The rest of Saturday night’s action, including news of a move up for one ex-Mount Si baseball player in the pros

Here’s the rest of the scores. First, some big news concerning a Mount Si grad in professional baseball.

Pro baseball: “Kimbo” promoted, and quickly shows why he deserved it
2010 Mount Si High School grad Josh Kimborowicz only spent a few games with the Hudson Valley, NY, Renegades, the short-season class “A” minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, who drafted “Kimbo” last year in the MLB draft. Those few games, though, went well, with Kimborowicz getting a couple of wins and posting a strong ERA of around one, and that resulted in him getting promoted this past week to the Rays’ full season “A” team in Bowling Green, KY. Last night, he made his debut for the Hot Rods, of the Midwest League, and pitched an inning, striking out two. For BG, things did not go well, as they fell 3-1 to West Michigan and dropped to 35-43 on the season. But for Kimborowicz, getting promoted quickly like this can only be a good sign for him as the season wears on. If he continues to do well, his next stop could be the Florida State League, an advanced class “A” league which the Rays have a team in, in Port Charlotte, FL, or even on to “AA” or “AAA” ball.

Soccer: Stanton misses out on playing in front of friends and family
Mount Si grad Nikki Stanton returned home last night as a professional women’s soccer player, competing for Sky Blue FC of New York in a game against the Seattle Reign FC at Memorial Stadium. In front of a nearly sold-out stadium, the two teams ended in a scoreless draw, and the 2009 alum did not get into the lineup for SB. Stanton and her Sky Blue team returns home and will continue their season.

We have the full game broadcast for you below, and there was a brief mention of Stanton made by the Reign announcers, Tom Glasgow of ROOT Sports and Lesle Gallimore, the UW women’s soccer coach, late in the game.

Additionally, KING-TV had a crew there covering the contest, largely focusing their coverage on the return of goalie Hope Solo to the Reign lineup, after her highly publicized arrest last weekend. She did not play in the contest. Their story is here.

Also, from soccer, we should mention that a lot of last night’s Reign crowd consisted of players and families in the area from out of town this weekend for the ECNL club soccer tournament in Redmond. There is a Mount Si player – senior-to-be girls’ defender Claire Johnson – participating in that event with the Crossfire U-17 ECNL team, who is host for this event. Crossfire is 0-2 thus far on the tournament and plays a Pennsylvania team this afternoon. All games are at 60 Acres Park in Redmond.

U16 Premier Girls’ Fastpitch qualifier, Portland
Teams with Valley players appear on way to nationals: Based on our read of where things stand currently, both the Washington Acers’ 16’s and the Northwest Bullets Zacher, each of whom feature Valley girls on their teams, appear to have punched berths to the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national tournament with solid efforts in play throughout the past couple of days. The Acers feature Cedarcrest’s Karen Bomstead and the Bullets, from Issaquah, feature Mount Si’s Maddy Trout, who did not play for the NWB in a 5-2 loss yesterday to the Northwest Blaze. Games continue today, and we’ll let you know if the berths for both teams are made official.

NSA State Tournament, Tri-Cities
Fury 8, Flame Hume 5: Local middle schooler Molly Wilbourne went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI to aid the Issaquah-based Flame team, and she got help from fellow Valleyite Hope Bostick, who also scored a run despite an 0-3 effort. Flame won their nightcap game last night over TABU 8-7 and is in the playoffs today.

Blaze Intensity 6, Flame Webster 5: A player on her way to Cedarcrest High School this fall aided Blaze as they rallied to knock the Issaquah-based Flame team coached by former MSHS player Melissa Webster out of the tournament. Karlie Fox hit a game-tying two-run homer in the fifth to aid Blaze, who then scored another run later to get the win. Fellow Valleyite Sydney Beckett went 0-2 for Blaze. As for Flame Webster, Mount Si’s Heather Hinton went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI.

Bellevue Blast ’00 14, Woodinville Reign 9: Local middle-schooler Taeler Gerde got a hit and scored a run to aid the Bellevue team to a win over their Eastside rivals.

NW Speed 17, Flame Webster 5: Hinton was hitless in two at-bats as the Flame was routed in this one.

Ellensburg Synergy 10, Bellevue Blast ’00 2: The Blast fell in the semifinals of the U14 bracket to the Kittitas County team; Gerde went 0-2.

Montesano Bulldogs 7, Washington Hurricanes ’97 0: Mount Si’s Eleni Trull went 0-3 as the ‘Canes were shut out by the Grays Harbor-area team.

Washington Hurricanes ’97 7, Dirt Dawgs 4: The Woodinville-based team stayed alive with a win; Trull went 1-2 with a run.

ASA U16 National Qualifier, Kent
Bellevue team with Mount Si sophomore-to-be misses out on nationals: The Bellevue Blast ’98 team fell twice in play yesterday at the ASA regionals in Kent and did not pick up a national tournament berth. Mount Si’s Claire Lis pitched in all three games, a Blast win over the Northwest Wildfire of Idaho and two losses to the Mustangs, out of north central Washington. In the win over the Wildfire, she pitched 2/3 of an inning, striking out one, and in the late game against the Mustangs, a 8-5 loss, she allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings, striking out five.

U14 Colorado Freedom tournament, Broomfield, CO
Absolute Blast ’00 8, Hudson Valley Express (NY) 3: CHS freshman-to-be Elaine Townley pitched four solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits, as she helped the Woodinville-based AbB to a win in pool play in their weekend tournament in suburban Denver. Fellow future Red Wolve Mikayla Davidson and future MSHS’er Lexi Wetherbee both had hits, with Wetherbee scoring a run and driving in two more, and Davidson scoring twice. Townley went 0-2, but she, too, scored a run to pace AbB.

SoCal Choppers 9, Absolute Blast ’00 7: California teams at these national events can be tough customers, and that was the case for the Blast as they fell in a slugfest to this Golden State squad. Wetherbee and Davidson went a combined 0-5 for AbB, but Wetherbee did reach base once, on a fielder’s choice, and scored a run.

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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