The morning news…..

Good Tuesday morning. Youth baseball and softball this morning with all our coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Three Eastside teams with players that have past or present ties to Mount Si High School’s baseball program were busy in a season-ending tournament over at Gonzaga University in Spokane yesterday. Highlights:

Kirkland Merchants Premier 9, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8: The Bellevue-based BoS fell to their Kirkland rivals despite a triple, walk and two runs scored from Mount Si High School grad Spencer Marenco. His fellow class of 2019 alum from the Wildcats, Trace Halvorson, also had a hit and two RBI’s for BoS in the contest yesterday.

Northwest Naturals 17U 14, Diamond Sports 1: The Sammamish-based Nats blasted the Pierce County team with the help of a nine-run fourth inning. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri paced NWN, going 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Teammate and fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon served as a courtesy runner in the contest for the Nats and scored three runs.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 6, Narrows Baseball 4: Rounding things out over in the Lilac City, the Sammamish-based A’s handled the Gig Harbor-based Narrows with the aid of 2018 MSHS’er Will Scott. Scott, who will be entering his sophomore year of college in just a few short weeks down at the Colorado School of Mines, was 0-2 with two walks for the A’s.

Cedarcrest High School sophomore-to-be softball player Allyson Smith, who plays for the Snohomish Shock-Oylear 14U  club team, is one of several Valley players competing in this week’s Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament in southern California. She is seen here in her Shock uniform with the three balls she hit for home runs in the team’s recent tournament in Colorado. (Photo courtesy Kevin Smith)

Two area teams with Valley players are competing in the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national 14U tournament down in Anaheim this week. Action in this event started yesterday and we have highlights:

Firecrackers Lahners 5, Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller 0: The Snohomish-based satellite team of the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks were one-hit in their opener yesterday at the national tournament by the southern California team. Soon-to-be Cedarcrest Red Wolve Reagan Hollett was 0-1 with a walk for the ‘Hawks.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 1, Firecrackers Holcomb 0: The Shock won the pitcher’s duel in their opener at PGF over the team from California. Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook and future Cedarcrest athlete Riley Warden both went 0-1 while soon-to-be Red Wolve sophomore Allyson Smith was hit by a pitch in her lone plate appearance. The game lasted just three-plus innings due to a time limit.

Action in this event continues today. Both teams are competing in the event’s Platinum division and will have two games apiece today to close out pool play with the Shock’s games taking place today and the ‘Hawks going tonight.


Golf: WJGA state tournament starts tomorrow
The youth golf summer season closes out this week for the Washington Junior Golf Association with its state tournament, that starts tomorrow down in Tacoma. Four Valley kids are set to compete in the event.

Mount Si High School golfers Drew and Hogan Warford and Kasey Maralack, and future ‘Cat Shane Russell, all of Snoqualmie, will tee off tomorrow morning seeking state titles. Maralack and Drew Warford are expected to contend for their age group titles (Drew in the boys’ 16-18 age group, Kasey in the girls’ 14-15 age bracket) while Hogan Warford should also compete for his age group crown in the boys’ 14-15 age group. Russell earned his trip to state in the boys’ 8-11 age group, and could also make a push for the top spot.

The tournament will last through Friday.

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The weekend wrap

Good Monday morning. Diamond cuts aplenty this morning and we begin in college summer baseball where for the second straight Sunday, a Mount Si pitcher-catcher battery was used by the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox. While last night’s outing for pitcher Gavin Gorrell and catcher Justin Lutz together perhaps wasn’t as successful as it was the previous Sunday in Bellingham, the Sox still did get a win.

Wenatchee rallied twice from deficits to outslug the Portland Pickles last night 14-8 at home on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College. Gorrell, from North Bend, only went 4 2/3 innings allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits, walking five and striking out two in what can be best described as a rough one for the Boise State University sophomore-to-be, something which hasn’t been seen in awhile by the former ‘Cat. He fortunately ended up with no decision but his ERA rose to 4.32. Lutz, from Fall City and who will be a junior this fall at Montana State-Billings, went 1-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s aiding Wenatchee, who scored five runs in the sixth then six more in the eighth to pull away for the win. Both players are 2017 Mount Si High School grads.

The victory moved Wenatchee into a tie for first place in the second-half league North Division standings with first-half champion Victoria. Wenatchee is 11-5 in league play in the second half and is 23-21 overall on the season. The Sox wrap their series with the Pickles tonight then plays again on Wednesday, hosting the Tri-Cities based River City A’s for a non-league game.


Honkers fail to close deal, lose in extras: The Pacific International League’s Northwest Honkers broke out of the gate with a 4-0 lead after their half of the first, but could not seal the thing up and ended up falling in 10 innings last night to the WCL’s Kelowna Falcons in Kelowna, B.C., Canada.

The Falcons walked it off for a 6-4 win on home turf to sweep the weekend set. Duvall’s Cameron Padron had a huge night for the Valley-based Honkers, going 4-4 with a double, run scored and RBI as NWH did their best to get this series split but saw the Falcons tie it with two in the fifth before taking it with their two in the 10th.

The season is winding down now for the Honkers, who will announce their home field for next season sometime after the first of next year. They had been playing games at a location in Fall City, but have been playing elsewhere this season as they looked for a new permanent home venue. A possible location is the new Mount Si High School field in Snoqualmie.

Youth baseball
Wrapping up the weekend in youth baseball with our scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

California Warriors 8, FSP Baseball 18U 0 (Phil Singer tournament, San Diego): Mount Si’s Harrison Clark, fresh off an airplane from Eugene, OR, where he’s spent the past few days participating in a separate event, pitched yesterday morning for Bellevue-based Ford at the Singer tournament and the Warrior bats were ready. Clark allowed seven runs, six earned, on six hits in five innings, walking three, striking out three and taking the loss as the southern California team rolled. Clark offensively did have a double, howerver, so all was not lost for the Wildcat athlete, whose college prospects are looking quite strong what with all the opportunities he’s getting to get noticed by scouts and coaches this summer.

Rippers Baseball 16U 3, Rijo Baseball 1: The Cedarcrest trio of Kian Pegueros-Warren, Mason Pudwill and Carter “Deuce” Knowles made their first appearances for the Redmond-based Rippers in their weekend tournament up in Mount Vernon yesterday as the Rippers beat their Redmond-based rivals. Pegueros-Warren doubled and drove in a run while Pudwill was 0-3 and Knowles 0-2.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 25, Columbia Basin RiverDogs 4 (Herb Chaffey tournament, Edmonds): Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich was 1-4 with a walk and two RBI’s for Bellevue-based Michael’s as they scored 13 runs, yes 13 runs, in the second inning on the way to a blowout over the Tri-Cities area team at their season-ending weekend tournament up in Edmonds yesterday.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 7, Spokane Expos 0: 2018 Mount Si grad Will Scott worked the seventh inning on the mound in relief in this one for the A’s and it was a perfect frame, with a strikeout, as the Sammamish-based A’s blanked the Spokane team at a tournament hosted by Gonzaga University yesterday. Scott will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines and received no decision in this one.

WW Sweets 15U 10, San Diego Hustle 7 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): Sammamish-based Sweets won the USSSA World Series’ 16U title down in southern California late yesterday, beating a team that had beaten them back on Friday to do it. And both of Mount Si’s reps on the Sweets pitched in. Aidan Dougherty went 2-3 with a triple, run scored and two RBI’s, while Jake Smith doubled as part of his own two-hit effort, scoring a run and driving in a second. WWS’s season ends on a strong note, as they went 41-8 this season. Good stuff.

Primetime 4, Field of Champions Bears 16U 2: Preston-based FoC fell in their season finale yesterday down at their tournament in Oregon. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson paced the Bears, going 1-3 with an RBI. Fellow ‘Cats Kevin Corder (0-2, walk, run scored), Lucas Costello (0-3) and Tyler Clem (0-2) also played in the game for FoC.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 12, Northwest Naturals 17U 3: The matchup over at Gonzaga University yesterday pitted four players who were part of Mount Si’s team this spring against one another, with all seeing action for their respective teams. 2019 MSHS grad Spencer Marenco went 2-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI for Bellevue-based Boys, while teammate – and fellow ’19 Cat Trace Halvorson went 1-4. For the Sammamish-based Nats, Cam Ferreri went 0-2 and Jack Mardon went 1-3 with a run. Both of them will return this fall for the Wildcats.

Danville Hoots 3, FSP Baseball 18U 0 (Phil Singer tournament, San Diego): Clark went 2-3 and teammate – and fellow Wildcat – Troy Baunsgard went 1-2 for Ford as they were blanked by the northern California team in an early morning game yesterday at the Singer event.

Rippers Baseball 16U 9, City Baseball Navy 2: The Rippers rolled to a win last night at their tournament in Mount Vernon, backed by a double from Pegueros-Warren which headlined a 2-4 effort; he scored two runs. Knowles also had two hits and Pudwill was 1-3 with a run scored and RBI pacing the Redmond team.

Other items now:

Soccer: North Bend’s Stanton plays in front of friends, family
It may have been just for a few minutes in the late stages of the contest yesterday, but a Valleyite got a chance to play in front of friends and family yesterday as her team played here in the Puget Sound area.

North Bend’s Nikki Stanton played for the Chicago Red Stars in their National Women’s Soccer League contest against the Reign FC down at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, a game easily won by the Red Stars 4-0. Stanton worked the last six minutes of the game coming off the bench in place of her teammate and longtime friend Sam Kerr, and had no stats of note. Kerr, the well-known Australian star who has been friends and teammates with Stanton both here in the U.S. and down in Australia for the past several years, a friendship and partnership that was highlighted in a recent ESPN story, had a goal and assist in yesterday’s game.

The Reign were playing without U.S. World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, who is still nursing injuries suffered from the Women’s World Cup tournament run in France, but herself made news yesterday as she and both of Washington’s U.S. Senators, Democrats Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, held a news conference at the stadium discussing the continuing issues of equal pay for the women’s players compared to their men’s counterparts. Legislation is being considered on this front back in D.C. so we’ll see where that heads. This issue is a very important one for many, so we’ll be sure to cover it for you if need be.

Hydros: Valleyite competes on the water in the Tri-Cities
The prelude to the big Seafair hydroplane races every year are the Water Follies races in the Tri-Cities, and those were held on the Columbia River yesterday between Kennewick and Pasco. In the field, and having success, was a Valley driver.

Veteran driver Brian Perkins, a North Bend resident, piloted the U-99.9 Go Fast Turn Left Racing boat to a sixth-place finish in the final heat. The boat finished with a speed of 128.335 miles per hour. The Graham Trucking boat, driven by Perkins’ rival driver J. Michael Kelly, won the race beating out top challenger Andrew Tate, in the Jones Racing boat.

Perkins is the longtime driver for the GFTL team, and will be in the cockpit this weekend at Seafair. KONG-TV, using coverage provided by Spokane-based SWX, will be broadcasting the races this year. We wish Perkins and his team luck this weekend on Lake Washington.

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Good Sunday morning….time for a round of cuts…..

Good Sunday morning. Time for our daily round of diamond cuts. We start with baseball this morning. All of our coverage – baseball and softball with the exception of our college summer stuff – comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Team California 2, FSP Baseball 18U 0 (Phil Singer tournament, San Diego): The San Diego-area team won a morning pitcher’s duel with Bellevue-based Ford yesterday down in southern California. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard went 1-3 in this one for FSP.

Northwest Naturals 16U 1, Beaver Valley Red 0 (Dynamic Baseball World Series, Raleigh-Durham, NC): The Sammamish-based Nats won a tight pitcher’s duel over the Pittsburgh-area team in their morning game at this national tournament in North Carolina yesterday. The Mount Si foursome on the NWN side – Dawson Schneider, Tyler Disch, Jack Phillips and Hayden Weaver – went a combined 0-6 with three walks as the two teams managed just six hits total in the contest.

Michael’s Toyota 18U 15, FM Sports 18U 11 (Herb Chaffey tournament, Bellevue): Bellevue-based Michael’s won the slugfest in the season-ending Chaffey event yesterday at Bellevue College’s Courter Field. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich was 1-4 with a run scored for Michael’s, while fellow Wildcat Jackson Crumb played for FM in this one. Crumb, who was one of several Mount Si’ers competing with the Redmond-based club’s 16U squad this summer – which we featured coverage of here for you on the blog – is up with the FM 18U’s this weekend and yesterday went 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

WW Sweets 15U 12, Bulldogs Elite 0 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): Sweet pitcher Jake Smith, a Mount Si HS player, blanked the California team, firing a two-hitter and striking out three in a complete-game effort as the Sammamish team rolled in a game at the USSSA event in southern California yesterday. He at the plate was 1-1 with a run scored. Teammate and fellow ‘Cat Aidan Dougherty was 0-2.

Kent Bulldogs 6, ExploSwing Northwest 16U: At an Oregon tournament, Bellevue-based XSN was blanked on just one hit in this loss yesterday. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan was 0-1 for XSN, who played a second game as well yesterday – which McCutchan did not play in – a win over an Oregon team.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 7, Northwest Diamond Sports 5: The Preston-based Bears handled their Oregon-based foes last night down in Forest Grove, OR, at a tournament there. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson went 2-5 with an RBI for FoC. Teammate – and fellow ‘Cat – Tyler Clem went 1-5 with an RBI and a third MSHS’er, Kevin Corder, was 0-5 with a walk and RBI.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 7, Spokane Expos 4: Bellevue-based Boys used the bat of Mount Si alum Spencer Marenco to cruise past the Spokane team at this weekend’s Gonzaga tournament last night. Marenco, who graduated last month from MSHS, went 2-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI for BoS. Fellow 2019 MSHS’er Trace Halvorson went 1-3 for Boys in this one.

San Diego Naturals 4, FSP Baseball 18U 3 (Phil Singer tournament, San Diego): The San Diego team rallied late, scoring all of their runs in the final two frames to win this one in walk-off fashion over Ford. Baunsgard went 1-3 again in this one for FSP. As noted yesterday, Ford teammate – and fellow Wildcat – Harrison Clark was not playing as he was participating in a separate event in Oregon.

Northwest Naturals 16U 3, Orlando Scorpions 3 (Dynamic Baseball World Series, Raleigh-Durham, NC): The Nats headed down to Buies Creek, NC, and the field at Campbell University to lock horns with the Florida team last night and the two sides ended in a draw after the Scorpions rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of runs over the final two frames. Schneider went 1-3 for NWN while Disch was 0-1 with a walk and Weaver went 0-2 but was hit by a pitch (as was Disch) and scored a run.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 10, Northwest Naturals 17U 0: A battle between current and former Wildcats over in Spokane yesterday went to the team with the ex-‘Cat. 2018 MSHS’er Will Scott was 0-1, but scored two runs, for the Sammamish-based A’s in this one at Whitworth University. Current Wildcats Jack Mardon and Cam Ferreri, both of whom will be seniors this fall at Mount Si, played for the A’s Sammamish rival Naturals in this one. Mardon was 0-1 with two walks and Ferreri was 1-1. Scott will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 9, Montana Mustangs 6 (8) (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): The Redmond-based Diamonds broke a 4-4 tie scoring five runs in the eighth, then had to survive a rally from the Montana squad to post a win at the regional event in Spokane. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 1-4 with two runs scored and an RBI pacing the Diamonds, while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 1-4 with a run scored.

Crossfire Rollins 4, Elite Diamonds 1 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): What a run it was for the Diamonds. The Nevada team beat EDP on Friday knocking the Diamonds into the loser’s bracket, where they rolled off four straight wins before falling again to Crossfire last night in a semifinal of the tournament to have their season come to an end. Pluschke had one of the three Diamonds’ hits in this one – the other two were from Eastlake’s Leslie Hines, who also drove in the lone EDP run as the Diamonds ended up third overall in the tournament, falling to the team who ended up winning the whole thing last night, beating a Utah team twice to do just that. So a congrats to the girls from the Crossfire squad on their championship from us here at the Journal and we wish you luck in your future softball paths down in the Reno area, where this team is based. As for Huntzinger, the Diamonds’ MSHS rep was 0-2 with a walk. EDP finished with a solid 37-28-1 record this spring and summer so a good season for the squad, which is coached by Payton’s father, ex-CHS girls’ basketball assistant coach Mike Pluschke.

College Summer Baseball
Wenatchee wins: The AppleSox took the opener of their modified West Coast League weekend series with the Portland Pickles last night at home in Wenatchee, doubling up the visitors 6-3. Neither of the Sox’s two Valley athletes – Mount Si grads Justin Lutz and Gavin Gorrell – participated in the game, but we mention this score anyway as Gorrell is set to take the hill for Wenatchee tonight in a game at 5:30 over at Wenatchee Valley College that you can catch on the Sox’s live webstream, google Wenatchee AppleSox for that website link.

Honkers fall north of the border: The Valley-based Northwest Honkers fell last night in a non-league battle in Canada. The Pacific International League team was handled easily by the WCL’s Kelowna Falcons 9-3 up in the Okanagan of British Columbia. Duvall’s Cameron Padron was 0-4 in this one for the Honkers, who finish their series with the Falcons tonight at 6:00 in Kelowna. You can Google Kelowna Falcons for their website and a live broadcast of that game as well.

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Saturday diamond notes…..

Good Saturday morning.

We start with some softball this morning, and as we are prepping our action from yesterday and last night for you, we have a score in from an early game this morning. Yes, it’s an early wake-up call for what turned out to be the final game of the season for the Bellevue Blast 18U squad at the Triple Crown East Coast Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC. And despite the best efforts of a Mount Si High School grad, the Blast fell short and were knocked out of the tournament.

2019 MSHS alum Sam Simmons, set to play this fall at Bellevue College, went 1-3 with the Blast’s lone RBI, and the team mounted a rally attempt in the final inning, but couldn’t bring it home as they fell 3-1 to the Oklahoma Blaze Gold out of Oklahoma City in an elimination game at the tournament. The Blast were winless in the tournament and finished the season 18-30-1.

Simmons missed much of the season – and also this spring season with the Wildcats – dealing with an injury but returned a couple weeks ago and has been getting back in the groove getting ready to hit the college circuit this fall, joining a Bulldog program that is among the best in the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Good stuff and we wish Simmons luck this fall. Here’s all of last night’s action, with it coming from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Crossfire Rollins 5, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 1 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): A busy Friday in Spokane for the Redmond-based Diamonds as they played four games yesterday – the first of these was a morning loss to the Boise-based team. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 1-3 for EDP while Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 0-3.

TNL Haskell 6, Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 0 (Triple Crown World Series, Reno): The Blast were blanked on just four hits in their loss to the Nevada team down in Reno yesterday morning, ending their season as they were eliminated from the national tournament. Mount Si’s Madison Bonham went 0-3 in this one for the Woodinville-based AbB.

Issaquah Flame 14U Black 4, USA Elite 3 (ASA Nationals, Sacramento): The Flame won it in walk-off fashion in their morning game yesterday over the California team. Soon-to-be Cedarcrest HS player Kaylee Hulse went 1-3 with a run scored while teammate and fellow soon to be Red Wolve Maddie Knowles went 0-3.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 6, Rampage Softball 2 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): The Diamonds quickly rebounded from their early loss and scored four in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and take this lunchtime clash with the Colorado team. Huntzinger went 1-1, Pluschke was 0-3 with a run scored and Eastlake’s Leslie Hines homered for the Diamonds leading the offensive efforts.

Team Connecticut 4, Bellevue Blast 18U 1 (Triple Crown East Coast Nationals, Myrtle Beach, SC): The ladies from Connecticut took this one yesterday down in South Carolina over the Blast. Simmons, like this morning, went 1-3 yesterday with the Blast’s lone RBI.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 16, Hype Fastpitch 1 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): EDP picked up where they left off after lunch and the bats were cooking bigtime in this dinner-time blowout last night of the California team. Huntzinger was 1-3 with two RBI’s, Pluschke walked, scored a run and drove in another, and Hines had two doubles, a run scored and four RBI’s.

Bad to the Bone 1, Issaquah Flame 14U Black 0 (ASA Nationals, Sacramento): The Flame found themselves on the short end of a pitcher’s duel down at the national event in northern California to close out yesterday’s action. The Cedarcrest duo of Knowles and Hulse went a combined 0-5 with a walk in this one for the Flame.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 7, Boise Blast 2 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): The Diamonds closed out last night’s four-game special with one last win, this over a second Boise-area team. Huntzinger was 0-1, Pluschke went 1-1 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored, Hines doubled, scored two runs and drove in two more and Avery Henderson, she of the great Wesco 4A powerhouse at Lake Stevens, had a hit and drove in three runs. Good stuff from all the ladies. Action in Spokane continues today.

San Diego Crush 5, FSP Baseball 18U 4: Bellevue-based Ford fell in walk-off fashion to the San Diego team in the opener of their season-ending weekend tournament in southern California yesterday. Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard went 0-3 with a walk and run scored. Teammate and fellow Wildcat Harrison Clark is not there at the event this weekend as he is participating in a separate event in Oregon.

WW Sweets 15U 10, Bonita Legends 6 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): The Sammamish-based Sweets turned it on late, scoring five runs over the final two frames to grab a win over the California team at their tournament in San Diego yesterday. Mount Si’s Jake Smith went 2-2 with a double, run scored and RBI pacing WWS, while teammate and fellow ‘Cat Aidan Dougherty went 0-2 with a run scored and walk.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Washington A’s 18U Premier 2: The field at Gonzaga University in Spokane is probably a familiar one these days for one Spencer Marenco, with his brother, 2017 MSHS alum Mason, manning the infield for the Bulldogs. Well, 2019 MSHS’er Spencer made himself at home last night on the GU diamond, going 3-4 with a double and two RBI’s pacing Bellevue-based Boys to a win to open a season-ending weekend tournament. Fellow Wildcat Trace Halvorson went 0-2 with a walk and run scored for BoS while 2018 MSHS alum Will Scott was able to make the trip over and went 0-2 with a walk for the Sammamish-based A’s. He will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines, while Marenco is off this fall to Yakima Valley Community College and Halvorson will head to Jamestown University in North Dakota.

Casper Crush 8, Michael’s Toyota 18U 4: The Crush, hailing from central Wyoming, scored six in the first and cruised to a win in the Herb Chaffey Memorial tournament in Bellevue yesterday. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich pitched in relief for Toyota and did a good job holding down the Casper bats in his five innings of work, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out four. He received no decision.

Keystone Baseball 2, Northwest Naturals 16U 1 (Dynamic Baseball World Series, Raleigh-Durham, NC): We talk about lifelong experiences on the summer ball circuit from time to time, and this was certainly one yesterday for the Sammamish-based Nats as they got to play on the same field in Durham, NC, the Durham Athletic Park, that served as the home stadium in the famous baseball movie Bull Durham. They ended up in a pitcher’s duel with the Pennsylvania team and fell short. Mount Si’s Hayden Weaver was on the short end on the hill, taking the loss despite going the distance and allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out two for NWN. He went 1-3 with a run scored, while teammates and fellow ‘Cats Dawson Schneider and Tyler Disch also played; Schneider went 1-3 while Disch went 0-2.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 13, Northwest Star Academy Falcons 1: The Bears’ bats were hot down in Portland yesterday in the win at a weekend tournament there; Mount Si’s duo of Andrew Edson and Kevin Corder powered the Preston-based FoC in this one. Each had a triple, with Corder finishing 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI while Edson went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Bears.

Northwest Naturals 17U 5, Spokane Expos 0: The Sammamish-based Nats started off their weekend tournament in Spokane yesterday with a win. Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri went 1-4 with an RBI in this one for NWN.

FSP Baseball 18U 4, GBG 3: Ford responded from their early loss with a win over a Los Angeles-area team last night down in San Diego. Baunsgard was 1-3 with a run scored.

San Diego Hustle 11, WW Sweets 15U 6 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): The Hustle scored eight runs in the fourth, and that propelled them to the win over the Sweets yesterday afternoon in WWS’ Friday nightcap in the Southland. Smith went 2-2 again while Dougherty was 0-2 with a walk and run scored. He also started on the hill for the Sweets and allowed 10 runs, five earned, on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking three, striking out one and taking the loss on the mound.

College Summer Baseball
Wenatchee rallies for win: The Wenatchee AppleSox scored four runs in the eighth, and that helped them post a 5-3 win over the Walla Walla Sweets in Walla Walla in West Coast League action last night. Fall City’s Justin Lutz saw action in right field for the Sox in this one and went 0-2 with a run scored. He is a 2017 MSHS grad and will be attending Montana State-Billings this fall. The Sox are home tonight hosting Portland.

Dawgs win: The Okotoks Dawgs are Calgary’s representative in the Western Canadian Baseball League, and last night they hosted Edmonton. So baseball’s version of the “Battle of Alberta” and this one was all Dawgs, as they rolled 8-0 at home in suburban Calgary. North Bend’s Tanner Simpson worked the ninth inning in relief last night on the mound for Okotoks and it went well, with a walk and two strikeouts and no hits or runs allowed. The 2014 MSHS’er, a graduate this spring of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, received no decision.

Minor League Baseball
T-Lane locking it down: North Bend’s Trevor Lane was his old self last night, with another dominating outing for the Trenton Thunder.

The 2012 Mount Si HS grad pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief, dropping his ERA down to 1.89 and earning his fourth hold of the season – his second in as many outings – as the Thunder, affiliated with the New York Yankees, posted a tight 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers’ affiliated Erie SeaWolves in Erie, PA, last night in an Eastern “AA” League game.

Lane, in his fourth season with the Yankee organization, has sported an ERA most of this season of under 2.00 and could find himself as a player other MLB clubs might be interested in acquiring should New York need to make a deal over the next few days in advance of the Major League trade deadline next week. It has been opined by many the Yankees probably are in the market to acquire pitching help for the major league club and Lane could be a name bantied about in such discussions. We’ll of course let you know what happens on that front, but it is again worthy to note that Lane’s ascension this season has also partly been attributable to that he has become the primary left-handed relief prospect in the mid-minor league portion of the Yankee system after fellow lefty Phil Diehl was dealt before the start of the MLB season by New York to the Colorado Rockies.

Again, if there’s news, we’ll let you know.

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Your Friday morning round of diamond cuts…..

Good Friday morning. Start of what appears to be one of the last big weekends for youth baseball and softball and we have highlights from last night’s action. Coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

WW Sweets 15U 13, HVA Storm Elite 2 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): The Sammamish-based Sweets opened play at the USSSA World Series in San Diego yesterday morning rolling to a win behind Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty, who went 2-2 with a double, scored a run and drove in five more pacing the victors. Fellow Wildcat Jake Smith went 0-1, but walked twice and also scored a run aiding the Sweets.

Chaffey Baseball 7, Michael’s Toyota 18U 6: Bellevue-based Michael’s opened their season ending tournament yesterday afternoon falling in walk-off fashion to the Edmonds-based Chaffey at Courter Field on the BCC campus. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 1-3 for Toyota in this one.

Prospect United 9, Field of Champions 16U Bears 6: FoC, based in Preston, last night opened a season-ending tourney in Oregon falling to the Tacoma-area team. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson and Lucas Costello both went 1-3 with a run scored apiece. Teammates – and fellow ‘Cats – Kevin Corder and Tyler Clem also played, with Corder walking twice and scoring a run and Clem going 0-3.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 15, Bridgetown Baseball 3: Also down in Oregon, Bellevue-based XSN rolled to an easy win in their opener. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan walked twice and scored two runs for XSN.

Seattle Stars 10, Washington A’s 18U Premier 8: The Stars took the Seattle Premier League title last night beating the Sammamish-based A’s on Mercer Island. 2018 MSHS grad Will Scott went 1-3 with a walk for the A’s; he will be a sophomore this fall at the Colorado School of Mines.

WW Sweets 15U 12, Titans Baseball 3 (USSSA World Series, San Diego): After their early-morning win, it was right back to work and the bats didn’t cool off at all as the Sweets rolled to another win in the national tournament. Dougherty and Smith both went 1-2, with Dougherty’s hit being another double; both guys scored two runs each with Dougherty driving in two more runs and Smith adding another. Each player also walked once in the contest.

Mississippi Bombers 12, Bellevue Blast 16U 0 (ASA Nationals, Salem, VA): Pitchers Kaley Sessums and Jovi Jones combined for a perfect game yesterday morning for the Bombers against the Blast at the national event in Virginia. The two combined to strike out eight Blast hitters. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-1 for Bellevue in this one.

Power Surge 2, Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 1 (Triple Crown World Series, Reno): The Woodinville-based Blast fell in a pitcher’s duel to the California team yesterday morning down in Reno. Mount Si’s Madison Bonham went 1-2 in this one for AbB.

PS33 Academy 9, Issaquah Flame 14U Black 3 (ASA Nationals, Sacramento): After a strong start to the tourney this week, the Flame yesterday afternoon took their first loss in northern California, falling to the Reno-based Sonner squad. Future CHS’er Kaylee Hulse went 1-2 with an RBI in this one for the Flame. Teammate – and fellow future Red Wolve – Maddie Knowles went 0-3.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 15, PNW Force 0 (ASA Western Nationals, Spokane): We mentioned the perfect game above the Bellevue 16U’s and Harris was on the short end of; well, last night over in Spokane, the Blast’s local rivals, the Redmond-based Diamonds, were on the good side of one. Pitcher Mackenzie Burke tossed the perfecto, a congrats to her from us for that by the way, and struck out one for EDP, and she had plenty of offensive support. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke doubled and scored a run for the Diamonds, who put this in the bag with 14 runs, yes, 14 runs in the first. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger added a hit and two RBI’s to the efforts for EDP.

Tampa Mustangs 5, Bellevue Blast 16U 2 (ASA Nationals, Salem, VA): The Blast yesterday afternoon got the bats going but could not overcome an early 4-0 deficit in falling to the Florida team. Harris did not play in this contest for the Blast.

Issaquah Flame 14U Black 9, Texas Elite 5 (ASA Nationals, Sacramento): The Flame bats took their frustrations out on the Texas team in the third, scoring eight runs to help get themselves back into the win column down in Sacto. Knowles went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI while Hulse added a hit, run scored and two RBI’s.

College Summer Baseball
Wenatchee unable to recover from slow start: The AppleSox fell in West Coast League action last night 3-2 at Walla Walla with the Sweets breaking out to a 3-0 lead after one and holding on from there. Fall City’s Justin Lutz went 0-2 with a run scored for the Sox, who finishes their series with Walla Walla tonight over in southeast Washington. Lutz is a 2017 Mount Si HS grad and will be attending Montana State-Billings this fall.

Honkers fall in slugfest: The Pacific International League last night saw the Valley-based Northwest Honkers fall 10-6 in Bellevue to the rival Highline Bears. Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 1-3 with an RBI for NWH, playing games outside the Valley this season as it looks to replace their former home field of Fall City Community Park. A new home field will not be announced until the start of next season.

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