The Monday morning round to start a new week…..

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap now and we start with Little League baseball. The Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s Majors All-Stars, U12, saw their dreams of going to the Little League World Series come to a heartbreaking end last night, as they were knocked out of the District 9 tournament in Issaquah in stunning fashion.

Mercer Island beat SVLL 2-1 on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the sixth, ending the tournament run for the boys from the Valley. But these boys gave their all, and one in particular did his best to keep his team alive – Owen Krasowski. He went 1-2 with the lone SVLL run in the contest, and also went the distance on the mound – 5 1/3 innings – allowing just those two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out three. Taylor Davis had the other hit for Snoqualmie Valley.

A shout out to the rest of the team – Carsen Hill, Conner Ball, Taylor Davis, Grant Bjorke, Sydney Wysocki, Dalton Watters, Matt Talbot, Ryan Caro, Brooks Kapfhammer, Noah Neville, Micah Jayne and a kid named Brady H. A great job by all of you this season and we hope to see you all wearing scarlet and gray in a few years time on a brand new field at Mount Si High School.

To our other youth action now. Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Naturals 16U 12, FM Sports 2 (game one, doubleheader): Skyline High School yesterday afternoon saw a lot of Mount Si players competing for the two teams as the Sammamish-based Nats played two with Redmond-based FM. Here’s how some of them did in the opener, won by NWN: For the Nats, Tyler Disch led the local contingent, going 1-3 with two runs scored, while Jack Phillips went 0-3 but walked twice and scored two runs, and Hayden Weaver worked four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking six and striking out one to get the win, and Dawson Schneider pitched one-hit ball over the final three innings striking out four to get a save. As for FM, their large Wildcat group was paced by Ryan Harris, who was 0-2 with a walk and run scored.

FSP Baseball 18U 6, Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 3: Bellevue-based Ford took home the Gifford Memorial Tournament title, doubling up the Tacoma-area team at Issaquah High School. Mount Si’s Harrison Clark paced the victors, going 2-3 and fellow ‘Cat Troy Baunsgard went 0-2 with a walk.

Bellevue Dragons Elite Blue 13, Rock Creek 15U 5: The Dragons rolled past Maple Valley-based Rock Creek last night in Ravensdale. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 1-3 with a walk and RBI pacing RC.

Scottsdale Dirtbags 15, Northwest Naturals 14U 13: The finale for the Nats at the Prospect Wire tournament down in Phoenix was a barnburner, with 17 of the 28 total runs the two teams scored in the game coming in just one inning – the fourth – as the Arizona team used a 10-run fourth to outlast NWN. Mount Si’s Josh Freudenberg went 1-1 with a walk and run scored for the Nats, and soon-to-be ‘Cat Parker Norah started on the hill, going two innings and allowing five runs on four hits walking six and striking out two, receiving no decision. At the plate, he went 0-1.

Northwest Naturals 16U 7, FM Sports 6 (game two, doubleheader): The Nats took the nightcap of two in walk-off fashion and swept the twinbill. Mount Si players on NWN were paced by Disch’s 2-3 effort; he doubled and drove in three runs, while Phillups went 0-2 but walked once and scored a run. Schneider went 1-3 with a run scored. FM’s Wildcat crew was paced by Jackson Crumb, who started on the hill and worked four solid innings allowing three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out one receiving no decision. He also tripled and scored a run. Ryan Harris took the loss, allowing a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning of relief, walking two. Rounding it out, Scott Harris went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI and Josh Moore was 1-2 with a walk and run scored.

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Sunday afternoon diamond cuts…..

Sunday afternoon diamond notes. All of your coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 8, Washington A’s 15U 0: The two teams squared off this morning with plenty of Mount Si presence on both sides of the diamond down in Kent as part of the Firecracker tournament. BDG’s Wildcat contingent was led by Luke Richter, who went 3-4 with two runs scored and drove in a third run. Fellow ‘Cat Chris Jarocki also delivered a solid game, going 2-3 with two runs scored. Their Mount Si counterpart on the A’s, Matt Wieting, went 0-3.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 6, Premier Baseball 6: The Preston-based FoC and an Oregon team ended in a tie this morning at a tournament in Wilsonville, OR. Leading the Mount Si delegation for the Bears was Beck Hoffman, who went 1-4 with a run scored, and Drew Hiddleson, who pitched three quality innings of relief, allowing an unearned run on one hit, walking one and striking out three. He received no decision and at the plate also went 0-4.

Renegades Baseball 6, Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 1: BDE fell in their GSL weekend tournament game down in Olympia despite a solid afternoon from Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden, who went 1-3 with a run scored, the lone run for the Dragons in this one.

Spokane Expos 12, Kirkland Merchants 16U 1: The Merchants wrapped up play this afternoon at the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman with a blowout loss to the Spokane team. Woodinville’s Caden McCann went 0-1 for KM in this one.

FSP Baseball 18U 8, Washington Rush 5: Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard doubled and scored a run for Bellevue-based Ford as they handled the Snohomish County-based Rush at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Fellow ‘Cat Harrison Clark also had a hit and run scored in this one for FSP.

Portland Baseball Club 6, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5: PBC held off Bellevue-based Boys in a tournament down in Portland. Mount Si grad – and newly-minted Jamestown U. Jimmie – Trace Halvorson led the way for BoS, going 2-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI. Fellow 2019 MSHS alum Spencer Marenco went 0-1.

GPA Baseball One 13, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 8: Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan was dinged up a bit on the mound in this one as the Bellevue team fell to the Oregon team at a tournament in Albany, OR. McCutchan allowed six runs, four earned, on three hits, walking five and striking out two for XSN, taking the loss. At the plate, he was 0-1 with an RBI. XSN also fell earlier to a second team from the GPA crew, with McCutchan not seeing action in that game.

WW Sweets 15U 15, Reality Sports 14: Sammamish-based Sweets held on to take a barnburner down at St. Martin’s University in Lacey in the GSL weekend tourney game. Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty and Jake Smith were both real busy in this one, both with their bats and their arms. We’ll start on the hill. Dougherty started and worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs, five earned, on nine hits, walking two and striking out four. He ended up with the win. Smith held on despite allowing three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings to pick up the save. Now to the offense. Smith went 2-3 with three RBI’s, while Dougherty went 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s. Busy day for sure, but both did their part to secure a victory for their team.

Federal Way Buzz 12, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 9: At Lake Washington High School, the Kirkland-based JBC was on the short end of a slugfest against the Federal Way team. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 1-3 with a run for Juanita.

Northwest Naturals 17U 5, Gas Athletics 3: At their tournament in Phoenix, the Sammamish-based Nats held off the Albuquerque-based team aided by Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri, who went 1-2 with a walk.

WW Sweets 15U 9, Kelso Baseball Gold 0: Sammamish-based Sweets blanked the southwest Washington team down in Olympia this morning aided by Dougherty and Smith. Dougherty went 0-2 but reached on an error, scored a run and drove another in, while Smith walked and scored a run with no official at-bats.

Rock Creek 15U 6, Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 4: Rock Creek escaped with a win after two runs in the sixth to break a 4-4 tie down in Kent. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer started on the hill for the Maple Valley-based RC and pitched 5 1/3 good innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, walking one and striking out six. He received no decision and went 0-3. As for the Dragons, the Mount Si delegation was paced by J.T. DeRouen, who had a hit and run scored, and Jarocki, who pitched three innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits, walking three and striking out two. He took the loss and also went 0-3.

Northwest Naturals 17U 2, Nevada Sports Academy 0: NWN hurler Jared Johnson fired a complete-game four-hitter, striking out six, for the Sammamish team in their shutout of the Vegas-area squad down in Arizona. Ferreri went 0-3.

Little League Baseball
Falls suffers setback on way to district title game: The Falls Little League’s “Minors” (U11) All-Star team fell in the semifinals this morning of the District 9 tournament in Bellevue, 15-4, to Issaquah, sending the Issy boys into the title game this coming week and the Falls kids into a loser-out game tomorrow night against either Bellevue Thunderbird or Kirkland American. Stats are not available. The game tomorrow is at 6:00 at Hidden Valley Park in downtown Bellevue with the winner advancing to meet Issaquah in the title round starting Tuesday.

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North Bend’s Gorrell delivers for Sox in college summer league win, plus the morning round on a Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. A lot on the ledger this morning diamond-cuts wise. We first begin with college summer baseball, and it was a great night on the hill last night for one Valley pitcher, as he recorded his first win of the summer with his new team.

North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell pitched by far his best outing of the summer for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox, and got some run support from his team’s offense to go with it, as Wenatchee went down to Bend, OR, and doubled up the host Elks 8-4 at Vince Genna Stadium under the lights last night. Gorrell, a sophomore this fall at Boise State University who graduated from Mount Si HS in 2017, pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on just four hits – his lone mistake pretty much was allowing a solo homer in the sixth to the Elks – walking one and striking out six to drop his ERA to 5.09 and move to 1-2 on the season. A great outing for sure and one that hopefully will spark a strong second half for the Valley player.

Wenatchee with the win moved to 11-15 on the season. They wrap up the series tonight with the Elks down in Bend with a 5:00 p.m. first pitch. You can catch the game live on Facebook Live at the Elks’ Facebook page, or hop on their Mixlr broadcast which is available at their website; search “Bend Elks” on Google and you should find a link to that broadcast there.

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Honkers split two with Canadian foes in Kamloops tourney: The Pacific International League’s Northwest Honkers split a pair at the Kamloops International tournament in Canada yesterday, beating the host Sun Devils from British Columbia but then falling to the Calgary Dinos from Alberta.

In the win over the Sun Devils, Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 0-4 but drove in two runs as NWH scored seven runs in the seventh to run away with the 8-2 victory, but in the nightcap he went 0-2 with a run scored and RBI as the Honkers couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead and fell to the Dinos 8-7. The Valley-based Honkers continue play at the tournament today.

Time now for the youth baseball on a Sunday. Action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Rippers Baseball 16U 8, Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 6: A big night for Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill lifted the Redmond-based Rippers to a win over a Tacoma-area team in the GSL weekend tournament in Tacoma. He went 3-3 with a double and three RBI’s leading Rippers. Fellow Red Wolve Kian Pegueros-Warren went 0-3 in this one for the victors.

Victoria Eagles 4, Juanita Baseball Club 16U: In Kirkland last night as part of the weekend GSL event, host Juanita was blanked by the Canadian team. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-3 for JBC in this one.

Rock Creek 15U 3, North Seattle Rainiers 1: In the weekend GSL event as well, but in Ravensdale, Maple Valley-based RC held off the Seattle team. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 0-3 in this one for Rock Creek.

Stilly Venom 14, Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 0: The Bellevue team fell in an early-morning clash to the Arlington-based Venom in Kirkland. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden recorded a walk in this one with no official at-bats for BDE.

Washington A’s 15U 11, Seattle Wave Green 6: In Ravensdale at the GSL event, the Sammamish-based A’s outslugged the Seattle-based team in a morning clash. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting went 1-5 with a run scored and RBI for the A’s.

Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 8, Michael’s Toyota 18U 5: In a tournament in Sammamish yesterday morning, the Bellevue-based Michael’s fell against the Tacoma-area team. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 0-3 with a run scored for Toyota in this one.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 2, Washington Rush 2 (10): The Dragons and Snohomish County-based Rush played well into extras in this one and ended in a draw at Redmond High School. Mount Si’s delegation on the Dragons was led in this one by Brady Hossfeld, with two hits, and Ryan Llewellyn, who went 1-4 with a run offensively and also pitched three perfect innings of relief striking out five with no decision. Fellow ‘Cat Luke Richter also had a hit and RBI for BDG.

Northwest Naturals 14U 10, California Baseball Academy Bruins 1: The Sammamish-based Nats, as we mentioned yesterday, are in a tournament in Phoenix. Well, as part of that yesterday, they got to play this one at a major league spring training stadium – this the Oakland A’s complex at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, and the two Mount Si’ers on the Nats had an experience to remember. Sophomore-to-be Josh Freudenberg went 2-3 with two RBI’s, and soon-to-be freshman Parker Norah went 0-2 but scored a run as NWN rolled past the California team.

WW Sweets 15U 10, Seattle Tides 3: The Mount Si duo of Aidan Dougherty and Jake Smith powered the offense for Sammamish-based Sweets in this GSL tourney win in Lacey. Smith tripled, scored a run and drove in two more for WWS, while Doughery had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.

Vancouver Cardinals 6, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 3: Bellevue-based Boys fell to the southwest Washington team last night down in Portland at a tournament there. Mount Si HS grads – both now college-bound – Trace Halvorson (Jamestown U.) and Spencer Marenco (Yakima Valley CC) – went a combined 0-5 with two walks in this one for BoS.

FSP Baseball 18U 7, Rippers Baseball 0: Bellevue-based Ford beat the Redmond-based squad at Issaquah High School anchored by Mount Si’s Harrison Clark. Clark went 2-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI’s guiding FSP, and fellow ‘Cat senior-to-be Troy Baunsgard went 1-2 with a walk and RBI also for Ford.

Zoots Baseball 10, Northwest Naturals 17U 1: At the Prospect Wire tournament down in Phoenix, the Sammamish-based Nats fell to the California team. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 0-3 in this one for NWN.

BOSS Baseball 6, Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 3: Preston-based FoC was held to one hit – that a triple by Mount Si’s Drew Hiddleson that drove in two runs – as they were doubled up by the Oregon team last night down in the Willamette Valley, in Wilsonville, OR. Fellow Wildcats Ryan Gerlitz and Blake Miller both went 0-2 with walks and a run scored each pacing the Bears.

Baden Black 16U 6, Southridge Bandits 3: At the Palouse Summer Series over in Colfax, Seattle-based Baden doubled up the Tri-Cities area team. Ex-MSHS’er Mason Gronewald went 0-2 with a walk in this one for Baden. He played this spring for Mercer Island High School.

Kirkland Merchants 16U 5, Kennewick Dusters 3: Kirkland also took a PSS win, this in Pullman, over a Tri-Cities team. Woodinville player Caden McCann had no official at-bats in this one for KM, but did score a run.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 8, Idaho Cubs 4: Preston-based FoC also delivered a win at the PSS in Pullman, beating the Idaho team. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson went 2-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored for FoC, while fellow ‘Cat Lucas Costello went 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s pacing the victors. Two other Mount Si’ers also contributed – Tyler Clem, who went 1-3 with a walk and RBI, and Kevin Corder, who went 0-4 with a walk, reached twice on errors and scored two runs.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 5, Yard Dawgs 2: Bellevue-based XSN took this one over the Oregon team down at Oregon State University yesterday in Corvallis. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-1 with a walk and RBI for XSN in this one.

Reality Sports 8, Rippers Baseball 16U 1: The Rippers played yesterday morning as well and the bats couldn’t wake up in time as they fell in this one. Rippers was limited to just one hit and the CHS duo of Pegueros-Warren and Pudwill went a combined 0-4 in this one.

Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 3, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 2: The two Eastside rivals squared off in a morning game yesterday with the Dragons ekeing it out. Mitton (JBC) and Gilden (BDE) went a combined 0-6 in this one for their respective teams. Mitton also pitched two innings, allowing a run on one hit, walking four, striking out three and receiving no decision.

Rock Creek 15U 12, Bothell Bulldogs 2: Hoyer tripled and drove in three for Rock Creek as they used an eight-run third to roll over the Bothell team last night in the GSL event.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 7, Washington A’s 15U 6: The Tugs took this one in a walk-off down in Ravensdale with Wieting going 0-3 with a walk and RBI. He also pitched an inning for the Sammamish-based A’s in this one, allowing two runs on three hits and recording no decision.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 6, Seattle Braves 4: Wutherich took the hill in this one for Michael’s and pitched five solid innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits, walking two and striking out two as Toyota held off the Seattle-based squad at Skyline High School in Sammamish.

Northwest Naturals 14U 12, Arizona A’s Orange 1: The Nats took their road show in Arizona to a Mesa-area park for this one, and saw Norah triple, score a run and drive in a second as they blew past the Arizona team. Freudenberg added a hit, walk, run scored and two RBI’s to the efforts for NWN.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 8, Seattle Wave Black 4: Bellevue doubled up the Wave at Redmond High School, backed by Richter, who went 2-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI, Llewellyn, who went 0-4 at the plate but pitched another solid inning of relief, allowing an unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts, and fellow MSHS’er Chris Jarocki, who hit a pinch-hit triple and drove in a run.

Softball
A lot of softball as well. Action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 10, ‘Canes Fastpitch 1: A busy day for the Woodinville-based Blast in their weekend tournament down in Centralia yesterday started out with a bang, as they pounded out nine runs in the first two innings to roll over the central Washington team. Mount Si’s Madison Bonham powered the win, too, for AbB, going 3-3 and coming a homer short of hitting for the cycle. She scored two runs and drove in three more for the Blast in this one.

Issaquah Flame 14U Black 6, Minnesota Sting 2: The Flame opened their playoff action at the Sparkler Juniors in Loveland, CO, yesterday with a win over the Minneapolis-area team backed by efforts from two future CHS Red Wolves. Maddie Knowles doubled, scored a run and drove in a second run for the Issaquah-based team, while Kaylee Hulse went 0-2 but was hit by a pitch and drove in a run.

Las Vegas Lady Scorpions 11, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 3: The Redmond-based Diamonds were knocked out of the Colorado Sparkler event in Arvada, CO, with this loss to the Vegas team. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 1-2 with a run scored and RBI for the Diamonds, while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger also had a hit.

Ruthless SoCal 11, Bellevue Blast 16U 10: The Blast suffered the same fate – being knocked out of the Sparkler in Arvada with this loss, to a southern California team, in walk-off fashion. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-2 for the Blast with a walk and run scored.

SoCal A’s 9, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 1: The Shock were also knocked out of the Sparkler Juniors last night in Johnstown, CO, near Greeley, as they couldn’t get the bats going in a loss to the California team. Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith homered to account for the Shock’s offense in this one. Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook and future CHS’er Riley Warden went a combined 0-5 in this one for SSO.

Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 10, Lady Warriors 2: The Blast waited until late to break out the bats in the lunchtime win at the Fort Borst Complex near the Centralia outlet mall and just off I-5, scoring nine of their 10 runs over the final three innings to sink the local foe. Bonham went 2-5 in this one.

Issaquah Flame 14U Black 10, Texas Premier Prospects 3: The Flame’s bats cooked in the fourth, as they scored seven runs to roll past the Austin, TX-based team. Knowles and Hulse were busy too – they went a combined 3-6 with all the hits being doubles, scored three runs and drove in three more pacing the Flame in this one. It was a balanced win, too, with everyone in the lineup recording a hit and most also scoring a run and/or driving in one.

Washington Illusion 5, Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 2: AbB’s bats ran out of magic in this one as they couldn’t overcome a 5-0 hole and fell in this nightcap last night to the southwest Washington team. Bonham went 1-3 in this one for the Blast.

Colorado Stars 3, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Miller Gold 2: The Hawks fell to the Colorado team and ended the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks trip to the Boulder IDT event in Colorado in the process. Cedarcrest HS grad – and Fordham U. bound – Michaela Carter went 2-2 with an RBI in this one for the ‘Hawks.

Illusions Gold CTX 1, Issaquah Flame 14U Black 0: The Flame saw their week in Colorado come to an end last night as they were eliminated falling on the short end of a pitcher’s duel to the suburban Austin, TX, team. Hulse had a hit but Knowles went 0-2 in this one for Issaquah, who ended up a solid 6-3 on the week in Colorado.

Acers out: The Auburn-based Acers’ Campbell 18U’s, with Mount Si’s Hope Bostick, fell to a California team in a loser-out game at the Sparkler event as well yesterday in suburban Denver and were, too, eliminated from the tournament.

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Valley girls to play for world title: Sno-Valley North Little League will be on the world stage this summer, as some of their girls’ softball players will get to play for a world championship on home soil.

The SVNLL Juniors’ softball All-Stars, which is part of a combined team with two Redmond Little League programs, won the Washington state Little League “Juniors” (U13-14) title yesterday. The squad, as the District 9 champions, will be the host team for the Little League Junior Softball World Series later this month in Kirkland. But their state win advances them to the West Regional tournament which starts July 17 down in Tucson, AZ.

The team consists of the following players: Abigail Lew, Anne Crystal, Annika Dayberry, Ella Claus, Grace Haegele, Hannah Robarge, Karli and Krista Kostoff, Kimora Johnson, Malia Parra, Natalia Farago, Shealyn O’Connor, Sophie Williams and Tatum Wood. It is coached by Cheryl Johnson. Good luck ladies down in Arizona from us here at the SVSJ.

Little League Baseball
All three Valley teams suffered losses in the District 9 Little League “Majors” (U12) tournament first round yesterday. Action as well from GC:

Bellevue Thunderbird 10, Snoqualmie Valley LL “Majors” (U12) All-Stars 2: SVLL couldn’t get the bats going as they were sent to the loser-out round with the loss in the opening round yesterday at Dodd Field in Issaquah. Taylor Davis led SVLL, going 2-3 with a run scored. Brooks Kapfhammer also had a hit for SVLL in this one. SVLL plays their loser-out game tonight at 5:00 at Dodd against Mercer Island.

Issaquah 16, Sno-Valley North LL “Majors” (U12) All-Stars 0: Sno-Valley North’s bats stayed ice cold, too, as they were no-hit by Issaquah in this one. SVNLL’s loser-out game is on Tuesday night with an opponent to be determined.

Falls also drops into loser-out bracket: Falls’ entry fell to Bellevue West and will play their loser-out game tomorrow. Stats and score were not available.

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After long wait, Mount Si grad Halvorson finds college baseball program for next spring

Got another college signing to tell you about this morning concerning Mount Si High School.

The long process for recently-graduated senior Trace Halvorson has finally paid off, as he has found a program for next spring. Halvorson announced on his Twitter feed last night that he has signed with the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. The Jimmies, as they are called, are an NAIA school and Halvorson will not be the first player from the Valley to play for this school.

Outfielder Paul Sitkowski, from Carnation, played for the Jimmies for two seasons, in 2014 and 2015, after transferring there from Everett Community College. He hit better than .300 in his two seasons with Jamestown, who is part of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Halvorson hit better than .400 this season for Mount Si as it advanced to the Wes-King District 4A playoffs this season. He drove in 11 runs on the spring.

Jamestown has been one of the stronger programs in the NAIA in recent years; this spring they finished 35-18 and won the conference title advancing to the NAIA playoffs.

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Saturday news and notes…..

Good Saturday morning. We begin our diamond cuts this morning with great news for local Little League supporters. A Valley Little League is one step closer to winning a District 9 championship.

That would be the Falls Little League, comprising Fall City and Snoqualmie Ridge. Their “Minors” all-star team (U-11) outslugged Bellevue Thunderbird 9-6 last night in a winner’s bracket contest at the district tournament at Hidden Valley Park in Bellevue. This advances Falls into a semifinal with Issaquah tomorrow with the winner advancing to the title game on Monday night. The game tomorrow is at 11:00am.

No stats are available from the contest. Falls is the remaining of two Valley leagues entered into the tournament; Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s team was eliminated from the tournament on Wednesday and Sno-Valley North did not send a team this season.

To the rest of our youth baseball and softball cuts. Everything this morning from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
WW Sweets 16, Pierce County Diamond Jaxx 9: The Sammamish-based Sweets kept the bats humming all afternoon in this one, beating the Tacoma-area team down in Olympia at this weekend’s GSL tournament. Mount Si’s Jake Smith went 1-2 with two RBI’s for WWS, while fellow ‘Cat Aidan Dougherty added a double, two walks and two runs scored to the winning efforts for Sweets.

Rippers Baseball 16U 11, Reality Sports 11: Cedarcrest HS’s Kian Pegueros-Warren delivered the goods last night to help his Redmond-based Rippers end in a wild draw down in Lacey. He went 2-2 with a triple, scoring two runs and driving in five more leading the Rippers. Fellow Red Wolve Mason Pudwill walked three times and drove in a run as well for the Redmond squad. Pegueros-Warren also pitched, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits in 1 2/3 innings, walking two. He received no decision.

Baden Premier 10, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5: Seattle-based Baden doubled up Bellevue-based BoS in a southwest Washington tournament last night. Mount Si alum Spencer Marenco doubled, walked twice, scored a run and drove in two more pacing BoS, while fellow ‘Cat Class of 2019 grad Trace Halvorson went 0-3 but was hit by a pitch and scored a run.

Mountain View DB9 6, Northwest Naturals 17U 2: The Arizona team scored four times in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and escape with the win in the opener of a weekend tournament for the Nats down in Phoenix. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 0-2 in this one for the Sammamish-based NWN.

Juanita Baseball Club 16U 4, Venom Braves 3: Kirkland-based JBC held off the area rivals last night at Lake Washington High School. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 1-3 with a walk for JBC.

Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 4, Victoria Eagles 2: Also at L-Dub, the Dragons doubled up the Canadian foe with the help of Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden. He went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 2, FM Sports 1 (8): Bellevue-based Michael’s needed extras to take the road win over Redmond-based FM at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. MSHS’ Parker Wutherich went 0-2 with a walk for Toyota.

Northwest Naturals 16U 2, Washington Rush 1: The Naturals rallied for a walk-off win last night at home in Sammamish over the Snohomish County-based Rush. Dawson Schneider led the MSHS delegation for NWN with two hits, while fellow ‘Cat Tyler Disch had a hit and RBI.

Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 6, Kelly Baseball 1: Preston-based FoC got it done over the Oregon team down in Portland last night. We like what we’re about to report, here, too: the Bears’ Mount Si delegation was led by none other than Ryan Gerlitz in this one. He went 1-3, also reached on an error and scored two runs. Great stuff indeed. Fellow ‘Cat Blake Miller went 0-1, but had a successful sacrifice bunt, a run scored, a walk and RBI pitching into the efforts as well for FoC.

Washington A’s 15U 3, Eagles 1: The Sammamish-based A’s took care of the local rivals last night in Kent. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting doubled for the A’s lone hit of the contest, and he also had a walk.

WW Sweets 15U 7, Fraser Valley Cards 0: Sweets took their road show from Olympia over to Lacey and St. Martin’s University, and Dougherty benefited with three doubles, two runs scored and two RBI’s as Sweets won their Friday nightcap at the GSL event over a Canadian team. Smith pitched a perfect inning of relief with no decision and also had a walk offensively.

Youth Softball
Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 9, Firecrackers-Naranjo 6: This was a wild one at Sparkler Juniors last night down in Windsor, CO< near Greeley, as the Shock scored three runs in the seventh to break a 6-6 tie and stun the California team. Mount Si's Willow Westbrook led the Valley delegation in this one for the Shock, going 1-4 with a run scored and RBI. Cedarcrest's Allyson Smith added a hit, and future Red Wolve Riley Warden added an RBI as well for the Oylear crew. New Mexico Outlaws 9, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 0: Outlaw pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez tossed a no-hitter, striking out six and walking one, as the team from the southeast New Mexico city of Hobbs advanced in the Sparkler Juniors playoffs dropping the Shock into a loser-out game today. Future CHS’er Kailee Kores was on the losing end of this one pitching-wise, allowing four runs on only one hit in 1 1/3 innings with six walks not helping things any. Gutierrez helped her own cause as well with a homer and two RBI’s.

Absolute Blast Taylor 14U 7, Washington Illusion 4: Closer to home, Mount Si’s Madison Bonham doubled, scored twice and drove in a third run for Woodinville-based AbB as they escaped with a win in a tournament down in Centralia last night.

College Summer Baseball
Bend smacks AppleSox: In West Coast League action last night, the Bend Elks clobbered the visiting Wenatchee AppleSox 11-1 down at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, OR. Neither of the Gorrell’s – Gavin or Grant – played in the game for Wenatchee, but we’re mentioning this score anyway because North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell is set to take the hill tonight for the Sox at 6:30 down in Bend against the Elks. Gavin will be looking to rebound from a rough last start, in which he didn’t get out of the first inning in a loss to the Victoria HarbourCats. You can catch the 2017 MSHS grad’s action via Facebook Live tonight at the Bend Elks Facebook page, so head to Facebook and look for Bend Elks and you should find their page there.

Tanner perfect north of the border: North Bend’s Tanner Simpson worked on the hill last night, pitching in relief for the Okotoks Dawgs as they doubled up the Edmonton Prospects 4-2 in an all-Alberta Western Canadian Baseball League clash at home in Okotoks, AB. Simpson’s three innings were perfect and he struck out two to boot earning a “hold” stat and dropping his ERA to 3.43. He graduated in June from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho and is a 2014 Mount Si HS grad.

Minor League Baseball
Lane takes first loss of season: It was another night on the hill for North Bend’s Trevor Lane as he chases his major league dreams, but it didn’t go exactly as planned.

He allowed what turned out to be the winning run of the game last night for the visiting Hartford Yard Goats, as the Colorado Rockies-affiliated squad posted a 7-5 win over Lane’s Trenton Thunder, affiliated with the New York Yankees, in Trenton, NJ. The 2012 Mount Si HS grad took the loss allowing that one run on two hits, striking out two in two innings of work and seeing his ERA rise up minisculuy to 1.54.

Lane is in his fourth season with the Yankees organization, who drafted him from college in 2016.

Volleyball
Top-25 result for Storm at nats: Bellevue’s Sudden Impact U17 Storm took 22nd yesterday at the USA Volleyball Nationals in the U-17 Patriots division. The team, with Mount Si’s Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, closed out their season splitting a pair of playoff games at the event in Indianapolis, beating a team from Texas and falling to one from Ohio. SI was one of three Seattle-area teams competing in the division which finished in the top 25 of 42 teams nationally entered into the event. Kent-based KJ (tie for fifth) and Seattle-based Seattle Juniors (13th) also earned top-25 finishes. Neither had Valley players competing in the tournament.

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