Minor Leagues

   Kingham Throws Another Gem

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

Former Desert Oasis HS RHP Nolan Kingham had his second straight strong outing for Mississippi (AA), throwing 8 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over Biloxi to highlight minor league play Saturday.

Kingham, a 12th round pick of the Braves in 2018 out of the University of Texas, gave up just four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in the 91-pitch, 68-strike performance. Now 3-1, he lowered his ERA to 3.02.

In the last two outings, Kingham has allowed just one run on seven hits in 14 2/3 innings.

HIT PARADE:

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) belted a three-run homer in the eighth inning to pull Tampa (A) within a run of Clearwater at 4-3 with his team getting two in the ninth to win on the road. Wells was 1-for-5 with his third home run. He's hitting .264.

-- Trenton Brooks (UNR) elevated his average to .368 at Columbus (AAA) since being promoted, driving in a pair of runs in three AB in a 7-1 win at Iowa.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) was 2-for-4 with his 10th double in Montgomery's 5-4 victory over  Birmingham. Mastrobuoni is batting .320.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) moved over the .300 mark (.302) with a pair of singles in four ABs as Bowie (AA) won at Binghamton, 8-7.

-- TJ Friedl (UNR) had two hits in three appearances for Louisville (AAA) in a 3-2 loss at Toledo.

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) was 1-for-4 for Wichita (AA) . . . Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) had a hit in four trips for Nashville (AAA) . . . Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) was 1-for-4 for Gwinnett (AAA).

PITCHING IN:

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman) threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning for Great Lakes (high A) in a 10-2 win at Dayton, striking out two (11/8).

-- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) suffered the loss for Tennessee (AA), working five innings and giving up three runs on three hits, including a solo homer. He struck out six with one walk in a 7-1 setback to Rocket City. Uelmen is 0-4, 5.12 ERA.

-- Grant Ford (UNR) was touched for three runs on three hits (including a two-run jack) in two-thirds of an inning for Greensville (high A) in a 7-5 win at Hickory in 10 innings.

-- Jake Prizina (Spanish Springs) had a blown save for Aberdeen (high A) in a 10-9 loss at Bowling Green in 12 innings. Prizina worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits. He had a pair of Ks and two walks (34/25). Prizina has a 1.54 ERA . . . In the same game, Alan Strong (UNLV), pitching the seventh inning for Bowling Green, gave up a run on two hits with two strikeouts (19/13). Strong's ERA is 4.15.

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College D-1 Playoffs

Stanford and Vanderbilt advanced to the College World Series Saturday. Stanford topped Texas Tech, 9-0, and Vandy beat East Carolina, 4-1 in super regionals.

Other scores:

Ole Miss 12, Arizona 3 (1-1)
North Carolina State 6, Arkansas 5 (1-1)
Dallas Baptist 6, Virginia 5 (1-0)
Mississippi State 9, Notre Dame 8 (1-0)
Tennessee 4, LSU 2 (1-0)
Texas 4, South Florida 3 (1-0)

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College Summer Ball

SOUTHERN NEVADA ROSTER:

Rene Almaraz, IF, Soph., College of Southern Idaho (Centennial HS)
Ryan Avila, OF, Soph.. CSN (Las Vegas HS)
Casey Bochenczak, 3B, Fr., Cerro Cosa JC (Sierra Vista HS)
Andrew Cameron, LHP, Soph., College of Southern Idaho (Desert Oasis HS)
Tristan Castner, RHP/OF, Fr., Jackson State, MS (Sierra Vista HS)
DJ Contreras, RHP, Soph., Arizona Western JC (Liberty HS)
Matt Cox, OF, Fr., Big Bend JC, WA (Bonanza HS)
Chris Dietrich, RHP/C/OF, incoming Fr., Bishop State JC, AL (Palo Verde HS)
Xavier Garrity, RHP, incoming Fr., Webster U., MO (Centennial HS)
Ian Graf, C, incoming Fr., CSN (Rancho HS)
Anthony Guzman, OF, Jr., Milligan U., TN (Rancho HS)
Elijah Jordan, OF, Fr., Florida Memorial U. (Rancho HS)
Andrew Kim, RHP, incoming Fr., undecided (Palo Verde HS)
Hunter Mark, RHP, incoming Fr., CSN (Bishop Gorman HS)
Jack Parker, C/3B, incoming Fr., Barstow JC (Silverado HS)
Austin Raleigh, RHP, Soph.,  CSN (Palo Verde HS)
Justin Smith, RHP, incoming Fr., South Mountain JC, AZ (Arbor View HS)
Demetrius Vigil, RHP, Fr., CSN (Basic HS)

NOTES -- Southern Nevada opened the season Saturday with an impressive debut in Southern California, tying the OC Pirates, 1-1 in nine innings and defeating the Inland Empire Bucs, 4-1, also in nine. SN plays the Bucs again today (Sunday) . . . Hunter Mark pitched the first eight innings for SN in the opener, allowing just four hits with 10 Ks, one walk . . . In the second game, Austin Raleigh worked the first five innings and Demetrius Vigil threw the final four, combining to limit the Bucs to six hits . . . Raleigh had five Ks, Vigil six . . . Anthony Guzman had two doubles in the second game with Ian Graf and Jack Parker driving in two runs each . . . SN hosts the California Jays next Saturday and Sunday in a pair of twin bills.
 

 

 

 

Friday's Highlights

   Ex-Legacy Star Keys Arizona Win

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Saturday

Colleges . . .

Donta Williams drove in four runs, sparking Arizona to a 9-3 win over Ole Miss in the opening game of the NCAA Tucson Super Regional Friday.

Williams slugged his seventh homer of the season leading off the first inning, then had a three-run double in the eighth, giving the Wildcats a comfortable 9-3 lead. Ole Miss scored its three runs in the opening frame.

Williams, a former Legacy HS standout, lifted his average to .344 with the 3-for-5 game. He has 46 RBIs.

Arizona (44-15) can earn a trip to the College World Series with a win tonight.

In other super regional games Friday:

Stanford 15, Texas Tech 3
Vanderbilt 2, East Carolina 0
Arkansas 21, North Carolina State 2

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In the Minors . . .

HIT PARADE:

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) had a pair of singles in three ABs for Reading (AA) in a 2-1 win over Hartford, raising his average to .323.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) drove in a pair of runs with a solo homer (his second) and a sac fly in three at-bats as Tampa (A) won at Clearwater, 6-4. Wells improved to .267.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) slugged his fifth homer (solo) in four trips in Mongomery's (AA) 9-3 loss to Birmingham.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) raised his average to .294 for Bowie (AA) during a 5-4 loss at Binghamton. Grenier was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) went 1-for-5 for Omaha (AAA) with a run-scoring double and an RBI groundout in a 6-4 victory at St. Paul.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 1-for-2 with an RBI playing shortstop, then center field in Nashville's 14-1 win over Indianapolis. Hager has a .301 average.

-- Trenton Brooks (UNR) was 1-for-4 for Columbus (AAA) . . . JT Friedl (UNR) went 1-for-4 for Louisville (AAA).

PITCHING IN:

-- Mikey York (Basic) faced the minimum six batters in his two-inning relief stint for Bowling Green (high A), striking out four during a 5-3 win over Aberdeen. York notched his third hold, pitching the sixth and seventh innings. He used 21 pitches, 17 for strikes in lowering his ERA to 6.17.

-- Braden Shipley (UNR), the starter for Louisville (AAA) was touched for six runs on four hits in lasting 1 1/3 innings during a 10-6 loss to Toledo. Shipley walked three with two kays (48/25). He's now 1-5 with a 9.00 ERA.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday's Highlights

    Hitters on a Tear; Trajeton Sharp

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

The bats continued to highlight minor league play Thursday, and former Faith Lutheran standout Zack Trageton was impressive in relief. Here's a look:

THE HITTERS:

-- Trenton Brooks (UNR) pounded a pair of two-run homers and also had a ground-out RBI in four ABs for Columbus (AAA), a 9-2 winner at Iowa. (.333 average).

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) stroked two singles in four at-bats, helping Bowie (AA) to a 7-4 victory at Binghamton. (.290 average).

-- JT Friedl (UNR) had three singles in four trips as Louisville (AAA) lost at Toledo, 3-2. (.244 average).

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) slugged a first inning solo homer (his third) and also was hit by a pitch with the bags loaded in four at-bats for Wichita (AA), whoich lost at Tulsa, 12-10 in 10 innings. (.316 average).

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Reading (AA) in a 9-8 loss to Hartford. (.286 average).

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) had a two-run single in a 2-for-5 game as Montgomery (AA) topped Birmingham, 12-5. (.317 average).

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) went 1-for-4 with two walks, two runs in Omaha's 16-9 win at St. Paul. (.246 average).

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 1-for-3 with an RBI double as Nashville (AAA) defeated Indianpolis, 6-3. (.300 average).

-- Max Smith (UNLV) went 1-for-2 with two walks in Cedar Rapids' (high A)) 10-7 win at Beloit (.286 average).

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) had a single in four ABs for Spokane (high A) in an 8-0 victory over Vancouver. (.221 average).

-- Brandon Wulff (Bishop Gorman) had a double in four trips as Rancho Cucamonga (A) defeated Lake Elsinore, 7-4. (.171 average).

-- DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) was 1-for-4 for Oklahoma City (AAA) in a 4-1 win over El Paso. (.225 average).

THE PITCHERS:

-- Zach Trageton (Faith Lutheran) pitched the final three innings of Bowling Green's (high A) 7-1 victory over Aberdeen, notching his first save of the season. |Trageton allowed one run on one hit with two Ks, no walks in throwing 37 pitches, 19 for strikes. (3.62 ERA).

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief for Rochester (AAA), getting his second hold during a 4-3 win at Lehigh Valley. Bonnell gave up a run on one hits with three strikeouts, throwing 27 pitches, 20 for strikes (3.18 ERA).

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MLB Draft League . . .

-- Noah Hemphill (Coronado) had three singles in five ABs, driving in two runs for Williamsport in a 7-5 win over State College . . . Marques Paige (Bishop Gorman) hit a two-run homer in four at-bats for State College.

 

Minor Leagues

   Wednesday's Highlights: Nelson Sharp

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

Ryne Nelson (Basic) ran his record to 3-1 with a five-inning, two-hit stint for Hillsboro (high A) Wednesday. Nelson, in lowering his ERA to 2.48, struck out eight, walked one in the 87/63-pitch performance. Hillsboro defeated Tri-City, 10-2.

Also

-- Mikey York (Basic) logged his first save for Bowling Green (high A), getting the final out in a 7-5 victory over Aberdeen. York threw four pitches, two for strikes.

-- Jake Prizina (Spanish Springs) threw 1 2/3 shutout innings for Aberdeen, giving up a hit with two walks, one K (34/18). He has a 1.00 ERA.

HIT PARADE:

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) produced a pair of singles in four ABs in Reading's (AA) 6-5 win over Hartford. Stott lifted his average to .280.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 2-for-4 (both doubles) i8n Nashville's (AAA) 9-4 win over Indianapolis.

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) went 2-for-5 for Spokane (high A) in a 10-2 loss to Vancouver.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) had a two-run triple in five ABs as Omaha (AAA) won at St. Paul, 5-2.

-- Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) doubled in two trips for Gwinnett (AAA) . . . Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) was 1-for-4 for Charlotte (AAA) . . . Trenton Brooks (UNR) went 1-for-3 for Columbus (AAA) / / / Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) had a hit and a sac fly in five at-bats for Tampa (A).

 

 

 

Minor League Wrap

    A Good Day With the Sticks

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

Hitting took center stage in the minors Tuesday with a trio of players with Nevada connections leading the way. For instance:

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) had his best day since being promoted to Reading (AA), going 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, good for three ribbies. Stott raised his average to .238 in a 5-2 win over Hartford.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 game for Bowie (AA), driving in two with a pair of singles in a 12-0 victory at Binghamton. Grenier is hitting .293 and is 19-for-40 (.475) in his last 10 games.

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) went 3-for-4 for Wichita (AA) in an 8-3 loss at Tulsa. De La Trinidad stroked a double and two singles, lifting his average to .333. He's 11-for-23 the last six games (.478).

Also . . .

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) was 2-for-2 with a double, raising his average to .321 in helping Montgomery (AA) past Birmingham, 5-2.

-- Bligh Madris (Foothill) had a two-run triple in five ABs for Indianapolis (AAA) in a 6-1 win at Nashville. He's batting .321.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 1-for-3 for Nashville and has a .289 average.

-- Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) hit a solo homer (his third) in three ABs as Charlotte (AAA) lost at Durham, 8-5.

-- TJ Friedl (UNR) was 2-for-2 for Louisville (AAA), including a triple, during a 9-3 win at Toledo.

-- JT Peters (WNC) had a solo homer and two RBIs in two trips in Oklahoma City's (AAA) 9-6 victory over Sugar Land.

PITCHING IN:

-- Dean Kremer (UNLV) had a no decision for Norfolk (AAA), working 4 2/3 innings as the starter, allowing three runs on one hit with thee walks, seven Ks (76/49). Kremer has a 4.15 ERA. Norfolk won at Jacksonville, 4-3.

-- Thomas Pannone (CSN) was the losing pitcher for Salt Lake (AAA) being touched for seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 frames. Pannone gave up a three-run homer and a two-run shot in a 7-3 setback at Tacoma. He's 2-3, 8.01 ERA.

-- Shane Kelso (Fernley) pitched a shutout ninth inning for Inland Empire (A), getting all three outs on Ks. He allowed one hit in the 8-1 win at Visalia. Kelso threw 15 pitches, 13 for strikes.

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MLB Draft League . . .

-- Marques Paige (Bishop Gorman) slugged a homer and a double, driving in two in three ABs as State College lost to Williamsport, 6-3 . . . Noah Hemphill (Coronado) had a double and two RBIs in four trips for Williamsport.

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If the Padres continue to scuffle offensively, they could turn to a familiar target from outside the organization: the Rangers’ Joey Gallo. The Padres are trying to weather a storm of injuries and cold bats, but while they wait for Austin Nola and Trent Grisham to return from the injured list, it’s easy to speculate about potential additions, and few would be as exciting as Gallo.

Remember, the Padres had interest in Gallo at last year’s trade deadline, but they balked at moving CJ Abrams or Luis Patino. That price may still be too high, but the Padres remain “particularly interested” in Gallo, writes the Athletic’s Dennis Lin. The trade market is still developing, however, and the Ranger’s aren’t likely to make Gallo a quick-strike target. Even with diminished power outputs the past two seasons – .197 ISO in 2020 and .181 ISO this season – Gallo would be one of the higher-end pieces available, should the Rangers make him so.

After all, even though his slugging percentage has fallen under .400 SLG the past two seasons, Gallo has begun to bounce back this year thanks to an above-average ability to get on base (18.7 percent walk rate). Through 241 plate appearances, he now has a 119 wRC+ with a batting line of .207/.365/.389. He has an improved .226 ISO/.435 SLG since May 15th.

For the Padres, Gallo’s ability to play all three outfield positions holds some value, mostly because of the injury concerns around their starting trio of Grisham, Tommy Pham, and Wil Myers. All three have spent time on the injured list this season. But it’s Gallo’s overall offensive ability that brings the most appeal for a team that has struggled to score runs of late. The Friars have just a 74 team wRC+ over the past two weeks, the third-lowest mark in the Majors in that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PARTY -- Getting to see old friends finally.

Craig's Log

   Unusual Day, to Say the Least

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

Saturday was a very unusual day for me and the wife.

It was really the first time we had journeyed out for a full day since the pandemic took over. Here's a capsule look:

The Memorial . . .

I've lost nine in the past two years (none to COVID), but the death of Gary Mathany was a tough one. I met Gary nearly 40 years ago and we got to be not only business acquaintances, but friends as well.

Being in hibernation for the past 12-16 months, we looked forward to "getting out", memorial or not. If you haven't been among 'em and you're out for the first time for a full day, you know what I'm talkin' about. 

Gary passed away in December (heart trouble) and Connie (his wife) and family waited until June to have the memorial. It was long and moving. Gary was one of the good guys. His work as an independent graphic designer was excellent and because of it he did work for my company for over 20 years until my retirement. (I actually retired early, mostly because I was day-trading at the time.)

Gary was part of my fantasy football league for 12 years and we annually fought tooth-and-nail during March Madness. And we had an annual trip to Del Mar for the past 20 years with our wives.

Gary was devoted to his wife (a high school sweetheart), his son and two daughters and was a devout Christian, serving his church in may capacities. 

About 75 people attended the memorial and I told Marsha that if I get half as many as that, I'll be shocked back to life.

The Party . . .

About 90 minutes after the memorial, we attended an 80th birthday party for Pat O'Donnell, who I have known since we were in our late teens. Pat and I attended the same colleges (Cerritos JC, Long Beach State) and both of us ventured into the journalistic world, he as a top-rated photographer and I as a writer.

(As a photog Pat has covered just about every major political event in Southern California, and his stories, mixed in with some colorful language, are downright funny.)

Many friends who we hadn't seen in the past 16 months gathered just to talk about old times and what we've been doing (or not doing).

It was a fun time, the food was great and the company even better. (There's a photo below. I'm third on the left, barely visible, Marsha is last on the left. Couples were divided into assigned seats with a face mask identifying your place to sit.)

It was good to finally get out and be normal again.

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Satchel Was Amazing

As a young teen, I was lucky enough to see Satchel Paige pitch. He was part of an off-season barnstorming team (The Harlem Globetrotters) who stopped in San Luis Obispo for an exhibition against our hometown Blues.

And he was amazing.

I had never seen anyone throw as hard has he did. Satchel pitched the first three innings, giving up a run in the opening inning on a lead-off walk to Perry Jeter, who stole two bases and scored on a groundout, much to the chagrin of Paige. When he came off the mound, he was fuming. Paige did not allow a baserunner the final two innings. (Jeter was an outfielder for Cal Poly and later a running back for the Chicago Bears.)

The Globetrotters were playing nightly and of course Paige was the attraction. Can you imagine pitching on a nightly basis for three innings. 

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The Musial Stub . . .

As a collegian, I attended many, many games at the LA Coliseum when the Dodgers first arrived in the late 50s and I had saved a stub from a St. Louis Cardinals game. The box seat stub, priced at $2.50, was about two inches by one inch. On the back of it I had written, "Stan Musial, 4-for-4." About thirty years later, I sold the stub on EBAY for about 50 bucks. It would probably go for a lot more today.

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NCAA D-1 Regionals . . .

-- Host Stanford outlasted UC Irvine, 11-8 to move on to a super regional. Zach Grech (Bishop Gorman), who had pitched 3 1/3 innings the previous day, came on to get the final out of the seventh, working into the ninth. He retired the first two UCI hitters, then gave up a single and a walk, before being relieved . . . Host Oregon was ousted by LSU, 9-8 and Oregon State was eliminated by Dallas Baptist, 8-5 in Fort Worth.

The super regional matchups:

East Carolina at Vanderbilt
Stanford at Texas Tech
North Carolina State at Arkansas
Ole Miss at Arizona
Notre Dame at Mississippi State
LSU at Tennessee
South Florida at Texas
Dallas Baptist vs. Virginia-Old Dominion winner at Columbia, SC

*****

Minor Leagues . . .

-- Sam Wolff (CSN) had another shutout inning for Sacramento (AAA), keeping his ERA at 0.00. Wolff, a RHP, has appeared in eight games (8 1/3 ip) with 12 Ks. Sacramento lost at Reno, 7-6.

Except for a handful of triple-A games, the rest of the minor loopers took the day off, as did players in the MLB Draft League.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minors

   Kingham Throws Gem, But No Win

Originally posted: 9 a.m., Monday

Former Desert Oasis HS standout Nolan Kingham gave up just one run and three hits in six innings, but came away with a no decision pitching for Mississippi (AA) Sunday.

Kingham allowed a lead-off first inning homer at Pensacola, then threw five shutout frames, leaving with a 3-1 lead. Pensacola tied it in the seventh, Mississippi won it in the eighth, 4-3.

Kingham struck out one, walked one in the 79-pitch, 60-strike outing. He's 2-1 with a .3.82 ERA. Kingham was a 12th round pick of the Braves in 2018 out of the University of Texas.

Elsewhere . . .

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless inning in Rochester's (AAA) 12-5 win over Worchester. Bonnell did not issue a hit with one K, one walk in lowering his ERA to 2.93 (33/18).

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman), pitching the ninth inning of Great Lakes' (high A) 8-4 win over West Michigan, gave up a two-run homer. He struck out one in the 13/11-pitch frame.

-- Grant Ford (UNR) was touched for four runs on three hits, including a two-run homer as Greensboro (high A) defeated Winston-Salem, 7-6. He struck out two. Ford has a 5.52 ERA.

HIT PARADE:

-- Max Smith (UNLV) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and two runs as Cedar Rapids (high A) won at Fort Wayne, 11-3. Smith had an run-scoring single and an RBI groundout. He's batting .280.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two walks as Tampa (A) defeated Lakeland, 8-1. Wells is hitting .279.

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) raised his average to .314 at Wichita (AA) with a 2-for-3 game, including a double. Wichita lost to Arkansas, 9-0.

-- TJ Friedl (UNR) slugged his third homer (a solo) in Louisville's (AAA) 6-1 victory over St. Paul.

-- Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) hit a solo jack (his fourth) for Gwinnett (AAA) during a 6-3 setback to Jacksonville.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 1-for-3 for Nashville (AAA) . . . DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) hit a double in four trips for Oklahoma City (AAA) . . . Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-5 for Bowie (AA).

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MLB Draft League . . .

-- Marques Paige (Bishop Gorman) slugged a two-run homer in a nine-run first inning for State College during a 12-2 win at Mahoning Valley. Paige also singled in four at-bats.

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NCAA Regionals . . .

-- Zach Grech (Bishop Gorman) threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings for host Stanford in an 8-4 loss to UC Irvine, forcing a deciding game Monday for the right to advance to a super regional. Grech came on in the third inning after UCI had scored a pair of runs. He gave up two hits the rest of his outing with one K, one walk in tossing 56 pitches. Irvine scored six in the bottom of the eighth.

-- In Tucson, Donta Williams (Legacy) had a hit in three official ABs, walking twice as host Arizona won the regional with a 5-2 win over UC Santa Barbara . . . Earlier, Oklahoma State's Carson McCusker (Spanish Springs) went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs as his team was eliminated by UCSB, 13-3.

ELSEWHERE -- LSU topped Gonzaga, 8-3 and Oregon, 4-1 in Eugene, OR to force a deciding game Monday . . . Oregon State ousted TCU, 3-2 in the Fort Worth regional, then beat Dallas Baptist, 5-4, also forcing a final game Monday . . . Arizona State was eliminated by Fairfield, 9-7 and the latter was ousted by Texas, 12-2, the Longhorns advancing to a super regional . . . UCLA clobbered North Dakota State, 18-3, then was eliminated by Texas Tech, 8-2 in Lubbock, TX.

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College Summer Ball . . .

EXHIBITION LEAGUE

Badlands Big Sticks (Dickinson, ND):

Parker Collett, RHP, Soph., Minot State (Arbor View HS)

Spearfish Sasquatch (Spearfish, SD):

Zachary Kriethe, RHP, RS Fr., Colorado School of Mines (Sierra Vista HS)
Johnny McHenry, IF, RS Fr., Cerro Coso JC, CA (Spanish Springs HS)

Wheat City Whiskey Jacks (Grand Forks, ND):

Blake Kaplan, RHP, Sr., Embry-Riddle U., AZ (transfer from Chicago State) (Sierra Vista HS)

NOTES -- The 12-team lead includes teams from South Dakota (3), Nebraska (3), North Dakota (2) and one each from Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Manitoba, Canada . . . Play began May 25 and concludes Aug. 7 with playoffs Aug 9-15 . . . Each teams plays 64 games.

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PERFECT GAME LEAGUE

Saugerties, NY Stallions

Gunner Gouldsmith, IF, Fr., Washington State (Reno HS)

NOTES -- 15-team league . . . Play began Thursday with playoffs starting July 30 . . . Eight teams (top four in each division) make playoffs . . . 48 regular season games.

 

 

 

Saturday's Games

    Minor Leagues: Wells Digs 3-for-3 Game

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

Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) was 3-for-3 for Tampa (A), driving in three runs with a two-run triple and a single i12-3 win over Lakeland in the first of two games. Wells elevated his average to .267 . . . Nick Quintana (Arbor View) had a double in three ABs for Lakeland . . . Tampa won the nightcap, 7-4 as Wells sat. Quintana was 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

HIT PARADE:

-- Trenton Brooks (UNR) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Akron (AA) in an 8-5 win over Erie. Brooks is hitting .265.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) slugged his second homer at Omaha (a solo), getting a pair of hits in four at-bats during a 5-0 victory over Iowa. Isbel has a .255 average.

-- Max Smith (UNLV) had a pair of singles in five at-bats for Cedar Rapids (high A) in an 11-5 victory at Fort Wayne.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-2 with a two-run single for Bowie (AA) in an 8-7 loss at Hartford. Grenier is hitting .277.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) logged his first hits at Reading (AA), going 1-for-2 in the first game and 1-for-3 in the nightcap in a double loss at Somerset, 7-2, 6-1.

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV)  had a single in four trips for Wichita (AA) in a 6-4 win over Arkansas. De La Trinidad has a .301 average.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) was 1-for-4 for Montgomery (AA) . . . TJ Friedl (UNR) went 1-for-4 for Louisville (AAA) . . . Jake Hager had a hit in four ABs for Nashville (AAA).

PITCHING IN:

-- Mikey York (Basic) threw a shutout inning for Bowling Green (high A) during a 7-5 win over Rome. York pitched the seventh inning (17/10), giving up a hit, whiffing two and lowering his ERA to 7.71.

-- Sam Wolfe (CSN) retained his 0.00 ERA for Sacramento (AAA), working a shutout eighth inning during a 10-6 win at Reno. Wolfe allowed a hit, striking out two (17/9).

-- Braden Shipley (UNR) was the starter for Louisville (AAA), pitching four innings and coming away with a no decision in a 6-3 victory over St. Paul. Shipley allowed four hits, including a solo homer with two Ks (67/43).

-- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) was the losing pitcher for Tennessee (AA), running his record to 0-3, 5.06 ERA. He pitched the first 3 1/3 innings with six runs being scored on him, three of them earned. He allowed five hits, struck out four and walked three (85/50).

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MLB Draft League . . .

-- Jesse Pierce (Arbor View) stroked a solo homer for West Virginia during a 13-7 win at Frederick. Pierce played this past season at Grayson JC in Texas . . . Nick Hernandez (Bishop Gorman) went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a single for Frederick.

*****

College Playoffs . . .

2-AND-BAR-B-QUE -- Nevada Reno didn't last long in the NCAA regional at Stanford, dropping a 6-1 game to North Dakota State, thus losing its second straight and going home. UNR was limited to five hits after getting only two the previous at vs. UC Irvine . . . Stanford won its second straight, sending UCI to the loser's bracket, 12-4. Irvine faces North Dakota State today with the victor taking on the Cardinal.

'CATS UNBEATEN -- In the Tucson regional, Arizona made in two wins in a row, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 4--0 as Donta Williams (Legacy) went 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base. . . . Carson McCusker (Spanish Springs) had a pair of hits and an RBI in five ABs, helping Oklahoma State past Grand Canyon, 5-3. Oklahoma State plays UCSB today in an elimination game with the winner hooking up with Arizona.

ELSEWHERE -- UCLA topped Army, 13-6 in Lubbock, TX and will meet North Carolina today with that winner taking on Texas Tech . . . Oregon State at Fort Worth, eliminating McNeese State, 10-5. The Beavers play TCU, an 8-6 loser to Dallas Baptist Saturday . . . In Austin, Arizona State suffered a 10-3 loss to host Texas and will play Fairfield today. Fairfield eliminated Southern, 6-2 . . . In Eugene, Oregon stayed upbeaten with a 7-3 win over Gonzaga. The latter meets LSU in an elimination game today.

 

 

 

From Friday

Minors, College Roundup

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

Minor Leagues . . .

Pitching In:

-- Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran) was the winner in Bowling Green's (high A) 7-3 decision over Rome. Trageton gave up a three-run homer in the opening frame, then shut down Rome in the next four innings. He allowed six hits, struck out six with no walks (60/47). Trageton is 2-1, 3.70 ERA.

--Jake Prizina (Spanish Springs) threw two innings for Aberdeen (high A) and was touched for one unearned run on two hits, one K in a 4-3 win over Hickory. Prizina has a 1.23 ERA.

-- Shane Kelso (Fernley) had a 1 1/3-inning outing for Inland Empire (A), giving up a run on two hits during a 14-5 victory at Rancho Cucamonga. Kelso struck out four with no walks (22/16).

Hit Parade:

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double and three RBIs in leading Wichita (AA) pst Arkansas, 8-5. De La Trinidad raised his average to .3-4.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) was 2-for-5 in Omaha's (AAA) 13-8 win over Iowa. Isbel has a .245 average.

-- Bligh Madris (Foothill) had a pair of 1-for-3 games for Indianapolis (AAA).

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) went 1-for-4 with an RBI as Bowie won at Hartford, 6-2.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) was 1-for-4 for Montgomery (AA) in a 6-1 victory over Biloxi.

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MLB Draft League . . .

-- Nick Hernandez (Bishop Gorman) had a two-run single in four ABs for Frederick in a 7-6 loss to Mahoning Valley.

-- Noah Hemphill (Coronado) went 1-for-3 with a run-scoring single in Williamsport's 10-2 win over State College . . . Marques Paige (Bishop Gorman) had a single in four ABs for State College.

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Colleges . . .

-- Nevada Reno was held to just two hits by UC Irvine pitcher Michael Fries, who threw a complete game, striking out five with two walks (112 pitches) in the Stanford NCAA regional. Fries is 9-1. UNR faces North Dakota State today in an elimination game. ND State lost to Stanford, 9-1.

-- Donta Williams (Legacy) doubled and single in six ABs in helping host Arizona to a 12-6 win over Grand Canyon in the Tucson regional . . . Carson McCusker (Spanish Springs) had a hit and an RBI for Oklahoma State during a 14-4 loss to UC Santa Barbara, also at Tucson.

-- Kade Higgins (Spring Valley) was 1-for-3 for Arizona State as the Sun Devils rallied for two runs in the last of the ninth to defeat Fairfield, 7- in the Austin regional. Host Texas whipped Southern, 11-0 in the other game.

-- Other scores -- UCLA lost to North Carolina, 5-4 in the Lubbock, TX regional . . . Oregon State dropped a 6-5 game to Dallas Baptist in the Fort Worth regional.

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College Summer Ball . . .

ALASKA LEAGUE

Anchorage Bucs:

Jaden Berkovich, RHP, Fr., San Diego State (Damonte Ranch HS)

Chugiak Chinooks:

Haden Keller, OF, Jr., Northwest Nazarene, ID (Douglas HS)

NOTES -- Season begins today (Saturday) and culminates July 29 . . . Five teams, 42-game season . . . Playoffs end with the Top of the World Series.

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MID PLAINS LEAGUE

Topeka, KS Golden Giants:

Mickey Coyne, 1B/LHP, Fr., Sierra JC, CA (Reno HS)

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Junior Colleges . . .

McLENNEN WINS -- McLennen, TX won the NJCAA World Series championship, defeated Central Arizona, 7-3 in Grand Junction, CO Friday night.

 

 

UNR's Shrum MVP

      Five UNLV Players Honored

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

Five players from UNLV have been selected to the All-Mountain West Conference team.

Two first teamers include 1B/DH Jack-Thomas Wold (Basic) and shortstop Brendan Brooks. The Rebels' second team honors went to outfielder Myles Denson (Bishop Gorman), second baseman Edarian Williams (Rancho) and RHP Bradley Spooner.

Mountain West champion Nevada Reno placed seven players on the all-conference team.

First baseball Dillon Shrum, who batted .479 for the season, is the player of the year. Other members of the Wolf Pack getting first team honors included third baseman Tyler Bosetti, outfielder Dario Gomez and pitchers Cam Walty and Shane Gustafson. Second team selections went to second baseman Joshua Zamora and RHP Jake Jackson.

The all-conference team, with season stats:

First Team

Paul Skenes, Fr., C/DH, Air Force
Andrew Kachel, So., 3B, Fresno State#
Tyler Bosetti, Jr., 3B, UNR
   
(.337, 11 hr, 47 rbi)
Dario Gomez, So., OF, UNR
   (.404, 6 hr, 37 rbi)
Dillan Shrum, Sr., 1B, UNR
   
(.479, 15 hr, 47 rbi)
Kyler Castillo, Jr., OF, New Mexico
Wyatt Hendrie, So., C, San Diego State
Matt Rudick, Jr., OF, San Diego State
Brendan Brooks, Jr., SS, UNLV
   
(.407, 5 hr, 22 rbi)
Jack-Thomas Wold, Jr., 1B/DH, UNLV
   
(.429, 12 hr 43 rbi)
John Byrnes, Sr., RHP, Air Force
Cam Walty, Fr., RHP, UNR
   
(5-3, 4.02 era, 56 ip)
Shane Gustafson, Sr., RHP, UNR
   
(3-2, 3.00, 42 ip)
Justin Armbruester, Sr., RHP, New Mexico

Second Team

Braydon Altorfer, Jr., C/DH, Air Force
EJ Andrews, So., OF, Fresno State
Joshua Zamora, Jr., 2B, UNR
   (.297, 12 hr, 26 rbi)
Jaden Fein, So., OF, San Diego State
Mike Jarvis, Sr., SS, San Diego State
Ruben Ibarra, Jr., 1B, San José State
Myles Denson, Sr., OF, UNLV
   
(.395, 6 hr, 22 rbi)
Edarian Williams, So., 2B, UNLV
   
(.360, 6 hr, 25 rbi)
Jake Jackson, Jr., RHP, UNR
   
(5-3, 5.51 era, 67 ip)
Tre Brown, Jr., RHP, San Diego State
Mike Paredes, So., RHP, San Diego State
Bradley Spooner, Sr., RHP, UNLV
   
(6-3, 4.24 era, 57 1/3 ip)

NOTES -- Justin Armbruester (New Mexico) was the pitcher of the year, catcher/RHP Paul Skenes (Air Force) was the freshman of the year and T.J. Bruce (UNR) was the coach of the year.
 
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Collegiate Summer Ball . . .

CAL RIPKEN LEAGUE

Bethesda, MD Big Train:

Noah Carabajal, Fr., RHP, Long Beach State (Palo Verde HS)
Trevor Doyle, Jr., OF, Sacramento State (Cimarron-Memorial HS)

NOTES -- The league, composed of six teams in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metro area, begins play Monday and runs through July 21 . . . Each team plays 36 games.

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NEW YORK COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

Mansfield Destroyers:

Blake Murray, C, Soph., Southwestern Oregon JC (Douglas HS)

NOTES -- Nine-team league, two divisions . . . 42 games . . . Season begins Monday, concludes July 24 . . . Playoffs start July 26.

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Minor League Roundup . . .

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

Hit Parade:

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) continued on his hot hitting, smacking two doubles and a single with an RBI in four ABs as Bowie (AA) won at Hartford, 4-0. Grenier has elevated his average to .273 hitting out of the ninth spot.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) slugged a three-run homer and also had an RBI groundout in four at-bats for Nashville (AAA) during a 15-4 vcitory at Charlotte. It was Hager's fifth jack of the season.

-- TJ Friedl (UNR) hit a solo homer in three trips for Louisville (AAA) in a 6-3 win over St. Paul. It was Friedl's second home run.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) was 1-for-4 for Omaha (AAA) . . . Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) went 1-for-4 (a double) for Montgomery (AA) . . .  Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) had a double in four ABs for Tampa (A) . . . Nick Quintana (Arbor View) was 1-for-4 for Lakeland (A) . . . Brandon Wulff (Bishop Gorman) had a hit in three tries for Rancho Cucamonga (A).

Pitching In:

-- Alan Strong (UNLV) was the winning pitcher for Bowling Green (high A) in a 3-1 win over Rome. Strong threw the final two shutout innings, allowing one hit (26/16), striking out two. He's 1-0, 0.00 ERA.

-- LHP Thomas Pannone (CSN) logged a win for Salt Lake (AAA) in a 10-5 victory at Tacoma. Pannone went five, giving up four runs on eight hits with one K, two walks. He's 2-2, 6.92 ERA.

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman) allowed  two runs on one hit with two walks in two-thirds of an inning in Great Lakes (high A) 12-1 loss to West Michigan. Little has a 8.53 ERA.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

CENTRAL NEEDS TWO -- Central Arizona scored two in the last of the ninth inning to eliminate San Jacinto, TX, 11-10 in a semifinal game of the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO Thursday. Central plays McLennen, TX, needing a win tonight and Saturday to capture the title. San Jacinto had scored four in the top of the ninth to take a 10-9 lead.

 

 

 

 

 

20. Joey Gallo, OF, Rangers: Gallo is drawing walks at a career-high clip, and his strikeout rate is “down” to a career-low 34 percent. His power numbers have trended downward since Opening Day 2020, however, and if Gallo isn’t hitting like a 30- or 40-home run threat by this summer, the offers probably won’t be enough for Texas to consider a move. Playing on a $6.2MM salary for the current season, Gallo is controllable through the 2022 campaign.

 

Wednesday's Results

     Nelson Whiffs 10 in High-A Stint

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Thursday

Ryne Nelson (Basic), logged his second win for Hillsboro (high-A) Wednesday night, striking out 10 in 5 2/3 innings during a 6-2 victory at Everett.

Nelson allowed Everett's two runs on six hits, walking one in tossing 89 pitches, 55 for strikes. He's 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) pitched a shutout frame for Rochester (AAA), giving up two hits with two Ks (19/13) in an 18-5 win at Worchester. Bonnell has a 3.46 ERA.

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) had a pair of singles and an RBI as Wichita (AA) lost to Arkansas, 5-2.

-- Max Smith (UNLV) was 1-for-3 as Cedar Rapids (high A) dropped a 6-1 game at Fort Wayne.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) went 1-for-5 with a first inning two-run homer as Montgomery (AA) was defeated by Biloxi, 9-5.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) went 1-for-4 for Nashville (AAA) in a 7-4 win at Charlotte.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV), playing his second double-A game, was 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and two walks as Reading lost at Somerset, 5-4.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) had a hit in two ABs for Tampa (A) in a 4-4 suspended contest with Lakeland. The game was postponed in the bottom of the sixth.

*****

Colleges . . .

BECERRA HONORED -- Anthony Becerra (Rancho), a senior LHP for D-1 Jackson State, was selected the Southwestern Conference pitcher of the year. Becerra compiled an 8-1 record (2.55 ERA) with 101 Ks in 67 innings.

HEMPHILL LAUDED -- Noah Hemphill (Coronado), a sophomore, was named to the NAIA American West Conference second team. Hemphill batted .360 for Missouri Baptist. He's an outfielder.

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College Summer Ball . . .

COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE

Morehead City, NC Marlins:

Alejandro Murillo, RHP, RS Soph., Nevada Reno (Bakersfield)
Tyler Cochran, RHP, RS Jr., Nevada Reno (Redding)

NOTES -- League began play last week, ending July 31 . . . Playoffs, Aug. 1-9 . . . 15 teams in league from Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina . . . 44-game sked.

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SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

Boynton Beach Buccaneers:

Andrew Guidara, C, Incoming Fr., Pacific (Damonte Ranch HS)
Nate Guidara, OF, Soph., San Joaquin Delta JC (Damonte Ranch HS)

Delray Beach Lightning:

Cam Walty, RHP, Soph., Nevada Reno (Elk Grove, CA)
Landon Wallace, C, Soph., Nevada Reno (Roseville, CA)

Florida Pokers (Hollywood):

Tyler Montoya, LHP, Soph., Palm Beach State College (JC) (Las Vegas resident)
Kurtis Roberts, C, Sr., Arizona Christian U. (Reno HS)

NOTES -- Play begins Friday, concludes July 22 . . . Playoffs end by Aug. 1 . . . 10-team league . . . 44-game schedule.

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Junior Colleges . . .

CENTRAL WINS -- Central Arizona ousted Cowley, KS, 12-8 in the NJCAA World Series at Grand Junction, CO Wednesday. Central plays San Jacinto, TX today in an elimination game. San Jacinto fell to unbeaten McLennen, TX, 13-10. McLennen faces Crowder, MO in the other semifinal today.

 

Today's Roundup

    Minor Leagues, Colleges, JCs

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Wednesday

Minor Leagues . . .

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) continued his hot hitting Tuesday with three singles in five ABs in helping Bowie (AA) to a 7-2 win at Hartford. Grenier is 10-for-16 (.625) in his last four contests, all-multi-hit games. He is batting .261.

-- Max Smith (UNLV) stroked a double and a two-run single for Cedar Rapids (high A) in a 7-4 victory at Fort Wayne.

-- Bligh Madris (Foothill) went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Indianapolis' (AAA) 5-3 win over Columbus. Madris has a .368 average.

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) was 1-for-4 (a double) for Lakeland (A) . . . Kyle Isbel (UNLV) had a hit in five trips for Omaha (AAA) . . . Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) went 1-for-4 for Gwinnett (AAA).

-- Nolan Kingham (Desert Oasis), the starter for Mississippi (AA) threw 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs (one a solo HR) on eight hits with two Ks, one walk (90/61). He had a no decision as Pensacola won, 4-3. Kingham has a 4.33 ERA.

-- Grant Ford (UNR) worked three relief innings for Greensville (high A), allowing two hits, one run (solo HR) with four strikeouts, no walks (42/28). He has a 3.94 ERA. Greensville lost to Winston Salem, 11-4.

-- Sam Wolff (CSN) had a 1-2-3 seventh inning for Sacramento (AAA) striking out one in a 5-4 win over Las Vegas (13/7). He has a 0.00 ERA.

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MLB Draft League . . .

-- Noah Hemphill (Coronado) had a double in four trips in Williamsport's 6-1 win over Trenton.

*****

College Summer Ball . . .

VALLEY LEAGUE

New Market, VA Rebels:

Jordan Crawford, 1B, Soph., Southwestern Oregon JC (Legacy HS)

NOTES -- The league, located in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, has 11 teams . . . Each plays 42 league games . . . First game is Friday, last contest is July 23 with playoffs following.

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PROSPECT LEAGUE

Lafayette, IN Aviators:

Teddy Natter, LHP, Jr., William Penn U. (Damonte Ranch HS)

Quincy, IL Gems:

Ryan Towers, LHP, Incoming Fr., LMU (Liberty HS)

NOTES -- Each of the 16 teams plays a 60-game schedule . . . Play started last Thursday and concludes Aug. 4, followed by playoffs . . . States with teams: Illinois (6); Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Indiana, two each; West Virginia and Pennsylvania, one each.

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GREAT LAKES LEAGUE

Sandusky, OH Ice Haulers:

Rylan Charles, OF, Fr., UNLV (Bishop Manogue HS)

NOTES -- The 15-team league encompasses 10 clubs in Ohio, four in Michigan and one in Indiana . . . Play started Saturday and concludes July 31 . . . Each teams plays 42 regular season games.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

-- Central Arizona dropped a 7-4 game to San Jacinto, TX in the second round of the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO Tuesday. Central plays an elimination game today vs. Cowley, KS.

 

 

 

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

Eau Claire, WI Express:

Shane Spencer, RHP, Soph., Central Arizona JC (Basic HS)

Green Bay, WI Booyah:

Boston Mabeus, LHP, Fr., BYU (Coronado HS)

LaCrosse, WI Loggers:

Zac Czerniawski, RHP, Fr., Pima JC (Desert Oasis HS)
Parker Schmidt, C, Fr., Pima JC (Desert Oasis HS)

St. Cloud, MN Rox:

Bryce Robison, RHP,  Soph., BYU (Palo Verde HS)

NOTES -- The season began Monday and ends Aug. 14 . . . Playoffs are Aug. 15-20 . . . All-star game is July 20 . . . Each of the 22 teams plays 68 games with very few days off . . . There are four divisions.

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NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

Danbury, CT Westeners:

Josh Brown, RHP, Soph., CSN, Houston (Faith Lutheran HS)

NOTES -- 14-team league in six northeastern states . . . each team plays 42 regular season games . . . Season begins Thursday, ends Aug. 1 . . . Playoffs start Aug. 3 . . . For the tourist, Martha's Vineyard, MA and Newport, RI both have teams in the league.

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MLB DRAFT LEAGUE

Monday's Results:

-- Noah Hemphill (Coronado) was 3-for-4 wit two RBIs and two runs for Williamsport in a 9-7 win over Trenton.

-- Marques Paige (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-3 with a RBI single and a run-scoring groundout for State College in a 4-0 victory over Frederick.

 

 

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VALLEY LEAGUE

New Market, VA Rebels:

Jordan Crawford, 1B, Soph., Southwestern Oregon JC (Legacy HS)

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PROSPECT LEAGUE

Lafayette, IN Aviators:

Teddy Natter, LHP, Jr., William Penn U. (Damonte Ranch HS)

Quincy, IL Gems:

Ryan Towers, LHP, Incoming Fr., LMU (Liberty HS)

NOTES -- The season begins Monday and ends Aug. 14 . . . Playoffs are Aug. 15-20 . . . All-star game is July 20 . . . Each of the 22 teams plays 68 games with very few days off . . . There are four divisions.

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Monday Report

     Grenier Has a Day: 5-for-9, 7 RBIs

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Monday

Here's a glance at Sunday's highlights in minor league ball and the college scene:

Minor Leagues . . .

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) got off to a very slow start at Bowie (AA) this season, but he picked it up big time Sunday, going 5-for-9 in a doubleheader at Harrisburg. Grenier was 3-for-6 with three RBIs in the opener, including a two-run homer, then had a 2-for-3 game in the nightcap, driving in four and scoring three. One of the hits was a three-run jack. Grenier lifted his average to .234. Bowie won a pair, 9-3, 9-2.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 1-for-6 for Nashville (AAA) . . . Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) had a hit and an RBI in five ABs for Tampa (A).

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman) notched his first win for Great Lakes (high A) with 2 1/3 scoreless innings in a 9-2 victory at Lansing. Little allowed two hits with three Ks (37/26). He has a 7.50 ERA.

-- Mikey York (Basic) threw a 1-2-3 frame for Bowling Green (high A), whiffing two in a 6-2 win at Asheville. York's ERA is 8.64.

-- Sam Wolff (CSN) put down all four batters he faced for Sacramento (AAA), getting a pair of strikeouts in a 9-5 loss to Las Vegas. Wolff, with an 0.00 ERA, threw 15 pitches, 12 for strikes.

-- Braden Shipley (UNR) threw two-thirds of an inning for Louisville (AAA) with a K and a walk in a 10-0 loss to Toledo.

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MLB Draft League . . .

-- Nick Hernandez (Bishop Gorman) went 2-for-2 for Frederick in a 6-2 loss at Mahoning Valley.

*****

Colleges . . .

-- There may not be a hotter hitter in the college ranks than Dillan Shrum of Nevada Reno. He had a 3-for-4 game Sunday as the Pack routed San Jose State once again, 12-2 in seven innings. Shrum drove in three with his 15th homer and a double. He was 12-for-15 (.800) in the four-game series, hitting six home runs and driving in 14. He finished the season with a .479 average (33 games). UNR is 25-18 entering the NCAA playoffs.

NCAA PLAYOFFS -- The opening pairings of the NCAA playoffs will be announced today with the following teams expected to make the field:

Mountain West -- Nevada Reno (25-18), automatic bid

Big West -- UC Irvine (40-16), automatic; UC Santa Barbara (39-18)

Pac-12 -- Arizona (40-15), automatic; Oregon (37-14); Stanford (33-14); UCLA (35-18); Arizona State (35-20); and Oregon State (34-22)

West Coast -- Gonzaga (33-16), automatic; USD (33-12)

Western Athletic -- Grand Canyon (39-19-1), automatic

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Junior Colleges . . .

CENTRAL WINS -- Central Arizona run-ruled Cowley, KS, 12-4 in seven innings in the NJCAA World Series Sunday in Grand Junction, CO. Central (49-7) will play Tuesday night against a team to be determined.

 

 

College Summer Ball . . .

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

Eau Claire, WI Express:

Shane Spencer, RHP, Soph., Central Arizona JC (Basic HS)

Green Bay, WI Booyah:

Boston Mabeus, LHP, Fr., BYU (Coronado HS)

LaCrosse, WI Loggers:

Zac Czerniawski, RHP, Fr., Pima JC (Desert Oasis HS)
Parker Schmidt, C, Fr., Pima JC (Desert Oasis HS)

St. Cloud, MN Rox:

Bryce Robison, RHP,  Soph., BYU (Palo Verde HS)

NOTES -- The season begins Monday and ends Aug. 14 . . . Playoffs are Aug. 15-20 . . . All-star game is July 20 . . . Each of the 22 teams plays 68 games with very few days off . . . There are four divisions.

 

 

 

 

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College Summer Ball . . .

WEST COAST LEAGUE

Bellingham Bells, WA:

Zack Simon, RHP, Fr., Corban U., OR (Centennial HS)

Cowlitz Black Bears (Longview, WA):

Jacob Stinson, OF, Fr., Nevada-Reno (Amador Valley)
Nathan Martinez, IF, Incoming Fr., Nevada-Reno (Vista Murrieta HS, CA)

Portland Pickles, OR:

August Souza, RHP, Soph., Santa Clara U. (Reno HS)

Walla Walla Sweets, WA:

Paul Myro, IF, Fr., Oregon State (Palo Verde HS)
Tyler Whitaker, Util, Incoming Fr., Arizona State (Bishop Gorman HS)

Wenatchee AppleSox, WA:

Garrett Cutting, IF, Incoming Fr., Oregon (Arbor View HS)
Skylar Hales, RHP, Fr., Santa Clara (Reno HS)
Jasper Nelson, RHP, Soph., Spokane JC (Palo Verde HS)

Yakima Valley Pippins, WA:

Blake Barnbrick, RHP, Soph., UNR (Great Oak HS, CA)
Griff Fenn, Of, Soph., UNR (Pleasant Valley HS, CA)

NOTES -- Each of the 10 teams will play a 48-game league schedule . . . The regular season begins June 4 and concludes Aug. 12 . . . Five Canadian teams are not playing this season because of pandemic restrictions . . . The league will expand by one in 2022 with the addition of the Springfield, OR Drifters, raising the total to 16 teams . . . The Corvallis, OR team lists players who have had COVID-19.

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Sunday Wrapup

   Minor League, College Highlights

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

Here's a look at Saturday's play:

Minor Leagues . . .

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) stroked three singles in five ABs for Omaha (AAA) from his lead-off spot during a 6-2 win over Indianapolis, lifting his average to .259.

-- Bligh Madris (Foothill) was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles for Indy and is hitting .355.

-- Trenton Brooks (UNR) went 2-for-6 in a twin bill as Akron (AA) swept Binghamton, 7-1, 7-6. Brooks was 1-for-2 with a solo homer (his fourth) in the opener.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) had a 1-for-5 night for Nashville (AAA) . . . Nick Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) was 1-for-5 with a two-run single for Spokane (high A) . . . Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Gwinnett (AAA) . . . TJ Friedl (UNR) was 1-for-3 for Louisville (AAA).

On the Bump:

--  Zach Trageton (Faith Lutheran) threw the first 3 2/3 innings for Bowling Green (high A) in a 12-2 win at Asheville. Trageton allowed two runs on four hits with four Ks, two walks and had a no decision. He has a 3.26 ERA.

-- Braden Shipley (UNR) pitched a shutout frame for Louisville (AAA) during a 4-3 setback to Toledo. Shipley gave up a hit with two Ks.

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MLB Draft League . . .

-- Nick Hernandez (Bishop Gorman), batting lead-off, had a two-run single in four ABs for Frederick during a 10-9 loss at Mahoning Valley.

*****

Colleges . . .

-- Dillon Shrum continued his sizzling season-long hitting with three more homers as Nevada Reno won two from visiting San Jose State, 7-2, 14-10. Shrum, hitting .470 for the season, had a solo jack in the opener and two home runs good for three runs in the nightcap. He also singled in a pair. Shrum leads the Pack with 14 homers, 44 RBIs and has hit in 12 straight games. He's 9-for-11 the last three games with five homers, 11 RBIs. Matt Clayton went 4-for-4 for UNR in the second game, slugging a solo homer and a pair of doubles.

-- Donta Williams (Legacy) lifted his average to .335 with a 2-for-4 game, scoring three runs with an RBI triple as ninth-ranked Arizona walked off on Dixie State, 5-4. The Wildcats upped their record to 40-15, winning two of three from Dixie. Shane Taylor (Faith Lutheran) had a hit and scored twice for Dixie, finishing the season with a .288 average. He scored 37 runs, second best on the team, and hit six homers with 25 RBIs. Dixie finished with a 24-32 record, losing the first 10.

Arizona awaits the NCAA pairings show, scheduled Monday on ESPNU.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

GOT THE FAITH -- Two former Faith Lutheran HS pitchers were winners in a doubleheader sweep for Allan Hancock of Santa Maria. Vince Serrano, the starter, went six innings in a 16-4 victory over Moorpark, allowing two runs on four hits with two Ks, two walks. C.J. Jaramillo was the victor in the second game as Hancock won, 13-6. Jaramillo threw 4 1/3 shutout relief innings, allowing one hit with two Ks, two walks. The California JC season ended Saturday.

 

Saturday Report

    UNR Wins Mountain West Title

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

Nevada Reno captured the Mountain West Conference championship  Friday with a 16-6 win over visiting San Jose State. The win, combined with San Diego State's loss at New Mexico, gave UNR the automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs.

The Wolf Pack (19-9, 22-16) clobbered San Jose pitching for 22 hits in eight innings, including a 5-for-5 night by Dillan Shrum who drove in five with a grand slam homer and a solo jack. Joshua Zamora and Dario Gomez both hit two-run homers.

Elsewhere . . .

-- Zach Grech (Bishop Gorman) was the winning pitcher for Stanford in a 5-0 victory over visiting Oregon State. Grech started the game, working into the fifth inning. He gave up just two hits with a K and a walk in his four-inning stint (53 pitches). Grech evened his record at 5-5.

-- Travis Bohall (Galena) went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and four runs from his lead-off spot as UC Riverside won the second game at Cal Baptist, 12-6. UCR (15-35) dropped the opener, 7-4. Bohall has a .305 average entering his final game today. He has 16 stolen bases in 22 attempts.

*****

In JC Games . . .

-- Danny Jimenez (Las Vegas HS) was 4-for-5 with four RBIs in Cerro Coso's 12-6 loss at Sequoias. Michael Doerr (Spanish Springs) went 2-for-4 with a double for Cerro Coso.

--Jordan Eldred (Eldorado) was the winning pitcher and also went 2-for-2 with an RBI as Taft won at Merced, 9-6. Eldred worked five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with a pair of Ks and one walk.

*****

In Minor League Play . . .

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) had a trio of singles in five trips, driving in a pair of runs as Tampa (A) lost at Dunedin, 14-7. Wells is hitting .262.

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) slugged his fourth homer, a three-run shot, and also singled in four ABs for Spokane (high A) in a 7-21 win at Eugene. Decolati is batting .208.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) hit his fourth jack, a solo for Nashville (AAA) during a 13-9 victory at Columbus. Hager has a .362 average.

-- Drew Robinson (Silverado) doubled in four at-bats for Sacramento (AAA) in a 7-2 win over Las Vegas. Robinson is hitting .188

-- Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) was 1-for-5 for Charlotte (AAA) in a 17-5 win at Norfolk. He has a .161 average.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) went 1-for-5 in Montgomery's (AA) 10-6 loss at Mississippi. Mastrobuoni is hitting .349.

-- Thomas Pannone (CSN) was the losing pitcher for Salt Lake (AAA), allowing seven runs on 10 hits in five relief innings during an 8-2 loss to Round Rock. Pannone was touched for three homers, accounting for five runs. He's 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA.

-- A number of games in the east were postponed because of bad weather.

 

 

 

College Summer Ball . . .

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

Eau Claire, WI Express:

Shane Spencer, RHP, Soph., Central Arizona JC (Basic HS)

Green Bay, WI Booyah:

Boston Mabeus, LHP, Fr., BYU (Coronado HS)

LaCrosse, WI Loggers:

Zac Czerniawski, RHP, Fr., Pima JC (Desert Oasis HS)
Parker Schmidt, C, Fr., Pima JC (Desert Oasis HS)

St. Cloud, MN Rox:

Bryce Robison, RHP,  Soph., BYU (Palo Verde HS)

NOTES -- The season begins Monday and ends Aug. 14 . . . Playoffs are Aug. 15-20 . . . All-star game is July 20 . . . Each of the 22 teams plays 68 games with very few days off . . . There are four divisions.

Thursday's Highlights

Home Run Derby Day in Minors

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

The home run takes the spotlight today with five players with Nevada connections going deep Thursday. Check it out:

-- Bligh Madris (Foothill) hit a solo for Indianapolis (AAA) and also singled in four ABs in lifting his average to .391 since being promoted from Altoona (AA). Indy dropped a 6-5 decision to Omaha.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) clubbed his first jack of the season and also tripled for the first time in Bowie's (AA) 7-3 win over Harrisburg.

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) was 3-for-4 with a two-run dinger and three runs in Spokane's (high A) 5-4 walk-off loss at Eugene.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) had a solo in four at-bats for Montgomery (AA) during a 7-6 loss at Mississippi. It was his third of the season.

-- Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) hit a two-run homer for Charlotte (AAA) during a 10-7 loss at Norfolk. It was Nolan's second round-tripper.

Also . . .

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) hit in his seventh straight game for Wichita (AA), banging a pair of singles in five trips to elevate his average to .306 in a 6-2 loss to Springfield.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) had a double in three at-bats for Tampa, driving in a run and scoring once in a 10-7 victory at Dunedin.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) was 1-for-5 as Jersey Shore (high A) lost at Hudson Valley, 11-8.

-- TJ Friedl (UNR) had a pair of doubles in three ABs in Louisville's (AAA) 5-4 win over Toledo.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) made his first appearance for Nashville (AAA), going 1-for-5 (a double) and driving in two runs in a 11-0 victory at Columbus. Hager was recently acquired by Milwaukee after being DFA's by the Mets.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) had a hit in four trips with an RBI in Omaha's (AAA) 5-4 win over Indianapolis.

ON THE BUMP:

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) logged a win for Rochester (AAA), pitching 1 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits with two Ks, one walk (26/17) in a 9-8 decision over Syracuse.

-- Grant Ford (UNR) ws the winning pitcher for Greensboro (high A), throwing 3 2/3 shutout innings. Ford gave up three hits with five strikeots, one walk (56/34) in a 2-1 victory over Wilmington.

-- Ryan Anderson (Spanish Springs, UNR) was touched for three runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings in Tampa's (A) 10-7 win over Dunedin. Anderson, the starter, walked four, whiffed two (62/33).

PROMOTED -- Outfielder Max Smith (UNLV) has been moved to Cedar Rapids (high A) from Fort Myers (A).

*****

College Roundup . . .

THURSDAY'S RESULTS:

-- Justin Lutes (Liberty) crushed a two-run homer, his 14th of the season as Pepperdine outscored host Pacific, 13-6.

-- Michael Wong (Liberty) pitched 1 2/3 shutout relief innings in helping UT Arlington to an 8-3 win over Arkansas State in pool play of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. Wong gave up a hit, struck out three in a 29-pitch effort. Arlington plays Troy Friday.

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College Summer Ball . . .

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

Eau Claire, WI Express:

Shane Spencer, RHP, Soph., Central Arizona JC (Basic HS)

Green Bay, WI Booyah:

Boston Mabeus, LHP, Fr., BYU (Coronado HS)

LaCrosse, WI Loggers:

Zac Czerniawski, RHP, Fr., Pima JC (Desert Oasis HS)
Parker Schmidt, C, Fr., Pima JC (Desert Oasis HS)

St. Cloud, MN Rox:

Bryce Robison, RHP,  Soph., BYU (Palo Verde HS)

NOTES -- The season begins Monday and ends Aug. 14 . . . Playoffs are Aug. 15-20 . . . All-star game is July 20 . . . Each of the 22 teams plays 68 games with very few days off . . . There are four divisions.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

CENTRAL OPENER -- Central Arizona, the defending NJCAA World Series champion (2019) opens the 2021 series with a Sunday game (9 a.m., PDT) against fifth-seeded Cowley, KS in Grand Junction, CO. Central is the sixth seeded team.

The tourney begins Saturday with the following games: Florence-Darington, SC (#7 seed) vs. McLennan, TX (#4); Indian Hills, IA (#10) vs. Crowder, MO (#1); Shelton State, AL (#9) vs. Walters State, TN (#2); and Miami Dade, FL (#5) vs. San Jacinto, TX (#3). The championship game is Friday, June 4 with an 'if" game the following day.

IN CALIFORNIA:

The California  JC teams end their seasons Saturday. There are no playoffs. Here are highlights from Thursday:

-- Cooper Kitrel (Sierra Vista) drove in four runs, hitting a triple and a double in five ABs as Feather River rolled to an 11-4 win over Shasta in the first of two. Feather won the second game, 18-5 with Jerry Thomas (Damonte Ranch) hitting a solo homer. Garrett Damico (Reno) was 4-for-6 in the twin bill.

 

 

Minor League Wrap

    Nelson Shuts Down Foe on Two Hits

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

Right-hander Ryne Nelson (Basic) had his best game as a pro, throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings for Hillsboro (high A) and limiting Tri-City to just two hits during a 5-2 win Wednesday.

Nelson struck out seven and did not walk a batter in the 83/58-pitch outing. He evened his record at 1-1 (2.45 ERA).

Nelson was the 56th player drafted in 2019 (second round), signing out of the University of Oregon for $1,100,000 with the Diamondbacks.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) hit in his sixth straight game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a sac fly for Wichita (AA) during a 14-1 win over Springfield. De La Trinidad is batting .298.

-- Bligh Madris (Foothill) had a pair of singles, driving in three runs for Indianapolis (AAA) in a 10-7 loss to Omaha

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) was 1-for-5 for Omaha.

-- Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) slugged a three-run homer in the first inning as Gwinnett (AAA) defeated Memphis, 11-5. It was Kazmar's third jack of the season.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) went 1-for-4 for Jersey Shore (high A) in a 6-3 win over Hudson Valley.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-4 in Tampa's (A) 4-3 loss at Dunedin.

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) had a single in five ABs and drove in a run in Lakeland's (A) 10-9 victory over Fort Myers.

-- Brandon Wulff (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-3 with a sac fly and two runs as Rancho Cucamonga (A) topped Stockton, 9-5.

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) had a single in three at-bats for Spokane (high A) in a 7-1 win at Eugene.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) went 1-for-5 as Montgomery (AA) won at Mississippi, 3-0.

-- TJ Friedl (UNR) had a hit in three at-bats for Louisville (AAA) in a 10-3 loss to Toledo.

*****

College Summer Ball . . .

WEST COAST LEAGUE

Bellingham Bells, WA:

Zack Simon, RHP, Fr., Corban Col., OR (Centennial HS)

Cowlitz Black Bears (Longview, WA):

Jacob Stinson, OF, Fr., Nevada-Reno (Amador Valley)
Nathan Martinez, IF, Incoming Fr., Nevada-Reno (Vista Murrieta HS, CA)

Portland Pickles, OR:

August Souza, RHP, Soph., Santa Clara U. (Reno HS)

Walla Walla Sweets, WA:

Paul Myro, IF, Fr., Oregon State (Palo Verde HS)
Tyler Whitaker, Util, Incoming Fr., Arizona State (Bishop Gorman HS)

Wenatchee AppleSox, WA:

Garrett Cutting, IF, Incoming Fr., Oregon (Arbor View HS)
Skylar Hales, RHP, Fr., Santa Clara (Reno HS)
Jasper Nelson, RHP, Soph., Spokane JC (Palo Verde HS)

Yakima Valley Pippins, WA:

Blake Barnbrick, RHP, Soph., UNR (Great Oak HS, CA)
Griff Fenn, Of, Soph., UNR (Pleasant Valley HS, CA)

NOTES -- Each of the 10 teams will play a 48-game league schedule . . . The regular season begins June 4 and concludes Aug. 12 . . . Five Canadian teams are not playing this season because of pandemic restrictions . . . The league will expand by one in 2022 with the addition of the Springfield, OR Drifters, raising the total to 16 teams . . . The Corvallis, OR team lists players who have had COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Highlights

  Minors, College, JC Roundup

Originally posted 8 a.m., Wednesday

Minor Leagues . . .

HIT PARADE:

-- Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) had a walk-off RBI single as Gwinnett (AAA) edged Memphis, 2-1.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) hit his first homer for Omaha (AAA), a solo, during a 3-1 win over Indianapolis. Isbel was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs.

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) had a single in three ABs for Lakeland (A) in a 12-3 loss to Fort Myers.

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) was 1-for-4 as Wichita (AA) suffered a 7-2 loss to Springfield. De La Trinidad has a .288 average.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) had a double in four trips for Jersey Shore (high A) in a 3-2 setback at Hudson Valley. Stott is hitting .276.

-- Trenton Brooks (UNR) was 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Akron's (AA) 8-7 victory at Binghamton. Brooks is batting .255.

ON THE BUMP:

-- Nolan Kingham (Desert Oasis) was the winning pitcher for Mississippi (AA), working 6 1/3 innings in a 4-3 win over Montgomery. Kingham allowed two runs on seven hits with five Ks, no walks (83/58). He's 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA.

-- Mikey York (Basic) worked two perfect innings for Bowling Green (high A) during a 6-5 loss at Asheville. York struck out two (26/18).

-- Jake Prizina (Spanish Springs) pitched two shutout innings for Aberdeen (high A) in an 8-1 win at Brooklyn. Prizina got five of the six outs on Ks, giving up one hit in working the sixth and seventh innings (30/23). He has a 1.69 ERA.

-- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) was the losing pitcher for Tennessee (AA), allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings Uelmen whiffed three, walked two. He is 0-2 with  4.91 ERA.

-- Sam Wolff (CSN) threw a 1-2-3 frame for Sacramento (AAA) in a 6-4 loss to Reno. Wolff (0.00 ERA) struck out two (13/9).

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman) was touched for five runs on six hits in pitching the eighth inning for Great Lakes (high A) and suffered the loss as Lansing won, 10-5. Little gave up a two-run homer. He's 0-1, 9.31 ERA.

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In the Bigs . . .

SEWALD WINS -- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) was the winning pitcher for Seattle, working two shutout innings, striking out three, giving up one hit and one walk in a 4-3 decision at Oakland. Sewald (2-0, 1.29) threw 30 pitches, 19 for strikes.

*****

Colleges . . .

WAC HONORS -- Trevor Doyle (Cimarron-Memorial) and Shane Taylor (Faith Lutheran) have been accorded honorable mention on the All-Western Athletic Conference teams. Doyle, a sophomore outfielder, hit .330 during the regular season for Sacramento State. Sac State is currently playing in the WAC tournament. Taylor, who graduated early from Faith Lutheran to enroll at Dixie State, is a middle infielder. He has a .287 average with three games remaining at Arizona.

WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING:

Second in a series on Nevadans playing in college summer leagues:

Utah Marshalls

Gavin Mez, C/IF, Bishop Gorman, HS Sr., UNLV signee
Santino Panaro, OF, Bishop Gorman, HS Sr., UNLV signee
Shane Taylor, MIF, Faith Lutheran, Fr., Dixie State
Irvin Weems, OF, Durango, HS Sr., San Diego State signee

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

IN CALIFORNIA:

-- Zanden Shim (Liberty) went 4-for-6 in a doubleheader for College of the Siskiyous in dropping both to Butte, 10-5, 9-2. Shim had a solo homer in the opener and a double and a triple in the second game. Mason Bowden (Liberty) was 2-for-3 with a double in the first game. Craig Watland (Reno) logged the win on the mound for Butte in the nightcap, pitching four scoreless relief innings, giving up three hits, with three Ks, one walk.

 

 

 

Schedule Set

   'State Tourney' Opens Thursday

Originally posted: Noon, Tuesday

An eight-team "unofficial" state tournament, sponsored by PBR Nevada, will begin Thursday with the championship game scheduled for Monday at noon.

Regional winners Bishop Gorman and Reno have the No. 1 seeds in their respective brackets. Gorman will play Desert Oasis (#7) while Reno takes on Basic (#8). Gorman had to score three runs in the last of the seventh to edge Desert Oasis, 5-4 in the first game of the Southern Nevada championship series. Five teams from Southern Nevada and three from the Northern section are competing.

The Saturday semifinals and Monday championship will be held at Las Vegas Ballpark.

This is not an NIAA or Clark County School District-sponsored event, thus the "unofficial" tag. Bracket play will be held at Faith Lutheran and Bishop Gorman high schools.

The schedule:

Thursday's Games
Bracket 1

(at Faith Lutheran)

2 p.m. -- Centennial #5) vs. Bishop Manogue (#4)
5 p.m. -- Basic (#8) vs. Reno (#1)

Bracket 2
(at Bishop Gorman)

2 p.m. -- McQueen (#6) vs. Palo Verde (#3)
5 p.m. -- Desert Oasis (#7) vs. Bishop Gorman (#1)

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Friday's Games
Bracket 1

(at Faith Lutheran)

1 p.m. -- Centennial-Bishop Manogue winner vs. Basic-Reno winner
4 p.m. -- Centennial-Bishop Manogue loser vs. Basic-Reno loser (loser eliminated)
7 p.m. -- 1 p.m. loser vs. 4 p.m. winner (loser eliminated

Bracket 2
(at Bishop Gorman)

Noon -- McQueen-Palo Verde winner vs. Desert Oasis-Bishop Gorman winner
3 p.m. -- McQueen-Palo Verde loser vs. Desert Oasis-Bishop Gorman loser (loser eliminated)
6 p.m. -- Noon loser vs. 3 p.m. winner (loser eliminated)

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Saturday's  Games
(at Las Vegas Ballpark)

12:05 -- Bracket 1 Semifinal
3:35 p.m. -- Bracket 2 Semifinal

Sunday's "If" Games
(at Faith Lutheran)

1 p.m. -- Bracket 1
4:30 -- Bracket 2

Monday's Game
(at Las Vegas Ballpark)

12:05 -- Championship
 


       at Bishop Gorman -- 10, 1 and 5 p.m. 

Saturday, May 29 (Semifinals)

      at Las Vegas Ballpark, noon and 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 30 (If Games)

     at Faith Lutheran, 1 and 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 31 (Championship)

    at Las Vegas Ballpark, 1 p.m.

 

Summer Ball

   Where They're Playing . . .

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

This is the first in a series on where Nevada collegians are playing this summer. Today: the California Collegiate League:

Academy Barons (Compton):

Joey Acosta, RHP, Jr., UNLV (Manhattan Beach)

Healdsburg, Prune Pickers

Shane O'Malley, RHP, Jr., UNR (Sonoma)
Logan Douglas, IF, Jr., UNR (Petaluma)

Lincoln Potters

Marlin Brucato, RHP, Sr., William Jessup Col. (Spanish Springs HS)

Orange County Riptide (Irvine):

Eric Bigani, C, UNLV, Sr. (Esperanza HS)
Austin Kryszczuk, OF, Soph. (Centennial HS)
Edarian Williams, IF, Sr. (Rancho HS)
Jack-Thomas Wold, 1B, Jr. (Basic HS)

San Luis Obispo Blues:

Samuel Page, RHP, Soph., UNR (Horizon HS, AZ, CSN)

Santa Barbara Foresters

Kade Higgins, OF, Fr. Arizona State (Spring Valley HS)
Carson Wells, C, Fr., USC (Bishop Gorman HS)

Solana Mudcats (Vacaville):

Brady Joyner, RHP, Fr., Willamette Col. (Shadow Ridge HS)

*****

Minior Leagues . . .

MONDAY'S RESULTS

-- Drew Robinson (Silverado HS) was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs in Sacramento's (AAA) 14-9 win over Reno.

NOTE: Except for a handful of triple-A games, all other teams had the day off.

*****

High School Poll . . .

PERFECT GAME 50

Bishop Gorman moved up three notches this week to No. 14.

1. Barbe, LA (1)
2. Stoneman Douglas, FL (5)
3. St. Mary's Prep, MI (3)
4. IMG Academy (2)
5. Thousand Oaks, CA (4)
6. Buford, GA (6)
7. Madison Central, MS (7)
8. Orange Lutheran, CA (9)
9. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) (13)
10. Jackson Prep, MS (10)

Others -- 14. Bishop Gorman (17); 19. Hamilton, AZ (14); 31. American Fork, UT (33); 35. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) (39); 43. Liberty (Peoria, AZ) (NR); 44. Harvard-Westlake, CA (NR); 45. Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) (46)

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Spooner, Wold Lead Rebels, 13-2

Originally posted: 4:45 p.m., Saturday

Bradley Spooner pitched a complelte game six-hitter and Jack-Thomas Wold continued his blistering hitting attack in leading UNLV to a 13-2 win in the opener of a Mountain West Conference doubleheader at Fresno State.

Spooner shut out the Bulldogs until the seventh when he gave up a pair of homers in . By then, the Rebels were up 6-2 and put the game away with five in their next AB. The senior right-hander gave up six hits, struck out six and walked four in throwing 122 pitches.

There were heroes aplenty in the 22-hit UNLV attack, with Wold (Basic) again the pivotal player. He was 4-for-6 with a two-run homer and a pair of RBI singles, lifting his average to .448. He's hit in 17 straight game and has a .750 average (yes, .750) over the last three games (12-for-16).

If he's not the player of the year in this league, as they say, I'll eat my hat.

There was plenty of production others . . . Edarian Williams (Rancho) stroked an RBI double and two run-scoring singles, Trevor Rosenbery was 3-for-6 with a solo homer, James Gamble had a pair of hits, including a two-run jack, Diego Alarcon was 3-for-4 and Myles Denson (Bishop Gorman) had two hits in four at-bats. And Austin Kryszczuk stroked a solo homer.

UNLV improved to 20-11 on the season, 15-10 in the Mountain West.

 

Colleges . . .

-- Trevor Doyle (Cimarron-Memorial) was 4-for-8 in helping Sacramento State to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Utah Valley, 20-5, 6-5.

-- Shane Taylor (Faith Lutheran) went 2-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring singles in the opener of Dixie State's twin bill sweep of visiting Northern Colorado, 11-2, 6-3. Taylor was 0-for-3 in the nightcap with a pair of runs. The Trailblazers (22-30) have won seven in a row.

-- Travis Bohall (Galena) was 2-for-4 in UC Riverside's 7-3 home loss to UC Santa Barbara.

-- Donta Williams (Legacy) hit a solo homer and scored a pair of runs in Arizona's 12-4 win at Oregon State. Williams, hitting .331, has six home runs. The Wildcats improved to 37-13.

 

 

State' Tournament Looms

     Gorman, Palo Go at It Saturday

Originally posted 5:30 p.m., Friday

Bishop Gorman and Palo Verde, as expected, won their brackets Friday in the Southern Nevada 5-A Region tournament and will tangle today at 4 at Gorman for all the marbles, so to speak. It's a winner-take-all situation -- one game only.

Gorman had the tougher time, edging feisty Desert Oasis, 5-4 while Palo Verde put up 17 hits in a 15-9 victory over Centennial.

Both teams, along with the two runners-up (DO and Centennial) plus Basic will represent the south in a so-called "state" tournament, hosted by PBR Nevada. Three teams from the North will also participate -- Reno, McQueen and Bishop Manogue.

The tourney runs Thursday through Saturday at sites to be announced. The pairings have also yet to be released.

The NIAA is not involved, thus the respective high schools have nothing to do with the tournament, either. 

More on this later.

 

CSN OUSTED -- Yavapai scored two runs in the last of the ninth inning win, 13-12 and oust CSN from the NJCAA western district tournament in Prescott, AZ. Yavapai will have to defeat Central Arizona twice Saturday to advance to the NJCAA World Series.

Yavapai scored the two runs on a walk, a steal, a single which led to a fielding error by the right fielder, an intentional walk and the game-winning single by Amari Barbee.

CSN had advanced to the afternoon game with a 13-3 win over Western Nebraska. Yavapai suffered a 22-3 defeat at the hands of rival Central Arizona before playing  CSN.

Some highlights for CSN:

Game 1 -- Zach Culver (Cimarron-Memorial) had a pair of hits with his two-run single ending the game in the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule. Damiano Palmegiani had a pair of two-run homers for CSN, Johnny Cuevas and Justin Olson were both 3-for-3 with the latter hammering a two-run homer.

Game 2 -- John-Howard Bobo (Basic) drove in five runs with a sac fly, a three-run homer and an RBI single. Cuevas was 2-for-5 with three RBIs., including a two-run jack. And Olso slugged a solo homer.

 

5-A Regionals

    Gorman, Palo on Collision Course

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

Top-seeded Bishop Gorman and second-seed Palo Verde, both unbeaten, figure to lock horns Saturday -- if they can get by a pair of pitching-drained opponents today.

Palo, which has won by 12-0 and 15-7 scores over Cimarron-Memorial and Coronado in its two regional games, hosts rival Centennial today at 1:30. The Bulldogs won a pair of games Thursday, ousting Cimarron, 11-0 and Coronado, 7-6. Third-seeded Centennial must win two today to gain Saturday's one-game championship.

Desert Oasis is in the same boat. After the Diamondbacks lost their regional opener to Faith Lutheran, 8-1, they have fought back with a vengeance, winning three in a row over Spring Valley (19-4), Basic (10-9) and Liberty (9-1). DO was ninth seeded coming into the tournament. 

Gorman has mauled two opponents -- Faith Lutheran (16-1) and Liberty (10-0). The Gorman-Desert Oasis game is set for 2:30 at Gorman with the IF game to follow, if necessary.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

CSN LOSES SLUGFEST -- CSN jumped to an 8-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings, but couldn't hold it as top-seeded Yavapai outslugged the Coyotes, 16-13 in the NJCAA western district tournament opening salvo Thursday at Yavapai.

CSN faces Western Nebraska in an elimination game this morning and, if successful, will play a second game at 3ish against the Yavapai-Central Arizona loser. Central knocked off Western, 13-4 in eight innings.

The Coyotes got enough runs to win most games, but their pitching could not stop Yavapai. The winners cut the CSN lead to 8-2 in the third, then put up eight in the fourth. CSN got the lead back with a five-spot in the sixth for a 13-12 edge, but Yavapai countered with four in the home half for a 16-13 lead. Both teams had 15 hits.

Johnny Cuevas led the Coyotes with a pair of two-run homers in the first two innings. Jacob Godman (Palo Verde) was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, blasting a solo homer and a pair of run-scoring singles. Zach Culver (Cimarron-Memorial) went 3-for-5 with two doubles, good for three RBIs. And Joseph Walls (Rancho) and Trey Frahm hit safely twice.

*****

Colleges . . .

In Thursday's games . . .

-- Justin Lutes (Liberty) hit his 12th homer of the season (a solo) in helping Pepperdine to a 6-3 West  Coast Conference win at BYU.

-- Omar Ortiz (Liberty), a senior, was 5-for-5 in his final game as Vanguard was ousted form an NAIA regional tournament by Faulkner, AL, 20-10 in Montgomery, AL. Ortiz had a pair of doubles, driving in two. He finished the season with a .335 average, hitting 11 homers with 50 RBIs.

NICK PICKED -- Nick Hernandez (Bishop Gorman), who had a very good senior season at UT Permian Basin, has been selected to play for the Frederick Keys of the Major League Draft League. Hernandez, an outfielder, batted .368 in 33 games with 10 homers, 46 RBIs, all team highs. Hernandez joined the team today.

*****

Minor League Roundup . . .

Here's what happened in the minors Thursday:

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs in Tampa's (A) 16-5 win over Fort Meyers. Wells is hitting .250.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (Nevada-Reno) is nearing a promotion to triple-A after hitting in his 11th straight game for Montgomery (AA). Mastrobuoni was 3-for-5 from his lead-off spot during a 5-2 win at Birmingham. He is batting .433.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) had a double and a single in two ABs with an RBI as Bowie (AA) won at Richmond, 6-1.

-- TJ Friedl (UNR) was 1-for-4 (a double) in Louisville's (AAA) 5-4 loss at Memphis . . . In the same game, Braden Shipley (UNR) was the losing pitcher, allowing three runs in the last of the ninth. Shipley did not get an out, giving up a pair of hits and two walks.

-- Sam Wolff (CSN) pitched a shutout ninth inning in Sacramento's (AAA) 3-2 setback to Reno. Wolff had two Ks, giving up one hit.

 

 

How Nevadans Fared

    Minor League Roundup 

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

A look at Wednesday's results from the minors:

THE PITCHERS:

-- Nolan Kingham (Desert Oasis) worked seven innings for Mississippi (AA) and came away with a no decision during a 4-3 win over Chattanooga. Kingham allowed three runs on eight hits with two Ks, one walk (79/54). He has a 5.06 ERA.

-- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) was the starter for Tennessee (AA), pitching five innings with a no decision in a 6-5, 10-inning victory over Bixoli. Uelmen gave up three runs, four hits with five Ks, no walks (76/50). He has a 4.05 ERA.

-- Mikey York (Basic) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two Ks in Bowling Green's (high A) 8-1 win at Rome. (17/13).

-- Ryne Nelson (Basic) was the losing pitcher for Hillsboro (high A) during a 6-1 setback to Vancouver. Nelson threw the first 4 2/3 frames, giving up three runs on three hits, one a solo homer. He whiffed seven, walked three (82/51). Nelson has a 3.52 ERA.

-- Jake Prizina (Spanish Springs) threw a solid 3 1/3 innings in relief for Aberdeen (high A), allowing a run on one hit with five Ks, two walks during a 4-3 win over Wilmington. Prizina has a 2.70 ERA.

THE HITTERS:

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (Nevada Reno) continued his blistering start to the season, going 4-for-6 for Montgomery (AA) during a 16-4 win at Birmingham. Included was his second homer of the season, a solo. Mastrobuoni, batting .418, has hit in 10 straight games.

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) drove in three runs with a 2-for-3 night as Lakeland (A) won at Bradenton, 7-0. Quintana stroked a run-scoring single, had a sacrifice fly and an RBI double.

-- Nick Nolan (Damonte Ranch) belted a three-run homer in Charlotte's (AAA) 4-3 win at Durham. Nolan, a catcher, was 1-for-4.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) went 2-for-4 with a double, lifting his average to .286 for Jersey Shore (high A) during a 4-1 victory over Winston-Salem.

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks for Spokane (high A) in a 5-3 win over Everett.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) was 1-for-5 with an RBI for Omaha (AAA) in a 5-4 loss at Iowa.

-- TJ Friedl (UNR) had a hit in four ABs for Louisville (AAA) in a 6-5 setback at Memphis.

-- Trenton Brooks (UNR) was 1-for-4 with a double for Akron (AA) which lost to Reading, 8-4.

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) had a 1-for-3 game for Wichita (AA), a 6-1 winner at Tulsa.

 

 

From Tuesday

    Minor League, College Highlights

Originally posted: 7 a.m., Wednesday

Minor Leagues . . .

HITTERS:

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, and also singled as Jersey Shore (high A) defeated Winston-Salem, 5-0. Stott has a .263 batting average.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (Nevada Reno) continued his hot hiting with a 2-for-4 game, including a solo homer (his first) as Montgomery (AA) lost to Birmingham, 8-1.  BA: .388

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) was 1-for-4 with a solo jack, his first of the season for Spokane (high A) during a 5-2 win over Everett. BA: .146.

-- Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) was 2-for-5 with a solo homer in Gwinnett's (AAA) 9-8 defeat at Nashville. BA: .350.

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) was 1-for-3 for Lakeland (A) in a 7-0 win at Bradenton. BA: .179.

-- Trenton Brooks (UNR) had a hit in four ABs for Akron (AA) during a 3-1 win over Reading. BA: .206.

-- T.J. Friedl (UNR) was 1-for-4 for Louisville (AAA) in a 4-2 win at Memphis. BA: .206.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-5 for Tampa (A) during a 8-2 setback to Fort Myers. BA: .231.

PITCHERS:

-- Grant Ford (UNR) threw three shutout, hitless innings in relief for Greensboro (high A) during a 5-1 win at Hickory. Ford struck out five, walked one. ERA: 6.14.

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) gave up a run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings for Rochester (AAA) in an 11-6 loss to Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Bonnell struck out four, walked one. ERA: 2.16.

-- Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran) pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief, allowing three runs on four hits as Bowling Green (high A) lost at Rome, 6-5. Trageton whiffed three with no walks. ERA 3.38.

*****

Colleges . . .

-- Carson Wells (Bishop Gorman) had a pair of doubles in two official ABs, driving in a run as USC lost at Fresno State, 13-10.

-- Dillan Shrum had a two-run homer and Joshua Zamora slugged a solo in Nevada Reno's 11-3 setback at UCLA. Matt Clayton was 2-for-4 for the Wolf Pack.

-- Peyton Cole (Palo Verde) drove in a run with a double in a 1-for-3 game as BYU lost at home to Utah, 11-5. Brett Brocoff (Desert Oasis) threw a shutout inning for the Utes.

 

 

 

Tuesday Report

    UNR a Shoo-In for NCAA Berth?

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Tuesday

Nevada-Reno, leading the Mountain West Conference by 2 1/2 games at this juncture, needs to win three of its final four MWC games to insure a berth in the NCAA playoffs.

With UNR hosting last place San Jose State in the four-game series May 28-30, its more than a probability.

The above scenario is based on San Diego State winning all six of its remaining games -- three at Air Force and three at New Mexico. An Aztec six-game sweep would put their record at 23-13. If UNR wins three of four from SJS, it would have a 21-10 mark and get the automatic bid.

UNLV has little chance, unless San Jose can win all four at UNR and that ain't likely. The Wolf Pack have won 11 straight Mountain West games. The Rebels and San Jose (2-11) failed to meet this season because of COVID issues, and UNLV had three games with New Mexico (6-15) also wiped out. Oh, what could have been . . .

The Rebels end their season Saturday and Sunday at Fresno State (13-15).

There's still a few IFs remaining, but UNR is definitely in the driver's seat.

*

College Roundup . . .

VAN MAN -- Omar Ortiz (Liberty) stroked a pair of singles in four at-bats in helping Vanguard (Costa Mesa, CA) to a 6-1 win over Freed-Hardman, TN in an NAIA regional at Montgomery, AL Monday. Vanguard plays Faulkner, AL today. 

PAIGE TURNER -- Marques Paige (Bishop Gorman), a senior infielder at D-2 Northwestern Oklahoma State, has been named to the Great American Conference first team. Paige hit .338 with 18 homers and 51 RBIs, both team highs. NW Oklahoma ended with a 26-15 record.

*****

High School Poll

PERFECT GAME 50

  1. Barbe, LA (2)
  2. IMG Academy, FL (1)
  3. St. Mary's Prep, MI (4)
  4. Thousand Oaks, CA (3)
  5. Stoneman Douglas, FL (6)
  6. Buford, GA (5)
  7. Madison Central, MS (8)
  8. Lake Travis, TX (9)
  9. Orange Lutheran, CA (13)
10. Jackson Prep, MS (11)

Others -- 13. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, CA (19); 14. Hamilton, AZ (10); 17. Bishop Gorman (17); 33, American Fork, UT (36); 39. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) (42); 46. Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) (49); 48. Alhambra (Phoenix) (NR)

 

 

 

Myles Denson went 5-for-5, Jack-Thomas Wold hit a pair of solo homers and RHP Bradley Spooner threw seven solid innings as the Rebels romped to an 14-4 win over visiting San Diego State in the first of two Mountain West Conference games Saturday.

The game was called during the seventh inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Denson (Bishop Gorman) stroked a double and four singles, scoring three times while Wold (Basic) had a lead-off jack in the third and a two-out solo in the fifth to run his total to a team-leading 10 homers. Edarian Williams (Rancho) also had a huge game with four hits in five ABs, scoring four times. Six other Rebels had two hits each. UNLV outhit the Aztecs, 21-6.

Spooner was in trouble only once, and that came in the opening inning when the Aztecs scored three times, two of them unearned because of a pair of Rebel errors. Spooner gave up six hits, struck out three and walked three in the 117-pitch performance. He ran his record to 5-3

 

 

Friday's Highlights

   CSN Needs Two Wins to Advance

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Saturday

After eliminating two opponents in convincing fashion, CSN now sets its sights on top-seeded Salt Lake in the championship round of the Region 18 tournament at CSN.

The Coyotes need a pair of wins today to move on to the district tourney in Arizona.

CSN crushed Eastern Utah, 13-4, then ousted College of Southern Idaho, 15-5. Both games went seven innings.

In the Eastern Utah win, Damiano Palmegiani drove in five runs with a pair of homers, Joseph Walls (Rancho) went 2-for-4 with two ribbies and a solo home run and Demetrius Vigil (Basic) pitched four shutout innings to notch a win in relief. Vigil gave up two hits, struck out three and walked one in the 40-pitch performance.

In the victory over CSI, the Coyotes scored in every inning with Walls going 2-for-3 with a homer and a double good for four RBIs. Johnny Cuevas was 2-for-4 with three runs and a triple and Jacob Godman had a double and three runs. CSN could muster only eight hits, but took advantage of eight walks by CSI pitchers.

Salt Lake had advanced to today's play with a 9-6 win over Southern Idaho. Today's first game begins at noon.

Other scores:

Region 1 --  Yavapai 10, Central Arizona 6
     (Yavapai wins regional and will host the District tournament next week; Central Arizona also qualifies.)

Region 9 -- Southeast, NE 8, McCook, NE 7 (McCook eliminated)
                   Western Nebraska 12, Lamar, CO 10
                   Today's games:
                   Southeast vs. Lamar (loser eliminated)
                   Western Nebraska vs. Southeast-Lamar winner

*****

Colleges . . .

Friday's roundup:

-- Donta Williams (Legacy) was 3-for-4 with a double, four runs and three walks in Arizona's 17-16 home win over Washington. The winning Wildcats scored four in the bottom of the 10th after the Huskies went ahead, 16-13 with three in the top of the inning.

-- CJ Dornak (Basic) was the winning pitcher as Air Force defeated San Jose State, 11-6 at Colorado Springs. The Falcons scored four in the top half of the eighth and ninth innings (SJS was the home team). Dornak allowed three runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings with one K, one walk. He has a 4-1 record.

-- Garret Lake (Coronado) had two hits, including a double in four trips as Purdue-Fort Wayne lost to visiting Illinois-Chicago, 22-7. Purdue-Fort Wayne is 10-29.

-- Trevor Doyle (Cimarron-Memorial) hit a run-scoring single, giving Sacramento State a 2-1 lead and the eventual win over host USF. Doyle was 1-for-4.

-- Michael Wong (Liberty) pitched two shutout innings in UT Arlington's 4-3, 15-inning home loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Wong threw the 11th and 12th frames, allowing one hit, striking out four, walking two.

-- David Hudleson (Basic) went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs as Murray State belted SIUE, 17-6. Murray lost the nightcap, 6-2 with Hudleson 0-for-4.

In D-2 Play . . .

-- Roger Riley (Basic) went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and a run-scoring single as Regis topped visiting New Mexico Highlands, 11-3 in the first of two games.

*****

Minor Leagues . . .

Here's how some Nevadans fared in Friday's play:

(to come)

 

 

From Thursday

   Roundup of Minors, Colleges,  JCs

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

Highlights from Thursday's play . . .

Minor Leagues . . .

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) stroked a solo home run to stretch his hit streak to nine games in Syracuse's (AAA) 7-4 loss at Worchester. Syracuse was held to three hits. It was Hager's third homer.

-- Sean Kasmar (Las Vegas) went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer for Gwinnett (AAA) during an 8-7 setback to Louisville.

-- Bligh Madris (Foothill) had three hits in five ABs for Altoona (AA) in a 9-8 win at Binghamton.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (Nevada Reno) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in Montgomery's (AA) 7-6 victory over Chattanooga.

-- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran) pitched a solid five innings, but was the losing pitcher for Tennessee (AA) which fell, 2-0 to Rocket City. Uelmen allowed the two runs on six hits, struck out four with no walks in the 72/46-pitch outing.

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) slugged a solo homer in four ABs, helping Wichita (AA) to a 9-8 victory over Amarillo. It was De La Trinidad's first home run of the season.

-- Ryne Nelson (Basic) allowed just one run on three hits for Hillsboro (high A), but had a no decision in an 8-2 loss at Eugene. Nelson. the starter, struck out eight, walked three in throwing 81 pitches, 53 for strikes. He has a 2.53 ERA.

-- Grant Ford (Nevada Reno) was the losing pitcher for Greensboro (high A), working 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits with three walks in a 4-1 defeat to Rome. Ford has a 1-1 record.

-- Jake Prizina (Spanish Springs) pitched three shutout innings in relief for Delmarva (A) during a 7-3 win at Fredricksburg. Prizina gave up one hit with one K, one walk in the 45/28-pitch performance. He's 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

-- Brandon Wulff (Bishop Gorman) stroked a double in three at-bats for Rancho Cucamonga (A) in a 9-8 loss to visiting Modesto.

*****

Colleges . . .

SHADOW HURLERS SHINE -- Two former Shadow Ridge pitchers took center stage in college ball Thursday . . . Freshman right-hander Brady Joyner threw the final four innings to notch a win as D-3 Willamette defeated Pacific Lutheran, 6-2 in 12 innings in a Northwest Conference tournament game. Joyner (5-1, 1.78 ERA) gave up an unearned run on one hit. striking out two, walking two and hitting a batter . . . Trevin Reynolds logged a save for Colorado Mesa in a 4-1 D-2 win over visiting Colorado Springs. Reynolds had a 1-2-3 ninth, whiffing two. Colorado Mesa is 34-3.

NAIA PLAYOFFS

Five former Nevada high school players will be involved in the NAIA first round regionals Monday. There's a total of 9 regionals, with the winner of each joining host Lewis-Clark State in the NAIA World Series. The teams and players

-- Vanguard (Costa Mesa, CA), the top seed in the Montgomery, AL regional, will face the winner of the Freed-Hardeman vs. Our Lady of the Lake, TX winner Monday afternoon. The other first round game: Faulkner, AL vs. St. Thomas, FL

Omar Ortiz (Liberty) is a key member of the Vanguard (37-14) team. He batted .345 in the regular season with 11 homers and 50 RBIs.

-- In the Santa Barbara regional, four members of fifth seeded Corban, OR (22-29) are from Nevada. They include:

Nate Martin, RHP, Fr., Centennial HS
Zack Simon, RHP, Soph., Centennial
Trever Szczepanek, RHP, Fr., Centennial
Bradley Thomas, LHP/OF, Reno HS

Simon had a 6-2 record with a team-leading 1.88 ERA in 10 games (62 1/3 innings). Martin was 4-6 with a 5.03 ERA in 13 games (62 2/3 inning). Thomas and Szczepanek played sparingly. Corban finished second in the three-team Cascade Conference tournament to Lewis-Clark State, but with LC-State getting a bye into the World Series, Corban gets the automatic bid. Corban opens the regional vs. Saint Katharine, CA with the winner playing top seed Georgie Gwinnett later that day. The other game: Hope International, CA vs. host Westmont.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

CSN LOSES -- CSN dropped its opener to College of Southern Idaho in the Region 18 tournament at CSN, 5-4. The Coyotes now must come out of the loser's bracket if they are to advance to the District tourney. CSN plays Eastern Utah today at 3:30. The winner of that game plays again at 7.

The Coyotes outhit CSI, 6-5 with John-Howard Bobo (Basic) going 3-for-4 with a two-run double. Justin Olson was 2-for-4 with a solo homer for CSN. Tyler Curtis (Bishop Gorman) got a save for Southern Idaho, throwing the final 1 2/3 innings, not allowing a run or a hit, striking out one, walking two.

In other games, Eastern Utah eliminated Colorado Northwestern, 13-3 in five innings, then lost to top-seeded Salt Lake, 11-8. SLCC and Southern Idaho play at noon today with the winner advancing to the championship game Saturday.

Other Scores Thursday:

Region 1 -- Yavapai 5, Central Arizona 4
   (Teams play today with third game, if necessary, Saturday)

Region 9 -- Western Nebraska 6, Southeast, NE 4
                 Lamar, CO 9, McCook, NE 8
   (Friday: Southeast vs. McCook (loser eliminated); Western Nebraska vs. Lamar)

 

 

 

Junior Colleges . . .

REGION TOURNEY AT CSN

CSN will host the NJCAA Region 18 tournament this week with Salt Lake the No. 1 seed.

Colorado Northwestern (#4 seed) faces Eastern Utah (#5) in an elimination game Thursday (noon) with the winner taking on SLCC at 3:30. CSN (#2) and College of Southern Idaho (#3) meet at 7.

If Salt Lake wins its first game, it would play the winner of the CSN-CSI victor at noon Friday. The championship game is Saturday at noon, with a second game to follow if necessary.

Saturday's Region 18 champion will advance to the district tournament, this year hosted by Region 1 (Arizona). Two teams from Region 1 and one from Region 9 (Colorado, Nebraska) will also compete in the double elimination tourney May 20-22. The national tournament, featuring 10 teams, will be held May 29-June 4/5 in Grand Junction, CO.

OTHER REGIONS:

Region 1 -- Yavapai at Central Arizona Thursday and Friday (best-of-three).

Region 9 -- Western Nebraska vs  Southeast, NE and Lamar, CO vs. McCook, NE in first round. Thursday through Saturday at Colorado Springs, CO (double elimination).

Thursday Report

    A Look at the 5-A Playoff Picture

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

The Southern Regional playoffs will begin Monday with the official pairings announced Friday.

Here is how I figure the 5-A teams match up: (The final league records were unbalanced because of many teams not playing because of COVID problems. Thus,  the following pairings are based on win totals, not percentages. (In other words, if a team finished 7-6 and another 4-3, the 7-6 team would have the better seed.)

All 14 teams in the 5-A division will compete in the double-elimination tourney. There is no state tournament. 

My first round 5-A pairings for Southern Nevada, subject to change, of course:

Bracket 1 (All games at 4 p.m.)
   (Monday)

Game 1 -- #9 (Faith Lutheran, 6-6) at #8 (Desert Oasis, 4-3) 
Game 2 -- #13 (Arbor View, 3-10) at #4 (Liberty, 8-4)
Game 3 -- #12 (Rancho, 3-9) at #5 (Centennial, 6-3)

   (Tuesday)
Game 4 -- Game 1 winner at #1 (Bishop Gorman, 10-1)
Game 5 -- Game 2 vs. Game 3 winners at lowest seed
Game 6 -- Game 2 vs. Game 3 losers at lowest seed (elimination game)

Bracket 2
   (Monday, May 17)
Game 14 -- #10 (Green Valley, 4-9) at #7 (Cimarron-Memorial, 6-5)
Game 15 -- #14 (Las Vegas, 2-9) at #3 (Basic, 9-4)
Game 16 -- #11 (Spring Valley, 3-9) at #6 (Coronado, 7-6)

   (Tuesday, May 18)
Game 17 -- Game 14 winner at #2 (Palo Verde, 10-3)
Game 18 -- Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner at lowest seed
Game 19 -- Game 15 loser vs. Game 16 loser at lowest seed (elimination game)

NOTE -- The bracket finals are scheduled for Friday, May 21 at 2:30 with a second game to follow, if necessary . . . The championship (bracket 1 vs. bracket 2 winners) is Saturday, May 22 at noon and is one game only.

*****

Minor League Highlights

KINGHAM WINS -- RHP Nolan Kingham (Desert Oasis) evened his record at 1-1 with a five inning stint for Mississippi (AA). Kingham allowed a pair of runs on five hits, striking out four with no walks in a 6-3 win at Biloxi. He threw 80 pitches, 52 for strikes.

ELSEWHERE:

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) continued his hot hitting, banging a double and a single in four ABs for Syracuse (AAA) to lift his average to .424 in a 4-2 win at Worchester. Hager, playing shortstop Wednesday, has hit in all eight Syracuse games.

-- Bryan  Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in reducing his ERA to 1.50 for Rochester (AAA), which lost at Buffalo, 12-0. Bonnell gave up three hits with two Ks, no walks.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (Nevada Reno) was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs for Montgomery (AA) in a 5-0 victory over Chattanooga. Mastrobuoni is hitting .367.

-- Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran) allowed one earned run in 3 2/3 innings as Bowling Green's (high A) starter. Trageton, gave up five hits, struck out six and walked on during an 8-7 win over Asheville. He threw 68 pitches, 48 for strikes. Trageton has a 1.29 ERA.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) went 1-for-5 for Tampa (A) in a 15-4 loss at Lakeland.

-- Ryan Anderson (Spanish Springs, UNR) pitched 1 1/3 innings for Tampa, allowed two earned runs on two hits with two Ks, two walks.

-- Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas HS) went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs in Gwinnett's (AAA) 6-0 win over Louisville.

*****

In the Bigs . . .

SHREVE PROMOTED -- The Pirates purchased the contract of LHP Chasen Shreve (Bonanza) from Indianapolis (AAA). Shreve, 30, joined the Pirates on a minor league contract last offseason after appearing in the majors in each year from 2014-20. The former Brave, Yankee, Cardinal and Met has thrown 228 2/3 innings with a respectable 3.74 ERA.

 

Tuesday's Highlights

    Hager Sizzling for Triple-A Mets

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

Jake Hager has been a professional baseball player since 2011, but has never been in a big league uniform in the regular season.

That could change if he keeps hitting like he has to start this minor league season.

Hager (Sierra Vista HS) had a three-hit game in five ABs Tuesday, including a double for Syracuse (AAA) during a 8-5 loss to Worchester. He has hit in all seven Syracuse games and is 7-for-9 the last two contests, raising his average to .414.

A first round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2011, Hager has had his ups and downs in the minors. He sat out all of 2015 with a knee injury, and like all minor leaguers, didn't play in 2020.

Now 28, Hager is kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place: He has displayed a capable glove and a good enough bat to warrant keeping him around in the minors, but his offense (in the past) has stabilized at a level that is just below the expectations teams have for infielders. 

That could change this season. Stay tuned . . .

Elsewhere in the Minors . . .

-- Drew Robinson (Silverado) slugged a solo homer and also doubled in four ABs for Sacramento (AAA) in a 10-7 loss in Las Vegas.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) went 2-for-4 for Jersey Shore (high A) in a 3-2 setback at Wilmington.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) stroked a pair of singles and drove in two runs as Tampa (A) won at Lakeland, 5-1. Wells, batting second, lifted his average to .269.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (Nevada Reno) had one of the three Montgomery (AA) hits in a 4-2 loss to visiting Chattanooga. Mastrobuoni has a .320 average.

-- Niko Decolati (Liberty) was 1-for-4 for Spokane (high A) in a 4-3 victory at Vancouver.

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman) threw the final three innings in relief, posting his first save as Great Lakes (high A) won at West Michigan, 9-1. Little allowed a run (unearned) on one hit, whiffing four with no walks.

-- Braden Shipley (Nevada-Reno) logged a hold for Louisville (AAA) during a 4-0 victory at Gwinnett. Shipley pitched two innings, allowing one base runner (HBP) while striking out three.

*****

In College Play . . .

BOSETTI BREAKS RECORD -- Nevada Reno's Tyler Bosetti broke an NCAA record by homering in his ninth straight game as the Wolf Pack lost to visiting Arizona State Tuesday, 14-11.

Bosetti broke a 30-year-old record held by two players in slugging his 11th homer of the season, a solo. He was 4-for-5 for the day, also hitting an RBI double and a run-scoring single. Ten of Bosetti's 11 homers this season have come in the last 10 games.

UNR and ASU had four homers each. The Wolf Pack's Landon Wallace (3-for-5) and Matt Clayton (3-for-4)  hit solos, along with Dillan Shrum. Dario Gomez had three hits in six ABs.

UNR, which visits Fresno State this weekend, is 18-17 on the season. ASU improved to 28-15.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

-- Danny Jimenez (Las Vegas HS) was 5-for-9 in a doubleheader for Cerro Coso, driving in two runs in each game. Cerro Coso won the opener, 13-11 over College of Sequoias, then lost, 20-8. Michael Doerr (Spanish Springs) was 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs in the opener for Cerro Coso.

 

 

MOUNTAIN WEST

San Diego State         17-10       25-12
Nevada-Reno             15-9     
   18-16
UNLV                       
 11-10       12-16
Fresno State             
 13-12       16-19
Air Force                   12-12       20-18
New Mexico                6-15         9-23
San Jose State           
 2-8           6-17

   This week (Sat-Sun) -- San Diego State at UNLV; Nevada-Reno at Fresno State; San Jose State at Air Force (4 g, Fri-Sun); Utah Valley at New Mexicon (non-conf)

   Comment -- UNLV has to climb over two teams to win it all, thus probably needs to sweep San Diego State and Fresno the following week . . . UNR is in a groove . . . New Mexico, once a factor in the MWC, has had its problems the past couple of seasons.

BIG WEST

UC Irvine                 21-7       29-15
UC Santa Barbara    21-11     
 30-16
CS Bakersfield         15-9       18-13
Long Beach St.        16-12     18-13
Hawai'i                   
 15-13     23-15
CS Northridge         
 16-16     16-16
CS Fullerton            12-12     19-24
UC San Diego          12-16   
 15-25
UC Riverside           
 12-20     14-25
Cal Poly                  10-18     20-24
UC Davis                  6-22     12-33

   This week (Fri-Sun) -- Cal State Fullerton at Cal Poly; Cal State Bakersfield at Long Beach State; Hawai'i at Cal State Northridge; UC Davis at UC San Diego; UC Riverside at UC Irvine; UCLA vs. UC Santa Barbara (non-conf)

   Comment -- No change at the top with Irvine and UCSB headed to the playoffs . . . The once vaunted Cal State Fullerton program has fallen on hard times and losing three out of four at home to UC San Diego (a first year D-1 program) last weekend was tough to swallow.

PAC-12

Arizona                    16-8       32-13 
Oregon                    14-7       30-11
Stanford                  12-6       26-10
Oregon State           13-8       31-15
UCLA                     
 14-10     27-15
Arizona State           12-9     
 27-15
Cal                         
 10-11     24-21
Washington State     10-14   
 23-19
USC                          8-13   
 20-21
Utah                       
  5-16     13-26
Washington             
  3-15     17-24

   This week (Fri-Sun) -- Stanford at Cal; Oregon at Utah; Oregon State at Arizona State; Washington at Arizona; Washington State at USC; UC Santa Barbara vs. UCLA (non-conf)

   Comment -- No change here in the past two weeks . . . the top six will hurt playoff berths . . . As usual, USC is mediocre

WEST COAST

Gonzaga                  14-4      27-13
USD                        15-6      29-10
USF                       
 15-9      20-22
Portland                  
 13-8      21-21
BYU                       
 11-10    16-24
LMU                          9-12    16-25
St. Mary's                10-14    22-22
Pepperdine                7-11    15-21
Santa Clara               7-17    14-27
Pacific                     
 4-14    13-27

   This week (Thurs-Sat) -- BYU at Pacific; (Fri-Sun) -- Gonzaga at Portland; LMU at St. Mary's; Santa Clara at Pepperdine; Sacramento State at USF (non-conf); USD, idle

   Comment -- Gonzaga finally gets back in action after a 10-day COVID shutdown . . . Gonzaga and probably USD will gain the playoffs . . . Pepperdine, which was expected to battle for WCC supremacy, is having a bad season.

WESTERN ATHLETIC

Cal Baptist               23-5       31-13
Grand Canyon         
 23-5       30-17-1
Sacramento St.       
 19-13     28-18
UTRGV                   
 16-12      25-21
New Mexico St.       
 16-16     19-27
Dixie State              13-15   
 15-30
Tarleton                  13-19   
 20-31
Seattle                     7-17   
 13-26
Northern Colorado   
 7-17     11-29
Utah Valley               7-25      9-38

   This week (Fri-Sun) -- Cal Baptist at New Mexico State; Grand Canyon at Tarleton State; Northern Colorado at UT Rio Grand Valley; Seattle at Dixie State; Sacramento State at USF (non-conf); Utah Valley at New Mexico (non-conf)

   Comment -- If both the top two teams continue to win, there's an outside chance that the WAC could get two reps in the NCAA playoffs, but very unlikely . . . Cal Baptist is at Grand Canyon in two weeks for four games, so that could settle the conference picture.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

REGION TOURNEY AT CSN

CSN will host the NJCAA Region 18 tournament this week with Salt Lake the No. 1 seed.

Colorado Northwestern (#4 seed) faces Eastern Utah (#5) in an elimination game Thursday (noon) with the winner taking on SLCC at 3:30. CSN (#2) and College of Southern Idaho (#3) meet at 7.

If Salt Lake wins its first game, it would play the winner of the CSN-CSI victor at noon Friday. The championship game is Saturday at noon, with a second game to follow if necessary.

Saturday's Region 18 champion will advance to the district tournament, this year hosted by Region 1 (Arizona). Two teams from Region 1 and one from Region 9 (Colorado, Nebraska) will also compete in the double elimination tourney May 20-22. The national tournament, featuring 10 teams, will be held May 29-June 4/5 in Grand Junction, CO.

OTHER REGIONS:

Region 1 -- Yavapai at Central Arizona Thursday and Friday (best-of-three).

Region 9 -- Western Nebraska vs  Southeast, NE and Lamar, CO vs. McCook, NE in first round. Thursday through Saturday at Colorado Springs, CO (double elimination).

*****

High School Poll

Bishop Gorman moved up a couple of spots in the Perfect Game 50 and is now in the No. 17 position. The top 10 and others, with last week's ranking in parenthesis:

PERFECT GAME 50

  1. IMG Academy, FL (22)
  2. Barbe, LA (4)
  3. Thousand Oaks, CA (3)
  4. St. Mary's Prep, MI (5)
  5. Buford, GA (1)
  6. Stoneman Douglas, FL (7)
  7. Tampa Jesuit, FL (6)
  8. Madison Central, MS (8)
  9. Lake Travis, TX (9)
10. Hamilton, AZ (10)

Others -- 13. Orange Lutheran, CA (15); 17. Bishop Gorman (19)l 19. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) (25); 36. American Fork, UT (39); 42. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) (46); 45. Santa Margarita, CA (36); 47. Red Mountain (Mesa, AZ) (47); 49. Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) (48)

*****

Minor Leagues . . . 

THE K MAN -- With most teams taking the day off, there was only one highlight, but it was a good one as Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) struck out five of the seven batters he faced in relief for Tacoma (AAA), a 3-2 winner over visiting El Paso. In 2 1/3 innings, Sewald gave up three hits in a 46/30-pitch outing. He has pitched in two games, getting 10 of 13 outs on Ks.

 

Minor Leagues

   Hager, Isbel, Stott, Quintana Star

Originally posted: 6:45 a.m., Monday

Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) had four singles in four trips and also walked twice for Syracuse (AAA) to highlight minor league play Sunday. Hager, playing shortstop, bumped his early season average to .375 in the 15-10 loss to Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Elsewhere . . .

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) went 5-for-9 in a doubleheader for Omaha (AAA) to raise his average to .385. Isbel was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the second game against visiting St. Paul. Omaha split, losing the first, 8-2, winning the second, 6-1.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) slugged a solo homer (his second) in four trips for Jersey Shore (high A) in a 10-1 loss to Hudson Valley.

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) had a three-run double in four ABs for Lakeland (A) during a 6-4 win at Clearwater.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (UNR) was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs for Montgomery (AA) in a 10-5 victory at Tennessee.

-- Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-4 with a double for Tampa (A) in a 4-1 loss at home to Dunedin.

-- Max Smith (UNLV) had a single in four at-bats for Fort Myers (A) during an 18-9 setback at Bradenton.

-- Thomas Pannone (CSN), the starter for Salt Lake (AAA) threw five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits wit two Ks, three walks in an 8-3 loss to visiting Reno.

 

In Other D-1 Games  . . .

-- Carson Wells (Bishop Gorman) doubled in two runs in the eighth inning, giving USC a 5-1 lead during a 5-3 win at Oregon State.

-- Alexander Marco (Cimarron-Memorial) had a two-run double and a single in four ABs, helping Utah Valley defeat visiting New Mexico State, 7-5.

-- Tom Lichty (Galena) was 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Kansas' 8-7 win over 24th ranked Oklahoma State. Carson McCusker (Spanish Springs) was 3-for-5 for the losers, including a run-scoring single.

-- Joe Fitzhugh (Arbor View) collected an RBI single in Pacific's 11-3 victory at Santa Clara.

*

Also . . .

-- Tallon Thomason (Palo Verde) pitched two innings in relief as Lewis-Clark State defeated Corban, OR, 6-1 for the Cascade Conference tournament championship. Thomason allowed a run on three hits with two Ks, one walk. L-C State (41-4) moves on to the NAIA tournament.

 

 

-- Matt Gilbertson (Green Valley) pitched eight solid innings in notching his sixth victory as Pitt defeated visiting Boston College, 4-3. Gilbertson allowed the three runs on eight hits, striking out three, walking three in the 107-pitch performance. Gilbertson is 6-3. Pitt is 22-12, 16-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

-- Alexander Marco (Cimarron-Memorial) slugged a solo homer in Utah Valley's 4-2 win over visiting New Mexico State in the first of two games. Marco was 1-for-2.

Junior Colleges . . .

SLCC WINS TITLE -- Salt Lake hammered CSN, 16-6 in six innings to win the Scenic West AC regular season championship. SLCC finished 24-8 while CSN was 22-9 in conference. Salt Lake will be the No. 1 seed in the Region tournament next week at CSN.

After the Coyotes had take a 6-0 lead with five in the fifth inning, Salt Lake countered with eight runs in the home half, then added six in the fourth. Damiano Palmegiani was 3-for-3 for CSN with two homers and five RBIs. He finished the regular season with a team-leading .401 average, hitting 21 homers and driving in 68 runs.

 

College Roundup

    Becerra Tosses One-Hitter, Whiffs 17

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Saturday

Anthony Becerra (Rancho) improved his record to 8-1 this season, throwing a one-hitter for Jackson State while striking out 17 in a 6-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State Friday night.

Becerra, a left-hander, who played two seasons at Shasta JC in California, gave up a lone single in the third inning, then was virtually unhittable the rest of the way. He faced 20 batters over the final 6 2/3 innings and only one reached first base, via an error. He walked two in the first two innings.

Becerra has a 2.55 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 67 innings. Jackson State improved to 29-8, 22-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Elsewhere Friday . . .

-- Justin Lutes (Liberty) had a solo homer and a run-scoring double in three ABs as Pepperdine lost at Portland, 9-6.

-- Trevor Doyle (Cimarron-Memorial) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles in Sacramento State's 14-10 victory at Cal Baptist.

-- David Hudleson (Basic) was 2-for-5 with an RBI in the first game as Murray State won two from visiting UT Martin, 8-5, 11-0. Hudleson went 0-for-4 in the nightcap.

-- Garret Lake (Coronado) slugged a two-run homer in the second game as Purdue-Fort Wayne lost a pair at Youngstown State, 6-2, 15-4. Purdue-Fort Wayne has lost 13 in a row and is 9-27 for the season.

-- Zach Grech (Bishop Gorman) pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out one in a 10-pitch outing as Stanford edged visiting Arizona, 5-4 in 13. The win halted a 10-game win streak by the ninth-ranked Wildcats (31-12, 15-7). No. 16 Stanford is 25-9, 11-5 in the Pac-12.

In D-2 Games . . .

PAIGE GOES DEEP --Marques Paige (Bishop Gorman) stroked a two-run homer and a three-run double as Northwestern Oklahoma State lost to visiting Southern Arkansas, 13-10 in the first of two. Paige was 1-for-4 in the nightcap, an 8-4 loss. Paige is hitting .333 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs. Northwestern ends the regular season today, before playing in the Great American Conference tourney next week.

HERNANDEZ, BERG STAR -- Nick Hernandez (Bishop Gorman) and Trevor Berg (Basic) starred as UT Permian Basin split a doubleheader with visiting St. Edwards. Hernandez was 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of walks in the 10-9 win in the opener and slugged his 10th homer (a three-shot) in the nightcap, a 13-5 loss. He also had a sacrifice fly.

Berg pitched seven strong innings in the opener and led 6-3 when he departed. He allowed three first inning runs, seven hits overall while striking out four, walking three in a 103-pitch outing. St. Edwards scored six in the ninth for a 9-6 lead, but UTPB got four in the home half to win. Jay Desoto (Bonanza) went 2-for-4 in the first game. UTPB (13-24) ends its season Saturday.

In NAIA Play . . .

-- Noah Hemphill (Coronado) was 4-for-4 as Missouri Baptist suffered a 14-4 seven-inning loss to Columbia, MO in the championship game of the American Midwest Conference. Mo Baptist had to win a doubleheader to secure the automatic bid to the NAIA playoffs. Hemphill finished with a .382 average in 46 games. Missouri Baptist is 30-17, Columbia, 36-9.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

SHOWDOWN GAME -- CSN and host Salt Lake split a doubleheader Friday, meaning the Scenic West AC regular season championship will come down to the final contest today. Salt Lake is 23-8, CSN 22-8.

After losing the opener, 6-4, the Coyotes edged SLCC, 11-10 in the nightcap, as Salt Lake scored seven in the last of the ninth. Jacob Godman (Palo Verde) was the hitting star, getting CSN off to a fast start with a three-run homer in the first and a two-run double in the fifth. In the opener, Joseph Walls (Rancho) had three hits in four ABs.

In the other SWAC series, College of Southern Idaho swept host Eastern Utah, 6-2, 5-2.

IN ARIZONA:

-- Central Arizona knocked off Cochise, 7-3 to advance to today's Region 1 winners bracket while Cochise was later eliminated by South Mountain, 8-3. In the other bracket, Pima saw its season end, losing to Yavapai, 17-10 and Arizona Western, 13-12.

IN CALIFORNIA:

-- Christian Lamar (Bishop Gorman) drove in five runs in sparking Golden West to a 15-1 win over visiting Fullerton in the second of two games. Lamar slugged a three-run homer, an RBI double and a run-scoring single. He did not play in the opener, a 5-3 GWC win.

-- Blake Logan (Las Vegas HS) was 3-for-8 for Taft in a double loss to Reedley, 10-7, 16-0. Logan went 2-for-5 in the opener and had one of Taft's three hits (a double) in the second game.

 

 

 

Minors. Colleges

   Sewald Whiffs Five of Six

Originally posted: 8:45 a.m., Friday

Former Bishop Gorman standout RHP Paul Sewald faced six batters for Tacoma (AAA) Thursday night, striking out five. Sewald, signed by Seattle in the off-season, threw 24 pitches, 17 for strikes. It was a bullpen day for Tacoma with seven pitchers being used, none throwing more than two innings. El Paso won, 7-6.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

HITTING:

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV) slugged a first inning solo homer for Jersey Shore (high A) during a 5-1 win over Hudson Valley. Stott finished 1-for-4.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) had his second homer in two days, belting a two-run shot for Syracuse (AAA) in a 17-11 loss to Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Hager was 1-for-5.

-- Miles Mastrobuoni (Nevada-Reno) went 3-for-5 with an RBI for Montgomery (AA) in a 6-4 loss to Tennessee.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-3 for Bowie (AA) and Bligh Madris (Foothill) went 1-for-4 for Altoona in an 8-4 Bowie win.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) had a double in four trips with an RBI for Omaha (AAA).

PITCHING:

-- Zach Trageton (Faith Lutheran) pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings as the starter for Bowling Green (high A) during a 14-0 win at Greenville. Trageton allowed one hit, struck out four and walked two.

-- Chasen Shreve (Bonanza, CSN) threw a shutout inning and picked up a hold in Indianapolis' 5-4 win at Iowa. Shreve allowed a hit with one K.

-- Jake Prizina (Spanish Springs) was the winning pitcher in relief for Delmarva (A), not giving up a run in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four, allowed one hit and one walk in the 38/28 pitch effort.

-- Nolan Kingham (Desert Oasis) was the losing pitcher for Mississippi (AA) in a 5-1 setback to visiting Pensacola. Kingham went four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out six.

*****

College Roundup . . .

-- Jacob Portaro (Centennial) drove in four runs with a two-run homer and a two-run double in sparking D-2 Biola to an 8-0 win at Northwest Nazarene. Portaro went 0-for-3 in the second game, a 6-3 loss. Biola is 13-18, Northwest Nazarene, 28-6.

-- Omar Ortiz (Liberty) had a double and two RBIs as Vanguard topped Ottawa, AZ, 9-8 to win the Golden State AC championship. Vanguard will move on to the NAIA playoffs.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

CSN SHUT OUT -- CSN suffered a 7-0 loss at Salt Lake in a battle for the Scenic West AC regular season championship. SLCC (22-7) has a half-game lead over the Coyotes (21-7). The teams play two today and one Saturday. Fynn Chester pitched a complete game (nine innings) shutout for Salt Lake, giving up just three hits with nine Ks and one walk.

In the other SWAC game, College of Southern Idaho won at Eastern Utah, 18-12.

IN ARIZONA:

-- Makai Desoto (Bonanza) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs in helping Cochise to a 10-2 win over South Mountain in the opener of the Region I semifinals. Cochise faces No. 1 seed Central Arizona in the double elimination tourney. Yavapai topped Arizona Western, 5-3 and will meet No. 2 seed Pima today. The tourney runs through Saturday with the top two teams advancing to the region championships next weekend.

IN CALIFORNIA:

-- Christian Lamar (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI in helping Golden West to a 9-7 victory at Fullerton.

-- McKinley O'Connor (Lincoln County) went 6-for-10 in Antelope Valley's double loss to visiting Oxnard, 14-6 13-10. O'Connor drove in five runs in the two games, banging three doubles

-- Isaac Schuck (Reno) was 6-for-9 for Butte in a doubleheader sweep at Lassen, 11-8, 7-4. Schuck smashed a solo homer and a double, scoring five times.

-- Jacob Ortega (Faith Lutheran) sparked Allan Hancock to 8-0 and 13-7 wins at Ventura, going 4-for-10 on the day. Ortega was 3-for-6 with four RBIs in the nightcap with a pair of doubles.

 

 

 

Grand Salamis for Hager, Smith

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

Jake Hager and Max Smith both belted grand slams to highlight minor league play Wednesday.

Hager (Sierra Vista HS) had a fifth inning grand salami for Syracuse (AAA) during a 7-5 loss to Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Smith (UNLV) slugged his in the opening inning for Fort Myers (A). Smith finished with five RBIs, being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a 13-4 win over Bradenton.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) hit a solo homer and was 1-for-2 with four walks for Lakeland (A). His home run came in the ninth inning to tie the game at 11. Lakeland got three in the 11th, but Clearwater won it with five in the home half.

-- Ryne Nelson (Basic) pitched a solid six innings for Hillsboro (high A), allowing two runs on five hits with six Ks, two walks in a 88/59-pitch outing. Nelson had no decision.

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) went 2-for-4 for Omaha (AAA).

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Bowie (AA).

-- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) had two hits in four ABs for Wichita (AA)

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman), a RHP, shut down all four batters he faced in relief for Great Lakes (high A), striking out three. He threw 14 pitches, 10 for strikes.

-- Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis, UNLV), went 0-for-1 with three walks for Jersey Shore (high A).

*****

Colleges . . .

-- Anthony Becerra (Rancho), Jackson State's ace, threw two innings in relief and picked up a win in a 4-2 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Becerra (7-1) struck out three, giving up one hit.

-- In NAIA play, Noah Hemphill (Coronado) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs as Missouri Baptist defeated William Woods (MO), 16-2 in an American Midwest Conference playoff game. Missouri Baptist is 29-15.

-- Omar Ortiz (Liberty) was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Vanguard's 6-5 loss to Ottawa (AZ) in the opener of the Golden State AC championship series. Vanguard won the second game, 8-0 with the teams playing for the title today (Thursday). Ortiz had a double in five trips in the second game.

 

Colleges . . .

-- Peyton Cole (Palo Verde) was 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly in helping BYU to an 11-4 win at Utah Valley. Alexander Mora (Cimarron-Memorial) had an RBI double for the losers.

-- Donta Williams (Legacy) slugged a two-run homer as ninth-ranked Arizona knocked off Grand Canyon, 13-2.

-- Roger Riley (Basic) had two hits in five ABs in the opener as Regis dropped two at Colorado Springs, 12-2, 19-2. Riley did not play in the second game.

*****

Minor Leagues . . .

The minor league season began Tuesday. Here's a short highlight summary:

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop  Gorman) was 2-for-4 for Bowie (AA)

-- LHP Chasen Shreve (Bonanza) threw a 1-2-3 inning for Indianapolis (AAA), striking out two.

-- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Syracuse (AAA)

-- Kyle Isbel (UNLV) had a hit in four ABs for Omaha (AAA).

-- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) was the losing pitcher for Rochester (AAA), giving up a pair of runs on two hits (one a homer) in two-thirds of an inning.

*****

High School Polls . . .

MAXPREPS 25

1. Buford, GA, 31-0 (1)
2. Friendswood, TX, 24-0 (3)
3. IMG Academy, FL, 23-2 (4)
4. Barbe, LA, 35-2 (5)
5. Jesuit, FL, 25-2 (6)
6. Madison Central, MS, 26-1 (7)
7. St. Mary's Prep, MI, 23-1 (2)
8. Thousand Oaks, CA, 16-0 (9)
9. Stoneman Douglas, FL, 23-2 (10)
10. Hamilton, AZ, 17-2 (11)

Others -- 16. Pleasant Grove, UT, 19-0 (21); 18. Buchanan (Clovis, CA), 14-1 (24); 23. Puyallup, WA, 16-0 (NR); 25. Orange Lutheran, CA, 16-2 (NR)

PERFECT GAME 50

1. Buford, GA (1)
2. IMG Academy, FL (2)
3. Thousand Oaks, CA (3)
4. Barbe, LA (5)
5. St. Mary's Prep, MI (4)
6. Tampa Jesuit, FL (6)
7. Stoneman Douglas, FL (7)
8. Madison Central, MS (8)
9. Lake Travis, TX (9)
10. Hamilton, AZ (10)

Others -- 15. Orange Lutheran, CA (15); 19. Bishop Gorman (18); 25. J Serra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) (26); 36. Santa Margarita, CA (37); 39. American Fork, UT (41); 46. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) (48); 47. Red Mountain (Mesa, AZ) (50); 48. Ayala, CA (NR); 50. Bainbridge, WA (NR)

 

List of Nevadans

     Minor Leaguers Begin Play

Originally posted: 4 p.m., Monday

The minor leagues, finally, begin play Tuesday after a year off because of the pandemic. Here is a list of those with Nevada connections playing minor league ball (in alphabetical order): NOTE: As of this writing, many teams had not announced complete rosters.)

Ryan Anderson (Spanish Springs HS, UNR), LHP, Tampa (A), NY Yankees

Phil Bickford (CSN), RHP, Dodgers alternate training site
   (NOTE: Dodgers claimed Bickford off waivers today from Milwaukee)

Bryan Bonnell (Centennial HS, UNLV), RHP, Rochester (AAA), Washington

Chase Bradford (Silverado, CSN), RHP, Atlanta alternate training site

Nico Decolati (Liberty HS), OF, Fresno (A), Colorado

Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV), OF, Wichita (AA), Minnesota

Grant Ford (UNR), RHP, Greensboro (High A), Pittsburgh

TJ Friedl (UNR), OF, Reds alternate training site

Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman HS), IF, Bowie (AA), Baltimore

Jake Hager (Sierra Vista HS), 2B, Mets alternate training site

Kyle Isbel (UNLV), OF, Omaha (AAA), Kansas City

DJ Jefferson (Desert Oasis HS), RHP, Phillies East, Gulf Coast League

Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas HS, CSN), IF, Braves alternate training site

Shane Kelso (Fermley HS). RHP, Inland Empire (A), Amgels

Nolan Kingham (Desert Oasis HS), RHP, Mississippi (AA), Atlanta

Dutch Landis (Bishop Gorman HS), RHP, TBA, Seattle

Jack Little (Bishop Gorman HS), RHP, Rancho Cucamonga (A), Dodgers

Bligh Madris (Foothill HS), OF, Altoona (AA), Pittsburgh

Miles Mastropoulis (UNR), 2B, Montgomery (AA), Tampa Bay

Ryne Nelson (Basic HS), RHP, Hillsboro (High A), Arizona

Nate Nolan (Damonte HS), C, Birmingham (AA), Chicago White Sox

Thomas Pannone (CSN), LHP, Angels alternate training site

Jake Prizina (Spanish Springs HS), LHP, Delmarva (A), Baltimore

Nick Quintana (Arbor View HS), IF, Lakeland (A), Detroit

Drew Robinson (Silverado HS), OF, Sacramento (AAA), San Francisco

Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman), RHP,  Tacoma (AAA), Seattle

Braden Shipley (UNR), RHP, Reds Alternate Training Site

Chasen Shreve (Bonanza HS, CSN), LHP, Indianapolis (AAA), Pittsburgh

Max Smith (UNLV), OF, Ft. Myers (A), Minnesota

Alan Strong (UNLV), RHP, Gulf Coast Rays, Tampa Bay

Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis HS, UNLV), IF, Jersey Shore (High A), Philadelphia

Zack Trageton (Faith Lutheran HS), RHP, Bowling Green (High A), Tampa Bay

Erich Uelmen (Faith Luteran HS), RHP, Tennessee (AA), Chicago Cubs

Sam Wolff (CSN), RHP, Sacramento (AAA), San Francisco

Brandon Wulff (Bishop Gorman HS), OF, Arizona League Dodgers (Rookie)

Mikey York (Basic HS)l RHP, Bowling Green (High A), Tampa Bay

 

Starring at Dixie State

  Faith's Cry: Come Back Shane !

Originally posted: 4 p.m., Sunday

Shane Taylor figured to be a big star in Las Vegas this spring, manning the shortstop position at Faith Lutheran HS.

But the pandemic changed everything.

With things at a standstill and Nevada high school baseball looking at a very shortened season, Taylor decided to enroll at Dixie State a season earlier than expected. 

He also didn't expect to play right away, figuring Dixie would red-shirt him the first year.

That didn't happen and Dixie head coach Chris Pfatenhauer is glad it didn't.

Taylor, after getting only a couple of ABs in the first four games, was inserted into the lineup on a regular basis. And as the season has matured, so has Taylor.

Sunday was typical of Taylor's maturity as he went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly while scoring a run in Dixie's 11-0 win over visiting Utah Valley. He's hit in five of the last six games and eight of the last 10, lifting his average to .300.

Not too shabby for a kid that could be playing high school ball this season.

NOTES -- Dixie State, elevated to D-1 status this season, got off to a horrible start, losing its first 10 games with six of the losses by double digits. But the 'Blazers have been more than competitive, logging a 15-16 record since that time and going 13-11 in Western Athletic Conference play . . . The 11-0 win over Utah Valley completed a four-game sweep.

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Rebels Tumble, 8-6

UNLV was defeated by Air Force, 8-6 Sunday at Wilson Stadium and thus dropped into a virtual tie for the Mountain West Conference lead. The Rebels are 11-7 in conference play, 16-8 overall. San Diego State has a 14-10 MWC mark, followed by Nevada Reno at 12-10.

The Rebels trailed early as the Falcons built a 5-0 lead after three. UNLV cut it to 8-6 in the eighth, but could not pull off the needed rally.

Jack-Thomas Wold (Basic) had a solo homer in the seventh and Myles Denson (Bishop Gorman) plastered a two-run jack in the eighth. Edarian Williams (Rancho) went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and Austin Kryszczuk (Centennial) was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Rebels trek to Nevada-Reno for a crucial series next Saturday and Sunday, while San Diego State hosts San Jose State.

The MWC standings:

UNLV                        11-7       16-8
San Diego State        14-10     22-12
Nevada-Reno            12-9       15-16
Fresno State             13-12     16-19
Air Force                    9-12     17-18
New Mexico               
 6-12       9-20
San Jose State           
 2-5        5-13

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Elsewhere Sunday . . .

-- Jesse Fonteboa (Basic) had a three-run double as UT Rio Grande Valley lost at New Mexico State, 11-10.

-- Donta Williams (Legacy) was 1-for-2 with three walks and three runs in helping Arizona to a 15-3 victory over visiting Utah. It was Arizona's ninth straight win. The Wildcats are 30-11.

-- Michael Wong (Liberty) was the winning pitcher as UT Arlington defeated visiting Little Rock, 5-4 in the first of two games. Wong, in 2 2/3 innings, did not allow a run, gave up one hit, struck out one, walked one.

-- In D-2 play, Jake Rogers (Centennial) was the winning pitcher in Angelo State's 17-5 victory over UT Permian Basin. Rogers threw one inning, allowing a hit with one K. He's 3-1 and Angelo State is 31-6.

-- In an NAIA game, Tallon Thomason (Palo Verde) ran his record to 7-0 as Lewis-Clark State ended the regular season with a 17-2 victory at Eastern Oregon. Thomason worked the first four innings, giving up a run on six hits. He stuck out four with one walk in throwing 59 pitches. L-C State is 38-4.

 

 

Sweeps Aztecs

    UNR Tightens Mountain West Race

Originally posted: 6:45 a.m., Saturday

The Mountain West Conference baseball picture became a lot more muddled Friday after Nevada-Reno thumped first place San Diego State twice by 14-4 and 13-2 scores.

It left the conference-leading Aztecs (14-9) just one game ahead of UNLV (9-6) and 1 1/2 in front of UNR (11-9). Another win today by the Wolf Pack and a sweep of a twin bill by the Rebels against visiting Air Force would really throw the race into chaos.

Both UNR wins were shortened by the 10-run mercy rule. The first game went eight, the second seven. UNR piled up 20 hits in the opener with Joshua Zamora clubbing a pair of home runs. Zamora hit a solo in the seventh and a two-run shot in the eighth that ended the game.

UNR's first four batters had three hits each. Tyler Bosetti hit a solo dinger among his three hits while Zamora, Dario Gomez, Dilan Shrum and Jacob Stinson hit safely three times also.

In the nightcap, it again was the home run ball that UNR used to batter the Aztecs. Ahead just 2-0 in the fifth, Zamora and Bosetti hit three-run shots sandwiched around a three-run double by Jacob Stenson as the Wolf Pack scored 10.

RHP Jake Jackson, who came into the nightcap with a 1-3 record and a 5.44 ERA, threw a complete game six-hitter.

Elsewhere in D-1 . . .

-- LHP Anthony Becerra (Rancho) pitched a complete game three-hit shutout as Jackson State rolled at Alabama A&M, 13-0. Becerra struck out 11, walked three and improved his record to to 6-1 (3.05 ERA). It was his second CG and his second shutout. The game was called after seven innings because of a 10-run rule. Jackson State is 25-8 and 19-0 in the Southwestern AC.

-- Freshman Shane Taylor (Faith Lutheran) was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs in helping Dixie State to a 9-8 win over visiting Utah Valley in 10 innings. Alexander Marco (Cimarron-Memorial) slugged a two-run homer for Utah Valley.

-- Shortstop David Hudleson (Basic) went 3-for-7 for Murray State in a double loss at Morehead State, 17-3, 5-3. Hudleson, 2-for-4 in the opener, is hitting .327.

-- Peyton Cole (Palo Verde) had a pair of singles in four ABs as host BYU topped St. Mary's, 4-2.

-- Donta Williams (Legacy) produced a two-run single in a 1-for-3 night, helping Arizona to an 11-1 victory over visiting Utah. Williams lifted his average to .315.

-- Zach Grech (Bishop Gorman) recorded his 12th save as Stanford won at USC, 5-2. Grech pitched the 10th inning, giving up a hit and stricking out one.

-- in D-2 play, Jay Desoto (Bonanza) was 0-for-3, ending a 22-game hit streak as UT Permian Basin lost at Angelo State, 10-0.

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Junior Colleges . . .

CSN SWEEPS -- CSN won two from visiting Eastern Utah Friday, 9-3, 8-2 to move into a virtual first place tie with Salt Lake in the Scenic West AC standings. CSN is 20-6, SLCC 21-7. The two leaders end the regular season next weekend with a four-game series at Salt Lake.

In the Coyotes' first game win, Dax Fellows (Silverado) was 2-for-2, driving in three runs and Joseph Walls (Rancho) scored three with a 2-for-3 game. Joey Magrisi (9-1) was the winning pitcher, giving up a pair of runs on five hits with nine Ks.

In the nightcap, Damiano Palmegiani was 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs. Palmegiani, originally from Vauxhall Academy in British Columbia, leads CSN with a .406 average, 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 50 games.

In the other SWAC series, College of Southern Idaho knocked off visiting Colorado Northwestern twice, 8-1, 4-0.

IN CALIFORNIA:

-- Christian Lamar (Bishop Gorman) slugged three doubles in four ABs as Golden West dropped a 9-8 game at Orange Coast in the first of two. Lamar was 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in the nightcap, a 16-5 OCC win.

 

 

 

 

Regional playoffs in Southern Nevada will begin Monday, May 17, the NIAA has announced.

All 14 teams in the 5-A division will compete with the top two finishers in the regular season drawing first round byes in the double-elimination tourney. There is no state tournament. The Northern Nevada regional schedule has yet to be determined.

The first round 5-A pairings for Southern Nevada:

Bracket 1 (All games at 4 p.m.)
   (Monday, May 17)

Game 1 -- #9 at #8 
Game 2 -- #13 at #4
Game 3 -- #12 at #5

   (Tuesday, May 18)
Game 4 -- Game 1 winner at #1 seed
Game 5 -- Game 2 vs. Game 3 winners at lowest seed
Game 6 -- Game 2 vs. Game 3 losers at lowest seed (elimination game)

Bracket 2
   (Monday, May 17)

Game 14 -- #10 at #7
Game 15 -- #14 at #3
Game 16 -- #16 at #6

   (Tuesday, May 18)
Game 17 -- Game 14 winner at #2 seed
Game 18 -- Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner at lowest seed
Game 19 -- Game 15 loser vs. Game 16 loser at lowest seed (elimination game)

NOTE -- The bracket (or pod) finals are scheduled for Friday, May 21 at 2:30 with a second game to follow, if necessary . . . The championship (bracket 1 vs. bracket 2 winners) is Saturday, May 22 at noon and is one game only.

NOTE II -- There are two weeks left in the regular season (six game each) and it's a tight battle for the top seeds. Palo Verde (6-1) currently leads the Desert League, followed by Centennial (4-2), Cimarron-Memorial (4-2), Basic (4-3), Coronado (3-4), Green Valley (3-4) and Las Vegas (1-4) . . . In the Mountain League, Bishop Gorman (5-1) leads Desert Oasis (2-1), Liberty (4-2), Faith Lutheran (5-3), Rancho (2-4), Arbor View (1-6) and Spring Valley (1-6) . . . COVID has already wiped out a bunch of games with more expected. Thus it will play a role in how teams finish, if they can finish.

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In the 4-A Division, the 12 teams will play for the "state championship" since there are no 4-A teams in the North. Seeds 1 through 4 draw byes and play Tuesday, May 18. The schedule

Bracket 1
   (Monday, May 17)
#9 at #8 with winner at #1 Tuesday
#12 at #5 with winner at #4 Tuesday

Bracket 2
   (Monday, May 17)
#10 at #7 with winner at #2 Tuesday
#11 at #6 with winner at #3 Tuesday

NOTE -- Winner and loser bracket games are Wednesday and Thursday with the bracket finals Friday at 2:30 at 5 (if necessary). Championship is Saturday at noon.

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The 10-team 3-A Southern Division will play for a regional title (no state championship) with six teams drawing first round byes. #9 is at #8 and #10 is at #7 in the opening round.

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CIF PLAYOFFS -- The CIF (Southern Section) has given the OK for regional playoffs. Since four of the six sections in the north will not have playoffs, there will be no state tournament. Playoffs will run into June in baseball.

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Thursday's Roundup . . .

COLLEGES

-- Sam Powers (Palo Verde) was 3-for-5 as Montana State-Billings lost two to visiting Western Oregon, 19-15, 18-6. Powers went 3-for-4 in the opener with four runs, a two-run double and a sac fly.

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JUNIOR COLLEGES

CSN WINS -- Dax Fellows (Silverado) crushed a three-run homer and Joseph Walls (Rancho) was 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs as CSN whipped visiting Eastern Utah, 10-1 in the opening game of a Scenic West AC series. They play two today.

In the other SWAC game, College of Southern Nevada defeated visiting Colorado Northwestern, 9-2.

IN CALIFORNIA|

-- Jacob Ortega (Faith Lutheran) drove in two runs with a double and a sacrifice fly as Allan Hancock handed visiting Oxnard a 13-1 defeat in the first of two. Ortega was 1-for-4 in the nightcap. Another Faith Lutheran grad, Vince Serrano, was the starting pitcher for Hancock, not allowing a run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 10-5 win. He struck out three, walked four.

-- McKinley O'Connor (Lincoln County) was 4-for-8 for Antelope Valley in a split at Bakersfield. O'Connor went 2-for-3 with a double in the first game and 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and a run-scoring double in the nightcap. Bakersfield won the opener, 5-0, Antelope Valley captured the nightcap, 9-8.

-- Isaac Schuck (Reno) went 4-for-6 for Butte in a split with Shasta. Schuck was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs in the opener. Butte won, 12-2, then lost, 6-5.

 

 

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

With a month left in the D-1 schedule, here's how the five western conference teams stand:

MOUNTAIN WEST

San Diego State       14-7       22-9
UNLV                        9-6       14-7
Nevada-Reno           
 9-9       12-16
Fresno State           
10-12     13-10
Air Force                   8-10     16-16
New Mexico             
 6-9         9-16
San Jose State         
 2-5        6-11

   This week (Fri-Sat) -- San Diego State at Nevada Reno; (Sat-Sun) -- Air Force at UNLV; Fresno State at New Mexico; San Jose State at UC Davis (non-conf)

   NCAA Playoffs -- Only one team will represent the Mountain West and that figures to be San Diego State. UNLV needs to win 10 if its last 12, including a sweep of San Diego State.

BIG WEST

UC Irvine                16-4      24-12
UC Santa Barbara    17-7      26-12
CS Bakersfield         11-5      14-9
CS Fullerton            10-6      17-18
Hawai'i                   
12-12     20-14
Long Beach St.     
  10-10     12-11   
Cal Poly                   
 9-11     19-17
UC Riverside           10-14   
 12-19
CS Northridge           9-15      9-15
UC San Diego         
  7-13    10-22
UC Davis                 
 5-19    10-28

   This week (Fri-Sun) -- Cal Poly at  UC Santa Barbara; Cal State Northridge at Cal State Bakersfield; Hawai'i at Cal State Fullerton; Long Beach State at UC Irvine; UC San Diego at UC Riverside; San Jose State at UC Davis (non-conf.)

   NCAA Playoffs -- Irvine and UCSB are headed to the Big Dance.

PAC-12

Arizona                    12-6     27-11 
Oregon                    10-5     25-9
Oregon State           
 10-5      27-12
Stanford                    8-4     22-7
UCLA                       10-8     23-13
Arizona State           
 10-8     22-14
USC                         
 8-9     18-17
California                   6-9   
 19-19
Washington State       7-11   19-16
Utah                       
  5-13   10-23
Washington               
 3-9     17-18

   This week (Fri-Sun) -- Cal at Washington; Oregon at Washington State; Oregon State at UCLA; Stanford at USC; Utah at Arizona; Rhode Island at Arizona State (non-conf)

   NCAA Playoffs -- The top six (above) will probably earn berths.

WEST COAST

Gonzaga                  14-4     27-13
USD                        11-4     25-8
Portland                 
  11-7     19-20
USF                       
 11-7     16-19 
St. Mary's                 
 9-9     20-17
Pepperdine                6-6     14-16
BYU                          6-9     13-23
LMU                         
 7-11   14-25
Santa Clara               5-13   12-23
Pacific                       1-11   11-25

   This week (Thurs-Sat) -- St. Mary's at BYU; (Fri-Sun) -- Santa Clara at LMU; USD at Gonzaga; USF at Pacific; Pepperdine, Portland, idle

   NCAA Playoffs -- Big series this week (USD at Gonzaga), but both teams could earn a trip, unless one falters down the stretch.

WESTERN ATHLETIC

Cal Baptist               17-3    25-11
Grand Canyon          16-4    23-15-1
Sacramento St.        16-8    25-13
UTRGV                   
 12-8    21-17
New Mexico St.        11-13   14-24
Dixie State                9-11   11-26
Tarleton                 
 10-14   17-26
Seattle                      7-13   13-21
Northern Colorado      5-15    9-24
Utah Valley                5-19    7-31

   This week (Fri-Sun) -- Cal Baptist at Seattle; Grand Canyon at Sacramento State; Tarleton at Northern Colorado; Utah Valley at Dixie State; UT Rio Grande Valley at New Mexico State

   NCAA Playoffs -- Usually it's just the winner of the conference tournament that makes the NCAA playoff field, but with no tourney, Cal Baptist or Grand Canyon will make the field