Friday diamond notes…..

Light Friday morning on this last day of July.

We’ll start with softball this morning, and we have an update from Salt Lake City, and the ASA’s 16U Western Nationals, where the Bellevue Blast ’98 are still in the hunt for a championship despite a setback last night in the winner’s bracket semifinals.

Blast suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 loss last night to the Utah Bullets, out of Salt Lake City. The Bullets scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to win it after BB took a 4-3 lead in the top of the frame after scoring three runs. Mount Si High School’s Lauren Wilbourne was 0-3, and also received a no-decision in the circle, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits, walking one and striking out three in 2 2/3 innings of work.

The Bellevue girls advanced to last night’s semifinal game with a 4-2 win early yesterday over the Idaho Crossfire, from Boise. Blast scored twice in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie, then held on for the win. Wilbourne in this game was also 0-3.

Those two teams meet each other again this morning in a loser-out game. If the Blast win, they advance to the loser-out final later today with a shot at a trip to the title series tonight. Regardless of how they end up today, Blast will finish no worse than sixth in the event, which drew 19 teams total, so a strong showing for sure for the girls, many of whom live on the Eastside.

We’ll keep you updated on how things go today down in SLC.

Mount Si grad part of marathon minor-league baseball duel in Florida
The Charlotte Stone Crabs and Lakeland Flying Tigers played very late into the night last night, and we mean very late. The two teams ended up going 19 innings before the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Stone Crabs outlasted the Detroit Tigers-affiliated Lakeland squad 5-4 in a Florida State “A” League minor-league baseball contest in Lakeland, FL.

2010 MSHS grad Josh Kimborowicz pitched the 15th inning for Charlotte, after they scored a run in the top of that frame to take the lead. “Kimbo” then allowed a triple to a Lakeland hitter, who then later scored to re-tie the game and force it to continue on. Kimborowicz’s one run allowed on that one hit earned him his first blown save of the season, and bumped his earned run average up slightly, to 1.65.

The pitcher was drafted by Tampa Bay two years ago in the Major League Baseball draft. The game ran 5 ½ hours and ended around midnight Eastern time this morning.

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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