Diamond cuts….

Good Thursday morning. Diamond notes on a Thursday and we start with the ladies and some softball.

It was a wild one on the Eastside last night as Puyallup’s Washington Ladyhawks 16U Baker took on the Elite Diamonds ’03 18U’s based in Redmond. This one for much of the game was all Diamonds, but the ‘Hawks saved the best for last, seizing victory from the jaws of defeat and stunning the Diamonds.

A six-run sixth propelled the Ladyhawks from down 8-3 to a 9-8 win over ED. A pair of Kingco 4A players who will be familiar to Mount Si fans in the coming years delivered in this one for the Hawks. Skyline’s Finley Carringer homered, scored two runs and drove in two more, while Bothell’s Rachel Traxler tripled and herself scored a run and drove in two more. A Wesco 2A/3A player, Mountlake Terrace’s Cameron Dunn, went 2-3 driving in three runs and scoring a fourth as well, so you Cedarcrest fans will want to get to know that player in the coming years.

As for the Diamonds, Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger was 0-3 and former Cedarcrest player Payton Pluschke, now with Redmond, was 1-2 with a walk.

These two teams and other local softball squads will likely have games off and on this fall depending on area COVID-19 restrictions and tournament availability elsewhere as states such as Utah and Arizona open up for action fully this fall. We’ll keep you apprised of any developments there.

Also this morning:

Baseball: Mount Si grad may not have achieved his big league dreams, but it looks like he is getting the next best thing
Every young ballplayer, including those playing for Mount Si High School’s baseball program, strives to make it to the major leagues. And while the Wildcats have had several graduates move on to college then pro baseball in recent seasons, none have made it to the Show. But for one of those alums, he may get a chance to enjoy a taste of it without leaving home to do it.

New Zealand’s pro baseball team, the Auckland Tuatara, this week announced the signing of five former MLB players, giving their Mount Si rep, 2011 grad Max Brown, himself a New Zealand native, a chance to experience a little taste of the Show in his own backyard. Brown earlier this summer re-signed with the Tuatara, where he will be in his third season with the team.

The five former major-leaguers are headlined by veteran outfielder Eric Young, Jr., who most notably played for the Colorado Rockies and New York Mets during his big league career. Also signing include infielder Danny Valencia, who spent time with the Mariners but most notably played for the Minnesota Twins; pitcher Justin Grimm, a World Series champion in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs; pitcher Kyle Davies, who most notably pitched with the Atlanta Braves, and pitcher Zach Phillips, a former Baltimore Orioles hurler.

It is unclear whether the club will land the services of former All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez, which has been discussed in the past by the team and which we reported on here earlier this summer. It is also unclear if the Tuatara have re-signed Brown’s fellow Mount Si alum, pitcher Jimmy Boyce, to a contract to return next season; Boyce pitched last season as well for Auckland.

Brown, after graduating from Mount Si following the Wildcats’ state 3A championship in baseball in 2011, played collegiately at both Bellevue College and Kansas State University, graduating from KSU then being drafted in 2016 by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, where he spent parts of two seasons, making it as high as short-season “A” minor league baseball before being released. He has been with the Tuatara, part of the Australian Baseball League, since its inception in 2018.

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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