Weekend diamond wrap and a note from your editor……

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap in a second but we have an announcement for you if you use Twitter.

The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal is now on Twitter! Our handle is @snovalleysports, and while our Tweets will be rather sparse during our summer coverage schedule, we anticipate using our Twitter feed to provide game updates of selected Mount Si sports events this coming season for you. We’ll of course let you know about that when that comes around, but in the meantime, know that if you have Twitter, we’re there now so follow us please and use that as another source of local sports coverage.

Now to the diamond cuts. Action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Falls “Majors” All Stars stays alive at district tourney: The Falls Little League “Majors” (under-12) all stars won their loser-out game at the District 9 tournament last night in Sammamish, beating Kirkland National, who was knocked out of the tournament with their loss. Falls plays Bellevue East tomorrow in another loser out game. Tonight, Snoqualmie Valley fights for its tournament lives meeting Issaquah, and Wednesday, Sno-Valley North, who beat Bellevue East yesterday to send the Bellevue guys up against Falls tomorrow, plays a winners’ bracket game Wednesday against Kirkland American. A win here for SVNLL sends them to the district semis on Saturday. The games this week are all at 6:00 p.m. all three nights and are free to attend. Good luck boys!

Northwest Naturals 16U 13, Seattle Gladiators 16U 1: The Sammamish-based Nats handled business rather easily last night, beating the Gladiators in north Seattle. Mount Si’s Jack Mardon led NWN, going 3-3 with a run scored and RBI while fellow ‘Cat Cam Ferreri tripled and drove in three runs pacing the Nats. Mount Si’ers Mason Gronewald and Tom Phillips went a combined 0-3 for the Gladiators and both pitched as well in the contest, with Gronewald allowing an unearned run on one hit in one inning of work, striking out one and walking one. Phillips worked two innings and allowed eight runs – five earned – on eight hits. Neither player received a decision for SG.

Kirkland Merchants 10, Boys of Summer 18U White 0: Kirkland held the Bellevue-based BoS to two hits in the blowout win down in Kent. MSHS grad Trace Halvorson went 0-2 for Boys in the contest.

Roots 9, Northwest Naturals 15U 4: The Nats finished their weekend in Portland with a loss. Mount Si’s Cole Norah started on the mound for NWN and took the loss, allowing seven runs – four earned, on six hits, walking five and striking out four in 4 1/3 innings of work. He and fellow ‘Cat Dawson Schneider went a combined 0-6 with an RBI offensively for the Sammamish-based squad.

Baden Black 6, Seattle Gladiators 18U 2: Kent-based Baden took care of this one at Bellevue College. Mount Si’s Frankie Cepeda led the Gladiators, going 2-3 with a walk and run scored. Fellow ‘Cat Jack Dougherty added a hit and two walks to the cause for SG and a third Mount Si’er, Connor Webb, also had a hit.

Tippers 15U Black 9, City Baseball Gold 0: Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill guided the Redmond-based Rippers to a big win over the Seattle foe at a tournament in central Oregon, going 2-3 with a run scored and RBI as the Rippers broke it open with a five-run sixth inning.

Boys of Summer 18U White 13, Baden Red 7: Halvorson doubled, scored a run and drove in another for Boys as they handled the Kent team down in Kent yesterday.

Kirkland Merchants 13, Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 7: The Merchants handled things well at home in Kenmore. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson doubled, scored a run and drove in another for FoC in this one, and fellow ‘Cats Kevin Corder and Tyler Clem went a combined 0-5 with an RBI for the Preston-based team. Corder also pitched 2/3 of an inning of relief, and it was perfect with no decision recorded.

Portland Baseball 6, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 2: Portland kept the pressure on all game, beating the Bellevue-based Boys at a southwest Washington tournament. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 0-1 for BoS in the contest.

Rippers 15U Black 12, Washington A’s 0: Pudwill went 1-2 as the Rippers beat their Sammamish-based rivals at the Redmond, OR, tournament.

Billings Scarlet 18, Seattle Gladiators 18U 0: Cepeda went 2-3 for the Gladiators in their morning loss to the Montana team at their Bellevue tournament yesterday. Webb and Dougherty both went 0-2 for SG.

Seattle Wave Black 13, Seattle Gladiators 15U 7: Mount Si’s Ryan Harris went 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and fellow ‘Cat Jake Marzetti went 2-2 with a walk and two runs scored for the Gladiators in their loss to the Seattle team at the Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle. Harris started the game on the mound for SG and struggled some, allowing 11 runs – seven earned – on 10 hits, walking one and taking the loss. Another ‘Cat, Scott Harris, went 0-4 with an RBI for the Gladiators.

Softball
Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 10, Diamond Dusters 1: At the Seattle ASA 18U Metro Championships down in Spanaway, the Blast rolled with contributions from Mount Si’s Sam Simmons, who went 0-3, but walked once and scored two runs.

Elite Diamonds ’02 Eaton 16U 8, Firecrackers 7: The Redmond-based Diamonds won it on a walkoff at their tournament in southern California. CHS’ Kenzie Brown played in the contest for EDE, but did not have any official at-bats of note.

PNW Force 10, Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 7: A six-run fifth was the difference for the Force as they handled the Blast at Sprinker Rec Center knocking the Bellevue team out of the weekend tournament. Simmons went 0-4 with a run scored for BBD.

American Athletics 9, Elite Diamonds ’02 Eaton 16U 4: The Diamonds finished out the weekend at the ASA Champions Cup tournament down in Irvine, CA, with this loss to the SoCal team; Brown went 0-2 for EDE in this one.

College Summer Baseball
Everett wins Kamloops tournament, with Snoqualmie player participating: The Pacific International League’s Everett Merchants won twice yesterday to take the Kamloops International Baseball tournament title up in Kamloops, BC, and a Valleyite had a hand in it. Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson played in both games, which were extra-inning wins for Everett, 4-3 in the semifinal game in 10 innings over the host Kamloops Sun Devils and 6-5 in 12 innings in the title game over the Seattle Cheney Studs in 12 frames. Johnson went 0-3 in both games for Everett but scored a run in the title game. He is a 2014 MSHS grad who recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. A congrats from us to Johnson and mates on their tournament victory.

Valleyites also in action in Kelowna: Two other Valley players competed just down the road from Kamloops in Kelowna, BC, last night for the West Coast League’s Portland Pickles in their 9-4 loss to the league rival Kelowna Falcons. North Bend’s Carson Breshears went 2-4 with a double and three RBI’s and Duvall’s Adam Davenport pitched, striking out one in a perfect inning of relief with no decision recorded. Breshears is a 2014 MSHS grad attending Gonzaga while Davenport is a 2015 Cedarcrest HS alum attending the University of Washington.

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Sunday news notes….Valley athlete part of pro sports championship club, and our round of diamond cuts……

Good Sunday morning. We begin with a great piece of news for Valley sports fans.

A Valleyite won a pro sports title with his team for the first time since 2015 last night, as North Bend’s Aladdin Schirmer and his Seattle Seawolves teammates rallied from a second-half deficit to down the Colorado-based Glendale Raptors 23-19 to win the inaugural Major League Rugby title in the league’s first-ever championship game, which was held down in San Diego and nationally televised.

Schirmer, who graduated from Mount Si High School several years ago, adds this to a growing list of accomplishments in his rugby career, which includes time with the USA men’s national rugby sevens team and a stellar four years with Central Washington’s rugby program.

He becomes the first local athlete since fellow MSHS’er Josh Kimborowicz was part of the minor-league Florida State League champion Charlotte Stone Crabs team back in that 2015 season. Kimborowicz, a pitcher, aided the Tampa Bay Rays-affilated team to the title that season and is now bouncing around in independent baseball.

A congrats to Schirmer, the Seawolves and their fans on this tremendous accomplishment. Now to our diamond cuts this morning. Youth scores from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Boys of Summer 15U 17, Boise Gems 7: In Boise, Bellevue-based Boys opened play at their tournament yesterday with a win over the host Idaho team, aided by Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan, who went 1-2 with a double, run scored, two walks and two RBI’s.

Northwest Naturals 15U 16, Kitsap Ospreys 4: The Naturals rolled to the win over the Bremerton team down in Portland, aided by a pair of doubles from MSHS’s Dawson Schneider, who scored two runs and drove in two more for the Sammamish-based team.

ProPlayer 3, Seattle Gladiators 18U 0: In Kent, the PP squad held the Gladiators to two hits – among them one by MSHS’ Frankie Cepeda – to get the win. Cepeda also pitched an inning, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out another. He received no decision.

Kent Bulldogs Navy 11, Seattle Gladiators 15U 4: Mount Si’s Jake Marzetti led the Gladiators, going 2-3 with a run, as the Seattle team fell to the Kent squad in Bellevue. Fellow ‘Cat Ryan Harris went 0-1 with a walk and run scored for SG.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 3, Westside Hammers 2: The Gladiators won this on a walk-off last night at Liberty High School in Renton. Mount Si’s Jack Dougherty guided the Gladiators, going 1-3 with two walks, while fellow ‘Cat Mason Gronewald went 1-3 with a walk. A third MSHS’er, Tom Phillips, went 0-2 with a walk for SG.

Rippers 15U Black 12, City Baseball Gold 3: The Redmond team opened day two of their central Oregon weekend tournament trip with a blowout win yesterday over the Seattle team. Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill went 0-2 for the Rippers in the contest.

Seattle Tides 5, Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite 1 (game one, doubleheader): Seattle took the first of two over the Bellevue team at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard went 0-1 with a walk for the Dragons in the contest.

Thurston County Saints 6, Field of Champions 15U Black 5 (game one, doubleheader): The Preston-based Bears fell on a walk-off to open a pair down in Lacey with the host Saints. Mount Si’s Jackson Crumb went 2-4 with a double and two RBI’s pacing FoC while fellow ‘Cat Anthony Gilden went 2-4 as well with a run scored and two RBI’s. Rounding it out, a third MSHS’er, Logan Garwood, went 1-2 with a walk for the Bears. Crumb took the loss in relief for FoC, allowing two runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out four. Garwood started on the mound, allowing four runs on six hits in three innings walking three and striking out two. He received no decision.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Vancouver Cardinals 0: In Portland last night, the Bellevue-based Boys took control early and rolled to the win. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 0-3 for BoS in the contest.

Boys of Summer 15U 7, Meridian Rangers 6: McCutchan went 0-2, but walked once and scored a run, pacing Boys, who held off a late rally by the suburban Boise team to take the win in the Idaho capital.

Northwest Naturals 15U 9, Baden Black 1: NWN capped off the night in the Rose City last night rolling over the Kent-based team. Mount Si’s Cole Norah went 1-1 with two walks, a run scored and two RBI’s for the Nats, while Schneider went 0-2 with an RBI.

Baseball Beyond Borders 1, Boys of Summer 18U White 0: Bellevue-based BoS was on the short end of the pitcher’s duel last night at home in Bellevue. MSHS grad Trace Halvorson went 0-3 for BoS in the contest.

Crimson Cannons 4, Seattle Gladiators 15U 1: The Cannons took care of this one in south Seattle. Mount Si’s Jack Phillips pitched for SG, and went the distance, allowing four runs on five hits, walking five and striking out four to take the loss. He went 1-3 offensively with an RBI. Fellow ‘Cats Ryan and Scott Harris both walked once each and had a hit, and a third MSHS’er, Jake Marzetti, paced the Gladiators with a hit and their lone run of the game.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 13, Richland Knights 10: Bellevue-based Michael’s won a wild one over on the Palouse at the PSS tournament over the Tri-Cities team. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 1-1 with a walk for Toyota.

Rippers 15U Black 13, Washington A’s 5: Pudwill doubled as part of a 2-2 effort, scoring a run and driving in two more, as the Rippers blasted the Sammamish-based A’s down in central Oregon last night. The Red Wolves player also recorded a walk in the contest.

Bellingham Legion 7, JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 5: In Spokane at the American Legion wood bat tournament, the Kirkland-based JBC squad fell to a team from Whatcom County. MSHS’s Jake Mitton went 1-1 with a run scored and two RBI’s to pace JBCPS.

Thurston County Saints 4, Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 0 (game two, doubleheader): TC took the nightcap and swept the pair down in Lacey at North Thurston High School. Crumb went 1-3 pacing FoC. MSHS’s Josh Moore started on the mound and took the loss for the Bears, allowing two runs on five hits, walking one in four innings. Gilden worked the final three innings in relief for FoC, allowing two runs on two hits, walking four and striking out two. CHS’ Nate Hoyer went 0-2 in this contest for the Bears.

Seattle Tides 10, Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite 8 (game two, doubleheader): The Tides scored seven runs in the fourth to get the win in the nightcap of two in Snohomish County and sweep the pair from the Bellevue team. Baunsgard went 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored, while fellow MSHS’er Harrison Clark went 0-3 for BDE. Baunsgard also pitched in this one, allowing a hit and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings of relief for the Dragons. He recorded no decision.

WW Sweets 18U 8, Yakima Apple Packers 5: MSHS grad Dusty Dover worked this one on the mound for Sammamish-based Sweets and got the win, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, walking two and striking out two as the Sweets handled the eastern Washington squad in a tournament in Bellevue.

Northwest Naturals 16U 3, Bellevue Dragons 1: The two teams waited until the end to deliver goods in this one, with the Nats scoring all of their runs in the seventh, then holding off a late rally to seal the win over their Eastside rivals in Bellevue. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri and Jack Mardon went a combined 0-4 with an RBI for NWN in the contest.

District 9 “Majors” tourney starts: All three Snoqualmie Valley Little Leagues “Majors” (under-12) All-Star baseball teams started their runs at the District 9 tournament at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish yesterday with the Sno-Valley North LL’s squad being the lone winner of the three. They beat Bellevue West. SVLL and Falls both fell in their first round games and were relegated to the loser-out bracket. Falls plays tonight and SVLL plays tomorrow in the must-win games. As for SVNLL, they continue winner’s bracket play this morning at 11 at Beaver Lake against Bellevue East.

Softball
Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 16, Snohomish Shock 7: The Blast opened play at the Seattle ASA Metros tournament at Sprinker Rec Center in Spanaway with a win over the Snohomish-based team. Mount Si’s Sam Simmons went 0-2 for BBD, but walked twice, scored two runs and drove in another pacing the victors.

CC Athletics 9, Elite Diamonds ’02 16U 2: Despite a solid 2-3 performance from Cedarcrest’s Kenzie Brown in whcih she drove in a pair of runs, the Redmond-based Diamonds fell to the California team in the first game of their Saturday action at the ASA’s Champions Cup tournament down in Irvine, CA.

Washington Thunder 8, Bellevue Blast 18U Darrow 2: Simmons hit a solo homer for the Blast in the fifth, but it proved to be a bit late as the Thunder scored five runs in the second and cruised to the win.

Explosion 12, Eltie Diamonds ’02 16U 6: Brown was 0-2 in this one as the Diamonds were unable to withstand a 17-hit attack from their opponents in the southern California nightcap last night.

College Summer Baseball
Mullins delivers for Cowlitz: On the West Coast League front, North Bend’s Isaac Mullins is back to form, dominating in relief for the Cowlitz Black Bears. He pitched an inning of relief last night for Cowlitz, with the 2015 MSHS’er, a junior this fall at Washington State, striking out two and not allowing a hit or run. He received no decision as Cowlitz rallied in the ninth to force extras, and won it in 10 3-2 over visting Bend last night at Lower Columbia College.

Johnson paces Everett rout of Canadian host team in B.C. tourney: Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson doubled, scored a run and drove in two more for the Pacific International League’s Everett Merchants as they routed the tournament host Kamloops Sun Devils 13-1 at the Kamloops International tournament up in British Columbia yesterday. Johnson is a 2014 MSHS grad and graduated this spring from the University of Northern Colorado.

Kelowna holds off Portland: Down Highway 97 in Kelowna, the West Coast League’s Falcons held off the visiting Portland Pickles 3-2 in a WCL clash last night. North Bend’s Carson Breshears returned to the lineup after a few games off for Portland and went 1-3 with a walk and run scored. He is a 2014 Mount Si grad and will be a senior this fall at Gonzaga.

MSHS alum Corra delivers for Dudes in loss: Also in Kamloops, Mount Si grad Carson Corra led the way for the Redmond Dudes in a 12-3 loss to their PIL rivals Seattle Cheney Studs. Corra, from Ames Lake and a 2017 ‘Cat alum, went 2-4 with two runs scored for Redmond. He will be a sophomore this fall at Mount Hood Community College in suburban Portland.

Wenatchee falls and Marenco hitless: North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 0-4 last night for the Wenatchee AppleSox as the WCL team fell in a close one, 3-2, to the Walla Walla Sweets in Walla Walla. Marenco, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad who will be a freshman this fall at Gonzaga after redshirting this past spring for the Bulldogs, is now hitting .284 on the season for Wenatchee.

Pro Baseball
Dominant Lane aids Tampa to win: It’s been an up-and-down season for North Bend’s Trevor Lane, but last night it was on the up as he put on a clinic on the mound to help his team to a win.

Lane, a pitcher for the minor-league Tampa Tarpons, worked two no-hit innings of relief, striking out four and receiving a “hold”, his third of the season, as the New York Yankee-affiliaed “advanced A” squad handled the Detroit Tigers-affiliated Lakeland Flying Tigers 2-1 in a Florida State League game down in Lakeland, FL.

Lane is a 2012 Mount Si HS grad and with last night’s efforts, he now boasts a 4.25 earned run average on the season, which has seen strong stretches but also some struggles as he’s been both with Tampa and the Yankees’ “AA” team in New Jersey this season.

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A Valley athlete is competing for a championship tonight….and our morning round of diamond cuts to start your post-July 4 weekend…..

Good Saturday morning. We’ll have a round of diamond cuts on deck, but we first lead off the morning with a big game tonight for a Valley athlete.

Mount Si High School grad Aladdin Schirmer and his pro rugby squad, the Seattle Seawolves, are looking to claim the inaugural Major League Rugby championship and they are playing for that title tonight. Schirmer, from North Bend and who graduated from Mount Si about five years ago, is a top player on defense for the Seawolves and has played with the US Rugby Sevens during his college career, at Central Washington.

If Seattle, who is playing the Glendale Raptors from Colorado for the title on the Raptors’ home turf in suburban Denver, takes the title, it will be the first pro title for a Valley athlete since 2015, when ex-MSHS baseball player Josh Kimborowicz helped guide his minor-league baseball team, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, to the Florida State League’s championship. The FSL is a class “advanced A” league located in Florida.

Tonight’s game is being nationally televised, on the CBS Sports Network, and begins at 6:00 p.m. CBSSN is available locally on Comcast, DirecTV and Dish Network, check your listings. The Seawolves are also hosting watch parties at several restaurants around the region, including three on the Eastside:

-Postdoc Brewing, 17625 NE 65th St., Suite 100, in Redmond (at the east entrance to Marymoor Park off East Lake Sammamish Parkway NE)
-The Lodge Sports Grille, 107 Lake St. in downtown Kirkland
-Paddy Coyne’s, 700 Bellevue Way NE, in downtown Bellevue at Lincoln Square

If you are a Valley sports fan who wants to cheer on your fellow Valleyite and perhaps experience something a little different, as rugby isn’t as well known a sport around the region as major American sports such as football, baseball and basketball are, either watch the game at home tonight with your family and friends or head down and meet new friends and enjoy their camaraderie at one of the watch parties.

Go Seawolves! Now to the diamond cuts. Youth baseball and softball from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Kent Bulldogs Elite 3, Northwest Naturals 15U 0: Dawson Schneider did most of the work last night for the Sammamish-based Nats, but the heroics of the MSHS’er were not enough, as the Nats fell in the opener of a weekend tournament in Portland. Schneider offensively went 2-3 with a double, and on the mound allowed three runs on just three hits in six solid innings, walking three and striking out eight. However, the Nats were held to just four hits in the contest. Fellow Mount Si’er Cole Norah went 0-3 for NWN.

JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 13, Calgary Blues 2: Kirkland-based JBCPS opened play yesterday at the Spokane American Legion wood bat tourney blasting the Canadian team. MSHS’s Jake Mitton went 0-1 with a walk and run scored for JBCPS.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 7, West Valley Baseball 6: At the Palouse Summer Series, Bellevue-based Michael’s handled the eastern Washington team. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 0-4 for Toyota.

WW Sweets 18U 6, Seattle Braves 0: The Sweets took the Randy Gifford tournament contest last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mount Si grad Dusty Dover went 0-2 in the contest for the Sammamish-based Sweets, who also played a second game yesterday, a 12-4 win over the Diamond Jaxx from Puyallup. Dover did not play in that contest.

Kirkland Merchants 5, WW Sweets 4: A two-out triple in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded by Valleyite Aidan Dougherty cleared the bases and made things a little interesting late at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland, but the Merchants got the final out and locked the door shut on the Sammamish-based Sweets. That triple and three RBI’s accounted for Dougherty’s offense on the game.

Northwest Naturals 16U 5, Northwest Bandits Blue 3: In Sammamish last night, the host Nats scored all five of their runs in the sixth to rally for the win over the Kirkland-based Bandits. Mount Si’s Jack Mardon went 1-2 with a run scored for NWN, and fellow ‘Cat Cam Ferreri went 1-3.

Narrows Baseball 12, Seattle Gladiators 16U 0: The Gladiators were held to one hit – that by MSHS’ Jack Dougherty – in the loss to the Tacoma-based team down in Kent. Dougherty and fellow ‘Cats Mason Gronewald and Tom Phillips went a combined 1-3 with a walk, and Phillips also pitched an inning of relief for SG, and it was clean, with no runs or hits allowed. He received no decision.

Rippers 15U Black 11, River City A’s 4: The Redmond team opened a weekend tournament down in central Oregon with a win over the Tri-Cities-based A’s. Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill went 1-3 with a walk for the Rippers in the contest.

Mount Spokane Wild 11, JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 5: The tournament host Wild handled JBCPS in the nightcap last night at the American Legion event in the Lilac City, being held up at Mount Spokane High School way up on the north side of Spokane past Mead and out US 2 towards Newport. Mitton went 1-3 with a walk.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 3, Lakeside Recovery 2: The two Eastside rivals took their road show all the way south down to Columbia River High School in Vancouver, WA, and put on a hard-fought battle, won by the Bellevue-based Boys. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 0-3 for BoS, who played a second game yesterday in their weekend tournament down south – an 8-4 win over local foe Prospect United. Marenco did not play in that game for Boys.

Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 5, Michael’s Toyota 16U 4: Michael’s fell to the Puyallup team despite breaking out to a 4-0 lead after one frame over at the PSS in Pullman. Wutherich went 0-3 for Toyota in the contest.

Softball
Cedarcrest player aids Redmond team comeback win in SoCal: Cedarcrest High School’s Kenzie Brown went 1-3, helping her Redmond based Elite Diamonds ‘02 Eaton 16U club squad post a 5-4 win over the California-based Victory USA in their lone game yesterday at the American Softball Association’s Champions Cup tournament down in Irvine, CA. The Diamonds trailed 4-1 into the fourth inning but scored four runs in that frame to take the lead, then held on for the win. The Diamonds are 3-0 on the weekend and continue play today in the event.

College Summer Baseball
Valley players compete in Canadian tournament: A pair of Valley players hit the field yesterday up in Kamloops, BC, as the Pacific International League’s Redmond Dudes and Everett Merchants squared off in a game at the Kamloops International tournament. The two locals, the Dudes’ Justin “JuJu” Lutz from Fall City, and the Merchants’ Evan Johnson from Snoqualmie, went a combined 0-5 in the contest, won by Redmond 2-0. Lutz is a 2017 Mount Si HS grad and will be a sophomore this fall at Spokane Falls Community College, while Johnson is a 2014 MSHS’er and just graduated from the University of Northern Colorado.

Fall City-based Honkers fall in Kamloops: Also in Kamloops, the Fall City-based Northwest Honkers fell to their PIL rival Seattle Cheney Studs 13-1. Duvall’s Cameron Padron, a 2009 Cedarcrest HS alum, went 0-3 for the Honkers, who along with the other local teams continue play today in the tournament. The PIL squads are playing the host Kamloops Sun Devils along with an independent Seattle team, the Wallbangers, in the event.

Simpson pitches strong: North Bend’s Tanner Simpson pitched well last night for his team, the Great West League’s Medford Rogues, but the squad fell at home in 10 innings 6-4 to the visiting Yuba Sutter Gold Sox in Medford, OR. Simpson, a 2014 MSHS grad who just graduated from Lewis-Clark State in Idaho, allowed just three hits in five shutout innings of work, striking out four and receiving no decision, seeing his ERA improve to a strong 2.03.

Huschle slams door shut: North Bend’s Alden Huschle picked up his first save last night for his summer team, the Northwoods League’s Mankato MoonDogs, as they posted a 5-1 home win in Mankato, MN, over the in-state rival Willmar Stingers. Huschle, a 2016 MSHS’er who will be a junior this fall at Seattle University, allowed two hits but struck out two to drop his earned run average to an eye-popping 0.90 to get his save. He is among the team’s leaders in ERA, so look for more from him as the season winds along there in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Marenco back for Wenatchee: After a couple of days off, Mount Si grad Mason Marenco returned to the field last night for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox in their 7-6 win over the Walla Walla Sweets down in Walla Walla. Marenco went 0-5 and the North Bender, a freshman this fall at Gonzaga, saw his average drop below .300, to .299. He’ll look to get back above the .300 plateau tonight when the two teams meet at 6:30 over at Whitman College.

CHS alum Wagner hitless for Bears in blowout loss: Duvall’s Blaine Wagner went 0-2 for the Pacific International League’s Highline Bears in a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of the WCL’s Victoria HarbourCats up north in Victoria, BC, last night. Wagner, the starting right fielder for Highline, normally catches for Seattle University, where he will be a junior this fall. He is a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad.

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Friday diamond cuts

Good Friday morning. The baseball diamond cuts this morning starts with some Little League action, and it was one last tuneup last night for both the Falls and Snoqualmie Valley Little League “Majors” All-Stars as they get set to open their runs to Williamsport, PA, and the Little League World Series tomorrow in the District 9 “Majors” (12-and-under) tournament.

Falls scored six third-inning runs and withstood a four-run rally in the sixth from SVLL to post the 7-5 win. Jake Patton guided SVLL, going 2-3 with a double, run scored and RBI, and Blake Forrest also had two hits and scored two runs. Trevor Hennig and Jesiah Willis also doubled, and Sawyer Shelton tripled for SVLL.

The district tournament starts tomorrow, and all three Valley Little Leagues will be represented. Sno-Valley North kicks it off with a game at 10am against Bellevue West, then at 1:00, it’s Falls’ turn as they take on Redmond North, then the SVLL boys wrap up day one at 4:00 with a game against Redmond West. The full day of action is at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish, and admission to all games is free, so head down tomorrow and support local kids as they chase their dreams of making it to the big stage of Williamsport. The tournament runs through July 17.

The rest of our youth baseball scores from last night now from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Tacoma Tugs Premier East 11, Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 7 (game one, doubleheader): Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden went 2-3 with a double and two RBI’s for Preston-based FoC, who ended up on the short end of a slugfest in the first of two down in Sumner. Fellow Wildcat Logan Garwood and Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer both pitched an inning of relief each for the Bears, with Garwood allowing two hits while Hoyer allowed two runs, both unearned, without a hit and struck out two. Neither Valley player received a decision.

Washington Rush Blue 10, Boys of Summer 18U White 6: At Bellevue College, the Rush scored five in the sixth to pull away for the win over Bellevue-based BoS. MSHS grad Trace Halvorson went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored for BoS in this one.

Baden Red 15, Seattle Gladiators 16U 2: Kent-based Baden handled the Gladiators easily at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island. Mount Si’s Jack Dougherty, Mason Gronewald and Tom Phillips went a combined 0-7 for SG with a walk, and Gronewald also pitched, allowing four runs on two hits in 2/3 inning of relief, walking one and striking out one. He received no decision.

Boys of Summer 15U 17, Boise Capitals 10: Consistency is the name of the game, and that was the case last night in the Treasure Valley of Idaho as BoS’ consistent offensive pressure enabled the Bellevue team to withstand a nine-run fifth from the Idaho host team for a win to open a weekend tournament in Boise. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan started for Boys and worked three innings, allowing a run on three hits and striking out two. He received no decision.

Seattle Gladiators 15U 12, Seattle Wave Green 1: Mount Si players paced the Gladiators to the blowout at home in southeast Seattle last night over their Seattle rivals. Ryan Harris went 2-2 with two runs scored, a walk and RBI, while Scott Harris went 1-2, also scoring two runs, walking twice and driving in another run. Jake Marzetti paced the Gladiators, going 0-2, but walking once, reaching base a second time on a hit-by-pitch and scoring two runs.

Michael’s Toyota 12, Washington A’s 18U Elite 6: At the Randy Gifford Summer Showdown in Bellevue, host Michael’s handled the Sammamish-based opposition. Ex-MSHS’er Connor Baxter went 0-1 with a run scored for the A’s.

Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 11, Rippers 1: Valley players did most of the heavy lifting for the Dragons as they rolled to the road win over the Redmond team at Redmond High School. Brady Hossfeld went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s, while Hayden Weaver himself added a pair of hits, scored two runs and drove in another. Ryan Llewellyn walked three times and scored three runs, also adding an RBI, despite going 0-1, and Luke Richter went 0-2, but walked once and scored two runs.

Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 14, WW Sweets 14U 4: Pitchers Sam Coomes and Gavin Clark combined on a no-no for the Preston-based Bears in the win over the Sammamish-based Sweets at Liberty High School in Renton. The hurlers were helped offensively by Mount Si’s Andrew Edson, who went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, and fellow Wildcat Kevin Corder, who also had two hits, walked once and scored three runs. Local player Aidan Dougherty, a future MSHS’er, went 0-1 with a walk, run scored and RBI for Sweets.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 18U 5, Seattle Gladiators 18U 0: The Gladiators were held to three hits in the loss last night down in Kent. Mount Si’s Frankie Cepeda went 0-3 for SG in this one.

JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 11, Rogers Spokane 3: JBC rolled to a win at the American Legion tournament in Spokane to finish 1-1 on day one of the weekend tournament; they lost earlier yesterday in their opener which we covered in our special afternoon diamond cuts yesterday afternoon. Ex-MSHS’er Jake Mitton went 0-1 with a walk for JBCPS.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Spokane Dodgers 4: BoS held off the Spokane team in the opener of a weekend tournament down in Portland. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 1-2 with a walk for Boys in this one.

Tacoma Tugs Premier East 4, Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 0 (game two, doubleheader): FoC was held to two hits in the nightcap – one of which was from Gilden – as the Tugs won it to take the sweep of the twinbill. Hoyer and Garwood both pitched this one, too, for the Bears with Hoyer allowing two runs on five hits, striking out three, in three innings of work, and Garwood pitching a clean seventh inning. Again, as was the case in the opener, neither local player received a decision.

College Summer
Honkers blanked by Valleyite Johnson, Merchants at Kamloops tourney: Fall City’s Northwest Honkers traveled to Kamloops, BC, for the opener of a major weekend tournament yesterday, and they were held to just two hits by their Pacific International League rival Everett Merchants in a 3-0 loss. Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 0-4 for NWH, while Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson also went 0-4 for the Merchants. The tournament continues through this weekend.

Mullins at work: North Bend’s Isaac Mullins took to the hill last night in Portland for the West Coast League’s Cowlitz Black Bears as they handled the host Portland Pickles a 7-3 loss at Lents Park. Mullins, a 2015 MSHS grad and junior-to-be at Washington State, allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work, striking out two and receiving no decision. His ERA is now 4.09 after last night’s efforts. The two Valley players on the Pickles – North Bend’s Carson Breshears and Duvall’s Adam Davenport – did not play in last night’s game.

Highline falls in non-conference clash: The PIL’s Bears fell 8-5 last night in the opener of a weekend set in Victoria, BC, with the WCL’s HarbourCats. Duvall’s Blaine Wagner played for Highline, and the 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, a catcher at Seattle University, played right field as has been the custom this season for the Bears and went 0-2 with an RBI. He will be a junior this fall at SU.

Pro
Karalus suffers loss: North Bend’s Reece Karalus pitched for his minor-league Charlotte Stone Crabs team last night as the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated class “advanced A” squad finished a weather-suspended game from Wednesday with the Florida Fire Frogs. It proved to not be a good night for the 2012 MSHS grad, as he allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits, walking three and striking out one in 2 1/3 innings of relief and taking the loss to drop to 1-2 on the season as Florida, affiliated with the Atlanta Braves, won it 5-4 at home in Kissimmee, FL.

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Thursday afternoon diamond cuts……

The weekend youth tournament action is already underway on the baseball and softball diamonds, with our coverage coming from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. We lead with the girls, and finish with the boys.

Elite Diamonds 16U Eaton 4, Lady Hustle 2: The Redmond-based Diamonds softball ladies opened play this morning at the American Softball Association’s Champions Cup event down in Irvine, CA, with a win over the northern California team. Cedarcrest’s Kenzie Brown went 0-3 for the Diamonds in this one. Brown did not play in the team’s second game of the day, which just went final in southern California, an 11-5 win over a team, Pu’uwai, from Hawaii.

Spokane Expos 14, JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 7: The Kirkland-based JBC baseball team opened their weekend tournament in Spokane this morning falling to the host Spokane-area squad. Former Mount Si player Jake Mitton went 0-1 for JBCPS in this one.

Washington A’s 18U Elite 7, Seattle Bombers 1: The opener of this weekend’s second annual Randy Gifford Summer Showdown baseball tournament, named in memory of late local coach Randy Gifford, went well for the Sammamish-based A’s, who posted the win over the Kenmore-based Bombers. Ex-Mount Si’er Connor Baxter paced the victors, going 1-3 with two runs scored.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 15, North Idaho Black Sox 6: Bellevue-based Michael’s kicked off their weekend at the Palouse Summer Series baseball tournament in Pullman this afternoon with a win, paced by Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich, who went 1-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

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