Baseball Roundup

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Saturday

Pro Notes . . .

McGEE RE-SIGNS -- LHP Jake McGee (Reed HS) has re-signed with the Colorado Rockies. The three-year contract has an option for a fourth year. According to reports, the contract contains "substanial" performance bonuses and if McGee has his option picked up and maxes out his performances, the deal could top out at around $50 million. The three-year deal is reportedly in the $27 million range with the option at $9 million. McGee is 31.

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JEPSEN SIGNS -- Veteran RHP Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue HS) has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. He'll receive a MLB spring training invitation.

Jepsen, during the 2017 season failed to appear in the majors, the first time since 2007. The 33-year-old reliever had been an effective performer and even stepped into a closing role during the 2015 campaign, but ran into trouble beginning with the ensuing season. He ended up throwing only 23 2/3 triple-A innings in 2017, over which he permitted 5.32 earned runs per nine — in large part due to surrendering five home runs — but did generate 11.0 K/9 against 3.8 BB/9.

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Colleges . . .

WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:

D-1

Oklahoma State (Stillwater):

​Carson McCusker, OF/1B, Soph., Spanish Springs HS (transfer from Folsom Lake JC, CA)

Presbyterian (Clinton, SC):

​Chase Blueberg, RHP, RS Jr., Carson HS (transfer from Feather River JC, CA)

D-3

MIT (Cambridge, MA):

​Will Loucks, RHP, Sr., Centennial HS

 

 

Today's Rule 5 Draft

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Thursday

The final day of the Winter Meetings began with the annual Rule 5 draft. Teams were only able to make a selection if they have space on their 40-man roster. The order is based on the reverse order of standings from the end of the 2017 regular season. 

Major League phase

Round 1
1. Tigers: Victor Reyes, OF (D-backs)
2. Giants: Julian Fernandez, RHP (Rockies)
3. Phillies: Nick Burdi, RHP (Twins)
4. White Sox: Carlos Tocci, OF (Phillies)
5. Reds: Brad Keller, RHP (D-backs)
6. Mets: Burch Smith, RHP (Rays)
7. Braves: Anyelo Gomez, RHP (Yankees)
8. Pirates: Jordan Milbrath, RHP (Indians)
9. Orioles: Nestor Cortes, LHP (Yankees) 
10. Marlins: Elieser Hernandez (Astros)
11. Mariners: Mike Ford, IF (Yankees)
12. Angels: Luke Bard, RHP (Twins)
13. Twins: Tyler Kinley, RHP (Marlins)
14. D-backs: Albert Suarez, RHP, (Giants)
15: Astros: Anthony Gose, LHP (Rangers)

Round 2  
16. Orioles: Pedro Araujo, RHP (Cubs)
17. Marlins: Brett Graves, RHP (A's)

Round 3
18. Orioles: Jose Mesa, RHP (Yankees)  

Triple-A phase

Round 1
1. Giants: Eduardo Rivera, RHP (Reds)
2. White Sox: Yermin Mercedes, C (Orioles)
3. Reds: Mitch Nay, 3B (Blue Jays)
4. Mets: Andrew Ely, 2B (Cubs)
5. Padres: Jose Medina, LHP (Mets)
6. Braves: Skyler Ewing, 1B (Giants)
7. A's: Brallan Perez, SS (Orioles)
8. Pirates: Damien Magnifico, RHP (Angels)
9. Orioles: Martin Cervenka, C (Giants)
10. Blue Jays: Andrew Muren, RHP (Giants)
11. Marlins: BJ Lopez, C (D-backs)
12. Mariners: Joe Odom, C (Braves)
13. Rangers: Locke St. John, LHP (Tigers)
14. Rays: Francisco German (Tigers)
15. Angels: Riley Unroe, SS (Rays)
16. Royals: Daniel Duarte, RHP (Rangers)
17. Cardinals: Angel Moreno, OF (Rays)
18. Twins: Yancarlos Baez, RHP (Yankees)
19. Rockies: Mitch Horacek, LHP (Orioles)

20. Yankees: Junior Soto, OF  (Indians)
21. D-backs: Jay Gonzalez, CF (Orioles)
22. Red Sox: Andrew Ferguson, RHP (Royals)
23. Nationals: Jacob Wilson, 2B (Cardinals)
24. Astros: Chris Nunn, LHP (Cubs)
25. Indians: Robert Orlan, LHP (Nationals)
26. Dodgers: Angelo Mora, SS (Orioles)

Round 2
27. Giants: Wander Franco, SS (Royals)
28. Braves: Tyler Smith, SS (Rangers)
29. A's: Carlos Diaz, LHP (Marlins)
30. Pirates: Rafelin Lorenzo, C (Rays)
31. Blue Jays: Alberto Mineo, C  (Cubs)
32. Marlins: Sharif Othman, C (Yankees)
33. Mariners: Tyler Baker, C (D-backs)
34. Angels: Matt Ball, RHP (Rangers)
35. Cardinals: Jean Selmo, OF (D-backs)
36. Twins: Sandy Lugo, RHP (Reds)
37. D-backs: Lane Ratliff, LHP (Mariners)
38. Red Sox: Luke Tendler, CF (Rangers)
39. Nationals: Kaleb Fleck, RHP (D-backs)

Round 3
40. A's: Jaimito Lebron, RHP (Padres)
41. Blue Jays: Ivan Castillo, SS (Indians)
42. Marlins: Will Allen III, 1B  (Tigers) 

Round 4
43. Marlins: Brandon Barker, RHP (Orioles)

 

Colleges: Where They're Playing

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Wednesday

In our continuing quest to find where Nevadans are playing college ball this coming season, here's another list:

NCAA D-2

Biola U. (La Mirada, CA):

Jerrod Largusa, OF, Jr., Palo Verde HS

Jacob Portaro, IF, Soph., Centennial HS

Cal Poly (Pomona):

Christoffer Villarias, RHP, RS Fr., Arbor View HS

Drury U. (Springfield, MO):

Drew Newson, Util., RS Jr., Bishop Gorman HS (transfer from CSN)

Sioux Falls U., SD:

Alex Elizondo, C, Fr., Foothill HS

Anthony Lopez, IF, Sr., Foothill HS

Anthony Reese, RHP, Fr., Shadow Ridge HS

UC San Diego:

Garrett Lake, OF, Fr., Coronado HS

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ANOTHER CATTLE CALL -- Oklahoma Christian, an NCAA D-2 school located in Edmonds, has 62 numbered players on its 2018 roster. OCU, which had a 28-21 record last season, plays in the Heartland Conference, which also includes: Rogers State, OK; Arkansas-Fort. Smith; St. Edwards, TX; Newman, KS; St. Mary's, TX; Lubbock Christian, TX; and Texas A&M International.

COMMENT -- 62 is nothing compared to Cerritos JC's roster of 104 in the fall of 1989. That was when four-year colleges scrimmaged JCs and Pepperdine traveled to Cerritos' Norwalk campus one Saturday in October. 104 is accurate because I counted them. Pepperdine had a roster of around 30, before cuts.

 

Seven Playing for Taft JC

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Monday

Seven former Las Vegas area players are part of the 37-member Taft JC roster for the coming season.

The Taft seven from Vegas, in alphabetical order:

Jacob Cruz, IF, Fr., Valley HS

Jayce Gardner, IF, Soph., Arbor View HS

Kyle Gaura, C/1B, Soph., Shadow Ridge HS

Kaivon Kealoha, RHP/3B, Soph., Rancho HS

Tait Ludwick, RHP, Soph., Durango HS

Nick O'Connor, LHP, Soph., Chaparral HS

Cassius Shy, LHP, Fr., Rancho HS

TAFT NOTES -- The Cougars of Coach Vince Maiocco have an international flavor to their roster with nine hailing from Puerto Rico, two each from Australia and Guam and one from Canada. Nevada and California have seven each on the roster, with three from Washington, two from Utah and one each from ArizonaConnecticut, Kansas and Louisiana . . . Maiocco enters his 18th year at Taft, the last 14 as head coach . . . The Cougars were 19-20-1 last season, 10-11 in the Central Valley Conference, which also includes Cerro Coso, Fresno, Merced, Porterville, Reedley, Sequoias and West Hills . . . Taft opens the season Friday, Jan. 26, hosting Feather River.

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SIX AT FOLSOM LAKE -- Six players from Northern Nevada, including four from Spanish Springs HS, will be playing for Folsom Lake JC. They are:

Austin Beard, RHP, Soph., Reed HS

Marlin Brucato, IF, Fr., Spanish Springs HS

Alan Lummel, LHP/1B, RS Fr., Spanish Springs HS

Derel Stuber, LHP, RS Fr., Spanish Springs HS

Ricky Espinoza, RHP, RS Fr., Spanish Springs HS

Zack Martin, RHP, Soph., North Valleys HS

FOLSOM NOTES -- The Falcons lost a good one in Carson McCusker (Spanish Springs), who transferred to Oklahoma State after his freshman year. McCusker, a 6-7, 235-pounder OF/1B, batted .371 with 10 homers and 50 RBIs in 40 games and was drafted in the 26th round by Milwaukee . . . Folsom finished 18-22 last season, 9-15 in the tough Big 8 Conference, which also includes American River, Consumnes River, Diablo Valley, Modesto, Sacramento, San Joaquin Delta, Santa Rosa and Sierra . . . Yes, that's nine teams in the Big 8.

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Pro Notes . . .

SIGNINGS -- Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas HS, CSN) and Brock Stassi (UNR) have signed minor league contracts -- Kazmar with Atlanta, Stassi with Minnesota. Both have been invited to their respective big league spring training camps.

Kazmar, 33, was a fifth round pick and sign of the Padres out of CSN in 2005, reaching the big leagues with San Diego in 2008 for 19 games. A shortstop, he's been in the Braves system for the past five years, all at Gwinnett (AAA, IL).

Stassi, 28, was a 33rd round selection of the Phillies in 2011 out of Nevada-Reno and made his MLB debut April 3 of this year, earning an opening day roster position as a non-roster invitee. Stassi is an outfielder/first baseman.

WINTER BALL -- 

 

 

 

 

Barstow Lures 13 From Las Vegas

Originally posted: 9:45 a.m., Wednesday

Barstow College's 28-man roster for the 2018 season is dominated by 13 Las Vegas players.

The junior college is seeking to rebound from a 11-26 season a year ago.

Eleven of the 13 are freshmen.

The 13, in alphabetical order:

Alfred DelSangro, 1B, Fr., Desert Oasis HS

Kyle Fuentes, OF, Fr., Desert Oasis HS

Antonio Gaxiola, 1B/3B, Fr., Las Vegas HS

George Hanach, C/1B, Fr., Liberty HS

Sean Hofmans, RHP, Fr., Coronado HS

Thomas Keller, OF/1B, Fr., Silverado HS

Dakota McIntire, OF, Fr., Liberty HS

Christian Munoz, C/Utility, Fr., Rancho HS

Chase Ottofy, RHP, Soph., Mountain View Christian HS (transfer from South Mountain JC, AZ)

Jathan Sibal, IF, Fr., Basic HS

Jaime Solis, OF, Soph., Las Vegas HS

Noah Stenger, RHP, Fr., Desert Oasis HS

Matt Vanderberg, Utility, Fr., Sierra Vista HS

NOTES -- Outfielder Solis returns for his sophomore season after hitting .293 last year . . . The other sophomore is Ottofy, who has transferred from South Mountain JC in Phoenix . . . Barstow plays in the Western State East Conference with Antelope Valley, Citrus, College of the Canyons, Glendale and Victor Valley . . . The Vikings were 5-15 in the conference in 2017, which was won by Canyons . . . Besides the 13 from Las Vegas, the roster includes six from Colorado, four from California, two from Arizona and one each from Missouri, Texas and Utah . . . Both head coach Bryan King and assistant Ricky Walker are Colorado natives . . . King enters his four season at Barstow. He coached at College of Southern Idaho (2006) and was the HC at Colorado Northwestern in 2007 before moving on to Cerro Coso JC.

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Colleges . . .

WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:

D-1

Dallas Baptist U.

Jordan Hand, IF/OF, RS Jr., Shadow Ridge HS (transfer from CSN)

 

 

 

Waves Sign 10 (1 From California)

  CSN's Lutes (Liberty) Among Signees

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Friday

Pepperdine has announced the signing of 10 players to national letters of intent for the 2019 season -- and just one of them hails from California.

One of the 10 is former Liberty HS standout Justin Lutes, now a sophomore first baseman at CSN.

Lutes, the player of the year in the Scenic West AC last season, hit .376 for the Coyotes as a freshman with 46 runs batted in and six homers.

Pepperdine head coach Rick Hirtensteiner on Lutes: "Justin is a true left-handed power hitter with the ability to hit for power to all fields and at the same time display extraordinary plate discipline. Justin is a middle of the order bat and will drive in many runs for the Waves in 2019. On defense, he has shown great instincts, defensive awareness and is a plus defender."

Lutes helped lead Liberty to the 2014 Nevada state title.

The lone Californian recruited by Pepperdine was LHP/OF Yuji Sakane from Temple City HS.

The Waves recruited two each from Colorado, Florida and Texas and one apiece from Nevada, Oregon, Hawai'i and California.

For the complete list, see the NLI link on this site.

 

 

 

The Pros . . .

RHP Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde HS), a free agent, has been in touch with a number of clubs but has yet to receive a firm offer.

The Nationals and Twins have both reportedly expressed interest in retaining Kintzler, and the pitcher himself revealed that his wife would love for him to sign in Arizona, though Kintzler didn’t specifically state that the Diamondbacks had reached out to him.

Moreover, while the former Twins closer would surely prefer a multi-year pact, he also expressed that he’d be comfortable betting on himself on a one-year deal if need be.

"I feel like I'm not a guy who can be picky," said Kintzler, a former 40th-round selection who played independent ball from 2006-09. "A few years ago I was a minor league free agent just trying to get a job."

 

Baseball Potpourri

Originally posted: 8:30 a.m., Wednesday

The Pros . . .

BREWERS GET BAKER -- Former Western Nevada JC RHP Dylan Baker has been acquired off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers. Baker had been designated for assignment by Cleveland last week. Baker, a fifth round pick of the Indians in 2012, pitched in just 16 2/3 innings (rookie rehab, double-A) this past season after sitting out 2016 with Tommy John surgery.

MALM RE-UPS -- Jeff Malm (Bishop Gorman) has re-signed with the independent St. Paul Saints of the American Association, but is still seeking to hook on with a major league organization. Malm, a LHP, was 1-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 games (38 2/3 ip) for St. Paul after joining the team in July. St. Paul had a one-year option on Malm and elected to retain him.

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Colleges . . .

BIG WEST EXPANDS -- The Big West Conference has added Cal State Bakersfield and UC San Diego as the 10th and 11th members.
   
CSU Bakersfield will become an official member of the conference on July 1, 2020, and will be immediately eligible in round-robin and single-site championship sports for Big West titles, awards and honors and continue its eligibility for NCAA automatic qualification in these sports. 
   
UC San Diego, currently a D-2 school, will begin an NCAA mandated four-year reclassification period to Division I on July 1, 2020.  Its teams will be included in all Big West round robin sports schedules beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. UCSD will become an official member of the conference on July 1, 2024.

​Other members of the conference: Cal Poly (SLO), Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara.

Bakersfield is currently a member of the Western Athletic Conference.

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CONCORDIA ELIGIBLE -- Concordia-Irvine, after a three-year membership process in moving to NCAA D-2, is now eligible for post-season playoffs in all sports. Concordia had been an NAIA member, winning the World Series in 2011. Concordia competes in the Pac-West Conference with Dixie State, Biola, Cal Bapist, Point Loma Nazarene, Fresno Pacific, Hawai'i Hilo, Hawai'i Pacific, Academy of Art and Holy Names.

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WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:

NCAA D-2

Hawai'i Pacific (Honolulu):

Tyler Van Stone, IF/RHP, Jr., Foothill HS

NAIA

Clarke U. (Dubuque, IA):

Johnny Gilleras, OF, Jr., Liberty HS (transfer from Mesa JC, AZ)

Casey Trosclair, IF, Jr., Bishop Manogue HS (transfer from Williston State JC, ND)

West Virginia Tech (Beckley, WV):

​Dalton Grisell, LHP, Sr., Douglas HS (transfer from Simpson U., CA)

Junior College

Treasure Valley (Ontario, OR):

​Anthony Pannullo, IF, Fr., Foothill HS

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BYU Signs 3 From Las Vegas Area

Originally posted: 6:30 a.m., Friday

BYU has announced the signing of 10 players to national letters of intent for the 2018-19 academic year, including three from Las Vegas -- Coronado's Kyle Hall and Boston Mabeus and Bishop Gorman's Ryan Sepede.

Hall is a RHP, Mabeus a left-handed pitcher and Sepede an outfielder.

Here is a short bio on each from the BYU website, plus Cougars HC Mike Littlewood's thoughts on the trio:

Hall (6-1, 185) -- He was honorable mention all-state and second team All-Southern Nevada. Recruited by Mississippi State, San Diego State, Arizona and UC Santa Barbara.

Littlewood on Hall: "Kyle is a right-hander who really knows how to pitch. He has thrown in many big games and has great composure on the mound. We expect Kyle to come in and contribute right away."

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Mabeus (6-2, 215) -- In 2017 he played for the Area Code Reds and in the Perfect Game National Showcase. In 2016 he played for the underclass Area Code Brewers and in the Area Code All-American game. That same year, he was an honorable mention Perfect Game All-American. His father Chris, a RHP, pitched in the major leagues for the A's, Rangers and Brewers and was a two-time All-American at Lewis-Clark State. BYU associate head coach Trent Pratt was the catcher for Chris Mabeus in the Alaska League. Mabeus' grandfather played baseball for Yavapai JC and Lewis-Clark State.

Littlewood on Mabeus: "Boston is a left-handed pitcher with big time potential. One of the best left-handers on the West Coast, he throws 88-90 with a very good breaking ball. Boston will go directly out on his mission but we are looking forward to getting him on campus."

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Sepede (6-0, 205) -- Sepede batted .333 for the Gaels last season with 30 RBIs, seven doubles, three triples and six home runs. He was academic all-state and a team captain. His father, Garren, played soccer for UNLV and his brother, Cameron, played baseball at Salt Lake CC and is now at UNLV.

Littlewood on Sepede: "Ryan comes to us from Bishop Gorman, one of the richest baseball traditions in the country . . . we project him as a middle of the order bat right away."

The other seven BYU signees:

Austin Deming, IF/RHP, Snow Canyon HS, UT

Cooper Foss, RHP, Scripps Ranch HS, CA

Jarod Lessar, RHP, Carbon HS, UT, Eastern Utah JC

Carson Matthews, IF, Capistrano Valley Christian HS, CA

Reid McLaughin, RHP/Util., Desert Mountain HS, AZ

Zack Peterson, IF, Riverton HS, UT

Jack Sterner, RHP, Dana Hills HS, CA

NOTE: For a complete up-to-date list of announced D-1 signees, see the NLI link on this site.

 

Baseball Roundup

Originally posted: 8:30 a.m., Tuesday

HOGAN SIGNS -- Kaden Hogan, an infielder from Reno HS, has signed a national letter of intent with Long Beach State for the 2018-19 academic year.

As a shortstop for the Huskies,, Hogan follows in the footsteps of former Long Beach State shortstop Garrett Hampson, who is playing in the Colorado Rockies organization. Following his junior season, Hogan was named the second-team shortstop on the 2017 Northern Nevada 4A All-Conference team.

​49ers associate head coach Greg Bergerson had this to say about Hogan: “Kaden is extremely athletic with very good speed and a strong arm. He has shown a solid foundation to his fielding, possessing a good feel with the glove, and he comes from a quality and well-respected program.”

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MLB Transactions . . .

BAKER OUTRIGHTED -- Former Western Nevada JC RHP Dylan Baker has been removed from the Cleveland 40-man roster and outrighted. Baker was a fifth round pick of the Indians in 2012. A product of Douglas HS in Juneau, Alaska, he has never pitched higher that double-A.

Baker, 25, has scarcely pitched since the 2015 season due to injuries, including Tommy John surgery. He threw just 21 1/3 innings across three levels in the past three minor league seasons combined, though he’s posted a 3.58 ERA in 241 2/3 innings in his minor league career when healthy.

APPEL OUTRIGHTED -- Mark Appel, a first round selection in both the 2012 and 2013 MLB drafts, has been outrighted by Philadelphia.

As a high-profile amateur, Appel was drafted three times.

In 2009, he elected Stanford University over the Tigers, who picked him in the 15th round out of Monte Vista HS in Danville, CA. In 2012, when he won the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Award as a junior with the Cardinal, he was projected by many to be the top pick. He reportedly made it clear that he would refuse a $6 million signing bonus from the Astros, who instead selected Carlos Correa. The Pirates picked him eighth overall, but he did not sign and returned to Stanford for his senior year. In 2013, the Astros took him No. 1 overall, and the Houston-born hurler agreed to a deal with a $6.35 million bonus.

Although Appel, 26, has had brilliant stretches, his pro career has been beset by misfortune and injuries. In January 2014, he underwent emergency surgery to have his appendix removed. By the end of the first month of his first full season, Houston reassigned him from the Class A Advanced California League to extended spring training after he put up a 6.44 ERA over 13 innings across four starts.

Houston traded him to the Phillies in December of 2015. He's pitched in triple-A the last three years, but has never got a call-up.

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Colleges . . .

WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:

NCAA D-2

Academy of Art (San Francisco):

Caden Spilsbury, RHP, Jr., Coronado HS (transfer from LA Mission JC)

Cal State East Bay (Hayward):

Joey Dice, Util., Jr., Reed HS

​Nick Risucci, RHP, RS Sr., Bonanza HS (transfer from Taft JC)

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​MOORE PASSES -- Former MLB right-hander Tommy Moore passed away last week of a brain tumor. Moore, who played prep ball at John Glenn HS in Norwalk, CA and then at Cerritos JC, was a 32nd round pick of Kansas City in 1968. He made his MLB debut in September of 1972 with the Mets. In four seasons with the Mets, Cardinals, Rangers and Mariners, he pitched in 42 games with a 2-4 record and a 5.40 ERA. Moore was 69.

 

 

Where They're Playing . . .

  South Mountain JC Lures Eight

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Friday

​South Mountain JC of Phoenix has eight players from Nevada on its 40-man roster for the coming season.

The include, in alphabetical order:

Michael Davis, LHP, Fr., Bishop Manogue HS

Jeff Griffith, LHP, Soph., Cimarron-Memorial HS (transfer from McCook JC, NE)

Ryan McHale, 1B, Soph., Arbor View HS (transfer from Lipscomb U., TN)

Marquis Paige, IF, Soph., Bishop Gorman HS

Blake Porter, OF, Soph., Palo Verde HS

Sam Powers, OF, Soph., Palo Verde HS

Tallon Thomason, RHP, Soph., Palo Verde HS (transfer from Fresno JC)

Braxton Wehrle, OF, Fr., Bishop Gorman HS

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UNR Signs Eight to NLIs


Nevada-Reno has announced the signing of eight players to national letters of intent with none from Nevada.

All hail from California. The Cal 8:

Angelo Bortolin, IF, Serra HS, College of San Mateo JC

Julian Boyd, OF, St. John Bosco HS

Matt Clayton, C, Yuba City HS

Rhese Gomez, OF/RHP, Chaffey HS

Tyler Kennedy, RHP, Newbury Park HS

Nick Seamons, OF/RHP, Rancho Bernardo HS

Owen Sharts, RHP/IF, Simi Valley HS

Wyatt Tilley, IF, Golden West HS, College of the Sequoias JC

 

 

 

 

 

UNLV Signs 11 to NLIs

Originally posted: 7 a.m., Thursday

UNLV baseball has signed 11 players to national letters of intent for the 2018-19 academic year, according to a release from the university.

​Five of the signees currently attend high schools in Las Vegas.

​The five include catcher Jacob Godman (Palo Verde), outfielder Jake McLean (Coronado), infielder Duke Pahukoa (Durango), RHP Austin Pfeifer (Arbor View) and infielder Edarian Williams (Rancho). Another signee is 6-7 RHP Ryan McDonald, a native of Las Vegas who attended high school in South Carolina and now plays for CSN after a season at West Virginia University.

​Here is UNLV head coach Stan Stolte's look at the Las Vegas products:

Godman -- "Jacob is a big, strong kid that will push for playing time right away. He's a very solid catcher that handles a pitcher very well. Eventually, he will be an offensive threat with some pop. He loves the game."

McLean -- "Jake has all the tools and will compete for playing time immediately. He is a well-rounded athlete who is capable of playing all three outfield positions."

Pahukoa -- "We are really fortunate to keep Duke in town. He has plus power, runs okay and can play multiple positions. He will be a very good player at UNLV very soon."

Pfeifer -- "Austin is still developing on the mound. He has been a two-way player all of his life and could be at this level, but we think pitching will be his future."

Edarian -- "Edarian can play multiple positions, but we signed him because he can hit. If he is not starting, he will add depth to numerous positions, but his hitting potential is going to be hard to keep him out of the lineup."

The other five UNLV signees:

Troy Balko, RHP, Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, AZ

James Gamble, OF, Greenway HS, Phoenix, AZ

Chase Hanson, OF, Edison HS, Huntington Beach, CA

Isaiah Montoya, LHP, Liberty HS, Peoria, AZ

Ty Pohlmann, RHP, Perry HS, Gilbert, AZ

​For a complete list of announced western college signees, see the NLI link.

 

 

 

Basic Players Enjoyed WS Experience

Originally posted: 9 a.m., Wednesday

Note: The following is a recent release from the American Legion national office:

"A once in a lifetime experience."

That was the common refrain from all of the players and coaches of Henderson Post 40 (Basic HS) as they took in the events in Houston during the World Series.

As the 2017 American Legion World Series champions, the Blue Sox were honored guests of Major League Baseball in Houston surrounding Game 4 of an incredible seven-game World Series, which featured notable former American Legion players.

The Astros, managed by former Post 170 (Oklahoma) player A.J. Hinch, earned the first World Series win in franchise history. Justin Verlander of Post 201 (Virginia) and New Mexico's Alex Bregman played starring roles for Houston.

Before Game 4, the team participated in a Play Ball clinic for youth at the Astros Youth Academy with Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, gold medalist Jennie Finch, commissioner Rob Manfred, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner and Astros owner Jim Crane.

“To be there and to be a role model for these younger players was really cool,” said third baseman Jesse Fonteboa of Post 40. “This experience has been awesome.”

Other clinicians included the Youth of the Year winners from the seven MLB Youth Academies, members of USA Baseball, USA Softball and members of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.

Later, the team was able to go on the field for batting practice, meeting players from both teams and spotting two legends and former Legion Good Guy recipients Johnny Bench and Joe Torre.

Just prior to first pitch, the team took to the field again, this time getting the spotlight.

In front of an announced crowd of 43,322 the team was honored on the field.

“For decades, American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship,” the public address announcer stated to a nice ovation. “From Henderson, Nevada, here is the Post 40 American Legion team that won the 91st American Legion World Series this year. Congratulations to these guys, the 2017 American Legion World Series champions!”

Later, FOX sent analyst Alex Rodriguez to the section to do a segment with some of the youth in attendance as guests of Major League Baseball.

“It was really cool to be around the kids and be able to support all of the youth,” said Basic head coach Scott Baker. “For our players to be able to be involved and give back was a really great experience.” 

NOTE: For a video look, click https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=97&v=N7JqJRQlwfk

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NLI Signings . . .

CARTER PICKS COUGS -- Abel Carter, a senior infielder at Carson HS, is one of 18 players who have signed National Letters of Intent with Washington State, announced this week.

The Cougars signed 11 players from Washington, two from Idaho and one each from Nevada, California, Utah, Hawai'i and Oregon. For the complete list, see the NLI link on this site.

Carter was an honorable mention choice on the 2017 All-Nevada State team.

 

Doyle Signs With Sacramento State

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Thursday

Trevor Doyle, an outfielder from Cimarron-Memorial HS, has signed a national letter of intent with Sacramento State, the college announced Wednesday.

Sac State, a member of the Western State Conference, was the first western college to announce its NLIs for the 2018-19 academic year. The NLI early signing period is one week, ending next Wednesday.

Sac State signed eight players, just one from Northern California. The others are from Canada, Dubai and SoCal. (NOTE: See NLI link for an updated list of signees.)

Doyle, 6-0, 185 pounds, hit .441 in 2017. He is a career .417 hitter in three years at Cimarron and was selected to the All-Sunset Division second team last season as a junior.

Sac State HC Reggie Christiansen on Doyle:: "We identified Trevor very early in the recruiting process and are very pleased to have him join our program even after he received attention from an ACC school. Trevor played in the Area Codes Games this past summer in Long Beach. He is a plus runner from the left side and will have an opportunity to play right away in the outfield."

Doyle, on why he chose Sacramento State: "I choose (it) because of the culture. I loved the trees and greenery of the campus. During and after visiting the school I fell in love with the team, coaches and everything about the program. The school's history of winning a lot of games was also a plus."

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Colleges . . .

​WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:

​NCAA D-1

​Purdue (West Lafayette, IN):

Alec West-Guillen, LHP, Jr., Bishop Manogue HS (transfer from College of Idaho JC)

NCAA D-2

​Dixie State (St. George, UT):

Josh Bravis, RHP, RS Sr., Silverado HS (transfer from Palomar JC via Eastern Michigan)
Brad Danzeisen, LHP, Sr., Cimarron-Memorial HS (transfer from Cochise JC, AZ)
Tanner Howell, RHP, RS Sr., Boulder City HS
​Matt Mosca, LHP, RS Sr., Cimarron-Memorial HS (transfer from Mesa JC, AZ)
Kaid Urban, OF, RS Jr., Arbor View HS (transfer from CSN)

NAIA

Corban U. (Salem, OR):

​Cody Schmidt, C, Sr., Desert Oasis HS (transfer from College of Southern Idaho JC)

Northwestern College (Orange City, IA):

​David Rowley, 1B/OF, Sr., Northwest Career & Tech Academy (transfer from College of Siskiyous JC, CA)

 

 

 

Former Gael Cole Outrighted

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Tuesday

The Blue Jays have outrighted four players, including former Bishop Gorman HS standout RHP Taylor Cole.

The four have cleared waivers after being taken off the 40-man roster.

Cole, 28, saw limited action this past year, missing most of the minor league season with an injury before going on a 12 2/3-inning scoreless streak and earning a late look in the majors. He was hit hard in his lone MLB appearance and suffered a fractured toe after one inning, which cut short his chances of further auditioning.

The other three outrighted by the Blue Jays -- catcher Rafael Lopez and RHPs Leonel Campos and Luis Santos. Toronto also claimed RHP Taylor Guerrieri off waivers from Tampa Bay. Guerrieri was a first round pick in 2011 (24th overall.)

REMOVED FROM DL -- Former Las Vegas HS and UNLV right-hander Erick Fedde has been removed from the 60-day disabled list by the Nationals. Fedde had a right forearm flexor strain. He was a first round selection by Washington in 2014 . . . Ex-Western Nevada JC right-hander Dylan Baker has been taken off the 60-day DL by Cleveland. Baker was bothered by a right shoulder strain. Baker was a fifth round pick in 2012 by the Indians.

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Colleges . . .
 
SIGNING PERIOD -- The early seven-day signing period for national letters of intent begins Wednesday for high school and junior college players (2019 season.) 
 
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​WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
Junior Colleges
 
​Columbia Basin (Pasco, WA):
Matthew Ferreira, 1B/P, Fr., Spring Creek HS
​Matthew Shanks, IF, Fr., Spring Creek HS
 
 
 
Second Guessing Part of the Game
 
Originally posted: 4:45p.m., Thursday
 
Like all true baseball fans, I'm a second-guesser. With that said . . .
 
. . . Why did the Dodgers start Darvish, who was again ineffective, to say the least?
 
. . . Why didn't they start Kershaw who pitched like a seventh game World Series pitcher should?
 
. . . Why didn't the Dodgers walk Springer in the second inning, rather than pitch to him and let Darvish give up a two-run homer?
 
. . . Why did the Dodgers bring in Morrow and let him pitch to just one batter (three pitches, K)? Why not let Darvish finish the second, pinch-hit for him and give Morrow a clean inning and maybe more? (As it turned out, it wouldn't have made a difference.)
 
. . . Why did the Dodgers not pinch hit for Bellinger who looked like the rookie he is, striking out most of the time?
 
. . . Why didn't Darvish throw high and tight to Gurriel, just to let him know that he's a clown?
 
. . . Why did the Dodger hitters not come through in the clutch in the early innings when they had all those runners on base?
 
. . . Why did Seager swing and miss at all those low and inside pitches?
 
. . . You see what I mean about second-guessing. You go with your best and hopefully they'll come through. The Dodgers didn't in that final game and the Astros did.
 
. . . And thus the final question: Why did the Astros win? Because they were the better team . . . but not by much.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-2
 
Young Harris College (Young Harris, GA):
Matt Rogers, LHP, Jr. Palo Verde HS (transfer from Taft JC via St. Mary's Col.)
 
NAIA
 
San Diego Christian
Jake Hubel, RHP, Fr., Boulder City HS
Rodric Williams, RHP, Fr., Sunrise Mountain HS
 
Junior Colleges:
 
Feather River (Quincy, CA):
Grant Goff, RHP/IF, RS Soph, Damonte Ranch HS
 
Shasta (Redding, CA):
Anthony Becerra, LHP, Soph., Rancho HS
 
Solano (Fairfield, CA):
Teddy Natter, LHP, Soph., Damonte Ranch HS
 
Taft, CA:
Kavian Kelaloha, RHP/3B, Soph., Rancho HS
 
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PAPO PASSES -- Another truly good guy, Ted (Papo) Concepcion, passed away this week.
 
Papo coached a lot of youth teams in Las Vegas and was an assistant at Cimarron-Memorial and Bishop Gorman, when the Gaels won their first state championship in school history (2006).
 
A native of Puerto Rico, Papo was a member of the New York Baseball Umpires Association after moving to the states. He was very active in the Las Vegas community, umpiring Little League and high school games. And he was once the sports director for the Boys and Girls club in Las Vegas.
 
There will be a noon mass Friday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the UNLV campus
 
Rest in peace Papo. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
. . .
 
. . . Minute Maid Park is a launching pad. Of course it doesn't help with the balls being as juiced as they are.
 
. . . If the Astros and Dodgers have to go to their pens early again, the nightly Home Run Derby will begin, he said poetically.
 
. . . In retrospect, the weather will be a lot cooler in La La Land than it was a week ago, so it figures the dingers won't be as prevalent.
 
. . . One person's take on the World Serious: "it reminds me of a softball game."
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. . . Note to Dodgers: Don't pitch to Altuve.
 
. . . With both teams' relievers running on fumes, the starters (Hill, Verlander) need to go deep tonight, to say the least.

. . . I'm not saying who, but some MLB players are as dumb as wood . . . if you get my drift.
 
. . . I'm picking the Dodgers to win in five. Did I really say that? I meant seven?
 
. . . I've covered a few World Series games and never seen this much emotion. Maybe the players are as juiced as the balls.
 
​. . . Talk about highs and lows. This Series has seen it all. The players have to be drained. I know the fans are.
 
. . . The winning team figures to get around $375,000 per player, if not more, I've read. The victor 100 years ago (1917, White Sox) was awarded $3,369.32 per player and 50 years hence (1967, Cardinals) it was $8,314.81. The times they are a-'changin'.
 
​. . . Last year's World Series pot was $76 million with 36% ($27.6 mil) going to the Cubs. The Indians took home 24% of the money ($18.4 million). The other eight playoff teams split the remaining 40%. The Cubs had 66 full shares ($368,871.59 per player.) That's a lot of moola.
 
​. . . Former Dodger great Don Drysdale once said, "When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw up your taxes." (I'll gladly let it screw up my taxes.)
 
​. . . Yeah, but what about those rookies who "only" get $535,000 per season?
 
. . . Next year, the minimum will be bumped to $555,000. I could live on that, even with clubhouse dues.
 
​. . . George W. Bush threw out the first ball Sunday night, but stepped on the line heading to the mound. Shame, shame 43.
 
. . . How's this for a climactic finish: Game 7, Dodgers trailing by a run, ninth inning, bases loaded, two outs, 3-and-2 count on the hitter. Ya never know . . .
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
CATTLE CALL -- Erskine College, a tiny NCAA D-2 school located in Due West, SC, has listed a roster of 82 players (that's right, 82). Due West is due west of Columbia, SC (if you know where that is) and due east of Georgia. Due West has a population of about 1,300 and Erskine has an enrollment of 575. The townfolk think that Due West got its name from pioneers heading west.
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-2:
 
Hawai'i-Hilo:
Marcus Calamese, OF, Jr., Cimarron-Memorial HS
 
Junior Colleges:
 
Arizona Western (Yuma):
Cassius Shy, LHP, Fr., Rancho HS
 
Chandler-Gilbert, AZ:
Chandler Rogers, RHP, Fr., Centennial HS
 
Eastern Arizona (Thatcher):
Angel Walker, OF, Fr., Rancho HS
 
 
 
Some World Serious Chatter . . .

Originally posted: 8:30 a.m., Friday
 
-- If you haven't been watching the World Serious, you're in the minority.
 
-- If you haven't been watching the World Serious, what's wrong with you?
 
-- I predicted the Dodgers in five, figuring they would win the first two, but that prognosis may be in jeopardy. LA needs Darvish (tonight) and/or Kershaw (Sunday) to bring it back to La La Land.
 
-- The players' emotions are unbelievable. In the "old days", one would seldom see this type of elation until after the Fall Classic. But it's wonderful. I'm not sure about licking a bat or throwing a glove though . . .
 
-- The last time I was at Dodger Stadium was about four years ago and four of us sat in the front row behind home plate near the visiting dugout. The seats went for about $800 each (per game). That was a regular season game, so one would figure they're at least double the price for the Fall Classic. And no, I didn't shell out 800 bucks . . . the seats belonged to Jeff Malm's agent.
 
-- My son Chris played with Astros manager A.J. Hinch in the Oakland organization at triple-A Vancouver. Hinch, a Stanford product, was a catcher.
 
-- The Dodgers have five players who prepped at California schools -- Justin Turner (Mayfair, Lakewood), Chase Utley (Long Beach Poly), Austin Barnes (Riverside Poly), Joc Peterson (Palo Alto) and Brandon McCarthy (Rancho Cotate, Rohnert Park). The Astros' two Californians are Chris Devenski (Gahr, Cerritos) and Joe Musgrove (Grossmont, El Cajon).
 
-- Where will you be at 5 o'clock tonight?
 
*****
 
High Schools . . .
 
The annual pre-season Border Battle is three months away, but Tom Pletsch has already put the schedule together. The event matches California schools against those from Las Vegas. A total of 31 high schools will participate, 16 from Vegas. Here's the sked, which I'll repeat when the tourney draws near:
 
Friday, Jan. 26:
 
5 p.m. -- Bishop Gorman vs. Rancho at Heritage Park; Durango at Faith Lutheran
 
7 p.m. -- Northview at Basic; South Hills at Centennial
 
7:30 p.m. -- Bishop Gorman vs. Montgomery at Heritage Park; West Ranch at Faith Lutheran
 
Saturday, Jan. 27:
 
10 a.m. -- Harvard-Westlake at Basic; Alemany at Bishop Gorman; Dana Hills at Centennial; Palm Desert at Cimarron-Memorial; Valencia at Coronado; Mater Dei at Desert Oasis; King at Durango; Montgomery at Faith Lutheran; Foothill (Tustin) at Green Valley; Rancho Cucamonga at Legacy; South Hills at Liberty; St. Francis at Palo Verde; West Ranch at Rancho; Northview at Shadow Ridge; Birmingham at Sierra Vista
 
1 p.m. -- Foothill (Tustin) at Basic; Mater Dei at Bishop Gorman; St. Francis at Centennial; Montgomery at Cimarron-Memorial; Birmingham at Coronado; Alemany at Desert Oasis; South Hills at Durango; Palm Desert at Faith Lutheran; West Ranch at Green Valley; Northview at Legacy; King at Liberty; Dana Hills at Palo Verde; Harvard-Westlake at Rancho; Rancho Cucamonga at Shadow Ridge; Valencia at Sierra Vista
 
Sunday, Jan. 28:
  
9 a.m. -- St. Francis at Basic; Palm Desert at Centennial; Harvard-Westlake at Cimarron-Memorial; Foothill at Coronado; Rancho Cucamonga at Desert Oasis; Montgomery at Durango; Valencia at Green Valley; King at Las Vegas; Birmingham at Legacy; Dana Hills at Liberty; West Ranch at Palo Verde; Mater Dei at Rancho; Alemany at Shadow Ridge; South Hills at Sierra Vista
 
Noon -- Mater Dei at Basic; Alemany at Cimarron-Memorial; Dana Hills at Coronado; Harvard-Westlake at Desert Oasis; King at Green Valley; St. Francis at Las Vegas; Palm Desert at Legacy; Foothill at Liberty; Northview at Palo Verde; Valencia at Rancho; Birmingham at Shadow Ridge; Rancho Cucamonga at Sierra Vista
 
NOTES -- All the schools will play four games, with the exception of Basic, Rancho at South Hills, which will have five. Las Vegas will play two . . . Gorman and Faith Lutheran will not play Sunday . . . St. Francis is from Northern California, Montgomery from San Diego.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-2
 
Central Washington (Ellsbury):
Jacob Applebach, OF, Soph., Damonte Ranch HS
 
NAIA
 
Benedictine U. (Mesa, AZ):
Nick Restifo, RHP, Fr., Cimarron-Memorial
 
NOTE -- Restifo is part of a 73-man roster (yes, 73) listed by Benedictine. The school plays in the Cal-Pac Conference, which also includes Antelope Valley, La Sierra (Riverside), Marymount, Providence Christian (Pasadena) and Simpson (Redding).
 
 
American Legion baseball has announced a number of changes for the 2018 season, ie:
 
-- Seven Innings -- State tournaments, regional play and the World Series will be seven innings in length, rather than the previous nine. In the past, most states have played seven-inning games, then have moved to nine for playoffs.
 
-- Pitch counts -- Pitchers will have a daily maximum of 105 pitches, down from 120. Required rest will be, as follows: 1-30 pitches, 0 days; 31-45 pitches, 1 day; 46-60 pitches, 2 days; 61-80 pitches, 3 days; 81+ pitches, four days. NOTE: Pitchers may only make two appearances in any three consecutive days. Players will be charged with two appearances if they leave the pitching position and return as a pitcher in the same game.
 
-- Courtesy runner, re-entry -- In regular season only, states may have the option to allow for courtesy runners (for pitchers and catchers) and re-entry. Players can be substituted with re-entry in the same slot in the batting order.
 
-- Graduate rule -- Language has been removed from the rule book that required 19-year-olds to be former Legion players.
 
-- Regional bids -- Bids to host regional tournaments can now be one or two years. In the past, most bids were required to be two years.
 
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Rams On the Move . . .
 
RANCHO COMMITS -- Four Rancho HS seniors have orally committed to colleges. Third baseman Edarian Williams has verballed to UNLV and outfielders Anthony Guzman and Joey Walls have committed to CSN, along with RHP Jimmy Gamboa.
 
*****
 
Where They're Playing . . .
 
D-1
 
​Hofstra (Hampstead, NY):
​Daniel Page, IF, Jr., Damonte Ranch HS (transfer from College of San Mateo JC, CA)
 
​NAIA
 
​Culver-Stockton U. (Canton, MO):
​Jonny Damon, IF, Jr., Damonte Ranch HS (transfer from Ohlone JC, CA)
 
Junior Colleges
 
Clackamas (Oregon City, OR):
​Tyler Oscarson, IF/RHP, Soph., Damonte Ranch HS (transfer from Mesa JC, AZ)
 
​Glendale, CA:
Jerald Murray, RHP, Fr., Silverado HS
 
Pima (Tucson, AZ):
​Miguel Elicerio, C, Fr., Rancho HS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I wanted to say four, but that's really going out on a limb, as is five.
 
The Dodgers have too much pitching, especially from the pen.
 
It isn't like "the old days" where it was common to see pitchers go the distance. Now pitching staffs are built from the "back-in", basically meaning if a starter goes five it's a bonus.
 
The last time the Dodgers were in a series (1988), the MVP was RHP Orel Hershiser, who threw nine innings in each of the second and fifth games (on three days rest) as LA topped the Athletics.
 
As Hershirser says, "I think (pitchers) are still capable (of going deep into games.) I don't think it's what they are able to do. I think it's what they are allowed to do." 
 
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High Schools . . .
 
Pre-season tournaments are right around the corner, if you call January the corner.
 
First up is the annual West Coast Showdown Jan. 20-21 in Southern California, featuring 10 schools from Las Vegas and 10 from SoCal. The sked, which I'll repeat when the event draws closer:
 
Saturday, Jan. 20:
 
10 a.m. -- Bishop Gorman at Valencia, Centennial at Agoura, Coronado at Calabasas, Desert Oasis at West Ranch, Durango at Crespi, Green Valley at Alemany, Liberty at Saugus, Shadow Ridge at Westlake
 
2 p.m. -- Bishop Gorman at West Ranch, Centennial at Westlake, Coronado at Crespi, Desert Oasis at Valencia, Durango at Calabasas, Green Valley at Saugus, Liberty at Alemany, Shadow Ridge at Agoura
 
3 p.m. -- Basic at Birmingham, Rancho at Notre Dame
 
6 p.m. -- Basic at Notre Dame, Rancho at Birmingham
 
Sunday, Jan. 21:
 
9 a.m. -- Basic at Alemany, Bishop Gorman at Notre Dame, Centennial at Valencia, Coronado at Agoura, Desert Oasis at Birmingham, Durango at Westlake, Green Valley at Calabasas, Liberty at Crespi, Rancho at Saugus, Shadow Ridge at West Ranch
 
1 p.m. -- Basic at Saugus, Bishop Gorman at Birmingham, Centennial at West Ranch, Coronado at Westlake, Desert Oasis at Notre Dame, Durango at Agoura, Green Valley at Crespi, Liberty at Calabasas, Rancho at Alemany, Shadow Ridge at Valencia
 
NOTES -- The annual Border Battle, featuring over 30 teams, will be played the following week (Jan. 26-28) in Las Vegas. That schedule should be out soon.
 
*****
 
Junior Colleges . . .
 
BLAYLOCK COMMITS -- Isaiah Blaylock, a sophomore RHP at CSN, has verbally committed to the University of Houston for the 2018-19 academic year. Blaylock, a Shadow Ridge HS grad, was 9-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 72 1/3 innings as a freshman last season.
 
CSN COMMIT -- Josh Brown, a RHP at Faith Lutheran HS, has committed to CSN for the 2019 season.
 
 
 
 
 
NLV will launch the 2018 baseball season playing 16 of its first 18 games in the friendly confines of Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
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The Rebels, coming off a 20-36 season, host Indiana State, Oregon and Loyola-Marymount in consecutive days, Feb. 16-18 of a round-robin tournament, then after another date with Indiana State (Feb. 19), host Columbia for a quartet of contests before playing their first road game at UC Riverside.
 
Then, it's home again for a three-game Mountain West Conference series vs. Fresno State, one game with Cal State Bakersfield, a one-game trek to Cal State Northridge, then back to Vegas for three games with Iowa (March 9-11) and one with Utah.
 
In the rotating Mountain West schedule, UNLV will play Nevada-Reno, Air Force, Fresno and San Diego State six times, meeting New Mexico and San Jose State thrice. The New Mexico series is in Albuquerque with San Jose visiting the Rebels.
 
UNLV has a five-game trip in early April, meeting Grand Canyon (Phoenix) for two April 3-4 and three at West Virginia (Morgantown), April 6-8.
 
Other non-conference games include one at Arizona State (March 20), a singleton at Utah (March 27) and two at home vs. cupcake Portland (April 17-18).
 
San Diego State, Iowa and West Virginia earned trips to the NCAA playoffs last season, none reaching a super-regional.
 
NOTES:
 
Non-conference opponents' records from last season -- Indiana State (29-26), Oregon (30-25), LMU (38-18), Columbia (18-23), UC Riverside (22-32), Iowa (39-22), Cal State Northridge (26-29), Portland (10-41-1), Arizona State (23-32), West Virginia (33-22), Grand Canyon (29-26) and Utah (27-24).
 
Mountain West 2017 records: New Mexico (30-27-1, 19-9-1); San Diego State (42-21, 20-10); Fresno State (35-25, 18-12); Nevada-Reno (19-36, 13-16); Air Force (27-26, 12-17); San Jose State (19-35-1, 10-18-1); UNLV (20-36, 10-20)
 
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Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-1
 
San Diego State:
Joe Fitzhugh, C, Fr., Arbor View HS
Nick Israel, IF, Fr., Bishop Gorman HS
 
 
 
Some Random Thoughts . . .

Originally posted: 9 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18
 
In no particular order . . .
 
-- Are the Dodgers unbeatable? It sure looks like it at this juncture.
 
-- The Astros are still my choice for the AL pennant, even if they lose today (Wednesday).
 
-- A MLB baseball has a life expectancy of 2 1/2 pitches, I've heard.
 
-- Most college coaches fall in love with their radar guns. The kid that throws mid-80s with movement and control is often overlooked.
 
-- Justin Turner, the Dodgers' third baseman, fielded a ball on the outfield grass Tuesday night stationed between first and second and threw a Cubbie out. It was recorded 5-3. Shouldn't it be 4-3?
 
-- The times they are a-changin . . . If someone did a bat flip on me in "the old days" he would be drilled the next plate AB. Don Drysdale is rolling around in his grave at the thought of a bat flip.
 
-- I've got a terrible sweet tooth.
 
-- 11 to 12 dozen baseballs are used each MLB game. And to think that when I was in high school, we sometimes had to wait for a foul ball to be retrieved before restarting the game.
 
-- The National League should go to the DH. Pitchers can't hit and most of them can't bunt. Sure, there's more stategy, but who cares. Most fans would prefer to see hitting duals, rather than a bunch of double switches.
 
-- I worked part-time in high school at Woolworth's in downtown San Luis Obispo and was paid 75 cents a hour. When I started college (Cerritos JC) I applied for a job at Woolworth's in Norwalk and the starting hourly rate was $1.25.
 
-- It has not been a good year. I've lost three close friends, all of whom were in my wedding party nearly 48 years ago. The latest was Dave Reid, who passed away Saturday. Dave worked in the PR department at the LA Times for decades, then after retiring joined the staff at Cal State Fullerton. He was a big Titans baseball fan and a good guy, to say the least. Rest in peace, my friend.
 
-- I had some stent work done a couple of weeks ago. Wasn't feeling well, had pain in my arms and chest and called Doc Wasley. After a few days he performed an angiogram (dye) and found 90 percent blockage in a stent. He blew up the balloon and removed the blockage so I'm feeling much better. Had an 18-hour drip to remove some plaque. Was on my back for 30 hours in the hospital with no movement of my right leg (where the catheter was placed near my groin.) Just a wonderful experience that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, if I had one.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
NAIA
 
Mayville State (Mayville, ND):
Osvaldo Escobar, RHP, Jr., Cimarron-Memorial HS (transfer from Barstow JC)
 
Midland U. (Fremont, NE):
Dominic Paratore, OF, Jr., Desert Oasis HS (transfer from McCook JC, NE)
 
​Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS):
Tayton Clabaugh, OF, Soph., Reed HS
​Brett Haney, RHP, Sr., Green Valley HS (transfer from Taft JC)
 
Northwest AC (JC)
 
Treasure Valley (Ontario, OR):
​Edgar Barbarin, OF, Soph., Canyon Springs HS
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Pilgrimmage to Las Vegas Pays Off
 
Originally posted: 9:30 a.m., Friday
 
Each year, Dominican University head coach Steve Hardman makes a trip or two to Las Vegas to recruit players.

And each year he comes back to the Lake Forest, IL campus with usually four or five oral commitments.
 
This season is typical of Hardman's recruiting prowess.
 
He has four incoming players from Las Vegas, giving him 10 (yes, 10) on the 2018 roster. (NOTE: The 10 are from 10 different high schools.)
 
The Vegas 10 (in alphabetical order):
 
Hayden Cochran, LHP, Fr., Coronado
Tyler Foreman, RHP, Fr., Del Sol
Kanoa Ikeda-Flynn, LHP, Soph., Faith Lutheran
Colin Janison, RHP/OF/IF, Sr., Palo Verde
Noah Loeffler, RHP/2B, Soph., Cimarron-Memorial
Austin Michals, RHP/1B, Soph., Legacy
Justin Rasavage, OF, Soph, Sierra Vista
Nick Roeper, OF, Fr., Arbor View
Frankie Sessa, 1B/C, Soph., Centennial
Anthony Spor-Orellana, RHP, Fr., Shadow Ridge
 
NOTES -- Dominican, a D-3 school with an enrollment of nearly 1,800 students, is located about 30 miles south/southeast of Chicago . . . Two former Las Vegas players -- LHP Colton Malich (Legacy) and Royce Salay (Foothill) played their senior seasons in 2017 for Dominican . . . Hardman is a native of the Midwest, playing and graduating from D-1 Northern Illinois . . . Dominican was 19-23 last season . . . Besides the 10 from Vegas, the 34-man 2018 roster includes 22 from Illinois and two from Wisconsin.
 
 
 
 
Colleges:
 
Where They're Playing in 2018
 
Originally posted: 7 a.m., Saturday
 
NAIA
 
Mayville State (Mayville, ND):
Osvaldo Escobar, RHP, Jr., Cimarron-Memorial HS (transfer from Barstow JC)
 
Midland U. (Fremont, NE):
Dominic Paratore, OF, Jr., Desert Oasis HS (transfer from McCook JC, NE)
 
​Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS):
Tayton Clabaugh, OF, Soph., Reed HS
​Brett Haney, RHP, Sr., Green Valley HS (transfer from Taft JC)
 
Northwest AC (JC)
 
Treasure Valley (Ontario, OR):
​Edgar Barbarin, OF, Soph., Canyon Springs HS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seventh and last in a series
 
Following are final minor league and MLB statistics for Nevadans in 2017. Independent and foreign stats are not included. In alphabetical order, by high school:
 
Sierra Vista:
 
Chris Carter, 1B (Drafted in 15th round, 2005, Chicago White Sox from Sierra Vista); now with Oakland
NY Yankees (MLB) -- .201, 62 g, 184 ab, 20 r, 37 h, 8 hr, 1 3b, 5 2b, 26 rbi
Nashville (AAA, PCL, A's) -- .252, 36 g, 131 ab, 21 r, 33 h, 9 hr, 1 3b, 5 2b, 22 rbi
 
Jake Hager, 2B (Drafted in 1st round (32nd overall), 2011, Tampa Bay from Sierra Vista)
Durham (AAA, IL) -- .229, 271 ab, 29 r, 62 h, 4 hr, 3 3b, 9 2b, 26 rbi
 
Nick Kingham, RHP (Drafted in 4th round, 2010, Pittsburgh from Sierra Vista)
Bradenton (A, Florida State) -- 1-0, 0.00 era, 1 g (start), 5 ip, 1 h
Indianapolis (AAA, IL) -- 9-6, 4.13 era, 20 g (19 starts), 1 cg, 113 1/3 ip, 93 k, 29 w
 
Trivia -- Hager signed for $963,000 with the Rays. He sat out all of the 2015 season after knee surgeries . . . Carter, the first player drafted out of Sierra Vista (2005) has played in the bigs for the A's, Astros, Brewers and Yankees . . . Nine players have been been drafted from Vista over the years . . . Kingham probably will be the next one to the bigs. He's on the Pittsburgh 40-man roster and probably should have been up this year. His brother Nolan (junior, U. of Texas), also an RHP, should be a high draft pick next June.
 
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Silverado:
 
Chase Bradford, RHP (Drafted in 35th round, 2011, NY Mets from Central Florida U.)
Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) -- 1-1, 4.04 era, 33 g (all relief), 11 saves, 35 2/3 ip, 28 k, 7 w
New York Mets (MLB) -- 2-0, 3.74 era, 28 g (all relief), 33 2/3 ip, 27 k, 13 w
 
Mike Meyers, OF (Drafted in 12th round, 2012, Boston from Silverado)
Salem (A, Carolina) -- .255, 86 g, 314 ab, 37 r, 80 h, 2 hr, 2 3b, 13 2b, 29 rbi, 8-for-12 sb
Portland (AA, Eastern) -- .083, 3 g, 12 ab
 
Drew Robinson, Utility (Drafted in 4th round, 2010, Texas from Silverado)
Round Rock (AAA, PCL) -- .268, 66 g, 265 ab, 48 r, 71 h, 11 hr, 4 3b, 19 2b, 40 rbi, 7-for-11 sb
Texas (MLB) -- .224, 48 g, 107 ab, 11 r, 24 h, 6 hr, 5 2b, 13 rbi
 
Trivia -- 18 players have been drafted out of Silverado with both Bradford and Robinson the first to make the bigs this year -- Robinson on the opening day roster for the Rangers . . . Robinson (fourth round) is the highest draft pick . . . The first draftee was catcher Tommy Rojas, a 30th rounder in 2000 by the Yankees. He played seven years in the New York organization, reaching triple-A in 2005 for one game. He played indy ball his last two seasons (2006-07).
 
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Spanish Springs:
 
Jake Bray, RHP (Drafted in 12th round, 2013, Baltimore from Feather River JC)
Delmarva (A, South Atlantic) -- 2-5, 3.88 era, 43 g (all relief), 18 saves, 51 ip, 82 k, 14 w
 
Trivia -- Four players have been drafted from Spanish Springs, none reaching the bigs . . . Kyle Smit, a RHP, was the first (2006). He was signed by the Dodgers after being picked in the fifth round. He played six pro seasons, getting to triple-A for six games in his last year (2011).
 
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Spring Valley:
 
Tyler Anderson, LHP (Drafted in 1st round (20th overall), 2011, Colorado from U. of Oregon)
Albuquerque (AAA, PCL, rehab) -- 0-2, 4.38 era, 4 g (2 starts), 12 1/3 ip, 13 k, 4 w
Colorado (MLB) -- 6-6, 4.81 era, 17 g (15 starts), 86 ip, 81 k, 26 w
 
Aaron Blair, RHP (Drafted in 1st round (36th overall, sandwich), 2013, Arizona from Marshall U.); now with Atlanta
Gwinnett (AAA, IL) -- 7-9, 5.02 era, 25 g (all starts), 127 1/3 ip, 104 k, 56 w
Atlanta (MLB) -- 0-1, 15.00 era, 1 g (start), 3 ip, 3 k, 5 w
 
Trivia -- Anderson was paid $1,400,000 by the Rockies as a signing bonus in 2011. He was a 50th round pick of the Twins in 2008 out of Spring Valley, but obviously did not sign . . . Blair, a compensation selection after the first round in 2013 by Arizona, inked for $1,435,000. Blair was drafted in the 21st round by Houston in 2010, passing up an offer of around $225,000 . . . Spring Valley has had four players drafted in its history, the others being Jose Barajas, a 26th rounder in 2008 (Baltimore) out of Western Nevada JC and RHP Kenny McDowall, an 8th rounder in 2010 by the Mets out of CSN . . . Barajas played in rookie ball and high A in 2008 and low A in 2009-10. He sat out two seasons, then pitched in the Mexican League in 2011-12 . . . McDowall played a year in rookie ball, then was released. He pitched in indy leagues in 2012-15.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-1
 
Cal State Bakersfield:
​Ben Cutting, LHP, Jr., Arbor View HS (transfer from CSN)
 
Houston Baptist:
Daniel Endsley, RHP, RS Jr., Spring Valley HS (transfer from Saddleback JC via Hawai'i Pacific)
 
Pepperdine (Malibu, CA):
Cory Wills, OF/LHP, Jr., Basic HS (transfer from Yavapai JC, AZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christian Stolo, LHP (Free agent sign by Dodgers, 2016) From Nevada-Reno
Great Lakes (A, Midwest) -- 3-2, 4.31 era, 22 games (1 start), 1 save, 39 2/3 ip, 39 k, 14 w
Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) -- 3-2, 5.35 era, 11 g (5 starts), 38 2/3 ip, 30 k, 17
 
Trivia -- Five players have been drafted from McQueen over the years with one -- outfielder Chris Aguila -- making the big leagues. Aguila, a third round pick of the Florida Marlins in 1997, got to the bigs in 2004. He was up and down from triple-A during the 2004-06 seasons and again in 2008 with the Mets. He retired after the 2012 season . . . The first draftee from McQueen was LHP Jason Rogers (1994) who was selected in the fourth round by the Orioles out of Nevada-Reno. Rogers got to triple-A in 1999 for nine games. He was also drafted in the 62nd round (1991) by Texas after his senior year at McQueen.
 
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Palo Verde:
 
Brandon Kintzler (Drafted in 40th round by San Diego, 2004 from Dixie State)
Minnesota (MLB) -- 2-2, 2.78 era, 45 g (all relief), 28 saves, 45 1/3 ip, 27 k, 11 w
Washington (MLB) -- 2-1, 3.46 era, 27 g (all relief), 1 save, 26 ip, 12 k, 5 w
 
Trivia -- Kintzler, the only Palo Verde grad to be drafted, was paid $2,925,000 this past season. He is a free agent after the playoffs.
 
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Reed:
 
Spencer Jones, RHP (Drafted in 10th round by Tampa Bay, 2016 from U. of Washington)
Bowling Green (A, Midwest) -- 0-3, 2.72 era, 18 g (all relief), 4 saves, 36 1/3 ip, 44 k, 13 w
Charlotte (A, Florida State) -- 2-1, 1.71 era, 18 g (all relief), 1 save, 31 2/3 ip, 30 k, 8 w
 
Jake McGee, LHP (Drafted in fourth round by Tampa Bay, 2004 from Reed)
Colorado (MLB) -- 0-2, 3.61 era, 62 g (all relief), 3 saves, 57 1/3 ip, 58 k, 16 w
 
Trivia -- McGee was paid $5,900,000 this past season. He is a free agent . . . Eight players who attended Reed have been drafted with only McGee making the bigs . . . Pat Flury, a RHP, was the first player from Reed drafted (1991) in the 62nd round by the Rangers. He did not sign, electing to play at year at UNLV and a season at College of Southern Idaho where he was picked by the Royals in the seventh round. Flury played 13 years, eight in triple-A. He pitched in 547 minor league games -- all in relief . . . Another Reed product, RHP Joe Bales, was also drafted in 1993 out of high school by the White Sox (third round). He played four years of organized ball, reaching low A. He was done at the age of 22.
 
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Reno:
 
Garrett Hampson, SS (Drafted in third round by Colorado, 2016 from Long Beach State)
Lancaster (A, Cal) -- .326, 127 g, 533 ab, 113 r, 174 h, 8 hr, 12 3b, 24 2b, 70 rbi, 51-of-65 sb
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Trivia -- Hampson, who had an excellent year in high A this past season, signed for $750,000. He was also drafted in the 26th round out of Reno in 1993 by Washington, but elected to play at LB State. It was a good choice . . . The first player drafted from Reno was current UCLA head coach John Savage, picked in the sixth round by the Yankees in 1983. He did not sign, preferring to play at Santa Clara U. Savage, a RHP, was then drafted in 1986 (16th round) by the Reds. He pitched in three pro seasons, reaching high A (Reno) and compiling a 7-21 record . . . The only Reno grad to make the bigs was RHP Shawn Boskie, who was drafted in the first round (10th overall) in 1986 by the Cubs out of Modesto JC. Boskie pitched for seven major league clubs -- Cubs, Blue Jays, Phillies, Mariners, Angels, Orioles and Expos. He had a 49-63 MLB record.
 
*****
 
Winter Leagues . . .
 
WHO'S PLAYING WHERE:
 
Arizona Fall League
 
Glendale Desert Dogs -- DJ Peters (Western Nevada), OF
Scottsdale Scorpions -- Tim Peterson (Western Nevada), RHP
Surprise Saqueros -- Spencer Jones (Reed HS, WNC, Washington), RHP
 
Mexican League
 
Jalisco -- Brock Stassi (Nevada-Reno), UNR
 
 
 
 
The following is a forecast of the division playoff series and if you think I'm an expert at picking winners, you haven't been following this column very well over the years. With that said, here are some opinions:
 
True or False?: The Dodgers will sweep the D-Backs. False. Arizona is a tough opponent for LA and it would not surprise me if the D-Backs won the series.
 
True of False?: The Cubs are just too good for the Nationals. False. I like Washington to win the series, probably because of Harper.
 
True or False?: Houston will continue to mash Red Sox pitching. True. Altuve and Co. are headed for a classic showdown with Cleveland.
 
True or False?: Cleveland will sweep the Yankees. True. The Indians have it all, especially Kluber.
 
True or False?: It'll be the Dodgers vs. the Indians in the World Series. True (IF, LA can get by the D-Backs).
 
You heard it here first folks, but don't go to the bank with it.
 
 
 
Foothill, Galena, Green Valley, Las Vegas
 
  2017 Pro Stats for Nevadans

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Thursday
 
Fifth in a series
 
Following are final minor league and MLB statistics for Nevadans in 2017. Independent and foreign stats are not included. In alphabetical order, by high school:
 
Foothill:
 
Bligh Madris, OF (Drafted in the ninth round by Pittsburgh, 2017 from Colorado Mesa U.)
West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn) -- .270, 56 g, 226 ab, 36 r, 66 h, 5 hr, 4 3b, 13 2b, 31 rbi
 
Trivia -- Four players have been drafted out of Foothill and Madris is the highest (ninth round) selected. The first was Doug Low, a catcher picked in the 41st round by the Cubs in 2003. He did not sign . . . Madris is the first Foothill player drafted in 10 years.
 
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Galena:
 
Drew Anderson, RHP (Drafted 21st round by Philadelphia, 2012 from Galena)
Reading (AA, Eastern) -- 9-4, 3.59 era, 21 g (all starts), 107 2/3 ip, 86 k, 40 w
Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL) -- 0-0, 1.36 era, 1 g (start), 6 2/3 ip, 7 k, 2 w
Philadelphia (MLB) -- 0-0, 23.14 era, 2 g (relief), 2 1/3 ip, 2 k, 1 w
 
Trivia -- Anderson jumped from double-A to the big club this season, pitching in a pair of games. Anderson is the second Galena player to get to the bigs, the first being catcher Steve Lerud, who played a total of nine games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons for the Phillies. Lerud, a third round pick of the Pirates in 2003, last played pro ball in 2016 . . . Galena has had 11 players drafted, the first being RHP Henry Bonilla, an eighth round pick of the Twins out of Tulane U. in 2000. He reached triple-A for five seasons and has been a pitching coach in the Minnesota system the last five years, this past season at Fort Myers (A, Florida State). Bonilla was born in El Salvador, but grew up in Reno.
 
Green Valley:

Evan Van Hoosier, 2B (Drafted in the 8th round by Texas, 2013 from CSN)
Down East (A, Carolina) -- .230, 29 g,  A100 ab, 14 r, 23 h, 2 hr, 1 3b, 3 2b, 1 rbi, 5-for-5 sb
 
Trivia -- Green Valley has had 40 players drafted since 1993 and just two have made the show -- outfielders Chad Hermanson and Dave Krynzel. Hermanson, a first round pick by Pittsburgh in 1995, had a 11-year pro career, playing in the bigs with the Pirates, Cubs, Dodgers and Blue Jays . . . Krynsel was a first rounder in 2000, drafted by the Brewers. He got to the big leagues in 2004-05, playing 21 games for Milwaukee . . . GV has had some high draft picks that fell short of the show, including first round RHP Mike Nannini (1998, Houston) and second round picks Taylor Myers (RHP, Kansas City, 1996) and Jake Dittler (RHP, Cleveland, 2001). Myers played three years, reaching A ball, Dittler had an 11-year pro career, getting to triple-A for two seasons and playing indy ball the last four . . . Nannini had a 10-year career in organized ball, then played on an indy team in 2008. He also made a comeback of sorts, playing for an indy club in 2014 and 2015, retiring at the age of 34 . . . The first Green Valley draftee was RHP Matthew Gondini, a 49th pick of Minnesota in 1993. He did not sign.
 
 
Las Vegas:
 
Erick Fedde, RHP (Drafted in 1st round by Washington, 2014 from UNLV)
Harrisburg (AA, Eastern) -- 3-3, 3.04 era, 17 g, 7 starts, 56 1/3 ip, 54 k, 18 w
Syracuse (AAA, IL) -- 1-2, 4.76 era, 12 g, 6 starts, 34 ip, 25 k, 5 w
Washington (MLB) -- 0-1, 9.39 era, 3 g (all starts), 15 1/3 ip, 15 k, 8 w
 
Bryce Harper, OF (Drafted first overall by Washington, 2010 from CSN)
Washington (MLB) -- .319, 111 g, 420 ab, 95 r, 134 h, 29 hr, 1 3b, 27 2b, 87 rbi
 
Sean Kazmar, SS (Drafted in 5th round by San Diego, 2004 from CSN)
Gwinnett (AAA, IL) -- .284, 99 g, 363 ab, 41 r, 103 h, 11 hr, 15 2b, 45 rbi
 
Trivia -- Of the 16 players drafted out of LVHS, only Kazmar, Harper and Fedde have made the bigs . . . The first player selected was outfielder James Johnson, who was picked in the initial draft (1965) by the Dodgers in the eighth round. He did not sign . . . Bryan Harper, Bryce's older brother, was drafted three times, the last by the Nationals in 2011 (30th round, U. of South Carolina). An LHP, he was previously picked by Washington (2008, 30th round, LVHS) and by the Cubs (27th round, 2010, CSN). Bryan, who has reached triple-A, sat out this past year after Tommy John surgery . . . Kazmar got to the big leagues in 2008 for a brief stay (19 games) with the Padres. He has spent the last nine seasons in triple-A, the past five at Gwinnett in the Braves' system.
 
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Transactions . . .
 
RELEASED -- RHP Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) has been released by the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez was a 27th round sign by Arizona in 2016 out of CSN. He was 0-0, 9.56 era in 12 games (16 ip) at Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) and 0-0, 2.77 in five games (13 ip) for the D-Backs (rookie, Arizona League) this past season.
 
 
Coronado, Damonte Ranch, Durango, Faith Lutheran
 
  2017 Pro Stats for Nevadans

Originally posted: 6:30 a.m., Sunday
 
Fourth in a series
 
Following are final minor league statistics for Nevadans in 2017, plus MLB stats to date as the regular season comes to a close. Independent and foreign stats are not included. In alphabetical order, by high school:
 
Coronado:
 
Tyler Brown, 2B -- (Drafted in 26th round by San Francisco, 2015 from CSN)
Arizona League Giants (rookie) -- .268, 15 g, 41 ab, 8 r, 11 h, 2 2b, 6 rbi
Sacramento (AAA, PCL) -- .000, 1 g, 1 ab
Augusta (A, South Atlantic) -- .208 16 g, 48 ab, 8 r, 10 h, 4 2b, 0 rbi
 
D.J. Myers, RHP -- (Drafted in 15th round by San Francisco, 2016 from UNLV)
Augusta (A, South Atlantic) -- 3-8, 4.37 era, 22 g (12 starts), 78 1/3 ip, 66 k, 22 w
 
Kenny Oakley, RHP -- Drafted in 31st round by Colorado, 2016 from UNLV)
Asheville (A, South Atlantic) -- 5-3, 3.86 era, 45 g (1 start), 1 save, 67 2/3 ip, 76 k, 17 w
 
Trivia -- Coronado has had four players drafted, the other being Ryan McIntyre, an oufielder who was picked in the 12th round of 2011 by Florida. McIntyre played five years, reaching high A.
 
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Damonte Ranch:
 
Justin Bridgman, 3B -- (Drafted in 28th round by Tampa Bay, 2017 from Nevada-Reno)
Princeton (rookie, Appalachian) -- .301, 42 g, 163 ab, 21 r, 49 h, 1 hr, 5 2b, 18 rbi, 11 of 13 sb
Hudson Valley (short season, NY-Penn) -- .286, 6 g, 21 ab, 2 r, 6 h, 1-for-1 sb
 
Nate Nolan, C -- (Drafted in 8th round by Chicago White Sox, 2016 from St. Mary's College, CA)
Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic) -- .053, 14 g, 38 ab, 2 r, 2 h, 1 rbi
Great Falls (rookie, Pioneer) -- .253, 42 g, 162 ab, 27 r, 41 h, 7 hr, 1 3b, 13 2b, 27 rbi
 
Trivia -- Nolan got off to a bad start at Kannapolis (.053) and was demoted to Great Falls (rookie, Pioneer) where he really came on strong at the end. In five playoff games, Nolan was 8-for-16 with five homers and 13 RBIs . . . Damonte Ranch has had three players drafted in its history, the first being LHP Joey Webb (Round 28, 2013, Menlo College, Nationals) who played Indy ball this past season.
 
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Durango:
 
Aaron Kurcz, RHP -- (Drafted in 10th round by Chicago Cubs, 2010 from CSN); now with Oakland
Nashville (AAA, PCL) -- 3-3, 7.24 era, 22 g (all relief), 27 1/3 ip, 28 k, 9 w
Midland (AA, Texas) -- 2-1, 3.09 era, 17 g, 23 1/3 ip, 11 k, 8 w
 
Tommy Pham, OF -- (Drafted in 16th round by St. Louis, 2006 from Durango)
Memphis (AAA, PCL) -- .283, 25 g, 92 ab, 17 r, 26 h, 4 hr, 8 2b, 19 rbi, 6-for-9 sb
St. Louis (MLB) -- .306, 127 g, 444 ab, 95 r, 136 h, 23 hr, 2 3b, 22 2b, 73 rbi, 25-of-32 sb
 
Danny Reynolds, RHP -- (Drafted in 6th round by LA Angels, 2009 from Durango); now with Atlanta
Mississippi (AA, Southern) -- 1-3, 3.26 era, 39, g (all relief), 3 saves, 58 ip, 52 k, 31 w
Gwinnett (AAA, IL) -- 0-0, 0.00 era, 2 g, 3 ip, 2 k, 1 w
 
Trivia -- Pham spent nine years in the minors before making his MLB debut in 2014. He has been on the DL six times in the minors and twice in the bigs . . . Pham and outfielder Ryan Ludwick are the only two ex-Durango players to make the bigs. Ludwick played in 12 MLB seasons with the Rangers, Indians, Cardinals, Padres, Pirates and Reds, retiring in 2014 . . . The first Durango player drafted was RHP Ryan Tack in 1995, a 26th round pick of the Marlins. He did not sign and also passed the following year when selected in the 29th round by the Yankees out of Saddleback JC.
 
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Faith Lutheran:
 
Erich Uelmen, RHP -- (Drafted in 4th round by Chicago Cubs, 2017 from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo)
Eugene (ss, Northwest) -- 0-2, 2.04 era,7 g, 17 2/3 ip, 23 k, 9 w
 
Zack Trageton, RHP --(Drafted in 6th round by Tampa Bay, 2016 from Faith Lutheran)
Princeton, (rookie, Appalachian) -- 0-4, 8.77 era, 11 g (3 starts), 25 2/3 ip, 28 k, 12 w
 
Trivia -- Uelmen, a fourth rounder, signed for $382,300 while Trageton, a sixth rounder, got $522,500 last year . . . Faith has had four players drafted over the years, the first being catcher Jeff Farnham in 2009, a 27th round pick of the Yankees out of New Mexico State . . . The other draftee was LHP Chuck Buchanan in 2013 in the 18th round by Atlanta out of Cal State Bakersfield . . . Farnham played six years and had a short stint in triple-A . . . Buchanan, plagued with arm problems, pitched two seasons, the last in A ball.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-1
 
Arizona State (Tempe):
Myles Denson, OF, Soph., Bishop Gorman HS
 
Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.)
Michael Spada, RHP, Sr., Palo Verde HS
 
 

 
Foothill, Galena, Green Valley, Las Vegas
 
  2017 Pro Stats for Nevadans

Originally posted: 6 a.m., Tuesday
 
Fifth in a series
 
Following are final minor league and MLB regular season statistics for Nevadans in 2017. Independent and foreign stats are not included. In alphabetical order, by high school:
 
Foothill:
 
Bligh Madris, OF (Drafted in the ninth round by Pittsburgh, 2017 from Colorado Mesa U.)
West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn) --  (AAA, IL) -- 1-0, 1.59 era, 9 g, 1 save, 11 1/3 ip, 19 k, 3 w
NY Yankees (MLB) -- 4-1, 3.77 era, 44 g, 44 1/3 ip, 58 k, 25 w (Through Thursday's games)
 
Trivia -- Four players have been drafted out of Foothill and Madris is the highest (ninth round) selected. The first was Doug Low, a catcher picked in the 41st round by the Cubs in 2003. He did not sign . . . Madris is the first Foothill player drafted in 10 years.
 
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Galena:
 
Drew Anderson, RHP (Drafted 21st round by Philadelphia, 2012 from Galena)
Reading (AA, Eastern) -- 9-4, 3.59 era, 21 g (all starts), 107 2/3 ip, 86 k, 40 w
Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL) -- 0-0, 1.36 era, 1 g (start), 6 2/3 ip, 7 k, 2 w
Philadelphia (MLB) -- 0-0, 23.14 era, 2 g (relief), 2 1/3 ip, 2 k, 1 w
 
Trivia --
 
Green Valley:

Evan Van Hoosier, 2B (Drafted in the 8th round by Texas, 2013 from CSN)
Down East (A, Carolina) -- .230, 29 g, 100 ab, 14 r, 23 h, 2 hr, 1 3b, 3 2b, 1 rbi, 5-for-5 sb
 
Trivia -- Green Valley has had 40 players drafted since 1993 and just two have made the show -- outfielders Chad Hermanson and Dave Krynzel. Hermanson, a first round pick by Pittsburgh in 1995, had a 11-year pro career, playing in the bigs with the Pirates, Cubs, Dodgers and Blue Jays . . . Krynsel was a first rounder in 2000, drafted by the Brewers. He got to the big leagues in 2004-05, playing 21 games for Milwaukee . . . GV has had some high draft picks that fell short of the show, including first round RHP Mike Nannini (1998, Houston) and second round picks Taylor Myers (RHP, Kansas City, 1996) and Jake Dittler (RHP, Cleveland, 2001). Myers played three years, reaching A ball, Dittler had an 11-year pro career, getting to triple-A for two seasons and playing indy ball the last four . . . Nannini had a 10-year career in organized ball, then played on an indy team in 2008. He also made a comeback of sorts, playing for an indy club in 2014 and 2015, retiring at the age of 34 . . . The first Green Valley draftee was RHP Matthew Gondini, a 49th pick of Minnesota in 1993. He did not sign.
 
 
Las Vegas:
 
Erick Fedde, RHP (Drafted in 1st round by Washington, 2014 from UNLV)
Harrisburg (AA, Eastern) -- 3-3, 3.04 era, 17 g, 7 starts, 56 1/3 ip, 54 k, 18 w
Syracuse (AAA, IL) -- 1-2, 4.76 era, 12 g, 6 starts, 34 ip, 25 k, 5 w
Washington (MLB) -- 0-1, 9.39 era, 3 g (all starts), 15 1/3 ip, 15 k, 8 w
 
Bryce Harper, OF (Drafted first overall by Washington, 2010 from CSN)
Washington (MLB) --
 
Sean Kazmar, SS (Drafted in 5th round by San Diego, 2004 from CSN)
Gwinnett (AAA, IL) -- .284, 99 g, 363 ab, 41 r, 103 h, 11 hr, 15 2b, 45 rbi
 
Trivia --
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cody Clark, RHP (Free agent sign by Arizona, 2014)
Kane County (A, Midwest) -- 0-2, 4.44 era, 19 g, 3 saves, 24 1/3 ip, 28 k, 7 w
Hillsboro (ss, Northwest) -- 1-0, 0.00, 2 g, 4 ip, 9 k, 2 w
Visalia (A, Cal) -- 1-0, 9.27 era, 9 g, 1 save, 22 1/3 ip, 33 k, 14 w
 
Mike Dunn, LHP (Drafted in 33rd round by New York Yankees, 2003 from CSN); now with Colorado
Colorado (MLB) -- 5-1, 4.50 era, 67 g (all relief), 50 ip, 57 k, 28 w
 
Zach Walters, 3B (Drafted in 9th round by Arizona, 2010 from USD); now with Kansas City
Louisville (AAA, IL) -- .174, 1 g, 46 ab, 3 r, 8 h, 3 2b, 2 rbi
Northwest Arkansas (AA, Texas) -- .211, 24 k, 90 ab, 12 r, 19 h, 1 hr, 3 2b, 8 rbi
Omaha (AAA, PCL) -- .000, 1 g, 0 ab
 
Trivia -- Dunn was the 999th player selected in the 2004 draft and made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2009. He has since played with Atlanta (2010), Florida/Miami (2011-16) and Colorado this season. His contract is for $4 mil this season and $7 mil for 2018 and 2019 with an option of $7 mil in 2020 . . . Walters has seen MLB time with the Nationals (2013-14), Indians (2014-15) and Dodgers (2016). He was released by the Reds (Louisville, AAA) on May 19 and signed by the Royals three weeks later . . . Cimarron has had four players make the bigs, the other two being RHP Mike Esposito (Rockies) and RHP Brad Thompson (Cardinals, Royals). Esposito was a 12th round sign of Colorado in 2002 out of Arizona State and Thompson signed the same year with St. Louis out of Dixie State . . . The first Cimarron player drafted was outfielder Carlos Morrison in 1993 by the Mets in the 38th round. He did not sign and was drafted a year later out of Central Arizona JC in the 56th round, again electing not to go pro.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-2
 
University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa):
William Bierlein, 1B/OF, Sr, Spring Valley HS (transfer from Eastern Utah JC)
 
NAIA
 
Texas A&M-Texarkana:
Matthew Barrett, OF, Sr., Damonte Ranch HS (transfer from Shasta JC, CA)
 
 
 
Coronado, Damonte Ranch, Durango, Faith Lutheran
 
  2017 Pro Stats for Nevadans

Originally posted: 9 a.m., Sunday
 
Fourth in a series
 
Following are final minor league statistics for Nevadans in 2017, plus MLB stats to date as the regular season comes to a close. Independent and foreign stats are not included. In alphabetical order, by high school:
 
Coronado:
 
Tyler Brown, 2B -- (Drafted in 26th round by San Francisco, 2015 from CSN)
Arizona League Giants (rookie) -- .268, 15 g, 41 ab, 8 r, 11 h, 2 2b, 6 rbi
Sacramento (AAA, PCL) -- .000, 1 g, 1 ab
Augusta (A, South Atlantic) -- .208 16 g, 48 ab, 8 r, 10 h, 4 2b, 0 rbi
 
D.J. Myers, RHP -- (Drafted in 15th round by San Francisco, 2016 from UNLV)
Augusta (A, South Atlantic) -- 3-8, 4.37 era, 22 g (12 starts), 78 1/3 ip, 66 k, 22 w
 
Kenny Oakley, RHP -- Drafted in 31st round by Colorado, 2016 from UNLV)
Asheville (A, South Atlantic) -- 5-3, 3.86 era, 45 g (1 start), 1 save, 67 2/3 ip, 76 k, 17 w
 
Trivia -- Coronado has had four players drafted, the other being Ryan McIntyre, an oufielder who was picked in the 12th round of 2011 by Florida. McIntyre played five years, reaching high A.
 
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Damonte Ranch:
 
Justin Bridgman, 3B -- (Drafted in 28th round by Tampa Bay, 2017 from Nevada-Reno)
Princeton (rookie, Appalachian) -- .301, 42 g, 163 ab, 21 r, 49 h, 1 hr, 5 2b, 18 rbi, 11 of 13 sb
Hudson Valley (short season, NY-Penn) -- .286, 6 g, 21 ab, 2 r, 6 h, 1-for-1 sb
 
Nate Nolan, C -- (Drafted in 8th round by Chicago White Sox, 2016 from St. Mary's College, CA)
Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic) -- .053, 14 g, 38 ab, 2 r, 2 h, 1 rbi
Great Falls (rookie, Pioneer) -- .253, 42 g, 162 ab, 27 r, 41 h, 7 hr, 1 3b, 13 2b, 27 rbi
 
Trivia -- Nolan got off to a bad start at Kannapolis (.053) and was demoted to Great Falls (rookie, Pioneer) where he really came on strong at the end. In five playoff games, Nolan was 8-for-16 with five homers and 13 RBIs . . . Damonte Ranch has had three players drafted in its history, the first being LHP Joey Webb (Round 28, 2013, Menlo College, Nationals) who played Indy ball this past season.
 
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Durango:
 
Aaron Kurcz, RHP -- (Drafted in 10th round by Chicago Cubs, 2010 from CSN); now with Oakland
Nashville (AAA, PCL) -- 3-3, 7.24 era, 22 g (all relief), 27 1/3 ip, 28 k, 9 w
Midland (AA, Texas) -- 2-1, 3.09 era, 17 g, 23 1/3 ip, 11 k, 8 w
 
Tommy Pham, OF -- (Drafted in 16th round by St. Louis, 2006 from Durango)
Memphis (AAA, PCL) -- .283, 25 g, 92 ab, 17 r, 26 h, 4 hr, 8 2b, 19 rbi, 6-for-9 sb
St. Louis (MLB) --
 
Danny Reynolds, RHP -- (Drafted in 6th round by LA Angels, 2009 from Durango); now with Atlanta
Mississippi (AA, Southern) -- 1-3, 3.26 era, 39, g (all relief), 3 saves, 58 ip, 52 k, 31 w
Gwinnett (AAA, IL) -- 0-0, 0.00 era, 2 g, 3 ip, 2 k, 1 w
 
Trivia -- Pham spent nine years in the minors before making his MLB debut in 2014. He has been on the DL six times in the minors and twice in the bigs . . . Pham and outfielder Ryan Ludwick are the only two ex-Durango players to make the bigs. Ludwick played in 12 MLB seasons with the Rangers, Indians, Cardinals, Padres, Pirates and Reds, retiring in 2014 . . . The first Durango player drafted was RHP Ryan Tack in 1995, a 26th round pick of the Marlins. He did not sign and also passed the following year when selected in the 29th round by the Yankees out of Saddleback JC.
 
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Faith Lutheran:
 
Erich Uelmen, RHP -- (Drafted in 4th round by Chicago Cubs, 2017 from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo)
Eugene (ss, Northwest) -- 0-2, 2.04 era,7 g, 17 2/3 ip, 23 k, 9 w
 
Zack Trageton, RHP --(Drafted in 6th round by Tampa Bay, 2016 from Faith Lutheran)
Princeton, (rookie, Appalachian) -- 0-4, 8.77 era, 11 g (3 starts), 25 2/3 ip, 28 k, 12 w
 
Trivia -- Uelmen, a fourth rounder, signed for $382,300 while Trageton, a sixth rounder, got $522,500 last year . . . Faith has had four players drafted over the years, the first being catcher Jeff Farnham in 2009, a 27th round pick of the Yankees out of New Mexico State . . . The other draftee was LHP Chuck Buchanan in 2013 in the 18th round by Atlanta out of Cal State Bakersfield . . . Farnham played six years and had a short stint in triple-A . . . Buchanan, plagued with arm problems, pitched two seasons, the last in A ball.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Taylor Cole, RHP (Drafted in 29th round by Toronto, 2011 from BYU)
Gulf Coast Blue Jays (rookie) -- 0-0 w-l, 0.00 era, 3 g (all starts), 4 ip, 6 k, 1 w
Dunedin (A, Florida State) -- 0-0, 0.00 era, 2 games (1 start), 3 ip, 3 k, 0 w
Buffalo (AAA, IL) -- 0-0, 0.00 era, 4 games (all relief), 5 2/3 ip, 7 k, 1 w
Toronto (MLB) -- 0-0, 36.00 era, 1 game, 1 ip, 1 k, 1 w (NOTE: Cole went on DL Aug. 10 with right fifth toe fracture, was released Aug. 14, then re-signed by Toronto days later.)
 
Johnny Field, RHP (Drafted in 5th round by Tampa Bay, 2013 from U. of Arizona)
Durham (AAA, IL) -- .261, 111 g, 445 ab, 116 h, 62 r, 12 hr, 1 3b, 35 2b, 57 rbi, 12 of 19 sb
 
Joey Gallo, RHP (Drafted in compensation A round by Texas, 2012 from Bishop Gorman)
Texas (MLB) -- .209, 140 g, 436 ab, 91 h, 82 r, 39 hr, 3 3b, 18 2b, 72 rbi, 189 k, 73 w (Through Tuesday's games)
 
Justin Jones, RHP (Drafted in 34th round by Oakland, 2017 from UNLV)
Arizona League Athletics (rookie) -- .216, 25 g, 74 ab, 3 hr, 2 2b, 11 rbi
 
Joey Rickard, RHP (Drafted in 9th round by Tampa Bay, 2012 from U. of Arizona; now with Baltimore)
Delmarva (A, South Atlantic) -- .300, 3 g, 10 ab (rehab after DL for left middle finger sprain)
Norfolk (AAA, IL) -- .191, 13 g, 47 ab, 8 r, 1 hr, 1 2b, 4 rbi (Aug. 17-Sept. 1)
Baltimore (MLB) -- .244, 110 g, 258 ab, 63 h, 29 r, 4 hr, 15 2b, 19 rbi, 62 k, 9 w, 8-of-9 sb (Through Tuesday's games)
 
Johnny Sewald, OF (Drafted in 14th round by Houston, 2015 from Arizona State)
Buies Creek (A, Carolina) -- .208, 21 g, 72 ab, 11 r, 1 hr, 6 2b, 5 rbi, 3-for-5 sb (released May 15)
 
Paul Sewald, RHP (Drafted in 10th round by New York Mets, 2012 from U. of San Diego)
Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) -- 1-0, 2.08 era, 8 g, 4 saves, 8 2/3 ip, 12 k, 2 w
NY Mets (MLB) -- 0-6, 4.38 era, 55 g (all relief), 63 2/3 ip, 67 k, 18 w (Through Tuesday's games)
 
Tyler Wagner, RHP (Drafted in 4th round by Milwaukee, 2012 from U. of Utah; now with Texas)
Round Rock (AAA, PCL) -- 3-11, 6.25 era, 29 g, 21 starts, 3 saves, 125 1/3 ip, 88 k, 56 w
 
T.J. White, 3B (Drafted in 18th round by Minnesota, 2014 from UNLV)
Chattanooga (AA, Southern) -- .276, 96 g, 366 ab, 101 h, 44 r, 14 hr, 4 3b, 26 2b, 65 rbi
 
Bishop Gorman trivia -- White will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic . . . Who played with Whom? Cole graduated from Gorman in 2007, Paul Sewald in 2008, Rickard and Wagner in 2009, Field in 2010, White in 2011 and Gallo, Johnny Sewald and Jones in 2012. From that you can figure out who played with whom . . . Eight of the above nine were born in the Las Vegas area; Rickard came into the world in Redding, CA . . . Jones was the 39th Gorman player selected since the draft began in 1965 . . . Cole was drafted three times -- also by the Dodgers in 2007 (Gorman, 26th round) and the D-Backs in 2008 (CSN, 31st round).
 
Strange Tidbit -- Tony Grana is listed as the first player drafted from Gorman (in 1975) by Cincinnati in the 14th round. Baseball Cube lists Grana as Antonio Granadillo, a native of Carabobo, Venezuela . . . The strange part: Grana was born in 1988, according to Baseball Cube. In other words, he was drafted 13 years before he was born? Grana, a RHP, did not sign.
 
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Bishop Manogue:
 
Kevin Jepsen, RHP (Drafted in 2nd round by Anaheim Angels, 2002)
Syracuse (AAA, IL) -- 0-1, 5.32 era, 9 g (all relief), 1 save, 23 2/3 ip, 29 k, 10 w
 
Bishop Manogue trivia -- Jepsen, who played seven seasons with the LA Angels, was born in Anaheim . . . He was signed by Todd Blyleven, the son of Hall-of-Famer Bert. Todd Blyleven was drafted in the 90th round (yes, 90th) in 1991 by the Dodgers. Like his dad, he was a right-handed pitcher. Todd toiled in the minors for seven years, peaking at double-A.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
NJCAA
 
Colorado Northwestern JC (Rangely):
Trever Berg, RHP, Soph., Basic HS
Diego Cardoso, RHP/Util, Soph., Cimarron-Memorial HS
Chris Haines, 3B, Soph., Reno HS
Eric Jordan, Util., Soph., Shadow Ridge HS (transfer from CSN)
Chris Opolka, RHP/SS, Soph., Shadow Ridge HS
Ethen Ryan, RHP, Soph., Basic HS
Brock Tsukamoto, OF/LHP, Soph., Reno HS (transfer from San Mateo JC)
​Huntington Wood, RHP/3B/OF, Fr., Sierra Vista HS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic:
 
Andrew Church, RHP (Drafted in 2nd round by Mets, 2013)
St. Lucie (A, Florida State) -- 12-8, 4.62 era, 152 ip, 25 g (all starts), 1 cg, 95 k, 25 w
Binghamton (AA, Eastern) -- 0-1, 19.29 era. 4 2/3 ip, 1 g, 1 start, 3 k, 6 w
 
Mikey York, RHP (Drafted in 5th round, Tampa Bay, 2016 out of CSN)
Hudson Valley (ss, NY-Penn) -- 4-1, 0.82 era, 8 g (all starts), 44 ip, 37, 8 w
Bowling Green (A, Midwest) -- 1-1, 1.06 era, 3 g (all starts), 17 ip, 16 k, 3 w
 
Basic trivia -- Church and York pitched one season together at Basic (2013) and neither was as successful as they are today. Church, a senior, pitched in just three games for Basic that season because of transfer eligibility issues, finishing with a 1-2 record in 18 innings . . . York, a junior, was 1-4 in 2013 in 17 2/3 ip, then rebounded in 2014 with a 7-0 record. He had Tommy John surgery before pitching at CSN in 2016.
 
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Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
NAIA
 
Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, CA):
Tanner Bellamy, 3B/1B, Jr., Coronado HS
Jonathan Borashan, RHP, Fr., Basic HS
Jordan Dreibelbis, RHP, Sr., Faith Lutheran HS (transfer from Harris-Stowe State via Western Nevada JC via Dixie State)
 
 
 
Trivia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Following is a list of Nevadans playing for ABD Nevada this fall, by high school, in alphabetical order:
 
Bonanza:
Matt Cox, 3B, Soph.
Davis Dunkley, RHP, 2017 grad
Xavier Miller, OF, Sr.
 
Centennial:
Dylan San Nicholas, SS, Jr.
Brian Wyche, RHP, Sr.
 
Desert Oasis:
Zac Czerniawski, 2B, Jr.
Parker Schmidt, C/SS, Jr.
Austin Sheehan, RHP, Sr.
 
Faith Lutheran:
Jacob Ortega, LHP, Jr.
 
Foothill:
Tommy Dirk, 3B/2B/OF, Jr.
 
Liberty:
Dawson Beard, RHP, Jr.
Andrew Gallegos, 1B/RHP, Sr.
James Katona, C/2B/3B, Jr.
Garrett Maloney, RHP/1B, Jr.
 
Rancho:
Chayse Baker, Util., Sr.
 
Shadow Ridge:
Matthew Datlof, RHP, Sr.
 
Sierra Vista:
Alex Chavira, RHP/IF, Jr.
 
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ON FOREIGN SOIL -- Three players with Nevada ties played in Asia this season. Here are their stats:
 
Donny Roach, RHP, Bishop Gorman HS (KT Wiz, Korean League):
3-14 w-l; 4.76 ERA, 153 ip, 26 g, 26 starts (KT Wiz finished in last place in the 10-team league with a 45-88 record.)
 
Xavier Scruggs, 1B, UNLV (NC Dinos, Korean League):
.300 average, 108 games, 34 HRs, 108 RBIs, 123 hits (NC Dinos placed third in the league with a 75-60 record.)
 
Joe Wieland, RHP, Bishop Manogue HS (Yokohama DeNA BayStars, Central League, Japan):
8-2 w-l, 2.87 ERA, 113 ip, 100 k (Japanese League finishes play in early October.)
 
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Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-1
 
USC:
Daniel Edson, C, Soph. (Edson, a Las Vegas resident, played at San Ramon HS in Northern California his senior year after transferring from Bishop Gorman.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arbor View:
John Edwards, 1B/OF, Sr.
 
Del Sol:
Phil Talamo, 3B, Sr.
 
Durango:
Justin Lucas, C/IF/RHP, Sr.
 
Faith Lutheran:
Lucas Dockery, Util., Sr.
Nick Johnson, RHP, Sr.
 
Foothill:
Brandon Armand, 1B/OF/RHP, Sr.
Jonah Terrell, LHP, Sr.
 
Pahrump Valley:
Garrett Lucas, LHP/OF, Sr.
 
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Minor League Playoffs . . .
 
Pacific Coast League (AAA) -- Memphis won the title with a 3-1 victory at El Paso, three games to two.
 
Texas League (AA) -- Midland won the championship at Tulsa, 1-0, capturing the series, three games to two.
 
Pioneer League (rookie) -- Ogden won the title with an 8-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader at Great Falls. The latter forced a third game with a 15-3 decision in the seven-inning opener. Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) was 3-for-4 with a grand slam homer in the first inning of the opener, then slugged a solo for Great Falls. The grand salami came off Christian Stolo (McQueen), who allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in one-third of a frame . . . In the nightcap, Zack Hartman (Arbor View) pitched one-third of an inning for Ogden, giving up a run on one hit with two walks.
 
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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) slugged his 38th homer for the Rangers, a .490-foot shot to center field in helping the Rangers win, 4-2 at Angel Stadium. It was the third longest homer in the majors this season. Gallo is hitting .211 with 75 RBIs . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs in the Tigers' 12-0 win over the visiting White Sox . . . Tommy Pham (Durango) upped his average to .307, getting three singles in five ABs for the Cardinals during a 4-3 loss to the Cubs.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
D-1
 
University of Utah (Salt Lake):
Brett Brocoff, RHP, Fr., Desert Oasis HS
 
 
 
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Parker Collett, OF/RHP, Jr.
Justin Griffith, IF, Jr.
 
Centennial:
Nikolaus Dobar, SS, Sr.
 
Desert Oasis:
Caleb Withey, OF, Jr.
 
Durango:
Renae Lara, OF, Sr.
Irvin Weems, OF/RHP, Fr.
 
Faith Lutheran:
Daniel Hauben, RHP, Soph.
 
Foothill:
Tyler Kara, C/1B/3B/RHP, Sr.
Kelton Lachelt, RHP, Jr.
 
Legacy:
Jordan Crawford, 1B, Sr.
 
Palo Verde:
Garett Garth, C, Sr.
Karsonne Wnters, OF/MIF, Jr.
 
Shadow Ridge:
Jake Erickson, OF/MIF, Jr.
Kadin McDonald, MIF, Jr.
Mason Rhiner, RHP/OF, Jr.
Tyler Vizcarra, RHP, Jr.
 
Spring Valley:
Jonathan Bakken, C/OF, Jr.
Braxton Bruschke, LHP/1B, Jr.
Mitchell Otis, 2B, Sr.
Donovan Souder, LHP/OF, Jr.
 
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Minor League Playoff Results . . .
 
Pacific Coast League (AAA) -- Host El Paso defeated Memphis, 5-1 to even the series at two games each. Title game tonight in El Paso.
 
Texas League (AA) -- Midland topped host Tulsa, 6-3 to knot the series at two games each. Championship game tonight in Tulsa.
 
Midwest League (A) -- Quad Cities won the title with a 12-2 win over visiting Fort Wayne, sweeping three games.
 
Pioneer League (rookie) -- Ogden at Great Falls postponed because of rain. Ogden leads the series, 1-0 with a doubleheader scheduled today to end the season.
 
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IN THE BIGS -- Tyler Anderson (Spring Valley) pitched a beaut Saturday for the Rockies, limiting the visiting Padres to just two hits through six shutout innings. Anderson, an LHP, threw 73 pitches, 48 of them strikes. He struck out three, walked two in Colorado's 16-0 victory. Anderson is 5-5, 5.28 ERA.
 
*****
 
Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
NJCAA
 
Salt Lake CC:
Quinn Ayers, IF, Soph., Shadow Ridge HS
Austin Cram, IF, Soph., Bishop Gorman HS (transfer from Santa Clara U.)
Jaxson Otis, IF, Fr., Spring Valley
 
 
 

Basic:
Demitrius Vigil, RHP/Util., Soph.
Logan Spaur, Util., Soph.

Bishop Gorman:
Dominyck Bullard, C/3B/OF, Soph.
Tyler Curtis, SS/RHP, Sr.
Tommy McCormick, 2B, Jr.
Will Martin, LHP/1B, Jr.
 
Bonanza:
Ryan Webster, 3B/RHP, Soph.
 
Centennial:
Rene Almarez, 2B/SS, Jr.
 
Cimarron-Memorial:
Zach Culver, RHP/3B, Jr.
 
Desert Oasis:
Ehris Harmell, OF, Sr.
 
Durango:
Steven Giatti, C/2B/OF, Sr.
 
Faith Lutheran:
Dylan Howell, 2B/3B, Jr.
 
Mojave:
Brayden Jones, SS/RHP, Soph.
 
Palo Verde:
George Alonzo, 2B/SS, Jr.
Ryuma Barnes, OF/2B/RHP, Soph.
Nathan Bartlett, C/Util., Jr.
Peyton Cole, SS/RHP, Jr.
TJ Czyz, SS/2B, Jr.
Jasper Nelson, RHP, Soph.
Austin Raleigh, LHP, Jr.
Bryce Robison, RHP/3B, Jr.
John Silcox, RHP/OF, Sr.
Tom Verderosa, OF, Sr.
 
Rancho:
Anthony Guzman, OF, Sr.
Carlos Hernandez, RHP/1B, Sr.
 
Sierra Vista:
Zach Kriethe, RHP/1B, Jr.
 
NOTES: There are also eight players from Arizona, six from California and one from Utah on the roster . . . SNB is involved in a Perfect Game tournament in Peoria, AZ this weekend and also plays in other tourneys, including the prestigious Arizona Fall Classic in mid October.
 
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Minor League Playoffs . . .
 
International League (AAA) -- Durham won the IL crown with a 6-4 win at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, capturing three of the four games. Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) went 0-for-5 for Durham.
 
Pacific Coast League (AAA) -- Host El Paso knocked off Memphis, 3-0 and trails in the series, two games to one. Game four tonight in El Paso.
 
Texas League (AA) -- Midland won at Tulsa, 2-0 to keep the series alive. Tulsa leads 2-1 in the series with game four tonight in Tulsa.
 
Cal League (A) -- Modesto won the title with an 8-1 victory over visiting Lancaster, sweeping the series, three games to none. Garrett Hampson (Reno) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Lancaster. He went 6-14 (.429) in the series.
 
South Atlantic League (A) -- Greenville won the title with an 8-3 victory over visiting Kannapolis, taking the series, three games to one. Ben Wright (UNLV) pitched two-thirds of an inning for Kannapolis, allowing one hit, no runs.
 
Pioneer League (rookie) -- Ogden, after winning the opener Thursday, tries to capture the title in the best-of-three series tonight at Great Falls.
 
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IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) hit a solo homer (his 21st) as the Cardinals fell to the host Cubs, 8-2. Pham was 1-for-3 and is hitting .306 . . . Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) pitched a perfect inning for the Mets, getting a ground out and two fly outs in the 11-pitch, 7-strike stint. The Mets lost at Atlanta, 3-2. Sewald as a 4.48 ERA . . . Chase Bradford (Silverado) threw two-thirds of an inning for the Mets, giving up a pair of hits. Bradford has a 4.45 ERA.
 
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Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:
 
NJCAA
 
CSN (omitted from earlier posts):
AJ Amelburu, IF, Fr., Green Valley HS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Musings From the Back Burner . . .
 
TRUE STORY -- Former Bonanza HS and CSN right-hander Chasen Shreve, now with the Yankees, relayed this tidbit to a friend, who passed it on to me:

​When Shreve was in the Braves' organization, pitching at Gwinnett (AAA, IL), he was throwing a bullpen, hitting around 87-89 mph, as per usual. The pitching coach told him if Shreve threw harder he'd be in the big leagues. Shreve tells the coach (I'm paraphrasing) "I throw this speed because it gives me better control, but I can crank it up." So he hits 95 consistently and is in Atlanta the next week. True story.
 
MINOR MONEY? -- Who said you couldn't make a good living as a minor league player. Today you can. Take OF/IF Tyler Goeddel for instance. According to a very informed source, he's making $250,000 as a member of the Louisville Bats, a triple-A team of the Reds.

​Goedell was the 41st player picked in the 2012 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Like former teammate Joey Rickard, the Rays failed to protect him and Goeddel was a Rule 5 pick of the Phillies last year. He, of course, stayed the entire season, playing in 92 games and earning the minimum $507,500. The Phillies designated him for assignment in early April this year and Cincy claimed him. He's been at Louisville the entire season and is currently hitting .277 (43 games) after beginning the year at Pensacola (AA, Southern).
 
 
 
 
 
hursday's Games
 
   Minor League Roundup
 
Originally posted: 8 a.m., Friday

A recap of Thursday's minor league game involving those with Nevada connections:

GOING DEEP -- Grant Heyman (CSN) hit his 18th homer for Visalia (A, Cal), a two-run shot, and also doubled and singled in four ABs, lifting his average to .250 . . . Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) had a two-run dinger in the first inning for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer). It was his second. De La Trinidad is hitting .286 . . . Chris Carter (Sierra Vista) banged a two-run shot (his fifth) and also had a pair of singles in four at-bats for Nashville (AAA, PCL). Carter has lifted his average to .260.
 
HIT PARADE -- Garrett Hampson (Reno) was 4-for-6 with a double and four ribbies for Lancaster (A, Cal) and is hitting .319. He also swiped his 49th bag . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) went 3-for-4 for Princeton (rookie, Appy), upping his average to .301 . . . Mike Meyers (Silverado) had his second straight two-hit game for Salem (A, Carolina) and is batting .256 . . . Brock Stassi (UNR) was 2-for-4 for Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL). He has a .278 average . . . Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) raised his average to .281 with a 2-for-4 game for Gwinnett (AAA, IL).

WINNERS . . . Michael Blazek (Arbor View) and Trevor Charpie (UNR) notched wins Thursday. Blazek threw four shutout innings in relief for Colorado Springs (AAA, PCL) during a 1-0 victory at New Orleans. Blazek gave up two hits, struck out six and walked one. He's 3-4, 3.47 ERA . . . Charpie was the winner for the Gulf Coast League Rays (rookie), working three relief innings, allowing one run on three hits with three Ks and no walks. Charpie is 4-1, 1.50.
 
OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Dylan Baker (Western Nevada JC) pitched a shutout frame for Akron (AA, Eastern), striking out the side. Baker (3.09 ERA) allowed a pair of hits . . . Tim Peterson (WNC) had a 1-2-3 inning for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), fanning one in a nine-pitch, seven-strike outing. Peterson's ERA is 1.20.
 
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IN THE BIGS -- Drew Robinson (Silverado) slugged a two-run homer in the Rangers' 3-0 win at Anaheim Stadium. It was his fourth MLB HR. Robinson has raised his average to .231 with a five-game hit streak. He played third base Thursday night after manning left field Wednesday.
 
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Colleges . . .
 
WHERE  THEY'RE PLAYING IN 2018:

D-1

UT Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX):
 
Chase Adams, RHP, Jr., Desert Oasis HS (transfer from McCook JC, NE)

D-2

Colorado Christian (Lakewood):

Austin Atkerson, Util., RS Sr., Reno HS
 
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High Schools . . .

PITCH COUNTS -- I recently read about pitch counts per week now in effect for high schools in the U.S. With that said, here is a list of some of the western states, with rest periods:
 
Nevada -- Grades: All; 110 pitches; No more than 140 pitches or 11 innings in any four-day span.

California -- Grades: All; 110 pitches; Days of rest: 31-50 (one day); 61-85 (two days); 85-110 (three days)
 
Arizona -- Grades: 11-12, 105 pitches; 9-10: 95 pitches; Days of rest: 31-45 (one day); 46-60 (two days); 61-75 (three days); 76 plus (four days)
 
Utah -- Grades: All; 110 pitches; Days of rest: 36-60 (one day); 61-85 (two days); 86-110 (three days)
 
Oregon -- Grades: All; 110 pitches; Days of rest: 26-45 (one day); 46-60 (two days); 61-85 (three days); 86-110 (four days)
 
New Mexico -- Grades: All; 120 pitches; Days of rest: 41-60 (one day); 61-90 (two days); 91-120 (three days)
 
Washington -- Grades: All; 125 pitches; Days of rest: 36-60 (one day); 61-90 (two days); 91-125 (three days)
 
NOTES -- Massachusetts is the only sanctioned state with no limits . . . Baseball is not a national sanctioned sport in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming . . . In Florida, the pitch count per week is 105 for 17-18-year olds and 95 for 16 and under . . . In Missouri, it's 105 pitches for juniors and seniors and 95 for sophomores and freshmen . . . Alaska and Pennsylvania have maximum pitch counts of 100 for all players.
 
 
 
 
Minor Leagues
 
  Lookout: White Hot in Chattanooga

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Thursday

T.J. White doubled and singled twice, driving in a run for Chattanooga (AA, Southern) Wednesday, giving him 10 hits in his last 15 ABs.

The former Bishop Gorman standout has stroked three hits in three of his last four games, elevating his batting average to .271 for the Lookouts.

Chattanooga has an 83-45 record.

GOING DEEP -- Austln Byler (Nevada-Reno) clubbed his eighth homer for Visalia (A, Cal), a solo. Byler was 2-for-3 with a pair of ribbies. He's hitting .257.

HIT PARADE -- Mike Meyers (Silverado) doubled and tripled in five at-bats for Salem (A, Carolina), raising his average to .253 . . . Bligh Madris (Foothill) had a pair of singles in five trips for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn) and is hitting .275 . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian), upping his average to .289 . . . Brock Stassi (UNR) went 2-for-4 for Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL). He's batting .271.

PROMOTED -- RHP Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) has been moved to Visalia (A, Cal) from Kane County (A, Midwest).

STARTER OF THE DAY -- Thomas Pannone (CSN) allowed just one run on six hits in six innings for New Hampshire (AA, Eastern) with six Ks and one walk, but had a no decision. Pannone is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA at New Hampshire and 9-2 (2.32) overall.

STARTER OF THE DAY II -- Another former CSN pitcher, RHP Phil Bickford, worked four scoreless innings for the Arizona League Brewers (rookie). He allowed three hits, struck out three, hit a batter and did not allow a walk. Bickford has a 2.13 ERA.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) notched his seventh save of the season and his third at Modesto (A, Cal) with a one-inning shutout stint, giving up one hit, striking out two . . . Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) threw three scoreless innings for Eugene (ss, Northwest), allowing two hits. Uelmen (2.30 ERA) had two Ks, three walks . . . Ben Wright (UNLV) pitched two shutout innings for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic), striking out five with two hits, one walk. Wright has a 3.42 ERA . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) threw a 1-2-3 inning for Syracuse (AAA, IL) . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) had a perfect inning for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic) with one K . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) worked two scoreless innings for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic), whiffing two, walking one. Hallead's ERA is 4.71.

PITCHING IN -- D.J. Myers (Coronado) was the losing pitcher for Augusta (A, South Atlantic), being touched for five runs on nine hits in five innings during a starting role. Myers (2-8, 4.14) struck out four, walked one . . . Kenny Oakley (Coronado) gave up two runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings for Asheville (A, South Atlantic) with two Ks, one walk. Oakley's ERA is 3.80 . . . Sam Held (UNR) pitched three innings for Hagerstown (A, South Atlantic), giving up a run on three hits. He has a 5.83 ERA.

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IN THE BIGS -- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) put down all five batters he faced in the Mets' 4-2 win over visiting Arizona, picking up his 10th hold. Sewald, who struck out two, has a 3.85 ERA . . . Drew Anderson (Galena), a RHP, has been recalled by the Phillies.

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Colleges . . .
 
WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING -- First in a series on where Nevadans are playing in 2018:
 
D-1

BYU (Ogden, UT):

Blake Inouye, RHP, Jr., Green Valley HS (transfer from CSN)

Jarrett Perns, OF, Jr., Green Valley HS (transfer from CSN)

Alex Perron, RHP, Jr., Bishop Gorman HS (transfer from College of Southern Idaho JC)

 


 
 
Roundup
 
  The Choo-Choo Won't Be Missed

Originally posted: 8:15 a.m., Wednesday

After taking a few days off to reminisce with some old codgers about our high school antics, I'm back in full force.

My trip was successful with a couple of exceptions -- riding the choo-choo was an experience I won't soon forget. I've riden trains before, but what was expected to be a seven-hour journey turned into eight plus, coming and going. I'll get into that at another time.

Some transactions over the last few days:
 
SIGNING -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman), who made his MLB debut recently with Toronto, then was released, has been re-signed by the Blue Jays. 

ON THE DL -- The Rangers' Joey Gallo (Gorman) is on the seven-day DL with a concussion.

PROMOTED -- RHP Mikey York (Basic) has been elevated to the Midwest League (A) where he is now pitching for Bowling Green in the Tampa Bay system. York was 4-1 with a 0.82 ERA at Hudson Valley (ss, NY-Penn) and his success continued this past Friday with a five-inning one-hitter for Bowling Green, striking out two, walking one . . . Drew Anderson (Galena), a RHP, has been promoted to Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL) from Reading (AA, Eastern) after going 9-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 107 2/3 ip . . . Tyler Brown (Coronado, CSN) is playing for Augusta (A, South Atlantic) after a short stint at Salem-Keizer (ss. Northwest).

Tuesday's Minor League Recap . . .

HOME RUN DERBY -- Bligh Madris (Foothill) clubbed his fourth dinger for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn) in a 1-for-3 game, a solo. Madris is hitting .272 . . . T.J. White (Gorman) banged homer No. 13 for Chattanooga (AA, Southern), a solo. He also had a pair of singles in four ABs, lifting his average to .264. White has three hits in two of his last three games . . . Chris Dickerson (UNR) hit his seventh home run for Norfolk (AAA, IL), a first inning shot with a runner on base . . . Brody Westmoreland (CSN) hit a solo (his eighth) for Greeneville (rookie, Appy). It was his second straight game going deep.

HIT PARADE -- Garrett Hampson (Reno) lifted his average at Lancaster (A, Cal) to .319 with a 4-for-5 game, including a double and a triple . . . DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) banged a pair of doubles in five trips for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), elevating his average to .285 . . . Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) was 2-for-5 with a double and two ribbies for Gwinnett (AAA, IL) and is batting .279 . . . Grant Heyman (CSN) went 2-for-5 for Visalia (A, Cal) and is hitting .247.
 
OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Tyler Wagner (Gorman) threw a 1-2-3 shutout inning for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), getting his first hold in a 2-1 win over Omaha. Wagner has shut down the opposition over his last three relief appearances . . . Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran) had a 2 2/3-inning shutout stint for Princeton (rookie, Appy), allowing four hits with two Ks and a walk . . . Dylan Baker (WNC), after a rehab stint, is back at Akron (AA, Eastern) and threw a shutout inning Tuesday, allowing a hit with one K.

PITCHING IN -- Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) was touched for six runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings for Gwinnett (AAA, IL), but had a no decision. Blair struck out six, walked three. He's 7-7, 4.81 ERA . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) gave up a run on two hits in three innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), striking out five, walking zip. Kremer has 94 Ks in 78 innings with a 5.31 ERA.
 
 
Baseball Roundup

  Rickard Optioned to Triple-A

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Thursday

Outfielder Joey Rickard (Bishop Gorman) has been optioned to Norfolk (AAA, IL) by the Baltimore Orioles.

Rickard was sent back to the minors in order to clear room on the roster for Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander, who was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.

With Mark Trumbo back from the disabled list, Rickard was relegated to the bench and eventually deemed unneeded for the time being. The 26-year-old compiled a .254/.290/.368 slash line through 93 games (243 plate appearances) for the Orioles this season, and he should be back with the big club when rosters expand in September.
 
IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Gorman) slugged a solo homer and also doubled in four ABs for the Rangers in a 12-6 win over the Tigers. It was Gallo's 35th dinger and the third straight game he has gone deep. He's batting .211 . . . Tommy Pham (Durango) was 2-for-4 with a double for the Cardinals in a 5-4 loss at Boston. Pham is hitting .310.

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In the Minors . . .

HIT PARADE -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) had his second straight two-hit game for Durham (AAA, IL), raising his average to .241 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) banged two doubles in five trips for Toledo (AAA, IL) and is hitting .282 . . . Grant Heyman (CSN) was 2-for-4 for Visalia (A, Cal). He has a .238 average.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Aaron Kurcz (Durango) threw 1 1/3 shutout innings for Midland (AA, Texas), allowing a hit, whiffing one and dropping his ERA to 3.22 . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) had a 1-2-3 frame for Syracuse (AAA, IL) . . . Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) did not allow a run in 1 2/3 innings for the Arizona League D-Backs (rookie), striking out two with one hit, one walk . . . Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman), appearing in relief for just the fourth time in 24 outings, went two-thirds of a inning (the seventh), allowing a hit, striking out one for Round Rock (AAA, PCL).

PITCHING IN -- Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista) had a no decision for Indianapolis (AAA, IL), working the first six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits with three Ks and a walk. Kingham has a 3.60 ERA.
 
 
 
HIT PARADE -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 2-for-4 for Durham (AAA, IL). He's hitting .235 . . . Chris Dickerson (UNR) upped his average to .252 with a 3-for-4 game for Norfolk (AAA, IL), including a triple.

WE HAVE A WINNER . . . Kenny Oakley (Coronado) threw two shutout innings to pick up the win for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), giving up a pair of hits with three Ks. Oakley is 5-2, 3.84 ERA.
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. . . AND SOME LOSERS . . . D.J. Myers (Coronado) suffered the loss for Augusta (A, South Atlantic), working 4 2/3 innings in relief. Myers gave up two runs on nine hits with one walk, one K. He's 2-7, 3.82 ERA . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) was the losing pitcher for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic), allowing five runs on five hits in the ninth inning as host Greensboro rallied for a 12-11 victory. Bray had one walk and is now 2-5 with a 4.30 ERA.
 
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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) hit another homer, his 34th, a two-run shot for the Rangers during a 10-4 win over the Tigers. Gallo has a .208 average.
 
 
American Legion Champions
 
  Basic Wins It All !

Originally posted: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday
 
Basic, behind the pitching of Shane Spencer, captured the American Legion World Series championship Tuesday night with a spine-tingling 2-1 victory over Omaha, NE.

Spencer went the seven-inning distance, retiring the final 12 batters in order. He allowed just three hits through four innings, struck out six and walked the first batter he faced in the game. The junior-to-be finished with 93 pitches/56 strikes.

It was Spencer's second win of the World Series, having a CG in a 1-0 win over Skewsbury, Mass in the second pool game.
 
Basic rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score single tallies in the third and sixth innings.

The winning run came after JJ Smith singled to lead off the sixth, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Nick Thompson. Basic's first run in the third was produced by Jack Wold's two-out double and Garret Giles' single to right field.
 
Spencer bailed out of a tough jam in the fourth after giving up a lead-off triple. He struck out the next two batters, then got a ground out to shortstop. Nary a Omaha batter reached base after that.
 
It was the second title for Nevada in the long history of the event with Bishop Gorman capturing the 2008 crown.
 
 
 
 
 
Monday's Games
 
  Minor League Roundup

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Tuesday

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- It's Andrew Church (Basic), who notched his ninth win at St. Lucie (A, Florida State), working the first six innings of a 12-7 game at Clearwater. Church allowed just one run (solo homer) on six hits, struck out five and walked none in his 89/64-pitch outing. He's 9-8 with a 4.95 ERA at St. Lucie.

AND THE WINNERS ARE . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen) ran his record at Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) to 2-0 (3.57 ERA) by giving up just one run on five hits in 5 1/3 ip (73/48), whiffing seven, walking three . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) won his first game at Charlotte (A, Florida State) with a two-inning stint, allowing a run on two hits with two Ks. Jones has a 1.85 ERA.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Danny Reynolds (Durango) lowered his ERA at Mississippi (AA, Southern) to 3.02 with two innings of shutout relief, allowing two hits with three Ks . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR) whiffed three and gave up one hit in his two-inning outing for the Gulf Coast League Rays (rookie). Charpie's ERA is 1.45 . . . Dylan Baker (WNC), in a rehab assignment for the Arizona League Indians (rookie), allowed three hits but no runs in one inning, striking out two.

PITCHING IN -- Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) gave up three runs on three hits, walking one in one-third of an inning for Kane County (A, Midwest) and suffered the loss. Clark is 0-2, 4.64 at Kane County . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) pitched two innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), allowing a run on two hits and a walk while getting four Ks. Kremer's ERA is 5.42.

HIT PARADE -- Garrett Hampson (Reno) had his second straight three-hit game for Lancaster (A, Cal), all singles. Hampson lifted his average to .314 and also was 1-for-2 in stolen bases, swiping third for his 45th bag in 56 attempts . . . Evan Van Hoosier (Green Valley) was 2-for-5 with a triple for Down East (A, Carolina) and is hitting .221 . . . DJ Peters (WNC) lofted his 23rd homer (solo) for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal). He's batting .280 . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) was 2-for-5 with an RBI for Princeton (rookie, Appy). He has a .277 average.

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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) went 1-for-3, a solo homer (his 33rd) for the Rangers during a 6-2 win over the Tigers. Gallo is batting .207 . . . Mike Dunn (Cimarron-Memorial) was the winning pitcher for Colorado, working a 1-2-3 inning in a 3-0 game vs. Atlanta. Dunn is 5-1, 3.95 ERA.

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QUOTABLE QUOTE FROM THE PAST -- "I'd rather ride the buses managing in triple-A than be a lawyer." -- Tony LaRussa, manager and attorney.

 

 

 
 
  Basic Reaches Championship Game

Originally posted: 4:30 p.m., Monday

Basic exploded for five runs in the top of the ninth inning on the way to a 7-3 win over Bryant, Ark. Monday in a semifinal game of the American Legion World Series at Shelby, NC.
 
Basic will play for the championship Tuesday night (4 o'clock, PDT) against the winner of the other semi matching Omaha, NE and Randolph County, NC.
 
There were heroes aplenty for Basic with relief pitcher Nick Thompson topping the list. He not only threw the final 3 2/3 innings, but also started the winning rally with a lead-off double from his No. 9 spot in the lineup.

After John-Howard Bobo sacrificed Thompson to third, Roger Riley banged a single to center to give Basic a 3-2 lead. Riley then stole second and went to third on the catcher's errant throw. After a strikeout, Jack Wold was intentionally walked, but Jesse Fonteboa came through with a single to left to score Riley. Wold, who had stolen second, then scored on Garrett Giles' infield hit to shortstop with Giles moving to second when the shortstop threw it away.
 
After JJ Smith was intentionally walked, David Hudleson hit a dribbler past the mound which resulted in an error and two more runs.
 
Basic, which had had trouble getting base hits in the previous three pool games, unleased 13 hits with Riley and Ryne Nelson getting three each. Hudleson had two knocks.

Thompson came on in relief of Christian Sanford in the sixth and shut out Bryant the rest of the way, with the exception of a one-out homer in the ninth. But he did bail out of a precarious jam in the last of the seventh when Bryant loaded the bags on a pair of hits and a walk with one out. But Thompson got a swinging K and induced the next batter to hit into a force out.

Sanford also pitched well, allowing two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
 
Basic got two runs in the third on a two-out double by Riley, a single by Nelson, Wold's run-scoring line drive to right and a wild pitch. Bryant answered with single runs in the third and fifth.
 
Rain played havoc with the game over the last four or five innings. And both teams had runners on base in every inning, except the fourth when Bryant went 1-2-3.
 
 
Minor Leagues

  Relievers Take the Spotlight

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Monday

Relief pitchers shone brightly in Sunday's minor league play with nine with Nevada ties shutting down the opposition. Here's a look:

-- Zack Hartman (Arbor View, UNLV) notched his first win at Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) with a shutout inning, walking one. Hartman is 1-2, 3.60 ERA at Ogden.

-- Kenny Oakley (Coronado, UNLV) made it four straight appearances without allowing a run for Asheville (A, South Atlantic) as he reduced his ERA to 3.97 with a shutout inning, walking one, striking out one.

-- Aaron Kurcz (Durango, CSN) pitched two shutout frames to post the win for Midland (AA, Texas). Kurcz gave up one hit, struck out two and walked one. He has a 2-1 record, 3.43 ERA.

-- Ben Wright (UNLV) needed just seven pitches (six strikes) to throw a 1-2-3 inning for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic). Despite a 1-7 record, Wright's ERA is 3.68.

-- Colby Blueberg (Carson, UNR) was the winning pitcher for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal), working two innings and whiffing four. He gave up two hits in running his record to 6-2, 2.83. Blueberg has eight saves.

-- Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) threw a shutout frame for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), making it seven straight appearances without giving up a run. Peterson walked one, struck out two in lowering his ERA to 1.28.

-- Phil Bickford (CSN) saw his ERA drop to 3.18 with 2 1/3 runless innings for the Arizona League Brewers (rookie). Bickford gave up two hits, struck out two, walked two.

-- Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) notched his 14th save for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic) with 1 1/3 shutdown innings, striking out one, giving up a hit. Bray is 2-4, 3.30.

-- Tyler Hallead (CSN) threw a 1-2-3 inning for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic), using 11 pitches (10 strikes) with two punch-outs. Hallead's ERA is 5.64.

FEDDE LOSES -- Despite giving up just two runs in seven innings, Erick Fedde (Las Vegas, UNLV) was the losing pitcher for Syracuse (AAA, IL) in a 2-0 game at Indianapolis. Fedde allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked one in his 108/69-pitch outing. He's 1-2, 4.82 at Syracuse.

10 BAGS, 3 BY HAMPSON -- Garrett Hampson (Reno, Long Beach State) swiped three bases and upped his average to .311 with a 3-for-5 game (one double) for Lancaster (A, Cal). Lancaster was 10-for-10 in stolen bases and Hampson now has 44 in 54 attempts. Despite the 10 bags, Lancaster lost to Lake Elsinore, 12-8. Elsinore attempted one stolen bases and was unsuccessful. 

THAT JONES BOY -- For the second straight game, Justin Jones (Bishop Gorman, UNLV) had a key pinch hit for the Arizona League Athletics (rookie). Jones came off the bench to hit a two-run homer in the last of the ninth, giving the Brewers an 8-8 tie in a seven-run inning. Alas, the Brewers scored a run in the 10th to win, 9-8. Jones is hitting .216. It was his third dinger.

HIT PARADE -- Payton Squier (UNLV) was 3-for-5 with a double and two ribbies for Vermont (ss, NY-Penn), raising his average to .270 . . . Brock Stassi (UNR) is hitting .295 at Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL) after going 2-for-4 with a two-bagger and two RBIs . . . Brody Westmoreland (CSN) had two hits in four ABs with a double and two ribbies for Greeneville (rookie, Appy) and is batting .225 . . . Chris Carter (Sierra Vista) stroked two singles in five at-bats for Nashville (AAA, PCL). He's hitting .214.

DNA'D -- RHP Michael Blazek (Arbor View) has been designated for assignment by the Brewers.

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IN THE BIGS -- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) and Chase Bradford (Silverado) both had 1-2-3 innings for the Mets in a 6-2 win at Philadelphia. Bradford used seven pitches (five strikes) in the sixth inning while Sewald had a 12-pitch, 8-strike eighth inning to reduce his ERA to 3.99. Bradford's ERA is 3.86.

*****

Colleges . . .

UNR RETURNEES -- Eight players that call Nevada home are returning to play at Nevada-Reno for the 2018 season. They include, in alphabetical order:

Conor Allard, C, Soph., Reno HS
Ryan Anderson, LHP, Soph., Spanish Springs HS
Kaleb Foster, C, Jr., Douglas HS
Cole Krzmarzick, OF, Sr., Bishop Gorman HS
Mark Nowaczewski, RHP, RS Sr., Reed HS
Cooper Powell, LHP, RS Jr., Centennial HS
Keaton Smith, IF, RS Jr., Green Valley HS
Matt Young, LHP, Sr., Reno HS (transfer from Western Nevada JC
 
 
American Legion World Series

  Basic Advances to Semifinals

Originally posted: 12:30 p.m., Sunday

Despite losing two of three games and only scoring two runs total, Basic has advanced to the American Legion World Series semifinals in Shelby, NC.
 
Basic failed to capitalize on numerous opportunies to score and fell to Midland, MI, 1-0 Sunday, but the Wolves finished in a three-way tie for second in their pool at 1-2 and had less runs allowed involving games among the three teams.

Basic gave up one run, Skrewsbury, Mass and Midland allowed three each. All three teams lost to Omaha, NE, but those runs did not come into deciding which team would advance.
 
Basic will play at noon (PDT) Monday against the winner of the other pool. Randolph County, NC currently has a 2-0 record and plays Bryant, Ark. (1-1) at 4:30 (PDT) today. The other semi matches Omaha agains the other pool's No. 2 at 4 Monday.
 
Ryne Nelson gave up just one hit in going the distance for Basic Sunday, allowing the only run in the second inning on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, another walk and a sac fly.

Basic loaded the bases in the second inning with no outs on Jack Wold's double, a walk and a hit batsman, but a strikeout and a double play ended the threat. In the sixth, Nelson led off with a walk and Wold singled him to third with no outs. But an infield pop-up and another ground ball double play halted the rally.

And in the seventh, a one-out bunt single by David Hudleson and John-Henry Bobo's walk with two outs put two runners on with Hudleson alertly stealing third when no one covered. But a line-out to first bases ended the game.

Basic had two superb catches in left field by JJ Smith that halted potential Midland rallies. And catcher Roger Riley picked off a runner at third to end a Midland threat in the second.

Midland pitcher Logan Buczkowski threw 123 pitches, 62 for strikes, walking six, hitting a batter and striking out five. Nelson threw 103 pitches, 55 for strikes with six walks and two Ks. 
 
 
Saturday's Roundup
 
  Minor League Results

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Sunday

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) started and threw four shutout innings for Modesto (A, Cal), limiting San Jose to just one hit. Bonnell had a no decision in the 4-3 win, striking out four, walking two. He is 3-2, 3.62 at Modesto.

PITCHER OF THE DAY II -- Drew Anderson (Galena) racked up his ninth win against four losses with a six-inning two-hitter for Reading (AA, Eastern) during the seven-inning 8-1 decision at Richmond. Anderson allowed a run, struck out five and walked five. He has a 3.50 ERA.

ELSEWHERE -- Braden Shipley (UNR) pitched well for Reno (AAA, PCL), allowing just one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings, but had a no decision. Shipley (6-6, 6.06) whiffed five, walked two in his 91/55-pitch outing . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) threw a shutout inning for Syracuse (AAA, IL), allowing two hits . . . Conor Harber (Western Nevada JC) was touched for six runs on four hits in three innings for Carolina (A, Carolina) with two Ks, two walks. Harber's ERA is 5.26 . . . Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) dropped down to the Arizona League D-Backs (rookie) from Missoula (rookie, Pioneer), picked up a save with two shutout innings, allowing a pair of hits and striing out two.

HIT PARADE -- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) went 2-for-4 to up his average to .261 for Durham (AAA, IL) in a 6-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Durham is 73-46 . . . DJ Peters (WNC) was 2-for-4 for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) and is hitting .281 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) had a pair of hits in four ABs for Toledo (AAA, IL), lifting his average to .284 . . . Jordan Devencenzi (UNR) was 3-for-4 with a solo homer for Vermont (ss, NY-Penn) and is batting .295.

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In The Bigs . . .

HARPER INJURY -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) was due to have an MRI today after slipping on first base and hyperextended his left knee in the opening inning of the Nationals game. Harper was helped off the field, but did not put any pressure on the knee. It did not look good. He's batting .326 with 29 homers.
 
ELSEWHERE -- Joey Rickard (Bishop Gorman) was 3-for-4 for the Orioles, scoring three runs in a 12-5 victory at Oakland, lifting his average to .258 . . . Chase Bradford (Silverado) threw 1 1/3 hitless innings for the Mets, striking out one in a 3-1 setback at Philadelphia.

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Legion World Series . . .

Basic was scheduled to play Midland, MI this morning, following the Omaha, NE-Skrewsbury, Mass game at 8 o'clock (PDT). Omaha led Skrewsbury, 3-1 in the fifth inning Saturday when rain suspended play. If Omaha wins and Basic defeats Midland, then Basic will move on to the semifinals Monday.

 
 
Friday's Games
 
   Minor League Roundup

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Saturday

JONES DRIVES IN WINNER -- Pinch-hitter Justin Jones (Bishop Gorman, UNLV) singled in the go-ahead run, then scored in the same 10th inning, helping the Arizona League Athletics (rookie) to a 8-6 win over the Angels. Jones is hitting .205.
 
HIT PARADE -- Bligh Madris (Foothill) upped his average to .304 with a double and a single for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn), driving in a pair of runs . . . Austin Byler (UNR) was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Visalia (A, Cal) and is hitting .260 . . . T.J. Friedl (UNR) went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs for Daytona (A, Florida State). He has a .257 averge . . . Chris Dickerson (UNR) was 2-for-5 for Norfolk (AAA, IL) and is batting .250.

NO RUNS, NO DECISION -- Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) threw six shutout innings for Gwinnett (AAA, IL), but had a no decision. Blair (7-6, 4.39) allowed five hits, whiffed three and walked two in his 93/52-pitch outing. Gwinnet scored late to beat visiting Louisville, 3-1.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Danny Reynolds (Durango) pitched a shutout frame for Mississippi (AA, Southern), lowering his ERA to 3.14. He walked one . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR) had a 1-2-3 inning for the Gulf Coast Rays (rookie), dropping his ERA to 1.62 . . . Sam Wolff (CSN) had a one batter outing for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), using three pitches to get a pop-up to the shortstop. Wolff has a 2.38 ERA . . . Sam Held (UNR) threw two runless innings for Hagerstown (A, South Atlantic), giving up a hit, walking one, striking out one. Held's ERA is 6.48.

PITCHING IN -- Thomas Pannone (CSN) allowed three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings for New Hampshire (AA, Eastern) and had a no decision. Pannone whiffed four, walked two . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) allowed one run on one hit in two-thirds of an inning for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal). After a single and a stolen base, Blueberg was relieved and a run-scoring single followed . . . Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) was touched for two runs on three hits in three innings for Eugene (ss, Northwest). Uelmen walked three and had three Ks. He has a 3.72 ERA.

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IN THE BIGS
-- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) lowered his ERA to 4.07 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings as the Mets won at Philadelphia, 7-6. Sewald gave up a hit, struck out one.

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High Schools . . .
 
TRANSFER RULE -- Beginning this school year, students in the California Interscholastic Association (CIF) can transfer to any school for any reason and not be penalized. Previously, if an athlete transferred for sports reasons and the CIF could prove it, he or she would be ineligible immediately.

The CIF changed its transfer policy a few years ago, no longer requiring students to sit out an entire season if there was no change in residence. The sit-out period was thus changed to one month.

A record 16,595 students switched schools for the 2016-17 sports season. That represents nearly 2% of the total number of students in CIF. The numbers are expected to increase for the coming year.
 

 
 
Basic Wins on Spencer One Hitter

Originally posted: 8:45 p.m., Friday

Right-hander Shane Spencer pitched a one-hitter and Garrett Giles drove in the winning run in the last of the seventh inning as Basic rebounded from a first round loss to defeat Skrewsbury, Mass, 1-0 Friday night in the American Legion World Series at Shelby, NC.

The win gave Basic new life in its effort to reach the semifinals Monday. The top two teams from each four-team pool gain the semis with winners moving on to the championship game Tuesday.
 
The winning rally was started by Ryne Nelson, who led off the bottom of the seventh with a double. After Jack Wold was purposely walked, Jesse Fonteboa singled to center to load the sacks, setting up Giles' sac fly to deep center.

Spencer was basically untouchable. He had a no-hitter through five innings, giving up a lead-off single in the sixth. The junior-to-be struck out two and walked two and needed just 71 pitches, 45 of them strikes.

Basic had trouble in the first six innings getting hits off Skrewsury RHP Kevin Hammer. Only David Hudleson (single in third) and John-Howard Bobo (single in sixth) had hits for Basic prior to the game-winning rally.

Basic has a day off before facing Midland, MI (0-2) Sunday at 9 a.m. (PDT). A win over Midland should get Basic into the semis. Midland lost to Omaha, NE (2-0) earlier Friday.
 
Because of impending weather in the area, all the games have been reduced to seven innings.
 

 
 
Cole: on DL With Fractured Toe
 
Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Friday

RHP Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) has been placed on the 10-day DL with a fractured right toe, one day after making his major league debut.

Cole was hit with a comeback during the Toronto Blue Jays's loss to the Yankees Wednesday, and while he was able to finish the inning, later tests revealed he was dealing with an injury serious enough to warrant a stay on the DL.

The 27-year-old struggled in his debut for the Blue Jays, allowing four runs on six hits in just one inning of work. Chris Smith, who was recalled from triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move, will take his place on the roster and in the bullpen.

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Kingham Ready for Bigs

Text to Pirates: Why is Kingham in triple-A?

I don't think there's any doubt he'll be wearing a Pittsburgh uni after his excellent performance Thursday.

The former Sierra Vista HS standout won his fourth straight game . . . and it was really a gem. He gave up just two hits while pitching a rare nine-inning complete game, throwing just 85 pitches for Indianapolis (IL).

Indy won 2-1 over visiting Syracuse as Kingham gave up just a fourth inning lead-off single and a two-out seventh inning solo homer. He did not issue a walk, striking out eight. The first nine Syracuse hitters went down, then after the single, Kingham retired 10 in a row. After the HR, the final eight Chiefs were retired.

In Kingham's last four starts (all wins), he has allowed just three runs in 30 2/3 innings and now has a 7-6, 3.70 ERA at Indy.

If he isn't ready for a big leagues, then no one is.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

RELIEVER OF THE DAY -- The honor goes to Spencer Jones (Reed, U. of Washington), who threw the final four innings for Charlotte (A, Florida State), not allowing a run on two hits with three Ks and a walk. Jones notched his first save at Charlotte while lowering his ERA to 1.61.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) threw two shutout frames for Kane County (A, Midwest), giving up a hit and a walk and fanning three as his ERA fell to 3.43 . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) had a 1-2-3 inning for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic), getting his 13th save. Bray's ERA is 3.40 . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) did not give up a run in his 1 2/3 innings for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic), walking three, allowing one hit and striking out one. Hallead has a 5.83 ERA.

LOST CAUSES -- Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman) was the losing pitcher for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings during an 85/52-pitch outing. Wagner whiffed six, walked four. He's 3-10, 6.49 ERA . . . Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran) took the loss for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian), giving up a pair of runs on three hits in two innings. He walked one. Trageton is 0-4, 9.87 ERA.

PITCHING IN -- Dylan Baker (WNC), in a rehab assignment for the Arizona League Indians (rookie), pitched one inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) was touched for two runs on three hits in two innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), whiffing four, walking three. He has a 5.45 ERA.

THREE-HIT GAMES -- Garrett Hampson (Reno) and Bligh Madris (Foothill) both stroked three hits in four ABs. Hampson raised his average to .311 and also stole his 41st base for Lancaster (A, Cal) . . . Madris lifted his average to .301 with the 3-for-4 game for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn), driving in a run, scoring two.

HIT PARADE -- Tyler White (Bishop Gorman) had his second straight two-hit game for Chattanooga (AA, Southern) and his hitting .259 . . . Brock Stassi (UNR) went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer to raise his average to .284 for Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL) . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) was 2-for-5 for Connecticut (ss, NY-Penn) and is batting .324 . . . Former UNR stars Jordan Devencenzi and T.J. Friedl both had two hits -- Devencenzi for Vermont (ss, NY-Penn), Friedl for Daytona (A, Florida State).

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IN THE BIGS -- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) pitched a shutout ninth inning, striking out two of the three hitters he faced in the Mets' 10-0 win at Philadelphia. Sewald lowered his ERA to 4.18.

 

 

American Legion World Series

  Basic Dominated, 9-1

Originally posted: 12:30 p.m., Thursday

Basic's summer team was completely dominated by Creighton Prep of Omaha, NE in the opening round of the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC Thursday.

Creighton put together 21 hits while holding Basic to just four in the 9-1 win.

14 of the hits came off Basic starting pitcher Trever Berg, who went five-plus innings, giving up seven runs. He came out after 103 pitches.

Basic's first hit off Creighton RHP Joshua Culliver came in the fifth inning when Jack Wold led off with a single. After Jesse Fonteboa followed with a hit to right, the next three batters went out quickly. Culliver went seven innings, giving up two hits on just 72 pitches, 47 strikes. He struck out five, walked one.

Basic got its only run in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out walk to Ryne Nelson and a double by Wold.

To stand any chance of reaching the semifinals Monday, Basic must win its next two games -- Friday against Skrewsburg, Mass (4:30 PDT, ESPNU) and Sunday vs. Midland, MI at 9 a.m. In the other "Stripes" pool game Thursday, Skrewsburg won in 10 innings Thursday, 3-2, holding Midland to just two hits.

​In the "Stars" pool, Lewiston, ID topped Bryant, Ark., 4-0. Hopewell, NJ and Randolph County, NC played the late game.

 

 

Not a Pleasant Debut

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Thursday

Taylor Cole made his major league debut Wednesday night for the Toronto Blue Jays and it didn't go well..

Cole, a 27-year-old right-hander who prepped at Bishop Gorman HS and spent a season at CSN, came on in the eighth inning against the Yankees with a runner on first and one out.

With New York ahead, 6-5, Cole gave up a double, then a single to score two runs. After a walk, a bloop single to left followed, with a runner attempting to score tagged out. Cole then struck out Aaron Judge for the third out.

in the ninth, two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases and after a ground out got a run home, a single scored two more and Cole was gone.

His debut: 1 ip, 4 runs, 6 hits, 1 w, 1 k, 41/25 pitches, 36.00 ERA.

There will be better days ahead.

RICKARD BEANED -- Joey Rickard (Gorman) was hit in the helmet by a pitched ball from Angels RHP Troy Scribner in the sixth inning of the Orioles game at Anaheim Stadium. He immediately came out on his own power. Later, his mom Heidi reported there was no concussion.

IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Gorman) hit his 32nd homer for Texas in the opening inning of a 5-1 win over the Mets in New York. It was Gallo's seventh HR in eight games. He's hitting .212 . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs in a 10-1 victory over Miami, upping his average to .327 . . . Chase Bradford (Silverado) pitched a shutout inning for the Mets, striking out two, walking one.

In the Minors . . .

K-MEN -- Zack Hartman (Arbor View) struck out the three batters he faced on 13 pitches (10 strikes) for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer), racking up his second save and lowering his ERA to 3.79 . . . Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) got four of his six outs on Ks in a shutout stint for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), allowing one hit and reducing his ERA to 1.30.

PITCHING IN -- Andrew Church (Basic) allowed five runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings for St. Lucie (A, Florida State), but had a no decision. He struck out six and walked zero, giving up a solo homer. Church is 8-9, 5.67 . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) allowed one hit (a solo homer) in his inning for Syracuse (AAA, IL), striking out one. Jepsen's ERA is 8.76.

HIT PARADE -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) tripled and doubled in four ABs for Durham (AAA, IL), upping his average to .232 . . . Brock Stassi (UNR) went 3-for-3 with two ribbies for Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL) and is hitting .275 . . . Austin Byler (UNR) had a pair of doubles in four ABs for Visalia (A, Cal), raising his average to .255 . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) was 2-for-5 for Connecticut (ss, NY-Penn). He has a .324 average.

 

Tuesday's Minor League Results

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Wednesday

HITTER OF THE DAY -- It's Garrett Hampson (Reno), who went 4-for-5 for Lancaster (A, Cal) with his sixth home run and his 10th triple, along with his 40th stolen base in 49 attempts. The former Long Beach State star upped his average to .309.

HIT PARADE -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) had a pair of hits in four ABs for Chattanooga (AA, Southern), raising his average to .255 . . . T.J. Friedl (UNR) doubled twice in four appearances for Daytona (A, Florida State) and is hitting .248 . . . DJ Peters (Western Nevada) was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal). Peters has a .287 average . . . Chris Dickerson (UNR) moved his average to .252 at Norfolk (AAA, IL) with two doubles in four at-bats.

RELIEVER OF THE DAY -- Ben Wright (UNLV) threw three shutout innings for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic), giving up four hits with one K and one walk, reducing his ERA to 3.75. Wright has a 1-7 record.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Kenny Oakley (Coronado) notched a win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), giving up one hit. Oakley is 4-3, 4.03 ERA . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR) had a 1-2-3 inning for the Gulf Coast League Rays (rookie), striking out two and lowering his ERA to 1.72 . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) logged his eighth save for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal) with 1 1/3 shutdown innings, walking two. Blueberg is 5-2, 2.81 . . . Phil Bickford (CSN) gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings for the Arizona League Brewers (rookie), reducing his ERA in half to 5.40 after two outings. Bickford walked three, and had one punch-out . . . Sam Held (UNR) got his second save with two scoreless innings for Hagerstown (A, South Atlantic), giving up a hit with one K. Held is 1-6, 6.06 ERA.

PITCHING IN -- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) dropped his ERA to 3.97, allowing a run on two hits in three innings for Modesto (A, Cal), whiffing three, walking one . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) allowed a run on three hits in 1 1/3 innings for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic). Bray, who struck out three, is 2-4, 3.48 . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen, WNC, UNR) was touched for five runs on seven hits in five innings for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) as his ERA jumped from 2.19 to 4.15. Stolo whiffed three, walked two.

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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) continued to go deep for the Rangers, smacking his 31st homer (solo) in Texas' 5-4 loss to the Mets in New York. Gallo was 2-for-4 and is batting .210. He's hit six homers in his last seven games.

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QUOTABLE QUOTE FROM THE PAST -- "If I has as many singles as Pete Rose, I'd have worn a dress." -- Mickey Mantle.

 

 

Monday's Games

  Minor League Roundup

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Tuesday

With many leagues taking the day off, the highlights were slim Monday.

YORK DOES IT AGAIN -- Mikey York (Basic) threw another gem for Hudson Valley (ss, NY-Penn) and why he is still in that league is a mystery. York lowered his ERA to 0.62, throwing five shutout innings and allowing just two harmless singles. He left with a 2-0 lead with Hudson Valley winning in 10, 6-5. York has not allowed a run in his last 27 innings and has a 4-1 record. He threw 86 pitches Monday, 54 for strikes, fanning four, walking one, hitting a batter.

PITCHING IN -- D.J. Myers (Coronado) threw four shutout innings to get the win for Augusta (A, South Atlantic), giving up two hits with four Ks and no walks in a 6-2 victory over Rome. Myers is 2-6, 3.83 after his 46/33-pitch outing . . . Michael Blazek (Arbor View), the starter for Colorado Springs (AAA, PCL), suffered a loss to run his record to 2-4, 3.74 ERA. Blazek was touched for five runs on nine hits, striking out one with no walks in a 9-1 setback to Round Rock.

REHABBING -- Braden Shipley (UNR) threw four innings in a rehab assignment for the Arizona League D-Backs (rookie), allowing four runs on five hits, including a two-run homer. Shipley whiffed five with no walks.

FEDDE SENT DOWN -- RHP Erick Fedde (Las Vegas) was sent back to Syracuse (AAA, IL) today by the Nationals.

HIT PARADE -- Efren Navarro (UNLV) slugged his 10th home run (a solo) and went 4-for-7 in a doubleheader for Toledo (AAA, IL), lifting his average to .283 . . . Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) banged two triples in four trips for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer), driving in two runs and scoring twice. He has a .311 average . . . T.J. Friedl (UNR) was 2-for-5 for Daytona (A, Florida State) and is hitting .236.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) hit his 29th homer (solo) the Nationals' 3-2 win over visiting Miami. Harper was 2-for-4, raising his average to .327 . . . RHP Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) got the win for the Nats, pitching a shutout eighth inning. He's 4-2, 2.55 ERA.

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Colleges . . .

UNLV ROSTER -- UNLV has listed a 2017-18 roster on its site with 39 players, 16 of whom are from Nevada. Undoubtedly, the roster will be trimmed with red-shirts and possible cuts, but here are the Nevadans, in alphabetical order:

Cade Adams, RHP, Fr., Desert Oasis HS

Zach Barnhart, C/OF, RS Fr., Rancho HS

Bryce Bullock, IF, Fr., Spring Valley HS

Evan Fresquez, RHP, RS Sr., Coronado HS (transfer from Utah Valley U.)

Dillon Johnson, IF, Jr., Silverado HS (transfer from CSN)

Michael Macove, C/IF, Sr., Spring Valley HS (transfer from Salt Lake CC)

Chase Maddux, RHP, RS Soph., Bishop Gorman HS

Casey Miller, RHP, Fr., Spanish Springs HS

Larry Quaney, RHP, Jr., Cimarron-Memorial HS

Grant Robbins, OF, RS Soph., Bishop Gorman HS

Jacob Rogers, IF, Fr., Liberty HS

Cameron Sepede, RHP, Sr., Faith Lutheran HS

Bryson Stott, IF, Soph., Desert Oasis HS

Caleb Summerhays, OF, Sr., Faith Lutheran HS (transfer from Salt Lake CC)

Vince Taormina, C, Jr., Silverado HS

Jack Wold, 1B, Fr., Basic HS

 

It's Joey's Day in the Bigs

Originally poted: 7:45 a.m., Monday

A couple of guys named Joey had big days in The Bigs Sunday.

Rickard and Gallo, both former Bishop Gorman standouts, were prominent among the highlights of the day.

Rickard, an outfielder with the Orioles, had his best day as a major leaguer, going 4-for-4 with a solo homer (his fourth), a double and two singles, lifting his average to .256. Baltimore rolled to a 12-3 win over visiting Detroit, then made a cross-country trip to Anaheim, where it will meet the Angels in a three-game series, beginning Monday.

Gallo was 1-for-4 but that one was his 30th home run, a two-run shot coming in the opening inning for the Rangers. Texas lost at Minnesota, 6-5.

ELSEWHERE IN THE BIGS -- Erick Fedde (Las Vegas, UNLV), starting his second game for the Nationals, gave up four runs (three of them solo dingers) on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, but came away with a no decision as Washington rallied late for a 9-4 win over the Cubs. Fedde struck out seven, walked four . . . RHP Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) got the win for the Nats, allowing one hit in one inning, reducing his overall ERA to 2.61. He's 3-2.

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In the Minors . . .

HIT PARADE -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs for Chattanooga (AA, Southern), lifting his average to .256 . . . Payton Squier (UNLV) was 2-for-4 with a three-run triple for Vermont (ss, NY-Penn). He's hitting .264.

WINNERS . . . Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) ran his record at Gwinnett (AAA, IL) to 7-6 (4.65 ERA) in a 6 2/3-inning outing, allowing two runs on six hits with six Ks and three walks . . . Sam Wolff (CSN) pitched to two batters and got the victory for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), striking out one. Wolff is 2-2, 2.42.

. . . AND LOSERS . . . LHP Thomas Pannone (CSN), involved in a trade by Cleveland to Toronto, made his debut for the Blue Jays' double-A affiliate in New Hampshire, and it didn't go well. Pannone was touched for five runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out six, walking one . . . Conor Harber (WNC) saw his record slip to 3-8 (4.98 ERA) in a five-inning stint for Carolina (A, Carolina). Harber gave up four runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked six.

K-MAN -- Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) kept his streak alive with a two-inning shutdown performance for Kane County (A, Midwest). Clark allowed one hit and got five of the six outs on Ks, reducing his ERA to 3.79. He has not allowed a run in his last five appearances (10 innings).

ELSEWHERE -- Colby Blueberg (Carson) got his eighth save for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal), giving up a pair of walks in 1 1/3 innings and reducing his ERA to 2.81 . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) did not give up a hit, but allowed a run for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic). Hallead (6.18 ERA) had a 1-2-3 seventh inning, then gave up a walk to start the eighth and was relieved after a sacrifice bunt. That runner scored . . . Zack Hartman (Arbor View) allowed a run on two hits in two innings for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer). He struck out three and walked one. Hartman has a 4.00 ERA at Ogden.

 

Legion West Regional Champs

  Basic's Next Stop: North Carolina

     Wolves Top St. George, 11-2 to Reach World Series

Originally posted: 1:15 p.m., Sunday

Basic HS scored nine runs in its last two at-bats to turn a close game into a rout Sunday, thus earning a trip to the American Legion World Series this coming week in Shelby, NC.

Basic broke up a 2-2 tie with three runs in the seventh and six more in the eight to defeat St. George, UT, 11-2 in the West Regional championshp at Metro State University in Denver Sunday.

The Wolves will rest a day in Denver before traveling to Charlotte, NC, probably Tuesday. Shelby is about 40 miles southeast of Charlotte.

Basic will open the World Series Thursday at 10 a.m. (PDT) against the Central Plains regional champ.

In Sunday's game, the Wolves (or Blue Sox, if you prefer) were held to just three hits through six innings before breaking through in the seventh. Back-to-back one-out singles by Eric Cruz and David Hudleson got the Wolves started and after a walk, an RBI ground out, a wild pitch and Ryne Nelson's single, it was 5-2.

Basic put it in the refrigerator with a six-spot in the eighth, featuring singles by JJ Smith, Nick Thompson, a sac fly by Hudleson, two more singles by John-Howard Bobo and Roger Riley and a double by Jack Wold.

Nelson threw the first 7 2/3 innings (121 pitches (83 strikes). St. George got two runs off him in the opening inning, then couldn't get a whiff the rest of the way. He allowed six hits, struck out 10 and walked four.

Riley and Jesse Fonteboa had two hits each for the Wolves.

WORLD SERIES NOTES -- The format for the World Series has changed over the last few years. There are two divisions or pools of four teams each ("Stars" and "Stripes"). After pool play, the Stars' No. 1 plays the Stripes No. 2 and vice versa. That takes place, Monday, Aug. 14 with the winners playing the following night for the championship . . . ESPN3 will stream the first two days with ESPNU covering the games live the final four days . . . Texarkana, Arkansas won the 2016 title.

Pools:

Stars -- Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Mid-South, Northwest

Stripes -- Northeast, Great Lakes, Central Plains, Western

First round games:

Thursday (all times PDT)

6:30 a.m. -- Northeast vs. Great Lakes

10 a.m. -- Basic (Western) vs. Central Plains

1:30 p.m. -- Mid-South vs. Northwest

5 p.m. -- Southeast vs. Mid-Atlantic

Basic will play at 4:30 Friday vs. the Northeast, have a bye date Saturday, then meet the Great Lakes Regional champ at noon Sunday.

 

 

Basic: Win = Trip to World Series

Originally posted: 8:15 (one win away from a trip to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC.

The Wolves, behind the hitting of Jack Wold, eliminated League City, TX, 9-5 Saturday and plays St. George, UT today in the west regional championship at Metro State University in Denver.

St. George needs two victories over unbeaten Basic. The first game is at 11 a.m. (PDT).

Wold went 4-for-4 with two homers and a double. His first dinger, a solo, came in the third and gave the Wolves a 3-2 lead. His second round-tripper, a two-run blast, came in the eighth and put Basic up, 9-5. Wold also had a lead-off double in the second, scoring on an RBI single by JJ Smith.

Smith, Garrett Giles and David Hudleson all had two hits with Hudleson driving in two runs with a single in the second and a double in the sixth, which broke a 3-3 tie.

American Legion West Regional (at Denver):

Saturday's Scores:

St. George, UT. 18, Chico, CA 14 (13) (Chico eliminated)

Basic 9, League City, TX 5 (League City eliminated)

Sunday's Game(s):

11 a.m. (PDT) -- St. George vs. Basic (second game to follow, if necessary)

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Connie Mack World Series (at Farmington, NM)

Saturday's Scores:

Midland, OH Redskins 3, Danville, CA Hoots 2

Midland 15, East Cobb, GA Yankees 2 (East Cobb eliminated)

Sunday's Games:

Noon (PDT) -- Midland vs. Danville (second game to follow if Danville wins)

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Minor League Roundup . . .

Saturday's higlights:

PERFECT IN RELIEF -- Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) struck out four of the six batters he faced in a two-inning shutout effort for Syracuse (AAA, IL). Jepsen has dropped his ERA from 22.50 to 8.74 over the last seven appearances . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) needed just 11 pitches (9 strikes) to whiff the three batters he faced for Charlotte (A, Florida State), lowering his ERA to 1.96 . . . D.J. Myers (Coronado) went 1-2-3 in his inning for Augusta (A, South Atlantic), whiffing two and dropping his ERA to 4.14.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) threw three innings for Eugene (ss, Northwest) and did not allow a run, giving up just one hit with two Ks and a walk. Uelmen has a 2.70 ERA . . . Tim Peterson (Western Nevada) pitched two shutout frames for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), allowing one hit. Peterson's ERA is 1.36 . . . Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) had a shutout frame for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer), giving up a hit with one K.

WE HAVE SOME WINNERS ! -- Drew Anderson (Galena) logged his eighth win in 12 decisions for Reading (AA, Eastern), working the first six innings and giving up two runs on three hits. Anderson had three Ks and two walks as he lowered his ERA to 3.72 . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR) got the win for the Gulf Coast League Rays (rookie) with a two-inning shutout effort, allowing three hits, striking out two. Charpie is 2-1, 1.84 ERA.

PITCHING IN -- Dean Kremer (UNLV) threw three innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), allowing a run on three hits with two strikeouts. Kremer has a 3.79 ERA . . . Aaron Kurcz (Durango) was the losing pitcher for Midland (AA, Texas), giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in the 14th inning to San Antonio. Kurcz is 1-1, 3.79 . . . Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) had his first blown save for Modesto (A, Cal), allowing a pair of runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. He had one K, one walk. Bonnell's ERA is 4.02.

HIT PARADE -- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Durham (AAA, IL), lifting his average to .269 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) went 2-for-5 with his ninth triple for Lancaster (A, Cal). He's hitting .307 . . . Mike Meyers (Silverado) stroked a double and a single in three ABs for Salem (A, Carolina), raising his average to .258 . . . Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) is hitting .247 after a 2-for-4 game for Great Falls (rookie, Pioneer) . . . Chris Carter (Sierra Vista) belted his second homer and also doubled in four at-bats for Syracuse (AAA, IL) and is hitting .205.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) slugged homer No. 28 (solo) in a 2-for-5 game for the Nationals during a 7-4 loss to the Cubs in Chicago. Harper is hitting .327 . . . Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) gave up solo homers to Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers in 1 1/3 innings and suffered the loss for the Mets. Sewald is 0-4 with a 4.27 ERA.

 

 

Cole Headed to The Bigs

  Toronto Selects Contract From Triple-A Buffalo

Originally posted: 5:45 a.m., Saturday

Taylor Cole is a big leaguer.

The former Bishop Gorman standout got the call from the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night. He'll be in uniform in Houston today.

Cole, a RHP, had not given up a run in 12 2/3 innings this season after coming off a shoulder injury that had sidelined him into July. He started the season in rehab in the Gulf Coast League (rookie), moved to Dunedin (A, Florida State) and then to Buffalo (AAA, IL), where he had no given up a run or a hit in 5 2/3 relief innings.

He is the sixth Gorman player from the 2007-2010 era to make the majors, joining OF Joey Rickard (Orioles), RHP Paul Sewald (Mets), RHP Donny Roach (Padres, Cubs, Mariners), RHP Tyler Wagner (Brewers, D-Backs) and IF Joey Gallo (Rangers). Roach is currently playing in Korea while Wagner is in the Rangers' organization at triple-A Round Rock.

Cole, who will turn 28 in three weeks, was a 29th round pick of the Blue Jays in 2011. This is his seventh year of pro ball.

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Basic Squeaks One Out in 11, 7-6

  Hudleson's Hit Sends Wolves to Title Game

Originally posted: 6 a.m., Saturday

Basic's American Legion team is headed to championship Sunday in the Western Regional, thanks to David Hudleson's walk-off double in the 11th inning.

The Wolves won, 7-6 at Metro State University in Denver Saturday night, thanks to some late heroics and wildness on the part of St. George, UT pitchers.

Hudleson's hit, a double down the right field line, came after Garrett Giles singled to open the inning, then was sacrificed to second by JJ Smith.

But it was touch and go early on.

St. George took advantage of a couple of errors sandwiched around a walk, plus a two-run homer to take a 3-0 lead in the opening inning. Basic countered with two in the home half and tied in in the fourth.

But St. George put together three singles, a double and a wild pitch to get three in the sixth for a 6-3 lead.

Basic then waited until the eighth and ninth to dramatically tie the game.

In the eighth, a walk, Smith's single and two more walks made it 6-4. A groundout cut the lead to 6-5, setting up another rally in the ninth.

Jack Wold and Jesse Fonteboa started the inning with walks and after a fly out, Smith came through with a single to tie it at 6-6, setting up Hudleson's heroics in the 11th.

At one juncture in the eighth and ninth innings, a St. George reliever threw 35 pitches, 10 (yes, 10) of them strikes.

Shane Spencer went the first nine innings on the mound for Basic with Nick Thompson throwing the final two shutout frames. Hudleson had three hits and Giles, Roger Riley, Fonteboa and Smith had two each.

Basic has a game tonight at 6 (PDT) against one-loss League City, TX. If the Wolves win, then the winner of the Chico, CA-St. George game (at 2 Saturday) would need two wins over Basic Sunday to earn a trip to the World Series.

American Legion West Regional (at Denver, CO)

Friday's Scores:

​Chico, CA 17, Albuquerque, NM 6 (Albuquerque eliminated)

League City, TX 11, Tucson, AZ 9 (Tucson eliminated)

Basic 7, St. George 6 (11)

Saturday's Games:

2 p.m. -- Chico vs. St. George (loser eliminated)

6 p.m. -- League City vs. Basic

Sunday's Championship Game(s):

​11 a.m. -- Basic vs. TBD (second game to follow, if necessary)

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​Connie Mack Word Series (at Farmington, NM)

Friday's Scores:

East Cobb, GA Yankees 11, D-Bat Elite 0 (D-Bat eliminated)

​Danville, CA Hoots 10, Florida Legends 5 (Florida eliminated)

Midland, bye

 

Minor Leagues:

  Kingham Wins Third in Row

      Ex-Sierra Vista Star Allows Three Hits in 7 2/3 ip

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Saturday

RHP Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista) is ready for a call to the big leagues after a splendid performance Friday night.

Kingham went 7 2/3 innings for Indianapolis (AAA, IL) allowing just three hits in a 1-0 victory at Louisville.

Kingham, in winning his third straight game, raised his record to 6-6 (4.00 ERA) He struck out three and walked two in the 97-pitch, 61-strike effort. Over the last three games (21 2/3 innings), Kingham has given up just three earned runs.

That type of performance could get him a call from the Pirates.

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Elsewhere in the minors . . .

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Kenny Oakley (Coronado) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), lowering his ERA to 4.17. Oakley got three of the four outs on Ks, allowing one hit . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) threw two runless innings for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal), giving up one hit with three Ks and one walk. He has a 2.28 ERA . . . Ben Wright (UNLV) lowered his ERA to 3.99 at Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic) with a three-inning shutout stint. Wright allowed two hits, struck out three . . . Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran) threw two shutout innings for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian), giving up two hits with three punch-outs and one walk.

REHAB -- RHP Dylan Baker (Western Nevada JC), sidelined for the past two months, started and threw an inning for the Arizona League Indians (rookie). Baker, who pitched in nine games (8 2/3 ip) at Akron (AA, Eastern) before going on the DL, put down all three batters he faced, striking out one. He was a third round pick of Cleveland in 2012.

PITCHING IN -- Aaron Kurcz (Durango) allowed a run on one hit in one inning for Midland (AA, Texas). He has a 3.00 ERA . . . Andrew Church (Basic) was the losing pitcher for St. Lucie (A, Florida State), giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings with three Ks and a walk. Church, who threw 86 pitches, is 8-9, 5.59 ERA . . . Danny Reynolds (Durango) had a blown save for Mississippi (AA, Southern). Reynolds got one out and allowed one hit. He has a 3.20 ERA.

GOING DEEP -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) slugged his 11th homer and his third in four games for Chattanooga (AA, Southern). He was 2-for-2, also getting a double with two walks. White is hitting .257 . . . Grant Heyman (CSN) clobbered his 16th home run (solo) for Visalia (A, Cal) in a 1-for-5 game. Heyman has a .251 average . . . T.J. Friedl (UNR) had a solo homer for Daytona (A, Florida State) in a 1-for-5 night. Friedl, hitting .242, has seven dingers this season, two at Daytona . . . Chris Carter (Sierra Vista) banged his first homer for Nashville (AAA, PCL), a two-run shot.

HIT PARADE -- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) was 2-for-4 with a double for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer), lifting his average to .316 . . . Austin Byler (UNR) went 2-for-5 with two ribbies for Visalia (A, Cal) and is hitting .256.

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IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) raised his average to .317 with a 2-for-4 game for St. Louis in a 3-2 loss at Cincinnati . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) was 2-for-4 for the Nationals in a 4-2 win over the Cubs . . . Mike Dunn (Cimarron-Memorial) was the winning pitcher for Colorado, working 1 1/3 innings with one K during a 4-2 decision over the visiting Phillies. Dunn is 4-1, 4.30 ERA . . . Chase Bradford (Silverado) gave up one run on one hit in 2 2/3 innings for the Mets with three Ks and one walk. The Mets lost to the visiting Dodgers, 6-0.

 

Minor Leagues

  Wagner Throws a Gem

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Friday

Tyler Wagner, who has had an up and down season in 2017, allowed just two hits through 6 1/3 innings for Round Rock (AAA, PCL) Thursday to notch his second straight win.

Wagner (Bishop Gorman) was touched for a home run in the fourth inning, but had a 4-1 lead at the time. The other hit was a single. The right-hander struck out four and walked three in the 91-pitch outing.

In his last two games (12 1/3 innings), the former University of Utah standout has given up just three runs on six hits and lowered his ERA to 6.49. He's 3-9. Round Rock won over visiting Albuquerque, 6-1.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

OFF RESTRICTED LIST -- Phil Bickford (CSN), a RHP who has spent the majority of the season on the restricted list for drugs, saw his first action on the mound for the Arizona League Brewers (rookie). Bickford, a first round pick of the Giants in 2015, allowed a pair of runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings,walking two, striking out one.

MOVED -- Infielder Tyler Brown (Coronado, CSN) is now with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA, Eastern). It's Brown's fourth team this season, having played at Augusta (A, South Atlantic), Arizona League Giants (rookie) and Salem-Keiser (ss, Northwest) previously.

MOVED II -- RHP Zack Hartman (Arbor View) is back at Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) after pitching in two games for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal). Hartman threw a shutout inning for the Raptors Thursday, getting one K. He had a 1.29 ERA in seven innings at Cucamonga, allowing just one run on four hits.

PITCHING IN -- Sam Wolff (CSN) threw 1 2/3 shutout innings for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), giving up a hit, striking out two and lowering his ERA to 2.49 . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen) threw four innings in relief for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer), allowing a run on two hits with four Ks and two walks. He has a 2.19 ERA.

HITTER OF THE DAY -- Austin Byler (Nevada-Reno) was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a two-run double for Visalia (A, Cal) in the Rawhide's 7-6 win over Stockton. Byler lifted his average to .254. It was his fifth homer.

HIT PARADE -- DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) was 2-for-5 for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), extending his hit streak to 10 games. Peters has a .285 average . . . Payton Squier (UNLV) was 2-for-4 for Vermont (ss, NY-Penn) and is batting .262.

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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) clobbered his 29th homer, a three-run shot, sparking the Rangers to a 4-1 win at Minnesota. Gallo, batting .205, has hit four dingers in his last three games.

 

American Legion West Regional

  Basic Topples Chico, 9-1

​    Berg Strikes Out 11, Throws Five-Hitter

Originally posted: 5:30 p.m., Thursday

Trever Berg gave up just five hits in eight innings, Jesse Fontaboa had four hits and JJ Smith belted a two-run homer to spark Basic to a 9-1 victory over Chico, CA in the second round of the American Legion West Regional at Metro State University in Denver Thursday.

The win moves Basic into the third round against either Tucson or St. George, UT. Those teams played late Thursday.

​Berg allowed Chico's only run in the opening inning after Basic had taken a 2-0 lead. Two singles sandwiched around a walk gave the Northern Californians their lone run. Berg was touched for just three hits over his last seven innings. He finished with 11 Ks and only one walk in his 119-pitch, 78-strike effort.

​Fontaboa had a double and three singles, driving in a pair of runs while Jack Wold went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. Smith's homer came in the fifth inning after a Fontaboa single, giving Basic a 6-1 lead. It was his second dinger in two days. He had a grand salami Wednesday.

​The Wolves scored two each in the first, third, fifth and ninth. The scored a lone run in the eighth on a single by Ryne Nelson and Wold's triple.

​The win ran Basic's summer record to 51-7.

American Legion West Regional (at Denver, CO)

Thursday's Scores:

​League City, TX 25, Grand Junction, CO 6 (7) (Grand Junction eliminated)

​Albuquerque, NM 14, Eaglecrest, CO 4 (Eaglecrest eliminated)

Basic ​9, Chico, CA 1

​6 p.m. -- St. George, UT vs. Tucson

Friday's Games:

​11 a.m. -- Albuquerque vs. Chico (loser eliminated)

2:30 p.m. -- League City, TX vs. Tucson-St. George, UT loser (loser eliminated)

6 p.m. -- Basic vs. Tucson-St. George winner

Saturday's Games:

2 p.m. 6 p.m. -- Quarterfinal, Semifinal Games

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​Connie Mack Word Series (at Farmington, NM)

Thursday's Scores:

​D-Bat Elite 6, SoCal Renegades 4 (SoCal eliminated)

4:15 -- East Cobb vs. D-Bat 17 (loser eliminated)

​6:30 -- Midland vs. Florida

 

Minor League Roundup

  Cole Wants Return Trip to Toronto

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Thursday

Taylor Cole spend parts of three years in Toronto on a Mormon Mission.

He is hopeful of returning to the Canadian city in the near future -- this time as a member of the Blue Jays pitching staff.

That goal could be right around the corner if the former Bishop Gorman standout keeps pitching the way he has this season.

After recovering from an arm injury, Cole has thrown 12 2/3 innings this season and has given up nary a run. That's right, nothing, nada, zero, zilch.

Wednesday he faced five batters for Buffalo in its 3-1 win at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and retired all five -- three on strikeouts.

As one person commented -- "he was unhittable."

In four appearances for Buffalo, the right-hander has not given up a hit or a run in 5 2/3 innings. He's faced 18 batters, allowing a lone walk.

It would not be a surprise if the Blue Jays came calling very soon.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

RELIEVER OF THE DAY -- Without a doubt, it's Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial), who pitched four shutout innings for Kane County (A, Midwest), notching hs fourth save, allowing three harmless singles, striking out four and not giving up a walk. Clark lowered his ERA to 4.24.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) worked a shutout frame for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic), giving up a pair o f hits, striking out one and reducing his ERA to 3.38 . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) went 1 1/3 hitless innings for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal), whiffing two, walking one. He has an ERA of 3.00 . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR) dropped his ERA to 1.42 for the Gulf Coast League Rays (rookie), giving up one hit in 1 1/3 innings . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) got a save for Syracuse (AAA, IL) with a shutout frame, allowing one hit with one K.

SENT DOWN -- RHP Erick Fedde (Las Vegas) has been sent back to Syracuse (AAA, IL) after his start Sunday for the Nationals. Fedde was touched for seven runs on 10 hits in four innings . . . RHP Drew Anderson (Galena), who pitched an inning for the Phillies Tuesday in Anaheim, was sent back to Reading (AA, Eastern).

HIT PARADE -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) had a pair of hits in four ABs for Durham (AAA, IL), lifting his average to .234 . . . Bligh Madris (Foothill) was 2-for-4 for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn) and is hitting .297 . . . Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) bumped his average to .291 with a double and two singles in four at-bats for Gwinnett (AAA, IL) . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) is batting .305 after going 2-for-3 for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian) . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) was 2-for-3 for Toledo (AAA, IL) and is hitting .282 . . . Brock Stassi (UNR) doubled and singled in four ABs for Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL), moving his average to .275.

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IN THE BIGS -- RHPs Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) and Chase Bradford (Silverado) had shutout appearances for the Mets in their 10-5 win at Colorado. Bradford pitched the fourth and fifth innings and Sewald the seventh and eighth. Both threw 24 pitches/16 strikes. Bradford had a hitless outing while Sewald allowed one hit. Both had two Ks . . . Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) hit his 28th homer and his third in two days, a solo shot in Texas' 5-1 win over Seattle. Gallo is hitting .203 . . . Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) made his debut for the Nationals, pitching 1 1/3 hitless innings, striking out two in a 7-0 loss at Miami.

 

Basic Thumps Foe, 30-5

​  Nelson 6-for-6 in Legion West Regional Opener

Originally posted: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday

Basic scored four touchdowns in the first three innings Wednesday.

What?

​Seriously, the Wolves had a 28-0 lead over Grand Junction, CO in the opening round of the American Legion Western Regional at Metro State University in Denver.

​The game settled down after Grand Junction scored five in the third with Basic getting two in the seventh on the way to a 30-5 victory.

​Basic scored 14 times in the opening frame on 12 hits, including a grand salami by JJ Smith and a three-run homer by Jesse Fonteboa. Smith, Fonteboa, John Bobo, Roger Riley and Ryne Nelson all had two hits in the opening inning.

Embarrasing as it was, it got worse.

​After only getting three tallies in the second, Basic scored 11 more in the third on seven hits. 

​Nelson, a freshman pitcher at the University of Oregon this past season, went 6-for-6 with five RBIs while Riley and Garrett Giles had four hits each.

Shane Spencer, the starting pitcher for Basic, was pulled after the opening quarter (er, inning.) With a two-touchdown lead, Basic HC Scott Baker went to the backups.

​Basic takes on Chico, CA Wednesday at 3 (PDT) in the second round. Chico blasted League City, TX, 15-2 in seven innings Wednesday

American Legion Western Regional (at Denver):

Wednesday's Scores:

Chico, CA 15, League City, TX 2 (7)

St. George, UT 6, Albuquerque, NM 5

Basic 30, Grand Junction, CO 5 (7)

​Tucson, AZ 8, Eaglecrest, CO 4

Thursday's Games:

​9 a.m. -- League City, TX vs. Grand Junction (loser eliminated)

​Noon -- Albuquerque vs. Eaglecrest (loser eliminated)

​3 p.m. -- Chico vs. Basic

​6 p.m. -- St. George vs. Tucson

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​Connie Mack Word Series (at Farmington, NM)

Wednesday's Scores:

SoCal Renegades 10, Nashville, TN 7 (Nashville eliminated)

​Danville, CA Hoots 15, East Cobb, GA Yankees 2 (5)

​Midland, OH Redskins 2, D-Bat-17u 0

D-Bat Elite 9, Farmington, NM 5 (Farmington eliminated)

 

 

 

 

Minor Leagues:

  York Making It Look Easy

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Wednesday

RHP Mikey York continued his dominance of New York-Penn League hitters Tuesday, throwing six shutout innings for short season Hudson Valley, running his record to 4-1 with an 0.92 ERA.

With those kind of numbers, York should be promoted, and soon.

In his last three starts, the 21-year-old has not allowed a run in 23 innings, striking out 21. A fifth round pick of the Rays in 2016 out of CSN, York allowed five hits to Staten Island, striking out three and walking two.

Elsewhere . . .

ANDERSON TO THE BIGS -- Drew Anderson (Galena), a 23-year-old LHP, made his major league debut Tuesday night in Anaheim after being promoted from double-A Reading (Eastern). Anderson, a 21st round pick in 2012 by the Phillies, threw one inning, giving up a run on two hits with one strikeout in Philadelphia's 7-1 loss to the Angels. He was 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA at Reading in 19 games, all starts, pitching 95 2/3 innings.

CALLED UP -- Chase Bradford (Silverado) has been recalled by the Mets. The RHP was 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA and 11 saves at Las Vegas (AAA, PCL).

PERFECT ON THE BUMP -- Aaron Kurcz (Durango) pitched to six batters and put 'em all down for Midland (AA, Texas), getting four on fly outs. Kurcz reduced his ERA to 2.65 . . . Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) went 1-2-3 for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), using just six pitches (5 strikes) and lowering his ERA to 1.42.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF !  -- Kenny Oakley (Coronado) threw a shutout inning for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), giving up a pair of hits, striking out two. He has a 4.27 ERA . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) whiffed two in his runless inning for Syracuse (AAA, IL), allowing one hit . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) had two shutout frames for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic), with three punchouts. He gave up a hit and lowered his ERA to 6.15 . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) pitched two shutout innings for Charlotte (A, Florida State) giving up a hit with two Ks. Jones has a 2.08 ERA.

FAGETABOUTIT -- Michael Blazek (Arbor View), the starter for Colorado Springs (AAA, PCL) allowed three runs on seven hits in four innings and suffered the loss. He's 2-3, 3.34 ERA . . . Danny Reynolds (Durango) gave up the winning run in pitching two-thirds of an inning for Mississippi (AA, Southern. He allowed a pair of walks and a hit, striking out one. Reynolds is 1-3, 3.22 ERA . . . Ben Wright (UNLV) was lit up for four runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic) as his ERA jumped to 4.26 . . . D.J. Myers (Coronado) allowed two runs on five hits in three innings for Augusta (A, South Atlantic) with two Ks, one walk. He has a 4.22 ERA.

GOING DEEP -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-5 with a solo homer (his 10th) for Chattanooga (AA, Southern). It was his second dinger in two games. White is hitting .256.

HIT PARADE -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Durham (AAA, IL), lifting his average to .228 . . . DJ Peters (WNC) went 2-for-6 for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) and is batting .284 . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) had a pair of singles in three ABs for Princeton (rookie, Appy) and is hitting .305 . . . Austin Byler (UNR) upped his average to .250 for Visalia (A, Cal) with a 2-for-4 game.

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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) slugged a solo homer and a three-run shot for the Rangers, giving him 27 dingers for the season and a .202 average. Texas lost to visiting Seattle, 8-7 . . . Tommy Pham (Durango) raised his average to .311 with a pair of hits, a run and an RBI in the Cardinals' 3-2 defeat at Milwaukee . . . Mike Dunn (Cimarron-Memorial) was the winning pitcher for Colorado in its 5-4 win over the Mets. Dunn, a lefty, worked a perfect inning, striking out one. He's 3-1, 4.50 ERA . . . Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) gave up a run and two hits for the Mets in an inning, whiffing one. Sewald has a 4.19 ERA.

 

 

 Monday's Games

  Minor League Roundup

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Tuesday

GOING DEEP -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) launched his ninth homer (a solo) for Chattanooga (AA, Southern) during a 7-6 win over Montgomery. White was 2-for-5 and is hitting .253 . . . DJ Peters (WNC) banged home run No. 22 (a solo) for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal). He's batting .283.

HIT PARADE -- Bligh Madris (Foothill) lifted his average to .299 with a 3-for-5 night for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn), getting a double and two singles . . . T.J. Friedl (UNR) was 3-for-4 with a triple and a double for Daytona (A, Florida State), upping his average to .257 . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Connecticut (ss, NY-Penn) and is batting .395 . . . Chris Carter (Sierra Vista), in his seventh game at Nashville (AAA, PCL), was 2-for-3. He has a .208 average.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Connor Harber (WNC) worked four scoreless innings for Carolina (A, Carolina) notching his first save. Harbor gave up two hits, walked two. He's 3-7, 4.81 ERA . . . Sam Wolff (CSN) retired all four batters he faced for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), striking out three. Wolff has a 2.70 ERA with five holds . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) threw a shutout frame for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), allowing one hit, one walk and whiffing one. Kremer's ERA is 5.45.

PITCHING IN -- Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) was the loser for Gwinnett (AAA, IL), despite giving up just three runs on seven hits in seven innings. In his 114 pitch, 69-strike outing, Blair struck out five, walked one in the 4-1 defeat to Norfolk. He's 6-6, 4.79 ERA . . . Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) allowed one run on two hits for Modesto (A, Cal) with one K. Bonnell has a 3.78 ERA . . . Sam Held (Nevada-Reno) gave up a run on three hits in three innings for Hagerstown (A, South Atlantic) with two Ks. Held's ERA is 7.71.

TRADED -- In trades Monday, the Twins swapped RHP Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) to the Nationals, getting pitching prospect Tyler Watson and international spending rights. Kintzler had 28 saves for Minnesota with a 2-2 record, 2.78 ERA . . . The Blue Jays acquired LHP Thomas Pannone (CSN) and another minor leaguer for RHP Joe Smith from Cleveland. Pannone is 8-1 overall this season, 1.96 ERA. At Akron (AA, Eastern) he was 6-1, 2.62 ERA. He has 120 Ks in 110 innings.

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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Rickard (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-4 for the Orioles in a 2-1 win over visiting Kansas City, lifting his average to .257.

 

American Legion West Regional

​  Basic to Play Grand Junction

Originally posted: 12:45 p.m., Monday

Nevada state champion Basic will open the American Legion West Regional against Grand Junction, CO Wednesday at Metro State University in Denver.

​The Wolves (49-7) play a 3 o'clock (PDT) game. The winner will face the League-City, TX-Chico, CA victor Thursday at 3.

​The West Regional schedule:

Wednesday Games (All times PDT):

​9 a.m. -- League City, TX vs. Chico, CA

Noon -- Albuquerque, NM vs. St. George, UT

​3 p.m. -- Grand Junction, CO vs. Basic

6 p.m. -- Tucson, AZ vs. Colorado Host

Thursday's Games:

​9 a.m. -- League City-Chico loser vs. Grand Junction-Basic loser (loser eliminated)

Noon -- Albuquerque-St. George loser vs. Tucson-Colorado host loser (loser eliminated)

​3 p.m. -- Grand Junction-Basic winner vs. League City-Chico winner

​6 p.m. -- Albuquerque-St. George winner vs. Tucson-Colorado host winner

NOTES -- The championship game is Sunday . . . Unlike Nevada, the "entire" West Regional is double elimination . . . The regional winner moves on to the World Series in Shelby, NC, Aug. 10-15 . . . The Legion World Series winning team gets a free trip to a game in the MLB World Series . . . The California winner usually comes from NorCal because very few SoCal teams play Legion any more.

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​CONNIE MACK SCHEDULE -- The nine-team bracket has been released for the double elimination Connie Mack World Series at Farmington, NM after eight teams were eliminated in pool play Sunday.

Tuesday's first round schedule:

10 a.m. -- SoCal Renegades vs. Florida Legends

Noon -- Danville Hoots, CA vs. D-Bat Elite, TX

​5:15 p.m. -- East Cobb, GA vs. Nashville, TN

​7:30 p.m. -- Farmington, NM (host)vs. Midland, OH

NOTES -- D-Bat 17 gets a first round bye; The SoCal-Florida winner has a second round bye

 

 

State Legion Tournament

  It's On to Denver for Basic

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Sunday

Basic HS head coach Scott Baker has been to the American Legion World Series. He knows how to get there and how to win it since he was part of the coaching staff at Bishop Gorman that won the 2008 classic.

That's been the main goal of his team this summer -- get to Shelby, NC and win it.

Well, his team took the first step Saturday night by capturing the Nevada State championshp with a convincing 7-1 victory over Desert Oasis at UNLV.

Now it's on to Denver where Basic will play in the Western Regional Wednesay (3 p.m.) against the Colorado champion. The title game is Sunday.

Basic plated dueces in the first, fourth and fifth innings Saturday night and got a CG from RHP Trevor Berg, who allowed just five hits in his 119/87 outing. Berg, who played at Colorado Northwestern JC this past season, struck out nine and had zero walks.

After Desert Oasis' Chaison Miklich hit a solo homer in the top of the first, Basic came back with a duo of runs in the home half and was never headed. A walk, singles by Roger Riley and Ryne Nelson, a sac fly by Jesse Fontebon and a two-out RBI single by Garrett Giles got the two runs home.

Basic added two in the fourth on three walks, a hit batsman and a force out.

The Wolves made it 6-1 in the fifth on a one-out double by Nelson, an error, Fontebon's RBI single and J.J. Smith's sac fly. They added an unearned run in the eight.

The highlights:

Hitting -- Basic: John Bobo, 3-1-2-1; Roger Riley, 5-1-2-1; Ryne Nelson, 4-1-2-0, double; Garrett Giles, 2-1-2-1; Desert Oasis: Chaison Miklich, 4-1-2-2, HR

Pitching -- Basic: Trever Berg, 9 ip, 1 r, 5 h, 9 k, 0 w, 119/87

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In the Minor Leagues . . .

It was a good night for pitchers with a trio of wins and a like number of saves. Here's what happened:

PITCHERS OF THE DAY -- Three share the honor -- Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista), Andrew Church (Basic) and Thomas Pannone (CSN), all had wins . . . Kingham went seven innings for Indianapolis (AAA, IL), allowing one run on eight hits with five Ks and no walks in a 6-3 win over Pawtucket. Kingham ran his record to 5-6, 4.42 . . . Church won his second straight, working seven innings for St. Lucie (A, Florida State) in a 10-3 win over Charlotte. Church (89/59) gave up three runs on six hits with four punch-outs and one walk. He's 8-7, 4.87 at St. Lucie . . . Pannone ran his record to 6-1 at Akron (AA, Eastern), pitching 6 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits. He whiffed seven, didn't issue a walk in the 4-2 victory at Bowie. Pannone is 8-1 overall this season with a 1.96 ERA.

SAVING THE DAY -- Danny Reynolds (Durango) gave up zero runs on one hit in 3 1/3 innings for Mississippi (AA, Southern) to log his third save and reduce his ERA to 3.08. Reynolds struck out one in the 4-0 win over Jacksonville . . . Chase Bradford (Silverado) posted his 11th save for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL), putting down Colorado Springs in order in the ninth on 12/9 pitches. He struck out one and has a 4.04 ERA . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) got his 12th save for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic) whiffing the three batters he encountered on 16 pitches, 10 strikes. Bray has a 3.46 ERA.

COLE IMPRESSIVE -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) has pitched 11 innings this season in eight games and has not allowed a run. He went two frames for Buffalo (AAA, IL) Saturday night and retired all six Louisville batters he faced, striking out two. Cole used 24 pitches, 19 strikes.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) had a two-inning scoreless outing for Eugene (ss, Northwest), giving up a pair of hits and getting five of the six outs on Ks . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) retired all five batters he faced for Charlotte (A, Florida State), striking out three. He has a 2.35 ERA.

PITCHING IN -- Christian Stolo (McQueen) was touched for two runs on four hits in four innings for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) with two Ks. Stolo's ERA is 2.16 . . . Kenny Oakley (Coronado) allowed a pair of runs on three hits, walking three and striking out two in a two-inning outing for Asheville (A, South Atlantic). Oakley has a 4.35 ERA.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper's hit streak ended at 19 games when the former Las Vegas HS standout went 0-for-4 for the Nationals during a 4-2 defeat to visiting Colorado.

FEDDE GETS THE CALL -- Erick Fedde (Las Vegas) is listed as the starting pitcher for the Nationals today, making his MLB debut. The former UNLV RHP has been called up from Syracuse (AAA, IL). He'll face the visiting Rockies at 10:35 a.m. (PDT).

 

 

 

Basic, DO Play for Championship

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Saturday

Basic and Desert Oasis lock horns tonight (7) at UNLV for the Nevada state American Legion championship.

Desert Oasis, with one loss, ousted Centennial, 6-5 Friday night.

Despite the fact that Basic is unbeaten and Desert Oasis has one loss, it's a winner-take-all format with the victor moving on to the Western Regional in Denver next week.

The system is antiquated. The teams could easily play a second game in the ensuing two days. But, it is what it is (at the present) and there's nothing anyone can do about it, except complain. And that has fallen on deaf ears in the past.

Basic has easily turned back three opponents, winning by 26-2, 14-4 and 12-0 scores. 

*****

In the Minors . . .

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- The award goes to Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman), who gave up just four hits in six innings for Round Rock (AAA, PCL) to notch his second win. Wagner had a 76-pitch outing, allowing a pair of runs with five Ks and a walk in a 7-2 victory at Sacramento. He's 2-9, 6.77 ERA.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) threw two shutout innings for Modesto (A, Cal), giving up three hits and whiffing two with no walks to lower his ERA to 3.75 . . . Ben Wright (UNLV) pitched two runless frames for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic) allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. He has a 3.59 ERA . . . Tim Peterson (WNC) lowered his ERA to 1.45 and picked up his seventh save for Binghamton (AA, Eastern) with a shutout inning. Peterson walked one, struck out one . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) did not allow a run or a hit in two innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) with three walks, three Ks. He has a 5.54 ERA . . . Sam Wolff (CSN) dropped his ERA to 2.89 for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), giving up a harmless single in one inning with one punch-out.

PITCHING IN -- Danny Reynolds (Durango) threw a pair of innings for Mississippi (AA, Southern), giving up a run on three hts with no walks, two Ks. Reynolds has a 3.30 ERA . . . Aaron Kurcz (Durango) got out the only batter he faced for Midland (AA, Texas), lowering his ERA to 3.00.

GOING DEEP -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) banged his fourth home run, a two-run blast, to help Durham (AAA, IL) to a 5-1 win at Lehigh Valley. Hager was 2-for-4 and is hitting .227 . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) slugged a three-run shot for Connecticut's (ss, NY-Penn) only runs in a 3-2 victory over Vermont. Pearce, hitting .355, has two homers in eight games for the Tigers.

HIT PARADE -- TJ White (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-5 for Chattanooga (AA, Southern), but it was a big one -- a three-run triple in the sixth that helped the Lookouts to a 7-2 win over Birmingham. White is batting .257 . . . Bligh Madris (Foothill) was 2-for-4 for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn) and is hitting .287.

SENT DOWN -- RHP Michael Blazek (Arbor View), who gave up six homers to the Nationals in 2 1/3 innings Thursday, was optioned to Colorado Springs (AAA, PCL) by the Brewers.

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IN THE BIGS -- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) pitched another shutout inning or the Mets in their 7-5 win at Seattle. Sewald threw the eighth, allowing a hit and getting a strikeout in his 22-pitch outing. He picked up his seventh hold and has a 4.07 ERA . . . Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) logged his 28th save for the Twins in a 6-3 win at Oakland, giving up a walk, striking out one in one inning. Kintzler's ERA is 2.78.

 

 

Fedde Gets the Call From Nats

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Friday

Former Las Vegas HS and UNLV standout Erick Fedde has been called up to the major leagues by the Washington Nationals. He's scheduled to start Saturday's home game vs. Colorado.

Fedde, a RHP, was 1-1 at Syracuse (AAA, IL) with a 5.57 ERA, starting seven of 17 games. Earlier, he had logged a 3-3 record (3.04) ERA at double-A Harrisburg (Eastern).

Fedde was a first round sign by the Nationals in 2014, despite having Tommy John surgery and sitting out the season. Fedde, the 18th player drafted in 2014, signed for $2,516,100.

In the Minors Thursday . . .

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- The honor goes to Drew Anderson (Galena) who gave up just one run on two hits in six innings for Reading (AA, Eastern). Anderson (7-4, 3.76) walked three, struck out two and allowed two harmless singles in his 82/44 pitch outing, a 3-1 victory at Hartford.

BEST OF THE RELIEVERS -- Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) pitched a scoreless inning for Kane County (A, Midwest), reducing his ERA to 6.53. Clark did not allow a hit, walking one, striking out one.

PITCHING IN -- Chase Bradford (Silverado) allowed a run on three hits in one inning for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL). He has a 4.15 ERA . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) was the losing pitcher for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic), giving up two runs on a hit and a pair of walks in 1 2/3 innings. Hallead had two punchouts and is 1-1, 6.66 . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) gave up a homer in his one inning on the mound, walking one and striking out the side for Syracuse (AAA, IL). Jepsen's ERA is 18.56 after 5 1/3 innings.

HIT PARADE -- DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) slugged his 20th homer for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal). He was 1-for-5 after the ninth inning two-run shot and is batting .286 . . . T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) had a pair of singles in five ABs for Chattanooga (AA, Southern) and is hitting .258 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) went 2-for-4 for Toledo (AAA, IL), upping his average to .278 . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) is hitting .370 at Connecticut (ss, NY-Penn) after a double and a single in four at-bats, driving in a pair of runs . . . T.J. Friedl (UNR) went 2-for-4 for Daytona (A, Florida State). He's hitting .258.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) went 3-for-5 with a first inning two-run homer and a solo dinger in the third, giving him 27 for the season. Harper, batting .338, extended his hit streak to 19 games as the Nationals bombed Brewers starter Michael Blazek (Arbor View), 15-2. Blazek gave up six homers (count 'em, six) in 2 1/3 innings. He allowed eight earned runs, striking out four.

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High Schools . . .

LEGION TOURNAMENT -- Basic will have to wait another day to find out who it will play in the championship game of the Nevada state American Legion tournament.

The Wolves rolled past Silverado, 12-0 in seven innings to claim one spot in the title game Saturday night at 7 at UNLV. In the early game, Centennial topped previously unbeaten Desert Oasis, 9-5 to force another game tonight (Friday) at 7. The winner plays Basic.

Thursday's highlights:

Centennial 9, Desert Oasis 5:

Hitting -- Centennial: Austin Kryszczuk, 2-4-2-2, HR, double; Adam Hazen, 3-1-2-2; Desert Oasis: Chaison Miklich, 5-1-2-3, HR, double.

Pitching -- Centennial: Kian Wilbur, 6 ip, 0 r, 4 h, 2 k, 2 w, 95/52 pitches

Basic 12, Silverado 0 (7):

Hitting -- Basic: Jack Wold, 3-1-2-4, HR; Roger Riley, 4-2-2-2; David Hudleson, 4-2-2-0; Nicholas Thompson, 4-2-2-0; John Bobo, 1-4-1-0; Silverado: Dax Fellows, 4-0-3-0, double

Pitching -- Basic: Anthony Avila, 5 ip, 0 r, 4 h, 5 k, 2 w, 81/53 pitches

 

Connie Mack Schedule Set

Originally posted: 10:30 a.m., Friday

Southern Nevada Baseball will open pool play in the Connie Mack World Series Saturday against the South Troy, NY Dodgers.

​The annual tournament in Farmington, NM features 16 teams in the four pools. Each team will play three games in two days (Saturday, Sunday) with the top two in each pool advancing to the nine-team double elimination tourney, starting Tuesday. The host team is part of the nine-team bracket field.

​SNB's game with South Troy has a 10:30 a.m. (PDT) start Saturday at the Farmington Sports Complex. SNB will also meet D-Bat Elite Saturday (4:15) at Ricketts Park, then conclude pool play Sunday at 8:30 a.m. vs. the Midland, OH Redskins at Worley Field.

The Pools:

​A -- SoCal Renegades, Vaqueros Carolina (Puerto Rico), Nashville, TN Knights, Grand Rapids, MI Diamonds

​B -- Midland, OH Redskins, South Troy, NY Dodgers, D-Bat Elite (Dallas), Southern Nevada Baseball

C -- Connecticut Bombers, D-Bat 17 (Dallas), Florida Legends, All-Star Baseball, AZ

​D -- East Cobb, GA Yankees, Danville, CA Hoots, Texas Stix (Dallas/Ft. Worth), D-Bat 18 (Dallas)

NOTES -- Southern Nevada Baseball is the youngest team in the field with only five high school graduates on the 20-man roster. Seven will be returning for their senior years, five will be juniors and three are sophomores-to-be . . . The World Series has been expanded this year from 12 to 17 teams (including the host team) . . . This is the first year for pool play . . . The championship game is Sunday, Aug. 6 . . . Farmington has been the host for the World Series since 1965 . . . Teams that finish third or fourth in pool play will go home Monday, an off day for the tourney . . . East Cobb and the Dallas Tigers were co-champs last year. The championship game was called because of rain in the fourth inning with the score tied, 4-4 . . . Each team can have a roster of 24.

Southern Nevada Roster (Name, Pos., Age, Grad Year, School)

Dominyck Bullard, C/3B/OF, 15, 2020, Bishop Gorman

Tyler Curtis, SS, 17, 2018, Bishop Gorman

Seth Delgado, C, 18, 2017, Millennium, AZ

Vince Esquer, 2B/OF, 14, 2020, Millennium, AZ

John Gaughan, 3B, 16, 2019, Bishop Gorman

Steve Giatti, C, 17, 2019, Durango

Anthony Guzman, Util., 17, 2018, Rancho

Carlos Hernandez, 1B, 17, 2018, Rancho

Cole Jordan, SS/2B, 17, 2019, Santiago (Corona, CA)

Zach Kriethe, RHP/1B, 17, 2018, Sierra Vista

Richard Mascarenas, SS/2B, 18, 2017, Durango

Hobbs Nyberg, SS, 18, 2018, Dixie HS (St. George, UT)

Ernny Ordonez, SS/3B, 18, 2017, Millennium, AZ

Austin Raleigh, LHP, 16, 2019, Palo Verde

Bryce Robison, 3B/RHP, 16, 2019, Palo Verde

Zach Rowley, SS/RHP, 15, 2020, Palo Verde

Gino Sabey, CF, 18, 2017, Centennial

Ryan Sepede, OF, 17, 2018, Bishop Gorman

Logan Valencia, 1B/OF, 17, 2018, Apple Valley, CA

Miguel Valenzuela, 1B, 19, 2016, Rockford, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday's Games

  Minor League Roundup

Originally posted: 8:30 a.m., Thursday

HIT PARADE -- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) lifted his average at Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) to .326 with three singles in four ABs . . . Evan Van Hoosier (Green Valley) had his second straight two-hit game (in four at-bats) for the Down East Wood Ducks (A, Carolina), moving his average to .226 . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) was 2-for-4 for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian) and is hitting .312 . . . Chris Dickerson (UNR) was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer (his sixth) and a double for Norfolk (AAA, IL), upping his average to .255 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) had a pair of hits in four ABs for Toledo (AAA, IL) and is batting .276.

WE HAVE SOME WINNERS ! -- Tim Peterson and Connor Harber, both of whom pitched at Western Nevada JC, logged wins Wednesday. Peterson had a blown save, but got the victory for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), allowing a run on one hit in two innings while striking out three. Peterson is 4-3, 1.49 ERA . . . Harber, the starter for Carolina (A, Carolina) worked five innings, giving up a run on four hits with four Ks and a pair of walks. He is 3-7, 5.12 ERA.

K-MAN -- Zack Hartman (Arbor View) got seven of nine outs on strikeouts for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal). Hartman, recently elevated to high A, gave up a run on two hits and walked two. He has a 1.29 ERA after seven innings. Rancho knocked off visiting Lancaster, 3-2. Hartman pitched the fourth through sixth innings, using 55 pitches, 35 strikes.

PITCHING IN -- Aaron Kurcz (Durango) gave up a run on three hits in two innings for Midland (AA, Texas). He has a 3.07 ERA . . . Danny Reynolds (Durango) pitched two frames for Mississippi (AA, Southern), allowing one run on three hits with two Ks. His ERA is 3.30 . . . Chasen Shreve (Bonanza) had a blown save for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA, IL), being touched for a run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked one. Shreve has a 1.59 ERA . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) threw to one batter (five pitches) and got a pop-up for Charlotte (A, Florida State), reducing his ERA slightly to 2.63.

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IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) was 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs in St. Louis' 6-5 win over Colorado, moving his average to .312 . . . Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) was the losing pitcher for Minnesota, giving up a walk-off ninth inning run at Dodger Stadium. Kintzler allowed four hits in 1 1/3 innings. He's 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) singled in four ABs to stretch his hit streak to 18 games as the Nationals edged Milwaukee, 6-5.

CALLED UP, LOSES -- Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) was called up to the big leagues by Atlanta Wednesday, got the start and suffered the loss, a 10-3 setback at Arizona. Blair lasted three innings, gave up five runs on five hits (including a two-run homer by Ketel Marte in the four-run third. Blair was 6-5, 4.86 ERA in 87 innings at Gwinnett (AAA, IL).

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Colleges . . .

LOPEZ HONORED -- Former University of Arizona HC Andy Lopez will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) hall of fame in January.

Lopez won 1,174 games in his college coaching career with stops at Cal State Dominguez Hills (six years), Pepperdine (six years), Florida (seven years) and Arizona (14 years.)

He is only one of two coaches to win a national title at two schools (Pepperdine, Arizona). Lopez won the College World Series at Pepperdine in 1992 and at Arizona in 2012.

ZAP LAUDED -- Mike "Zap" Zapolski, the sports information director at Pepperdine during the Andy Lopez reign, will be inducted into the Waves' sports Hall of Fame later this year. Zap spent 20 years as an administrator in the Pepperdine athletic department and is now the athletic director at Augustana University (Moline, IL). He was previously the AD at Anderson U., IN.

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High Schools . . .

LEGION TOURNAMENT -- Silverado edged Coronado, 12-10 and Centennial knocked off Liberty, 11-6 in elimination games of the Nevada state American Legion tournament at UNLV Wednesday night.

Tonight, Centennial tries to stay alive vs. undefeated Desert Oasis at 5 while Silverado meets unbeaten Basic at 8. If both Desert Oasis and Basic win, they'll play Saturday night in a winner-take-all championship game.

Wednesday's Roundup:

Silverado 12, Coronado 10:

Hitting -- Silverado: Dax Fellows, 5-2-3-4, double; Caleb Hubbard, 4-2-2-3; Coronado: Ryan Kiernan, 6-2-4-2; Jake McLean, 5-2-3-3, HR; Ryan Murphy, 4-1-2-0; Christian Herrera, 5-1-2-1, double; Dru Pippin, 6-0-2-2; Ethan Stephens, 5-1-2-0 (NOTE: Coronado outhit Silverado, 17-9.)

Pitching -- Silverado: James McCarthy, 5 ip, 1 er, 6 h, 2 k, 4 w, 103/54 pitches

Centennial 11, Liberty 6:

Hitting -- Centennial: Zackary Simon, 5-1-3-1, double; Nikolaus Dobar, 3-3-2-0, double; Liberty: Luis Reyes, 4-2-2-0, double

Pitching -- Centennial: Trevor Wright, 6 ip, 0 r, 0 h, 7 k, 1 w, 74/46 pitches

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CONNIE MACK WS -- Two Palo Verde HS seniors to be -- Jacob and Jaret Godman -- will be playing in the Connie Mack World Series for the D-Bat 18u team (Dallas, TX). The D-Bat organization has three teams that qualified for the World Series, set to begin Saturday in Farmington, NM with pool play. Southern Nevada Baseball is one of 17 teams entered with the four pools to be announced Friday.

 

Baseball Roundup

  Hot Night for Ex-Gorman Trio

     Gallo Hits Two Jacks; Sewald, Field Star

Originally posted: 8:15 a.m., Wednesday

Three former Bishop Gorman HS standouts stood out Tuesday night in pro ball.

-- Joey Gallo clubbed a pair of solo homers for the Rangers, giving him 25 for the season. He was 2-for-3 with three runs in Texas' 10-4 win over visiting Miami. Gallo upped his average to .199.

-- Paul Sewald pitched two perfect innings (seventh and eighth) for the Mets in their 6-5 victory at San Diego. Sewald struck out three of the six, using just 18 pitches, 14 of 'em strikes. It was his seventh hold as the RHP lowered his ERA to 4.17.

-- Johnny Field, playing for Durham (AAA, IL), stroked a double and two singles, driving in two runs in leading the Bulls to a 3-1 win at Buffalo. Field raised his average to .271. Field is 8-for-16 over the last four games. Durham is 63-39 and has a 12 1/2-game lead over Gwinnett in the IL South.

In the Minors . . .

THE HIT LEADERS -- Brock Stassi (Nevada-Reno) drove in all of Lehigh Valley's (AAA, IL) runs with a grand salami and a sacrifice fly during a 5-0 win over Gwinnett to lift his average to .326 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) raised his average to .315 with four singles in five ABs for Lancaster (A, Cal) . . . Payton Squier (UNLV) went 3-for-4 with two ribbies for Vermont (ss, NY-Penn) and is hitting .241.

HIT PARADE -- Evan Van Hoosier (Green Valley) was 2-for-4 with a double for Down East (A, Carolina) and is batting .204 . . . DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) went 2-for-4 with a two-bagger for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), raising his average to .287 . . . Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) had two hits in three ABs for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) and is batting .305 . . . Jordan Devencenzi (UNR) lifted his average to .295 with a pair of hits in five ABs for Vermont (ss, NY-Penn) . . . Bligh Madris (Foothill) hit in his eighth straight game for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn), driving in a pair of runs. He's batting .293 . . . Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 2-for-4 for Durham (AAA, IL) and is hitting .220.

WE HAVE A WINNER ! -- Braden Shipley (UNR) allowed 10 hits in five innings, but came away with a win for Reno (AAA, IL). Shipley left with an 8-3 lead with the Aces logging a 9-7 victory at Oklahoma City. Shipley struck out four, walked two in his 100-pitch, 62-strike outing. He's 6-6 with a 6.34 ERA. Shipley gave up his 18th homer, a solo shot.

LOST CAUSES -- Sam Wolfe (CSN) gave up a two-out walk-off homer in the ninth inning as Round Rock (AAA, PCL) lost at Sacramento, 4-3. Wolff (1-2, 3.06) walked the first batter, then induced a double play before the game-winning jack . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR) allowed a run on two hits for the Gulf Coast Rays (rookie) and suffered the loss. He's 1-1, 1.59.

PITCHING IN -- Sam Held (UNR) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings for Hagerstown (A, South Atlantic), allowing two hits with two Ks. He has a 8.50 ERA . . . Kenny Oakley (Coronado) gave up a run on a pair of hits for Asheville (A, Sally), striking out four with no walks. Oakley has a 4.17 ERA . . . D.J. Myers (Coronado) threw an inning for Augusta (A, Sally), giving up a run on two hits with one walk. Myers' ERA is 4.20.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) had a double in four trips to extend his hit streak to 17 games for the Nationals, who lost to visting Milwaukee, 8-0.

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High Schools . . .

LEGION TOURNAMENT -- Desert Oasis is 2-0 in its bracket after a 10-5 win over Centennial Tuesday night in the Nevada state American Legion tournament at UNLV. In the other game, Liberty eliminated Arbor View, 6-3.

Desert Oasis appears to be on a collision course with Basic Saturday night for the championship. DO has a day off, playing Thursday night against tonight's Liberty-Centennial winner. Silverado goes against Coronado at 5 o'clock, followed by the Liberty-Centennial game at 8. Losers go home.

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STREAK HITS 23 -- Southern Nevada Baseball, which begins play in the Connie Mack World Series Saturday, won its 23rd game in a row Tuesday night, capturing the Prospect Wire World Series with an 8-1 victory over NorCal Baseball at the Reds and Indians facilities in Goodyear, AZ.

SNB (37-7) defeated the West Coast Clippers, 10-2 in the semis earlier in the day.

Ryan Sepede (Bishop Gorman) hit a homer in the championship game and pitchers Zack Kriethe (Sierra Vista), Austin Raleigh (Palo Verde) and Bryce Robison (Palo Verde) combined on a six-hitter. The three pitchers are beginning their junior years.

 

 

 

 

Minor Leagues

  Pitchers Takes Center Stage

      York, Church, Kingham, Bonnell Notch Wins

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Tuesday

Tuesday was a winning night for a quartet of pitchers from Nevada. Here's a look:

-- Mikey York (Basic) upped his record to 3-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.09 for Hudson Valley (ss, NY-Penn) with a six-inning shutout performance, limiting Connecticut to four hits while striking out eight with nary a walk. York, who threw 77 pitches (61 strikes), has not allowed a run in his last 17 innings and just four runs in 33 innings for the season.

-- Andrew Church (Basic), who had a bad spot start last week for Binghamton (AA, Eastern) got back on the beam for St. Lucie (A, Florida State), giving up just a pair of runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings, whiffing five, walking two. Church evened his record at 7-7 (4.94 ERA) at St. Lucie. He used 93 pitches, 64 of 'em strikes.

-- Nolan Kingham (Sierra Vista) was equally sharp for Indianapolis (AAA, IL), limiting visiting Rochester to one run on eight hits through seven innings. Kingham (4-6, 4.75 ERA) struck out six and did not issue a walk in the 4-1 win. He threw 98 pitches (67 strikes).

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) had a very good relief outing for Modesto (A, Cal), working 3 1/3 shutout innings while allowing just one hit. Bonnell (3-2, 3.86 ERA) struck out five, walked one in his 50-pitch, 36-strike outing.

TAYLOR-MADE -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) is getting closer to the big leagues if he continues to get out batters like he has so far. Cole threw another shutout inning for Buffalo (AAA, IL), getting two of the three Durham hitters on Ks. After recovering from a shoulder injury, Cole has pitched nine innings this season (GCL Rays, Dunedin and Buffalo) and has given up nuthin'. He used 12 pitches (8 strikes) to get a pair of strikeouts, sandwiched around a Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) groundout to first.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Ben Wright (UNLV) threw a 1-2-3 inning for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic), using 12 pitches. Wright has not given up a run in his last four outings (4 1/3 ip) . . . Chasen Shreve (Bonanza) lowered his ERA to 0.93 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA, IL) with 1 1/3 runless innings. He gave up a hit, struck out two . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen) pitched 1 1/3 scorelesss innings for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer), allowing two hits while striking out two and walking one . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) had a pair of Ks in one inning for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic) in a runless outing, giving up one hit and reducing his ERA to 3.55.

PITCHING IN -- Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) allowed three runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) with three walks, one K. Gonzalez has a 12.08 ERA . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) was touched for two runs on four hits in three innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), striking out two with no walks. Kremer's ERA is 5.71.

HIT PARADE -- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) upped his average to .265 at Durham (AAA, IL) with a single and his 26th double in five trips, driving in a pair of runs . . . Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) went 3-for-5 with a triple for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) and is hitting .291 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) was 3-for-4 with a triple for Toledo (AAA, IL), upping his average to .273 . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) had a 3-for-5 night with an RBI for Princeton (rookie, Appy) and is batting .301.

IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) continue his hot hand for St. Louis, hitting his 14th homer (solo) in a 2-for-3 game (two walks) as the Cardinals topped visiting Colorado, 8-2.

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High Schools . . .

LEGION TOURNAMENT -- Basic is in the driver's seat in its bracket of the Nevada state American Legion tournament after a 14-4 victory over Coronado Monday night at UNLV. The Wolves (2-0) will get two days off before an 8 o'clock contest Thursday night vs. a team from the loser's bracket.

Basic used the big inning again, getting a 10-spot in the second. The game ended in the eighth when the Wolves scored thrice for a 14-4 lead.

In the other game Tuesday, Silverado eliminated Rancho, 12-1 in seven innings.

Tonight, Arbor View meets Liberty in an elimination contest at 5 with Centennial and Desert Oasis, both winners Sunday, clashing at 8.

Monday's highlights:

Silverado 12, Rancho 1 (7 innings, Rancho eliminated):

Hitting -- Silverado: Dax Fellows, 5-2-2-3, HR; Tyler Paasche, 4-2-2-1; Rancho: David Arambula, 3-0-2-0

Pitching -- Silverado: Christopher Cortez, 7 lp, 1 r, 0 er, 6 h, 4 k, 0 w, 88/64 pitches

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Basic 14, Coronado 4 (8):

Hitting -- Basic: Garrett Giles, 4-2-2-3; Jack Wold, 5-1-2-1, two doubles; Jerry Smith, 2-2-1-2, HR; Coronado: Taylor Darden, 4-0-2-1; Ryan Murphy, 4-0-2-1, double

Pitching -- Basic: Shane Spencer, 5 ip, 2 er, 5 h, 2 k, 2 w, 69/42 pitches; Coronado: Braydon Buttweiler, 3 ip, 1 r, 2 h, 27/18 pitches

 

Minor Leagues

  Pitchers Takes Center Stage

      York, Church, Kingham, Bonnell Notch Wins

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Tuesday

Tuesday was a winning night for a quartet of pitchers from Nevada. Here's a look:

-- Mikey York (Basic) upped his record to 3-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.09 for Hudson Valley (ss, NY-Penn) with a six-inning shutout performance, limiting Connecticut to four hits while striking out eight with nary a walk. York, who threw 77 pitches (61 strikes), has not allowed a run in his last 17 innings and just four runs in 33 innings for the season.

-- Andrew Church (Basic), who had a bad spot start last week for Binghamton (AA, Eastern) got back on the beam for St. Lucie (A, Florida State), giving up just a pair of runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings, whiffing five, walking two. Church evened his record at 7-7 (4.94 ERA) at St. Lucie. He used 93 pitches, 64 of 'em strikes.

-- Nolan Kingham (Sierra Vista) was equally sharp for Indianapolis (AAA, IL), limiting visiting Rochester to one run on eight hits through seven innings. Kingham (4-6, 4.75 ERA) struck out six and did not issue a walk in the 4-1 win. He threw 98 pitches (67 strikes).

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) had a very good relief outing for Modesto (A, Cal), working 3 1/3 shutout innings while allowing just one hit. Bonnell (3-2, 3.86 ERA) struck out five, walked one in his 50-pitch, 36-strike outing.

TAYLOR-MADE -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) is getting closer to the big leagues if he continues to get out batters like he has so far. Cole threw another shutout inning for Buffalo (AAA, IL), getting two of the three Durham hitters on Ks. After recovering from a shoulder injury, Cole has pitched nine innings this season (GCL Rays, Dunedin and Buffalo) and has given up nuthin'. He used 12 pitches (8 strikes) to get a pair of strikeouts, sandwiched around a Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) groundout to first.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Ben Wright (UNLV) threw a 1-2-3 inning for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic), using 12 pitches. Wright has not given up a run in his last four outings (4 1/3 ip) . . . Chasen Shreve (Bonanza) lowered his ERA to 0.93 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA, IL) with 1 1/3 runless innings. He gave up a hit, struck out two . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen) pitched 1 1/3 scorelesss innings for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer), allowing two hits while striking out two and walking one . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) had a pair of Ks in one inning for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic) in a runless outing, giving up one hit and reducing his ERA to 3.55.

PITCHING IN -- Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) allowed three runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) with three walks, one K. Gonzalez has a 12.08 ERA . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) was touched for two runs on four hits in three innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), striking out two with no walks. Kremer's ERA is 5.71.

HIT PARADE -- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) upped his average to .265 at Durham (AAA, IL) with a single and his 26th double in five trips, driving in a pair of runs . . . Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) went 3-for-5 with a triple for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) and is hitting .291 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) was 3-for-4 with a triple for Toledo (AAA, IL), upping his average to .273 . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) had a 3-for-5 night with an RBI for Princeton (rookie, Appy) and is batting .301.

IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) continue his hot hand for St. Louis, hitting his 14th homer (solo) in a 2-for-3 game (two walks) as the Cardinals topped visiting Colorado, 8-2.

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High Schools . . .

LEGION TOURNAMENT -- Basic is in the driver's seat in its bracket of the Nevada state American Legion tournament after a 14-4 victory over Coronado Monday night at UNLV. The Wolves (2-0) will get two days off before an 8 o'clock contest Thursday night vs. a team from the loser's bracket.

Basic used the big inning again, getting a 10-spot in the second. The game ended in the eighth when the Wolves scored thrice for a 14-4 lead.

In the other game Tuesday, Silverado eliminated Rancho, 12-1 in seven innings.

Tonight, Arbor View meets Liberty in an elimination contest at 5 with Centennial and Desert Oasis, both winners Sunday, clashing at 8.

Monday's highlights:

Silverado 12, Rancho 1 (7 innings, Rancho eliminated):

Hitting -- Silverado: Dax Fellows, 5-2-2-3, HR; Tyler Paasche, 4-2-2-1; Rancho: David Arambula, 3-0-2-0

Pitching -- Silverado: Christopher Cortez, 7 lp, 1 r, 0 er, 6 h, 4 k, 0 w, 88/64 pitches

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Basic 14, Coronado 4 (8):

Hitting -- Basic: Garrett Giles, 4-2-2-3; Jack Wold, 5-1-2-1, two doubles; Jerry Smith, 2-2-1-2, HR; Coronado: Taylor Darden, 4-0-2-1; Ryan Murphy, 4-0-2-1, double

Pitching -- Basic: Shane Spencer, 5 ip, 2 er, 5 h, 2 k, 2 w, 69/42 pitches; Coronado: Braydon Buttweiler, 3 ip, 1 r, 2 h, 27/18 pitches

 

Minor Leagues

  Blair's Travel Odyssey

Originally posted: 9:15 a.m., Monday

Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) made a cross-country flight to Los Angeles as a potential fill-in Atlanta starter Friday if Jamie Garcia was traded by the Braves.

Not needed, Blair flew back nearly 3,000 miles Saturday and found himself starting Sunday for Gwinnett (AAA, IL) against visiting Indianapolis.

“It definitely was a short turnaround. I think I was in LA for about a half day or maybe 16 hours,” said the right-hander. “But at least I racked up some good air miles.”

Matt Wisler, who had been scheduled to start Sunday for Gwinnett, instead headed west to stand by in case Atlanta had a bullpen opening early during a three-game series at Arizona starting Monday.

“The Braves told us what was going on, so I knew what might happen or not happen,” Blair said of his travel odyssey. “I was ready for anything.”

Sunday’s outing was scheduled to be just the equivalent of a between-starts tune-up so he would still be available if Garcia is dealt before his next scheduled game Wednesday at Arizona. Blair overcame two hits and a walk in his inning of work, throwing 22 pitches.  

Elsewhere in the Minors . . .

1-2-3 -- Three pitchers had perfect innings for their respective teams Sunday . . . Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) needed just eight pitches (six strikes) to get three groundouts for Kane County (A, Midwest) . . . Sam Wolff (CSN) got two punchouts and a fly out for Round Rock (AAA, PCL) in a 12-pitch, 7-strike outing . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) used 11 tosses (7 strikes) to get two fly outs and a ground ball out for Charlotte (A, Florida), notching his first hold

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Aaron Kurcz (Durango) walked one, struck out two in his inning for Midland (AA, Texas), lowering his ERA to 2.84 . . . Tim Peterson (WNC) logged his seventh hold for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), whiffing two and giving up a hit in 1 2/3 innings. Peterson has a 1.34 ERA.

FOR STARTERS -- Thomas Pannone (CSN) had a no decision for Akron (AA, Eastern), giving up two runs on six hits in five innings with seven Ks and one walk. Pannone is 5-1, 2.61 at Akron, 7-1, 1.91 overall . . . Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman), who has pitched well of late, was touched for five runs on nine hits in five innings for Round Rock (AAA, PCL) with five Ks and three walks. Wagner is 1-9, 7.09 ERA.

PITCHING IN -- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) made his pro debut for Eugene (ss, Northwest) and it didn't go well. Uelmen came on in relief in the seventh inning in a 0-0 game and allowed three earned runs on four hits and was tagged for the loss. He struck out three, walked one. Uelman was a fourth round pick of the Cubs in the recent draft out of Cal Poly (SLO) . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) gave up a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings for Syracuse (AAA, IL), striking out two, walking one.

GOING DEEP -- Grant Heyman (CSN) clobbered his 15th homer for Visalia (A, Cal), a two-run shot. He's batting .255 . . . Brock Stassi (UNR) hit his second homer (solo) for Lehigh Valley (AAA, IL) . .. Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) slugged his third dinger for Great Falls (rookie, Pioneer).

HIT PARADE -- Austin Byler (UNR) was 3-for-5 with a double and a triple for Visalia (A, Cal), upping his average to .252 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) had a double and a single with two ribbies and two runs for Lancaster (A, Cal) and is hitting .311 . . . Bligh Madris (Foothill) was 2-for-3 for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn) and is batting .298.

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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) hit his 23rd homer, a solo in Texas' 6-5 win at Tampa Bay. Gallo upped his average to .194 with a 2-for-4 game . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) was 1-for-5 to stretch his hit streak to 16 games in the Nationals' 6-2 victory at Arizona. Harper is hitting .336.

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High Schools . . .

LEGION TOURNAMENT -- (to come)

 

Saturday's Games

  Minor League Roundup

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Sunday

Highlights from Saturday's minor league action:

RELIEVERS SHINE -- Ben Wright (UNLV) used 12 pitches (nine strikes) to whiff the three batters he faced for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic), all three called. He reduced his ERA to 3.86 . . . Chase Bradford (Silverado) threw a scoreless inning for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) giving up a hit with one K. Bradford's ERA is 4.01 . . . Kenny Oakley (Coronado) came on to get the final two outs of the seventh inning and get the win for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), having one K. Oakley is 3-3, 4.15 ERA . . . Tim Peterson (WNC) used 11 pitches (7 strikes) to put down the three hitters he faced for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), getting two on strikeouts and reducing his ERA to 1.40 . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) pitched a scoreless inning for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic), allowing a pair of hits with one K.

PITCHING IN -- Drew Anderson (Galena), who has pitched very well this season for Reading (AA, Eastern), lasted just one out (16 pitches), giving up five runs, including four singles and a three-run homer. Anderson was the loser in the 5-1 setback to visiting Erie. He's 6-4, 3.91 ERA . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR) gave up a run on two hits in two innings for the Gulf Coast League Rays (rookie) with three Ks and one walk. He has a 0.87 ERA after 10 1/3 innings.

HIT PARADE -- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) had a pair of singles in four ABs for Durham (AAA, IL) during a 9-1 loss to visiting Lehigh Valley, lifting his average to .262 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) was 2-for-5 for Lancaster (A, Cal) and is hitting .309 . . . Jordan Devencenzi (UNR) had a pair of hits in four ABs for Vermont (ss, NY-Penn), lifting his average to .304 . . . DJ Peters (WNC) was 2-for-5 for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal). He's batting .285 . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) is hitting .600 (6-for-10) at Connecticut (ss, NY-Penn) after a double and a single in four at-bats.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) hit his 25th homer and also doubled in five ABs to raise his average to .338 in leading the Nationals past host Arizona, 4-3. It was Harper's 15th straight game with a hit . . . Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) notched his 27th save for the Twins, pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing one hit in a 6-5 victory over Detroit.

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High Schools . . .

LEGION TOURNEY -- Coronado and Basic won first round games Saturday in the Nevada state American Legion tournament at UNLV. Coronado turned back Silverado, 11-1 and Basic battered Rancho, 26-2. Both games went seven innings because of the run rule.

Tonight, third seeded Centennial faces sixth seed Arbor View at 5 and #2 seed Desert Oasis takes on #7 Liberty at 8.

Jack Wold led Basic with a 5-for-6 night, driving in six runs with a homer and two doubles. Roger Riley and Garrett Giles had four hits each while JJ Smith and John Howard-Bobo hit safely three times.

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BONANZA OUSTED -- The Hoots eliminated Bonanza, 11-4 in the semifinals of the Southern California Connie Mack regional at Golden West College in Huntington Beach Saturday. The Dukes turned back Temecula, 7-1 in the other semi.

The Hoots and Dukes meet this morning (Sunday) with the winner advancing to the Connie Mack World Series next week in Farmington, NM.

 

 

Hartman Makes the Most of Move

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Saturday

Zack Hartman, promoted to high A Rancho Cucamonga Thursday, made the most of his first appearance in the Cal League Friday night, throwing four shutout innings and getting a win.

Hartman, a former Arbor View HS and UNLV standout, came on in relief in the fourth inning for the Quakes and limited host San Jose to just two hits while striking out two and not giving up a walk. Rancho won, 6-1.

Hartman, traded to the Dodgers from the Angels just prior to the current season, was 0-2 with a 4.20 ERA at Ogden (rookie, Pioneer), but had thrown well recently. He needed just 43 pitches in the four innings Friday, 26 of them strikes.

The right-handed Hartman spent the first 2 1/2 months in extended spring, then made his 2017 debut on June 19 for Ogden.

Elsewhere in the Minors . . .

OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) made his triple-A debut for Buffalo (IL) Friday, throwing a shutout eighth inning at Louisville as the Bisons romped, 13-2. Cole induced a fly out and a ground ball out, walked a batter, then got another fly ball out. He used 17 pitches.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF II -- Danny Reynolds (Durango) got a save for Mississippi (AA, Southern), shooting down all four batters he faced, striking out three. It was his second save and dropped his ERA to 3.25 . . . Chasen Shreve (Bonanza) threw two shutout innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA, IL), giving up a hit and a walk and whiffing two . . . Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) threw an inning for Modesto (A, Cal), allowing two hits, striking out two in reducing his ERA to 4.20.

HITS GALORE -- Garrett Hampson (Reno), Grant Heyman (CSN) and Jordan Pearce (Nevada-Reno) all had three hits Friday night . . . Hampson was 3-for-4, driving in four runs with an RBI single, a two-run single and a sac fly to move his average to .307 for Lancaster (A, Cal). He also had two stolen bases, giving him 30 in 36 attempts . . . Heyman was 3-for-5 with two homers -- a three-run shot and a solo -- for Visalia (A, Cal). He now has 14 jacks and a .259 average . . . Pearce was 3-for-3 with two ribbies in his second game for Connecticut (ss, NY-Penn).

ASSIGNED -- RHP Andrew Church (Basic), who had a spot start for Binghamton (AA, Eastern) Wednesday, was moved back to St. Lucie (A, Florida State) . . . 1B/DH Chris Carter (Sierra Vista), released by the Yankees and signed by the A's, has been placed on the Nashville Sounds (AAA, PCL) roster.

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High Schools . . .

BONANZA IN SEMIS -- Bonanza, despite losing Friday and having a 1-2 record, is in the semifinals of the Southern California Connie Mack regional at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

The Bengals fell to Dukes Baseball, 7-2 Friday, but allowed the least runs of the three 1-2 teams in the pool and thus advanced. Bonanza will meet the Hoots of Northern California today at 4 at GWC. The Hoots won their pool with a 3-0 record. The Dukes meet Temecula in the other semi. The championship game is Sunday at 9 a.m.

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LEGION PLAY -- The Nevada state American Legion tournament begins tonight at UNLV with No. 5 seed Silverado meeting #4 Coronado at 5 o'clock and #8 Rancho taking on top-seeded Basic at 8ish. Sunday's first round games match Arbor View (#6) vs. Centennial (#3) at 5 and Liberty (#7) against Desert Oasis (#2) at 8 or so.

 

 

It's Home Run Derby Time !

Originally posted: 8:15 a.m., Friday

There is much talk about baseballs being juiced this season, which I don't believe. But the long ball did take precedent Thursday in the minors. Here's a look:

-- Bligh Madris (Foothill), a recent ninth round sign in June by the Pirates out of Colorado Mesa, hit two solo dingers to highlight his 4-for-4 game for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn), lifting his average 33 points to .280.

-- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) clobbered his 10th HR for Durham (AAA, IL), a two-run shot. Field is batting .261.

-- Justin Jones (Gorman) banged his second homer of his young pro career for the Arizona League A's (rookie) and is hitting .220.

-- Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) hit his first pro home run, a two-run shot for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian) in a 2-for-4 game. Bridgman upped his average to .302.

-- Jordan Pearce, like Bridgman, a 2017 sign out of UNR, went deep for the third time this season and his first at Connecticut (ss, NY-Penn). Pearce played his first 13 contests for the Gulf Coast Tigers (rookie), hitting .342, then was sent to Lakeland (A, Florida State) where he was 0-for-8 in two games. Detroit then moved him to Connecticut where he made his debut Thursday.

-- Brody Westmoreland (CSN) slugged his fifth round-tripper for the Greeneville Astros (rookie, Appy) with a man on base. He was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and is hitting .244.

HIT PARADE -- Mike Meyers (Silverado) had a double and a single in five ABs for Salem (A, Carolina), raising his average to .268 . . . DJ Peters (Western Nevada) had two hits in four trips for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) and is hitting .285 . . . Austin Byler (UNR) and Grant Heyman (CSN) both had a pair of hits for Visalia (A, Cal). Byler went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Heyman was 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. Byler has a .247 average, Heyman .253 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) doubled and singled in four ABs for Toledo (AAA, IL). He's hitting .268.

ONE-OUT WONDER -- For the third time in four games, RHP Sam Wolff (CSN) pitched to just one batter and got him out. Wolff came on in the eighth inning for Round Rock (AAA, PCL) and got a K (10 pitches) to end the inning. Round Rock won, 3-2 over visiting New Orleans. Wolff has a 2.81 ERA.

SAVE NO. 11 -- Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) lowered his ERA to 3.65 for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic), nabbing his 11th save with 1 2/3 shutout innings. He issued two hits, struck out three. Bray has 57 Ks in 37 innings.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) threw two shutout frames for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer), not allowing a hit, giving up two walks. Gonzalez has a 12.19 ERA . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) gave up a lone walk and struck out two in his inning of work for Charlotte (A, Florida State), reducing his ERA to 2.92 . . . Ben Wright (UNLV) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic), allowing one hit and whiffing one. Wright, despite a 1-7 record, has a 3.96 ERA . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen), dropped down to Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) from Great Lakes (A, Midwest), threw 1 1/3 runless frames with one hit, two walks. Stolo, a free agent sign by the Dodgers last year, was 3-2 with a 4.31 ERA at Great Lakes.

PITCHING IN -- D.J. Myers (Coronado) allowed seven hits in three innings, but only one run and actually reduced his ERA to 4.09 for Augusta (A, South Atlantic). Myers fanned two . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) was touched for four runs on two hits, one a three-run homer in one inning for Syracuse (AAA, IL), walking two with one K . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) was the losing pitcher for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), being touched for five runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings. One of the hits was a grand salami. He walked one and had one punch-out.

ASSIGNED -- RHP Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran), a fourth round sign by the Cubs out of Cal Poly (SLO) has been assigned to the Eugene, OR club in the Northwest League (ss).

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IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) continued his hot streak, driving in both St. Louis runs in a 3-2 loss to the Mets in New York. Pham had an eighth inning solo homer (13th), giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. But the Mets got single runs in the eighth and ninth. Pham was 2-for-4, lifting his average to .309 . . . Joey Rickard (Bishop Gorman) had a pair of singles in four trips, driving in a run in the Orioles 9-7 win over the visiting Rangers . . . Michael Blazek (Arbor View) pitched two scoreless innings for the Brewers during a 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh.

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High Schools . . .

BONANZA WINS -- Bonanza stayed in contention for the championship round of the Southern California Connie Mack regional with a 2-0 win over the Colton Nighthawks Thursday at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

Bonanza (1-1 in its pool) plays Dukes Baseball (2-0) today at 1:30 at GWC to finish poll play.

RHP Diego Delgado, a recent graduate of Las Vegas HS, went the distance for Bonanza, using 100 pitches and scattering 10 hits. Colton has 10 D-1 commits on its roster.

Bonanza scored its first run in the fourth on a Torren Brozovich double, a passed ball and a ground out. The Bengals made it 2-0 in the sixth on a walk, a single by Julio Seperich, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Rivera. Bonanza had five hits with Seperich going 3-for-3.

Other scores: Dukes 8, Santa Rosa 1; Hoots 4, Temecula 3; Team Genesis 5, Legends 4.

 

Minor League Roundup

  Relievers Take a Back Seat

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Thursday

There were a couple of good outings for Nevada minor league pitchers, but generally Wednesday was one most would like to forget.

HEAD OF THE CLASS -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) made it six innings without allowing a run, throwing one frame for Dunedin (A, Florida State), giiving up a hit and striking out two. Cole has worked three innings of rehab for the Gulf Coast Rays (rookie) and three with Dunedin . . . Chase Bradford (Silverado), recently dropped down to Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) by the Mets, had a 1-2-3 ninth inning to collect his 10th save, getting one K in a 4-2 win over visiting Fresno. Bradford has a 4.13 ERA.

UGH DEPT. -- Andrew Church (Basic), called up to double-A Binghamton (Eastern) for a spot start, was touched for 10 runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings, giving up two homers that accounted for three of the runs. He walked six which didn't help, fanning three in a 100-pitch, 58-strike outing . . . Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista) was lit up for eight runs on seven hits for Indianapolis (AAA, IL) in a game vs. Durham, walking four, striking out five. The loss ran his record to 3-6, 5.16 ERA

MORE UGH -- Braden Shipley (UNR) continued to have his problems of late, giving up six runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings as the starter for Reno (AAA, PCL), suffering his sixth loss and his third in a row. Shipley walked five and had zero Ks. He's 5-6, 6.39 ERA and has allowed 25 earned runs on 36 hits in 16 2/3 innings over the last four games . . . Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue) could not get an out for Syracuse (AAA, IL) in his relief outing, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks.

PITCHING IN -- Erick Fedde (Las Vegas) started for Syracuse (AAA, IL) and went five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and leaving with a 4-2 lead, but Louisville eventually won, 9-5. Fedde (1-1, 5.57 ERA) struck out three with no walks . . . Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) pitched an inning for Kane County (A, Midwest), giving up a pair of solo homers, striking out two as his ERA jumped to 8.00 at Kane.

HITTER OF THE DAY -- Efren Navarro (UNLV) slugged a pair of homers (solo, two-run shot) in a 4-for-5 game for Toledo (AAA, IL), lifting his average to .265. Navarro has nine home runs.

HIT PARADE -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-5 with a solo homer (his eighth) for Chattanooga (AA, Southern), raising his average to .265 . . . Johnny Field (Gorman) had a pair of singles in four ABs for Durham (AAA, IL), upping his average to .261. His first hit came against Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista) of Indianapolis . . . Bligh Madris (Foothill) was 3-for-6 with his first homer as a pro (a solo) and a triple for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn). He's batting .247 . . . T.J. Friedl (UNR) was 2-for-3 with two ribbies for Daytona (A, Florida State) and is hitting .266.

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IN THE BIGS -- Joey Gallo (Gorman) belted his 22nd homer for Texas during a 10-2 loss at Baltimore. Gallo is hitting .191 . . . Paul Sewald (Gorman) did not issue a hit, but was charged with two runs for the Mets during a 7-3 win over visiting St. Louis. Sewald came on in the seventh inning to strike out Tommy Pham (Durango), then gave up two walks sandwiched around a fly out in the eighth. After striking out the next hitter, Sewald was relieved. The reliever then allowed a single to score the two runs . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas), who has a 13-game hit streak, sat out the Nationals' 7-0 loss at Angel Stadium.

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High Schools . . .

BONANZA FALLS -- Bonanza, the Nevada Connie Mack champion, lost to Santa Rosa, 2-0 in the opening round of the Southern California regional at Maverick Park in West Covina Wednesday. Bonanza plays the Colton Nighthawks today at 4:30 at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

Other scores Wednesday: Dukes 9, Colton 6; Temecula 7, Legends 4; Hoots 3, Team Genesis 1

 

 

The Mr. Ed and Uncle Timmy Show

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Wednesday

The Dog and Pony Show, aka Mr. Ed and Uncle Timmy, is making the rounds.

Mr. Ed (of R-J fame) had a column recently on the adventures of Uncle Timmy and all his problems and then I heard that Tim boy had gone on the radio with his sob story.

It's a sad, sad, sad, sad epic and Uncle Timmy can be blamed for it all, despite Mr. Ed's blabber.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Uncle Timmy has a bad back and he's had all kinds of surgeries. And that's too bad. But it had nothing to do with his boozing.

The thing I disliked about the story was the reference about the UNLV program not being the same since Uncle Timmy left. And who's fault is that? Uncle Timmy left the program in sad shape and it's taken a while to get over the bad publicity.

As usual, Mr. Ed is listening to just one person -- and guess who it is.

Uncle Timmy had plenty of talent at UNLV but he didn't have "it." There are certain coaches that have "it" and know how to meld that talent into a consistent winner with playoff aspirations every season. Uncle Timmy wasn't one of 'em.

Uncle Timmy, prior to his CSN tenure, coached at Bishop Gorman for 10 years, but could never win the big won. After he left, Gorman won seven straight state championships.

Uncle Timmy did win an NJCAA title back in 2003, but couldn't return to the World Series until 2010 when he had Harper, Roach and Shreve and a couple of others who went pro. And still he couldn't win it.

(CSN should be in the JC World Series EVERY year. It plays in a very soft league, so all it has to do is win the conference tournament, then beat a team from Arizona in the western regional. That's it. CSN should be like Gorman, and now Basic -- if those teams don't get to state they've had a bad year.)

But I digress.

One item that came out of the story was that Uncle Timmy will never work in Vegas again.

Boy, is that true. Hooray.

Uncle Timmy, in the story, says that he'll have to go out of Vegas to get a college job. But who in the hell (outside of Vegas) knows who he is. Sorry, Uncle Timmy, that ain't gonna happen, either.

One knowledgeable parent once told me that when Uncle Timmy was at UNLV, "it was the worst coached team in America."

That doesn't say much for the Timster.

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And now back to reality . . .

Minor Leagues . . .

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- Mikey York (Basic) has his second straight strong start for Hudson Valley (ss, NY-Penn), not allowing a run (five hits) in five innings to run his record to 2-1 (1.33 ERA). York struck out three and did not issue a walk in his 81-pitch/62-strike outing. In 27 innings, York has given up just four runs, none in the last two games (11 innings).

PITCHER OF THE DAY II -- Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman), who has had his ups and downs this season, was definitely up Tuesday for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), limiting visiting New Orleans to just one run on two hits in six innings. Both hits (double, single) came in the third, but the Zephyrs didn't get a smell after that. Wagner finished strong, but was pulled after 89 pitches and a 2-1 lead. He had a no decision as Round Rock won in the 10th on a walk-off homer, 5-3.

SPOT START? -- With Binghamton (AA, Eastern) having a couple of doubleheaders this week, RHP Andrew Church (Basic) has been promoted to the club from St. Lucie (A, Florida State). He was due to throw in the opening game of a twin bill today. Church, a second round pick of the Mets in 2013, is 6-7, 5.14 ERA in 98 ip.

PITCHING IN -- Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran) finally put together a scoreless outing for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian), working two innings, giving up three hits with three Ks and no walks. In his previous four games, Trageton had allowed 19 runs on 24 hits in 10 1/3 innings . . . Sam Wolff (CSN), for the second straight game, threw to just one batter and got him out for Round Rock (AAA, PCL). Wolff has a 2.87 ERA . . . Aaron Kurcz (Durango) gave up a run on two hits and two walks in one inning for Midland (AA, Texas). He has a 3.09 ERA

JACKS -- Austin Byler (UNR) was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer for Visalia (A, Cal), lifting his average to .242. It was his fourth dinger. Byler also banged a double (No. 21) . . . Chris Dickerson (UNR) hammered a solo homer (his fifth) for Norfolk (AAA, IL). He's batting .256.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) continued his torrid pace of late, going 4-for-4 for the Nationals in their 4-3 win at Angel Stadium Tuesday night. Harper had a first inning solo homer, a triple and two singles. He tried to turn one of the singles into a double early in the game but was out on a close call that was reviewed. Harper lifted his average to .337 . . . Chasen Shreve (Bonanza) was the winning pitcher for the Yankees in a 6-3 game at Minnesota. Shreve worked 1 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. He's 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA.

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High Schools . . .

LEGION SCHEDULE -- The Nevada state American Legion tournament begins play Saturday and here is the first round schedule with all games at UNLV:

Saturday:

5 p.m. -- Silverado (#5 seed) vs. Las Vegas (#4)

8 p.m. -- Rancho (#8) vs. Basic (#1)

Sunday:

5 p.m. -- Arbor View (#6) vs. Centennial (#3)

8 p.m. -- Liberty (#7) vs. Desert Oasis (#2)

NOTES -- Saturday's losers and winners play Monday, Sunday's losers and winners play Tuesday with the same 5 and 8 o'clock schedule . . . Some of these games tend to go a little long, so the 8 p.m. starts could be a bit iffy, to say the least . . . The tourney concludes Saturday, July 29 . . . The Nevada winner moves on to Denver for the Western Regional the following week at the Regency Athletic Complex at Metro State U. The Nevada champ will play the Colorado champ in the opening game (3 p.m., PDT). Other regional matchups: Texas vs. California; New Mexico vs. Utah; Arizona vs. Colorado Host . . . Basic went 18-0 in the regular legion season.

 

Minor League Ball

  Pitchers Steal the Spotlight

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Tuesday

It was nearly a perfect night for minor league pitchers with Nevada ties.

Consider this:

Of the nine arms that were in action Tuesday night, just two runs were scored in 17 2/3 innings as all nine saw their ERAs drop. Here's a look:

-- Drew Anderson (Galena) went six innings for Reading (AA, Eastern) and logged his sixth win, allowing a first inning run and given up just two hits (both in the first). He struck out five, walked three and is now 6-3, 3.43 ERA.

-- Zack Hartman (Arbor View) gets the Reliever of the Day award, working 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer), whiffing three, walking one. His ERA is 4.20.

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) allowed a run in three innings on two hits for Modesto (A, Cal). Bonnell's ERA fell to 4.30 as he struck out two, walked one.

-- Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) got his 10th save for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic), giving up a hit in his one inning on the bump. Bray is 2-3, 3.82.

-- Kenny Oakley (Coronado) threw a shutout frame for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), allowing one hit with one punchout to reduce his ERA to 4.21.

-- Danny Reynolds (Durango) had his ERA drop to 3.35 in a shutout inning for Mississippi (AA, Southern) with one hit, one walk, one K.

-- Ben Wright (UNLV) threw a 1-2-3 inning for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic) with two Ks. He has a 4.10 ERA.

-- Spencer Jones (Reed) pitched two shutout frames for Charlotte (A, Florida State), giving up a hit and a walk with two Ks while reducing his ERA to 3.18.

-- Sam Wolff (CSN) pitched to one batter in the seventh inning for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), getting a fly out. Wolff's ERA is 2.93.

EX-GAELS SHINE -- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-4 for Durham (AAA, IL, driving in the Bulls' only two runs in a 5-2 loss to visiting Indianapolis. Field had a sac fly in the third and an RBI double (his 25th) in the fifth. He's batting .258 . .. Justin Jones (Gorman), playing third base and batting clean-up for the Arizona League A's (rookie) was 2-for-4 to raise his average from .200 to .235.

HIT PARADE -- Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) went 3-for-5 with a pair of ribbies for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian), including a two doubles to lift his average to .288 . . . Tyler Brown (Coronado) was 2-for-6 with two RBIs for the Arizona League Giants (rookie) and his hitting .268 . . . Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) went 2-for-4 for Durham (AAA, IL), raising his average to .225.

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In the Bigs . . .

KINTZLER SAVES ANOTHER -- Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) logged his 26th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve the Twins' 4-2 victory over the visiting Yankees. In reducing his ERA to 2.18, Kintzler threw a shutout inning for the 12th straight time.

PHAM LEADS CARDS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) slugged a three-run homer in a six-run sixth for St. Louis as the Cardinals topped the host New York Mets, 6-3. It was his 12th knock. Pham, who was 2-for-3 with two walks, is hitting .311.

BRYCE'S STREAK -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) made it 12 games in a row with a hit, banging a three-run homer in the first inning and a single in four ABs to spark the Nationals to a 6-1 win at Cincinnati. It was Harper's 23rd dinger. He's batting .329. Washington is at Angel Stadium the next two nights.

SEWALD SHARP -- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) threw a perfect seventh inning for the Mets vs. the Cardinals, striking out two and dropping his ERA to 4.14. He used 14 pitches, 8 strikes.

BRADFORD SENT DOWN -- RHP Chase Bradford (Silverado) has been sent down to Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) by the Mets. He was 0-0, 7.50 ERA in five games (6 innings).

 

 

 

High Schools

  SNB Headed to Connie Mack WS

Originally posted: 8:30 a.m., Monday

Southern Nevada Baseball's 18u team has qualified for the Connie Mack World Series, set for Farmington, NM, July 29-Aug. 6.

SNB has won 18 games in a row and qualified by winning the prestigious 48-team Firecracker Classic in Orange County in early July with a 7-0 record, including a win over perennial power Southern California Renegades, which has also qualifed for the Connie Mack World Series.

SNB won a four-game tournament in Mesa, AZ two weekends ago and also went undefeated this past weekend in Las Vegas against mainly college summer teams.

The Nevada-dominated team will arrive in Farmington July 27 and participate in an annual parade the following day.

The tournament begins with pool play (four pools of four teams each) July 29-30 with the top two in each pool advancing to double-elimination bracket play, beginning Aug. 1.

The team is coached by Chris Sheff, the former Bishop Gorman HC who led the Gaels to their first five state titles and also won the American Legion World Series in 2008 with a 75-6 record.

Members of the team, with graduation year, include:

Rene Alvarez, SS/OF, Centennial, 2019

Amari Bartee, OF, Sandra Day O'Connor, AZ, 2019

Dominyck Bullard, C, Bishop Gorman, 2020

Peyton Cole, SS/RHP, Palo Verde, 2019

Tyler Curtis, SS/RHP, Bishop Gorman, 2018

Seth Delgado, C, Millennium, AZ, 2017

Steven Giatti, 2B/C/OF, Durango, 2019

Anthony Guzman, OF, Rancho, 2018

Carlos Hernandez, 1B/RHP, Rancho, 2018

Cole Jordan, MIF/RHP/OF, Santiago (Corona), CA, 2018

Zach Kriethe, 1B/RHP, Sierra Vista, 2019

Jasper Nelson, RHP, Palo Verde, 2020

Ernny Ordonez, IF/RHP, Millennium HS, AZ, 2017

Pedro Perdomo, RHP, Mllennium HS, AZ, 2017

Austin Raleigh, 1B/LHP, Palo Verde, 2019

Bryce Robison, 3B/RHP, Palo Verde, 2019

Zach Rowley, RHP, Palo Verde, 2020

Ryan Sepede, OF, Bishop Gorman, 2018

Gino Sabey, OF, Centennial, 2017

Miguel Vanezuela, IF/C, Rockford, 2017

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BONANZA IN REGIONALS -- Bonanza High School's summer club won the Nevada Connie Mack state title Saturday and will play in the Southern California western regional, beginning Wednesday in Orange County. Schedule and sites are expected to be announced today.

The other six teams in the tourney include: Colton Nighthawks, CA; Dukes Baseball, CA; Hoots Baseball, CA; Legends Baseball, WA; Sonoma County Rebels, CA; and Temecula Tar Heels, CA.

The tourney concludes Sunday with the winner advancing to Farmington, NM for the World Series.

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LEGION STATE TOURNEY -- The Nevada American Legion state tournament begins Saturday at UNLV with unbeaten Basic (17-0) the favorite. The Wolves have won two straight Nevada state tournaments during the high school season and have the multitude of its players on the current legion team. Basic plays its final legion regular season game tonight.

Others in the field, with current records: Desert Oasis, 14-3; Centennial, 13-5; Silverado, 9-9; Coronado, 8-8; Arbor View, 8-9; Liberty, 7-11; and Rancho, 5-12. Coronado has a pair of games vs. Durango (1-15) tonight, thus could move up to fourth place with a pair of wins.

The Nevada victor will move on to the Western Regional Aug 2-6 in Denver. The Legion World Series is again in Shelby, NC, Aug. 10-15.

Basic won its first five games in the South Coast Classic this past week, then fell to Aliso Niguel in the semifinals, 11-10 Sunday on a two-run walk-off homer in the seventh. Basic outscored its opponents, 65-36 in the tourney.

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In the Minors . . .

A roundup of Sunday's play:

COLE MOVES UP -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman), after a couple of rehab games in the Gulf Coast League (rookie), started and pitched two scoreless innings for Dunedin (A, Florida State). Cole allowed a pair of two-out singles in the first, then got a ground out. He gave up a one-out triple in the second, but induced a pop-up to third and a 6-3 groundout. He threw 31 pitches, 21 for strikes. In five innings, he has yet to be scored on.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Dean Kremer (UNLV) got his third save for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) during a 9-1 win over Stockton, pitching three shutout innings, giving up two hits with five Ks and one walk. Kremer has a 5.09 ERA . . . Tim Peterson (Western Nevada) went 1 1/3 scoreless innings for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), allowing one hit with one K to notch his sixth save. He has a 1.43 ERA . . . Danny Reynolds (Durango) gave up a pair of walks, but no runs while whiffing two in one inning for Mississippi (AA, Southern), dropping his ERA to 3.43.

ELSEWHERE -- Kevin Jepsen (Bishop Manogue), signed a few weeks ago by the Nationals, went two innings on the bump for Syracuse (AAA, IL), giving up a run on two hits with one K, one walk in his first appearance of the season . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) had a rough outing, not getting an out in the ninth inning for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal). San Jose struck for four runs in the ninth, three against Blueberg on three hits. San Jose won, 5-4.

GOING DEEP -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) slugged a solo homer (his third) in a 1-for-4 game for Durham (AAA, IL). Hager is hitting .217.

HIT PARADE -- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) was 3-for-3 for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer), upping his average to .298 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) raised his average to .304 with two hits in five ABs for Lancaster (A, Cal) . . . Austin Byler (UNR) stroked a double and a single in four at-bats for Visalia (A, Cal) and is batting .236 . . . Jordan Devencenzi (UNR) had two hits in four AB for Vermont Lake (ss, NY-Penn), lifting his average to .308 . . . Mike Meyers (Silverado), fresh off nearly a three-week DL, was 2-for-4 for Salem (A, Carolina). He's batting .264.

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IN THE BIGS
-- Drew Robinson (Silverado) slugged a solo homer (No. 3) for the Rangers during a 4-3 loss at Kansas City . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) had a single in four ABs to stretch his hit streak to 11 games as the Nationals won at Cincinnati, 14-4. Harper has a .327 average.

 

 

 

 

Saturday's Games

  Scouring the Minor Leagues

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Sunday

A look at the highlights, and yes, some lowlights in Saturday's minor league play:

GOING DEEP -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) clubbed his seventh homer, a two-run shot, for Chattanooga (AA, Southern), helping the Lookouts to a 7-0 win over Jacksonville. It was his second round-tripper in two days. White has a .264 average . . . Brody Westmoreland (CSN) went deep for the fourth time for Greeneville (rookie, Appalachian), a two-run dinger in the opening inning. Greeneville hit three homers in the first, accounting for four runs, but lost the game to visiting Elizabethton, 9-6.

HIT PARADE -- Austin Byler (Nevada-Reno) and Grant Heyman (CSN) both were 3-for-4 in Visalia's (A, Cal) 9-7 win at Modesto. Byler drove in three runs with a double and a triple and Heyman banged two doubles, getting one ribbie. Heyman is hitting .253, Byler .232 . . . DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) was 3-for-4 with a double for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), lifting his average to .287 . . . T.J. Friedl (UNR) doubled and singled in four ABs for Daytona (A, Florida State) and is hitting .262.

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- It's righty Conor Harber, who pitched at Western Nevada JC for a couple of seasons. Harber gave up just one hit in six innings to log his second win for Carolina (A, Carolina), walking two, striking out three. He gave up a walk to the lead-off hitter, then got 15 in a row before walking the first batter in the sixth. Harber then allowed a two-out single, before getting the final out in his 74-pitch outing. He's 2-6, 5.43 ERA.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- DJ Myers (Coronado), on the DL since June 3, pitched two shutout innings for Augusta (A, South Atlantic), allowing two hits, one walk and striking out two. He has a 4.17 ERA . . . Aaron Kurcz (Durango) threw a runless, hitless inning for Midland (AA, Texas), walking one and reducing his ERA to 2.53.

FOR STARTERS -- Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) had a no decision for Gwinnett (AAA, IL), working the first five innings (104 pitches), giving up three runs on four hits (3 walks, 5 Ks). He left with the score tied at 3 as Gwinnett won, 9-4 at Charlotte. Blair is 6-5, 4.92 in 86 innings.

ROUGH OUTINGS -- The ERAs took a beating for three relievers . . . Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) was touched for four runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning (one walk, one K) for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) as his ERA ballooned to 15.12. He's allowed 14 runs on 15 hits in 8 1/3 innings . . . Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) allowed four runs on five hits (two homers for three runs) in one inning for Kane County (A, Midwest), striking out one. Clark's ERA jumped to 6.75 . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) had a blown save for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic), giving up three runs, three walks and two hits in one inning (one K). Hallead has a 6.65 ERA.

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IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) was 3-for-4 with two doubles for St. Louis in a 4-0 win at Pittsburgh. Pham, who is hitting .457 over the last 10 games, has a .311 season average . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) upped his average to .328 with his third straight two-hit game (both singles) in a 10-7 Nationals victory at Cincinnati. Harper has hit in 10 straight games . . . Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) posted his 25th save for the Twins in a 4-2 win at Houston, hitting a batter, getting two ground out and a fly out . . . Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) struck out the two batters he faced for the Mets on 10 pitches (eight strikes) in New York's 9-3 victory vs. Colorado.

 

Friday's Minor League Results

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Saturday

GOING DEEP -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) banged a two-run homer (his sixth) and a run-scoring single in five ABs, leading Chattanooga (AA, Southern) to a 9-3 win over Jacksonville. It was White's third straight two-hit game, lifting his average to .265.

HIT PARADE -- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) was 3-for-6 with a double for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) and is hitting .286 . . . Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) raised his average to .291 with a 2-for-4 game for Gwinnett (AAA, IL) . . . T.J. Friedl (Nevada-Reno) had two hits in five at-bats, including his seventh triple of the season. He drove in two runs and is batting .250 for Daytona (A, Florida State) . . . Brody Westmoreland (CSN) was 2-for-5 for Greeneville (rookie, Appalachian), raising the average to .246 . . . Justin Bridgman (Damonte Ranch) upped his average to .255 with a 2-for-4 game for Princeton (rookie, Appy).

SAVING THE DAY -- Trevor Charpie (UNR) and Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) logged saves Friday . . . Charpie threw three shutout innings for the Gulf Coast League Rays (rookie), giving up one hit, one walk and striking out four in getting his first save. Charpie maintained his 0.00 ERA (four games, 8 1/3 innings) . . . Peterson allowed only one walk in his two innings for Binghamton (AA, Eastern) in notching save No. 5, whiffing one and lowering his ERA to 1.49.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista), after 11 starts, pitched in relief for Indianapolis (AAA, IL), mowing down the three batters he faced in the eighth inning on a trio of groundouts. Kingham need only seven pitches, lowering his ERA to 3.88 . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) threw a shutout inning for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal), allowing two hits, striking out one. He has a 2.70 ERA.

PITCHING IN -- Kenny Oakley (Coronado) lowered his ERA to 4.30 for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), pitching three innings and giving up a run on three hits with one walk, three Ks . . . Erick Fedde (Las Vegas) went 3 2/3 innings as the starter for Syracuse (AAA, IL), allowing a run on three hits in a 61-pitch outing (38 strikes). Fedde struck out one in dropping his ERA to 6.19.

SAY IT AIN'T SO -- Braden Shipley (UNR) was touched for eight run on 10 hits in five innings for Reno (AAA, PCL) in a 10-4 loss to visiting El Paso. The defeat dropped Shipley's record to 5-5 (5.95 ERA). He's allowed 37 runs on 59 hits in the last seven games (34 innings) and is 0-4 in that span . . . Zack Trageton (Faith Luthern) continued to have his problems, allowing four runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning for Princeton (rookie, Appy). Trageton suffered the loss (0-3). He struck out three and walked one and has given up 19 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings (four games). Trageton's ERA is 16.55.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) started the second half of the season in a big way, slugging two homers, good for three runs in a 5-0 win at Cincinnati. Harper has 22 bombs and is hitting .327 . . . Tommy Pham (Durango) was 2-for-4 in St. Louis' 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh . . . Joey Rickard (Bishop Gorman) drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single, but Baltimore fell to the visiting Cubs, 9-8.

 

Minor League Roundup

  Kazmar's Insurance Pays Off

Originally posted: 8:15 a.m., Friday

Sean Kazmar is one of those insurance players in the minor leagues.

A steady and reliable infielder, he's a long-time triple-A player who is there in case someone from the big club goes down with an injury.

And steady is not the word for it. Kazmar, a shortstop, has always been a good hitter -- at Las Vegas HS, at CSN and as a pro -- and that's why he's earned a very decent living as he approaches his 33rd birthday.

An example of Kazmar's hitting came Thursday for Gwinnett (AAA, IL) when he pounded a three-run homer and a three-run double to spark Gwinnett to a 13-4 win at Charlotte. It was his eighth dinger of the season and gave him a .382 average over the last 10 games.

A fifth round sign out of CSN by the Padres in 2004, Kazmar is hitting .287 for the season after the 3-for-6 game.

Kazmar got to the major leagues in 2008 with the Padres, playing 19 games. Since, he's been in triple-A for the past nine years, the last five at Gwinnett in the Braves organization.

Can he get back to the bigs? If he continues to put up numbers like he did Thursday night, why not?

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

GOING DEEP -- Grant Heyman (CSN) slugged a two-run homer in the first inning for Visalia (A, Cal), his 12th, during a 6-1 win at Modesto. Heyman was 2-for-5 and has a .250 average . . . Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) hit his second dinger in two days, a solo. He's also batting .250.

HIT PARADE -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) had a pair of doubles in four trips, including one in the bottom of the ninth that drove in the tying run for Chattanooga (AA, Southern), putting runners on second and third. The Lookouts won moments later, 5-4 . . . Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) had two hits in four ABs for Durham (AAA, IL), lifting his average to .230 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) was 2-for-5 for Lancaster (A, Cal) and is batting .307.

RELIEVER OF THE DAY -- The honor goes to Zack Hartman (Arbor View), who came on in the first inning for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) after the starter had given up six runs in one-third of an inning to Missoula. Hartman faced 11 batters, getting 10 of 'em, allowing just one harmless single. He reduced his ERA to 4.97. Missoula won, 8-5.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF ! -- Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial), ushered into the game in the fifth inning with one out and runners on second and third, struck out two (11 pitches, 8 strikes) and his night was done. Clark lowered his ERA to 2.57 as Kane County (A, Midwest) lost to Bowling Green, 2-1 . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) put down all six hitters he faced for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) in the eighth and ninth innings, picking up his second save. He whiffed two, reducing his ERA to 5.37 . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) threw two scoreless innings for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic), allowing one hit and one walk with four Ks. He has struck out 54 in 34 1/3 innings and has a 3.93 ERA.

FOR STARTERS -- Starting pitchers Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman) and Andrew Church (Basic) did not fare well Thursday . . . Wagner threw well enough to win for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings, but suffered the loss, a 6-2 decision at Memphis. Wagner had one bad inning, giving up the three runs in the second. He walked four, struck out two and is now 1-8, 7.28 ERA . . . Church was in trouble in all six innings he pitched for St. Lucie (A, Florida State), allowing four runs on 12 hits to Daytona, but came away with a no decision as his team won, 5-4 in seven innings. Church is 6-7, 5.14 ERA . . . Tim Tebow hit his third homer for St. Lucie and is batting .327 after 16 games.

NOT A GOOD NIGHT -- For six other relievers, it was not very productive . . . Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) gave up a pair of runs on four hits for Modesto (A, Cal) . . . Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) was touched for four runs on three hits, including a three-run homer for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) as his ERA jumped to 11.74 . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) allowed two runs on three hits in one inning for Charlotte (A, Florida State) . . . Aaron Kurcz (Durango) gave up a two-run homer and three hits in his 1 1/3 innings for Midland (AA, Texas) . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen) went 1 2/3 innings for Great Lakes (A, Midwest), allowing two runs, three hits . . . Sam Wolff (CSN) gave up three runs, four hits in his inning for Round Rock (AAA, PCL).

IN THE BIGS -- RHP Michael Blazek (Arbor View) has been sent to triple-A (Colorado Springs, PCL) by the Brewers, despite not allowing a run in four innings since having his contract purchased a couple of weeks ago.

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Signings of Note . . .

A final look at some draft signings from later rounds:

-- 18th round (#529) Michael Smith, OF, San Jacinto JC, TX -- $197,500 -- Rays

-- 18th round (#532) Kevin Watson, OF, Beaverton HS, OR -- $400,000 -- Diamondbacks

-- 18th round (#540) Martin Willis, LHP, McEachern HS, GA -- $247,500 -- Royals

-- 19th round (#576) Frankie Tostado, OF, Oxnard JC -- $175,000 -- Giants

-- 22 round (#649) Alex Valverde, RHP, Miami Dade JC, FL -- $272,500 -- Rays

 

 

 

Minor Leagues

  Mikey Likes It -- 6 ip, 0 Runs, 1 Hit

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Thursday

There were very few highlights in an abbreviated minor league schedule Wednesday, but Mikey York's performance stood out big time.

The former Basic HS and CSN right-hander allowed just one measly single in six innings, striking out seven and not giving up a walk for Hudson Valley (ss, New York-Penn).

York, after retiring the first six batters, gave up the single to lead off the third, then induced a double play. Nary a West Virginia hitter reached base after that. He threw just 61 pitches, 45 for strikes.

York came away with a no decision, although he left the game ahead, 1-0. West Virginia rallied for runs in the eighth and 10th innings for a 2-1 win.

A fifth round sign of the Tampa Bay Rays last year, York reduced his ERA to 1.64 (four games, 22 ip). He has a 1-1 record.

Elsewhere in the Minors . . .

TAYLOR-MADE -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) pitched two shutout innings in a rehab assignment for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays, getting five of the six outs on Ks. Cole gave up a pair of hits and walked one and has a 0.00 ERA after three innings . . . Ben Wright (UNLV) allowed a run on two hits in one inning for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic) and now has an ERA of 4.21.

HIT PARADE -- Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) was the hitting star of the day, going 3-for-4 for Great Falls (rookie, Pioneer) with a solo homer (his first) and a double, lifting his average to .256 . . . T.J. White (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-6 for Chattanooga (AA, Southern) and is batting .256 . . . Tyler Brown (Coronado) went 2-for-5 with a double, driving in two runs and scoring twice for the Arizona League Giants (rookie). Brown raised his average to .273 . . . Evan Van Hoosier (Green Valley) was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Down East Wood Ducks (A, Carolina). He's batting .222.

ALL-STARS -- Drew Anderson (Galena) and Thomas Pannone (CSN) both pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the Eastern League All-Star game at Manchester, NH. The East All-Stars won 7-1 with Anderson throwing the sixth inning and getting the win. Pannone pitched a shutout third inning for the West team, notching a hold . . . In the triple-A all-star game at Tacoma, WA, the Pacific Coast League team won 6-4 over the International League.

 

 

 

The All-Star Game

  Some Random Thoughts . . .

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Wednesday

A few observations from a very relaxed All-Star game . . .

-- The impromptu photo-op with Nelson Cruz and ump Joe West, assisted by photog Yadier Molina, was classic. I replayed it three times and laughed my fanny off.

-- The A-Rod interviews with infielders early in the game on the field between innings was dumb.

-- I'm old school, so I was a bit taken back by interviews with Springer and Harper in the outfield during the game. But both are bright guys and it went off well. Harper's was a bit long. You knew that when he started talking about the NFL.

-- The pitchers dominated, and being an old chukker, I enjoyed that.

-- Harper, in a pre-game interview, suggested that the top vote getters in each league draft players so it's not the AL vs. the NL. I'm a traditionalist, but I kind of like the idea. The commish was against it. Maybe some day . . .

-- I'm glad the home field advantage for the World Series does not have anything to do with the outcome of the All-Star game.

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In the Minors . . .

The schedule was light Tuesday with most leagues idle.

FOUR RUNS, ERA DROPS -- Danny Reynolds (Durango), pitching for Mississippi (AA, Southern), had four runs scored on him in the seventh inning against visting Jackson and was given a blown save -- but he should have been out of the frame unscathed. Jackson's first batter got aboard on a throwing error. After a fly out and a single, Reynolds struck out the next hitter and should have been walking to the dugout. But a single, double and triple followed. Jackson eventually won the game with a run in the ninth, 8-7. Reynolds' ERA fell from 3.60 to 3.51.

JORDAN HITS JACK -- Jordan Pearce (Nevada-Reno) a recent 21st round sign by Detroit, was 3-for-4 for the Gulf Coast League Tigers West (rookie) Tuesday, hammering a solo homer (his second), a two-run single and a run-scoring single, lifting his average to .419 (13-for-31).

EASTERN ALL-STARS -- Pitchers Drew Anderson (Galena) and Thomas Pannone (CSN) are part of the Eastern League (AA) All-Star game tonight in Manchester, NH. Anderson (RHP, Reading) will play for the East team while Pannone (LHP, Akron) will be on the mound for the West. Anderson is 5-3, 3.68; Pannone 3-1, 1.89. Pannone is originally from Rhode Island.

IL VS. PCL -- The triple-A All-star game is tonight (6 o'clock, MLB Network) from Tacoma, WA.

 

Monday's Games

  Minor League Roundup

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Tuesday

HIT PARADE -- T.J. White (Bishop Gorman), mired in a mini-slump, slugged a two-run homer for Chattanooga (AA, Southern), the Lookouts' only runs in a 3-2 defeat at Pensacola. White is hitting .259. Pensacola got a three-run homer in the sixth . . . Grant Heyman (CSN) continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 outing for Visalia (A, Cal), driving in a pair of runs. Heyman is 17-for-41 (.415) over the last nine games, including 5-for-5 Sunday. He has elevated his batting average from .221 to .250 over that span.

PITCHING IN -- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) threw a 1-2-3 inning for Modesto (A, Cal) to notch his fourth hold and reduce his ERA to 4.23 . . . Ben Wright (UNLV), pitched a shutout inning for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic). The first two hitters got aboard on a throwing error and a hit batsman, but Wright induced a pair of groundouts, sandwiched around a K . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) gave up a pair of runs on one hit and one walk for Lakewood (A, Sout Atlantic). He has a 5.66 ERA . . . Aaron Kurcz (Durango) allowed one run (a homer) in one inning for Midland (AA, Texas), giving him an ERA of 1.08. Tulsa won, 6-0, despite only three hits, two of them homers accounting for four runs.

IDLE -- With the exception of the Southern League (AA), the New York-Penn League (ss) and the Gulf Coast League (rookie), the rest of the minors take a break Tuesday.

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IN THE BIGS -- Chris Carter, who was DNA's twice by the Yankees in the past two weeks, has been released by New York. Carter was a 15th round sign in 2005 out of Sierra Vista HS by the Chicago White Sox. He has seen big league time with the A's, Astros, Brewers and Yankees.

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Junior Colleges . . .

ALL-AMERICA -- Carson McCusker (Spanish Springs) has been selected to the Pacific Association JC All-America second team. McCusker, a sophomore-to-be at Folsom Lake JC in California, was recently drafted in the 26th round by Milwaukee. The Pacific Association includes junior colleges from California, Oregon and Washington.

CALIFORNIA ALL-ACADEMIC -- Four Nevadans have been named to the California Academic All-state team. All four recently played their sophomore seasons. They included (with GPAs):

-- Wyatt Nebe (Galena), C, Soph., College of San Mateo -- 3.93

-- Andrew Calingaert (Damonte Ranch), IF, Soph., Sierra -- 3.89

-- Jack Clouthier (Incline), IF, Soph., Sierra -- 3.80

-- Brandon Vial (Bishop Manogue), RHP, Soph., Feather River -- 3.54

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High Schools . . .

AREA CODE GAMES -- Four seniors-to-be will play for the Reds in the annual Area Code Games Aug. 6-10 at Blair Field in Long Beach. The four:

-- Trevor Doyle, OF/RHP, Cimarron-Memorial HS

-- Boston Mabeus, LHP, Coronado HS

-- Jack Sellinger, LHP/OF, Spring Valley HS

-- Austin Wells, C/OF, Bishop Gorman HS

Only two teams (Reds, Rangers) have announced rosters. The other six teams: A's, Nationals, White Sox, Brewers, Royals and Yankees. The annual event brings together top players from all over the country to participate in games before pro and college scouts.

 

The Minors

  Grant Makes Hey(man)

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Monday

Grant Heyman had a day he won't soon forget.

The former CSN standout was 5-for-5 with a double, triple and three singles, driving in three, scoring five times in Visalia's (A, Cal) 12-2 win over Lake Elsinore. Heyman, who started the season slow, has built his average to .246, going 15-for-37 (.405) in the last eight games.

A native of New York, Heyman was an eighth round sign out of CSN in 2014 by the Diamondbacks.

STREAKING -- DJ Peters (Western Nevada) continued to put up the numbers for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) with a 3-for-4 game, including two doubles to stretch his hitting streak to 14 games. Peters is now batting .287. The Quakes lost at Inland Empire, 12-2 as Mike Trout was 1-for-2 with a triple, three walks and three runs.

HIT PARADE -- Bligh Madris (Foothill) had a pair of doubles in five trips, scoring two, driving in two for West Virginia (ss, NY-Penn) and lifting his average to .239 . . . Austin Byler (UNR) was 2-for-2 with three walks for Visalia (A, Cal) and is hitting .226 . . . Chris Dickerson (UNR) had two hits in five ABs for Norfolk (AAA, IL). He's batting .265.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Kenny Oakley (Coronado) threw two shutout innings for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), lowering his ERA to 4.40. Oakley gave up a pair of hits and fanned two . . . Gabe Gonzalez (Arbor View) threw a scoreless inning for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) with one K. He allowed one hit and has a 7.71 ERA after seven innings.

PITCHING IN -- Danny Reynolds (Durango), who had allowed just one earned run in his last 11 appearances for Mississippi (AA, Southern), gave up one run on two hits, striking out two, walking two. Reynolds has a 3.60 ERA . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) was touched for four runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal), walking three, whiffing two. He has a 2.76 ERA . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) gave up two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings and suffered the loss for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic). Bray struck out two, walked one and is now 2-3, 4.18 ERA.

ON THE DL? -- Although he is not injured, RHP Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman) was placed on the disabled list at Round Rock (AAA, PCL), undoubtedly so the Rangers' affiliate could make a move on its roster. Wagner doesn't figure to be on the "phantom DL" long, it is hoped.

ALL-STAR BREAK -- With a couple of exceptions, most of the minor leagues will take the day off Tuesday. The only action that day is in the Southern League (AA), the short-season New York-Penn League and the rookie Gulf Coast League, which will play early in the morning.

Two All-Star games are scheduled Wednesday. The International League vs. Pacific Coast League matchup is set for Tacoma, WA. And the Eastern League All-Stars will tangle in Manchester, NY. Both those leagues resume regular season play Thursday.

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IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) ended the first half of the season with a 3-for-3 day for the Cardinals during a 6-0 win over the visiting Mets. Pham stroked his 11th homer (a two-run shot) and scored twice, raising his average to .299 . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) hit in his eighth straight game for the Nationals, lifting his average to .325. He was 2-for-4.

 

 

 

Saturday's Games

  Minor League Roundup

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Sunday

Results from Saturday's minor league play:

HAGER RETURNS -- Shortstop Jake Hager (Sierra Vista), sidelined since April 29 with a lower leg injury, returned to the Durham (AAA, IL) lineup Saturday, punching out a pair of singles in four ABs during a 6-4 win over Toledo. Hager is hitting .221.

STREAK HITS 13 -- DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run, stretching his hit streak to 13 games for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) and upping his average to .281.

HIT PARADE -- Garrett Hampson (Reno) stroked his seventh triple and also singled in five at-bats for Lancaster (A, Cal). Hampson is batting .310 . . . Blake Wiggins (CSN) went 2-for-4 for the Arizona League Reds (rookie), lifting his average to .314 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) had two hits in four ABs for Toledo (AAA, IL) and is hitting .263.

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- The honor goes to Erick Fedde (Las Vegas, UNLV) who got a start for Syracuse (AAA, IL) and put down all nine batters he faced, striking out four and using 37 pitches (25 strikes). It was a rare start for Fedde, who has been been used in relief over the past two months. He has a 7.30 ERA. Syracuse lost at Rochester, 2-0.

SAVING THE DAY -- Dean Kremer (UNLV) and Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) had saves for their respective teams . . . Kremer pitched the final three innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), giving up just one hit while getting four Ks and lowering his ERA to 5.57. It was his first save. Kremer did not face Mike Trout, who was rehabbing at Inland Empire. Trout was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and two runs through six innings. Rancho won the game, 6-4 . . . Clark came on in the ninth inning for Kane County (A, Midwest) with the Cougars up 2-0 at Beloit. The right-hander got a fly out, gave up a single and got a force out, but a throwing error on the play enabled a runner to reach second. A single plated the unearned run, but Clark induced a foul ball pop-up to first to end the game. It was his second save. Clark has a 2.84 ERA at Kane County.

FOR STARTERS -- Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) pitched well for Gwinnett (AAA, IL) Saturday, but came away with a loss. Blair gave up two runs on eight hits in seven innings in a 3-1 defeat to Indianapolis. He struck out six and did not issue a walk. Blair is 6-5, 4.89 ERA . . . Braden Shipley (UNR) was roughed up in his start for Reno (AAA, PCL) at Fresno, being touched for seven runs on 10 hits in four innings as his record slipped to 5-4, 5.42 ERA. Shipley walked three with no Ks . . . Thomas Pannone (CSN) had a no decision in his start for Akron (AA, Eastern), allowing three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings with five Ks, one walk. Pannone has a 2.39 ERA.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Sam Wolff (CSN) threw 1 1/3 shutout innings, getting three on Ks for Round Rock (AAA, PCL). Wolff, who allowed one hit, one walk, reduced his ERA to 1.29 . . . Tim Peterson (WNC) pitched two scoreless innings for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), dropping his ERA to 1.59. Peterson whiffing three, allowing one hit . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR) threw 2 1/3 shutout innings for the Gulf Coast Rays (rookie), giving up a hit with three Ks.

PITCHING IN -- Zack Hartman (Arbor View) pitched to two batters in the ninth for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) and suffered a loss. Hartman allowed a triple and a sacrifice fly as Grand Junction won, 9-8. The fly ball was dropped, thus Hartman was not given credit for an out. He is 0-2, 7.00 ERA . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen) was touched for three runs on four hits in one inning for Great Lakes (A, Midwest) as his ERA jumped to 3.79.

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SIGNEES -- For a list of those high school players in the west drafted and signed, see the NLI link.

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The Bigs . . .

ROBINSON HOMERS -- Drew Robinson (Silverado), recalled by the Rangers a couple of days ago, was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks in Texas' 5-1 win over the visiting Angels Saturday night. Robinson is 3-for-8 in three games in the majors, two homers and a double. He played left field Saturday.

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Colleges . . .

COACHES HIRED -- Rusty Filter, an assistant at Stanford the last eight years, is the new HC at Santa Clara. Before Stanford, he spent 21 years at San Diego State, 16 on the coaching staff. Filter announced the hiring of Jon Karcich as an assistant. Karcich, a former Santa Clara player, also was coaching at Stanford . . . Dave Serrano has been named the pitching coach at West Virginia. Serrano has been the head guy at UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and most recently Tennessee.

 

Minor Leagues:

  This Time, Church is at His Best

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Saturday

Andrew Church, who pitched at Basic HS his senior season, has had an up-and-down year at St. Lucie (A, Florida State) so far.

In his previous two outings (both losses), Church had allowed 13 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.

But that was not the case Friday night.

The hard-throwing right-hander limited Jupiter to six hits through 6 2/3 innings, giving up just one run, striking out eight and walking one. The win moved his record to 6-7 with a 5.09 ERA. St. Lucie, a Mets affiliate, won, 3-1.

Church's toughest inning came in the fifth when he gave up three straight singles to load the bases. But he righted the ship, getting three strikeouts, all swinging. Church departed in the seventh after giving up a two-out single. He threw 101 pitches, 69 for strikes.

WE HAVE A WINNER ! -- Aaron Kurcz (Durango) notched his first win for Midland (AA, Texas), since being demoted from Nashville (AAA, PCL), working two relief innings, allowing a hit, striking out one. Kurcz has a 0.00 ERA in 7 1/3 innings at Midland.

PITCHING IN -- Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista) had four runs scored on him in 4 1/3 innings for Indianapolis (AAA, IL), but only one was earned. Kingham struck out eight, gave up seven hits and walked two. He had a no decision as Indy topped host Gwinnett, 6-4 . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) allowed one run on two hits in an inning for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal) with two walks, three Ks . . . John Richy (UNLV) was touched for five runs on eight hits in four innings for Reading (AA, Eastern), walking four, striking out one. The loss ran Richy's record to 1-3 (7.16 ERA) . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) allowed three runs on four hits in two innings for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic) with one walk, two Ks. Hallead has a 5.03 ERA . . . Conor Harber (Western Nevada JC) gave up three runs on four hits in two innings for Carolina (A, Carolina), getting a pair of strikeouts, walking two and suffering the loss. Harber has a 1-6 record, 6.10 ERA.

HIT PARADE -- Tyler Brown (Coronado) was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for the Arizona League Giants (rookie), moving his average to .240 . . . Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) went 2-for-4 for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) and is hitting .257 . . . Jordan Devencenzi (UNR) was 2-for-5 with a double for Vermont Lake (ss, NY-Penn). He's batting .381 . . . DJ Peters (WNC) extended his hit streak to 12 games with a solo homer (his 19th) for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal).

RETIRES -- Braeden Schlehuber (CSN) has retired after 10 seasons, all in the Atlanta organization. Schlehuber, a catcher, was drafted in the fourth round by the Braves in 2008 and played the last three seasons as a backup at Gwinnett (AAA, IL). He was bothered by injuries this season, appearing in only six games.

QUALLS SIGNS -- Zak Qualls (Rancho HS), who pitched at UNLV in 2012 and 2015, has signed a contract with the Garden City, KS Wind of the independent Pecos League. The left-handed Qualls, 25, was a 21st round pick of the Dodgers in 2011 out of Rancho, but did not sign.

The Pecos League has 12 teams located in Kansas, California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.

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The Bigs . . .

ROBINSON RECALLED -- Drew Robinson (Silverado) has been recalled to the major leagues by the Rangers. It's Robinson's third trip to the bigs this season. He is 2-for-6 in two games for Texas with a homer and a double. Robinson, 25, had a .268 average at Round Rock (AAA, PCL) with 11 homers, 40 RBIs. He was a fourth round pick of the Rangers in 2010 . . . Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) pitched a shutdown inning for the Mets, giving up a hit and getting his fifth hold as New York won at St. Louis, 6-5 . . . Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) logged his 24th save for the Twins, giving up a hit in a 9-6 victory over the Orioles.

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Signings of Note . . .

All first rounders signed before the deadline with the highest non-signee being RHP Drew Rasmussen of Oregon State, a lottery pick at No. 31 by Tampa Bay. The Rays announced they would not sign Rasmussen, who has had Tommy John surgery in the past. Rasmussen will be a red-shirt junior next season.

​-- 1st round (#2) Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, CA -- $7,230,000 (slot: $7,193,200) -- Reds

​-- 1st round (#23) Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt -- $2,900,000 (slot: $2,702,700) -- Dodgers

​-- 1st round (#30) Alex Lange, RHP, LSU -- $1,925,000 (slot: $2,184,300) -- Cubs

​-- 2nd round (#55) Sam Carlson, RHP, Burnsville HS, MN -- $2,000,000 (slot: $,1,206,900) -- Mariners

​-- 2nd round (#62) Morgan Cooper, RHP, U. Texas -- undisclosed (slot: 1,018,200) -- Dodgers

​-- 3rd round (#100) Connor Wong, U. Houston -- undisclosed (slot: $537,100) -- Dodgers

​-- 5th round (#165) Nelson Velazquez, LHP, Education HS, PR -- undisclosed (slot: $285,800) -- Cubs

​-- 6th round (#195) Jeremiah Estrada, RHP, Palm Desert HS< CA -- undisclosed (slot: $222,600) -- Cubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball Roundup for Friday

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Friday

Minor Leagues . . .

FIELD ON FIRE -- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) had three hits for the second straight day for Durham (AAA, IL), banging two doubles and a single in an 11-7 loss to Charlotte. Field upped his average to .262, stroking an RBI single and a run-scoring double.

GOING DEEP -- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) hit his first pro homer, a two-runs shot, and also doubled in five ABs for Missoula (rookie, Pioneer) to move his average to .226 . . . T.J. Friedl (Nevada-Reno) hit is sixth homer and his first at Daytona (A, Florida State), a two-run dinger, raising his average to .246.

HIT PARADE -- DJ Peters (Western Nevada) had a single in three ABs to stretch his hit streak to 11 games for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal) . . . Payton Squier (UNLV) was 2-for-4 for Vermont Lake (ss, NY-Penn) and is batting .364 (8-for-22) . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) went 2-for-3 for the Gulf Coast Tigers West (rookie), lifting his average to .429 (9-for-21).

OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial) pitched a scoreless inning for Modesto (A, Cal), allowing one hit. He has a 4.44 ERA . . . Trevor Charpie (UNR), a free agent sign, threw a 1-2-3 inning for the Gulf Coast Rays (rookie).

ZACK RACKED -- Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran) continued to have his problems as a second year pro. The sixth round pick of the Rays (2016) was touched for three runs on five hits in two innings for Princeton (rookie, Appalachian) in his third outing, all starts. Trageton struck out four and walked one. He has giving up 15 runs on 22 hits in 9 2/3 innings and has a 13.97 ERA (0-2 record).

RELEASED -- Buddy Borden (Arbor View), despite a 5-1 record and a 2.37 ERA at Altoona (AA, Eastern), has been released by the Pirates. Borden, 25, was a seventh round sign by Pittsburgh in 2013 out of UNLV.

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IN THE BIGS -- Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) posted his 23rd save for the Twins, allowing one hit in the ninth inning of a 6-4 win over the visiting Orioles . . . Michael Blazek (Arbor View) pitched two shutout innings for the Brewers, giving up one hit, striking out one in an 11-2 victory over the Cubs in Chicago.

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Signings of Note . . .

-- 1st round (#15) J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina -- $3,600,000 (slot: $3,588,200) -- Astros

​-- Lottery round A (#34) Tristen Lutz, OF, Martin HS, TX -- $2,352,000 (slot: $1,983,600) -- Brewers

-- 11th round (#323) Jake Holmes, SS, Pinnacle HS, Phoenix -- $500,000 -- Phillies

-- 11th round (#324) Max Lazar, RHP, Coral Springs HS, FL -- $475,000 -- Brewers

-- 11th round (#325) Jerryell Rivera, LHP, Beltran Academy, PR -- $450,000 -- Angels

-- 11th round (#329) Dakota Bennett, LHP, Brewer HS, Ala -- $350,000 -- Marlins

-- 11th round (#344) Obie Ricumstrict, SS, Mt. Pleasant HS, MI -- $500,000 -- Rangers

-- 12th round (#353) David Parkinson, LHP, Ole Miss -- $250,000 -- Phillies

-- 12th round (#362) Bryce Hutchinson, RHP, Deland HS, FL -- $360,000 -- Mets

-- 40th round (#1215) Jeffrey Passantino, RHP, Lipscomb, TN -- (no figure) -- Cubs

(NOTE: Passantino was the final player drafted.)

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High Schools . . .

SNB WINS TITLE -- Southern Nevada Baseball's 18u team captured the prestigious 48-team Firecracker Classic Thursday with a 9-3 victory over Club All-Star of Northern California at Windrow Park in Irvine.

Ernny Ordonez came on in relief in the fourth inning and shut down Club All-Star the rest of the way. Ordonez, an IF/RHP, has signed a JC letter of intent with Central Arizona.

SNB, coached by Chris Sheff, scored three in the first and was never headed, wrapping it up with a trio of runs in the top of the sixth. It was the third time in the last 10 years that a Sheff-coached team had reached the championship game of the Firecracker Classic, and the first win. The previous two teams were made up entirely of Bishop Gorman players.

 

Minor League Report:

  Field, Peters Clout the Way

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Thursday

Johnny Field and DJ Peters had the hottest bats in Wednesday's minor league play. Here's a look:

-- Field (Bishop Gorman) clouted a first inning lead-off homer (his ninth) and doubled twice in five ABs in helping Durham (AAA, IL) to an 8-4 victory over visiting Charlotte. Field had gone 3-for-27 in his previous six games. The three hits upped his average to .255.

-- Peters hit two more homers in five at-bats for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), giving him 18 thus far for the Quakes. Rancho rolled to a 14-1 win at San Jose as Peters hit a solo and a two-run shot, giving him 55 runs batted in. He's hitting .280.

HIT PARADE -- Tyler Brown (Coronado) had a pair of hits in four ABs for the Arizona League Giants (rookie) . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) bumped his average to .316 with a solo homer (his fourth) and a single in four at-bats for Lancaster (A, Cal) . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) was 2-for-4 for the Gulf Coast Tigers West (rookie) . . . Jordan Devencenzi (UNR) raised his average at Vermont Lake (ss, NY-Penn) to .378 with a 2-for-5 game, getting an RBI . . . Blake Wiggins (CSN) had two hits in four ABs for the Arizona League Reds (rookie) and is batting .286.

COLE'S DEBUT -- After sitting out three months with an arm injury, RHP Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) saw his first action in a rehab assignment for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays. Cole started and pitched one inning, getting a strikeout and two groundouts (1-3, 5-3).

OH, WHAT A RELIEF -- Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) logged his ninth save for Delmarva (A, South Atlantic) in a 2-0 win over Lakewood. Bray (3.77 ERA) gave up a pair of hits . . . Cody Clark (Cimarron-Memorial) threw a shutout inning for Kane County (A, Midwest), allowing a hit, striking out one . . . Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) lowered his ERA to 1.67 with his fifth hold, geting a 1-2-3 inning with two Ks for Binghamton (AA, Eastern) . . . Colby Blueberg (Carson) dropped his ERA to 1.91 for Lake Elsinore (A, Cal), throwing a shutout inning, allowing one hit . . . Aaron Kurcz (Durango) pitched 1 2/3 shutdown innings for Midland (AA, Texas), giving up two hits, whiffing one . . . Dean Kremer (UNLV) had a two-inning shutout stint for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), allowing one hit with one punch-out.

LOSING EFFORTS -- Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman), Kenny Oakley (Coronado) and Mikey York (Basic) all suffered defeats Wednesday . . . Wagner went five innings for Round Rock (AAA, PCL) and was touched for four runs on seven hits, including a solo homer. He struck out four, walked two. Wagner is 1-7, 7.49 ERA . . . Oakley, pitching for Asheville (A, South Atlantic), gave up a run in the top of the 10th to Charleston in a 10-9 game. Oakley threw the final three innings, allowing the one run on four hits with two Ks. He's 2-3, 4.61 ERA . . . York went five innings for Hudson Valley (ss, NY-Penn), giving up a pair of runs on five hits in his 77-pitch, 49-strike outing. He struck out two, walked two and is now 1-1, 2.25 ERA in 16 innings.

PITCHING IN -- Zack Hartman (Arbor View) threw three relief innings for Ogden (rookie, Pioneer) giving up a run on four hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter in getting his first hold . . . Sam Wolff (CSN), who had not allowed a run in 10 2/3 innings since being promoted to Round Rock (AAA, PCL), was touched for a two-run homer in his two-inning outing. Wolff allowed three hits and whiffed three.

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IN THE BIGS -- Tommy Pham (Durango) was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in St. Louis' 9-6 loss to visiting Miami. Pham is hitting .292 . . . Chasen Shreve (Bonanza) threw two shutout frames or the Yankees, not allowing a hit with one walk and two Ks in a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays. Shreve has a 2.63 ERA . . . Joey Rickard (Bishop Gorman), in his lone AB, doubled in the ninth inning as the Orioles lost at Milwaukee, 4-0.

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Signings of Note . . .

​-- Lottery A (#34) Tristen Lutz, OF, Martin HS, TX -- $2,352,000 (slot: $1,983,600) -- Brewers

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Colleges . . .

HEADED TO CSN -- Matt Mitchell, a 6-4 lefthander who pitched for the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL this past high school season, has enrolled at CSN. Mitchell played his first three years at Bishop Gorman and had an excellent year for IMG.

Another former Gorman player -- Beau Capanna -- is expected to also play at CSN, according to an informed source. Capanna, an infielder, batted .299 as a freshman at the University of New Mexico, starting 44 of 48 games.

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High Schools . . .

SNB SEEKS TITLE -- Southern Nevada Baseball's 18u team has gained the championship game of the 48-team Firecracker Classic in Orange County. SNB plays Club All-Star of Northern California this morning (Thursday) for the title.

Southern Nevada knocked off No. 1 seed Southern California Renegades, 6-3 Wednesday as RHP Bryce Robison (Palo Verde) threw the first six innings. Robison gave up all three runs in the opening frame, then settled down, breezing through the next five. He allowed seven hits. Another Palo Verde player -- Payton Cole -- pitched the final inning, giving up; a hit and a walk, before inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

Robison and Cole are transfers from Bishop Gorman. Both will be juniors.

 

Minor Leagues

  Hitters Take the Spotlight

Originally posted: 8:15 a.m., Wednesday

There were fireworks aplenty Tuesday in minor league action, with a bevy of home runs among 'em. Here's a gander at the highlights:

HOME RUN DERBY -- Five players went deep Tuesday . . . Justin Jones (Bishop Gorman) hit his first as a pro (a solo) in a 1-for-5 game for the Arizona League A's (rookie) . . . Zach Walters (Cimarron-Memorial) had a 3-for-4 game with his first (a solo) for Northwest Arkansas (AA, Texas), lifting his average from .179 to .217 . . . Grant Heyman (CSN) went deep for the 11th time this season, also a solo, for Visalia (A, Cal). He also singled in five ABs and is hitting .236 . . . Brody Westmoreland (CSN) stroked a three-run dinger in the first, leading Greeneville (rookie, Appy) to a 4-1 win. It was his third homer. Westmoreland is hitting .293 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) had a solo, his seventh, for Toledo (AAA, IL).

HIT PARADE -- DJ Peters (Western Nevada) hit in his ninth straight game for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), getting a double in three trips . . . Jordan Pearce (UNR) was 3-for-5 for the Gulf Coast Tigers West (rookie), lifting his average to .357 (5-for-14) . . . Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) had a pair of hits in four ABs for Great Falls (rookie, Pioneer) . . .Austin Byler (UNR) was 2-for-4 for Visalia (A, Cal) and is batting .222 . . . Jordan Devencenzi (UNR) went 2-for-4 for Vermont Lake (A, NY-Penn) and is hitting .375.

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- The honor goes to Danny Reynolds (Durango) who was effective again for Mississippi (AA, Southern), throwing 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings with two Ks, two walks. Reynolds has allowed just one earned run in his last 19 innings, dropping his ERA from 6.20 to 3.52.

PITCHING IN -- Ben Wright (UNLV) had two perfect innings for Kannapolis (A, South Atlantic), whiffing two . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) allowed one run on two hits in 3 2/3 innings for Charlotte (A, Florida State) with four Ks, one walk . . . Christian Stolo (McQueen) gave up a run on two hits in one inning for Great Lakes (A, Midwest) with one K, one walk.

DESIGNATED -- Chris Carter (Sierra Vista) has again been designated for assignment by the Yankees. He had previously been outrighted after a stint in DNA limbo with New York bringing him back to the bigs just days later. But this time the Yankees selected Ji-Man Choi to take his place. Choi was with the Angels last year. He's a lefty who usually plays first base.

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IN THE BIGS -- Brandon Kintzler (Palo Verde) notched his 21st save for the Twins, coming on to get the last three outs vs. the visiting Angels . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) was 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs for the Nationals in an 11-4 win over the Mets to lift his average to .324 . .  Chase Bradford (Silverado) threw two-thirds of a inning for the Mets, allowing one hit.

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Signings of Note . . .

-- 1st round (#18) Alex Faedo, RHP, U. of Florida -- Bonus not disclosed, as yet (slot: $3,214,600) -- Tigers

 

Monday's Games

  Fireworks Aplenty in the Minors

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Tuesday

Quite a few minor leaguers celebrated our nation's birthday early Monday, while others shot off duds. Here's a look:

INDEPENDENT -- DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) stroked a triple, double and single in four ABs, giving him six hits in eight trips the last two days for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal). Peters has hit in eight straight and sports a .277 average.

HAVING A PICNIC -- Drew Robinson (Silverado) had a pair of hits in five ABs, including a double, driving in two runs for Round Rock (AAA, PCL) during a 12-7 defeat at Iowa. Robinson is batting .272 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) continued to hit well for Lancaster (A, Cal), pumping his average to .315 with a 2-for-5 game, driving in a pair in an 11-8 win at Rancho Cucamonga . . . Austin Byler (UNR) and Grant Heyman (CSN) led Visalia (A, Cal) to a 9-1 victory at Stockton. Byler was 2-for-5, smacking a double with two RBIs. Heyman went 3-for-5 with a solo homer (his 10th) and a double. Heyman has a .233 average, Byler is bating .218 . . . Payton Squier (UNLV) was 2-for-4 for Vermont Lake (ss, NY-Penn) and has a .333 average (5-for-15).

SHOOTING STARS . . . Aaron Blair (Spring Valley) and Thomas Pannone (CSN) both came away with victories in starting roles for their respective teams . . . Blair, on the hill for Gwinnett (AAA, IL), threw five innings before the game at Charlotte was called because of rain. Blair alloowed two runs on six hits with two walks and three Ks in the 4-2 victory. He's 6-4, 5.11 ERA . . . Pannone threw five innings (89 pitches) for Akron (AA, Eastern), limiting Bowie to two runs on five hits. He struck out six, walked two in upping his record to 4-1, 2.15 ERA. Pannone is 6-1, 1.46 overall. Akron won, 8-6.

GETTING THEIR STRIPES -- Christian Stolo (McQueen), a lefty, pitched a scoreless inning for Great Lakes (A, Midwest), lowering his ERA to 3.00. He gave up one hit . . . Tim Peterson (WNC) threw two shutout frames for Binghamton (AA, Eastern), allowing two hits, striking out two. Peterson has a 1.72 ERA.

SHOOTING BLANKS -- Erick Fedde (Las Vegas) and Braden Shipley (UNR) did not have sparkling starts Monday, to say the least . . . Fedde could not get an out in the opeing inning for Syracuse (AAA, IL) at Buffalo, giving up six runs on five hits and walking two before being relieved. Fedde's ERA ballooned to 9.64 in suffering the loss . . . Shipley, in his five-inning stint for Reno (AAA, PCL), threw moderately well for four innings, then gave up a three-run homer and a solo dinger in the fifth at El Paso. He came away with a no decision as the Aces fell in 10, 6-5. Shipley was touched for 11 hits in his 89-pitch outing, striking out three, walking one . . . Tyler Hallead (CSN) fared better than the two above, giving up a run on four hits in 1 2/3 innings for Lakewood (A, South Atlantic), whiffing two, walking one. Hallead has a 3.93 ERA.

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IN THE BIGS -- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman), pitching for the Mets, walked one batter and suffered a loss. Sewald came on in the eighth inning at Washington and got the final two outs after the Nats had scored twice to tie it at 2. After walking a batter, then getting a pop-up in the ninth, Sewald was relieved. But a walk and a single gave Washington a walk-off win and Sewald his third loss (no wins). He has a 4.48 ERA . . . Tommy Pham (Durango) was 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs in St. Louis' 14-6 win over Miami, bumping his average to .295. One of the hits was a triple, Pham's first . . . Michael Blazek (Arbor View), who joined the Brewers Sunday, pitched two shutout innings in an 8-1 win over the Angels. Blazek gave up a hit and struck out two.

 





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