A third Wildcat baseball senior to be set to be a Yak, and it’s now official, as Mount Si’s new AD announces his hiring

Good morning. We have some baseball for you this morning, and it’s wash, rinse, repeat as for the third time this summer, a Mount Si High School Baseball player has chosen where he will play college baseball at, and for the third time this summer, that player chose the Yaks of Yakima Valley Community College.

This time, it’s pitcher Tyler Disch, who announced his decision on Twitter yesterday afternoon. Disch joins Wildcat seniors-to-be teammates Dawson Schneider, a fellow pitcher, and catcher Cam Ferreri, both of whom made their decisions earlier this summer, in having chosen Yakima for his college opportunity. And like with Schneider and Ferreri, the move represents safety and security for Disch and his family in a process that, thanks to COVID-19 and the resulting impacts to college recruiting and youth baseball, has become extremely uncertain.

“I’m really excited to continue to play baseball, and especially that I get to continue to play with Dawson and Cam,” Disch told us via Twitter. Asked by us if he would continue to look for offers from four-year schools, Disch indicated that would be the case. “I’m still (going to) be looking for four-year offers, and Yakima is a really good school to go to help and get those big school four-year offers,” he told us.

But with the current ban on in-person recruiting at the Division I level by the NCAA, a ban that is out to the end of August but with college leagues canceling fall sports and campuses going all online for the fall, as was the case yesterday announced by Washington State University after they had for a couple of months indicated the opposite (in-person instruction) was going to happen, this ban is likely to be extended again, perhaps to the end of the year. So Disch and his two Mount Si teammates, all of whom play together as well for the Sammamish-based Northwest Naturals club program, a program which former Mount Si coach Zach Habben has had a past association with, all made these decisions with these factors in mind.

And as we have been telling you, they will all be playing for a head coach in Kyle Krustangel who has a track record of success at this level with MSHS baseball grads, both with Yakima Valley’s program and more notably in summer college baseball in the West Coast League with the Wenatchee AppleSox, so the opportunity for these three to be a part of that success is certainly not lost on them.

Two class of 2019 MSHS’ers will be playing for Yakima next season – infielders Trace Halvorson and Spencer Marenco, so there’s a possibility the Yaks roster will be loaded with Mount Si players in the coming seasons. Good stuff for sure and we congratulate Disch and his family on this accomplishment.

New Mount Si AD makes official announcement of hire
Mount Si High School’s new athletic director, Chris Hill, made it official yesterday, announcing his hire by the school to replace outgoing AD Darren Brown.

Hill did so in a post on Facebook. In the announcement, the former Royal High School (Royal City, Grant County in eastern Washington) athletic head indicated he would miss working with that school’s students and community, also adding he would miss seeing his family often as they live on that side of the Cascades. But, Hill indicated he’s prepared for the challenge ahead.

“I’m extremely excited to be working at a 4A high school with incredible facilities, athletes and coaches. Living in the Snoqualmie area and working at Mount Si is something I’ve wanted for a long time,” Hill wrote.

He also praised Mount Si principal John Belcher. “It’s going to be awesome working with such a great principal again,” Hill wrote.

Hill’s background, as posted on his Facebook page, includes stops at a number of small high schools in central and eastern Washington including Goldendale and Manson High Schools, Goldendale located in Klickitat County near the Columbia River Gorge and Manson located in Chelan County up Lake Chelan from the town of Chelan, so this will be a chance for him to try his hand at running a program in the Wildcats with far more in the way of resources, both in terms of athlete numbers and parent and community support, than he’s ever had. This pandemic and the resulting changes in the WIAA’s sports schedules for this coming school year, however, will represent a challenge he and other Kingco AD’s have never had to face before, so it will be interesting to see how his experience working in small-school athletics helps the conference work through this situation.

Brown as you know relinquished his AD post at the end of this past school year to spend more time with his daughter. He has accepted a position as teacher at Snoqualmie Middle School, and will be beginning those duties in September, either in-person or remotely depending on what the Snoqualmie Valley School District chooses to do about instruction for students this fall. The district is still reviewing its options, and it has been anticipated they would look at a hybrid in-person/remote model for student instruction this fall. But with several other Kingco school districts, including Lake Washington and Northshore, announcing all-remote learning for students this fall earlier this week, there is a chance SVSD officials may follow suit. Parents are currently being surveyed and the district has yet to officially announce its plans.

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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