Mount Si players past and present take on one another up at Skagit Valley College, plus the other baseball for you on a Sunday…..

Baseball now. There was plenty of Mount Si High School-tied talent on display yesterday up in Mount Vernon, where the Sammamish-based Northwest Naturals ‘22/’23 select squad took on Bellevue’s Michael’s Toyota Bears in an 18U clash at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon.

The Bears took the game 5-4 and had plenty of Wildcat support in getting there. Jake Smith homered and drove in three runs while Aidan Dougherty went 2-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI. Both of them are playing with the squad this weekend as their regular WW Sweets squad is off this weekend. Wildcat regulars on the Bears also delivered. Alum Kevin Corder doubled as part of a two-hit effort, scoring twice and Blake Miller added a walk and run scored despite going 0-2. Also playing in the game for the Bears repping Mount Si were Harrison Kelly (0-3) and Chris Wilson (0-2, walk).

There was also Wildcat representation playing for the Naturals. Josh Freudenberg went 2-4 with a run scored while Parker Norah went 0-1 with a walk.

In all, a great day for some baseball up north with a little scarlet and gray flair. The tournament the two teams are at wraps up today. Also this morning from youth baseball, powered by GameChanger and their apps, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store:

Northwest Naturals ‘22/’23 5, Wilder Baseball 5: Trailing 5-1 to the bottom of the seventh, the Nats scored four times to force a draw in this one with the Port Angeles team. Norah was 1-3 with two RBI’s while Freudenberg was 0-4, both for NWN.

Michael’s Toyota Bears 18U 11, Utah Royals 0: Smith, Corder and teammate Atticus Smith (no relation to Jake as far as we know) combined on a one-hitter for Michael’s as they rolled over the Salt Lake City-based squad last night at SVC. Miller did most of the damage offensively for the Bears, going 2-3 with a double, run scored and five RBI’s. Corder wasn’t too bad himself, doubling and tripling, scoring two runs and driving in two more. Dougherty aided the efforts with a hit, walk, two runs scored and an RBI while Kelly added a hit and RBI. Rounding it out, Jake Smith went 0-4 offensively and Wilson was 0-3.

Rawlings Tigers 5, Wildcats Baseball 13U Red 2: The Tigers bested the North Bend-based Wildcats in this one yesterday down in Puyallup. Zach Hillblom went 2-3 to lead the ‘Cats, comprised of future players for Mount Si High School’s baseball program.

Prospect United 5, Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite Green 4: The Dragons took a close loss at their tournament in Lacey against the Tacoma-area team. Mount Si’s Brady Hossfeld was 1-2 with a run scored and RBI for the Dragons, while fellow ‘Cats Chris Jarocki (0-2) and Ryan Llewellyn (1-3, RBI) also played for the Bellevue squad. Llewellyn pitched in relief for the Dragons and took the loss on the mound, allowing two runs – one earned – on three hits with a strikeout in that fateful sixth inning, in which Prospect scored both of those runs to take command of the contest.

Wildcats Baseball 13U Red 3, MVP Baseball 2: Tate Keith’s sacrifice fly to right field in the seventh scored Dalton Watters with what turned out to be the game-winning run, breaking a 2-2 tie and lifting the Wildcats to the win in their Puyallup nightcap before lunchtime. Keith also doubled and scored a run lifting the ‘Cats, who got solid pitching from both Reed Gilmore and Jimmy Pratapas. Pratapas won the game in relief on the hill for the Wildcats, allowing only one hit while striking out three in three innings of work.

Northwest Bandits 18U 6, Lakeside Recovery 0: The Eastside rivals took their rivalry over to central Washington, where the Bandits won it under the lights last night in Ephrata. Cedarcrest HS alum Cole Linder was 0-3 for NWB.

Woodinville Baseball Club 2, Washington A’s 16U Purple 0: The Woodinville-based team beat the Sammamish-based A’s in a pitcher’s duel yesterday in Redmond as part of the Baden event. Mount Si’s Kam Korrell was 1-1 in the game for the A’s.

Northwest Bandits 15U 13, Northwest Naturals 16U 1: In Spokane last night, the Kirkland-based Bandits made short work of the Sammamish-based Nats. Nico Leon doubled as part of a two-hit effort, scoring three times and driving in two more runs to lead NWB, coached by Cedarcrest HS grad Nick Bowersock.

FCA Black 19, Boys of Summer 16U 4: Woodinville-based FCA’s bats were extremely hot early as they took care of Bellevue-based BoS last night in the Baden Northwest Invite in Ravensdale. Mount Si’s duo of Owen Theis and Ian Auxter went a combined 0-5 with an RBI for Boys in the contest. Theis also pitched in the game, but struggled, allowing 10 runs – seven earned – on seven hits in two innings of work getting the loss.

College summer baseball: Marenco’s hitless as Yakima Valley blanked in loss
It was not a good night for North Bend’s Marenco brothers, Spencer and Mason, or for their Yakima Valley Pippins teammates for that matter, as the Cowlitz Black Bears held the Pippins to just one hit in a 4-0 win last night over YVP at Lower Columbia College in Longview. Three pitchers combined on the one-hitter for the Black Bears with both Marenco’s going 0-3 in the contest. Mason is a 2017 Mount Si HS grad and will be playing for Gonzaga University in the fall while Spencer is a 2018 alum and will be playing for a school to be determined following the completion of his eligibility at Yakima Valley College.

The two teams finish their series at 1:00 this afternoon down at LCC. YouTube will have a live webstream, search Cowlitz Black Bears for that.

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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