Friday afternoon update with some early diamond action for you…..

We have some early finals from the diamond for you on this Friday and we start with softball, where the Redmond-based Elite Diamonds 14U Pluschke fastpitch ladies saw their run at the Triple Crown 14U World Series in San Diego come to an end this morning. The Diamonds trailed 5-0 but made a tremendous comeback in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four runs but falling just short in the 5-4 loss to the California-based Firecrackers. Mount Si High School’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 0-2 for the Diamonds, coached by Cedarcrest High School assistant girls’ basketball coach Mike Pluschke and which also includes his daughter Payton, a sophomore to be this fall at CHS. Payton did not play in today’s game for the Diamonds.

Also from the softball diamond:

Two more losses in Chicago for Puyallup team with local rep: It has been a tough challenge for the Puyallup-based Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller team, with Cedarcrest star pitcher Michaela Carter among their featured players. The team was looking to get into the win column this morning at the DeMarini Showcase tournament outside of Chicago after starting the tournament yesterday going winless in three tries.

Unfortunately for the ‘Hawks, they weren’t able to get themselves into that win column again today, falling in both of their scheduled games. Their first was a 6-3 loss to the Illinois Chill 16U team. Carter was 1-3 with a double, but the Chicago team scored twice in the first then cruised to the victory. The nightcap was not much better, as they fell 12-6 to the Michigan-based Finesse 16U squad. The ladies from the Midwest kept the bats going all game, scoring runs in all but one inning to seal up that win. Carter went 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the Hawks in this one.

WLH plays another pool game tomorrow, then the playoffs will take place following that game, at the tournament being held in the west Chicagoland suburb of Glen Ellyn, IL.

All of our coverage in this update, including our softball and the youth baseball action which has also gone final from this morning, is coming to us from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
WW Sweets 18U 10, Lightning Blue (Colorado) 1: Mount Si High School grad Dusty Dover pitched a two-hitter, allowing an unearned run on those two hits for the Sammamish-based Sweets, walking three and striking out one as Sweets made short work of the Denver-area team at the GSL College Showcase tournament in Centralia.

Line Drive (Clark County) 6, Bellevue Dragons 18U Elite 3: A homer from Mount Si’s Troy Baunsgard proved to not be enough for the Dragons in their loss at the GSL event, which has drawn teams from all over the western United States together to show their skills off in front of a large number of college coaches and scouts, including quite a few from Washington and Oregon. Among the schools represented include the UW, WSU, Seattle U., Central Washington, PLU, UPS and Whitworth. Fellow ‘Cat Harrison Clark went 0-2 in the contest for BDE.

Rippers 15U Black 9, Crimson Cannons 1: At Liberty High School in Renton, the Rippers, from Redmond, rolled over the Renton-based Cannons with the help of Cedarcrest’s Mason Pudwill, who went 1-2 with a run scored and two RBI’s.

Michael’s Toyota 16U 11, Showtime 0: In Puyallup, the Bellevue-based Michael’s rolled over the Pierce County squad; Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 0-1 for Toyota, but walked twice, scored a run and drove in another one.

College Summer Baseball: North Bend’s Marenco an All-Star
The West Coast League this week announced its rosters for their All-Star game, and for the second straight season, a Valleyite is on the roster.

North Bend’s Mason Marenco, the starting second baseman for the Wenatchee AppleSox, was named to the WCL’s North Division team as an infielder. Marenco, who is hitting just under .300 this summer for the Sox, is a 2017 Mount Si High School grad who will be a freshman this fall at Gonzaga. As noted, he is the second Valley athlete in as many years to make the WCL all-star teams; Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson, also playing for Wenatchee, made it to the team last season.

Three other Valleyites playing in the league this season were not selected – pitchers Isaac Mullins from the Cowlitz Black Bears or Adam Davenport from the Portland Pickles, or second baseman Carson Breshears, also from the Pickles. Mullins and Breshears are from North Bend and MSHS grads, while Davenport is from Duvall and a Cedarcrest alum.

The game is next Tuesday up in Port Angeles.

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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