Layoff…what layoff? CHS alum Davenport dazzles in summer debut, plus all the diamond cuts to start the new week……

Good Monday morning. Diamond cuts to start the new week. College summer baseball and before we get to yesterday’s action, we have some action from Saturday night we missed yesterday, for which we apologize. And this we frankly shouldn’t have missed.

The Portland Pickles opened their shortened season Saturday night competing in the Portland-based Wild West League, formed after the Pickles’ regular league, the West Coast League, canceled their 2020 season earlier this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And they sent to the hill to start their opener a Cedarcrest High School alum, and let’s just say, the long layoff didn’t affect him at all.

Pitcher Aaron Davenport, who will be a sophomore this fall, is the pitching ace of the University of Hawaii’s baseball team, and was establishing himself in that role this spring before the pandemic canceled the 2020 college baseball season. He’s been on the shelf since then, having had another college summer opportunity, in the Massachusetts-based Cape Cod League, canceled as well. Davenport, as we told you previously, was home in Duvall this summer taking care of his family and enjoying himself when this opportunity came up, an opportunity he took full advantage of Saturday night.

Davenport pitched one-hit ball over five innings striking out 10 leading the Pickles to the 2-1 win over the Portland city rival Gherkins at North Marion High School down outside of Salem, OR. Davenport ended up with no decision as the runs were not scored until after he left the game, but Davenport threw almost 60 pitches, 48 of which went for strikes, so he was in mid-season form, that’s for sure.

It’s expected he’ll get a few more outings with the team before the season wraps up later this summer. Davenport is a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad and was a sophomore this spring, but the canceled season and subsequent decision to grant everyone an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, means he’ll be that again this fall.

Now to yesterday.

Pios win streak ends: Western Nebraska’s Expedition League winning streak ended at four as the Pioneers were held to three hits last night in a 2-0 loss to the Hastings Sodbusters in Hastings, NE, completing a quick weekend swing to the league’s eastern Nebraska teams. North Bend’s Spencer Marenco, whose hot bat helped key the win streak, cooled off last night, going 0-4. The 2019 Mount Si High School grad plays for Yakima Valley CC.

Western Nebraska is home tonight facing a familiar foe – the South Dakota-based Pierre Trappers, who have already faced the Pioneers several times on Western Nebraska’s home turf in Gering, NE, outside of Scottsbluff, this summer. Tonight’s game starts at 5:30 our time and as always, if you have a phone or tablet, download the TuneIn app, and use that to find the game. On there, search KOZY-FM. This radio station is based in Scottsbluff and is broadcasting all of the games.

Youth softball and baseball now with all of the action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Softball
Washington Ladyhawks 18U Hirai 10, Washington Shock 16U 2: The Bellevue-based’ Hawks handled affairs nicely in southwest Washington yesterday, beating the Snohomish team. Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook was 0-3 with a run scored for the Shock while June Newport grad Hanako Hirai, whose father coaches the ‘Hawks, led WLH, going 2-3 with two RBI’s.

Northwest Lady Bandits 18U 7, Northwest Elite 6: Mount Si’s Ginger Harris powered the Bandits, who scored six fourth-inning runs before having to survive a furious five-run fifth inning rally from the Elite to escape with the win to close out the weekend over in Post Falls, ID. Harris doubled keying a 2-3 effort, scoring a run and driving in another.

Washington Ladyhawks 16U Seeley 4, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Hirai 4: The two ‘Hawks teams ended after five frames in a draw. Cedarcrest HS’s Riley Warden plays for the Seeley crew and she was 1-2 with a run scored aiding their efforts while for Hirai’s group, Archbishop Murphy grad Brooke Jordan was also 1-2 with a run.

Baseball
Flame Baseball 7, Northwest Naturals 18U 1: The Sammamish-based Nats wrapped up the weekend on the banks of the Clearwater River over in Lewiston, ID, yesterday being limited to just four hits in the tournament finale loss. Issy’s Colin Curry led NWN, going 2-3 with the Nats’ lone run. Mount Si’s delegation, all of whom were hitless in their at-bats for the Nats, included Cam Ferreri, Jack Phillips, Cole Norah, Dawson Schneider, Tyler Disch and Hayden Weaver.

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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