Cedarcrest softball falls short at districts, sees season end

The softball season has come to an end for Cedarcrest High School’s ladies. They fell to both Lakewood and Lynden last night at the Northwest 2A District tournament in Sedro-Woolley.

Red Wolves fall in heartbreaker to Cougars: Cedarcrest gave Lakewood all they could handle, forcing extras with Lakewood, but they won it on a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth, taking this one 5-4. Michaela Carter led the way, coming a homer short of the cycle in going 4-5 with a run scored and RBI, but it was Lakewood and Brittani Boortz who had the last laugh; Boortz went 2-4 with a double and two RBI’s.

Cedarcrest opened the scoring in the second, with Katelynn Smith, who opened the frame with a walk, scoring on a throwing error on a ground ball hit by Taeler Gerde, who reached being credited with a single and advancing to second on that one-out error. Lakewood scored three in the third off Carter to take the lead, with Boortz’s double scoring Natalie Krueger and Riley Mae Swanson to headline that three-run Cougar onslaught.

The Red Wolves responded in the fifth with two runs to tie the game at three apiece. With one out, Kat Townley singled, then Carter hit her triple to score the Red Wolve freshman, then the Fordham-bound pitcher scored soon after on a single by Allyson Smith. The game remained this way through the ninth, when the international tiebreaker rules took effect. For those unaware since we haven’t had that to discuss this spring, that tiebreaker rule entails a baserunner, usually the hitter that made the last out for a team in the previous inning, being placed on second base to start the inning. For CHS, this was Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson, and she scoreed on a two-out single by fellow freshman Carly Nelson to give the Red Wolves the lead.

Swanson opened Lakewood’s half of the frame at second, and ended up scoring on a throwing error by Carter which proved to be Cedarcrest’s undoing in this one.

Red Wolves run out of gas: Well, CHS ended up with Lynden thanks to the below-noted upset of the Lions by Mountlake Terrace, and that wasn’t going to be an easy task to beat them, considering Lynden routed Cedarcrest during the regular season and the Red Wolves had just come off their crushing loss to Lakewood just minutes prior. So the energy for CHS was perhaps on its last fumes at this point, and Blakely Doerge made sure to drain that last bit of Red Wolve energy, as she went 4-5 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored for Lynden as they took out the frustrations from the upset loss on Carter and Co. to the tune of a 17-6 blowout win by run rule after five innings.

Smith and “Mad Dog” both went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s each for CHS, but after they scored five in the third to rebound from a six-run Lynden second, the Lions responded with four in their half of the third, then seven more in the fourth to seal it. Cedarcrest finished the season at 10-13, a record that isn’t truly indicative of how well things went for the team this season as it faced much tougher competition in the Wesco Conference.

Carter, Gerde and Katelynn Smith all are leaving the program as they graduate in a few weeks, but as we’ve been telling you, there’s a pair of eighth-graders at Tolt Middle School, Riley Warden and Reagan Hollett, who are both playing high-level summer club softball this summer and are anticipated to join the Red Wolves as freshmen next year, likely helping add to what has become a strong young corps for Cedarcrest. So things are looking up for the Red Wolves, and they should be a competitive force within Wesco in 2020.

With that, time for our softball scores. All of our coverage comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest 2A District Tournament: Mountlake Terrace 6, Lynden 3 – The Red Wolves ended up with the Lions in the loser-out game last night after the Hawks pulled off the surprise of the tournament’s first day, doubling up a team that had blown them out at the beginning of the season. Jenna Maxfield homered twice for Mountlake off Lynden ace Breanna Swendt, who left allowing all six runs in the first 2 2/3 innings. Taylor Simonsen homered for the Lions.

Northwest 2A District Tournament (winner-to-state): Lakewood 14, Mountlake Terrace 13 – Mountlake made a vailant comeback but Swanson and Co. held on to punch a ticket to state. Ashlyn Falor homered for Lakewood and drove in three runs, while Krueger had a double and drove in five. Jamie Bingaman had three hits to lead Mountlake, including a double, scored a run and drove in five. Kennedy Cooper also had three hits and scored four runs for the Hawks.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (loser out): Bothell 17, North Creek 8 – Bothell brought out the lumber to eliminate their district rivals Jaguars. Five homers – two from Brooke Davis, who drove in five runs – powered the Cougars to the win at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. Katie Fodge, Ena Borgan and Tatum Powers also homered for the Cougars, with Fodge going 3-4 with a double as well, scoring four runs and driving in four more. Elizabeth Peoples and Sierra Hein both homered for North Creek, with Hein finishing 2-4 with four RBI’s.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (loser out): Redmond 21, Newport 13 – The Mustangs scored eight runs in the seventh to break a 13-13 tie and win the slugfest eliminating the Knights from the postseason. Jenn Cummings led Redmond, with two homers and seven RBI’s. Lindsay Tsujikawa also homered and Haley Hanson paced the Mustangs coming a homer short of the cycle in going 4-6 with five runs scored and three RBI’s. Brooklyn Richards homered twice for Newport, driving in three runs, and Arianna Arnone was a triple short of the cycle; she homered and drove in five runs for the Knights.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (loser out): Kamiak 7, Inglemoor 3 – The Knights exploded for six runs over the final two innings to stun the Vikings and advance in the tournament, ending Inglemoor’s season. Kelci Carroll doubled and drove in four runs to lead Kamiak, whiile Sophia Fike had two hits, including a double, and drove in three for the Vikings.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (loser out): Bothell 7, Kamiak 4 – The Cougars eliminated the Knights from the postseason last night on the strength of another Fodge homer; she finished 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s leading the Cougars. Camdyn Robinson had two doubles and two runs scored for Kamiak.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (winner to state): Jackson 5, Lake Stevens 3 – Laina Delgado homered and Iyanla DeJesus, despite allowing three runs on four hits, struck out 15 in a complete game effort in the circle as the Timberwolves advanced to the district title game and punched a ticket to Spokane and the state tournament next week. Rachel Eichenberger did much of the damage for the Vikings, with a double, homer and three RBI’s.

Wes-King 4A Tourmament (winner to state): Eastlake 11, Glacier Peak 6 – Megan Cotton homered for the Wolves and drove in five as Eastlake punched a ticket to state and a trip to the district finals to meet DeJesus and Jackson. Ashlyn Roberts had a hit and three RBI’s as well for the Wolves. Emily Scott, Kendall Curtis and Malia Menchaca all homered for Glacier, with Scott hitting a pair of solo blasts and Curtis driving in three runs.

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Wildcats, without their head coach, battle hard and advance to second round of state boys’ soccer tourney

Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team opened the first round of the WIAA’s 4A state playoffs last night at home in Snoqualmie without a familiar face. Coach Darren Brown was not there, presumably serving a suspension as a result of the ejection he was given during last Thursday’s Wes-King 4A title game against Jackson following that controversial penalty kick that propelled the Timberwolves to a penalty-kick shootout win and district title. So Mount Si soldiered on against Sumner, and once again battled not only a good team, but at times controversial officiating yet again. However, this time, the Wildcats closed it out and advanced.

Mount Si High School boys’ soccer player Jake Jimenez (center) prepares to throw in the ball during the second half of last night’s Wildcat boys’ soccer state playoff game with Sumner, won by Mount Si 2-1. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

A late goal in the second half by Mateo DiDomenico lifted Mount Si to a 2-1 win over the South Puget Sound League’s Spartans, avenging a 2-1 loss to that same Sumner team on their home field down in Pierce County last spring in the first round of the 2018 state playoffs. The win for Mount Si moves them into a quarterfinal clash with Kingco 4A archrival Issaquah, expected to take place on Saturday with a time to be determined. When that will be announced is not known, as IHS is closed today due to issues related to a measles case that is linked to the school.

Brown’s lead assistant Ben Tomlisson, expected to be named the full-time Wildcat head coach following the end of the season and Brown’s retirement from coaching to take on the full-time responsibility of handling the school’s athletic-related matters as its athletic director, got a first taste of what it will be like for him as head coach. He was happy with the performance of the team. “We tried to approach this game with like, ‘How do we enjoy it, not just thinking about the next game or the final, but how do we enjoy this moment in the first round of the state playoffs,’ and we enjoy it by executing our game plan and people stepping up like Mateo,” said the veteran assistant, who is also a social studies teacher at the high school. “I couldn’t be more proud of the players.”

The win for sophomore Sullivan Smith was a rather sweet birthday present; yesterday was “Sully’s” 16th birthday and he was happy to enjoy the moment, too. “It was just a good team effort. We knew we were coming out against a good team. We just locked in and we didn’t play as well as we should have but we came with the result and that’s all that matters,” Smith said.

The game didn’t start out well for Mount Si. In the 9th minute, Sumner broke in quick on Mount Si goalie Colby Ramsey. Junior defender Kurtis VanHout pushed the ball and was being chased by Wildcat defenders. The last Mount Si defender chasing the Spartan player fell and that allowed VanHout a free shot on goal, which he converted with no mistake past Ramsey and Sumner was on the board.

As noted, the officiating once again, as it was last Thursday, proved to be a sore spot for Mount Si and their fans. Case in point, in the 17th minute, officials whistled a yellow card on a Wildcat defender after he committed a hard foul on a Sumner player, which in our view was a correct call and not surprising result. But just minutes after, a Sumner player collided hard with Ramsey in goal, dropping Mount Si’s sophomore number one keeper to the ground having been shaken up a bit. He remained in the game but no yellow card was issued on that foul, which appeared to be a much harder foul that the one that netted the Wildcats a yellow just moments prior.

Mount Si overcame all that and found a way to tie this one up in the 28th minute. Drew Harris found a loose ball in front of the Sumner net and ripped it past Spartan starting keeper Alex McGee and equalized things at a goal apiece. Harris was not part of Mount Si’s team in last year’s game, so the senior’s addition this year has proven to be a big difference for the Wildcats, and it clearly was shown here as the midfielder delivered a big goal to get his team back in it. The game went to halftime 1-1 and it remained this way into the 68th minute.

Cal State East Bay-bound DiDomenico found a Harris feed and one-timed it top shelf underneath the crossbar and past Sumner relief goalie Erik Mills and Mount Si was in front. “I zoomed in there and gave it out to Drew and (he) played it perfect back out to me and I shot it up in the corner,” the Wildcat senior said. The goal was a laser and one of the better goals – and more important goals – Mount Si has scored in recent years.

Sumner did their best to mount a comeback, and was given plenty of time to do that – too much time perhaps in the eyes of some of the Wildcat supporters, who gave officials a hard time about that as the stoppage time rolled on, once again creating some fireworks about the overall officiating – but Mount Si found a way to close things out and advance into a Kingco 4A matchup with the winner moving on to Puyallup and the semis next weekend, the loser going home. Mount Si last made it this far in 2010, so it’s been a long while for sure. “We need everyone there,” Smith said. Again, game time is to be announced, but it’s not clear when the announcement will be made due to today’s unprecedented IHS measles-related school closure.

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CHS boys’ golf duo clinches trip to 2A state tournament

Quick note from boys’ golf. Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ golf team will have a pair of competitors at next week’s state 2A tournament in Spokane after both qualified yesterday at the Northwest 2A District tournament in Snohomish.

Both Hayden Whetten and Nicolo Cammarano punched berths to the tournament next week. Whetten fired scores of 84 and 82 on the par-72 Snohomish Golf Course layout over two days Monday and yesterday to finish with a two-day score of 166, and Cammarano carded an 87 and 82 to finish with a two-day total of 169.

Both golfers will join the boys’ and girls’ golf teams from Mount Si High School to represent the Valley at next week’s state tournaments. The Wildcats qualified both teams to the 4A state events. We’ll preview that for you tomorrow.

CHS as far as we know did not qualify any girls this year to the state tournament. The 2A tournaments will be in the Spokane Valley, with the boys out at Liberty Lake Golf Course and the girls at Meadowwood Golf Course.

What to expect next week: Liberty Lake is a par-70, 6,600 yard layout so the CHS pair will face a challenging setup with its share of bunkers and water hazards like most courses they’ve played this regular season. With warmer weather and other conditions perhaps in the forecast, there’s not too many trees on this thing, so winds could also impact their efforts.

Both guys will compete Tuesday next week and if one or both finish in around the top 35 or so, they’ll compete on Wednesday as well.

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It’s a first round state playoff rematch from last year. Sumner. Mount Si. The Spartans did the Wildcats in last year, so what do we think about this year? Preview and pick right here, right now.

Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team faces a familiar foe in their first round state playoff opener. Will the result be different than last year?

KINGCO 4A SOCCER
WIAA 4A STATE PLAYOFFS – FIRST ROUND (LOSER OUT)
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. SUMNER SPARTANS
MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL, 7:00 P.M. KICK – YOUTUBE (SEARCH PHOTOMATTO)

The Wildcats come into tonight’s game off a heartbreaking penalty kick shootout loss in the Wes-King district title game last Thursday night to Jackson. Mount Si was within seconds perhaps of locking up the district title when they fouled the Timberwolves inside the penalty area allowing Jackson a penalty kick attempt to tie, which they converted to force extra time and the resulting shootout, which they took 6-5. The Wildcats will look to bounce back tonight, and do to Sumner what the Spartans did to Mount Si last year – end their season with a first-round state playoff loss.

Sumner is 12-2-4 on the season and finished second in the South Puget Sound League with a strong 6-1-1 record. They advanced into tonight’s game off a 5-3 win on Saturday over Mountain View from Vancouver in the West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament down in Puyallup. In that game, senior Alec LaBarge did most of the damage, tallying up a hat trick of three goals; he leads the team with 13 goals and eight assists this season. LaBarge was a factor last year, too, in that playoff game with the Wildcats, scoring a goal and adding an assist as Sumner eliminated Mount Si with a 2-1 result on their home turf at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. But the tables are turned tonight with the Wildcats hosting, so will that be any difference?

Who knows, but this senior group from Mount Si knows well two things: one, they must play a more disciplined game than they did last Thursday, and two, this Sumner team is pretty potent, what with other players aside from LaBarge also being big presences offensively as well. John Gugilemetti had a goal on Saturday and also had an assist in last year’s playoff game with the Wildcats. He has six goals and five assists this season. Mitch Hutter has three goals and 10 assists this year and was one of five with assists this past Saturday. He had the other goal for Sumner in last year’s playoff win.

About that discipline – it was a card-filled affair last Thursday night, with several yellow cards assessed to players and coaches from Mount Si, a pair of which in rapid succession late went against Wildcat coach Darren Brown, who was ejected as a result. Physical and mental discpline from both players and coaches will need to be a key in this one, and we expect that that will be the case tonight. Especially since the officials tonight will be assigned by the WIAA and likely not be Kingco officials. The team learned some very valuable lessons out of that game, and we expect they’ll be better for it tonight.

There is one big difference of course for Mount Si this year compared to last, and he’s going to be a big factor tonight – senior Drew Harris was not on the Wildcats last year for that playoff game, and he is this year. Add him into the mix and Sumner’s defense could have their hands full.

But aside from that, this roster is largely the same from last year, so Sumner should not find too much different about this year’s Mount Si package compared to last year’s one.

So with that all said, what are the keys for the Wildcats? Well, same as last week. Score early, build a nice lead, then play smart. With the defense and with their heads as well. Again, mental focus will need to be on their game tonight, especially since they have spent the past couple of days going over film and notes likely about Sumner from this past Saturday’s game. Brown and a number of Mount Si folks were at that Sumner game doing scouting so everyone is well aware of what to expect tonight.

Our final analysis is this: The boys have a goal in mind, and that is to send their soon-to-be retired coach off in style having won a state title. But that road will be a challenging one. This senior group, led by Harris, Reed Paradissis, Cal State East Bay-bound Mateo DiDomenico and PLU-bound Jared Davies, really does not want their season to end tonight. Especially after what happened last Thursday. We’d look for this senior group to lead and lead by example tonight. Winner here meets Issy in their barn, probably on Friday. Issy ripped Tahoma 4-1 last night to advance. We expect a Kingco quarterfinal rematch on Friday. Mount Si gets this done and does to Sumner what they did to the Wildcats last year.

MOUNT SI 2, SUMNER 1

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Amidst the tulips and maybe with some pretty important people on hand, CHS’ softball ladies compete for chance to go to state. Previews and picks right here right now…..

Busy Wednesday for you and we have previews and picks. Mount Si boys’ soccer on deck but let’s roll first with Cedarcrest and their softball team as they make another trip to familiar ground – Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley – to meet people they know a lot about already in the Northwest 2A District Tournament.

WESCO 2A/3A SOFTBALL
NORTHWEST 2A DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. LAKEWOOD COUGARS, 4:00
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. MOUNTLAKE TERRACE HAWKS OR LYNDEN LIONS, 6:30
JANICKI FIELDS, SEDRO-WOOLLEY

Cedarcrest High School’s softball ladies are back in action today, with two games at the Northwest 2A District Tournament in Sedro-Woolley, against a lot of familiar foes.

The Red Wolves, seeded seventh and coming off a district-opening 10-0 win last Friday over Burlington-Edison in which pitcher Michaela Carter fired a one-hitter, take on Lakewood to open at 4:00 then face either Mountlake Terrace or Lynden at around 6:30 up at Janicki. And CHS may have some pretty high-profile folks in attendance watching. With Fordham University’s team assigned to the Seattle sub-regional this weekend for the opening round of the NCAA Division I tournament, if their coaching staff is smart, they’ll already be in town and take the 90-minute drive north to not only see the tulips, but also see their signee Carter get to pitch a little bit.

Scouting the Red Wolves
Carter not only dominated on the mound last Friday, she did so with the bat, too, homering and driving in four runs in that victory over the Tigers. The senior, as noted signed with Fordham for her college softball starting next season, upped her already torrid batting average to an even hotter .612 which makes her among the best perhaps in the state this season. She’s leading the team in homers (eight) and RBI’s (37) and has received accolades, not only from us this week but last week as well from the Scorebook Live folks as the result of a fan vote.

Those Fordham folks, if they’re there watching, should also take good notes on freshman Allyson Smith. Smith went 2-3 last Friday with a double, driving in three runs, and is hitting .459 this season with two homers and a solid 28 RBI’s. Smith will be playing this summer – with the Snohomish Shock as part of a Valley trio on that 14U club squad – so this is a girl that certainly aspires to go places. Do well today if the big-name eyes are watching and she may be getting a letter or two from them down the road.

Other players to keep an eye on today include freshmen Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson (.483, homer, 14 RBI’s, went 3-4 with three runs scored last Friday) and Carly Nelson (homer last Friday, hitting .265 with seven HR’s and 20 RBI’s). Same deal by the way for these two – do well if the big-name eyes are there and they, too, might see a letter or two in their future mail. But in “Mad Dog”‘s case, she’ll probably also want one from the Fordham women’s soccer people, just saying……

Scouting the opponents
Red Wolves vs. Lakewood, 4:00: The Cougars are 17-3 on the season and are seeded second. And these two teams met back on March 27, a game won by Lakewood 6-4 at CHS. And while there’s others on the team doing some things, too, for Cedarcrest, Lakewood is about one girl, and one girl only: Riley Mae, Riley Mae. Riley Mae Swanson is the Cougars’ sophomore ace pitcher and has a solid 10-3 record on the spring, with a solid 2.18 earned run average and 127 strikeouts in almost 84 innings of work. She’s also leading the team in hitting, hitting close to .600 (similar to Carter’s average) with a homer and 15 RBI’s. Swanson has been a known factor for the Red Wolves in playoffs past, so she’s not going to be much of a mystery to this CHS senior group and their coaches. She went the distance in that March 27 game, striking out 10 but walking six, and also walked twice offensively, had a hit and scored two runs.

Freshman Natalie Krueger has been among the top freshmen this season in the Northwest Conference. Krueger’s hitting .522 this spring, also with a home run, but leads the team in RBI’s with 35. She went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s for Lakewood in that win back in March.

Sophomore Brittani Boortz is also having a fine season. She had three hits including a double against Cedarcrest earlier this season and is hitting .404 on the year with 16 RBI’s.

This Lakewood crew is a young one, with only three seniors. But this Cedarcrest crew is also a fairly young one, too, and as you know, a lot of the Red Wolves’ youth has also shined this season. Of note, freshman Kat Townley (.446, four HR’s, 22 RBI’s) is back today after traveling with her family back to Michigan over this past weekend for older sister LuAnn’s, herself an ex-Red Wolve softball and basketball player, college graduation. Again a congrats to the Townley’s on that and we wish Kat luck today.

Red Wolves vs. Lynden (6:30*): The Saturday prior to their game with Lakewood back in March saw CHS head up to meet the Lions, and it wasn’t pretty, as Lynden rolled. The Lions are seeded third in this tournament and have a solid 13-6 record. Blakely Dorge is the name to watch. She went 5-5 back on March 23 in Lynden’s 16-6 home win over the Red Wolves, with a homer, two doubles, two RBI’s and five runs scored. Dorge is one of several seniors on the team this season, a veteran group that also features senior ace pitcher Breanna Swendt, another name that should be familiar with CHS fans. Swendt allowed six runs on 11 hits in a complete game effort that day but has been a potent force for the Lions in NWC play. You know, if the Fordham people are up there watching Carter, this Lynden group is a team that they might want to pay some attention to as well, see if perhaps there’s some of these seniors still looking and if there’s room available, perhaps talk to them and their parents maybe?

Red Wolves vs. Mountlake Terrace (6:30*): The Hawks took the regular season Wesco head-to-head 13-10 back in April on the 24th also at CHS’ home field, and a number of players stood out that day. Take Jamie Bingaman for example. She went 3-5, all three hits being doubles, had three runs scored and three RBI’s and has been one of the big hitters all spring for Mountlake. You’ve seen her name plenty in our score cuts this spring, and there’s a reason for it. She’s good. But she’s not the only one. Jenna Maxfield also had three hits that day, and scored three runs, and what about Charis Jones? She homered, also as part of a three-hit effort, and like Bingaman scored three runs and drove in three more. Or Kennedy Cooper? 4-4 that day with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.

Fact of the matter here folks is that Cedarcrest today will play teams they’ve seen already this season, so there’s going to be no mystery for them against any of these opponents. They’re all going to be a challenge, they’re all going to be good tests. But there’s a reason why coach Gary Damron scheduled those NWC’ers in non-conference. Today is why.

Final analysis
For the opener, if Cedarcrest can get its offense rolling early and Carter can shut things down, we like the Red Wolves to pull the upset. Likewise, if Lakewood gets its offense out of the gate strong and Swanson does the bidding in the circle, Lakewood gets it done. The first couple of innings will tell the tale. We like Lakewood here, but it will be another close one.

With that, that drops CHS into a loser-out at 6:30. Lynden to open their season routed Mountlake, so we like the Lions to advance against the Cougars in the winner’s bracket game meaning CHS takes on the Hawks to keep their season alive. Same deal here. Whoever gets their offense rolling the quickest will deliver. Another close one here but we take Cedarcrest on neutral ground.

Picks: LAKEWOOD 7, CEDARCREST 6
CEDARCREST 12, MOUNTLAKE TERRACE 9

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