Sammamish-based youth baseball team uses contributions from pair of Valley teens to score two wins on opening day of national tourney

A local youth baseball team featuring a pair of Valley teens got off to a strong start today in a major national tournament, with the help of both of the local players.

The Sammamish-based Northwest Naturals 14U won both of their pool games this morning in the opening day of the Triple Crown World Series in Hayden, CO, near Steamboat Springs in the northwest part of the state.

In their opener, the Naturals rallied from an early 6-0 deficit and beat the Billings Tsunami from Montana 7-6. The Valley pair, future Mount Si High School freshmen Turner McCutchan and Cole Norah, both played for the Nats in the contest. McCutchan was 0-2, but reached on an error and scored a run, while Norah participated but had no official at-bats. He, however, had a double in the second game, scored a run and drove in two more, aiding NWN’s 12-3 blowout of the Marin Bombers from the San Francisco Bay area of northern California. McCutchan was 0-1, but walked once and scored a run pacing the victors, and also pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out one but receiving no decision.

The Naturals, who are the lone Washington state representative in the tournament, continue play in the event through this weekend, both in Hayden and in nearby Steamboat Springs.

We’ll keep you posted on how the team fares in the event.

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On the links and on the diamond this Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning, and we start our sports news this morning on the links, where five Valley youngsters will represent their community at the Washington Junior Golf Association’s upcoming state tournament after they all qualified for that state event yesterday in their respective district tournaments.

The group will be led by Mount Si High School’s Drew Warford, from Snoqualmie. Warford won the district 6 title in the boys’ 14-15 age group, firing an even-par 72 to finish at one-under 143 on the par-72 High Cedars layout down in Orting for two rounds and he took the title by 10 shots over his closest challenger. Drew’s brother Hogan also earned a berth, carding a 74 to finish at a five-over 149 and in third overall among boys in the 12-13 age group. Fellow Snoqualmie resident Buddy Dann also earned a berth out of the district 6 event in that same 12-13 age bracket, as he finished in a tie for sixth overall after firing an 82 yesterday; he finished his two rounds at a 16-over 160.

Meanwhile, in district 2 at the Echo Falls Golf Course in Woodinville, two local entrants earned slots. Drew Warford’s Mount Si teammate Cooper Neil was one; he finished fifth in the boys 14-15 age group after firing an 81 yesterday to end up with an 11-over 151 on the par 70 layout in Snohomish County for his two rounds. Also earning a slot to state from the district was Snoqualmie’s Kasey Maralack; the younger sister of Mount Si grad Caitlin Maralack barely made it in, taking the last of four slots available in the girls’ 12-13 age group, carding an 81 to finish with a 22-over 162, one shot ahead of the fifth-place finisher, Nicole Kato, who did not qualify for state.

Two from the Valley competing in the district did not earn slots – they were Cedarcrest HS’s Casey Spurr, from Duvall competing in the girls’ 16-18 age group, and Robbie Nielsen, from Snoqualmie and competing against Neil in the boys’ 14-15 division. Neither player was able to bounce well enough back from struggles in their opening rounds Monday and missed the qualification cut. Spurr fired a 92 yesterday and finished in 11th overall in her age group, while Nielsen fired an 85 yesterday and finished in 17th overall in his age bracket.

Rounding it out, in district 1 up at Semiahmoo in Blaine, Snoqualmie’s Charlie Gaffney failed to qualify for state after finishing in 13th in the boys’ 8-11 division.

The state event is August 1-3 in the Tri-Cities, and we wish all the local golfers luck there.

Also from golf:

Pair of MSHS grads miss chance to compete in U.S. Amateur: Mount Si High School alums – and current Pacific Lutheran University men’s golf teammates – Mitch Dover and Alex Nelson, both of North Bend, competed together at the recent U.S. Amateur men’s qualifying tournament over in Cle Elum. Both, however, struggled, and did not make the cut.

Nelson fired rounds of 81 and 84 at the Suncadia layout in the event on July 6 and finished with a 21-over 165 on the par-72 course, and Dover carded 89 and 90 for his two rounds, finishing with a 35-over 179. Both Valley entrants were well back in the field, whose top three finishers earned trips to the national tournament.

The PLU golf season will start in September, and the two will be joined by a third MSHS alum, Jordan Lau, who will be a freshman there this fall.

News now from the diamond.

College Summer Baseball: Successful All-Star performance for MSHS alum Johnson in WCL game
It was a strong showing last night in Yakima for Mount Si High School alum Evan Johnson in the West Coast League’s All-Star Game. Johnson, a senior-to-be at Northern Colorado from Snoqualmie who is playing for the Wenatchee Apple Sox this summer, was 2-3 with a double and an RBI for the WCL’s North All-Stars, but a pair of homers from Deviln Granberg, who plays for the Cowlitz Black Bears, paced the South squad to a 5-2 win over the North in the contest. Still, though, the efforts from Johnson were pretty good, and considering a number of major league scouts were reportedly on hand at the game, it’s very likely the Valleyite has now landed on a few clubs’ radar for next spring. Johnson will rejoin his teammates from the Apple Sox tonight as they begin a three-game set with the All-Star Game host Yakima Valley Pippins tonight at Yakima County Stadium, at 7:05.

Snoqualmie’s Hollabaugh in action: While Johnson and fellow Apple Sox teammate Dugan Shirer were busy representing their club in the All-Star festivities, the rest of the Wenatchee squad was busy playing last night. They hosted Snoqualmie’s Chris Hollabaugh and the rest of his Pacific International League’s Highline Bears. Hollabaugh went 0-2, but Highline roared back late from a 5-1 hole to stun the Apple Sox 8-5 at Wenatchee Valley College in the non-league battle. As noted before, Wenatchee is at Yakima Valley tonight as they return to WCL play. Highline, though, plays the North Sound Emeralds tonight in another non-conference clash. Hollabaugh, who has played off-and-on for the Bears this season, played for Clark College in Vancouver this spring and is an O’Dea High School grad.

Youth baseball
Scores and stats come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Cascade Crush 13, Boys of Summer 16U 5: At Interlake High School in Bellevue, the Bellevue-based BoS fell at home to the Bellingham-based Crush; Mount Si High School’s Trace Halvorson was 1-3 with a run scored for Boys in the contest.

WW Sweets 18U 14, Baden Baseball 0: In Seattle, the Sammamish-based Sweets took the one-sided affair with the Kent-based Baden squad; MSHS’ Dusty Dover was 0-2 for Sweets, but was hit by a pitch and also reached base on an error, scoring runs both times, pacing the victors.

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Tuesday news notes, with news from the links, the diamond, and more

Good Tuesday morning. We start our look at local sports this morning with a trip to the links.

Eight Valley youngsters are competing for spots in the upcoming Washington Junior Golf Association’s state tournament, taking part in various district competitions which started yesterday and wrap up today.

Leading the local group are the Warford brothers from Snoqualmie, competing in the district 6 tournament down in Orting. Older sibling Drew, a Mount Si High School golfer, is in the lead going into today’s final round after firing a one-under 71 on the par-72 High Cedars layout in his opening round yesterday in the boys’ 14-15 age group. Warford, who fired the lone under-par score of the eight local competitors in yesterday’s opening rounds, is up by four shots over fellow competitor Ben David, so if he is able to hold his own today, he will be competing in the state event. Drew’s younger brother Hogan, a future Wildcat, is in fourth in the boys’ 12-13 age group after firing a three-over 75, and just behind him, fellow Snoqualmie resident Buddy Dann carded a six-over 78 and sits in a tie for fifth in that age bracket. Both of them will need to fare better today to assure themselves of trips to the state event.

Meanwhile, in district 2 at Echo Falls Golf Course in Woodinville, the leader of the Valley foursome competing in the local district event is Warford’s MSHS teammate Cooper Neil, who fired a seven-over 77 on the par-70 layout and is sitting in a tie for third in the boys’ 14-15 division. He will likely need to pick up the pace a bit today in order for him to move on to state. On the girls’ side, Snoqualmie’s Kasey Maralack is sitting in fourth, after firing a 12-over 83 within the girls’ 12-13 age group. The future Wildcat, and younger sister of MSHS grad – and University of Hartford golfer Caitlin Maralack – has a little work to do, but if she does well today, she should be able to earn a slot into the state tournament. Further back, and now not expected to make state, are Snoqualmie’s Robbie Nielsen (boys’ 14-15) and Duvall’s Casey Spurr, a Cedarcrest High School golfer (girls’ 16-18), after both struggled in their opening rounds yesterday.

Also in that same boat is Snoqualmie’s Charlie Gaffney, competing in the district 1 event at Semiahmoo in Blaine. Gaffney carded over nine holes a 57 competing in the boys’ 8-11 age group, which only contests nine holes, and is well back of the pack in that age group up north.

All of the golfers will complete their tournaments today and the WJGA’s state event takes place August 1-3 at courses in the Tri-Cities.

Also this morning:

College summer baseball
Valleyite gives best effort, but falls short in all-star home run derby: The Wenatchee Apple Sox’s Evan Johnson competed last night in the West Coast League’s all-star home run derby, and the Valleyite, from Snoqualmie, tried his best, but unfortunately fell short, failing to make it out of the first round of the event, at Yakima County Stadium, despite hitting eight homers in that round. A player from the Bellingham Bells went on to win the derby, hitting a total of over 20 round-trippers in the three rounds of action to take the crown.

The WCL’s All-Star Game is tonight at 7:05 over in Yakima, and Johnson will play in the contest. He is a 2014 Mount Si High School grad who will be attending the University of Northern Colorado this fall as a senior.

Youth baseball
Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Bandits 4, Boys of Summer 16U 3: In Ravensdale last night, the Kirkland-based Bandits scored two runs in the final frame to stun Bellevue-based BoS; Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson was 0-3 for Boys in the contest.

Thurston County Saints American 11, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5: At Bellevue College, the Lacey-area team rolled to the win over the Bellevue-based Boys. Mount Si High School grad Mason Marenco doubled and drove in three runs to lead the BoS offense, while fellow Wildcat alum Matt Dolewski was 0-2 with a walk and run scored. Cedarcrest High School grad Riley Mallot pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief for Boys, allowing a run on one hit, walking two and receiving no decision.

Rijo Athletics 22, Field of Champions 13U Black 0: Not a misprint, that was the actual score of the one-sided affair in Bellevue between Preston-based FoC and Redmond-based Rijo, with Rijo dominating in all facets of the game, both offensively and on the mound, as their pitcher held the Bears to just one hit. Local middle-schoolers Ryan Gerlitz, Harrison Kelly and Drew Hiddleson all played for FoC in the contest, and all went hitless.

College sports
Mount Si, Cedarcrest grads’ college sports events to be streamed live on web-based TV service: Valley sports fans looking to catch some locals in action in Big Sky Conference athletic events will have an easier time accessing the games, with a new webstream arrangement announced by the NCAA conference yesterday.

The Big Sky yesterday announced a deal with PlutoTV, a major free Web-based TV service, that will see the conference webcasting its events, including in football, women’s soccer, basketball and softball among other things, via this outlet for the upcoming school year. PlutoTV is a downloadable app which is available online (we will have a link for this later in our news links) and on both GooglePlay and the Apple AppStore for phones. In addition, you can find the app on over-the-top devices such as Roku, AppleTV, AmazonFire, Playstation, Xbox, and more.

Several Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School grads will be playing sports on teams representing conference schools this school year, including football players Chris Schlicting (Eastern Washington), Trent Riley (Portland State), Caleb Mitchell (Montana), women’s soccer player Claire Johnson (Idaho) and softball players Maddie Nixon (North Dakota) and Heather Hinton (Southern Utah).

All events which will be available on Big Sky Digital as noted in our college schedules will be available on the Pluto service. If you have the service now, or will be downloading the app to view games, the games will be available on the service’s channel 230.

Cross country
CHS boys break virtual barrier and raise money for charity: We mentioned recently an effort by Cedarcrest High School boys’ cross country athletes to break a virtual “two-hour” barrier to complete a full 26.2 mile marathon, and raise money for local charities in the process. Well, the group did it.

The eight Red Wolve athletes, including among others Ian Fay, Ben Benson, Emmett Klaiber and Grant Van Valkenburg, finished their relay July 7 at Cedarcrest High School’s stadium having run just under that two hours (one hour, 57 minutes, 22 seconds to be exact, or just over a minute per lap for the nearly 105 ½ laps comprising the 26.2 miles of the marathon. The laps were ran on the school’s stadium track, a length of 400 meters.

The group is still collecting donations for their charity, Treehouse, so for more information on that, email coach Bruce McDowell at mcdowellb@rsd407.org.

Soccer
Valleyite starts for pro squad: North Bend’s Nikki Stanton got a start this past Saturday for her professional women’s soccer team as they played a home game.

Stanton got the start in the midfield for the New York-based Sky Blue FC in their National Women’s Soccer League battle at home in New Jersey against the visiting Chicago Red Stars. The game ended in a 2-2 tie and Stanton, a 2008 Mount Si High School grad, played the first 56 minutes of the contest, with no stats of note recorded.

Stanton and her SBFC mates are coming to Seattle this Saturday to meet the Seattle Reign FC, in their second visit of the season to the Puget Sound region. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium and we’ll have a link later for you where you can get tickets if you want to go support a fellow Valleyite.

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The weekend wrap from the diamond

Good Monday morning. Our weekend wrap this morning features another round of baseball action for you, and we start with a look at the minor leagues.

North Bend’s Reece Karalus until yesterday had not pitched in over a week for his Charlotte Stone Crabs team, after struggling a bit in an appearance for the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated class “advanced A” squad in the Florida State League. The rest seems to have benefited the 2012 Mount Si grad, as he returned to his strong form of late and delivered a solid performance, one which earned him a win.

Charlotte scored three eighth-inning runs to take their road game over the Jupiter Hammerheads, affiliated with the Florida Marlins, 3-1 and Karalus picked up his second win of the season, pitching two shutout innings of relief allowing two walks while striking out one. His ERA, which had ballooned back up over 6.00 following his rough outing July 9, improved that stat to 5.56. Karalus has had several strong performances out of the Stone Crab bullpen after returning to the team following missing two months earlier this season due to injury.

Charlotte is now 42-47 on the season, and will be playing Tampa at home starting tomorrow before returning to the road to meet Palm Beach this coming weekend.

We also have college summer action of note this morning:

Johnson aids Wenatchee rally: Down 4-0 in the eighth inning, the Wenatchee Apple Sox scored seven runs in that frame against relievers from the opposing Kelowna Falcons, and took that lead the rest of the way, scoring a 7-4 win over the Falcons in West Coast League competition up in Kelowna, BC, Canada, last night. Mount Si High School grad Evan Johnson, he of Snoqualmie and a senior-to-be at Northern Colorado, went 2-4 with one of several walks in that fateful eighth, most of which helped the Apple Sox score runs in that onslaught. The win moved Wenatchee to 21-15 on the season, and into the lead in the North Division’s second-half portion of the schedule.

Wenatchee is off tonight, but Johnson won’t be, as he will be participating in the WCL’s all-star Home Run Derby tonight before competing in the league’s All-Star game tomorrow. Both events are at Yakima County Stadium and tonight’s festivities begin at 6:00 p.m., with an admission of $20 at the door for those who want to hop over to Yakima tonight to see the Valleyite in action. The stadium is located at the Central Washington State Fairgrounds, next to the Sundome. To get there from the Valley, take I-90 east to Ellensburg, then head south on I-82 toward Yakima. Once in Yakima, exit I-82 at Nob Hill Blvd., (#34) and turn right going west on Nob Hill. You’ll see the dome on your right; turn right on S. Fair Ave. and go north a couple of blocks, and the parking and stadium will be on your right.

CHS alum Padron unloads in Honker rout: Cedarcrest High School grad Cameron Padron went 4-5 with a double, run scored and RBI, leading the Fall City-based Northwest Honkers to a 7-1 road win over the Everett-based Laces in a non-league battle yesterday in Snohomish County. The Honkers are affiliated with the Pacific International League, and their win moved them to 19-19 on the season. NWH meets the Everett Merchants tonight in a return to PIL play, and will host the Thurston County Senators on Friday night at Fall City Community Park. First pitch is at 5:30 p.m.

Now youth action, with our scores and stats coming from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth scores
Field of Champions 13U Blue 10, West Hills Vipers 2: Preston-based FoC took care of business yesterday afternoon at their tournament in Puyallup, easily beating the Bremerton team. Chief Kanim Middle School’s Blake Miller was 1-2 with a run scored and RBI pacing the Bears, and fellow Hawk Caden Harris was 1-1 with a walk and RBI. He also pitched a complete game, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits, walking three, striking out two and getting the win. Rounding out the local participation for FoC, CKMS’ Quin Patterson was 0-1 with a walk and future MSHS’er Caleb Brown was 0-1, but scored two runs.

Northwest Naturals 12U 7, Diamond Dawgs 5: In the first of three on the day yesterday for the Sammamish-based Nats, NWN scored four fifth-inning runs to rally for the win; Twin Falls Middle School’s Kam Korrell was 1-3 with a run scored for the Nats in the contest.

Bellevue Honda 16U 2, Hood River-Carson Oilers 1: In the Battle of the Bats tournament in Tacoma, the Bellevue team sneaked by the Oregon-based team that also draws players from Skamania County in the southwest part of Washington in extras. MSHS’ Will Caro was 0-5 but scored the game-winning walk-off run for Honda in the 12th inning on a base hit by teammate Michael Graham.

Rijo Athletics 9, Field of Champions 13U Black 1: Redmond-based Rijo took care of business yesterday in the first of two games on the afternoon for FoC in Bellevue. Chief Kanim Middle School’s Ryan Gerlitz was 0-2 with a walk and the Bears’ lone run, while Twin Falls Middle School’s Drew Hiddleson was 1-1 and also pitched 1/3 of an inning in relief, allowing four runs on four hits, walking one. CKMS’ Harrison Kelly went 0-3 to round out the local participation for FoC, based in Preston, in the contest.

FCA 14U Black 9, Middleton Outlaws 0: Redmond-based FCA held the Boise-area team to three hits in the blowout win at a Tacoma-area tournament. MSHS’ Jake Mitton played in the contest for FCA but had no official at-bats.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 7, Spokane Crew 2: Boys picked up the first of two wins over Spokane teams yesterday at the Baden event in Kirkland with the help of MSHS grads Mason Marenco and Matt Dolewski. Marenco was 0-3, but walked and scored a run for the Bellevue-based BoS, and Dolewski was 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Stod’s Scorpions 5, Northwest Naturals 12U 3: Korrell started on the mound for the Nats and allowed four runs, two earned, on eight hits in four innings of work, striking out one and taking the loss in the middle game of their three-game Sunday set to the Bellevue team. He also was 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the Sammamish squad.

Crimson Northwest 8, Washington Athletics 18U Gold 4: Puyallup-based Crimson doubled up the Sammamish-based A’s last night in a Tacoma tournament; MSHS grad Nick Solomon worked an inning of relief for the A’s, allowing a run on two hits with no decision recorded.

Crimson Cubs 3, Field of Champions 13U Blue 2: Puyallup-based Crimson broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh scoring a run to hand the Bears the loss. Patterson, Miller, Brown and Harris all went 1-2 with Harris driving in two runs and Miller and Patterson each scoring one themselves. Brown started on the hill for the Bears and allowed a run on three hits in two innings of work, walking five and striking out two with no decision recorded.

River City Athletics 8, Bellevue Honda 16U 1: The Bellevue side, after playing 12 innings in their first game yesterday as noted above, looks as if they might have been out of gas in this one, as RC, from the Tri-Cities, dominated in the contest. Caro was 0-1 for Honda in this game.

Northwest Reign Silver 5, Bellevue Honda 18U 3: At the St. Martin’s tournament in Lacey, the Bellevue team trailed 5-0 at one point and despite a late rally, couldn’t make it all the way back in the loss. MSHS’ Steven Watters was 1-3 with a run for Honda in the contest.

Northwest Reign Purple 8, Washington Athletics 18U Elite 3: Also in Lacey, the Sammamish-based A’s fell to the Puyallup-based team, despite a 2-3 effort with a run scored from Mount Si grad Blake Brown. Two other Mount Si’ers, though, got most of the brunt of the Reign offense working on the mound for the A’s. Ethan “Moose” Read started the game for the A’s, and allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits, striking out four, in four innings of work, then Connor Baxter worked the next 1/3 inning in relief, but allowed four runs on three hits walking one. He ended up taking the loss as those four fifth-inning runs for the Reign broke a 3-3 tie and sent them on to the win. Baxter also was 0-1 offensively for the A’s in the contest.

Field of Champions 13U Black 10, Lakeside Recovery 2: Kelly was 2-3 with an RBI pacing the Bears to the blowout win in Bellevue over their Issaquah-based rivals. Gerlitz was 0-3 with a walk and run scored and Hiddleson was 0-2 with a walk.

FCA 14U Black 7, Legends 5: Mitton led the way for FCA in their nightcap last night down in Tacoma, working five solid innings on the hill allowing just three runs on three hits with five walks and five strikeouts, and he helped his own cause at the plate, doubling to key a 2-3 performance, scoring a run and driving in another. Mitton picked up the win as FCA scored four fifth-inning runs to break a 3-3 tie then had to hold off a late rally from the opponents to secure the victory.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Spokane Expos 2: BoS traveled to Mercer Island for their nightcap in the Baden event last night, and once again dominated a team from the Lilac City. Marenco’s 2-4 effort, in which both hits were triples, headlined the efforts for Boys; he also scored three runs and drove in two more. Dolewski was 0-3 with a run and Cedarcrest HS grad Riley Mallot was solid on the hill in relief, working two innings and allowing a run on just one hit, walking one and striking out one, earning no decision.

Utah Marshalls 7, WW Sweets 18U 5: In Corvallis, OR, at Oregon State University, the Salt Lake-area team took care of the Sammamish-based Sweets; Mount Si’s Dusty Dover was 0-1 for Sweets in the contest.

Chaffey Baseball 18U 3, Colorado Yard Dogs 2: Also in Corvallis, the Edmonds-based Chaffey held off the Denver-area team with a strong effort on the mound from Cedarcrest HS’s Aaron Davenport being the primary factor. He worked a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out eight to get the win on the mound.

Farmer’s 13, Northwest Naturals 12U 1: Korrell was 0-1 as NWN finished their day yesterday with a blowout loss to the local rivals.

Westview Wildcats 11, Washington Athletics 13U 1: In Redmond, the Sammamish-based A’s were held to two hits in the blowout loss to the Portland-area team. Twin Falls Middle School’s Brady Farris was 0-1 with a walk and run in the contest for the A’s.

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Sunday diamond cuts

Good Sunday morning. As always, we have plenty of baseball for you this morning.

It was another solid night on the diamond for 2014 Mount Si High School grad Evan Johnson last night. The University of Northern Colorado senior-to-be, from Snoqualmie, did his part for his Wenatchee Apple Sox as the Sox needed extras to outlast their West Coast League college summer rivals from Canada.

The Sox scored three runs in the 11th to break a 4-4 tie and take the 7-4 win over the Kelowna Falcons north of the border at Elks Stadium in Kelowna, BC. Johnson, just hours after he was named as one of the participants in the WCL’s All-Star Game’s home run derby tomorrow night in Yakima, got to work and delivered a 2-6 effort, driving in three runs early in the game and moving his league-leading RBI total up to 44 on the season.

Johnson will be playing in the actual WCL all-star game as well on Tuesday, so Valley baseball fans will want to keep an eye on it for sure. All of the action tomorrow and Tuesday is at Yakima County Stadium, and we’ll have more info tomorrow for you on that hopefully. In the meantime, though, Wenatchee and Kelowna wrap up the pre-all star break action tonight with one last game north of the border at 6:00 in Kelowna, before the Sox hop on the bus and come back down Highway 97 across the border back to Wenatchee.

Other college summer action now:

Fall City-based Honkers split pair with PIL rival Everett: In Pacific International League action up at Everett Memorial Stadium, the Fall City-based Northwest Honkers and their rivals Everett Merchants split a twinbill yesterday afternoon, with the Honkers taking the opener before Everett won the nightcap.

In the first game, Northwest won it in 10 innings 5-4, aided by Cedarcrest High School grad Cameron Padron, who was 2-5 with a double and RBI. Everett in the nightcap held the Honkers to just four hits and beat Northwest 9-0 to earn the split. Padron was 1-3.

Northwest continues their trip to Everett today, meeting Laces Baseball at Cascade High School.

Bears fall, despite Valleyites’ efforts: In PIL action last night down in Burien, the Highline Bears fell 6-0 to the visiting Seattle Cheney Studs, and two Valleyites participated in the game for Highline. Snoqualmie’s Chris Hollabaugh was 0-3 and North Bend’s Colin Brown, a Mount Si High School grad, started on the mound for the Bears, working 6 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on six hits, walking five and striking out three. He took the loss and dropped to 0-3 on the summer with a 6.40 earned run average.

Minor Leagues: Fall City’s Buhner provides contribution for Phillies in loss
Fall City’s Gunnar Buhner got in some work for the Philadelphia Phillies’ rookie team in their game yesterday with the Toronto Blue Jays’ rookies in Florida.

Buhner was 0-3, but walked and also scored a run for Philly in the 3-2 Gulf Coast League “rookie” class victory over the Jays at Toronto’s complex in Dunedin, FL, north of Tampa. Buhner, who signed as a free agent with the Phillies last month after going undrafted in this year’s major league baseball draft following his senior season with Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, is now hitting .143 on the season after yesterday’s efforts. He is a 2013 Mount Si High School graduate.

Philadelphia, with the win, is now 11-6 on the season in GCL play.

Youth scoreboard
Youth scores and stats this morning as always come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Boys of Summer Blue 18U 2, Michael’s Toyota Showcase 2: The high-noon clash in Seattle between the two Bellevue rivals went nine innings, but ended in a draw as both teams scored a run in that ninth inning to cinch that tie. MSHS grads Matt Dolewski (1-4, run), Mason Marenco (0-4) and Gavin Gorrell (2ip relief, 2h, 2k, walk) all saw action in the contest for Boys.
Timberjacks 9, FCA 14U Black 1: In Tacoma, the Redmond-based FCA squad proved to be no match for the south Sound team; MSHS’ Jake Mitton was 0-2 for FCA in the contest.

Northwest Naturals 12U 7, Farmers 5: In Issaquah, the Naturals opened a three-game day yesterday with a win backed by Twin Falls Middle School’s Kam Korrell; the Raven was 2-3 aiding the Sammamish-based Nats, scoring a run and driving in another.

Northwest Reign Purple 7, Bellevue Honda 18U 2: In Lacey, the Pierce County-based Reign handled the Bellevue-based team; MSHS’ Steve Watters was 1-1 for Honda in the contest, part of the GSL ST. Martin’s Series tournament.

Crimson Northwest 7, Washington Athletics 18U Elite 0: Also at the St. Martin’s event, the Puyallup-based Crimson handled the Sammamish-based A’s. MSHS’ Connor Baxter went 1-2 for the A’s in the contest, but two other Wildcats – Blake Brown and Ethan “Moose” Read – went a combined 0-5 for the Sammamish team.

Washington Athletics 18U Gold 10, Narrows Baseball 9: In Tacoma, the Sammamish-based A’s responded to a three-run rally by Narrows that tied the game in the top of the seventh with a walk-off run to win it in the bottom of that frame, giving 2017 Mount Si High School grad Nick Solomon the win on the mound in relief. Solomon worked 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits, walking one and striking out three.

Field of Champions 13U Blue 24, West Hills Vipers 2: In Puyallup at the GSL Carson Stryon tournament, the Preston-based Bears had the bats on overdrive in their rout of the Bremerton team. The Valley middle-school crew that is part of FoC did their part as well, led by Chief Kanim Middle School’s Blake Miller, who tripled, scored three runs and drove in five more leading the Bears. Fellow Hawk Quin Patterson was 1-2 with a walk and three runs scored as well for FoC, and a third CKMS’er, Caden Harris, was 1-2 also, with a walk and run scored. Future MSHS freshman Caleb Brown rounded it out for FoC also going 1-2 with a walk, scoring a run and driving in a second.

Boys of Summer 16U 5, Black Hills Bandits 2: BoS took the win in Bellevue over the Tumwater team with the assistance of Mount Si’s Trace Halvorson, who went 1-4 with a run scored pacing Boys.

Boys of Summer Blue 18U 7, Timberjacks Green 0: Boys posted the win last night in their tournament in Seattle; Dolewski, Gorrell and Cedarcrest HS grad Riley Mallot went a combined 0-4 with a run scored for BoS in this one.

Washington Athletics 13U 10, Ridge Baseball 9: The Sammamish-based A’s won the slugfest in Redmond over the local rivals; Twin Falls Middle School’s Brady Farris went 0-2 for the A’s in the contest.

Bellevue Honda 18U 8, Thurston County Saints National 5: Watters was 2-2 with a run scored and RBI as Honda took their St. Martin’s Series nightcap last night over the host Saints.

Northwest Naturals 12U 10, Eastside Select 0: The middle-game of the three-game set for NWN in Issaquah was a blowout of the Bellevue-based team, aided again by Korrell, who was 1-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI.

Washington Athletics 18U Gold 16, Tacoma Tugs 1: Solomon contributed to an offensive onslaught of epic proportions for the A’s in their nightcap last night in Tacoma, going 1-1 with an RBI as the A’s rolled.

Baden Baseball 12, Boys of Summer 16U 11: It was a wild one in Bellevue as Kent-based Baden rallied for a walk-off win, stunning BoS; Halvorson was 2-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s for Boys.

Field of Champions 13U Blue 12, Rock Creek 0: The bats kept on running for FoC in their Carson Stryon nightcap down in Puyallup last night, as they held the Ravensdale-based RC to one hit in the shutout. Patterson (1-1, walk, RBI), Miller (double, two RBI’s), Harris (1-1, walk, run scored, RBI) and Brown (0-2) all played in the game for the Bears.

Bellevue Honda 16U 9, Wolves Baseball 4: In Sumner, the Bellevue team broke a 4-4 tie with five runs in the final two innings to seal the win. Mount Si’s Will Caro was 1-3 with a run for Honda in the contest.

Northwest Naturals 12U 6, Juanita Baseball 6: The nightcap in Issaquah ended in a draw for the Nats against their Kirkland rivals; Korrell was 0-4, but did drive in a run, aiding NWN.

Spokane Expos Red 16, Washington Athletics 13U 0: Spokane dominated the clash in Redmond against the A’s, holding the Sammamish-based squad to two hits in the loss; Farris was 0-1.

Field of Champions 13U Black 2, Juanita Baseball 1: It was a pitcher’s duel as the two teams were held to a combined four hits as Preston-based FoC eked out the win in Bellevue over their Kirkland rivals. Valley middle-schoolers Ryan Gerlitz, Harrison Kelly and Drew Hiddleson combined to go 0-6 with two walks and a run scored for the Bears in the contest.

Portland Baseball Club 5, WW Sweets 18U 1: At Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, the Portland-based squad easily handled the Sammamish-based Sweets. MSHS’ Dusty Dover pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, allowing just one walk but struck out one in a clean pitching effort; he received no decision.

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