Gorrell gets a chance to play summer baseball, plus youth action and some hoops news…..

Good Sunday morning. We, as is normal at the moment, are leading off with a little college summer baseball, but instead of it being involving Mount Si alum Spencer Marenco and his Western Nebraska Pioneers of the Expedition League, it this morning features fellow Wildcat alumnus Gavin Gorrell and his Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League.

Gorrell got his first work since the team’s return from a short hiatus this past week and held up well, pitching two innings for the Stingers in relief in a 5-2 win over the visiting St. Cloud Rox at home in Willmar, MN. Gorrell, currently working to help save his Boise State University baseball squad from being cut by the university, allowed a run on three hits, striking out one and receiving a “hold” for his efforts; a “hold” stat is one that is awarded for a pitcher who comes into a game holding a lead for his team, and leaves having maintained that lead.

Gorrell, as you all know, has been very busy the past several days during the layoff for his Stingers working to help save the Bronco program after the university announced its cut earlier this month. He has helped spearhead a fundraising effort via GoFundMe and also has done interviews with three major Boise television stations as part of these efforts; the most recent of these took place Friday with KIVI, the ABC network affiliate; he earlier in this effort did interviews as well with the city’s NBC and CBS stations (KTVB and KBOI respectively). That GoFundMe effort has raised over $67,000 with additional funding also being secured in other ways.

Willmar is on the road today for a game with the Waterloo Bucks in Waterloo, IA.

Time for youth softball and baseball on a Sunday with all of your scores and highlights powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Softball
Northwest Lady Bandits 18U 4, North Central WA Sun Devils 0: Mount Si’s Ginger Harris powered the Bandits to the win over the Wenatchee-based team at a tournament over in Post Falls, ID. Harris went 2-2 with a run scored and RBI for the Kirkland-based Bandits.

Absolute Blast Miller 16U 4, Washington Ladyhawks Hirai 18U 4 (game one, doubleheader): The Woodinville and Bellevue-based teams played two yesterday with the first ending in a draw. Mount Si’s Jackalyn Gates aided Blast, going 1-1 with two walks and a run driven in, while Bothell’s Morgan Shults powered the ‘Hawks, going 1-1 with two runs driven in and a walk as well.

Northwest Lady Bandits 18U 6, Washington Angels 1: The Bandits handled the Tri-Cities based Angels over in Post Falls with Haley Brown leading the way, going 2-3 with a double and run scored. Harris went 0-1 but walked once, reached on an error in a second plate appearance and scored runs both times.

Absolute Blast 16U Miller 11, Washington Ladyhawks Hirai 18U 7 (game two, doubleheader): This one was a tale of two halves with a lot of offense in the first part of the game before pitching dominated the second part in the slugfest won by the Blast. Gates was 0-4 for AbB but Bothell’s Brooke Baker led a balanced offensive attack for Blast, going 3-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two more driven in. Jillian Hampson led the ‘Hawks going 2-2 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Youth Baseball
Northwest Naturals 18U 6, Spokane Expos 4: Chandler Tuupo homered to power a 3-4 afternoon for the Sammamish-based Nats as they held off the Spokane team over in Lewiston, ID. Cole Norah led the Mount Si contingent with a double, run scored and RBI for NWN, while fellow Wildcats Dawson Schneider (1-4), Cam Ferreri (0-4, RBI) and Jack Phillips (no official at-bats) also played for Northwest.

Kirkland Merchants Premier 18U 6, Hanford Flames 1: Merchants won their Lewiston clash with the Tri-Cities-based Flames despite just four hits. Austin Santiago led KMP going 1-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI. The Merchants feature a large number of Kingco ballplayers primarily from the Lake Washington and Northshore School Districts.

Eastside Dodgers 9, Northwest Naturals 18U 4: A different group of Wildcats, paced by Hayden Weaver’s double and two RBI’s, paced the Nats in this one but they fell short to the Tri-Cities-based squad last night in their Lewiston nightcap. Phillips was 1-3 while Tyler Disch went 0-4. He did pitch and allowed a run with out the benefit of a hit. He received no decision.

Also this morning:

Basketball: Major triumph for former Kingco girls’ hoops star
Former Eastlake High School girls’ basketball star Haley Huard last night recorded her first major accomplishment on the basketball floor since moving to Colorado earlier this month, helping her club team secure a tournament title in Denver.

Huard and her Colorado Premier Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) club squad won the 5280 Tournament against a field of teams which included a number of boys’ squads. The team is coached by former NBA player, and a great Twitter follow for you basketball folks out there, Keith Van Horn, and Huard joined the Premier following her family’s move to Colorado. Haley’s sister Macey also plays for the Premier program, and both young ladies will be playing their high school ball this winter for Valor Christian High School in the south Denver suburbs.

As you may remember, the Huard family’s exit from Washington generated some headlines a couple of weeks ago and a commentary from us here; the move was prompted by a job change for Haley and Macey’s father Brock, a former UW and NFL football quarterback and current football media analyst, but the current COVID-19 restrictions in Washington and their impact on youth and high school sports have also earned Brock’s ire in recent weeks, also factoring in perhaps to the move.

A congrats from us here to Haley, her teammates and coach Van Horn, and the Premier on this accomplishment.

Another high-profile hoops exit that could also be tied to the potential uncertainty for high school sports in Washington: SBLive Washington reported last night that a top Eastside Catholic High School boys’ hoopster has also announced his departure from the state, but where it is he’s going also raises the specter of it also being tied in some way to the current COVID-19 situation in Washington and the uncertainty for high school sports here as a result.

Point guard Nolan Hickman, set to be a senior this fall at EC, located in Sammamish, took to his Twitter feed to announce his move to the Wasatch Academy, a Utah-based prep school. Utah, as we told you on Thursday, has announced that high school sports in that state will proceed as normal this fall, and that ignited a little bit of media interest here in Washington, including from us, as that state now becomes a potential destination for athletes and families here should the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announce later this month a long-term delay or cancellation of high school sports due to the pandemic here in Washington. As you know, the WIAA this past week announced a two-week delay in the start of fall sports as it tries to figure out how to more fully proceed.

Hickman has a number of Division I college offers, including to the University of Washington, and he told SBLive that the school’s national-caliber schedule in light of the lack of current summer activities due to the pandemic and resulting shutdowns was an appealing factor for him in making the move.

Hickman’s exit marks the second high-profile departure of a top basketball player from EC in the past couple of weeks; girls’ top player Mjracle Sheppard announced her exit from the Sammamish private school around the same time the Huard’s announced their exit from Washington mentioned in the previous story. She will be going to an academy in Florida.

If the football season is delayed or canceled, it is expected a number of Washington players will likely move to other states. We’ll keep you posted if any Mount Si or Cedarcrest players make that decision.

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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