Diamond cuts….Marenco delivers in college summer team win, plus a Valley athletes’s quest to make the bigs takes a detour…..and all the youth action too…

Good Saturday morning. We have baseball for you on a Saturday, and we lead it off with a big effort from a Mount Si High School grad on the college summer circuit that led his team to a win over their arch-rivals.

Two years ago, back in 2019, North Bend’s Spencer Marenco, following his graduation from Mount Si and the completion of his final season of high school club baseball, got a chance to play for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox, and the coach who would become his college coach at Yakima Valley College, Kyle Krustangel. The brief stint didn’t go particularly well – he was hitless in 11 plate appearances with one walk and three strikeouts. But the whole point of the opportunity was to get his feet wet playing for Krustangel and to get to know his coaching style, which has served Marenco well during the college season the past two years with the Yaks.

We push ahead to last night, and Marenco, now playing for Krustangel but with the AppleSox’s arch-rival Yakima Valley Pippins, unleashed his best performance in a WCL contest this year and helped the Pips take the opener of their rivalry series with the Sox. Marenco went 3-5 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI’s, as Yakima Valley busted out to a 5-1 lead after two frames and rolled to a 15-5 win over Wenatchee at Wenatchee Valley College’s Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. The win pushed Yakima Valley out to a two-game lead over second-place Walla Walla in the WCL’s North Division standings at 7-3 in the second half. The team is 22-12 overall in league play this summer and maintains a 6 ½ game lead on Bellingham for top spot overall this season in the division. Playoffs will consist of first and second-half division champions. YVP took the first half title in the North so they have already secured their slot.

Spencer’s brother, 2017 MSHS alum Mason, did not play in the game for Yakima Valley. Fellow 2017 MSHS alum Gavin Gorrell did not pitch for the AppleSox in the game last night either, and it is not expected the lefty from North Bend will pitch at all this weekend after his three-inning relief gem in the Sox’s win Thursday over the Sweets. So Mount Si fans will miss out on seeing alums compete against one another on the college summer circuit, something which has been seen in recent seasons within the WCL as several Wildcat alums have played in the league, mostly with Wenatchee.

The two central Washington rivals go at it again tonight at 6:30 over at WVC. A broadcast of the game will be available on your computer via KCSY Radio; using your computer, log on to Google, search KCSY for the site link, then go there to find the link to listen.

Also this morning:

North Bend’s Lane done for season
The 2021 season has come to a close it appears for North Bend’s Trevor Lane, meaning his chance at Olympic gold, which he earned with Team USA’s berth in the Olympics out of their Florida qualification tournament earlier this summer, will not happen. The pitcher, a 2012 Mount Si HS grad, was placed on the 60-day injured list yesterday by his minor-league team, the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders. It is not known the type of injury he suffered, but a 60-day injured list placement likely suggests a serious injury that could keep him out of action long-term.

Lane, who went 4-0 with a 1.99 earned run average this summer with the Rail Riders, a Triple-A classification team affiliated with the New York Yankees, was likely going to be a candidate to be traded by New York at the upcoming major league trade deadline if the Yankees attempted to acquire any major league players. He only allowed six runs while striking out 28 in 22 2/3 innings this summer over 17 appearances for Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

We wish Trevor a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him resume his chase for major league glory in 2022.

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Aces Baseball 16U 5, New Level Extreme 4: The Aces used the arm of Mount Si’s Tristan Aasland to secure a win last night at Pacific University down in Forest Grove, OR, as part of the GSL Portland Showcase. Aasland allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits striking out seven in five innings as the Aces broke out to the lead then survived a three-run fifth-inning onslaught from the Puyallup-based opposition to secure the win. The Wildcat junior-to-be was 1-3 with an RBI at the plate also for the Aces.

Aces Baseball 16U 12, Baseball Advantage Prep 5: Cedarcrest HS’s Sheldon Egger, in his first start on the hill for the Snohomish team since joining the club this past week, overcame some early struggles and posted a good showing, allowing four runs, three earned, on only three hits striking out seven in five innings of work, and was helped by a six-run fourth as the Aces blasted the Yakima-area team yesterday morning at McMinnville’s Linfield University in a Showcase clash we featured live on our Twitter feed @snovalleysports. Egger also had a chance to hit and went 0-3 with a run scored for the Aces.

Northwest Naturals ‘22/’23 18U 9, MAC 0: In Portland Showcase action at Lents Park in southeast Portland, the Sammamish-based Nats handled affairs behind hurler Brad Johnson, who fired a two-hitter and struck out seven. Johnosn was aided by a pair of Mount Si’ers in the game – Parker Norah went 1-3 with a double and RBI for NWN, while Josh Freudenberg walked three times and scored three runs.

Kent Bulldogs 12, Bellevue Dragons Elite 18U Green 3: Also at Lents but in a 9:00am “Egg McMuffin” clash, the Bulldogs scored six runs in the fourth to cruise to the win over the Dragons. Mount Si’s delegation on the Dragons was led by Brady Hossfeld, who went 1-2 with a run scored. Teammates – and fellow ‘Cats – Luke Richter (0-3, run), Chris Jarocki (0-1; 2ip, 4r/2er, 2h, 3bb, losing pitcher) and Ryan Llewellyn (0-2, RBI; 1 1/3ip, 6r/6er, 4h, 2bb, no decision) also played in the contest for BDE.

Gunderson Baseball 7, Michael’s Toyota 18U Bears 1: Michael’s, based in Bellevue, opened their Portland tournament weekend down at Linfield, dropping this one to the Portland-area team. Mount Si’s Harrison Kelly went 1-3, with teammates – and fellow ‘Cats – Kevin Corder (0-2, walk, run), Blake Miller (0-3) and Chris Wilson (0-2) also seeing action.

Stilly Venom 9, Aces Baseball 16U 1: The Aces opened their Portland tournament action with this lunchtime clash against their Snohomish County rivals, falling after the Venom broke out to an early 6-0 lead and did not look back. Aasland, playing outfield in this one, was 1-2.

Northwest Naturals ‘22/’23 18U 1, Diamond Sports 0: Freudenberg was dominant on the hill in this one. He fired five innings of three-hit ball and struck out eight guiding the Nats to the win over the Tacoma-area team. Norah was 0-3 with the game’s lone RBI for NWN.

Boys of Summer 16U 8, Coast to Coast Baseball 2: In Pullman on the Washington State University campus last night under the lights, Bellevue-based Boys rolled to the win at the Palouse Summer Series over the southwest Washington team. Mount Si’s Owen Theis guided the Boys to the win going 3-3 coming a homer short of hitting for the cycle in the contest, scoring two runs and driving in three more. Fellow Wildcat Mason Martinell was 1-3 for BoS, and the Auxter brothers are playing together as well this weekend. Ian, a regular with BoS, was 1-4 while Eli, guesting with BoS as the Wildcats Baseball 15U crew, his regular team, is off this weekend, was 0-2 but walked and scored a run. Both of them also are Mount Si players.

Northwest Bandits 15U 8, Spokane Expos 3: Down the street from WSU at Pullman High School, the Bandits, coached by Cedarcrest HS alum, took care of business against the Spokane team in their PSS clash. Gabriel Arias doubled and drove in two runs pacing the Kirkland-based Bandits.

Redmond Dudes 16U 11, WW Sweets ‘23/’24 16U 7: We head to Colfax and find Mount Si’s Isaac Kreidel-Reimer in action for the Dudes in this PSS clash, and he delivered, going 2-2 with two walks as Redmond handled the Sammamish-based team which features fellow Wildcat Logan Anderson, who did not play in the contest.

WW Sweets ‘21/’22 18U 17, Northwest Premier 2: Up Highway 195 in Spokane, the Sammamish-based Sweets blasted the southwest Washington team behind Jake Smith. The Mount Si senior-to-be went 2-3 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI’s as the Sweets scored six in the first to take command, then six more in the fourth to seal it. Fellow Wildcat senior-to-be Ryan Gerlitz also got work for the Sweets walking in his lone plate appearance and scoring a run.

Washington A’s 16U Purple 10, Narrows Baseball 0: Back here close to home on the Eastside, the A’s throttled the Tacoma-area Narrows crew behind excellent pitching from Karson Rud. Rud, from Skyline HS in Sammamish, fired a three-hitter striking out two and was aided by Mount Si’s Kam Korrell, who went 1-1 with an RBI pacing the A’s, who broke out to a 6-0 lead after two and cruised at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland.

Showtime Baseball 3, Washington A’s 18U 2: Up north at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, the Showtime crew, from southwest Washington, outlasted the Sammamish-based A’s. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting was 0-3 for the A’s in this one.

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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