Diamond cuts, and the daughter of a key Mount Si sports figure shows off her musical talents

Good Saturday morning. We have some news concerning a key figure in Mount Si High School athletics in a moment but first we start with last night’s diamond cuts for you.

As we have discussed this week, it has become a bit of a struggle at the plate offensively for one Spencer Marenco. He, of North Bend and a 2019 Mount Si HS grad, as recently as two weeks ago was doing very well with his bat for the Expedition League’s Western Nebraska Pioneers. Well, as all baseball players have happen to them from time to time, he’s gone into a slump. He looked to turn that around last night as the Pios opened a series in Dickinson, ND, with the college summer league’s rival Badlands Big Sticks. Unfortunately for both Marenco and Western Nebraska, things did not go well at all.

The soon-to-be sophomore at Yakima Valley CC went 0-5 and the Pios were blown out 14-1 by the Big Sticks. Things started out well enough, with WNP opening with an early lead, but Badlands posted a six-spot in the second to spark the onslaught, which lasted four-plus hours thanks to a lightning and rain delay which took place midway through the contest as heavy weather rolled through that part of North Dakota last night. Dickinson is located in the western part of the state just off I-94.

Marenco has gone hitless in his last four games to the tune of 0-17 total, and he only has three total hits in his past eight contests, as a result seeing his average drop from a really good .333 down all the way to .256 after last night’s games. So the struggles are significant for sure. Hopefully, he’ll get a chance to break out today when the two teams meet up again for the middle frame of their weekend set. It’s a 5:30 first pitch tonight and you can catch the action using the TuneIn app on your phones or tablets. Both team’s broadcasts will be available on TuneIn. Search KOZY-FM for the Pios’ broadcast and KDXN-FM for the Big Sticks.

From the plains of North Dakota to the plains of the Inland Northwest for our youth action from the Palouse Summer Series. Gamechanger and the GC app bring us scores and highlights and you can find that app on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Palouse Coyotes 14, Rippers Baseball 18U 12: The Redmond-based Rippers fell last night in their first game at the Palouse tournament over in Moscow, ID. Cedarcrest High School’s Nate Hoyer started the game on the hill for the Rippers, and the junior-to-be had a mixed showing, allowing five runs, of which only one was earned, on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out three. He ended up with no decision as Rippers’ bats made a game of it late before the host Coyotes, from Pullman, exploded for seven runs in the final inning to escape with the victory.

Hoyer was 1-4 offensively with a run scored while fellow Red Wolve Mason Pudwill also got to both pitch and hit; on the mound he allowed three unearned runs on just one hit without getting an out and he took the loss, and offensively he went 0-2 with a walk. Rounding out the CHS contingent, Kian Pegueros-Warren was 1-1 with two sacrifice flies and four RBI’s, so a good day for him.

Rippers Baseball 18U 7, ExploSwing Northwest 2: The Rippers rebounded under the lights last night closing out opening night over on the Palouse with a win over their Bellevue-based rivals. Pegueros-Warren led the way for Rippers, going 2-3 with an RBI. Hoyer was 1-3 with a run and Pudwill was 0-3.

Mount Si alum continuing to build her presence in music
While 2020 has been a challenge for all of us, at least one Mount Si High School grad is working hard to stay busy, and the results of some of that work came out yesterday.

North Bend native Taylor Pearlstein, daughter of North Bend residents Jonathan and Michelle Pearlstein, released the song “Fool” onto Spotify, a web-based music service, yesterday. “Fool” is the second release of 2020 for the Wildcat alum as she continues to assert her presence in the music industry. Her first release of the year, named “Overgrew”, came out earlier this spring and we featured news on that here in the Journal.

Taylor, in addition to her musical work, also is a veteran theater actress, having performed in plays around the country over the past few years. So she is staying busy for sure.

“Fool”, like the previous “Overgrew” song, is a little over five minutes long, so a little longer than most songs you hear on the radio nowadays, but we had a listen to the new song last night and can tell you there seems to be an upbeat tempo to it, a little different than the previous release but still good nonetheless. She seems to be exploring different styles and tempos of music allowing for listeners to hear a diversified collection of songs, appealing to a broad array of folks. And having success at all of it despite the pandemic and its resulting impacts on the arts, with the theater scene around the country pretty well shut down at the moment due to local and state health restrictions aimed to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Taylor’s parents, Jonathan and Michelle, have been longtime contributors to local schools; Jonathan, as a lot of you know, is a major presence within Mount Si High School’s sports program, handling public address announcer duties for the Wildcat girls basketball, girls’ and boys’ soccer programs, and Michelle is a longtime secretary at Snoqualmie Elementary School. Taylor’s siblings, Alexis and Zac, both of whom are also MSHS alums, competed athletically for Mount Si as students at the school a number of years ago and both of them, too, are contributing in their own way to their communities as young adults. So the family is staying busy and continuing to make a positive impact on many near and far.

To find the song or any of Taylor’s other musical work, download the Spotify app onto your phone, tablet or computer and search Taylor Pearlstein. Please have a listen to these songs and support the efforts of this Valley native as she seeks to acheive success in what is a competitive industry.

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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