Monday news and notes, from volleyball, baseball and softball

Area girls’ club volleyball teams with local players are in position to finish well today in the playoffs of the Emerald City Classic tournament.

After struggling in their opening day of play, going 0-3 on Saturday, the Bellevue-based Sudden Impact 16’s team, with MSHS’ Katie McCreadie and Courteney Carr, went 3-0 yesterday and advanced into the Silver division playoffs of the 16 Open division today at the tournament in Seattle. The best they’ll be able to finish is ninth overall, but that would be a better than mid-pack finish in the division for the club. Meanwhile, the SIVBC 18’s, with Katie’s sister, MSHS senior Anna McCreadie, struggled yesterday, going 0-3 after a 3-0 first day; they ended up in the 18 Open Bronze playoff today and can finish no better than 17th overall.

In other news from the ECC, the Washington Volleyball Academy 17’s, from Woodinville, will be in the 18 Club Silver playoffs today after going 0-3 yesterday. This team includes CHS player Makenna Wehmeyer. Also, Mercer Island’s Island Thunder 16’s, with MSHS player Emily Cole, also went 0-3 in pool play yesterday and ended up in the 16 Open’s “Bronze” division playoffs today. Rounding it out, the Sudden Impact 15’s Lightning from Bellevue, with Wildcat Amanda Harkleroad, advanced into the 15 Open “Silver” playoffs despite only winning one of three matches yesterday.

We should mention as well that these girls and their teams are playing a strong field of clubs from all over the Northwest and western Canada, with teams also participating from Alaska and Hawaii.

We’ll keep you posted on how the teams fare. Action is all day today at the University of Washington, and you can get more information on that at the tournament website, at right in our news links.

Baseball scoreboard
Kent Bulldogs 5, Washington A’s 16U 3: MSHS’ Steven Watters doubled for the Sammamish-based A’s in a loss last night to the host Bulldogs at Kent Memorial Park. Fellow Wildcat Carson Corra was 0-3, but reached on an error and scored a run for the A’s. Two other MSHS players also played for the A’s in the contest – Logan Nicholson went 0-3, and Nick McAlister got the start on the mound, allowing five runs, two earned, on four hits, walking six and striking out one in four innings, receiving the loss.

Rock Creek 8, Washington A’s 15U 3: Mount Si’s David Sotelo doubled and drove in a run to pace the A’s as they fell at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island to the Maple Valley-area team. Fellow MSHS’er Ethan “Moose” Read was 1-2 with a run scored for the Sammamish-based A’s.

Boys of Summer 16U 19, Diamond Jaxx 3: Valley players were factors for the Bellevue-based BoS in their blowout win last night in Seattle. Mount Si’s Jake Brady went 2-4 with a run scored and four RBI’s to lead the local contingent. Fellow MSHS’er Justin Lutz went 1-2 with a run scored and two RBI’s for Boys, and CHS’ Riley Mallot added a pair of hits, a run scored and RBI to the efforts. All players in the lineup contributed, with all scoring at least one run, and all except one getting at least one hit. Red Wolve Kyle Lupo pitched two scoreless innings of relief, only allowing one hit and striking out five to seal up the victory for Boys.

Chiefs 9, Washington A’s U16 4: Also in Kent yesterday, the Sammamish-based A’s fell despite a 3-4 effort from Corra which included a double and RBI. Watters was 1-3 and Nicholson struggled in his start on the mound, allowing three runs on just one hit without the benefit of an out. He took the loss.

New college summer team debuts in Valley
A new local team comprised of college baseball players has made its debut.

The Snoqualmie Valley Hurricanes opened their inaugural season this weekend with games in the Tri-Cities. Yesterday, the Hurricanes defeated the Tri-Cities Atoms 5-2 with Mount Si grads Aaron Peterson and Joe Done both getting doubles for the North Bend-based team. Peterson, Done and Chase Kairis make up the MSHS alum contingent on the team, with Mercer Island grad Karsten Sherman being another player on the team that Mount Si fans will be familiar with.

The team is locally owned by Kairis’ parents, with home games scheduled for various Valley venues throughout the next several weeks – Mount Si High School, Fall City Community Park and Si View Park in North Bend.

The team is affiliated with the Pacific International League, a college summer league with teams all over the Northwest. A second Valley team – the Northwest Honkers – is based in Fall City and will feature Cedarcrest High School grad Cameron Padron this summer, and two other league squads, the Everett Merchants and Seattle Studs, have on its roster local players. The Merchants have MSHS grad Zach Usselman, while the Studs, based in Tacoma, have CHS grad Gunnar Swanson.

We have links to both the Honkers and Hurricanes websites for you at right in our news links.

Softball note
The Washington Ladyhawks 14U Hardy team, a Puyallup-based girls’ softball team which features MSHS player Grace Lis, went 3-0 yesterday in the opening day of play at this weekend’s local ASA softball tournament taking place in south King County. The Ladyhawks will be competing for the tournament title in the 16U bracket 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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