Happy Father’s Day….now to the news from the diamond and the hardwood……

Good Sunday morning, and happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there getting ready to take their kids to games today around the region. We’ll have baseball on deck, but we first begin with some softball and basketball. Game coverage and highlights come primarily from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Softball: Valley Invitational, Portland
Orange County Batbusters Montanez 8, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 6: The Puyallup-based Ladyhawks woke up yesterday morning at the Valley Invite and got the bats out right away, scoring five runs in the first two innings in the game down in Portland, but saw the Salt Lake-based team, part of the legendary southern California club organization, rally with all eight of their runs over the next two frames to take the win. Cedarcrest’s Michaela Carter went 0-3 for the Hawks in this one.

Northwest Vandals 9, Elite Diamonds 14U 3: Also at the Valley Invite last night, the Salem, OR-based Vandals scored early and often to post the win over the Redmond-based Diamonds. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 2-3 with two runs scored pacing the Diamonds, while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 0-2.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 11, Camas Rampage Elite 1: The Ladyhawk bats again started out strong, but this time they held the lead and posted the blowout win over the southwest Washington team at the weekend college exposure event in the Rose City. Carter doubled, walked and scored two runs for WLH.

Elite Diamonds 14U 6, Rampage Rise 4: In last night’s nightcap in Portland for the Diamonds, both Pluschke and Huntzinger had a hit and run scored apiece for the Redmond team as they scored five in the second and held off the southwest Washington team.

Delta Heat 4, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 3: The Canadian team responded to a game-tying run in the seventh by the Hawks with a run of their own in their half of the frame to win it. Carter went 0-3.

Elsewehere: Other area teams with local players had mixed results in the event. Snohomish-based Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek, with Mount Si grad Lauren Wilbourne and Cedarcrest grad Elaine Townley, rallied from an opening loss at the event to score wins over teams from northern California and southwest Washington. The Auburn-based Washington Acers 16U Orange, with Mount Si’s Hope Bostick, won all three of their games beating teams from Alaska, Oregon and Hawaii, while their 18U Gold Anderton, with Wildcat grad Grace Lis, struggled, falling in all three of their games, to teams from California, Oregon and Utah. Also, the Redmond-based Elite Diamonds 16U’s, with CHS’ Kenzie Brown, beat teams from Oregon, Montana and Colorado to finish their day 3-0 as well yesterday. Playoffs are today for all teams.

Softball: Other tournaments
Snohomish County Express 8, Bellevue Blast ’03 14U 4: The Express poured it on late, scoring seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to seal the win at the ASA Seattle 14U Metro championship tournament in Kent. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 1-2 for the Blast in this one.

Issaquah Flame Black 14, Bellevue Blast ’03 14U 6: Harris went 0-3 for the Blast as they fell to the Issaquah team at the ASA Seattle event.

Seattle team with future CHS’er 3-0 at PGF’s in Illinois: Townley’s younger sister, future Red Wolve Kat, and her Team Seattle 14U’s went 3-0 yesterday at the PGF national qualifier in Peoria, IL. Among the wins were a pair of them over teams from Indianapolis. Playoffs in that event are today with a national tournament berth on the line. They need to win two games today to lock that up.

Future Wildcats deliver in select hoops tournament: Several future Mount Si High School boys’ basketball players got it done to help their travel youth basketball team post a pair of wins at a local tournament yesterday.

Caden Harris led the way scoring 13 points for the Elite Grey eighth-graders as they took a 38-26 win over Fuego in the first game of the event, in Renton. Tyler Barber also added six points as the team shot 36% from the floor in the contest. Harris poured it on in the nightcap, scoring a game-high 22 for the Elite team as they handled EBC Blue 48-31. Barber added seven points and Carlos Danysh pitched in five for the victors. Also on the roster from the Valley are Riley and Rory Bates.
That tournament finishes today.

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Saturday diamond cuts

Good Saturday morning. A reminder for you and that is Mount Si High School’s spring football scrimmage is this afternoon at MSHS’ stadium in Snoqualmie. It’s at 4:00 p.m. and is free, but be aware of limited parking near the stadium due to the continuing construction at the school.

Now to last night’s youth baseball. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

River City A’s Green 10, Washington A’s 18U Elite 1: The Tri-Cities based A’s handled the Sammamish-based A’s at a tournament in Yakima. Mount Si’s Connor Baxter went 1-3 for the Washington A’s and also pitched 2/3 of an inning of relief, striking out two. He received no decision.

Showtime North 5, Rippers 16U 0: The Redmond-based Rippers were held to three hits in their loss at a weekend tournament in Centralia last night. Cedarcrest’s Gavin McDermott went 0-5 for Rippers and also pitched two innings, striking out two and receiving no decision.

Field of Champions Bears 14U Black 8, Tacoma Tugs 6: The Bears won the slugfest last night in Sumner with the Pierce County team aided by future MSHS freshman Harrison Kelly, who went 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored for the Preston-based FoC.

Rippers 15U Black 9, Snohomish Sox 5: At Wheeler Field down in Centralia, the Redmond-based Rippers exploded for eight runs in the fifth to take this one over the Snohomish team. CHS’ Mason Pudwill went 0-3 but walked once and scored a run for the victors.

Washington A’s 18U Gold 16, Tacoma Tugs 1: The Sammamish-based A’s poured it on early and often, starting it with a six-run first and finishing it with a nine-run fourth for the win in the SPL Invitational last night in Kent. MSHS grad Will Scott went 1-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI for the A’s.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, FCA Cards 1: Bellevue-based BoS took this SPL Invitational game at Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle, aided by Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco, who went 0-2, but walked once and scored two runs for Boys.

Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite 6, Aces 2: Mount Si’s Harrison Clark went 1-3 for the Bellevue-based Dragons in their opening win at the Palouse Summer Series tournament in Pullman.

Chaffey Baseball 18U 9, Washington A’s 18U Elite 5: Baxter went 0-3 with a walk as the A’s fell to Edmonds-based Chaffey. CHS grad Aaron Davenport did not pitch for Chaffey in the contest, as he pitched for them on Wednesday.

College Summer: PIL’s Redmond falls at home
In Pacific International League action last night at Hartman Park in Redmond, the Everett Merchants took a 5-1 result over the Redmond Dudes. Of the several Valley players on the two teams’ rosters, only one saw action – the Dudes’ Jake Brady, a 2017 MSHS grad playing for the University of Puget Sound this spring. Brady, from Snoqualmie, went 0-3 with a walk.

Also this morning:

Honkers blown out at home: The Fall City-based PIL team fell at home 11-1 to the visiting Seattle Cheney Studs at Fall City Community Park. CHS grad Cameron Padron went 1-4 for the Honkers, and John Wuthrich led NWH, going 1-2 with an RBI. The Honkers are at North Sound tonight.

North Sound blanks Highline in PIL: The Emeralds took the 3-0 win over the Bears in a PIL game last night in south Seattle. Cedarcrest grad Blaine Wagner, normally the catcher for Seattle University where he just finished up his sophomore year, played right field last night for the Bears and went 0-2.

Cowlitz falls in WCL: In West Coast League action down at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, last night, the visiting Cowlitz Black Bears fell to the host Corvallis Knights 6-3. North Bend’s Isaac Mullins got a chance to pitch for Cowlitz in the contest – the WSU player, a 2015 MSHS grad, allowed one hit in 2/3 of an inning and received no decision.

Breshears hitless for Portland in road WCL loss: North Bend’s Carson Breshears went 0-3 for the Portland Pickles in a 2-1 West Coast League loss to the host Bellingham Bells up at Joe Martin Field last night in Bellingham. Breshears, a 2014 MSHS grad who just finished his junior season at Gonzaga, is now hitting .357 through his first week of  games with Portland; he started with them on Monday after wrapping up the season at GU.

North Bend’s Huschle back in Midwest: Seattle U.’s Alden Huschle, from North Bend and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, has decided to head back to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” this summer for his college summer baseball. Huschle has signed with the Mankato MoonDogs of the Northwoods League and will be pitching for them this summer after spending last summer competing up in Alaska. As of yet, the junior-to-be at SU has yet to pitch for Mankato, who is 11-7 thus far this summer after a win last night. They play again tonight.

Fall City’s Buhner looks for fresh start in summer baseball: After being released at the end of spring training by the Philadelphia Phillies, Mount Si High School grad Gunnar Buhner, from Fall City, has found a home this summer, playing in the Michigan-based United Shore League. The league consists of four teams all located in the Detroit area, and he is playing for their Eastside Diamond Hoppers squad.

Buhner, a 2014 MSHS alum who signed with the Phillies out of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho following his graduation from that program last summer, struggled in his only season last year with Philadelphia’s rookie-league club. The league he is with this summer bills itself as a developmental school for players seeking a chance in professional baseball, with regular opportunities to be seen by major league scouts. However, Buhner’s still struggling, thus far only hitting .160 in limited duty for the Diamond Hoppers, so any chances of teams picking him up at this point are probably slim. If he picks it up, though, that could change. We’ll keep you posted.

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A note from your editor, and the Friday news…..

We’ll get to our Friday news after the break, but the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal wants to offer a shoutout this morning to Cedarcrest High School’s Class of 2018, who walks down the graduation aisle tonight.

Tonight is a special night for those Cedarcrest seniors, as they all celebrate graduation and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, as they move onto college or other endeavors and become adults.

The moment for all of these kids, whether they are athletes or not, is one that has been earned through a lot of years of hard work and sacrifice, both by the kids themselves and their families. These young men and women have faced many challenges over the years, both individually and as a group, but they have risen above that to make it to this special night tonight.

It has been your editor’s honor and privilege these past four years as a local writer to tell the athletic stories of this great group of kids. Whether it’s been boys’ three-sport star Aaron Davenport (football, basketball, baseball), girls’ softball players Cassidy Derieg or Elaine Townley, two-sporters Casey Spurr (volleyball, girls’ golf) or Grant Soule (boys’ basketball, track), volleyballer Kami Leslie or dozens of others too numerous to mention here, the accomplishments of these kids, both on the field and in the classroom, are accomplishments that will forever be etched in history.

Many of these kids will be moving on to college, to pursue their goals. There will be some challenges on that trail, but there will also be some opportunities for these kids to chase, opportunities which may see them head elsewhere. But these kids will always have a piece of this Valley in their hearts, and will forever bleed that scarlet and gray.

We congratulate Cedarcrest’s Class of 2018 on their accomplishments and wish them all the best as they move on and chart their new paths to success as young adults.

The graduation ceremony is tonight down at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, which CHS has been using as its graduation venue for a number of years now. It begins at 7:00 p.m. Continue reading

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CHS senior athletes nominated for major award

Two Cedarcrest High School senior athletes are competing for another prestigious honor.

Softball and basketball player Elaine Townley (girls) and distance track athlete Grant Van Valkenburg (boys) have been nominated for the Everett Herald’s high school Athlete of the Year. The two are competing against athletes from all of the high schools within the Herald’s coverage area of north King and south Snohomish Counties. Fans have a chance to vote for these awards, and we have links for you here (boys) and here (girls).

We wish the two Red Wolve seniors good luck as they look to be selected.

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North Bend’s Breshears aids WCL’s Pickles to college summer league win, plus the rest of the baseball on this Thursday……

Good Thursday morning. Our morning round of diamond cuts starts this morning on the college summer circuit.

The West Coast League’s Portland Pickles have started their first season in the league out strong, and they continued that last night with the help of a Valley athlete.

North Bend’s Carson Breshears went 1-2 with a run batted in for Portland as they handled the visiting Yakima Valley Pippins 8-3 last night at Lents Park in southeast Portland.

Breshears, who has finished up his junior season at Gonzaga University in Spokane, has started out strong, hitting .571 through his first couple of games of the season.

Portland hosts YV again tonight. Also last night in the WCL:

Corvallis pounds Wenatchee: Down Highway 99 in Corvallis, OR, at Oregon State University, the host Knights scored six runs in the sixth and easily handed the visiting Wenatchee AppleSox a 12-3 loss under the lights last night. Breshears’ fellow Valley GU teammate Mason Marenco went 1-5 for Wenatchee and is hitting .375 this season for the Sox. Marenco, a 2017 Mount Si alum also from North Bend, just finished his freshman season redshirting for the Bulldogs.

Our youth baseball scoreboard now and it comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Chaffey Baseball 18U 3, Michael’s Toyota 0: Cedarcrest High School senior Aaron Davenport will be walking the graduation aisle tomorrow night down at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond but he had some business to attend to last night – firing a two-hitter and striking out 14 for Edmonds-based Chaffey in their shutout of Bellevue-based Michael’s at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Davenport also walked one and went 1-3 offensively pacing Chaffey.

Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 10, Boys of Summer 15U 0: Preston-based FoC scored seven fifth-inning runs to slam the door on Bellevue-based BoS at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. MSHS players competed for both teams in the contest. For the Bears, leading the effort was Kevin Corder, who went 0-1 with a walk and run scored. Tyler Clem also had a walk despite going 0-2, and Andrew Edson went 0-3. Wildcat Turner McCutchan pitched for Boys and allowed three runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings of work, walking three and striking out one. He took the loss and also went 0-2.

Mercedes-Benz of Seattle Baseball 5, Boys of Summer 18U White 1: Ex-MSHS’er Levi Jorgensen was dinged up a bit by the M-B bats in the loss at Bellevue High School. Jorgensen allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits in 3 2/3 innings of work on the hill for Bellevue-based Boys. He walked one and took the loss.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4, Tacoma Tugs 0: Boys pitcher Ben Larson fired a one-hitter and struck out 13 as the Bellevue-based team blanked the opponents from Pierce County at Russell Road Park in Kent. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 0-2 for BoS in the contest.

Washington A’s 18U Gold 8, Lakeside Recovery 0: The Sammamish-based A’s dominated under the lights last night in Bellevue in the opener of this weekend’s Seattle Premier League tournament. Mount Si grad Will Scott went 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the A’s.

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