The diamond cuts, ladies style, to start off your Sunday

Good Sunday morning. We’ve got two helpings of diamond cuts for you this morning. First, we start with the ladies. All of your highlights and scores from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 12, Seattle Spice 2: Down at Service Club Complex in east Kent, the Redmond-based Diamonds won their first round clash at the USA Softball of Seattle’s Blast of Summer tournament, aided by Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger, who went 2-2 with a double and RBI, and Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke, who went 1-2 with a run scored.

Seattle Fastpitch Club 7, Bellevue Blast 18U 6: Also at Service Club, SFC walked it off with a run in the fifth to sink the Blast. Sam Simmons, fresh off walking down Mount Si’s graduation aisle Friday night, played in this one but had no official at-bats for the Blast as she works her way back from an injury that ended her high school softball career early for the Wildcats this spring.

Arizona Hotshots Gold 4, Washington Ladyhawks Miller 18U Gold (Puyallup) 3: The Phoenix-based Hotshots handed the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks a heartbreaking walk-off loss last night at the Triple Crown Zoom into June tournament down in Los Angeles. Cedarcrest’s Michaela Carter led the Hawks, going 2-3.

Snohomish County Express 8, Washington Ladyhawks Miller 14U (Snohomish) 7: The Express bolted to a walk-off win, scoring five runs in the final inning to stun the ‘Hawks at Celebration Park in Federal Way in the first round of the Blast of Summer local tourney. Tolt Middle School’s Reagan Hollett went 0-1 for WLH.

Mill Creek Mayhem 7, Bellevue Blast 16U 6: Also at Celebration in the Blast of Summer event, the Mill Creek team escaped with a walk-off win after the Blast scored four in the top of the fifth to tie things up. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-2 with an RBI for BB, while Sammamish High School’s Kylie Ravenscraft led the way for Bellevue, going 2-3 with a run scored and RBI.

Sundodgers 9, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 7: At Celebration, the Seattle team scored eight in the first and held off the Snohomish based Shock. The Valley trio on the Shock – Mount Si’s Willow Westrbook, Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith and Tolt Middle School’s Riley Warden – all had a hit each, with Westbrook tripling, scoring a run and driving another in. Smith also scored a run, and Warden also walked, stole a base, scored a run and drove a second in as well.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 11, Washington Illusion 6: The Diamonds got their business done in a hurry, scoring all of their runs in the first two innings to sink the southwest Washington team. Huntzinger again went 2-2 with a run scored and RBI pacing EDP, while Pluschke went 1-1 with a walk and run scored.

Snohomish SWAT Hirai 9, Bellevue Blast 18U 2: This Blast into Summer clash at Service Club featured a lot of solid Kingco 3A and 4A talent, with the SWAT rolling thanks to two of those players. Newport High School ace Hanako Hirai went the distance, allowing two runs on three hits for SWAT, walking two and striking out seven, and Bothell’s Morgan Shults provided the offense for the Snohomish side, homering and driving in four. As for Simmons, she got to hit in this one and went 0-2 for the Blast.

Firecrackers Rico 4, Washington Ladyhawks Miller 18U Gold (Puyallup) 0: The ‘Hawks were held to one hit in the loss to the Orange County, CA-based Firecracker crew in their second game of the day yesterday at the Zoom tourney. Carter went 0-1.

Washington Ladyhawks Miller 14U (Snohomish) 2, Sundodgers 0: The ‘Hawks rebounded very nicely in the middle game of the day yesterday in Federal Way, thanks to pitcher Taryn Bennett, who fired a one-hitter and struck out seven to help WLH blank the Seattle team. Hollett went 0-2.

Seattle Spice 5, Bellevue Blast 16U 4: The Spice handed the Blast another tough loss down at Celebration in the middle game of the day for Bellevue. Harris went 1-1 with a walk and RBI pacing the Blast.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 6, Lady Warriors 1: Warden and Smith paced the Shock, with both getting two hits each and an RBI. Warden also scored a run for the Shock, while Westbrook, even though she went 0-3, added an RBI as the Shock handled things in the middle game of their day in the Blast into Summer tournament in Federal Way.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 11, Skagit Bats 5: Well, as it turned out, Huntzinger was only warming up for a big finale last night. She homered as part of another two-hit effort and drove in four for the Diamonds as they wrapped up a 3-0 evening outscoring their foes 34-13 in the three games. Pluschke went 1-3 as the Diamonds also got a homer from Eastlake’s Leslie Hines in the game.

Pacific Fury 8, Bellevue Blast 18U 4: The Edmonds-based Fury doubled up the Blast in Bellevue’s Blast into Summer nightcap down at Service Club. Simmons went 0-2 for BB.

SoCal A’s 5, Washington Ladyhawks Miller 18U Gold (Puyallup) 1: WLH finished their day at the Zoom into June 0-3 being limited to just two hits while making five errors in their loss to the Los Angeles-area squad. Carter went 0-2 with a walk.

Washington Ladyhawks Miller 14U (Snohomish) 5, Washington Acers Culver 3: The ‘Hawks held off a late rally from the Auburn-based Acers to secure a 2-1 afternoon in the opening day of the Blast into Summer tournament. Hollett again went 0-2 for WLH.

Bellevue Blast 16U 9, Seattle Fastpitch Club 4: The Blast finished out the day with a win over the Seattle team. Harris was 1-1 with a walk and run scored, and Ravenscraft went 2-3 with a triple and two RBI’s leading the Blast.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 7, Washington Acers Culver 6: The Shock held off the Acers with the help of Westbrook, who tripled, scored a run and drove another one in, while both Warden and Smith had a hit and RBI apiece as the Shock finished the day 2-1 in their weekend tourney.

Also: The Washington Acers’ 18U Campbell team, featuring Mount Si’s Hope Bostick, went 3-0 last night in their opening day of the Blast into Summer down at Service Club. They beat, among others, the Seattle-based Sundodgers. Action for the Acers and the other teams in the tournament finishes today.

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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