Diamond cuts on this Wednesday….

Hello, everyone. It’s Wednesday morning, and here’s a look at the action from yesterday.

Softball: Valleyite leads Woodinville team to opening win at nationals
The Absolute Blast 2000 U14 girls’ softball team has had solid pitching all season from future Cedarcrest Red Wolve Elaine Townley, and that has helped them make the American Softball Association’s national U14 championship tournament, being held this week in suburban San Diego.

AbBlast opened play in the event last night, and backed by another strong Townley performance in the circle, the Woodinville-based team rolled to a 10-3 win over the Texas Impact Gold-Fisher team from suburban Houston, TX. Townley pitched a complete game allowing the three Texas runs on nine hits, striking out four while walking just two to get the win in an efficient 76-pitch outing. Fellow Valleyite Mikayla Davidson, also a future CHS’er, helped out with her bat, picking up a hit, driving in two runs and scoring another herself.

In other action involving local players at the tournament, Team Seattle, with another soon-to-be Red Wolve, Lauren Rich, eked out a 4-3 win over the Tallahassee Merchants from Florida. Both AbB and Team Seattle continue play today at the event, which runs through this weekend.

Baseball: Bellevue-based U18 team gets offensive support from Valley tandem in doubleheader sweep
The Boys of Summer U18 team swept two from the Seattle Stars last night in Bellevue, winning game one 12-9 and the nightcap 5-4. Valley players had a hand in both wins.

In the opener, Cedarcrest grad Colton Sandhofer doubled as part of a 2-4 effort to lead BoS, scoring twice and driving in two more runs. Mount Si grad Evan Johnson added a hit and two runs scored of his own to pace the Bellevue-based Boys side.

In game two, all three Valleyites on Boys – Sandhofer, Johnson and fellow Mount Si grad Zach Usselman – had a hit apiece; Sandhofer’s was a double and he scored a run.

Softball: Snohomish team with Valleyite delivers in opening day of regional tourney
The Snohomish SWAT 2000 U14 girls’ softball team, with future Cedarcrest High School player Cassidy Derieg, broke out in a big way yesterday to open the American Softball Association’s “Western” U14 regional tournament in the Tri-Cities.

SWAT blasted local foe Snohomish County Express 10-3, then took care of the Oregon Titans 5-2 to open play at 2-0 on the tournament. SWAT continues play today, with the tournament running through this weekend at the TRAC complex in Pasco.

Baseball: Playoffs continue in college summer leagues
College summer playoff action is heating up on the baseball diamond.

Last night, in a Northwest Collegiate League playoff game, Elliott Bay defeated South Sound 5-4. Two of the four Cedarcrest High School grads on EB, Tanner Marty and Sam Ballweg, saw action in the contest, and they went a combined 0-3, although Marty, attending and playing for Lower Columbia CC in Longview, walked twice and drove in a run. Ballweg will be attending Shoreline CC this fall.

Also last night, Aldie (VA) fell in the Valley Baseball League playoffs to Waynesboro; Mount Si grad Reece Karalus did not pitch for the Senators, who need to win tonight to stay alive in the best-of-three series.

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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