Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball fundraising golf tourney is back, plus a round of diamond cuts on a Thursday…….

Good Thursday morning. We have diamond cuts on deck but we want to start with news from Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball program.

The Wildcats have once again announced their annual fundraising golf tournament. This year’s event will be held on August 27 at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie. The event is a scramble format event and entry fees are $150 for individual golfers and $600 for groups of four, a good opportunity for local businesses to help support the program and give their employees an opportunity to “team-build” and build office camaraderie. A box lunch provided by the golf course and additional prizes are part of the fee, which will help support Mount Si’s boys’ basketball program.

Funding is used to aid in the purchase of jerseys, basketballs and other equipment, and also goes to help defray costs associated with the program’s holiday break tournament. We have been told by tournament organizers that Mount Si will be returning to the Rancho Mirage Holiday Tournament in southern California this winter to defend the title they won in 2019 down there en route to the Washington state 4A high school boys’ championship in March of last year prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the cancellation of this past winter’s tournament.
Program boosters are advising this event may be the only fundraiser for Mount Si prior to the start of the upcoming season, so if you want to hit the links and support local youth, this may be your only shot to do so before the end of the year, so you’ll want to get in on the action as soon as you can.

Tee times will be between 8am and noon. Registration is available on Mount Si’s boys’ hoops website, a link to which is in our news links at right. Any questions about the tournament or if you are planning to sign up but need a specific tee time, contact tournament director Ed Hiddleson at edhiddleson@icloud.com.

Also from golf:

Maralack wins title at match play tournament: Mount Si High School’s Kasey Maralack defeated Woodinville’s Charlotte Giffin 2 and 1 to win her “flight” division title at the Washington Junior Golf Association’s Match Play Championship tournament down at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Pierce County yesterday. The Wildcat advanced into the second flight following a 22nd-place finish in stroke play which opened the tournament on Monday.

Maralack broke out to a two-up lead after two holes and maintained that lead the rest of the way, with the two golfers finishing tied on the final five straight holes to give the Snoqualmie resident the win in the match.

She will lead a delegation of Valley youth golfers that will be competing in the association’s state championship tournament, which takes place next week in Bellevue.

Time for diamond cuts.

Mount Si baseball player aids select team’s title performance
A Mount Si High School baseball player can call himself a champion today. This is because the select team he plays for won the Seattle Elite League’s 16U championship last night.

The Sammamish-based Washington A’s 16U Purple scored 10 runs out of the gate in the first inning of the winner-take-all game, and cruised to a 10-1 win over Seattle-based City Baseball at Bannerwood Park in the end of a best-of-three series to decide the champion for select baseball around the Puget Sound. The game was forced by a City Baseball 4-3 win in a contest which took place just prior to this game last night.

Kam Korrell, who will be a returner this fall for the Wildcats, played in the first of what turned out to be the two games and went 0-3 with a run scored for the A’s. He did not play the second game, but we’re guessing he celebrated along with his teammates following the end result of that second contest.

The league features top select programs from all over the region from Olympia all the way up to Bellingham and also includes the Wildcat Baseball select program based in North Bend. A congratulations to the A’s and their players on this tremendous accomplishment.

Also from baseball:

Marenco’s shine together again: Last night was another opportunity for North Bend’s Marenco brothers to play together and succeed together, and both they did helping their college summer team post a win.

Spencer went 2-4 with two runs scored while Mason went 0-3 but scored a run himself, both aiding the Yakima Valley Pippins to a 7-4 win at home in Yakima in a West Coast League contest over the visiting Cowlitz Black Bears from Longview. YVP took a 5-2 lead after four innings aided by the two Mount Si HS grads, then cruised to the victory from there in front of several hundred fans at Yakima County Stadium.

The two teams finish their series tonight. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and you can see the game on YouTube, search Pippins Baseball.

Yankees making a trade, but Valleyite not involved: There is word this morning the New York Yankees are close to closing a trade with their major league rival Texas Rangers to acquire top hitter Joey Gallo. However, the package of players the Yankees are expected to send the Rangers to get Gallo does not include a Valleyite.

As we have been telling you, pitcher Trevor Lane, who is part of the Yankees minor league system and is a 2012 Mount Si HS alum from North Bend, was seen as a possible trade chip for New York in light of his strong season thus far with the organization’s minor league team in Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA, and his recent participation in the USA Olympic baseball qualifier. But, as we have also reported, he went on the 60-day injured list last week, knocking him out of any discussions.

The group of players reportedly being sent by the Yankees to Texas does however include one of Lane’s teammates this season, pitcher Glenn Otto. Other minor-leaguers being sent in the trade play for lower-level clubs in the New York minor league system.

The major league baseball trading deadline is tomorrow afternoon.

Softball
‘Hawks drop one at PGF: The Issaquah-based Washington Ladyhawks 16U Abraham club team faces a do-or-die game this morning at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch Nationals in southern California after a loss to a local rival last night.

The Puyallup-based AI Bandits Breer took a 10-0 lead after three innings and held off the ‘Hawks 14-6 under the lights last night at the tournament, being held down in Irvine in Orange County. Cedarcrest High School’s Kaylee Hulse did not play for the Abraham ladies in the contest, but did play for the team in a game yesterday afternoon in which they beat the Phoenix-based Arizona Storm 5-3. Hulse went 1-4 in that game.

The ‘Hawks will face either the Oregon Rebels or the California Breeze in the loser-out contest this morning. If you remember, they ran a gauntlet through a loser-out bracket at their most recent tournament in San Diego and ended up winning a tournament title out of it. So they have already shown it can be done so we’ll see if they can do it again today. The ‘Hawks will need to win three in a row to make it into the title rounds tomorrow. We’ll keep you posted.

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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