The weekend wrap…

Good Monday morning. A lot on the plate in our weekend wrap. Athlete of the Week on deck, and we should also have an announcement later on Mount Si boys’ soccer’s state playoff game schedule. When we get that we’ll let you know.

First, to youth softball. It was a solid day on the diamond yesterday for the Redmond-based Elite Diamonds 14U girls’ fastpitch team, coached by Cedarcrest High School softball parent – and CHS assistant girls’ basketball coach – Mike Pluschke and which includes his daughter, Red Wolve freshman Payton, and Mount Si’s freshman catcher Jaclyn Huntzinger. Highlights on yesterday’s action at the Washington Acers’ Mother’s Day weekend tournament in Kent from Gamechanegr and the Gamechanger app, available for you on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Again as well a reminder for you that if you are a club softball parent at either Mount Si or Cedarcrest or at any of the local middle or elementary schools in the Snoqualmie Valley or Riverview School Districts and your daughter is playing and want them featured in our coverage, let us know by sending us an email with all the necessary basic information at snovalleysports@gmail.com.

Playoffs 1st Round: Elite Diamonds 11, Snohomish County Express 0 – Another name Mount Si softball fans will want to get to know in coming years will be Leslie Hines. She’s a freshman at Eastlake HS and we’re guessing the sister of the Wolves’ slugger Regan Hines. Anyway, Leslie in the circle for ED tossed a two-hitter and struck out seven to guide the Diamonds in the blowout win. Huntzinger and Pluschke delivered as well, with Pluschke going 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Huntzinger going 2-3 with a double, run scored and RBI.

Quartefinals: Elite Diamonds 9, Northwest Batbusters Haines 3 – Pluschke and Huntzinger each had a hit for the Diamonds in the win; the Red Wolve also scored a run. Homers by Hines and Lake Stevens’ Avery Henderson powered the Diamond offense.

Semifinals: Washington Ladyhawks Hardy 5, Elite Diamonds 1 – The Diamonds finished in a tie for third after their semifinal loss to the Puyallup team. Both Valleyites had a hit apiece in the contest for the Diamonds.

Rest of the scores:

College Softball
Pierce 14, Skagit Valley 3 (game one, doubleheader): The season has been a struggle for Cedarcrest grad Morgan Brown, and that was the case again yesterday for the Skagit Valley freshman pitcher from Duvall. Brown allowed 12 runs, eight earned, on 11 hits in 1 2/3 innings of work after getting the start. She walked one and took the loss to drop to 9-13 on the season as Pierce rolled at home in the first of two. Brown did not pitch the second game, also won by Pierce to give them the sweep.

Bellevue 8, Shoreline 0 (game two, doubleheader): Snoqualmie’s Maddy Trout went 1-1 for Bellevue as they took the nightcap of two and split a pair at home in Bellevue with the visiting Dolphins. Trout, a freshman and 2017 MSHS’er, did not play the opener, won by Shoreline 8-3.

Baseball
Cal State Bakersfield 3, Northern Colorado 2: Senior Day in Greeley, CO, saw Valley senior Evan Johnson go 2-4 leading the Bears, who fell after the visiting Roadrunners scored a run in the ninth inning to break that 2-2 tie and salvage a game in the series. Johnson is from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad.

Tacoma 10, Green River 1 (game one, doubleheader): TCC took the opener in Kent, with sophomore Nick Bowersock seeing action on the mound for the Gators. Bowersock, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS alum, allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits, walking four and striking out two for GRCC. He received no decision and also played center field in the contest, going 1-4 with a run scored.

Mount Hood 5, Olympic 3 (game one, doubleheader): MHCC traveled to Bremerton and scored the first of two over the Rangers. Freshman Carson Corra, from Ames Lake and a 2017 MSHS’er, pinch-ran for MH in the contest and scored a run.

Gonzaga 10, New Mexico State 2: GU exploded late, scoring seven runs over the final two innings to secure the rubber match of the nonconference weekend set in Spokane. Junior Carson Breshears, he of North Bend and Johnson’s 2014 MSHS classmate, went 0-3 with a sacrifice fly and RBI for GU in the game. Playing second base defensively for the Bulldogs, he recorded two putouts and an assist.

Tacoma 10, Green River 0 (game two, doubleheader): TCC rolled to the nightcap win and doubleheader sweep over the Gators. Bowersock went 1-2.

Mount Hood 5, Olympic 0 (game two, doubleheader): MHCC swept the pair with the nightcap win aided by Corra, who scored twice despite going 0-2.

Rowing
Pac-12 Women’s Championships, Sacramento: A pair of University of Washington boats with Valleyites aboard won conference titles, while a Washington State University boat also with a local competing fared well in their race at the conference championship meet yesterday on the venerable Lake Natoma outside of Sacramento.

The UW’s varsity four boat, with cox Madison Mariani, and the novice eight, with Ellie Bruce handling the stroke seat in that boat, both won their races. The varsity four came across in 7:25.16, four seconds ahead of runner-up Cal, and the novice eight clocked 6:53.07, almost 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up boat also from the Bears. Both athletes are Mount Si High School grads and from Snoqualmie. Fall City’s Sara Brevick was aboard the WSU third varsity eight boat, and they finished fourth clocking 7:10.47, almost 30 seconds behind the winning UW boat in that race. Brevick is a junior and also a MSHS grad.

North Bend’s McCallum receives conference honor as GU women win WCC title: The Gonzaga women’s crew squad, with North Bend’s Lauren McCallum aboard their primary varsity boat, won the West Coast Conference title on Saturday at their conference championships also held down at Lake Natoma.

McCallum, a freshman and 2017 MSHS grad, aided GU’s varsity eight to a time of 6:39.53 beating runner-up Loyola Marymount. For her efforts in the race and throughout the season, McCallum was named conference co-newcomer of the year (essentially the freshman of the year) along with Lion rower Esther Broddin. GU with the win advances to the NCAA championships Memorial Day weekend down in Sarasota, FL.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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