Snow aplenty on the ground here in the Valley, and we’re talking about softball? Oh, yes we are……to start your Sunday

Good Sunday morning. A lot of snow on the ground again, but we’re hitting the diamond this morning talking some softball. Several Valley high school softball players are getting the rust off after a long winter as they’ve headed south with their club teams to open their spring seasons this weekend. Here’s highlights for Mount Si’s Sam Simmons and her Bellevue Blast 18U’s in southern California, and Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger and Ginger Harris along with Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke with their teams at a tournament in Las Vegas. The tournaments wrap up today, then the challenge of getting home will become front and center for everyone what with all the delayed and canceled flights into SeaTac Airport because of this weather.

Firecrackers Brashear Belew 6, Bellevue Blast 18U 1: Down in San Diego, the Bellevue team fell in the opener of the weekend Triple Crown February Frost tournament to a team from northern San Diego County. Mount Si’s Sam Simmons went 0-2 for the Blast, who is the lone non-California team competing in this weekend’s Frost tournament.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 4, Prodigy 3: In Las Vegas at the Valentine’s Day Blast, the Redmond-based squad coached by former Cedarcrest High School girls’ basketball assistant coach Mike Pluschke opened the weekend with a win over a Denver-area team with the help of Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger, who went 1-1 with a walk. CHS’ Payton Pluschke went 0-2 in the contest for the Diamonds.

Minnesota SnoCatz 9, Bellevue Blast 16U 8: Also in Vegas, the Minneapolis-based SnoCatz scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to stun the Blast, who had scored seven runs in the top of the frame to take a temporary lead after having trailed 7-1 coming into the final inning. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 1-2 for the Bellevue-based Blast.

SoCal Breakers 9. Bellevue Blast 18U 3: Bellevue allowed six first-inning runs in a second loss to the San Marcos-based Breakers at their weekend event in San Diego. Simmons again went 0-2 for the Blast.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 6, Surrey Storm 5: The Valley connection came up huge to lift the Diamonds. Huntzinger, with Pluschke on base, doubled in the bottom of the fifth to score the Red Wolve player with the game-winning run as the Wildcat sophomore proved to be the heroine in the Diamonds’ victory over the Canadian opponent. She finished 2-3 with that double, a run scored and two RBI’s while Pluschke was 0-2 with that fateful run.

222’s 5, Bellevue Blast 16U 1: The 222’s hail from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, which was host yesterday to Hockey Day in Canada, but this group of young ladies, instead of celebrating it with a trip to the rink, instead celebrated it by getting a win on the diamond over the Blast (then perhaps they did go see the Golden Knights hockey game last night in Sin City, who knows? (Vegas was hosting Columbus last night)). Harris was 0-2 for Bellevue.

Bellevue Blast 18U 3, The Factory Peterson 1: A homer from Holly Darrow lifted the Blast to a win over a San Diego-area squad that salvaged day one of their tournament weekend in southern California yesterday. Simmons again was 0-2 for Bellevue in this one.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 6, GTS Kemper 3: Huntzinger went 1-2 as the Diamonds closed out day one in Vegas with another win, this over a team from Boise. Pluschke was 0-1 with a walk for the local ladies.

Utah Freakz 13, Bellevue Blast 16U 0: Bellevue fell in a rout to a Salt Lake-area team to close out last night down in Vegas, with Harris going 1-1.

North Georgia 6, Hillsdale (MI) 3: The Chargers went 0-2 yesterday at their season-opening weekend tournament in Florida with this loss and another one to a team from Indiana. Freshman Elaine Townley, from Carnation and a 2018 Cedarcrest HS alum, saw action for Hillsdale in this contest only and went 0-2 for the Chargers.

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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