mount Si HS grad playing collegiately for Yakima Valley CC, went 2-4 with three runs scored last night, as his Western Nebraska Pioneers took a 12-0 lead after five innings and cruised to a 12-3 shellacking of the Fremont Moo in Fremont, NE, giving the Pios a sweep of the brief two-game set starting their eastern Nebraska weekend road swing. Western Nebraska has now won three straight after losing six in a row, so they are finding their way back to the .500 mark slowly but surely. Marenco, for his part, has seen his average almost double during the course of the week, upping it with the efforts last night to a crisp .394.

The Pios made the trek last night down to Hastings, NE, and will meet the host Sodbusters tonight and tomorrow. Today’s game is a 4:30 start our time and you can find the game, along with all Pios games the rest of the way if you want to hop on and support Marenco on the TuneIn app on your phones or tablets. With the app, search KOZY-FM for the broadcast.

From Mount Si baseball alums past to current Wildcats now on the diamond…

Naturals 18U’s fall to Kirkland rival: The bats from the Sammamish-based Northwest Naturals were cold last night, as their Eastside rival Kirkland Merchants Premier limited the Nats to just one hit – a homer from Issaquah High School’s Colin Curry – and handed NWN’s 18U squad a 7-1 loss in a tournament opener over in Lewiston, ID.

Mount Si’s Dawson Schneider started on the hill for Northwest and allowed four runs on five hits walking two and striking out two in four innings of work, taking the loss. It was the two opposing pitchers from the Merchants who shined, as Parker Wyman and Jaxon Henderson combined on the one-hitter, striking out a total of seven between them.

Schneider, Cam Ferreri, Hayden Weaver, Jack Phillips and Tyler Disch made up the Mount Si Nats contingent last night, all receiving at-bats in the contest. The tournament continues today over in Idaho, which remains at phase four of their state reopening plan despite an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state which is threatening that status. Gov. Brad Little this week announced a continuance of the phase four status, allowing for youth sports in the state to continue. However, if the case counts continue to be a problem, certain areas of the state, particularly urban centers such as Boise, Nampa and Coeur D’Alene, could see their status revert to lower levels, preventing youth tournaments from taking place in those areas.

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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