Saturday news notes…

Good Saturday morning. Here’s our news and notes today.

Softball: Teams with local players all over the place this weekend
A number of area teams with Valley girls’ players are competing in a host of different tournaments, all of which started yesterday at various locations both locally and outside of the area. Here’s a rundown.

National Softball Association state tournament, Tri-Cities
U12: Flame Hume 10, Ellensburg Thunder 4 – Valley middle schoolers Hope Bostick and Molly Wilbourne both contributed to the Issaquah team’s victory over their Kittitas County foes. Bostick went 1-3 with a run, and Wilbourne, despite an 0-2 effort, walked twice and scored two runs.

U14: Flame Webster 12, WA Spirit 7 – Mount Si sophomore-to-be Heather Hinton had a huge day at the plate to lead the Issaquah team coached by former Wildcat Melissa Webster to a victory. Hinton went 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI’s.

U16: Washington Hurricanes ’97 4, Flash 3 – Mount Si’s Eleni Trull went 0-2 for the Woodinville-based ‘Canes, but they eked out a win to stay in the winner’s bracket.

U12: Flame Hume 17, SFC Fury 4 – Wilbourne and Bostick once again provided solid contributions to keep the Flame in the winner’s bracket at the state NSA tournament. Wilbourne doubled, walked, scored twice and drove in two more, while Bostick went 1-3 with a run and RBI.

U14: Bellevue Blast 2000 12, Heat 0 – The Blast rolled to the win, and future CHS’er Taeler Gerde pitched in with a pair of runs scored for the Bellevue team.

U14: Bellevue Blast 2000 16, Flash 1 – The Blast continued to keep up the pressure offensively with another blowout; Gerde went 0-2, but reached on a Flash error and ended up scoring a run.

U16 ASA National Qualifier, Kent
Oregon Panthers 9, Bellevue Blast ’98 3: The Blast were dominated by their Oregon foes as they dropped one at a regional qualifier for the ASA nationals later this summer. Mount Si sophomore-to-be Claire Lis pitched two innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out one, and went 0-1, reaching on a fielder’s choice and scoring a run.

U14 Colorado Freedom tournament, Broomfield, CO
Absolute Blast tunes up: The Woodinville-based Absolute Blast 2000 team started up play at the Colorado Freedom tournament outside of Denver yesterday with a pair of “tune-up” games in advance of the tournament’s official opener this morning, and if the two games are any indication, they’re going to be in for some exciting contests in the upcoming days.

In the opener, AbBlast outslugged the Michigan Outlaws 12-7, with all three Valleyites on the AbB team contributing. Soon-to-be CHS freshman Elaine Townley pitched 1 2/3 solid innings, allowing one earned run on one hit, picking up the win in the circle for AB, and she also drove in a run despite going 0-2. Fellow future Cedarcrest frosh Mikayla Davidson scored a pair of runs and soon-to-be MSHS freshman Lexi Wetherbee went 1-2 with a run.

In the nightcap, AbB was on the short end of a slugfest, falling 10-8 to the Indiana Magic Gold. Wetherbee and Davidson both went 1-2 with runs scored, and Townley drove in a run, but she also pitched this game, and allowed nine runs – five earned – on seven hits in two innings, so the future Red Wolve saw up close how the environment down there can mean different results from game-to-game. Many of these players on the Blast are likely playing their first ever games in Colorado, in the high altitude and heat, so it will be interesting to see how they all respond as the tournament rolls along.

It should be mentioned as well that participating with AbB this weekend as a so-called “guest” player is Team Seattle’s Tori Bivens, whom many Mount Si fans know well from her dominating pitching performance for Lake Washington against the Wildcats this spring in a Kingco Conference high school game at MSHS.

U16 Premier Girls’ Fastpitch Regionals, Portland
Northwest Bullets Zacher 8, San Jose Sting 1:
The Bullets blasted their Bay Area foes, and Mount Si sophomore-to-be Maddy Trout contributed with a run scored to the cause for the Issaquah team.

NWB Zacher 6, Easton Elite 3: Trout went 0-3 but Zacher remained alive for a national tournament berth with the win.

Junior World State qualifier, Tumwater: It was a split result for the two Mount Si High School golf stars competing in this weekend’s event in the opening round. One moved on, the other did not.

The one who did did so with perhaps a performance that would be worthy of an Athlete of the Week recognition if we were doing that this summer. Alex Nelson, the Wildcat boys’ golf team’s top competitor, came out of his front nine struggling, having fired a 44 with a triple bogey seven on the par-4 fourth hole. But he rebounded in a big way on the back nine, carding a 34 with three birdies to total out with a six-over par 78 on the par 72 Tumwater Valley Golf Course layout, and his strong rally late secured him the last spot into today’s match play round, as the cut line was +7.

Wildcat girls’ star Caitlin Maralack didn’t have as good of luck as Nelson, however, as she had three double bogeys in her round and couldn’t mount a similar rally on the back nine that Nelson did. She finished with a 12-over 84 and missed the cut on the ladies’ side.

U16 tournament, Kent
Washington A’s 6, City Navy 5: A Mount Si High School player had what turned out to be his team’s biggest hit as the Sammamish-based A’s held on.

Reid Lutz, with the score 4-0 A’s in the seventh, hit a two-run homer for his lone hit of the game to make it 6-0. CN scored all five of their runs in the bottom of that frame, but could get no closer as the A’s held on.

Washington A’s 9, Seattle Dodgers 3: Lutz had a huge night at the plate, going 2-2 and also getting hit by a pitch, and he scored three runs to lead the A’s over their Seattle rivals.

U18 Palouse Summer Series, Pullman
Washington A’s 5, Michael’s Toyota 3: The Bellevue-based Michael’s fell despite a 1-3 effort from ex-MSHS player Joe Done. Senior-to-be Miles Schimchick went 0-3 for the Toyota side as well in the loss.

Little League “Intermediate” Division, Wednesday
District 9 tournament: Sno-Valley North 5, Falls/SnoValley/Sammamish 2 – Emmett Turner homered to pace the Lower Valley kids to an opening-round win in this level for U12-14 kids within Little League Baseball. Both teams are still in the tournament.

Mount Si grad plays in All-State game: Recent Mount Si grad Beau Shain played last night in the All-State senior high school football game in Moses Lake, according to Wildcat head coach Charlie Kinnune. He tells the SVSJ that Shain started the game as an outside linebacker. We’re working to get the final score and a little bit more information, and we’ll have that for you here when we get it.

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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