Colorado softball tournaments featuring local teams and players from Valley start

This afternoon, we kick off our coverage of several big club softball tournaments down in the Denver area and around Colorado featuring local players and teams taking on top national talent. The Colorado Fireworks and Sparkler tournaments, along with the Boulder Indepedence Day tournament, have drawn several thousand players and their families from all over the United States and Canada in the largest “college exposure” tournament for softball during the summer club season. This is your editor’s 15th or so year of coverage of these things dating back to the Valley Record days, and this is one of our highlights of the year. And frankly one of these years, a bucket list item to go cover. Oh, well. To the action now, courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Rhode Island Thunder 8, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller (Puyallup) 5: In Boulder at the IDT, the Puyallup-based Hawks fell to the Providence, RI-area squad. Cedarcrest HS grad Michaela Carter pitched two innings for WLH, allowing a run on two hits, walking three and striking out three. She received no decision and also went 0-1 at the plate.

TC Stars 11, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 3: At the Sparkler Juniors in Greeley, the Stars, from nearby Fort Collins, rolled to a win. The offense for the Shock was provided by Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith, who homered in the first and drove in all three runs. Also getting a hit for the Shock was Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook. Soon-to-be CHS’er Kailee Kores went 0-1 for the Shock and pitched an inning for them as well allowing two runs on five hits with no decision recorded.

Washington Ladyhawks Miller 14U (Puyallup/Snohomish) 11, Momentum Fastpitch 0: Also in the Sparkler Juniors but down the road in Evans, this group of ‘Hawks rolled to a win in their tournament opener over a Houston-area team thanks to a no-hitter by their pitcher, Taryn Bennett, who Mount Si hitters will be facing down the road as she will be playing for Bothell High School next year. Soon-to-be CHS’er Reagan Hollett went 1-1 with a run.

Explosion Flores/Torres 8, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 3: Out in Arvada at the Sparkler 16U event, the California team scored four in the fourth to put away the Redmond-based Diamonds. CHS’s Payton Pluschke went 1-3 with a run scored for the Diamonds, while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger wnt 0-2.

San Diego Firecrackers 11, Bellevue Blast ’03 16U 0: Also in the Sparkler but in Northglenn, the Blast were held to one hit – from Sammamish High School’s Kylie Ravenscraft – as they fell to the California team. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-1.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller (Puyallup) 4, Cal Cruisers 4: Back in Boulder, the ‘Hawks and the southern California team ended in a draw after five frames despite an early lead for WLH. Carter went 0-2.

Colorado Angels Gold 9, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 2: Also out in Arvada, the Diamonds were handled easily by the local team from nearby Aurora. Pluschke went 1-2 with an RBI while Huntzinger went 0-1.

Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller (Puyallup/Snohomish) 10, Batbusters Arizona 6: The ‘Hawks won a slugfest with a Phoenix-area team. Hollett was 0-2 with a walk and run scored.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 15, Oklahoma Twisters Gold 1: The Shock ran roughshod over the ladies from Oklahoma City. Valley girls were very much a part of this one, too – Smith, Westbrook and soon-to-be CHS’er Riley Warden all doubled in going a combined 7-9 with seven runs scored and three RBI.

Also:

Sparkler: Washington Acers Campbell 18U (Hope Bostick, MSHS) 13, Pacific Coast Predators 5
Sparkler: Team TFS Colorado 10, Washington Acers Campbell 18U 5

One other note as we get set to bring you coverage all week and into the weekend. If you go to our Twitter feed @snovalleysports, we’ll be featuring periodic weather updates from down that direction. We are following the Twitter feed for KUSA-TV (NBC)’s weather folks and will be providing forecasts and what not from down there. One of the things that always interests us is the weather and how that could potentially impact the local kids there. The area has been dealing with some thunderstorm issues the past couple of days and it appears there’s a little rain happening up in the mountains this evening so we’ll see how that impacts things. As it is, the weather this week is expected to be in the 90’s temperature-wise so how players handle that will certainly factor in to things for their teams.

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Bellevue volleyball squad with MSHS player takes third at nationals plus action from the diamond and the links on this Tuesday……

Good Tuesday morning. Time to tee it up this morning.

It was a busy day on the links yesterday for local youth golfers, and a pair of Mount Si High School golfers earned trips to upcoming Washington Junior Golf Association postseason district tournaments with solid results in regular season events yesterday.

At Nile Temple Golf Club in Mountlake Terrace in the WJGA’s District 2 tournament, Wildcat girls’ sophomore-to-be Kasey Maralack fired an 82 and took second in the girls’ 14-15 age group, earning a trip to the postseason meet in a couple of weeks in Redmond. Teammates Tori Berger (eighth in girls’ 16-18 age division) and Erika Groshell (ninth in girls’ 14-15) both finished outside the top spots and missed earning berths to the postseason tournament. Mount Si boys’ golfer Sage Phelps and a pair of future boys Wildcat golfers, Snoqualmie’s Cooper and Charlie Gaffney, also did not make the district tourney out of yesterday’s tournament.

Meanwhile, down south at the WJGA District 6 event in Spanaway, Mount Si boys’ golfer Cooper Neil tied for fourth firing a 74 on the course at Spanaway Lake Golf Club in the boys’ 16-18 age group and earned a spot to their upcoming postseason tournament in Orting. Fellow ‘Cat Logan Garwood and future MSHS’er Shane Russell both missed district qualification with their results from yesterday’s tournament.

The two districts next compete next Monday – District 2 in Seattle and District 6 just a few miles away in Burien.

Meanwhile, there’s more action today. The association’s District 1 competes up in the Skagit Valley and Duvall’s Andrew Davenport will rep the Valley in that tournament.

Also:

Volleyball: Top-five showing at nationals for club team with Mount Si player
Two teams with local players wrapped up play yesterday at the USA Volleyball Nationals with a strong finish for one of those teams.

Bellevue-based Sudden Impact’s U15 Typhoon team took third in the U15 Patriot division after a great weekend. It ended in the semifinals of the championship playoffs yesterday as the team, with Mount Si sophomore-to-be Bailey Showalter, fell to a California team in three close sets at the tournament in Indianapolis. Club matches are best of three as opposed to the high school best-of-five sets setup.

Meanwhile, Kent-based Kent Juniors’ U15’s finished 27th in that division after falling to an Arizona team in their playoff round yesterday. They feature fellow ‘Cat sophomores to be Jade Petrzelka, Kira Holmberg and Paige Phelps.

Sudden Impact’s U17 Storm, with Mount Si’s Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, start play in the tournament today. They, too, are competing in their age group’s Patriot division.

Baseball
Last night’s scoreboard with coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washington Rush White 9, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 6: Kirkland-based JBC hit the diamond on home turf last night in Kirkland fresh off an airplane from Arizona where they had competed in a tournament this past weekend, and fell to the Snohomish County-based team. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton started on the hill for Juanita and took the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on five hits in four innings of work, walking four and striking out five. Offensively, he went 0-4 for JBC.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 10, Boys of Summer 7: The two Bellevue teams squared off in a Seattle Elite League battle in Sammamish with the Dragons winning the slugfest backed by a pair of doubles from MSHS players; Ryan Llewellyn and Luke Richter had those doubles, one for each player, and Llewellyn also walked once, scored three runs and drove in a fourth for BDG. Fellow Wildcat Brady Farris went 1-4 with two RBI’s for the Dragons.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 16, Rippers Baseball 16U 8: Bellevue-based XSN scored seven runs in the sixth to break open this one in Redmond against the Redmond-based hosts. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-1 for XSN while for the Rippers, Cedarcrest’s Kian Pegueros-Warren went 2-4 with a double and two runs scored and fellow Red Wolve Mason Pudwill went 0-3 with a walk and run scored.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 14, FM Sports 16U 1: Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden paced the Dragons to a blowout win over Redmond-based FM up in Bothell last night. He had a hit, scored a run and drove in two more runs pacing BDE, who limited FM to just four hits. Three of those were from Gilden’s fellow Wildcats – Garwood, Jackson Crumb, and Scott Harris – with Harris getting a double and scoring FM’s lone run. Mount Si’s Josh Moore started on the hill for FM and took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings.

City Baseball Green 11, Kirkland Merchants 16U 2: Seattle-based City handled the Kirkland-based squad on neutral turf in Woodinville. Starting on the mound at a familiar place – Woodinville High School, where he plays high school baseball – for the Merchants was Caden McCann and he took the loss allowing five runs on six hits in three innings, walking three and striking out seven.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 8, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 2: The Sammamish-based A’s rolled over Bellevue-based BoS at Bob Albo Field on the Newport High School campus in Bellevue. 2019 Mount Si HS grad Spencer Marenco went 2-3 with a double pacing Boys, while fellow Wildcat ’19er Trace Halvorson went 0-2. 2018 MSHS alum Will Scott did not see action for the A’s in the contest.

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Weekend wrap

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap this morning and due to time constraints, we have an abbreviated version of things today. Scores and stats for our baseball from Gamechanger and Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Baseball
Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Blue 11, Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 6 (game one, doubleheader): Beck Hoffman, FoC/MSHS, 1-3, run, 2 RBI’s, LP, 1 2/3 ip, 6r/6er, 6h, 2 walks, K

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 7, Bainbridge Mavericks 6 (game one, doubleheader): Luke Richter, BDG/MSHS, 2-3, walk, run, RBI; Brady Hossfeld and Ryan Llewellyn, both BDG/MSHS, each 1-3, walk, two runs; Chris Jarocki, BDG/MSHS, 1-3, double, 2 RBI’s; Llewellyn 2ip, 4r/2er, walk, 4 K’s, no decision

Rippers Baseball 16U 12, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 2: Mason Pudwill, CHS/RPB, 1-3, run, RBI, 2ip, 2r/1er, 4h, K, no decision; Turner McCutchan, XSN/MSHS, 0-1, LP, 4 1/3ip, 12r/10er, 10h, three walks

Mudville Pinnacle 10, Field of Champions Bears 16U 4: Andrew Edson and Kevin Corder, both FoC/MSHS, each with HR (Edson 2-3, run, walk, 2 RBI’s, Corder 1-3, run, RBI)

Northwest Naturals 14U 11, North Central Baseball 4: Parker Norah, NWN/MSHS, 2-3, two runs; Josh Freudenberg, NWN/MSHS, 1-3, double, 2 RBI

Reapers Baseball 5, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 4: Jake Mitton, JBC/MSHS, 1-3, run

Thurston County Saints 5, Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 3: Anthony Gilden, BDE/MSHS, 0-3

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Blue 7, Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 6 (game two, doubleheader): Harrison Kelly, FoC/MSHS, 2-3, double, walk, 3 RBI’s

Bainbridge Mavericks 20, Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 10 (game two, doubleheader): Hossfeld 2-3, double, three runs, 2/3ip, 2h, K, no decision; Llewellyn 2-3, run, 3 RBI’s; Richter 2-4, run, 3 1/3ip, 8r/8er, 8h, four walks, K, no decision

College Summer Baseball
Cascade Collegiate-Seattle Sea Turtles 7, Burlington Barn Owls 0: SEA-Clayton Waltz, U. of Puget Sound/MSHS, 0-1, walk, run

Grand Forks (Canada) tournament-Reno Astros 9, Northwest Honkers 8: NWH-Cameron Padron, Duvall/CHS, 1-5, RBI

Little League Baseball
Bellevue Thunderbird 4, Snoqualmie Valley LL “Minors” All-Stars (U11) 3: SVLL-Coleman Wasnock 2-3, triple; Scott Corder 2-3, double; Jacob Hayes 1-3, RBI

Falls LL “Minors” All-Stars (U11) 12, Bellevue East 0: Falls-no stats available.

Volleyball
Playoff action for two area teams with MSHS athletes is today at the USA Volleyball Nationals in Indianapolis. Sunday results:

Kent Juniors’ U15 (P. Phelps, J. Petrzelka and K. Holmberg, all MSHS): 1-1 Sunday, win over Arizona team, in the “Flight 2” playoff today in U15 Patriots division

Sudden Impact U15 Typhoon (B. Showalter, MSHS): Competing for title in U15 Patriots division today after 2-0 Sunday. 8-0 overall tournament record.

Soccer: Cascade FC Cup results
Cascade FC teams listed only.

Cascade FC boys’ B10 (U10): Defeated TC United to win “Gold” title. Finished 3-0-1 in tournament

Cascade FC girls’ G10 (U10): Fell yesterday to Washington Rush, finished 1-2, third in pool

Cascade FC boys’ B11 (U9): 0-2 yesterday and finished 0-4 on tournament

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Local youth soccer tournament helps the newest players in the sport learn the game

Today is the final day of action at a local youth soccer tournament being hosted by Cascade FC and the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association.

Players from Cascade FC and Seattle United’s boys’ U10 soccer teams compete in a game yesterday as part of the Cascade FC Cup tournament in Snoqualmie. Action in the event wraps up today. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

The Cascade FC Cup is a tournament for U9 and U10-age level players, both boys and girls, and according to Cascade club coach Tariq Walcott, one of many in the local club soccer program who helped to put this event together up at Jeanne Hansen Park on Snoqualmie Ridge, 33 teams from around the region are participating in this weekend’s tournament, which started yesterday and designed to give the young players, many of whom are just getting their start in the sport, an opportunity to practice their newly-learned skills on the pitch in game situations.

“We wanted to make sure that our tournament was a U9, U10, to give the players that don’t normally have a chance at bigger tournaments to be able to play lots of games, learn from those games and then move on in their summer, so when they get into the fall, they know exactly what they need to do,” Walcott said. This tournament is among several that local teams will be able to participate in while they are not within their regular season, which takes place in the fall and winter months. These events also help Cascade with its young player development goals as well.

“The biggest thing for us developmentally at U9 and U10 is just technical ability and then adding in the other corners of tactical, phyiscal, mental and then social as well. So the biggest thing for us though is technique, technique, technique,” Walcott, who is coaching two teams in the tournament this weekend – a boys’ U10 team and a girls’ one also, said. And the game the SVSJ witnessed part of yesterday morning, a 1-1 draw between Walcott’s Cascade boys crew and a team from Seattle, was well-played by both teams, a sign of how good the coaching and development is getting at this age level.

The girls’ team Walcott coached in the event found itself involved in two blowouts – they routed Seattle Celtic but themselves were on the short end of a one-sided result against Preston-based Eastside FC.

With Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer program receiving national attention for its historic season, having finished 20th nationally in the USA Today high school boys’ soccer rankings, this represents a bit of an opportunity for Cascade as well. The organization and high school boys’ and girls’ programs, according to Walcott, work closely together, with both Wildcat teams having held clinics for the Cascade players this past school year. Further, with a number of the top Mount Si players having got their start locally at Cascade before moving on to Eastside FC or other organizations as high school select players, the organization is able to benefit a little bit from the added prestige of the Wildcat program.

Local families looking for a soccer option for their kids should know a couple of things about the Cascade program. First, the issue of headers and how those could impact kids’ brains and their development is front and center for the organization, as it is for everyone in the sport. While the SVSJ was there conducting our interview with the coach and gathering photos for this story watching his boys’ team yesterday morning, one thing that was very evident in the portion of the game we witnessed was the lack of headers. “In US Soccer, the mandate is no headers until U12,” Walcott told the SVSJ. This means players at the youngest age levels are able to compete and do so without the fear of a head-related injury.

Second, within Cascade, everyone at this age level gets a chance to play. “Everyone plays 50% of the game at our club, so that way everyone has touches on the ball, gets game time on the ball, understands how to apply techniques, tactics to the full game,” he also told us.

While there, we saw a very festive atmosphere, which this year includes food and T-shirt vendors along with a viewing location for folks wanting to catch action from the Women’s World Cup games in France. That atmosphere is expected to continue today as the tournament wraps up. Walcott’s girls’ U10’s play at noon while the boys’ U10’s play at 11 am. Cascade also has a U9 entry in the boys and they are underway now and will play again later this morning. Action is expected to run until about 4:30 or 5:00 this afternoon. Parking is limited up there so if you go, carpool or prepare to park on the street and walk a distance to the park. Admission is free.

Walcott expects this event to get even better moving forward. “Future of this event we just hope to grow more and more get more teams out here,” he said.

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The Sunday news and cuts…..

Good Sunday morning. A lot of cuts this morning. Later, we have a feature on local youth soccer. Youth baseball and softball from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Seattle Stars 14, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4: The Stars rolled to a win last night at Bellevue College over Bellevue-based BoS. Mount Si HS alum Trace Halvorson went 1-2 with a triple, run scored and RBI pacing Boys, while fellow Wildcat grad Spencer Marenco went 0-2 with an RBI.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 5, City Baseball Green 4 (game one, doubleheader): The Bears took the first of two at home in Sammamish over the visitors from Seattle. Mount Si’s contigent for FoC was led by Harrison Kelly, who had a hit, run scored and RBI, and Beck Hoffman, who also had a hit and run scored. Fellow ‘Cat Ryan Gerlitz also had an at-bat for the Bears in this one and completed a successful sacrifice fly driving in a run.

Narrows Baseball 8, Rock Creek 15U 3 (game one, doubleheader): Narrows opened a twinbill with Maple Valley-based Rock Creek in Ravensdale rolling to a win. Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer went 0-2 with two walks and an RBI pacing RC.

FM Sports 16U 5, Rival Baseball 3 (game one, doubleheader): Mount Si’s Jackson Crumb powered Redmond-based FM to a win in the first of two at home in Redmond. He pitched four solid innings, allowing a run on five hits striking out five in this one, and he was aided by fellow ‘Cat Ryan Harris, who went 1-3 with two RBI’s. Another MSHS’er, Josh Moore, went 1-1 with two walks and a run scored as well for FM.

FSP Baseball 18U 9, Moundtime 1: Bellevue-based Ford rolled over the Portland-area team down at Concordia University in PDX as part of a weekend tournament. Mount Si’s Harrison Clark went 1-2 with a run scored and RBI for FSP. Fellow Wildcat Troy Baunsgard went 0-1.

WW Sweets 15U 18, Kirkland Merchants 16U 2 (game one, doubleheader): The Sweets rolled into Kirkland and blasted the Merchants in the first of two at Peter Kirk Park downtown. Mount Si’s Jake Smith returned to action after awhile away and didn’t appear to miss a beat, going 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s pacing the Sammamish-based Sweets. Fellow ‘Cat Aidan Dougherty went 1-1, also walked once and scored two runs aiding the WWS efforts.

Northwest Naturals 15U 5, Northwest Naturals 16U 3 (game one, doubleheader): The two Sammamish-based Naturals squads played a friendly pair up at Eastlake High School with the younger-age crew holding on for the win despite a big performance from Mount Si’s Jack Phillips, who went 3-4 with two RBI’s for the 16U squad. Fellow ‘Cat Hayden Weaver went the distance on the hill, allowing all five runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out four for the loss. He also got to hit and went 0-3.

KOA Baseball 6, Northwest Naturals 14U 2: The Sammamish-based Nats fell in a tournament game down in Tacoma. Mount Si’s Josh Freudenberg went 1-2 for NWN, while soon-to-be ‘Cat Parker Norah went 0-3.

Eugene Challengers 8, Field of Champions 16U Bears 7: In a wild one down in Eugene, OR, at a tournament there, the host Challengers walked off with the win over the Preston-based Bears with two runs in the final inning under the lights last night. Mount Si’s Kevin Corder paced FoC, going 3-4 with a double and two runs scored while fellow Wildcat Andrew Edson also had threee hits and a run scored. A third ‘Cat, Lucas Costello, went 0-3 for the Bears but scored a run and drove in another.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4, Diamond Sports 0: BoS in their nightcap last night at Courter Field on the BC campus blanked the Tacoma-area team. Halvorson went 2-4 with an RBI while Marenco went 0-4.

City Baseball Green 7, Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 0 (game two, doubleheader): City held FoC to three hits to take the nightcap of two at Skyline High School in Sammamish and split the twinbill. Mount Si’s Bear delegation in this one was led by Blake Miller, who had one of the three hits. Of note, fellow ‘Cat Quin Patterson was a busy bee yesterday, getting action in this nightcap game after he participated in a big basketball event at Bellevue College yesterday along with his brother Tyler and a couple of other top Mount Si boys’ hoopsters. Quin in this game went 0-3.

FSP Baseball 18U 11, Columbia Reach 0: A pair of Ford pitchers – among them Skyline’s Cole Fontenelle – no-hit the Tri-Cities team as the Bellevue-based FSP rolled in their Portland nightcap last night. Clark tripled and scored a run for Ford, while Baunsgard went 0-1 with two walks and a run scored.

Northwest Naturals 16U 7, Northwest Naturals 15U 4 (game two, doubleheader): The 16’s got the better of their younger brethren in the nightcap so both teams of Nats ended up with a win in this twinbill. Phillips and fellow Mount Si’er Tyler Disch went a combined 0-5 with a walk and two runs scored pacing the 16’s unit in this one.

Rock Creek 3, Northwest Naturals 14U 2: Norah doubled to headline a 2-3 effort scoring a run and driving a second in to pace NWN, but it proved not to be enough as they fell in a tight one down in Tacoma to the Maple Valley-based team. Freudenberg added a hit for the Nats. Norah also pitched in this one for the Naturals, and allowed a run without a hit in two innings of work, walking one and striking out one. He ended up with the loss as that run came in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and lift Rock Creek to the victory.

Narrows Baseball 5, Rock Creek 15U 4 (game two, doubleheader): Narrows held on for the win in the nightcap down in Ravensdale to sweep the Seattle Elite League pair. Hoyer went 1-3 with a walk and RBI for RC in this one.

City Baseball Showcase 7, Washington A’s 18U Premier 2: Not one, but two 2018 MSHS alums took the field in this one for the A’s over at the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman. Regular Will Scott saw his action, going 0-3, but he was joined for this one by one Tank Brewster. Brewster, the football player finishing up his freshman year at Simon Fraser University, also played baseball for Mount Si while a Wildcat, and got his diamond fix in yesterday in this one, starting on the hill. The rust from a long time away from the diamond, though, showed, as he allowed six runs, five earned, on four hits in an inning of work taking the loss. Scott also worked an inning allowing a run on one hit. He just finished his freshman year at the Colorado School of Mines playing baseball there.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 14, Michael’s Toyota 18U 5: Down at Clark College in Vancouver, the Tacoma squad rolled to a win over the Bellevue-based Michael’s. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 0-1 with a walk and run scored for Toyota.

WW Sweets 15U 12, Kirkland Merchants 16U 0 (game two, doubleheader): Dougherty took the mound in this one for the Sweets to close out the twinbill and pitched a gem, allowing five hits in a complete-game shutout effort, walking one and striking out two. He also added a hit and run scored to the WWS efforts as they blasted the Kirkland team again to sweep the twinbill outscoring the Merchants in the two games 30-2. Yikes. The bats were on fire for the Sweets in this pair. Smith went 0-3 in this one for WWS.

FM Sports 16U 11, Rival Baseball 1 (game two, doubleheader): Mount Si’ers once again delivered on the hill for FM as they rolled to a nightcap win and swept two from the Seattle team. Josh Moore and Ryan Harris worked the first 5 1/3 innings combined, allowing a run on seven hits, walking two and striking out four. Teammate Carlos Leder handled the remainining 1 2/3 innings on the mound and did so in perfect fashion. Moore got the win, and was aided by fellow ‘Cats Scott Harris, who went 2-4 with a run scored, and Logan Garwood, who walked twice despite going 0-2.

SoCal Aguilas 9, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 6: Kirkland-based JBC could not hold an early 4-0 lead against the Los Angeles-area team and fell to them down in Phoenix at a tournament there. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-3 for JBC.

Little League Baseball
Youngsters from two of our community’s Little League programs got their tournament runs off on the right foot yesterday at Bellevue’s Hidden Valley Park in the first round of the District 9 “Minors” championship for U11 players. Scores from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Snoqualmie Valley Little League “Minors” 11U All Stars 7, North Redmond 0: Pitchers Jacob Hayes and Jayce Riden combined on a four-hit shutout for SVLL as they advanced. Kevin Ellis went 2-2 with a double, scoring a run to lead the local boys, while Keller Hyll also went 2-2 scoring two runs. Both players each walked once as well. SVLL mees Bellevue Thunderbird today with a win advancing them to the winner’s bracket semis Friday.

Falls Little League “Minors” 11U All-Stars 6, Mercer Island 2: Falls took a 4-0 lead after three and surprised Mercer Island in their opener. Individual stats are not available for this one. Falls takes on Bellevue West today with a trip to the winner’s bracket semis Friday on the line. Sno-Valley North, for those interested, is not represented in this tournament.

College Summer Baseball
Honkers win: At the Grand Forks International tournament in Canada last night, the Valley-based Northwest Honlers picked up a 3-1 win over the Westchase Express from Houston, TX. Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 1-3 with an RBI for NWH, part of the Pacific International League. He is a Cedarcrest HS grad.

North Bend’s Simpson gets off hook: Friday, we mentioned here the apparent suspension of the game involving Canada’s Okotoks Dawgs that had North Bend’s Tanner Simpson pitching; the game was suspended late Thursday night thanks to thunderstorms and heavy rain with Simpson, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad who just graduated from Lewis-Clark State, pitching and his Dawgs trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning to the visiting Regina Red Sox. Well, the Alberta-based Dawgs and Saskatechwan-based Sox picked up things yesterday and Okotoks came back to win the Western Canadian League game 4-3, taking Simpson off the hook for the loss. He ended up going six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits, striking out nine and receiving no decision.

Volleyball: USA Nationals update
It was another solid day in Indianapolis for several Mount Si High School volleyball players and their club teams at the USA Volleyball Nationals. Bellevue-based Sudden Impact U15 Typhoon and Kent-based KJ U15’s both delivered as they pushed towards a title.

Typhoon, with Mount Si’s Bailey Showalter, continuned on a roll yesterday, winning three more matches to move to 6-0 on the tournament. They beat teams from Ohio, Texas and California to push ahead, while KJ, featuring fellow ‘Cats Paige Phelps, Kira Holmberg and Jade Petrzelka, suffered a bit of a setback, only winning one of their three matches to move to 4-2 overall on the weekend.

Action continues today.

Softball
Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller 14, Cramer Tigers 3: The Puyallup and Snohomish -based ‘Hawks scored 10 runs in the first and cruised to a win at the NSA State Tournament in the Tri-Cities. Soon-to-be Cedarcrest HS freshman Reagan Hollett went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI for WLH.

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