College diamond report….

Time now to wrap up the diamond action from the colleges yesterday. We’ll start with softball first, then baseball.

Randolph Macon 7, Lynchburg 1 (ODAC title game, Salem, VA): Randolph Macon made short work of LC to take the conference tournament title and their automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament. As for Lynchburg, they finished the season 31-13, so they have a good chance of making it as an at-large team. Sophomore outfielder Lauren Smith, from Snoqualmie, saw action in the contest for Lynchburg, with one defensive putout and no official at-bats.

Central Washington sweeps two to close season: Central Washington’s two Valleyites had solid days yesterday to close out the season for the Wildcats, as they swept a pair from Simon Fraser in Ellensburg.

Central won the games 11-0 and 10-5. Freshman Celine Fowler, from North Bend, saved the best for last; the 2014 Mount Si HS grad went 2-2 with two runs scored and two RBI’s in the opener, then unloaded in the nightcap, going 4-4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Fowler finishes her first college season having done quite well, thank you, hitting .321 on the year with six doubles and 15 RBI’s.

Duvall’s Kaliyn Campbell also had a nice two games; the 2013 CHS grad went 1-3 with a double, run scored and RBI in the opener, then the sophomore went 2-4 with another double, a run scored, and three RBI’s in the nightcap. She finishes the season hitting .395 with seven homers (second on the team) and a team-high 53 RBI’s. Her slugging percentage of .626 was also a team high among regular starters, and she also had a strong year defensively, with a .984 fielding percentage.

Central finishes the season 20-23.

Merrimack 4, Bentley 0: Merrimack closed out the year with a shutout of Bentley in Waltham, MA, to finish the year 19-24. Sophomore infielder Tamarra Crowe, from North Bend and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, saw action in the contest for Merrimack, but had no stats of note reported.

Atkinson delivers for Central in sweep: Junior outfielder Ryan Atkinson, from North Bend, had a strong day yesterday for Central Washington as they took two from St. Martin’s in Lacey. Atkinson went 2-4 with a run scored in the opener, won by Central 6-5, then Atkinson hit a two-run homer to open the scoring for the Wildcats in the nightcap; the 2012 MSHS grad’s third tater of the season lifted CWU to a 13-8 win to sweep the twinbill. Carnation junior Travis Cook started the nightcap, his first start of the season for the Wildcats, and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on five hits with a strikeout. Central finished the regular season with a 22-24 overall record; they await their playoff fate, which is not yet decided.

Brown makes difference for K-State in road win: Senior outfielder Max Brown’s sacrifice fly scored what turned out to be the game-winning run for Kansas State in the ninth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and lifting the Wildcats to a 6-3 road win over Baylor in Waco, TX, yesterday in a game nationally aired on Fox Sports 1. Brown, a 2011 MSHS grad from North Bend, went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI, and also recorded nine putouts defensively.

Jamestown sweeps two to close regular season: The University of Jamestown finished regular season play yesterday with a doubleheader sweep of Dickinson State at home in Jamestown, ND, winning the two games 3-1 and 6-3. Senior outfielder Paul Sitkowski, from Carnation, was 1-1 in the opener with two RBI’s, then 2-2 in the nightcap with a run scored and a stolen base. The Jimmies finished the season 31-14 overall, 15-5 in conference, and earned the second seed into the NSAA conference tournament, which is this coming weekend in Dickinson, ND.

UIC 3, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2 (10): UIC scored the extra-iinning victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader at home in Chicago over their I-94 rivals from Milwaukee, who won the opener 7-2. Trevor Lane had another strong outing on the mound for the Flames, pitching seven solid innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on eight hits, walking six and striking out three. Lane is a junior from North Bend and 2012 Mount Si HS grad.

Tacoma 13, Green River 0: GRCC starter Chase Kairis had a tough day, and it wasn’t helped by struggles by his team’s defense in the first of two at home in Auburn; Kairis, from North Bend and a 2013 MSHS grad, allowed 11 runs, of which only five were earned thanks to six GRCC errors, on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out four. Tacoma went on to win the nightcap of the doubleheader 9-1.

Shoreline sweeps two from Skagit Valley: The Dolphins scored wins in both NWAC games, 5-4 in the opener, and 9-7 in 11 innings in the nightcap. Ex-Mount Si player Joe Done, from North Bend, played in both games for Skagit, going 0-2 in the opener and 2-4 in the nightcap with two runs scored. CHS grad Sam Ballweg, from Duvall, played in the opener for Shoreline and went 1-3. Done is a freshman while Ballweg is a sophomore.

Santa Clara wins on 10th anniversary of stadium’s opening: SC celebrated the 10th anniversary of Schott Stadium, their home field in Santa Clara, CA, with a 6-5 win over Gonzaga. GU junior shortstop Dustin Breshears, from North Bend and a 2011 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-2 for the Bulldogs in the contest, with one putout and four assists defensively.

Lower Columbia rolls to twinbill sweep over Centralia: LCC took two from Centralia yesterday, winning the games 10-5 and 9-1 in Centralia. Tanner Marty, from Duvall and a CHS alum, went 0-2 with a walk and run scored in the opener for the Red Devils, then went 2-3 with a sacrifice fly, run scored and two RBI’s in the nightcap. Marty, with his performance, is now hitting above .300 for LCC on the season.

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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