And from distance track, Waskom saves the best for last

Also, this morning, just received word that Mount Si grad Joe Waskom closed out his high school distance track career in style, nearly winning a prestigious national meet in his backyard last night.

Waskom finished second last night in the boys’ mile run at the Brooks PR Invitational, being held at the University of Washington in Seattle. He clocked four minutes, 3.73 seconds and finished just over six-tenths of a second behind winner Nick Foster from Michigan, who came across in 4:03.11. A close finish for sure, but one which will go down in the history books here in Washington. According to MSHS distance track coach Sean Sundwall, the time was the fourth fastest time by a high schooler here ever in state history.

Waskom, who graduated last weekend, will be attending the UW this fall and join his sister, Hannah, on both the Huskies’ cross country and distance track teams.

Congrats Joe!

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Now the ladies’ action on this Father’s Day……

To the ladies and we have a full plate from the Valley Invitational tournament down in the Portland-Vancouver area yesterday. Most of the coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kelowna Heat 5, KB Fastpitch 16U 3: The Canadian team scored three in the first and won the morning opener in Vancouver over the Kenmore-based KB. Mount Si’s Vera Harrison went 0-1 for KB.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 15, Washington Wolfpack 0: Down in Clackamas, OR, the Shock brought the bats early and often as they rolled in a win over the ladies from Whatcom County. Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook led the way for Snohomish, going 2-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Soon-to-be Cedarcrest freshman Riley Warden added a double herself, a run scored and RBI for the Shock and Warden’s soon-to-be Red Wolve teammate, Allyson Smith, pitched in a hit, run scored and two RBI’s. And there’s a fourth Valley girl on this roster, and she, too, played. Kailee Kores, like Warden set to be a freshman this fall at CHS, went 0-1 in late-inning work.

KB Fastpitch 16U 7, Issaquah Flame Red 2: Harrison led the way in this one over KB’s Eastside rivals from Issaquah. She doubled to headline a 2-3 effort, scoring two runs and driving in two more for KB. Fellow Wildcat Jackalyn Gates saw action for the Flame in this one as well and went 0-1 with a walk. The Flame, incidentally, ended up winless in pool action, also falling to teams from Arizona and Montana in addition to the Diamond Dusters crew from Pierce County yesterday.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 10, Bat Company 1: The bats didn’t cool down at all for the Shock as they blasted the Portland-area team. Smith led the way for Snohomish in this one, with a double, triple, run scored and RBI. Westbrook added a hit and run scored for the Shock, while Warden pitched in a run despite no official at-bats and Kores went 0-1.

KB Fastpitch 16U 13, Flathead Breeze 7: KB also faced the squad we just mentioned from Montana, and this Breeze team hails from Kalispell, in the northwest part of the state and the gateway to Glacier National Park. Harrison had her way with the ladies from Big Sky Country, going 4-4 with two runs scored and an RBI as KB finished the pool play 3-1.

Montana Avalanche 5, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 2: The Shock also faced a Big Sky squad, this one from Missoula, in the western part of the state and home to the University of Montana, and the Avalanche did what the two other Shock opponents weren’t able to do earlier in the day and that was shut down the offense. Avalanche pitcher Kylie Kovatch pitched a gem, allowing just two runs, one earned, on only four hits, striking out three. Keep an eye on this girl in Montana high-school softball, she may be one to watch the next few years. Warden went 1-3 with a run leading the Valley foursome for the Shock, while Westbrook also had a hit. Smith went 0-3 and Kores did not play.

Other action: The Redmond-based Rijo Select went 1-2 yesterday; the squad, with Cedarcrest HS’s Carly Nelson, beat the Seattle-based Sundodgers but fell to the Lady Bombers from Othello over in Adams County in central Washington and a team from suburban Salt Lake City. Meanwhile, the Snohomish-based Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek crew, featuring MSHS’ Molly Wilbourne, went 2-1, beating teams from Boise and Salem, OR, but falling to another suburban SLC squad, and the Auburn-based Washington Acers 18U Campbell, with fellow Wildcat Hope Bostick, split their games with the Boise and Salt Lake teams, beating the Boise squad but falling to the Salt Lake one. Playoff action for all of the teams we’ve featured here is today in the tournament.

Also, at the USA Softball of Seattle’s SeaTac Metro Championship 14U tournament, again with our scores and highlights powered by GC:

Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 9, Lady Warriors 3: Madison Bonham was ready to go in this one. The Mount Si sophomore-to-be homered and drove in four runs for AbB as the Woodinville-based team scored five in the first and cruised to the win in the opener yesterday morning in Kent.

Issaquah Flame Black 12, Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 11: It was a wild one in the nightcap for the Blast as they fell to their Eastside rivals from Issaquah. Bonham went 1-1 with a walk, run scored and RBI pacing the Blast, who continues play in that event today, at Service Club Fields off SR 18 in Kent.

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Happy Father’s Day from us here at the SVSJ. Time for a round of diamond cuts…..

Good Sunday morning. Splitting our diamond cuts into two. Baseball aplenty to start. Youth action leading it off with our coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

FM Sports 16U 5, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 3 (game one, doubleheader): It was a Mount Si High School duel on the mound last night as Wildcats Ryan Harris (FM) and Turner McCutchan (XSN) opposed one another to start on the hill in the opener of two at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island. Harris worked the first four innings for FM, allowing two runs on one hit, walking five and striking out three, receiving no decision as FM scored three in the sixth to rally after XSN scored three themselves in the fifth. He went 1-3 pacing the Redmond-based FM offensively. As for XSN, McCutchan took the loss for the Bellevue team, allowing four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out two. He also went 0-1 with a run.

Baden Black 16U 7, Thurston County Saints 3 (game one, doubleheader): Seattle-based Baden made the trip down to Lacey for two yesterday, and scored four in the sixth to take the first of the twinbill with the host Saints. Former Mount Si’er Mason Gronewald went 0-3 with a walk for Baden. Gronewald, now at Mercer Island High School, did not play the nightcap for Baden, won by the Saints 6-2 after they scored five runs in the sixth of that contest to split the pair.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 4, Narrows Baseball 3 (game one, doubleheader): Mount Si’s Lucas Costello guided the Preston-based FoC, with a pair of hits, as the Bears held off the Gig Harbor team in the first of two at Bob Albo Field on the Newport High School campus in Bellevue. Fellow Wildcat Tyler Clem added a hit and run scored to the FoC efforts, and Kevin Corder also repped Mount Si for FoC in this one, going 0-1 with a run scored after reaching base on a hit by pitch.

FSP Baseball 18U 12, Narrows Baseball Premier 2: Troy Baunsgard led the way for Bellevue-based Ford in their win at BCC over the Gig Harbor-based team in the SPL Invitational. Mount Si’s senior-to-be went 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s as FSP scored six in the fourth to put this one away. Fellow Wildcat senior-to-be Harrison Clark went 0-4 also for Ford.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 7, Woodinville Baseball Club 5: The Eastside rivals went all the way over to the Tri-Cities for this battle as part of the Triple Crown Father’s Day Slugfest, and Mount Si players aided the Dragon efforts in this one. Brady Hossfeld went 1-3 with two runs scored while Ryan Llewellyn went 0-4 but reached base both on a fielder’s choice and error and scored two runs. He also pitched and earned the save for BDG, allowing a hit and striking out four in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8, Baden Premier 0: Also at BCC in the SPL tournament, the Bellevue-based Boys blanked Seattle-based Baden with Mount Si grad Trace Halvorson pacing the victors, going 1-2 with a walk and run scored. Fellow 2019 Wildcat alum Spencer Marenco went 0-2 with a walk as well for BoS.

Juanita Baseball Club 16U 10, Seattle Wave 0: In Puyallup as part of this weekend’s GSL tournament action, Kirkland-based JBC ran away with this one backed by Mount Si’s Jake Mitton. He tripled, walked and scored two runs pacing Juanita, who scored seven runs in the fourth to seal this one up.

Renegades 8, Rock Creek 15U 0: Also in Puyallup as part of the GSL weekend action, Maple Valley-based Rock Creek was limited to three hits as they fell to the Kitsap County-based Renegades. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 0-1 with a walk for RC.

Northwest Naturals 17U 1, Prospect United 1: Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri had the lone hit for the Sammamish-based Nats as they ended in a tie with the Puyallup-based Prospect squad at the GSL tournament in Federal Way. Fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon scored the Naturals’ lone run and also had a walk.

Northwest Naturals 16U 5, Spokane Crew 1: The Naturals were up bright and early over in Spokane yesterday and posted a win over the host Crew in a wood-bat tournament at Whitworth University. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver led the way for NWN, going 3-4 with a run scored and RBI. He also went the distance on the hill, allowing an unearned run on five hits, walking one and striking out six for the win. Fellow Wildcat Tyler Disch went 0-2 but walked as well for the Nats.

Washington A’s 15U 12, Spokane Blue Devils American Legion 2: Over the border from Pullman in Moscow, ID, at the Palouse Summer Series, the Sammamish-based A’s rolled over the Spokane team aided by Mount Si’s Matt Wieting, who went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Northwest Naturals 14U 8, Bellevue Dragons Elite White 7: The two teams exchanged four-spots in the sixth and the Nats held on at home on the Sammamish Plateau. Future MSHS freshman Parker Norah started on the hill for NWN and worked five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, walking four, striking out one and receiving no decision. He also got to hit in the contest and went 1-2 with a run scored for the Nats. Fellow Wildcat Josh Freudenberg went 2-2 with a run scored and RBI also pacing the victorious Naturals efforts.

WW Sweets 15U 9, City Baseball Green 8: The Sammamish-based Sweets won a wild one over the Seattle-based City at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty did a lot of the heavy lifting for Sweets in this one. Offensively, he went 3-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s, and on the mound, he worked four innings, allowing seven runs, four earned, on six hits, walking four and striking out five to get a no-decision.

FM Sports 16U 7, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 7 (game two, doubleheader): Chris Wilson beat a throw home in the bottom of the seventh for FM to win this one in a dramatic walk-off to give the Redmond side the sweep of the twinbill on Mercer Island. Of the strong MSHS delegation on FM, Jackson Crumb went 1-1 with two walks, a run scored and RBI, and Ryan Harris also had a hit. McCutchan, after pitching the opener, got the second game off for XSN.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 5, Narrows Baseball 0 (game two, doubleheader): Corder pitched a gem in this one, scattering just seven hits while striking out one in a complete-game performance as FoC blanked Narrows to sweep both ends of the twinbill in Bellevue. Costello went 0-3 but scored two runs and drove in a third for the Bears, while Clem walked once and Corder also had a walk despite an 0-3 effort offensively.

Spokane Expos 6, FSP Baseball 18U 3 (9): The Expos scored four in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and take this one in extras last night at Courter Field on the BCC campus in Bellevue. Baunsgard continued to pace Ford, going 2-3 with a run scored and RBI for the local squad. Clark again went 0-4.

Lakeside Recovery 5, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4: Boys traveled to Issaquah High School for this one and fell to the Issaquah-based Lakeside in another SPL Invite contest. Marenco went 1-4 with a run scored while Halvorson went 0-4, both for BoS.

Northwest Naturals 17U 10, Rock Creek Select 3: The Naturals headed from Federal Way down I-5 to the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma for their GSL tournament nightcap and the bats were waiting, as both Mardon and Ferreri had a hit, run scored and RBI apiece pacing NWN to the win over the Maple Valley-based RC team.

Rock Creek 15U 7, Northwest Reign 6: Rock Creek scored five in the third, then had to survive a six-run fourth to hold on for the win at the GSL event in Puyallup over the Puyallup-based Reign. Hoyer started on the mound for RC and allowed five runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking five and striking out seven and receiving a no-decision. Offensively, the Red Wolve went 0-3 with an RBI for the Maple Valley-based squad.

RSP Baseball 8, Bellevue Dragons 15U Green 7: The Richland-area team won this one on a walk-off on home soil to close out play yesterday at the TCS tournament in the Tri-Cities. J.T. DeRouen led the Mount Si delegation in this one, going 2-2 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Fellow ‘Cats Brady Farris and Chris Jarocki also added a hit and RBI apiece for the Dragons.

Northwest Naturals 16U 7. Spokane Expos Blue 1: The Naturals scored all seven of their runs in the fourth to cruise to a win over another Spokane team at Merkel Field on the Whitworth campus in north Spokane. Weaver went 1-3 with a walk and run scored pacing NWN, while Disch added a hit and walk as well for the victors.

College Summer Baseball
Seattle Sea Turtles 7, Lynnwood Llamas 4 (game one, doubleheader): In Cascade Collegiate League action up at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon yesterday, the Sea Turtles took the first of two anchored by Clayton Waltz. The University of Puget Sound sophomore catcher-to-be, a 2018 Mount Si HS alum from Snoqualmie, went 2-4 with a double and two RBI’s as the Sea Turtles scored three in the first and held on for the win. Waltz did not play the nightcap, also won by Seattle to give them a sweep of the twinbill.

Bellingham Bells 3, Yakima Valley Pippins 1: West Coast League action last night in Bellingham saw the Bells hold off the visiting Pippins. Fall City’s Justin Lutz saw action late for YVP behind the plate with no at-bats, and Skyline HS grad Riley Gill did not start for the Pippins, but he pinch-hit late and went 0-1. His family now lives in Snoqualmie. No Mason Marenco last night by the way for Bellingham. He is a Mount Si HS grad from North Bend and is an infielder for the Bells.

Seattle Cheney Studs 11, Highline Bears 4: Pacific International League action in Burien saw the Studs roll. Cedarcrest HS alum Riley Mallot pitched three innings for the Bears, and it went well, as the Duvall product allowed a run on three hits striking out two and receiving no decision. He played this spring for a college in northern California.

Minor League Baseball
Lane continues to do his work well: Another outing for Trevor Lane last night with the New York Yankees-affiliated Trenton Thunder, and another good night for the Valley product. He pitched an inning of relief, didn’t allow a run or hit, walked one and struck out two receiving a no-decision as the Thunder fell on the road in Maryland to the Baltimore Orioles-affiliated Bowie Baysox 9-4. Lane’s ERA drops to 1.53 on the season with the performance last night, which came amidst news the Yankees traded another minor-league pitching prospect to Lane’s hometown Seattle Mariners for slugger Edwin Encarnacion. And we just ask Mariner GM Jerry Dipoto: why didn’t you ask for “T-Lane?” Lane, for everyone’s info, is from North Bend and a 2012 Mount Si HS grad.

The Thunder continue their series today with the Baysox.

Little League Baseball: Valley leagues clash in district tournament opener
We debut some Little League All-Star coverage this morning with a District 9 tournament battle in the “Intermediate” division featuring all three Valley Little Leagues competing against one another.

The Falls and Snoqualmie Valley Little Leagues combined to form a team for the District 9 “Intermediate” all-star tournament in Sammamish, and this first game proved to be a tough one to swallow for the Valley kids as they fell on a walk-off 13-12 to a combined team featuring kids from both the Sno-Valley North and Eastlake Little Leagues. There were plenty of tremendous performances in this one, too many to mention here so we’ll apologize to all three Valley Little Leagues in advance.

Ethan Arndt went 5-5 with two RBI’s for the Valley/Falls crew, while Jacob Hansen went 3-4 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI’s. Also, Jake Thompson had a double as part of a two-hit effort for the Valley/Falls boys, driving in three runs. Alex Dreher led Eastlake/SVNLL, going 2-3 with a double, walk, two runs scored and an RBI, while Noah Finch had a triple as part of his own two-hit effort, driving in a run.

For those unaware, the “Intermediate” level is one level beyond Majors but just before the “Juniors” level. They play with modified field dimensions of 70-foot basepaths and 50 feet between the pitching mound and the plate.

The Valley kids play a loser-out game against a combined Kirkland National/Bellevue East and West squad at 3:30 this afternoon, while the Eastlake/SVNLL squad goes at noon today in winner’s bracket action against the combined Redmond North/Issaquah and Sammamish squad. All games are at East Sammamish Park, 21300 NE 16th St. in Sammamish. To get there from the Valley, take SR 202 down to Sahalee Way in Redmond, hang a left and head up the hill. Take a right at NE 37th Way and meander around the back side of Sahalee Golf Course and the road will end up on NE 16th St. near the park. Follow east and the park will be on your left. Admission is free.

Also, and a note, and that is all our coverage here is from GC as well:

North Bothell LL All Stars 18, Snoqualmie Valley Little League “Coast” 10U All Stars 0: SVLL’s Coast crew was held to two hits last night in this loss in a tune-up for their upcoming district tourney at Tibbetts Valley Park in Issaquah. Shouts this morning to Noah Hyde and Jayden Shumate, who had those hits for the Valley boys, and also to Jacoby Abrahamson, who walked twice aiding his team’s efforts.

Snoqualmie Valley LL “Majors” 12U All-Stars 7, Sno-Valley North 4: In a tune-up also for their upcoming District 9 event at Dodd Field in Issaquah, SVLL pounded out six runs in the second en route to a win over their Valley counterparts. Shouts here to Matthew Talbot, who led SVLL going 2-2 with a run scored and two RBI’s, and Sydney Wysocki, who pitched three perfect innings and struck out five for the win on the hill for SVLL.

Northeast Seattle Sluggers 19, Snoqualmie Valley Little League 10U “Coast” All Stars 0: SVLL was held to one hit in this loss to the Seattle team also in Issaquah. Shouts here to Alex Harting for the lone SVLL hit and also to Landon Defenbaugh, who also reached base after earning a walk. Good job you two. The “Coast” tournament starts next weekend in Kirkland.

Mercer Island 10, Snoqualmie Valley LL” Majors” 12U All Stars 6: SVLL might have found out perhaps how challenging the MI team might be in the upcoming district tournament, as the Mercer kids pounded out 10 hits and held the Valley boys to just four in the win. Brooks Kapfhammer gets the pat on the back from us here, going 1-1 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI pacing the SVLL. The District 9 “Majors” tournament, which helps potentially send a team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, begins July 6, at Dodd Field.

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Saturday news notes…..

Good Saturday morning. We have a special round of diamond cuts this morning. The action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 6, Lakeside Recovery 4 (game one, doubleheader): Well, this is a great sight to see on a box score. Cancer’s butt has been kicked. Yep, Mount Si High School’s Ryan Gerlitz returned to action for the first time since his cancer battle began months ago, a battle which captivated an entire Valley and earned a lot of coverage here on the blog. He got a hit, too, as FoC took this one over their Issaquah-based rivals at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Fellow Wildcats Beck Hoffman and Drew Hiddleson each had a double and RBI pacing the Preston-based Bears.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 10, Lakeside Recovery 4 (game two, doubleheader): Hoffman powered FoC to a nightcap win and doubleheader sweep, hitting two doubles and a triple to finish 4-4 a homer short of hitting for the cycle, scoring twice and driving in four more for the Bears. Fellow Wildcat Blake Miller went 1-4 with two RBI’s and in a testament to how well he has recovered following his valiant battle, Gerlitz played this game too and finished 0-3 with a walk and RBI. What a night for sure, and it couldn’t have come without the help and support of all of us in this Valley. Ryan Strong!!

Also from youth baseball:

FSP Baseball 18U 12, Kirkland Merchants 5: Mount Si’s Harrison Clark went 2-3 with an RBI as Bellevue-based Ford handled their Kirkland rivals last night in an SPL Invitational game at Edmonds Community College. Fellow Wildcat Troy Baunsgard went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s pacing FSP.

Columbia Basin RiverDogs 5, Washington A’s 15U 1: The Sammamish-based A’s fell to the Tri-Cities team over at the Palouse Summer Series on the Washington State University campus in Pullman. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting went 0-3 for the A’s.

Northwest Naturals 14U 17, Rippers Baseball Black 7: Future Mount Si’er Parker Norah powered the Naturals, based in Sammamish, to a home win last night, going 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI’s as the Nats handled the Redmond rivals at Skyline High School. Fellow current ‘Cat Josh Freudenberg added a double and two RBI’s for NWN, while it appears there’s a decent group of ‘Cats on the Rippers as well. Among those we think are probably locals, Nick Garwood went 2-3 with a run scored. Anyone with info on whether there’s MSHS’ers or future ‘Cats on that squad, let us know at snovalleysports@gmail.com.

Northwest Naturals 16U 5, Spokane Expos 16U White 2: The Sammamish-based Nats headed over to the Lilac City last night and took one over the host Expos at Whitworth University in north Spokane. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI, and fellow Wildcat Tyler Disch locked the door shut on the hill getting the save striking out one in 2/3 of an inning of work for NWN.

Spokane Expos 18U White 10, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 9: Mount Si grad Spencer Marenco homered and doubled for Boys, finishing 3-5 and coming a triple short of hitting for the cycle, scoring twice and driving in two runs, but the Bellevue-based BoS fell in their SPL Invite game at home in Bellevue to the visitors from the Inland Northwest. Fellow Wildcat alum Trace Halvorson tripled and drove in a run for Boys as they could not overcome a nine-run Expo first frame.

Spokane Crew Black 13, Washington A’s 15U 5: Wieting went 1-2 in the weekend PSS opener for the A’s, but they started out the Palouse event on a down note falling to the Spokane team. The Mount Si player also recorded a walk in the contest.

Softball: Kingco all-league announced, and a change at the top for Wildcat softball
We have some items from softball this morning. Leading it off are the Kingco all-league announcements for Mount Si softball.

The Wildcats landed a pair of players in the all-Kingco first team selections. Recently- graduated senior Abby Gronewald and soon-to-be senior third baseman Hope Bostick both landed on the all-Kingco first team, and four others – Cassidy Brickman, Molly Wilbourne, Madison Bonham and Jackalyn Gates – earned honorable mentions. Additionally, the Wildcats earned the all-league sportsmanship award, a testament to the continued emphasis on this by this coaching staff and a hallmark of past years under former longtime head coach Larry White.

Speaking of coaches, we also have news on that front, too. There will be a new coach next season to open up the new field at Mount Si High School. Lauren Dumoulin has stepped aside, as we have been told she will be leaving the Valley and has accepted a job elsewhere which will also result in her leaving her teaching position at Cascade View Elementary on Snoqualmie Ridge. The coaching job has been posted but it’s not expected there will be an announcement on a new head coach until after the start of the school year.

It can be expected, though, that based on his coaching hire history, athletic director Darren Brown will likely look for a candidate with past ties to the Mount Si program or otherwise local in nature to take over. Possible candidates could include current assistants Gary Clesson or Randy Griffin and several MSHS grads that played under White, including Kyleen Sweepe, Michaela “Mickey” Blad, Celine Fowler and Katie Shaw. Depending on who’s hired, it’s likely you’ll see most of, if not all of, the existing staff to return next season.

Valley Invitational opens up: The major event on the summer softball calendar in the Northwest opened up last night down in Portland. The Valley Invitational is perhaps the most prominent annual so-called “college exposure” tournament for high-school age girls softball players throughout the region every summer, and this year, this thing has been expanded to also include venues in southwest Washington in addition to their longtime locations in the west Portland suburbs.

The Friday night headliner was down in Vancouver, where the Kenmore-based KB Fastpitch got a strong effort from a pair of Kingco players, including one from Mount Si, as they posted a blowout win in their opening game.

North Creek’s Carli Zanassi fired a no-hitter and also homered driving in two runs, and Wildcat Vera Harrison doubled to pace a 2-2 effort scoring twice and driving in a third run, as KB blanked the Pierce County-based Diamond Dusters Nelson 10-0.

In other action, a pair of Mount Si varsity players played one another last night, with the Auburn-based Washington Acers’ Campbell 18U squad routing the Snohomish-based Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek squad 10-3. Hope Bostick plays for the Acers while Molly Wilbourne plays for the Batbusters. Cedarcrest High School’s Carly Nelson is also down there, with the Redmond-based Rijo 16U’s and they blanked the Adrenaline from Longview 3-0.

Action for these squads continues today, and two more teams with locals start play – the Issaquah Flame 16U, with Mount Si’s Jackalyn Gates, and the Snohomish Shock Oylear 14U, with a Valley delegation including Wildcat Willow Westbrook, Red Wolve Allyson Smith and a pair of girls who will be future teammates of Smith at CHS – Riley Warden and Kailee Korres. All of these Valley athletes will be playing in front of a large group of college coaches. Tournament organizer Triple Crown Sports reports that among the colleges sending folks, a number of them are from the Northwest, including the University of Washington, Western Washington University and Seattle University.

College Summer Baseball
Davenport gets his first crack at Cape Cod: Cedarcrest High School alum Aaron Davenport Thursday night got a taste of the Cape Cod League for the first time, and if it’s any indication, we could be seeing him on the draft radar in a couple of years.

Davenport, from Duvall and who will be a sophomore this fall at the University of Hawaii, started for the Wareham Gatemen against Orleans and worked three innings, allowing a run on just one hit while striking out five. Good outing and it resulted in a no-decision as the Gatemen and Orleans ended things in 10 innings in a 4-4 draw.

Another solid outing for G’s: North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell looked to get in the win column last night pitching his first home game of the summer for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox. And after a slow start, he seemed to be in position to get it. However, lack of offense and a bullpen collapse in the ninth proved costly as the Sox fell.

Wenatchee allowed two runs in the ninth inning and fell to the visiting Walla Walla Sweets 3-1 at Wenatchee Valley College. Gorrell pitched five crisp innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking four and striking out five receiving a no decision but dropping his earned run average down to a good 3.60. Gorrell, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, will be a sophomore this fall with Boise State University.

Wild night at Joe Martin: The Bellingham Bells held off the visiting Yakima Valley Pippins in a nail-biter last night 7-6 in West Coast action at Joe Martin Field. Skyline HS alum Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 0-1 for YVP. He plays for Bellevue College.

Football
Cedarcrest needs new week 5 opponent after division foe cancels 2019 season: Cedarcrest High School is scrambling to fill a suddenly-created hole in the middle of this fall’s football schedule. This hole was created as a result of Northwest District Lake Division rival Anacortes High School announcing this week they had, due to lack of players, decided to cancel their upcoming 2019 varsity games, including their one with CHS in Duvall on October 4, the fifth week of the schedule. More on that from Scorebook Live.

As for filling the vacancy, the school has posted an advertisement on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s website seeking a school to fill that date. We checked those ads out yesterday and found that King’s, a former Cascade Conference rival of Cedarcrest, is also looking to fill a game that week, so perhaps that may be the best fit available, we shall see. In any event, CHS athletics director Jason Frederick will be busy looking to fill that open date. Any announcement on a new game schedule will be made soon.

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The morning round of cuts, and a note from your editor about Cedarcrest’s class of 2019

Good morning. We’ll have some diamond cuts for you coming up but we first want to take some time to recognize the Class of 2019 at Cedarcrest High School, who are graduating tonight in a ceremony to be held at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond.

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 leader Chris Busch (football, basketball, baseball), girls’ basketball leader Cassidy Sweney, boys’ two-sporter Tyler Gray (football, baseball), girls’ softball players Michaela Carter or Katelynn Smith, soccer athletes Caleb Chung, Brooke Benson, Connor McCabe or Sarah Hommas, 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.

But tonight’s ceremony will feel a lot different for this group of seniors than past years, as not a minute likely will go by without kids, their parents or others there (administrators, teachers, other school staff) taking time to think about their memories of Bryce Hefner, who should be walking this graduation aisle tonight with his fellow seniors but sadly will not, him as you know having passed away suddenly earlier this spring. This senior class, along with a lot of people in the Cedarcrest campus community, are still coming to grips with his passing and tonight will be a night that won’t simply be about celebrating the accomplishments of this senior class, it will also be a night where seniors and their families get a chance to think about Bryce’s accomplishments and what he meant to all of them individually and as a group.

Cedarcrest High School senior Bryce Hefner, who passed away earlier this spring, was slated to graduate tonight along with his fellow CHS class of 2019 members. He is seen here with one of the many awards he received during his school years, proof of how amazing an individual he was on many different levels. (Photo courtesy Kate Hromada)

We got in contact this past week with his mom, Kate Hromada, and she sent us a beautifully-written piece describing Bryce and what he meant to his community. So here that is now.

Bryce Hefner has been a part of this community from Kindergarten through his senior year at Cedarcrest High School. He was loved and cherished not only by his teachers, but fellow students and coaches. He was a great athlete who cared about his coaches and his teammates. He grew very close with his basketball team, a team that started playing in middle school together. They were some of his best friends, he viewed them as family. He ran track and cross country and grew to love running. He formed new friendships on these teams that he valued tremendously. Bryce was always someone who cared deeply for others. He was the ultimate team player.

Bryce’s exceptional sportsmanship stood out across all sports. Parents, opposing coaches and players often mentioned how Bryce was the first one to pick up a fallen player on either team. When he was not playing, he emphatically cheered on his teammates and patted them on the back. His coaches would speak about how much he cared, and about the high standard he held himself to. It was said more than once that Bryce almost cared “too much”, but it was reflected in how hard he worked and never got in the way of his sportsmanship and care for others. He was known for his smooth, graceful style on the court and his unorthodox running form. He was everyone else’s number one fan often dressing up or making signs to cheer on his classmates.

Bryce wrestled in sixth grade, played baseball for several years in little league and played a few years of Junior Red Wolves football. He played advanced club basketball for i-Ball and traveled to Texas where he was able to meet Gary Payton.

Outside of sports, Bryce had a passion for computer programming. He started a small app company with his closest friends and participated in numerous extracurricular coding events. He was in the chess club and debate club. He enjoyed, music, art, and food. He enjoyed traveling. He loved spending time with family and just hanging out at home. He enjoyed skateboarding and snowboarding. Bryce recently began to take an interest in investing.

In eighth grade Bryce won the humanitarian award at school. This speaks to his compassion and big heart. He has volunteered at local food banks (and at) Eastside Baby Corner sorting clothes. He helped at the basketball camps for kids in the summer, he volunteered with the special needs miracle league basketball team, he planted trees for Redmond Parks, and completed 35 community-service hours helping ESL students at Cedarcrest after school. Bryce was a great student completing classes like AP Computer Science, Honors Physical Science, Honors Biology, Spanish 2, Pre-Calculus, Game Programming, Advanced Programming, Animation.

Bryce was an asset to the community bringing kindness wherever he went. He was always very courteous and quick to help out people in need (opening doors, buying someone lunch, being available to talk, etc.). For prom he organized a signing group with flowers and a sign to do a “promposal” that went viral with over 4 million views. This shows the incredible thoughtfulness and kindness that is Bryce. He was the ultimate gentleman.

Since his passing, many classmates and teachers have come forward with stories about the great kindness Bryce consistently displayed. From making a new student feel welcomed when they were struggling, to just making kids feel “present” by acknowledging them when so many others wouldn’t. He was friendly and often used humor to lighten the mood or break the ice. We have heard students tell us that Bryce was the reason they were able to tackle challenges in their lives. Most of all Bryce was an active participant in the Cedarcrest class of 2019.

Bryce was heading to Western (Washington University) in the fall for Electrical Engineering. Our community has lost an incredibly kind and beautiful soul. Bryce, there is only one you and you will be greatly missed.

We thank Kate for sharing this with us about Bryce and from this, you can tell this class of 2019 has a big hole that it will never be able to fill. Bryce, we believe, was destined to be a star as a young adult, a star in his own way, a star that would leave an indelible mark on his community for many years to come. Bryce had a tremendous future ahead of him, and these seniors now will seek to carry on the vision that he left behind, one that exemplifies success but also makes sure that it is achieved the right way, with class, respect for others, humility and dignity. Bryce’s legacy will be an example, in our view, for others at Cedarcrest and throughout the Riverview School District to follow in future years, and this school, this lower Valley, will forever benefit from the impact he left behind.

This Cedarcrest Class of 2019 will move on after tonight, many headed to college, others to the military or the workforce. There will be some challenges on that trail, but there will also be 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 always carry with them a piece of the vision that Bryce left them. A vision which we just noted, one of seeking out success but doing so the right way. And we trust this group will do just that, and achieve as a group in their own way that vision.

We salute this Cedarcrest Class of 2019, and wish them good luck in their future travels, and we also dedicate this morning’s round of diamond cuts to the memory of Bryce, whose impact on this community will never be forgotten.

The ceremony is at 6:30 tonight down at OCC and, unlike Mount Si’s, is not webstreamed.

Time now for this morning’s round of cuts. Youth highlights powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 4, Rippers Baseball 16U 3: This one under the lights at Hartman Park in Redmond last night saw the Dragons score four in the third to break the ice but then have to hold on down the stretch after the Redmond-based Rippers plated three in the fourth. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden went 0-4 for BDE while Mason Pudwill paced the Cedarcrest duo on the Rippers, going 0-1 with a walk and run scored. Fellow Red Wolve Kian Pegueros-Warren went 0-3 for Rippers.

City Baseball Showcase 1, Washington A’s 18U Premier 0 (9): Seattle-based City took the extra-inning pitcher’s duel at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. 2018 Mount Si HS grad Will Scott was the hard-luck losing pitcher in this one for the Sammamish-based A’s, allowing that one run in the ninth unearned on two hits, striking out two in his one inning of work. He also went 0-3 at the plate.

FSP Baseball 18U 6, Northwest Bandits 2: The Eastside rivals squared off down in Kent in the SPL Invitational with Mount Si’s Harrison Clark powering the Bellevue-based Ford team to the win; he had a hit, walk, run scored and drove in two more runs for FSP. Fellow Wildcat Troy Baunsgard added a hit, walk and run scored to the efforts as well for Ford. A name familiar to Mount Si fans, John Tveit from North Creek, paced the Kirkland-based Bandits, going 1-4 with an RBI.

WW Sweets 15U 19, Northwest Naturals 2: Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty aided a balanced Sweets effort, going 3-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI’s as the Sammamish team beat their city rivals at Skyline High School in Sammamish last night on the strength of a 10-run fourth inning.

Northwest Naturals 17U 12, West Seattle Hammers 0: The Sammamish-based Nats blanked the Seattle team in the opener of the GSL Father’s Day weekend tournament in Enumclaw last night on the strength of a one-hitter from pitcher Alec Morrison, from Eastlake, and solid performances from their Mount Si duo of Cam Ferreri and Jack Mardon. Ferreri had a hit, a walk, reached base a third time after being hit by a pitch, scored all three times he made it on base and drove in two more runs. Mardon, while going 0-2, had a walk and also scored a run for NWN, who continues play in the tournament through this weekend.

City Baseball Navy 4, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 3: Also in GSL Father’s Day weekend action down in Federal Way, Kirkland-based Juanita could not rebound following a four-run second from Seattle-based City in a tournament-opening loss. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-1 for JBC.

Spokane Dodgers 6, Washington A’s 18U Premier 3: The Dodgers doubled up the A’s on the strength of a four-run third to take this one in the SPL Invitational. Scott, home this summer after finishing his freshman season with the Colorado School of Mines NCAA Division II college team, went 1-3.

College Summer Baseball
Victoria sinks Yakima Valley: A four-run eighth helped the Victoria HarbourCats rally from a 3-1 deficit to post a 5-3 win over the Yakima Valley Pippins in a West Coast League game over in Yakima last night. Mount Si High School alum Justin Lutz went 0-3 for Yakima, and hasn’t gotten a hit yet with the Pippins since joining them last week prior to their series with Wenatchee. He is currently looking to transfer to a four-year school after finishing up his career with the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Walla Walla rolls over Highline in non-league battle: Missed this from Wednesday but the WCL’s Walla Walla Sweets routed the Pacific International League’s Highline Bears, from Burien, 9-2 at home in eastern Washington. Of note here for Valley fans is that Cedarcrest HS grad Riley Mallot worked an inning of relief for the Bears and it went well as he allowed just one hit and walked one but did not allow any runs. He received no decision. The sophomore played this spring for a college in California after spending his freshman college season last year with Columbia Basin College in the Tri-Cities. Mallot is a 2017 CHS’er from Duvall.

Minor League Baseball
Mount Si alum earning praise for solid play: We of course have mentioned prominently how well 2012 Mount Si High School grad Trevor Lane is faring this season with the New York Yankees “AA” minor-league team in New Jersey. Well, it appears we’re not the only ones.

Writer Greg Corcoran with the Bronx Baseball Daily blog this week posted a rundown of some of the top players with the Trenton Thunder, that Yankees’ “AA” team, and Lane made his list. And Corcoran provided tremendous praise for the North Bend product, in his fourth season with the Yankees after being drafted by New York out of college in 2016. Noting the Valleyite’s strong ERA this season of under 1.50 and a ratio of better than two strikeouts for every walk in his 30-plus innings of work this season primarily with Trenton (he also, as you know, pitched last Friday night in an emergency outing for the Yankees’ advanced “A” team in Florida), Corcoran had this to say about Lane: “(H)e is getting dangerously close to the majors. His stuff is considered major league caliber.” Corcoran also noted that opposing hitters are hitting just .154 against the Wildcat alum, a stat he called “unbelievable” but one that should be music to the ears of the Yankee player development department.

A lot of good stuff here that definitely suggests the likelihood of a mid-season promotion to New York’s “AAA” team in Scranton, PA, which, if it happens soon, could put Lane on a collision course for perhaps a call-up to the Yankees for September that, if it were to occur, may see him be a factor in the pennant chase for New York this season as they are currently battling for the lead in the American League East. So if Lane keeps this up, you might see him wearing pinstripes sooner rather than later.

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