Thursday diamond notes…

Good morning. We’ll have some soccer news later on in the day today but we have some scores from the diamond first this morning.

Softball: Another strong pitching performance from Valleyite lifts Woodinville club team at nationals
For the second straight day, it was the Elaine Townley show yesterday for the Absolute Blast U14 girls’ select softball team at the American Softball Association’s national championships in San Diego.

Off a nice effort in the team’s tournament-opening win on Tuesday, the Woodinville-based Blast’s “ace” starting pitcher, and future Cedarcrest Red Wolve, faced off with a suburban Los Angeles team called American Athletics, and shut down the California squad. Townley allowed just one unearned run on four hits in another complete game effort, striking out six, and she added some pop with her bat as well, going 2-3 with a run batted in, as AbBlast held on for a 3-1 win that earned them the top spot out of their pool – and a first-round bye – into the playoffs which start today.

Fellow future CHS’er Mikayla Davidson also added a hit to pace AbBlast, and in her first action at nationals, soon-to-be Mount Si player Lexi Wetherbee scored a run despite going 0-1.

Blast’s first playoff game is tomorrow.

As for the other team with local talent at the national tournament, Team Seattle, with future CHS’er Lauren Rich, fell 2-1 to the All-American Mizuno team based in Redding, CA. TS finished second in their pool and their first playoff game is tonight.

Baseball: Michael’s Toyota select team closing out season this week
Bellevue-based Michael’s Toyota Baseball, a U18 select baseball program, is closing out their season this week by hosting their own tournament. Last night was their tournament opener in Bellevue, and they scored a win, with the help of a Mount Si High School grad.

Joe Done went 2-2 with a run batted in to pace Michael’s to a 7-2 win over SVYAA. Mount Si senior-to-be Miles Schimchick added a hit to pace the Toyota team, which plays again today.

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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