North Bend’s Weidenbach makes college debut on the pitch, plus the rest of our Saturday news……

Good Saturday morning. We begin our eighth season of college sports coverage this morning as the college fall sports season kicked off last night for a pair of Valley women’s soccer players. For one, it marked her college debut.

That was down in Austin, TX, where North Bend’s Natalie Weidenbach hit the pitch for the University of Texas ladies in their 3-0 exhibition win at home last night over the ladies from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Weidenbach, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad who is a freshman this fall after redshirting last season for the Longhorns, played the final seven minutes of the game off the bench in the nationally-televised contest. She recorded no stats of note.

Texas now has a week off before its next game – its regular season opener next Friday against Rice University down in Houston. They will return home August 24 to meet Central Florida for a 2:00 game our time which will likely also be televised.

The Longhorn Network, which had last night’s game and would be the network handling the UCF game if it’s broadcast, has three re-airs today of last night’s game for those who want to see Weidenbach in action – at 10am, 3pm and 7pm. Longhorn is available on Comcast, Dish and DirecTV locally in the Valley.

Johnson starts final college campaign: While Weidenbach started her college career last night, another ex-Wildcat began the final stretch of her college career. That would be University of Idaho senior defender Claire Johnson, as the Vandals opened the 2018 fall campaign with a 1-0 loss on the road at the University of Utah down in Salt Lake City.

Johnson played 55 minutes of the exhibition contest, recording one shot that did not reach goal, so she scored no goals. Both this contest and the above-noted Texas contest, as exhibitions, will not be officially recorded in the teams’ win-loss records this season.

Johnson is a 2015 Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie. She will face fellow ex-Wildcat Michaela “K.K.” Wallace and her Central Washington squad in another exhibition on Tuesday.

Before we get to the rest of our action, we want to invite you to help us in our college sports coverage. We are believe it or not still compiling schedules and other info about local athletes playing this fall at the college level. If you know of an athlete from our community competing in football, men’s or women’s soccer, volleyball, cross country or golf this fall at the college level or are the parent of one who is and want them featured in our coverage, let us know today. Send the athlete’s name, what sport they play, which school they are attending and what year (freshman-senior) they are this season. Also let us know what high school they graduated from (Mount Si, Cedarcrest or private school). Email all that info and your contact info incase we need to get back to you to snovalleysports@gmail.com, or if you’re on Twitter, message us at @snovalleysports.

Baseball: “Kimbo” on the hill tonight
Mount Si High School alum Josh Kimborowicz is set to take the mound tonight for the independent Frontier League’s River City Rascals as they look to break a five-game losing streak. “Kimbo”, 4-4 on the season and with a solid ERA of around 3.50, will face the bats of the opposing Normal Corn Belters in Normal, IL, as River City looks to gain ground on the division-leading Corn Belters and make their way back above .500. They are 38-39 after losing to Normal last night and are five games back of the Corn Belters for the lead in the Frontier’s Western Division.

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North Bend’s Lane gets work in “AA” minor-league baseball, plus news from the college summer ranks on this Friday

Good Friday morning. Big weekend on tap in the Valley with the Festival at Mount Si starting tonight at Si View Park in North Bend. Diamond cuts on this Friday begins with minor league baseball, and another solid performance on the mound for North Bend’s Trevor Lane in “AA”.

The 2012 Mount Si High School grad pitched two strong innings for the New York Yankees-affiliated Trenton Thunder during a home game last night for that New Jersey-based squad against the visiting Altoona Curve of Pennsylvania, who are affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lane allowed just one hit and walked one, but struck out two for the Thunder in the contest, improving his “AA” earned run average to 5.73 and his overall season ERA split between Trenton and the Yankees’ “advanced A” team in Tampa, FL, who he has also spent time with this season, to 4.30. He received no decision and the Thunder fell 9-7 in a game that only ended up as close as it did thanks to a furious five-run ninth inning rally by Trenton.

Lane and the Thunder are in action today and you can see their full August schedule on our minor league schedule page linked at top in our menu bar. All of the Trenton games are available via live web broadcast for a fee through MILB.tv, the Minor League Baseball webcast service.

College summer baseball note to wrap it up this morning:

CHS alum Banks hitless in Studs’ NBC World Series loss: Duvall’s Cody Banks went 0-2 for the Pacific International League’s Seattle Cheney Studs as they fell last night 4-3 at the National Baseball Congress’ World Series in Wichita to the Wellington Heat from Kansas. Banks, a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, has been a starting infielder this season for the Studs, based in Tacoma. He will be playing this fall as a junior at Bellevue University in Nebraska after a successful two seasons in community college ball at Big Bend CC over in Moses Lake.

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From college summer baseball on this Thursday morning…..

Good Thursday morning. News from college summer baseball as we deal with another hot day today.

Marenco’s season ends with Wenatchee loss: The West Coast League season came to an end last night for the Wenatchee AppleSox, and it ended on a down note, as they were blown out 11-3 by the Kelowna Falcons in Kelowna, B.C., Canada and that combined with Yakima Valley’s win over Corvallis knocked the Sox out of playoff contention. Yakima Valley will meet Bellingham in the league’s North Division final while Portland will meet Corvallis in the South Division final. For Wenatchee, North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 0-4.

Marenco, a 2017 MSHS grad who will be a freshman this fall at Gonzaga, finishes his first college summer season in solid fashion despite last night’s result. He hit .285 this summer with two homers and 19 RBI’s, walking 25 times and striking out 34 more in a season that earned him league All-Star recognition. Wenatchee finished 26-28 this season, 15-13 in the league’s second half and in fifth in the league’s North Division.

PIL’s Merchants fall to national all-star team at season-ending tourney: The Pacific International League’s Everett Merchants were limited to five hits in an 8-0 loss last night to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) national all-star squad at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita. Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson was 0-2 for Everett in the contest. He is a 2014 MSHS grad and graduated this spring from the University of Northern Colorado.

Stop the presses: We had suggested yesterday that North Bend’s Isaac Mullins’ summer season had come to an end for the WCL’s Cowlitz Black Bears after a nearly two-inning outing on Tuesday night in their loss to Walla Walla. Well, we were wrong. The Washington State University pitcher, a 2015 MSHS grad, got one last inning of work last night for Cowlitz as they finished the season with a 3-0 home win over the Sweets. He struck out two in that one frame and received no decision, finishing with a 0-0 record and 3.32 earned run average this summer for the Black Bears.

Mullins also had six saves this summer, which earned him a spot among the league leaders in that category. In 24 1/3 innings, he allowed only nine earned runs and four walks while striking out 31. Cowlitz finished the season 20-34 overall, 10-17 in the league’s second half and in fourth overall in the South Division.

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Valley players contribute in college summer league action

Good Wednesday morning. Light morning this morning, but we have some news about a pair of Valley players playing in the West Coast League college summer baseball league as that circuit is winding down its season.

We begin down in Longview where in what likely was his final summer outing of the 2018 college campaign, North Bend’s Isaac Mullins saved the best for last, pitching 1 2/3 perfect innings for his Cowlitz Black Bears in a relief appearance last night. Mullins struck out two in his stint but the Black Bears fell at home, 5-3, to the visiting Walla Walla Sweets at Lower Columbia College.

Mullins, who will be a junior this fall at Washington State University, finished with no wins or losses this summer with a solid 3.47 earned run average and six saves, which put him among the league leaders in that category. He threw 23 1/3 innings this summer for Cowlitz, allowed just nine earned runs and struck out 29. The 2015 Mount Si HS grad will now look to build on that success this season next spring for WSU as he seeks to attract interest from professional clubs.

Cowlitz closes the season at home tonight. They will not head to the WCL postseason, as they hold a 19-34 overall record and are well back in the league’s South Division standings. Also this morning:

Playoff hopes for Wenatchee damaged with loss, despite Valleyite’s efforts: It was all Falcons, all the time up in British Columbia’s Okanagan last night as the host Kelowna side brought out the bats and kept them humming in a 14-1 rout of the visiting Wenatchee AppleSox which hurt the Sox’s playoff chances. Wenatchee remains behind Yakima Valley for the final playoff spot in the North Division, but can still get in it appears if they win tonight and the Pippins fall to Corvallis. Yakima Valley fell last night to the Knights as well.

For Wenatchee, North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 1-4. He is a 2017 MSHS grad who will be a freshman this fall at Gonzaga.

The Sox and Falcons finish the regular season tonight. If Wenatchee makes the playoffs, they will meet Bellingham. Meanwhile, the Portland Pickles, who have two other Valleyites on their roster – pitcher Adam Davenport, from Duvall, and infielder Carson Breshears, from North Bend – will be in this weekend’s league playoffs, playing Corvallis. Neither player played last night for Portland in their loss to Victoria up on Vancouver Island with the two teams set to finish that regular season series tonight.

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Strong week in Vegas hoops tourney for local team aided by future MSHS players, plus some diamond notes on a Tuesday

Good Tuesday morning. We hit the hardwood to start our coverage this morning, and it was a successful week last week for a local 14U youth boys’ basketball team that features several players expected to be a part of Mount Si High School’s program in the coming years.

The Elite Grey team went 4-2 in their tournament last week down in Las Vegas, and Valley players were a big part of it.

Caden Harris had three games in which he scored 20 points or better for Elite in the event – a win last Tuesday over the Complete Shooter team from Salt Lake, and losses last Monday to a Louisville team and this past weekend to a Texas team in the tournament title game. Harris averaged 12.5 points per game over the course of the tournament.

Also factoring in was Carlos Danysh, who had a couple of games in which he scored in double figures as well – both last Wednesday with a second win over that Complete Shooter crew and then that night against a local Las Vegas team. That nightcap game also saw a 14-point performance from Tyler Barber that paced a 63-51 win by Elite over that Vegas squad.

The Bates brothers – Riley and Rory – also pitched in, with the duo contributing in some fashion in all six games, with Rory’s eight points in the second win over the Complete Shooter crew being the highlight of their efforts.

The season has now finished up for Elite as the players get set to become freshmen this fall at Mount Si and join the Wildcat program.

The Journal would like to, in closing, thank team parents Terry Danysh and Don and Sherry Barber for their assistance in providing us scores and stats from the team this summer.

Now some baseball, college summer style.

Johnson shines on national stage: Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson has taken his talents to Wichita, KS, this week for a major national tournament with his summer team, and last night, he shined on that national stage.

The 2014 Mount Si HS grad went 3-3 with a run scored and RBI, leading his Everett Merchants to a 7-2 win over the San Diego Force in a pool-play round clash at the National Baseball Congress’ World Series. Johnson, who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado earlier this year, is hitting .319 this season for the Pacific International League team.

Duvall’s Cody Banks is also back there with his team, the Seattle Cheney Studs, who beat Lone Star Baseball 7-1 Sunday at the tournament. The 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad went 0-1 in that game with an RBI.

The tournament continues through this weekend in Kansas.

Another win for Wenatchee, aided by Valleyite: Mason Marenco seems to be getting in a groove to close the season out for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox. Off a 2-3 effort in which he doubled, scored three runs and drove in two more for the Sox in their 11-4 blowout win Sunday night over Victoria in their home finale at Wenatchee Valley College, Marenco continued his strong push to the finish last night. The 2017 MSHS grad, from North Bend, went 1-3 with two walks, two runs scored and another RBI for the Sox as they held off the Kelowna Falcons 7-4 up in Kelowna, BC, in the first of a three-game set to close out the regular season.

Marenco, a freshman this fall at Gonzaga who redshirted this past season, is hitting .290 this season with Wenatchee and made the WCL All-Star team.

Wenatchee moved to 14-11 in the second-half league standings, a full game behind second-place Yakima Valley, who fell last night at Corvallis, as the Sox aim to qualify for the playoffs.

We should also mention as well that Marenco and the rest of the Sox players this summer have stayed with host families in Wenatchee. It turns out that Marenco’s host had ties to the Valley as well. Marenco’s dad, Jose, posted on Facebook that former local educator Roseanne Lind, who taught fifth grade at North Bend Elementary but now lives in the Wenatchee area, has handled those duties this summer for the Sox’s Marenco and teammate Isaac Barrera. Good stuff and shows how small a world this is. The efforts of host families are very integral to the overall success of the summer teams, and Lind was among a number of folks in the Wenatchee area who hosted players this season.

With the season having ended at home for the Sox, host families are no longer needed for this season, but if you know anyone in the Wenatchee area who might be interested in hosting a player next year – or own a second residence over there yourself and would be willing to lend all or part of that home to the team for use in this fashion next season – contact the Sox office for more information on the host family program for 2019. Host families receive season tickets and are recognized as part of a pre-game ceremony prior to the final Apple Sox home game of the season. The number for the team office for more information is (509) 665-6900.

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