“JuJu” makes decision on college future, plus an afternoon round of cuts…..

We have an afternoon scoreboard update once again for you today, but first we have some major breaking news concerning a Mount Si High School baseball alum.

Catcher Justin Lutz has made a decision on where he will be continuing his college baseball career. The 2017 Mount Si grad, from Fall City and the son of Wildcat head coach Brent Lutz, announced on Twitter this afternoon he will be transferring into the program at Montana State University-Billings. MSU-B is an NCAA Division II program that is part of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which means he’ll get a chance to play close to home for at least a few games each spring, with Central Washington University as part of the league.

Lutz just finished up his sophomore season with the Community Colleges of Spokane, a two-year junior college, so to continue his college career he needed to transfer into a four-year program. He hit .301 with three homers and 38 RBI’s helping Spokane make a deep run in the NWAACC conference tournament this spring.

He also has spent a portion of his summer college season with the West Coast League’s Yakima Valley Pippins, but was expected to only be there temporarily. We’re checking with him now to see what his status with the team is.

A congrats to Justin from us here at the Journal!

Scores from baseball and softball now with all of our action from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Naturals 14U 23, Bainbridge Mavericks 0: Any of the Naturals’ parents who couldn’t get the afternoon off work to take their sons over on the ferry to Bainbridge Island for this one missed one heckuva show. Everyone who got a chance to hit scored a run and all except one also drove in a run as the Sammamish-based squad put petal to the metal and ran away with this one in a hurry. This score is not a misprint, folks, this was the actual score. The Valley duo of Parker Norah and Josh Freudenberg chipped in, Norah with a hit, walk, run scored and two RBI’s and Freudenberg also with a hit, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Both pitched an inning as well, with Freudenberg starting and allowing a hit in his one frame, and Norah behind him not allowing a hit but walking two and striking out one in his inning of work. Freudenberg was credited with the win.

Action from tournaments in Colorado:

Arizona Firecrackers 4, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 0: At the Sparkler event in the west Denver suburb of Arvada, the Diamonds were held to four hits by the Phoenix-area squad – two of those by Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger, who doubled with one of those hits – in the shutout loss. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke went 0-2 for EDP.

Illinois Chill 3, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 3: For the second straight day in the Boulder IDT, the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks ended in a draw with an opponent, this time from the Chicago area. Cedarcrest HS grad Michaela Carter went 2-2 with a run pacing the ‘Hawks.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 9, Team Kansas 1: Pluschke doubled and scored a run and Huntzinger added a hit as well as the Diamonds woke up, got out of bed and proceeded to roll to a win in Arvada over the suburban Kansas City team. Two Kingco 4A players on the Diamonds also made their mark – Eastlake’s Leslie Hines, who homered and drove in three runs and Issaquah’s Kelly Hruza, who doubled and drove in four runs.

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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