The weekend wrap…..

Good Monday morning. Athlete of the Week on deck, plus news from track and field and hopefully we’ll also have our summer camp guide for you today as well. In the meantime, our weekend wrap begins with the daily round of diamond cuts, all this morning from baseball. Youth and college action for you with the youth scores and highlights coming courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads.

Marysville Hawks Select 4, Boys of Summer 15U 1: In the title game of the “Mickey Mantle” division last night at the Baum tournament in Ravensdale, the Snohomish County team applied consistent pressure to get the win. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 1-3 for BoS in the contest.

Boys of Summer 15U 4, City Baseball Navy 2: McCutchan got the win in relief for BoS as they scored four runs in the seventh to turn what had been likely defeat into a semifinal win at the Baum event and a trip to the above noted game last night. He was perfect in that 2 2/3 innings of work, striking out two. At the plate McCutchan went hitless, however, going 0-2.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 11, FM Sports 1 (game one, doubleheader): Mount Si players did their share of damage for Preston-based FoC as they rolled in the first of two. Andrew Edson went 3-3 with a triple and three RBI’s, Kevin Corder added a double, two runs scored and an RBI, and Tyler Clem also had a hit and run scored, all for the Bears, who scored six runs in the fourth to cement the win.

Narrows 2, Field of Champions 15U Bears Black 1 (game one, doubleheader): Preston-based FoC was held to two hits in this one as the Gig Harbor-based squad took the first of two at Peninsula High School in Purdy. Mount Si’s Josh Moore and Jayden Shirts both pitched for the Bears, with Moore taking the tough-luck loss despite going a solid five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out three. Shirts allowed a hit in his one inning of relief. Those two, along with fellow Wildcat Jackson Crumb, all took turns hitting as well for FoC and the threesome combined to go 0-6 with a walk.

JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 4, Bellevue Baseball Club 3: In Kirkland last night, the JBCPS squad scored a win with Wildcat Jake Mitton doing most of the damage; Mitton doubled twice, scored a run and drove a second in for JBC as they held off the Bellevue team.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 8, FM Sports 0 (game two, doubleheader): Corder was among four FoC hurlers that combined on a no-hitter as the Bears won the nightcap and swept the pair over the Redmond-based FM at Issaquah High School. Edson went 1-3 with an RBI, while Clem went 0-1 and Corder drove in a run and also struck out three in his two innings of relief as part of the no-no. He received no decision.

Northwest Naturals 15U 6, Lake Stevens Tar Heels 0: In Tacoma at the Baum tourney, the Sammamish-based Nats dominated in the win. Mount Si’s Cole Norah and Dawson Schneider went a combined 0-6 at the plate with an RBI for NWN.

Northwest Naturals 16U 3, FCA Cardinals 16U 2: The Sammamish-based Nats scored three runs in the third and held on for the Baum tourney win over the Woodinville-based FCA. Mount Si’s Jack Mardon and Cam Ferreri both went 0-2, but each walked once and scored a run pacing the Nats.

Northwest Bandits Blue 5, Rippers 16U 0: The Kirkland-based Bandits limited the Redmond-based Rippers to three hits in last night’s win; Cedarcrest HS’ers Curt Nelson and Gavin McDermott were a combined 0-5 with a walk for the Rippers.

Narrows 4, Field of Champions 15U Bears Black 1 (game two, doubleheader): Narrows took the nightcap in Pierce County to sweep the twinbill. Moore went 1-3 for FoC, while Crumb went 0-2. Shirts pitched another inning for the Bears in relief, and it did not go as well as it did the opener, as he allowed three unearned runs on three hits. Shirts received no decision.

WW Sweets 14U 8, Showtime South 1: Sammamish-based Sweets finished up their weekend trip to southwest Washington yesterday routing the Pierce County team. Future Wildcat Aidan Dougherty went 0-3 with an RBI for Sweets in the contest.

Northwest Naturals 16U 3, Rock Creek Select 0: The Sammamish-based Nats took this one at the Baum event over the Ravensdale-based RCS squad. Ferreri and Mardon once again both pitched in for NWN, with Ferreri getting a hit and Mardon going 0-1 with a walk and two runs scored.

Santa Clara 4, Gonzaga 3: Clara held off the Bulldogs in Spokane to salvage a win in this final weekend set of the regular season for both teams. GU’s Carson Breshears, a junior from North Bend and 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-4 with a walk and run scored for the Bulldogs, who advance to the WCC conference tournament and plays there Thursday.

NWAC Spokane SuperRegional-Pierce 5, Spokane 1: CCS fell at home to Pierce in the superregional game yesterday at the NWAC tournament. Freshman Justin “JuJu” Lutz, from Fall City and a 2017 MSHS’er, went 0-4 for Spokane. The two teams played again afterward as a result of the Pierce win, with Spokane blasting to a 14-4 win and a trip to the NWAC championship weekend this coming weekend in Longview. Also there will be Big Bend, with Cedarcrest’s Cody Banks. They won their superregional and also advanced.

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Diamond cuts aplenty on a Sunday…..

Good morning. Diamond cuts on a Sunday morning. All of our high school and youth baseball and softball comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPads and IPhones in their app store.

High School Baseball
WIAA 2A Regionals (Joe Martin Field, Bellingham, loser out): Mountlake Terrace 3, Highline 0 – Kendall Yackley pitched a three-hitter, striking out six, to send the Hawks to the final four next weekend over in Yakima with the regional championship. Tyson Kim guided Mountlake, going 2-2 with a double and RBI. Yackley also had two hits and a run scored.

WIAA 2A Regionals (Gonzaga Prep HS, Spokane, loser out): Liberty 7, Selah 1 – Alex Olague powered the Kingco’s Patriots, homering and tripling as part of a 3-4 effort, scoring twice and driving in three, as Liberty advanced with the win. Chase Archibald went the distance on the mound for LHS, allowing a run on four hits, striking out six.

WIAA 2A Regionals (Joe Martin Field, Bellingham, loser out): Mountlake Terrace 5, Port Angeles 2 – Wesco’s Terrace advanced to the above regional final behind Yackley, who went 3-4. Matt Johnson also went 2-4 with a run scored for the Hawks. Ethan Flodstrom led PA, going 3-3 with a run scored.

WIAA 2A Regionals (Gonzaga Prep HS, Spokane, loser out): West Valley-Spokane 4, Liberty 3 – The last Kingco entrant in this year’s WIAA baseball regionals was eliminated in their regional final, as the Eagles scored twice in the sixth to grab the lead and ultimately the victory. Hunter Tiffany went 2-4 with a triple and run scored for WV-S, while Blake Transue also had two hits, including a double, driving in a run for the Spokane-area squad. Jake Wright went 3-4 for the Patriots and Archibald went 2-3 with a double and RBI pacing Liberty, whose season ended with the loss.

WIAA 4A Regionals (Everett Memorial Stadium, loser out): Skyview 8, Inglemoor 0 – The Vikings from Kingco 4A saw their season end with a blowout loss in the first round at state yesterday. Mitch Malsam had two of Inglemoor’s four hits against the Vancouver-area team.

WIAA 4A Regionals (Heritage Park, Puyallup, loser out): Todd Beamer 4, Issaquah 1 – Federal Way’s Beamer took care of the Kingco’s Eagles, ending their season. Issy was limited to just three hits, with Derek Gellos leading the way, going 1-3 with a run scored. Jared Jonegjan went the distance, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three. Beamer’s Nate Clow and Colin Floyd both homered, Floyd’s homer part of a 3-3 effort to lead TB; he also doubled, scored a run and drove in three more.

WIAA 3A Regionals (Foss HS, Tacoma, loser out): Edmonds-Woodway 6, Mercer Island 3 – Niko Cooper led Wesco’s Ed-Wood, going 3-4 with three runs scored as the Warriors advanced. They in the regional final beat Capital and are headed to the semifinals next weekend in the Tri-Cities. Jalil Martinez went 3-3 with two doubles and three RBI’s as well for E-W. Greg Fuchs led Mercer, going 2-4 with a run scored as the Islanders, from Kingco, had their season end with the loss.

Youth Baseball
Seattle Gladiators 16U 7, Rippers Baseball 16U 3: In Seattle Elite action on Mercer Island, the Seattle-based Gladiators beat the Redmond-based Rippers in a battle of Mount Si and Cedarcrest players. The Mount Si players on the Gladiators all did well. Austin Oberg went 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s, Sam Rogers also had a 1-3 day with two RBI’s, and Tom Phillips too had a hit and scored a run. The CHS’er playing for Rippers, too, contributed. Curt Nelson went 1-1 with two walks and a run scored.

WW Sweets 14U 10, Showtime North 3: Sammamish-based Sweets handled the Pierce County-based squad at a tournament in southwest Washington, aided by a pair of Valley players. Aidan Dougherty went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI, and Jake Smith went 1-3. Dougherty also pitched, allowing a run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings of relief, walking three and striking out three, getting the win.

WW Sweets 14U 12, Northwest Diamond Sports 3: Dougherty doubled twice and scored twice to pace Sweets to a blowout that opened their weekend down in Clark County. Smith was 0-1 but drove in a run for the winning side.

NW Bandits Black 16, Bellevue Dragons 14U Green: Henry Marks from the Kirkland-based Bandits pitched a no-hitter, striking out nine, in the rout of the Bellevue-based team at Mountlake Terrace High School. Valleyite Chris Jarocki drove in the run for Dragons, and also pitched in the contest for the Bellevue team. Several other locals are on this squad.

Northwest Naturals 15U 10, Yakima Dirt Dawgs 0: In the Baum tournament in Ravensdale, the Sammamish-based Nats rolled behind strong pitching from Brian Ahn, who fired a one-hitter and struck out three, and a balanced attack which included a contribution from Mount Si’s Cole Norah. He tripled, walked once, scored twice and drove in a third run. Fellow Wildcat Dawson Schneider was 0-2 for NWN in the game.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Black 11, Seattle Gladiators 0: At Liberty High School, Mount Si players dotted the field for both teams as Preston-based FoC rolled to the win with 10 fourth-inning runs. Among the Wildcats having success, Jackson Crumb aided FoC, with a triple, run scored and three RBI’s, and Logan Garwood also paced the Bears, going 1-2 with a run scored and RBI. Tyler Disch, Jack Phillips and Ryan Harris, all MSHS’ers, each had a hit apiece for SG, who was limited to just four of them. Garwood dominated on the mound for FoC, firing four innings of four-hit ball, striking out two and got the win.

Boys of Summer 15U 8, Yakima Dirt Dawgs 6: In Baum action also in Ravensdale, Bellevue-based Boys held off the Yakima team. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-2 for BoS in the contest.

South Whidbey to represent Cascade at 1A state tourney: The Falcons handled both Cedar Park Christian and Nooksack Valley yesterday at the Northwest 1A District tournament in Sedro-Woolley, sending South Whidbey to the 1A state softball tournament and providing a proper and fitting sendoff for senior ace pitcher Mackenzee Collins, who dominated in both games for SW, as they beat CPC 15-0 and Nooksack 8-1. Also, Sultan was routed by NV ending their season.

College Baseball
NWAC Spokane SuperRegional: Spokane 6, Douglas 2 – Host Spokane handled the Canadian team, with Fall City freshman Justin Lutz aiding the victors; “JuJu”, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-2 with an RBI.

NWAC Tacoma SuperRegional: Big Bend 8, Tacoma 6 – CHS grad Cody Banks aided Big Bend to the win; the sophomore from Duvall went 1-4.

NWAC Everett SuperRegional: Everett 6, Mount Hood 5 – Mount Hood fell in the regionals to the host Trojans; freshman Carson Corra, he of Ames Lake and a 2017 MSHS’er, pinch-ran in the contest for MHCC but did not score a run.

Stanford 10, Washington State 1 (Fri.): Stanford rolled to the weekend series-opening win over the Cougars in northern California on Friday night. Sophomore Isaac Mullins, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS’er, allowed a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning of work in relief for the Cougars with no decision.

Gonzaga 5, Santa Clara 3 (Fri.): GU pocketed the weekend series opening win Friday night at home in Spokane to punch a ticket to the West Coast Conference tournament next weekend and in the process ended Santa Clara’s postseason hopes. Junior Carson Breshears, from North Bend, went 1-4 with a run for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga 9, Santa Clara 0 (last night): GU put this one away early, scoring all of their runs in the first two innings to blank the Broncos. Breshears went 2-4 with a run for the Bulldogs, who look for the sweep this afternoon.

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CHS softball season ends as they are unable to recover from early hole in district tourney loss, plus some Saturday diamond cuts

Cedarcrest High School’s softball season came to an end last night, as they allowed four first-inning runs to Sedro-Woolley and could not recover, falling 8-4 to the Cubs in a loser-out game at the Northwest 2A District Tournament at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley. The Red Wolves’ season ends at 19-4.

Riley Conn homered for Sedro and drove in three runs, while Nicole Wright went 4-4 with a run scored and three RBI’s for the Cubs. Sedro’s four-run first came against Red Wolve starter Cassidy Derieg. Hannah Forst and Hollie Davis both singled before Wright got her first hit, a single, socring Forst to put the Cubs on the board. After top hitter Megan Friend flew out, Carson Lomsdalen singled to score Davis, then Conn doubled to score Lomsdalen and Wright. Michaela Carter then came in to pitch following that, and shut down the bats for the remainder of the inning.

Sedro, though, continued to put pressure on the Red Wolves, and CHS’ offense could not get a lot going against Cub pitcher Avery Wagner. Wagner went the distance allowing four runs on nine hits walking three and striking out four. Carter and Elaine Townley each had two hits, including a double, scoring a run and driving in another for Cedarcrest.

Derieg took the loss in the circle, allowing four runs on five hits. Carter held her own, going the rest of the way and allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits, walking two and striking out six.

Sedro with the win advanced to state, but had another game to play, which we highlight for you below. All of our coverage from the diamond today is from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest 2A District (winner-to-state, loser out): Lynden 6, Mountlake Terrace 1 – Lion pitcher Breanna Swendt successfully maneuvered her way through a tough Mountlake offense, punching a berth to state and eliminating the Hawks from the tournament. Swendt went the distance, allowing a run on just four hits, striking out three. Alexis Fredin doubled twice for LHS, both as part of a 3-4 evening, scoring a run and driving in two more. Jamie Bingaman went 2-3 with an RBI for MT as their season ended with the loss.

Northwest 2A District third-place game: Sedro-Woolley 15, Lynden 5 – Friend exploded for Sedro in this one, homering twice as part of a 5-5 effort scoring five runs and driving in another five. My goodness, is that girl good or what? Lomsdalen also had a big nightcap, going 3-5 with two runs scored and four more driven in. Lynden’s Fredin was 1-1 with three walks and two RBI’s. Sedro took third while the Lions took fourth.

Also from softball, with more from our friends at Gamechanger:

Wesco 3A Tournament Championship: Snohomish 8, Edmonds-Woodway 0 – Bailey Greenlee has been among the best pitchers in this conference all season, and she showed why yesterday, doing all the heavy lifting in the circle to aid the Panthers to the title at Phil Johnson Fields in south Everett. Greenlee fired a one-hitter and struck out 12, with her also going 2-2 offensively driving in three runs. Ruby Sugayan went 3-4 with two RBI’s as well for the Panthers. Mya Fegler had the lone E-W hit. Both teams advance to the state tournament next weekend.

Wesco 3A Tournament third-place game (winner-to-state, loser out): Marysville-Pilchuck 8, Meadowdale 0 – Just like Snohomish’s Greenlee, Pilchuck’s McKenzie Justice has been a tough customer in the circle all season, and she, too, delivered to help her Tomahawks punch a state ticket. Justice fired a two-hitter and struck out eight, and helped herself in a big way offensively, hitting two solo homers. Lilianne Fischer also homered for M-P driving in two runs, and Sydney Zachry went 3-4 with an RBI for the Tomahawks. Olivia Dimmock and Brynn Webster had the two hits for the Mavericks, whose season ended with the loss.

Scores and highlights here, too, from Gamechanger:

City Baseball Navy 4, Northwest Naturals 15U 0: Mount Si players Cole Norah and Dawson Schneider were a combined 0-5 with a walk for NWN as they fell in their GSL Baum Tournament opener last night in Ravensdale to the Seattle-based team. The Naturals are based in Sammamish and several Mount Si players are once again playing for that organization’s teams this summer.

Northwest Naturals 16U 11, Northwest Reign Silver 0: The Naturals opened their season in style last night in their Baum tournament opener as well, with Alec Morrison from Skyline tossing a no-hitter and striking out six for NWN. A congrats to him from the SVSJ on that performance. MSHS’ Cam Ferreri led the two-person Valley delegation with the Nats, going 2-2 with a walk and two RBI’s, while fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon went 1-3 with two runs scored.

City Baseball Green 18, Seattle Gladiators 16U 8: MSHS’ Mason Gronewald and Austin Oberg went a combined 0-5 with a walk and run scored – both by Gronewald – as the Gladiators fell in a Seattle Elite League game last night in Seattle.

Boys of Summer 8, Rippers 16U 7: Despite the efforts of a pair of Cedarcrest players, the Redmond team fell just short in a Seattle Elite League game last night in Kirkland. Gavin McDermott went 2-4 with a double, driving in four runs, and Curt Nelson also doubled, scoring a run and driving in two. Bellevue-based BoS, however, had this one done early, scoring seven of their runs in the first then surviving a four-run Ripper fifth to take the win.

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Valley high schools to send athletes to state track and field meet

The Valley will have a few athletes competing at the upcoming state high school track and field meets with excellent results from Wednesday first day action at two district meets featuring local high school teams.

Two from Mount Si and one from Cedarcrest earned state qualification, with others barely missing out on trips to Tacoma.

At the SeaKing 4A meet, one Wildcat boy and girl both earned entry. On the boys’ side, Joe Waskom made it, finishing second in the 1600m with a time of 4:14.47. On the girls’ side, Abby Triou took second in the discus with a toss of 105’2”. The top two finishers in each event earned automatic entry to state from the district competition. There were some close shaves, too – in that girls’ discus, Triou’s Wildcat teammate Jenae Usselman finished right behind in third, and in the girls’ high jump, Karlie Stewart finished fourth.

Also, boys Roy Bang (shot put) and Logan Milks (javelin) finished fourth in those events.

Meanwhile, the Northwest 2A District meet started at Lakewood High School in Arlington, with at least one Cedarcrest state qualifier – that being boys’ distance runner Grant Van Valkenburg, who won the 1600m clocking 4:19.37. Girls’ triple jumper Lauren Krause also was close, but appeared to have fallen just short of earning a state trip herself, finishing fifth in that event with a clearance of 33 feet, 8 ¾” inches.

Both meets wrap up today.

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Time now for a preview of today’s CHS district playoff softball game, with their season – and a trip to state – on the line…..

Well, time now for our preview of today’s big Cedarcrest High School softball game as they look to make a return trip to Selah and the 2A state high school softball tournament.


Well, the Red Wolves are back today looking to make state despite stumbling Wednesday night against Lakewood. Five errors did not help issues any for Cedarcrest in their 7-4 loss to the Cougars in the district semifinals, which came after their dramatic walk-off win over Anacortes in which they held a big lead late, lost that lead – again thanks partially to defensive miscues – then had to have Katelynn Smith play the heroine hitting a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Seahawks in the opener.

So what we are going to discuss this morning are our keys to victory today for Cedarcrest in this one:

-Score early and often
-Minimize the mistakes

Score early and often: The Sedro club we find to be an interesting case study. They fell to Granite Falls in their only head-to-head matchup of the regular season with a Cascade foe, and played Kingco 4A champ Eastlake falling just 4-0 to the vaunted Wolves. But they smoked Lakewood 17-5 in a game that happened right around the same time the Cougars played CHS in Duvall back in April. And the Cubs advanced into this game outlasting Archbishop Murphy in a loser-out game at the district tournament Wednesday despite allowing 12 runs in that one. CHS can help their cause immensely we believe if they can put pressure early on Sedro pitcher Nicole Wright, who allowed all 12 runs, of which eight were earned thanks to three Cub errors.

Red Wolve bats as you all know are plentiful, and we’d look for all the big names to step up. Smith. Townley. Derieg. Carter (who by the way incase you have not heard, Red Wolve P/1B Michaela Carter this week was named as a WIAA Athlete of the Week for her efforts last week for Cedarcrest in their final games of the regular season). Beckett. Fox. Polacek. Plenty of others we can’t name here because we don’t have room. This lineup as you know is deep, and this lineup as you know is potent. They need to make Wright’s day a challenge immediately, and we believe they have the tools to do it.

Minimize the mistakes: Five errors against Lakewood, but they also had one in the Anacortes game, too. Got to cut that stuff out if they want to get this done. Part of why Murphy ended up losing to Sedro – well, they had seven errors in that game. Can’t make mistakes if you want to go places and the challenge for the Red Wolves, especially their infield and pitchers Derieg and Carter, is to minimize those mistakes, many of which probably are happening as a result of plays developing faster than expected. Hopefully, the girls worked on this in practice yesterday and will be ready for the conditions today.

Sedro’s got some good hitters, too – Megan Friend went 4-4 with two runs scored and an RBI against Murphy, and Hannah Forst tripled as part of a 3-5 performance in that game for the Cubs, scoring a run and driving in three. You think those two girls will be ready to pounce on CHS miscues? Oh, you’d better believe it. And they’ll have their friends, family and community alongside them too as the Janicki complex is on the west end of Sedro-Woolley’s downtown, just minutes from the high school. So a virtual “home field” advantage to be sure and that’s another thing CHS has to contend with. Mistakes in key spots will make this an even bigger factor.

So there you go. We tend to like the Red Wolves in this one as we think they have the deeper lineup and better pitching. But if they can’t follow the blueprint we’ve just outlined for you, then their season will end with goals unfulfilled and a future that perhaps won’t be nearly as successful as the past few seasons have been, as the landscape in Wesco’s going to be a lot tougher. And we mean a lot tougher the next two seasons.


So with that said, we expect CHS to move on and face the winner of Mountlake Terrace-Lynden in the third-place game. Mountlake and Lynden also compete in a loser-out game this afternoon. Considering the strength of Terrace’s offense, we like the Hawks and see CHS and MT engaging in a slugfest this afternoon. We’re going to take Terrace, though, because their depth has done a bit more damage against much better opposition within Wesco this spring. MT 7, Cedarcrest 6

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