Buzz Verduzco, who starred for Washington State in the mid-1980s and has been an assistant baseball coach for the Cougars since 1990, has been promoted to the No. 1 assistant position, coach Steve Farrington announced Monday.
“Buzz has been a part of this program for 10 years. He has paid his dues,” Farrington said. “He will take a much more active role in recruiting and be more involved in our game management. Buzz is a worker and a good players’ coach, a real people guy.”
Verduzco is a former Pacific-10 North and WSU record holder, who finished his playing career with the Cougars in 1985.
Verduzco first came to WSU in 1983 after two years at Merced Junior College. A starter as a junior in 1983, the Stockton, Calif., native missed the following season while recovering from a broken ankle. He returned to the field in 1985 and set a school and conference record with 246 at-bats. He drove home 42 runs, scored 46 and led WSU with 42 walks while earning all-league second-team honors. Verduzco hit .313 in both 1983 and 1985.
Brian Chance pitched a one-hitter and Jeremy Isherwood drove in two runs with a pair of singles as the Cannons blanked the North Stars 8-0 in a five-inning AAA American Legion baseball game Monday night at Jackson Field.
Brian Schutz managed the North Stars’ only hit.
Carl Ward’s three-run double highlighted a five-run first inning that sent Yakima on its way to a 10-6 win over Hess/Wheeler of Spokane in Sunday’s championship game of the Pow Wow Tournament for AA Legion teams in Toppenish.
Mark Gardner, the pro at The Creek at Qualchan, managed a plus-3 to lead the Athletic Round Table Pro-Am using the Stableford scoring system at Sun Dance.
The scoring rewards birdies and eagles while deducting points for bogies.
Jerry Zink of The Fairways and Andy Hite of the Colville Elks had plus 2 scores to share second in the pro division.
In the gross amateur division, Jim Campasino Jr. of Sun Dance, Chad Gunn of Esmeralda and Ray Kish of Manito all had plus 2.
The Spokane Stars have advanced to the quarterfinals of the 18U AAU girls basketball tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., after dispatching Iowa 86-62 on Monday.
Spokane, which was to play Indiana The Family at 5:30 a.m. PDT in the final eight, was led by Angelina Wolvert with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Megan Franza had 16 points and six assists.
The Stars played without Kristen Willis, who suffered from dehydration during warmups and was hospitalized. Stars officials said she was alert, but would need medical clearance to play.
In the consolation bracket of the 16U tournament at Chattanooga, the Stars defeated Maryland 69-59 with Anna Getz scoring 16 points and Heather Cox 11.
Spokane Performance Rowdy dropped three decision in the National Junior Olympic 14U Elite Tournament in Denver.
Evergreen, Ill., defeated Spokane 15-5, 11-5; Levittown, Puerto Rico, was a 15-3, 15-5 winner; and Austin, Texas, overcame Rowdy 15-10, 15-10.
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