Former Yucaipa High School diamond stars Matt Marnati and Sydnee Huff took different routes to become All-Americans. Marnati earned his baseball All-American status as a junior playing for Gary Adcock at California Baptist University. Huff was just named to the 2019 All-American west softball team after her senior year when she played for Yucaipa coach Stephanie Landavazo.
Releasing the news that Marnati had been recently inducted into the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame, school spokesman Andrew Shorthall stated that Marnati was perhaps the most feared hitter to ever wear a Lancers uniform. He is among the top-4 in seven of the school’s career records. Likewise with Huff, who Landavazo says owns a combination of hustle and hard work that makes her exciting to watch. Huff will play on the 20-member All-American West team that will face the East in the 10th Premier Girls Fastpitch All-American Games on July 26-27 in Irvine.
Huff’s post high school playing career will continue at Stanford University. Marnati’s playing days are over. Marnati was possibly the best overall player at YHS in 2009, a team that featured a number of future professionals including Matt Davidson and Taijuan Walker. Batting leadoff, Marnati played an error-free centerfield for Yucaipa coach Jeff Stout’s team that finished 27-3. He led the team in stolen bases and runs and had enough power to gain the eye of a number of pro scouts.
But Marnati showed little to no interest in pro baseball. YHS teammate Pedro Cota thought Marnati did not like to be the center of attention. “He was a quiet, humble guy who was a hard worker. He was a leader by example,” said Cota. “You could always depend on him. It does not surprise me at all that he was named to the hall of fame.” Marnati batted .454 as a three-year starter at YHS where he was named All-County in football and baseball.
According to a release by Cal Baptist, Marnati holds the school career record for most hits (285), runs (185) and is second with 168 RBIs. He was three-time all-Pacific Athletic Conference and its 2012 player of the year. He was CBU’s cornerstone to four straight conference titles and two NCCAA championships.
Before Huff competes for the starting shortstop assignment at Stanford, she left some lofty stats at YHS as well. According to available records, Huff holds the school mark with 176 hits and ranks among the top-10 in most offensive categories. Her bio reads that she was twice picked as one of the nation’s top-100 players. In 2018, prep media outlets named her both all-state and all-Inland Empire first team.
Marnati is currently a San Bernardino County Sheriff. The complete story of Sydnee Huff is still in the works. She has the pro potential of Marnati but past statements indicate that she too is not interested in that option.