Tuesday diamond notes

Good Wednesday morning.

Cedarcrest High School’s softball team tried to get its season underway at home last night in the rain in Duvall against Redmond but fell just short.

The teams played through four innings before umpires called the game; we were sent a photo of the field by CHS softball parent Brian Townley and it shows the field was plenty muddy when the game was stopped with the Red Wolves leading it 10-8 after those four innings.

The game will be made up at a later date with the stats from last night’s contest not officially counting. CHS will try to get things going tomorrow at home against Liberty, with a 4:00 p.m. start time at Cedarcrest High School’s field, 29000 NE 150th St.

Time now for the rest of the high school baseball and softball action that did get in, most of this we think on turf fields around the region, with scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads.

Kingco 3A: Lindbergh 16, Liberty 5 – The two former Seamount League rivals squared off last night at Liberty’s field in Renton, with the Eagles scoring the blowout road win in the season opener for both teams. Emma Walther went 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s to pace Lindbergh, while Katherine Black added a 2-4 effort, with a double, two runs scored and four RBI’s. Kendall Kauzlarich went 2-3 with two RBI’s aiding the host Pats, who as noted meet Cedarcrest tomorrow.

Kingco 4A/3A: Woodinville 18, Bellevue 2 – The Falcons scored early and often to win their season opener on the road over the Wolverines in Bellevue. Most of the damage came courtesy of the lower third of their batting order, with Mik Sullivan going 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and five RBI’s leading Woody, while Jaelyn Corwin added a 2-3 performance which included a triple that resulted in a pair of runs and three RBI’s. Chloe Lingen finished 2-4 for the Falcons with four RBI’s. Kama Boswell doubled and drove in a run for Bellevue. Rachael Rhinehart and Alex Nyberg combined on the two-hitter for the Falcons, with a combined nine strikeouts.

Kingco 4A/Wesco: North Creek 16, Arlington 14 – The Jaguars needed every last hit and every last run to secure their first ever softball victory in school history on the road last night over the Wesco squad in Snohomish County in both teams’ season opener. Makenna Fialdini led the way, going 3-5 for NC with a triple, three runs scored and three RBI’s, while Malia Pinder went 2-3 with two runs scored, two walks, a double and three RBI’s. Arlington was led by Alex Orozco, who went 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Cascade: Lakewood 9, Granite Falls 0 – Granite’s former Cascade Conference rival Cougars scored five first-inning runs, then let their pitching do the rest, holding the Tigers to just three hits in the home rout in Arlington. Two of those three GF hits belonged to Joslyn Harding, while the third was recorded by Madison Hubbard as the Tigers, who opened the season this past weekend with a win over Sedro-Woolley, suffered their first loss of the season.

Kingco 4A: Skyline 8, Kennedy 2 – Will Simpson tripled, scored twice and drove in three runs aiding the Spartans’ season opening home win over the Lancers on the Plateau. Cole Hinkleman doubled, scored a run and drove in another pacing Skyline as well. Daniel Qin and Eddie Rosemont both did well on the mound for the green, silver and white, with Rosemont getting the win in relief allowing two runs on four hits in four innings of work.

Wesco 3A: Mountlake Terrace 6, Mariner 4 – The Hawks held off their Wesco 4A counterparts from Everett behind a pair of 2-3 effors from both Max Coleman and Matt Johnson; each player scored a run with Johnson also driving in one. Tyson Kim tripled and scored a run pacing the Mountlake side, and Jesse Martineau got the win on the mound with three innings of two-hit shutout ball, walking two and striking out two. Johnson allowed a run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts in two innings of relief to get the save. Mariner was led by a 2-4 effort from Elijah White, which included a double; he drove in a run. Caleb Atoigue was also 2-4 with a run scored pacing the Marauders.

Kingco 4A/Wesco: Marysville-Pilchuck 20, Woodinville 1 – The Tomahawks unloaded in the fifth, scoring 14 runs – yes, 14 runs – in a season-opening blowout of the Falcons under the lights in Woodinville. Woody was limited to just three hits, one each from Tyler Owens, Andrew Hastie and Camdyn Munger. Hastie also drove in the Falcons’ lone run.

Kingco 4A: Inglemoor 10, Jackson 5 – Will Larsen and Brandon Fothergill each had two hits to lead the Vikings to the season-opening home win under the lights over the Wesco 4A side in Kenmore last night. Peter Hansen and Sean Mulcare each had a double for the Vikings, while Kyle Serres was 1-4 with two RBI’s for the Timberwolves. Carter Booth also homered for Jackson.

Also from baseball, some college games from last night that featured Mount Si High School alums.

Oregon 6, Gonzaga 3: North Bend’s Carson Breshears returned to Eugene, OR, last night to face his former Oregon teammates for the first time since transferring from the Ducks to Gonzaga during the offseason. The junior, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-2 with a walk, a defensive putout and two assists playing second base for the Bulldogs, who had a 3-0 lead before Oregon scored all of their runs in the seventh to grab the victory. GU is now 9-6 on the season.

Northern Colorado 6, Nebraska 5: UNCo made the bus ride over to Lincoln, NE last night and broke a 3-3 tie against the Big 10’s Huskers with three runs over the final two innings to extend their win streak to six games. Senior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-4 with a walk and run scored for UNCo.

Swarthmore 9, Whitman 3 (game two, doubleheader): While the snow piles up back home in Pennsylvania, the visitors from Swarthmore continued their week-long trip through the Northwest Conference yesterday with a split of two in Walla Walla against the Blues. SC took this second game after Whitman won the opener. Sophomore Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS’er, did not pitch the first game for the Blues but did pitch in this contest allowing a run and a walk in 1/3 inning of relief. He received no decision.

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SVSJ preview: MSHS, CHS both aiming for league titles as girls’ golf scene locally the strongest its ever been

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re just about done with our spring sports previews. We feature a look at girls’ golf today and will wrap it up later this week with a peek at MSHS track and field.

The Snoqualmie Valley’s high school girls’ golf scene is as good as it’s probably ever been, and it’s expected to remain that way this spring as both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School’s teams are slated to contend for their respective league titles.

Mount Si’s ladies went a strong 6-1 in Kingco 4A last spring, 7-2 overall, and with several golfers back this season, all seniors, the Wildcats look as if they’ll be contending once again for a Kingco 4A championship.

Steve Botulinski is back for his fourth season as the team’s head coach, and the squad, as noted, did very well last season, with top returner Kat Hodgson making state. The senior finished 13th at the 4A tournament in 2017 and aims to do even better this year. “I’d like to win state. I’m going to do all I can to get there, but we’ll see how it goes,” Hodgson said. Co-captain Emma Fougere also returns, and Hodgson’s fellow Class of 2018 mate has more modest goals in mind for herself. “I don’t think I’ll make it to state, but I’m hoping districts again,” she said. Fougere made the SeaKing tournament last season, but with solid play, could sneak into a state slot.

The remainder of the senior group consists of Ellie Miller, Dana Kenow, Allie Murphy, Lexi Rose, Lindsay Silverman, and two newcomers, both of whom should see most of their play on the program’s junior varsity squad, Madison Corgiat and Caitlin Hearn. Even though those two probably won’t see a lot of varsity action at all this spring, Hodgson hopes to involve them in things as much as the varsity team. “We want to try to integrate everybody evenly and try to make sure it’s not unfair at all,” she said, noting that the team is very unified as one. “This is a very close-knit team,” Hodgson said.

For Fougere, having success requires focus. “It’s really a mind game. If you’re head’s not in it, then you’re not going to have a good hole,” she said.

Botulinski likes the intangible elements in his two co-captains. “I think they’re going to do a really good job. They’re a good balance for each other as far as seriousness on the course and off and responsibility in both those things too,” the coach said.

Eastlake, Issaquah and Newport were unanimous selections by the two golfers and Botulinski when asked by the Journal about which teams the Wildcats will have to outlast within Kingco this season.

The two both have college plans afoot – Hodgson will head north of the border and be playing college golf next season for the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, and Fougere will stay stateside, playing intramural golf for WSU. Hodgson is unsure of what she will be majoring in, but Fougere told us she’ll be studying criminology.

As for Cedarecrest, they, too, had a strong season last spring, going 4-1 in Cascade Conference play and 5-1 overall. That is expected, too, to continue in 2018, as senior leadership, combined with strong young talent, should see the Red Wolves once again contend for the league title.

David McLaughlin returns as head coach for his 13th season at the helm of the Red Wolves. Leading the group will be senior Casey Spurr. She has made state in all of her years as a high school golfer – three – and comes back after finishing as the runner-up in the Cascade Conference tournament. “Definitely one of the golfers to watch in (the Northwest District),” McLaughlin said, adding, “Possibly the most driven golfer to ever come through the program.”

Fellow senior Kaleigh Carroll will aim for more success this spring, off a second-team all-conference nod last spring. She and senior teammate Katelyn Sayamoungbo both will look to, according to McLaighlin, provide strong support for Spurr and her efforts this spring. “(Kaleigh and Katelyn are) two seniors that have been great contributors to the program and will now get their turn to shine leading the varsity team,” McLaughlin told us by email.

McLaughlin expects South Whidbey to be CHS’ chief competition this spring, but expects his group to be right there in the end. “Like most years, we will be looking to compete for the team title. Casey Spurr will be working toward an individual title. While all teams will provide great competition, South Whidbey is still the team to beat returning their top golfer from a 1A state championship season,” he said.

With the school’s impending move to the Wesco Conference this fall as a result of the Cascade’s dissolution at the end of this school year, how the program develops the younger players this season will be with this in mind, according to the coach. “With a lot of youth on our current roster, we will be looking to develop that talent so that we may continue to be competitive no matter what conference we are in. Wesco will definitely provide a busier schedule along with new courses and new competition opportunities,” McLaughlin said.

Regardless of the end result, the coach hopes his golfers will continue to enjoy this sport long after their time in the program ends. “Many of our golfers come into the program having never golfed a full round before, let alone competitively. Through four years of work, we try to help golfers become championship golfers,” he said.

CHS opens its season today at home against former Cascade rival Lakewood, then is on the road for over a month. Their next home meet after today will not be until April 26, and it shapes up to be a doozy – against the Falcons. In the meantime, they’ll play a pair of April tournaments east of the Cascades and also face league rivals Sultan, Cedar Park Christian and Archbishop Murphy on the road. Home matches are at Blue Heron Golf Club in Carnation, and tee off at 3:00 p.m. As for Mount Si, the season opens Friday over in Wenatchee at a tournament hosted by Wenatchee High School, and their first home meet is against the Knights on March 22. Both the Red Wolves and Wildcats will compete in the Suncadia tournament on April 23 in Cle Elum. Home MSHS matches are at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie and tee off at 3:15 p.m.

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Diamond cuts

Good Tuesday morning. Good weather yesterday of course, hope you all enjoyed it. Several teams from around the Kingco and Cascade Conferences opened their seasons yesterday, providing Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School softball and baseball fans a chance to see some of the top players from other teams for the first time this spring. Our scores and stats from all of today’s coverage, along with all of our high school baseball and softball coverage this spring, will come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPads and IPhones.

Many teams from around Kingco and Cascade, and several from the Wesco Conference, of which we will also provide coverage this spring to provide you Red Wolves fans a first look at some of what you can expect to see next spring when CHS joins Wesco, also are utilizing this app and service for their statkeeping this spring. Mount Si’s baseball junior varsity and “C” teams, along with Cedarcrest’s varsity baseball squad, will be using this service this spring.

Kingco 4A/3A: Skyline 12, Juanita 7 – Runs came early and often for both teams in the season opener for the two Kingco squads in Sammamish. Sasha Mitchell homered as part of a 2-3 effort leading Juanita; she scored two runs and drove in two more, while Taylor Juenke homered for the Spartans pacing a 1-2 performance, also scoring twice and driving in two runs. Cara Harnick’s double for Skyline keyed a 2-2 performance; she walked twice and scored three runs, and Abbie Reynolds also had two hits for Juanita. Emma Jacobs pitched four innings of three-hit shutout relief for Skyline to get the win in the circle; she struck out five.

Kingco 4A/3A: Newport 16, Interlake 0 – You Mount Si softball fans will want to pay attention to the Knights’ Lexi Barashkoff this season, as she showed her bat could be quite lethal this spring in their season opening rout of the Saints in Bellevue. Barashkoff hit two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in eight runs as part of a 3-4 effort leading NHS. Ariana Amone went 3-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI’s pacing the Knights, and pitcher Hanako Hirai was the beneficiary, getting the win with a two-hit complete game shutout; she struck out 13. Emma Gortner and Cassidy Turta had a hit each for Interlake.

Kingco 3A: Roosevelt 18, Mercer Island 4 – The Metro League’s Roughriders, from Seattle, traveled across Lake Washington, and once on the island at South Mercer Playfields, broke out the bats to the tune of 12 first-inning runs to run away with the season-opening win over the Islanders. MI had just four hits, one each from Maddie Rowe, Michelle Lyon, Dana Berejka (who also drove in a run) and Annika Chudzik.

Cascade: Granite Falls 6, Sedro-Woolley 2 – Jaden Waud doubled to guide a 3-4 effort, scoring a run and driving in another, as the Tigers easily handled the Northwest District foe in the season opener for both teams at Granite Falls High School. Joslyn Harding allowed two runs on four hits, walking five and striking out one to get the win in the circle for GF, and she added a solid 2-3 performance at the plate, scoring a run. Samantha VanderWel also had a solid 2-3 outing offensively, with a walk and run scored pacing Granite.

Kingco 4A: Issaquah 6, Kentridge 0 – Jared Jongejan and Torrin Crockett combined on a two-hitter for Issy as they won their season opener at home yesterday afternoon over the visiting NPSL team. Arden Walcott tripled and drove in three runs leading the Eagles offensively.

We also have some college baseball this morning, featuring Cedarcrest High School grad Levi Knott and his Crown College (MN) team, as they played at a tournament in Florida yesterday.

Crown (MN) 4, Maine-Farmington 1 (game one, doubleheader): In the first of two in the Florida sunshine, Crown got the win with the help of Duvall’s Knott. The 2016 CHS’er, a sophomore right fielder and pitcher, worked the outfield for Crown and went 2-4 with four defensive putouts.

Maine-Farmington 11, Crown (MN) 10 (game two, doubleheader): Knott played both the outfield and pitched in the nightcap, which turned wild as Crown rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to tie things midway through before the Maine squad got the last laugh late to split the pair in Auburndale, which is in the central part of Florida between Orlando and Tampa. Knott went 2-3 with two runs, two walks and an RBI, and also worked three strong innings in relief, allowing a run on three hits, walking one and striking out one. He received no decision, but his solid pitching combined with the strong offense midway through helped Crown recover from that early 7-0 hole. Farmington scored three time in the sixth to take a 10-7 lead but Crown rallied with three in the seventh to tie it again before the Maine side won it on a walk-off.

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Weekend wrap

Time for a weekend wrap to start the new week.

Northern Colorado 11, South Dakota State 7: UNCo closed out a sweep of the visiting Jackrabbits at home yesterday in Greeley, CO, and a Valleyite made his college debut.

Freshman pitcher Gavin Gorrell, from North Bend and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, worked the final inning of the contest in relief for the Bears, and as one might have expected, it wasn’t without its challenges, but he hung tough and got the job done. He allowed two runs on two hits, walking one but also striking out one. He received no decision. Fellow Valleyite – and 2014 MSHS’er – Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie, went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI pacing UNCo, who won its tenth game of the season.

Columbia Basin 10, Green River 2 (game one, doubleheader): Sophomore Nick Bowersock, a 2014 Cedarcrest High grad from Duvall, went 0-4 for the Gators in the opening-game loss in the Tri-Cities.

Big Bend 9, Thompsons River 2: Sophomore Cody Banks, from Duvall and a 2016 CHS’er, was 0-3 with two walks and two runs scored for Big Bend in their win at home in Moses Lake over the Canadian team.

Concordia-PDX 11, Central Washington 7 (game two, doubleheader): After Central rolled in the opener of two in Ellensburg, the Cavs came back and took the nightcap to get the GNAC twinbill split. Junior Andrew Willmon, from Duvall and a 2015 Cedarcrest HS alum, worked the final three innings of the game in relief for Concordia, and did well, allowing a run on two hits, walking one and striking out four to earn his first save as a Cav. He is new to the team this spring after transferring from Columbia Basin College.

Columbia Basin 13, Green River 11 (game two, doubleheader): Bowersock was 3-4 with a walk, four runs scored and an RBI aiding GRCC, but he also pitched an inning, and it was a rough one, as he allowed five runs on just two hits, walking two and striking out two. He fortunately received no decision.

Edmonds 3, Big Bend 0: Big Bend fell at home in eastern Washington to the visitors from Snohomish County to close out their weekend; Banks was 0-3.

Tacoma 9, Bellevue 7 (game two, doubleheader): Freshman Jake Simmons got his first college start for Bellevue in the back end of two down at Mount Tahoma High School yesterday, with the North Bend product, a 2017 MSHS’er, allowing two runs on one hit, walking one and striking out two in two innings of work. He received no decision as Tacoma took that game. They also won the first of the pair 3-2, getting a sweep of the twinbill.

Spokane 10, Pierce 0 (game two, doubleheader): Fall City’s Justin “JuJu” Lutz, a freshman and 2017 MSHS’er, was 1-3 with a run scored for Spokane as they routed the visitors from Tacoma in the back end of two in the Lilac City yesterday afternoon. Pierce took the opener 7-6 and got themselves a split of the pair as a result. Lutz did not play in the first game for CCS.

Albany (NY) 5, Seattle U. 4: The visitors from New York closed out their weekend series with the Redhawks in Bellevue by taking the win; sophomore catcher Blaine Wagner, he of Duvall and a 2016 CHS’er, saw action behind the dish late in the contest for SU, with no stats of note reported.

Gonzaga 10, Rice 2: GU finished off their weekend set in Houston with the rout of the host Owls. North Bend’s Carson Breshears, a Bulldog junior, was 0-2 with two walks and two runs scored pacing the Zags, and also recorded two putouts and three assists defensively. He is a 2014 MSHS’er.

Whitman 5, Willamette 1: The Blues picked up the home win in Walla Walla yesterday over the Bearcats. Sophomore Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS’er, allowed a pair of sixth inning hits in relief for Whitman without the benefit of an out before he was taken out of the game. Anderson received no decision.

Central Washington 10, Montana State-Billings 0 (game one, doubleheader): Central rolled to the first game win in their doubleheader yesterday in Ellensburg over the visiting Yellowjackets. Senior Celine Fowler, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-4 for Central, but scored two runs.

Southern Utah 9, Harvard 3: In Los Angeles, the T-birds broke a close one open late with a five-run seventh sinking the Ivy Leaguers. Freshman Heather Hinton, she of North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er, was 0-1 in a late-inning role playing first base for SUU.

Bellevue 10, Mount Hood 1: Maddy Trout, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, continued her hot hitting for Bellevue, going 2-3 with two runs scored as the Bulldogs routed the Portland-area squad in a tournament down in Lacey yesterday.

Central Washington 10, Montana State-Billings 2 (game two, doubleheader): Central swept the pair with the nightcap win at home behind a 2-3 effort from Fowler, which included a walk and run scored. The two wins moved CWU’s record to 10-4 this season.

Greensboro (NC) 14, Dallas (TX) men 8: In Atlanta, the UoD men suffered a setback, despite a pair of goals and pair of assists each from sophomore Tyler Smith. The 2016 MSHS’er from Snoqualmie also had a ground ball recorded in the contest and a forced turnover on defense for Dallas.

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Other news……

Also this morning:

Mount Olive (NC) women 24, Southern Wesleyan 0: The Trojans came out of the gate on a roll, scoring early and often in a home rout of the winless opposition. Freshman defender Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, recorded three ground balls for MOU and also did her part to help the shutout.

Central Washington 9, Montana State-Billings 2 (game one, doubleheader): Central routed the visitors from Montana in the conference opener for both teams starting a twinbill yesterday over in Ellensburg. Senior Celine Fowler, she of North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-4 for the host ‘Cats.

Bellevue CC 9, Clark 6: Freshman Maddy Trout, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er, was 1-1 with a run helping the Bulldogs take down the Penguins in Lacey.

Central Washington 6, Montana State-Billings 4 (game two, doubleheader): The Wildcats handled the visiting Yellowjackets in the nightcap of their twinbill over in Ellensburg yesterday to sweep the pair. Fowler was 0-4 in the contest for Central.

Track & Field
Valley threesome competes in PLU meet, led by event winner Larson: Three Valley athletes competed for their college teams at the PLU Open meet yesterday in Tacoma, and one literally stole the show.

Junior Liz Larson, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, smoked the field – and we mean smoked – in the women’s hammer toss. Larson, competing for St. Martin’s University in Lacey, won the event going away, with a top toss of 167 feet, six inches, over 11 feet ahead of the runner-up finisher in the event. Also competing yesterday were fellow Mount Si grad Andrew Harris and Cedarcrest grad Madi Shinn, both for Central Washington.

Shinn, a freshman from Duvall, competed in a pair of women’s events, taking 12th in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:20.22, and she teamed up on a Central 4×400 women’s relay crew that took sixth in that race with a time of 4:24.55. Harris, a sophomore from Snoqualmie, did the gauntlet of throwing events on the men’s side, taking sixth in the discus with a throw of 126 feet, and 12th in both the shot put (just over 38 feet) and hammer (122 feet, eight inches).

Valleyite on water for SPU women in local regatta: Seattle Pacific University’s second women’s varsity eight crew boat, with Valleyite Kali Barlow aboard, had a couple of solid showings yesterday in a four-way meet down at American Lake near Tacoma hosted by PLU. The Falcon boat took second in a head-to-head clash in their early morning race with Puget Sound and PLU, with a time of 7:41.8, and in their late morning run, fell to PLU in a head-to-head battle, clocking 7:49.7 and finishing seven seconds behind the Lutes. Barlow is a freshman from North Bend and 2017 MSHS alum.

Boys’ Soccer
Valleyites in action in regional tournament in Vegas: Preston-based Eastside FC ‘00 Red, featuring several Valley high school boys’ soccer players, fell this morning 5-3 to California’s West Coast FC Armour, finishing up play in the US Youth Soccer National League down in Las Vegas. Eastside, with Mount Si’s Mateo DiDomenico and Reed Paradissis along with Cedarcrest’s Connor McCabe and Caleb Chung, finished play with three wins, two losses and a tie split over a pair of weekend tournaments, both in Las Vegas, this weekend and also back in December. In other action this weekend, EFC tied teams from Philadelphia and St. Louis and their 3-1-2 record earned them fourth in their division. A congrats from us on their solid efforts down there, and we wish them a safe trip back home and back to their spring high school soccer seasons.

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