News from the diamond and the hardwood on this Tuesday afternoon

Afternoon update:

Softball: Redmond-based team with Valley players scores a pair of big wins to open California tourney
The Redmond-based Elite Diamonds ’03 14U softball team made a big statement today in the opening day of a major tournament in southern California, beating a pair of teams from the Golden State.

The Diamonds, coached by Cedarcrest High School assistant girls’ basketball coach Mike Pluschke and which includes his daughter, CHS’s Payton Pluschke, along with Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger, opened play at the Triple Crown 14U World Series in San Diego with a 7-4 win over the Orange County Hustlers from the Anaheim area. Pluschke and Huntzinger in the contest went a combined 0-5, but it was the efforts of Eastlake High School’s Leslie Hines that helped make the difference; she homered for the Diamonds in this one as EDP scored four runs in the third to take command and then let pitcher Mackenzie Burke do the rest; she went the distance allowing just one earned run out of the four she gave up on eight hits, walking one and striking out two. She is a Juanita High School student.

The two Valleyites were hitless again in their nightcap game, which ended a little bit ago down at the Sportsplex Santee outside of downtown San Diego, but the offense was on all cylinders again for the Diamonds as they scored four first-inning runs en route to an 8-2 blowout of the San Diego Firecrackers. Issaquah High School player Kelly Hruza led the way for EDP going 3-4 with a run scored and three RBI’s.

The Diamonds will play two more games tomorrow against California teams in the tournament, which has drawn a large field of clubs mostly from California, although there are teams from Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Hawaii in the event as well. The event runs the rest of this week.

Baseball: Ex-Wildcat head coach makes jump up in college ranks
Former Mount Si High School baseball coach Elliott Cribby is on the move again.

Cribby last week was hired by Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, to be the pitching coach for the Boilermaker baseball team. He had been handling those responsibilities for Seattle University’s program for the past five seasons.

In a release posted on the Purdue website, the program’s head coach indicated his happiness with the hire. “We are so excited to have Elliott and his wife Shannon joining the Boilermaker Family,” coach Mark Wasikowski said. “Elliott is one of the most respected pitching coaches in the country and our student-athletes will benefit greatly from his expertise. Coach Cribby is known as one of the nation’s top recruiters and has been in high demand for several years from top-25 programs. We are fortunate to have the Cribby Family joining us here at Purdue.”

Cribby, in the same statement, looked forward to the new challenge. “I am thrilled for the opportunity Coach Wasikowski has provided me to join the Boilermaker Baseball family,” Cribby said. “Mark has annually shown the country that he is very good at what he does and I am excited to join forces. Combined with a world-class education and tremendous athletic support, Purdue University is an exciting place to be for the very best student-athletes to grow and develop. Boiler up!”

In a separate statement from Seattle U., their head coach, Donny Harrel, expressed his disappointment in losing the longtime Redhawk assistant. “Elliott was a huge part of our success over the past five years,” said Seattle U. coach Donny Harrel. “We have created a strong relationship over the past 14 years and I am sad to see him go. But I’m also very happy for him and his wife Shannon and this opportunity to coach with a Power 5 conference program.” Purdue is a member of the Big 10 Conference, which is considered a so-called “Power Five” conference.

Cribby, prior to moving to college baseball, coached Mount Si High School’s baseball program for two seasons, leading the team to its only state title in 2011 and also helping to produce several players who moved on into professional baseball. Two of those athletes, pitchers Reece Karalus and Trevor Lane, are still in minor league baseball, with the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees organizations in their “advanced A” clubs in Florida. After resigning his post at Mount Si, he served one season as a coach with Texas’ Abilene Christian University before joining Seattle U.’s program.

Hoops: Incoming Mount Si boys’ freshmen players help guide club team to tourney title
Three players who will be playing this coming winter for Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball program played key roles this past weekend for a local club team as they won their first tournament title of the 2018 club season.

Incoming freshmen Caden Harris, Carlos Danysh and Tyler Barber played with the Elite Black team this past weekend in the event, the Cherry Pick 2018 tournament held in Seattle. Their normal club, the Elite Black’s sister team Elite Grey, did not participate in the event, allowing the three players the opportunity to “guest” with the Elite Black team for this tournament.

Elite Black won the title Sunday night beating a team from Canada, SQUAD, and all three players were factors. Caden Harris scored 18 points for EB in the 73-65 win, with 16 of those coming in the second half. Danysh added 13 and Barber pitched in eight points. All three local boys played in all of the other games the team played in the tournament, with Harris doing most of the damage of the three during the remaining games. He scored 14 for EB in a pool play win on Saturday over that same SQUAD team.

A congrats to the boys and their team on the success they enjoyed this past weekend.

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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