News on a Monday……

Good Monday morning. We have some baseball for you this morning. A Valleyite’s big hit helped push his team into his college summer league’s playoffs last night.

A two-RBI double from North Bend’s Spencer Marenco in the sixth inning sparked a three-run rally in that frame, breaking a 1-1 tie and lifting the Yakima Valley Pippins to a 5-1 win over the Kelowna Falcons in Kelowna, B.C., Canada last night. The win, combined with an 8-7 home loss by the Bend Elks to the Cowlitz Black Bears, pushed Yakima Valley to a final regular season record of 29-25, one game better than Bend for the fourth and final playoff spot out of the WCL’s South Division. The reward is a first-round playoff matchup with the Corvallis Knights that starts tomorrow night over in Yakima.

Marenco, a 2019 Mount Si High School grad who competed this spring at Yakima Valley Community College, finished 1-3 with those three RBI’s and finishes the regular season with a .257 batting average.

Tomorrow night’s game starts at 6:30 and should be available on YouTube.

Also this morning:

Mount Si HS baseball talent on display in select season finale: The 2022 summer youth baseball season came to a close yesterday and it provided Mount Si High School baseball fans one last look at some names they may see next spring on the Wildcat varsity.

The Preston-based Michael’s Toyota 18U Bears and the Bellevue-based Boys of Summer 18U Red squared off at Bellevue College, and Mount Si players were seen on both teams. Wildcat Colin Fraser got the start on the mound for Michael’s, and it didn’t go well, as he allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings of work in a 9-4 loss for Toyota to the BoS squad. Fraser allowed three walks and struck out six as Boys broke a 4-4 tie with five runs in the seventh inning.

Mount Si’s Owen Theis shined for Boys, as he went 1-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s while teammate – and fellow ‘Cat – Brody Palmer was 0-4.

Boys plays two: After getting done with Toyota, Boys wrapped up the weekend with a 9-3 win over Kirkland-based Atkinson Baseball. Palmer was 0-2 but scored a run. BoS finished the season 19-28.

Golf: Boeing Classic week starts today
Golfers on the PGA Tour Champions senior men’s pro tour will be arriving in Seattle later this morning to start activities at the Boeing Classic, at the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. The activities begin later this morning with the Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge celebrity pro-am tournament, followed by competitors’ practice rounds this afternoon.

The Classic is back after a COVID-caused two-year hiatus, and it shapes up to be one of the more exciting events of the year on the Champions Tour calendar. But fans perhaps found themselves a little appetizer yesterday, as the Shaw Charity Classic up in Calgary, AB, Canada, came down to the wire with it going to a one-hole playoff following regulation. Competitor Jerry Kelly beat fellow tour pro John Huston in that one-hole playoff to take the top spot at the tournament preceding this week’s Classic. Both golfers finished at nine-under par 201 on the par-70 Canyon Meadows GC layout up in southern Alberta.

The two are both expected to be in this week’s tournament field at the Classic, which tees off on Friday and finishes up on Sunday. All three rounds are televised on the Golf Channel or if you want tickets, go to the Boeing Classic website here for more information or to purchase those.

Basketball: Valley athlete representing his community across the pond
A Mount Si High School grad is participating in a special trip with his college men’s basketball team.

Montana State University’s men’s basketball team is currently across the Atlantic Ocean on an exhibition tour of Europe, and yesterday, they competed against an English team in London, winning the game 88-72. Wildcat alumnus Tyler Patterson, from Snoqualmie, saw action in the contest for MSU. Stats are not available, but the Journal saw the late stages of the contest live on YouTube and saw Patterson compete.

Patterson, who will be a sophomore this fall with the Bobcats, graduated from Mount Si in 2020. His brother, Quin, graduated back in June from MSHS and is now on campus getting ready for fall classes at the University of California-San Diego.

These international exhibition trips are allowed once every four seasons per NCAA rules, and there usually is an academic component to them, although we do not know what that entails in this case for the Bobcats.

MSU is playing again today, against a second English team. You should be able to find this game on YouTube search “Hoopsfix” for more information.

Sunday diamond cuts

Good Sunday morning. We have a little bit of action on this Sunday morning.

The West Coast League summer baseball season is winding down to its final day today, and one Valley athlete and his team is looking to extend their 2022 campaign a little bit.

The Yakima Valley Pippins and the Bend Elks both won their games last night and sit tied for the final playoff spot in the WCL’s South Division, both with 28-25 records. YVP won a slugfest last night up in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, beating the Falcons 14-10. North Bend’s Spencer Marenco went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI for the Pippins, who must win their game tonight and hope Bend falls to Cowlitz in their game to advance to the playoffs. The Bend game starts at 5:00, with Yakima’s game to follow at 6:00 p.m., so we wish the Pippins luck this evening north of the border.

Marenco, a 2019 Mount Si HS grad, played his college baseball this spring at Yakima Valley CC.

In youth baseball action on this Sunday morning:

Atkinson Baseball 4, Boys of Summer 18U Red 3: Atkinson, based in Kirkland, scored twice in the seventh to escape with the victory over Bellevue-based BoS. Mount Si’s Owen Theis was 0-1 with a walk for BoS in this one.

Michael’s Toyota 18U Bears 6, CBC Baseball 2: The Preston-based Bears got to work early and handled affairs with the eastern Washington foe at Bellevue College. Mount Si’s Colin Fraser was 0-1 in the contest for Michael’s.

Saturday news….

Good Saturday morning. We have a little bit to get to this morning for you.

One baseball note and that is from college summer baseball. The West Coast League season is wrapping up this weekend, and the Yakima Valley Pippins are doing that north of the border in British Columbia, Canada.

YVP hopped on Highway 97 and headed on the long drive north up to Kelowna, and escaped with a 6-4 win over the Falcons in downtown Kelowna last night. Mount Si HS grad Spencer Marenco was 0-1 with a run scored for YVP, as they look to close out things on a winning note this weekend. The Falcons this season have had the services of another MSHS grad, Troy Baunsgard, but he hasn’t played with them in some time and did not play with them last night. Marenco graduated from Mount Si in 2019 while Baunsgard did so in 2010. Both players are from North Bend and played community college baseball this spring – Marenco at Yakima Valley and Baunsgard at Bellevue.

The two teams continue play tonight up in B.C.’s Okanagan region.

Mount Si’s Theis delivers in season finale: Mount Si High School’s Owen Theis was dominant on the mound yesterday, pitching a crisp complete-game three-hitter as Bellevue’s Boys of Summer Blue, an 18U youth select team, beat Mercer Island-based Mudville 7-2 at Bellevue College. Theis allowed two runs on those three hits, walking five and striking out five for Boys as they took care of business. They play again today in their season finale tournament at BC.

Golf: Pro golfers on their way back to the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge
The Boeing Classic is fast approaching, as it makes its return to the PGA Champions Tour calendar for the first time since before COVID-19 hit back in 2019. Senior men’s pro golfers age 50 and over will be at the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge course starting on Monday for pre-tournament activiites, with the Classic getting underway next Friday.

Those competitors are on the first leg of their Northwest regional swing this weekend, at the Shaw Charity Classic up in Calgary, AB, Canada. Padraig Harrington holds the lead after the opening round yesterday firing a six-under par 64 on the par-70 Canyon Meadows Golf Course layout. The tournament wraps up tomorrow, with many of these competitors set to make the flight down to Seattle to compete in the Boeing event next week.

The Classic is a little earlier this year than in past years; this event usually has been held toward the end of August. So how that impacts play remains to be seen.

The tournament is being televised on Golf Channel, so look at the listings for airtimes today and tomorrow. The Classic is also slated to be televised there as well.

Friday diamond cuts….

Good Friday morning. We have some diamond cuts for you on this Friday.

Last night on the farm was a great one for Duvall’s Aaron Davenport, but it unfortunately got spoiled in the end by an extra-inning loss for his minor league baseball team.

Davenport, a 2018 Cedarcrest High School grad, pitched 5 1/3 strong innings for the Cleveland Guardians-affiliated Lake County Captains, allowing only one run and three hits while striking out three, and left with his team in the lead, but the visiting Great Lakes Loons from Michigan scored three runs in the ninth off Captains closer Davis Sharpe, forcing extra innings, and the Loons scored a run in the 11th to down the Captains 5-4 in a Midwest League game in Eastlake, OH, outside of Cleveland last night.

Lake County with the loss dropped to 52-45 on the season. Davenport is in his second pro season – his first full one – with the Guardians organization, after the Major League Baseball team drafted him in last year’s MLB amateur draft out of the University of Hawaii, making him the first player from the lower Valley to be drafted in the modern baseball draft.

The two teams continue their series tonight, and Davenport will next pitch at some point next week for the Captains.

Mount Si player pitches in for select team win: Wildcat Colin Fraser doubled and drove in two runs for the Michael’s Toyota Bears as the 18U youth select team based in Preston blasted the Kirkland-based Eastside Baseball Club 11-3 in a five-inning run-rule win at Bellevue College. Fraser’s double opened the scoring in the second as Michael’s pounded out 10 hits.

Softball
Hetzel’s summer season done as club team eliminated from season finale tourney: The summer travel ball season has come to an end for Mount Si High School sophomore-to-be Ally Hetzel, as her team, the Washington Ladyhawks 14U Wicker based in Puyallup, dropped a 10-2 result to the USA Athletics from California in a loser-out game at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch Nationals down in southern California yesterday. Hetzel was 0-2 with an RBI as USAA broke out to a 5-0 lead after one then cruised to the win holding the ‘Hawks to just four hits. WLH finished their spring and summer season 20-10-1 and now breaks for tryouts then fall action starting in late September.

Thursday news notes….

Good Thursday morning. A little bit of action for you this morning.

We start with youth golf and the season has come to a close for the summer in local youth golf as all four Valley teens competing in this week’s Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament up in Whatcom County did not make it to today’s final round. All four missed the cut following yesterday’s second round.

The closest to making it to today was Cedarcrest High School’s Charlotte Giffin. Competing in the 16-18 girls’ age division, she fired a second straight round of 79 to finish in a tie for 19th with a two-day score of 158. The top 11 competitors in the age group advanced to today’s final round. In the girls’ 12-13 age group, Snoqualmie teens Maia Miller and Ava Jensen maintained their placings from Monday’s first round, but only the top five girls from that age bracket advanced to today, so both Valley teens were knocked out of the tournament. Miller fired a 92 yesterday to finish 10th with a two-day total of 176 and Jensen carded an 87 and finished in a tie for 11th with a two-day score of 177, one shot behind Miller.

Rounding it out, Snoqualmie’s Charlie Gaffney fired a second straight round of 87 in the boys’ 16-18 division, and finished way back of the cut line near the back of the field in the age group with a two-day score of 174. The top 19 entrants from that age bracket advanced.

The next major event which will close out the youth golf schedule around the Northwest for the summer is the Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s regional boys’ and girls’ championship tournaments, both of which will take place August 15-19 at the Wildhorse Golf Resort outside of Pendleton in eastern Oregon. No Valley entrants will be competing in those tournaments.

Some diamond cuts now for you.

Baseball: Small contribution from Valleyite not enough for college summer team in loss – On the college summer baseball circuit last night, with fires burning in the distance, the Wenatchee AppleSox handled the Yakima Valley Pippins 8-3 in West Coast League action at Yakima County Stadium. North Bend’s Spencer Marenco was 0-4 with an RBI for the Pippins in the contest. Marenco, a Mount Si High School grad, played this spring at Yakima Valley CC.

Last night’s contest was played despite the wildfire that could be seen from the stadium to the northwest. A fire broke out in an area northwest of Selah near the community of Wenas in Yakima County yesterday afternoon, and it has resulted in evacuations of properties in the area. It has burned several hundred acres as of last night. The rubber match of this series is tonight over in Yakima at 6:30 and the game is expected to take place despite the fire threat nearby.

Softball: Rough day for Puyallup’s Ladyhawks at PGF – The opener of the playoffs in the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch 14U national tournament in southern California yesterday did not go well for the Puyallup-based Washington Ladyhawks Wicker group. The ‘Hawks were held to only one hit in their 10-0 loss to the Beverly Bandits from Illinois. Mount Si’s Ally Hetzel went 0-2 in this one for WLH, who will look to stay alive in the tournament this morning. Shortly, they meet the USA Athletics Dark from California. A win and the Hawks remain in the tourney, a loss and their season will be done for the summer. First pitch is at 8:00 am.

News on this Wednesday….

Good Wednesday morning. We start on the links this morning, and Valley golfers will look to advance today at the Washington Junior Golf Association’s state youth golf championship tournament up north in Whatcom County. Four kids from our community got the tournament started yesterday and finished with mixed results.

The girls’ 12-13 age group headlines things, as the Valley entrants there appear perhaps in the best position to advance to the final round tomorrow with solid scores today. Maia Miller fired an 84 to end round one in 10th place, and behind her was Ava Jensen, in 11th after a round of 90. The Snoqualmie girls will both need to pick up the pace a bit, but appear in fairly decent shape going into today’s second round, taking place for this age group at North Bellingham Golf Club in Bellingham.

Meanwhile, at Loomis Trail Golf Club outside of Bellingham in Blaine, the girls’ 16-18 age group is competing there, and Cedarcrest High School’s Charlotte Giffin held her own, carding a 79 to finish in a tie for 22nd after one round. She seems to be in decent shape as well to advance, but like with both Jensen and Miller, can use an improved effort today, so that is what she will be definitely looking for. On the boys’ side, Snoqualmie’s Charlie Gaffney fired an 87 at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club and finished round one in a tie for 59th. He’s probably going to need a really good round today to advance to tomorrow’s final round.

There is likely to be a cut after today’s second round in most if not all age groups, so good luck to our local foursome up there today.

Diamond cuts on this Wednesday:

Softball: Good day for Puyallup-based team with MSHS player at national tourney
The Washington Ladyhawks 14U Wicker travel softball ladies finished out pool play yesterday at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch Nationals down in southern California, and things went relatively well, with the aid of a Mount Si High School player.

The ‘Hawks opened their two-game day yesterday with a 5-5 draw against the Hotshots Premier ’25 out of Texas. Wildcat sophomore-to-be Ally Hetzel was 0-2, but scored a run and drove in a second pacing WLH. The Valley player, however, was only warming up.

With the Hawks trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning of their nightcap against the PowerSurge from San Diego, and a pair of teammates on base after both of them reached on singles, Hetzel took a 2-2 pitch from the PowerSurge pitcher and crushed it over the left field fence for a three-run homer which cemented a 4-2 win for the ‘Hawks, who finished 1-1-1 in pool play. Hetzel had another hit in the game and scored a second run as WLH moves into playoff action today on a solid note.

WLH meets the Beverly Bandits from Illinois in their first playoff game today.

Baseball: Four-hour plus thriller for college summer rivals in central Washington
In West Coast League college summer action last night, the Yakima Valley Pippins needed four-plus hours and 12 innings to outlast their Highway 97 arch-rivals Wenatchee AppleSox 12-11 at Yakima County Stadium last night to open the second leg of the Central Washington rivalry series between the two teams. North Bend’s Spencer Marenco was 1-6 with a run scored for YVP as they moved above .500 with the win. Marenco, a 2019 Mount Si HS grad, played this spring at Yakima Valley CC.

The two teams continue their series tonight at 6:30 over in Yakima.

Tuesday news notes….

Good Tuesday morning. Extremely light morning as the summer sports season winds down. We have just one item for you and it’s from softball.

The Puyallup-based Washington Ladyhawks 14U Wicker ladies are wrapping their season up this week down in southern California at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch’s 14U national tournament. They started the event yesterday dropping a 3-1 result to the AASA McCafferty squad out of California. The ‘Hawks were limited to just three hits in the contest, one of those by Mount Si High School sophomore-to-be Ally Hetzel. Hetzel, whose hit was a double in the game, is one of several Mount Si players who played on the travel ball circuit this summer at the 14U to 18U levels.

WLH continues play today with two more games – against the Hotshots National from Texas and the PowerSurge, from California. Two more games against quality opposition for the ‘Hawks, who are one of only two teams from Washington competing in the tournament’s 14U Premier division.

Games are being streamed on FloSoftball for a fee if you want to log on and see if they’re airing live today. The two games are at 9:30am and 12:30 pm.

We wish the ladies luck down in southern California today.

Valley foursome set to compete for youth golf state title
A foursome of Valley youngsters will be up in Bellingham this morning competing for Washington’s top youth golf championship.

The Washington Junior Golf Association’s state tournament starts this morning, at three courses around the northwest Washington city. Most of the action is in nearby Blaine, at the Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club, which is serving as the headquarters course. The foursome include Cedarcrest High School’s Charlotte Giffin, Mount Si High School’s Charlie Gaffney, and two middle-schoolers both from Snoqualmie, Ava Jensen and Maia Miller. The tournament wraps up on Thursday.

This event wraps up for the most part the youth golf summer schedule, although some of the top competitors will be competing later this month in the Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s regional boys’ and girls’ youth championship tournaments. We do not know yet if any local players will be competing. If any do, we’ll let you know.

Diamond cuts to wrap up the weekend…..

Good Monday morning. We have a weekend in review for you as we begin the month of August.

It starts with some baseball and the West Coast League college summer circuit and a win for the Yakima Valley Pippins that was aided by a Valley player.

Spencer Marenco was 0-4, but reached base once and scored a run helping the Pippins take care of the Kelowna Falcons 12-6 last night to move to .500 on the season at 24-24. Marenco, from North Bend and a 2019 MSHS grad, played baseball this spring for Yakima Valley College.

The Pippins are off tonight before they host Wenatchee for their home portion of the Highway 97 rivalry series with the AppleSox. Game time tomorrow night is 6:30 at Yakima County Stadium.

Spencer’s older brother in action, too…as his season winds down in the Last Frontier: Spencer’s older brother, 2017 Mount Si alum Mason Marenco, played last night as well, going 0-3 for the Anchorage Bucs in their 2-1 Alaska Baseball League extra-inning loss to the Mat-Su Miners up in Palmer, AK. Mason graduated from Gonzaga this summer and if he wants to continue playing he will need to find a professional opportunity moving forward. Mason was not drafted in July’s MLB amateur draft.

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Washington A’s 18U Purple (Spinnell) 9, Monroe Legends 1 (EarnIt tourney quarterfinal): The Sammamish-based A’s got their very successful conclusion to the season off on a strong note yesterday with this win at Auburn High School over the Snohomish County team. Mount Si’s Karson Rud led the way with a double headlining a 2-3 effort, and he drove in four runs. Teammate – and fellow ‘Cat – Kam Korrell was 0-3 but scored two runs.

Michael’s Toyota 18U Bears 6, Mudville 4: Michael’s closed the season out on a strong note yesterday posting the win over the Mercer Island-based squad on the island. Mount Si’s duo of Colin Fraser and Aiden Short saw action in the game for the Preston-based Bears, but both guys went hitless.

Washington A’s 18U Purple (Spinnell) 6, Diamond Sports Bulldogs 3 (EarnIt tourney semifinal): The A’s broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the seventh and advanced to last night’s final beating the Pierce County team. Rud was 0-2 with a walk and run scored while Korrell was 1-4 with a run.

Elevate Northwest 13, Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite Premier 0 (EarnIt tourney quarterfinal): The Woodinville-based Elevate’s path to the title game at the EarnIt event started with this shutout of the Dragons. Mount Si alum Chris Jarocki went 0-1 with two walks as the Dragons were held to just three hits in their final game of the summer.

Washington A’s 18U Purple (Spinnell) 7, Elevate Northwest 4 (EarnIt tourney title game): The A’s closed out the season the right way – with a tournament championship. Korrell powered the A’s going 2-3 with a walk as the winners scored five runs in the second and that proved to be enough in the end as they held their own down the stretch and secured the win. Rud was 1-3 with a run.

Softball
Buchan delivers lone hit for Flame in season finale: Mount Si’s Izzy Buchan picked up the lone hit and RBI yesterday for the Issaquah Flame 16U McCadam as they finished their season with a blowout 15-1 loss to the Portland-based Rip City Rapids in a game at the PNW Last Hurrah tournament down in Centralia. The Flame, coached by Duvall-area resident Jerry McCadam, finished the season at 9-20.

Sunday news…..

Good Sunday morning. Time now for some action on this Sunday morning.

We start with some baseball. A big night for a Valley athlete helped power his college summer team to a win.

North Bend’s Spencer Marenco homered and scored two runs leading the Yakima Valley Pippins to a 13-8 win last night at home over the Kelowna Falcons in a West Coast League game at Yakima County Stadium. Marenco finished 2-4 with the homer, his third on the summer, as the Pippins broke an 8-8 tie with five eighth-inning runs to seal the win. Marenco, a 2019 Mount Si High School grad, played this spring at Yakima Valley Community College.

YVP and Kelowna wrap up their series tonight over in Yakima.

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Washington A’s 18U Purple (Spinnell) 14, Washington Baseball Academy 4: It was hot in Auburn yesterday at the GSL EarnIt Tournament and that extended to the bats from the Sammamish-based A’s, who scored 10 second-inning runs to cruise to the run-rule win. Mount Si’s Kam Korrell led the way, going 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI’s, while teammate – and fellow ‘Cat – Karson Rud was 1-2 with an RBI.

Prospect United 9, Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite Premier 4: The Tacoma-area Prospect crew handled the Dragons with ease at the EarnIt event down in Puyallup. Mount Si alum Chris Jarocki led the Dragons, going 2-3 with two runs scored. He also pitched in the contest, working an inning and a third of nearly perfect baseball – he allowed only one walk – striking out one with no decision.

Softball: Flame finishing out season in southwest Washington
The season is winding down this weekend for the Issaquah Flame 16U McCadam team, and they were quite busy yesterday at their event down in Centralia. The Eastside team played three games at the PNW Last Hurrah event, with them taking two of the contests.

The Flame opened with a 13-7 win over the Hot Shots Blue squad, starting out strong with a five-run first capping it off with a six-run fourth. Mount Si’s Izzy Buchan went 0-2, but walked once, stole two bases and scored twice in addition to driving in a third run. The Flame then played the Northwest Rampage out of southwest Washington, and fell 11-3. Buchan was 0-1 with a walk and run scored.

The Flame, coached by Duvall-area resident Jerry McCadam, then rebounded with a win over Sabotage Northwest 5-3. A four-run fourth helped the Flame, who survived a late comeback attempt by the Sabotage girls to get the victory. Buchan powered the winning efforts for the Flame, going 3-3 with a double, run scored and two RBI’s. She will be a senior this fall at MSHS.

The tournament wraps up today at Fort Borst Park.

Soccer: OL Reign rally from halftime hole to stun conference rivals on road
In the National Women’s Soccer League last night, Seattle’s OL Reign trailed 2-0 at halftime but scored three second half goals including the game winner in the dying minutes of regulation as the Reign stunned Los Angeles’s Angel City FC, an NWSL expansion team this summer, 3-2 at Banc of California Stadium, the home of MLS’ men’s soccer powerhouse LA FC, in downtown Los Angeles.

North Bend’s Nikki Stanton saw mop-up duty late in the game; the 2008 MSHS grad – and Reign newcomer this season – had no stats of note reported as the Reign moved to 5-3-5 on the season with the win. They are headed next to Louisville, KY, and will play Racing Louisville on Tuesday. The game is at 5:00 and you can see it on Paramount+.

Saturday news…

Good Saturday morning. Light morning this morning. But it was a special night for one Mount Si High School baseball alum last night, as he made his West Coast League college summer debut. However, it didn’t go as well as he would have liked.

Pitcher Tyler Disch made his long-awaited debut with the WCL’s Nanaimo Night Owls, in their game last night down in Longview against the host Cowlitz Black Bears. Disch, who graduated from Mount Si in 2021 and played for Yakima Valley College this spring, was dinged up a bit in his debut outing, allowing four runs on three hits, walking three and striking out one in 2 1/3 innings of work. He received no decision as the Night Owls were blown out 18-0 by the Black Bears at David Story Field on the Lower Columbia CC campus.

Disch was signed a couple of weeks ago by the WCL team from the Cascade Collegiate League, who he had been playing with to start the summer season.

Disch became the fourth MSHS grad to play with WCL teams this summer, joining Spencer Marenco and Aidan Dougherty (Yakima Valley) and Troy Baunsgard (Kelowna). Speaking of the Pippins and Falcons…..

Kelowna sinks Yakima: The Falcons scored three runs in the sixth and held on for a 3-1 win over the Pippins in Yakima last night. Baunsgard and Dougherty were not in action for their respective teams, but Marenco was, pinch-running in the game for YVP. He did not score a run.

In other college summer action:

Honkers blast Merchants: The Pacific International League season is winding down and the Northwest Honkers seem to be finishing up on a strong note. The Snoqualmie-based team went up to Everett last night and handled business with the Everett Merchants, 8-3. Mount Si alum Max Brown went 1-5 while Cedarcrest grad Cameron Padron went 1-5 and drove in two runs. Kai Alberghini, a Liberty HS alum, had two hits and an RBI for the Merchants. NWH plays the DubSea Fish Sticks tonight in south Seattle.

Youth action:

Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite Premier 1, Washington A’s 18U Purple (Spinnell) 0: At the GSL’s EarnIt season finale tournament in Federal Way, the Dragons won the pitcher’s duel with the Sammamish-based A’s. Mount Si players competed for both teams in the game. June Wildcat grad Chris Jarocki went 1-3 with the lone RBI for the Dragons while Mount Si returners Karson Rud and Kam Korrell both went 0-2 with walks for the A’s.

Soccer: Ballard FC season ends with playoff loss
A memorable inaugural season for Ballard FC’s men’s semi-pro soccer team ended yesterday with a 1-0 loss to California’s Ventura County Fusion in the Western Conference Finals in Des Moines, IA. Duvall’s Nik Reierson started and played the full 90 minutes for Ballard, with no stats of note reported. Reierson graduated this spring from Seattle Pacific University and is also a Cedarcrest HS grad.

Ballard finished the season 10-3-2.