Snoqualmie Valley team a win away from a baseball state title, while area youth golfers get set to compete for one of their own…..

Good Wednesday morning everyone. We start with some diamond cuts on a Wednesday, and a Snoqualmie Valley youth baseball team is one win away from a state title.

The Sno-Valley North Wolfpack Seniors Senior Little League baseball squad punched a ticket to the Washington State Senior League final tomorrow in Everett, blasting Mill Creek’s Senior League squad 8-2 up at Lynnwood High School last night in the semifinals of the state tournament. J.J. Polacek led the way, getting two hits and a walk, and scoring three runs as the ‘Pack, comprised of Cedarcrest High School student-athletes, busted out to a 5-0 lead after two frames then cruised to the win. Dylan Peay also had two hits and drove in two runs as the senior group moved to a 19-0 record this season.

Pitcher Fischer Jeanes worked the first 3 2/3 innings, allowing only five hits while striking out four. Peay and Brady McKelheer finished out the game on the hill and both did well, combining to allow only two runs – one earned – on four hits walking two. Jeanes earned the win with the relievers each having no decision.

The opponent for the final is not known, but it will happen tomorrow afternoon up at Everett Memorial Stadium, better known now as Funko Field. This is where the Everett Aquasox play baseball and is also home to the WesKing high school district tournament among other things. Game time is also to be announced and as soon as we get all that, we’ll let you know here. There is no regional or national level Senior League competition this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic so the state title game will be it for this great group of young men who have definitely represented their community well this summer.

Also this morning from the diamond:

Local tryouts for travel select baseball squad: The Bellevue-based Michael’s Toyota Bears 18U travel baseball squad are looking for new players for the upcoming season, and they are going to be hosting tryouts in our community.

The team has scheduled its tryout for next Wednesday, July 28, at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. The session will begin at 7:00 pm. Players will be evaluated on a number of different skills as coaches will look to identify players that will help the club be successful in the summer 2022 baseball season. The team is coached by an area high school coach, Kevin Frey, and has had a number of Mount Si players on its roster in recent seasons, including nearly half a dozen this summer alone. So if you are a parent of a Wildcat incoming junior or senior baseball player and want a locally-focused option for their summer baseball next year, this may be the place to go to get it.

If you want more information on the tryouts or the club in general, contact Frey at kevin@toyotabaseball.com or (425) 591-5815.

Tryouts are also taking place for other travel baseball and softball teams over the next couple of weeks; if we get additional information on other Eastside-based programs that might be of interest to Mount Si and Cedarcrest families, we’ll be sure to advise you here. A good resource by the way for softball families is the Washington State Fastpitch Facebook page. Go to Facebook and search Washington State Fastpitch and you should find it there.

Marenco’s together again: It was another night with both Marenco’s playing for the West Coast League’s Yakima Valley Pippins, as the two Valley brothers – both Mount Si grads – continued their seasons with the college summer team.

Spencer went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored while Mason went 0-2, as the Pippins doubled up the Bend Elks 4-2 at Yakima County Stadium for YVP’s second win in a row. The two players, both from North Bend, continue to both have solid seasons for the Pippins, who continue their series tonight with Bend at 6:30 over at the Yakima stadium.

Golf: Valley youth golfers earn trips to state tourney, led by Mount Si star Maralack
Three Snoqualmie Valley youth golfers earned spots in the upcoming Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament after punching their tickets at district qualifiers yesterday, and it’s a delegation that may grow in size in the coming days.

Valley youngsters qualified out of three district tournaments yesterday – in Oak Harbor, Woodinville and Orting.

In the District 1 event at Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor, Snoqualmie’s Ava Jensen fired a 91 in the second and final round of the tournament yesterday (the first round was Monday) and finished with a 34 over-par 178 for the two days. While the score certainly may not show it, she did finish second in the girls’ 12-13 age group and earned a spot into the state event, certainly an incentive for her to work on her game and get better in time for the big event early next month in Bellevue.

At the District 2 event in Woodinville, Mount Si’s Kasey Maralack held off a strong challenge from co-first round leader Nicole Kato beating the Bellevue-area challenger by one stroke to win the girls’ high school age level and qualify also for state. Maralack fired a 74 and finished with a 151 for two days at Echo Falls Golf Course, a four-over par score, to Kato’s 75 and total of 152. Both golfers fired a 77 on Monday to finish in the first-place tie after day one.

At the District 6 event in Orting, Snoqualmie’s Shane Russell held on to his first-round lead and won the boys’ 8-11 age group, which unlike older age levels, plays only nine holes. He carded a 40 over his nine yesterday and finished with a total score of 78, one shot better than challenger Blake Gregory and qualified also for state.

In terms of the additional golfers that could earn slots, three others who competed at the D6 event at High Cedars Golf Course both earned slots as alternates. Mount Si High School boys’ golfers Buddy Dann and Hogan Warford, along with fellow Snoqualmie resident Maia Miller, all earned either first or second alternate spots, meaning they finished just out of actual qualification but could still earn a spot if other competitors who did earn berths are unable to compete. Those three will find out at a later date whether they will get that opportunity.

The state tournament is August 3-5 and is being hosted by District 2 in Bellevue and Redmond. In the meantime, Maralack will be representing the Valley in a WJGA event next week. The association’s youth match play championship will be in Tacoma next Monday-Wednesday at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord golf course, Eagle’s Pride. The match play format is different than that of stroke play in that golfers compete hole by hole with the competitor winning the most holes winning the match. For example, in the round yesterday between the Wildcat athlete and Kato,
Maralack bogeyed the first hole while Kato parred that. Kato would have won the hole under match play scoring. Meanwhile, Maralack birdied the second hole while Kato bogeyed that hole, giving Maralack that hole, so on and so forth.

It will be a good test for Maralack, and we’ll be sure to let you know how she does.

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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