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SCV baseball players get taste of big-time

Posted: August 12, 2013 10:42 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2013 10:42 p.m.

Hunter Greene, left, of Stevenson Ranch and Scott Ogrin, of Valencia, played for a team that won the Junior RBI World Series at Target Field in Minneapolis.

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When the Boys & Girls Club of Venice Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) team won the Junior RBI World Series at Minneapolis’ Target Field last Thursday, a little bit of Santa Clarita was part of it.

Stevenson Ranch’s Hunter Greene and Valencia’s Scott Ogrin were members of the team that defeated the Dominican Republic 2-0 in the prestigious series’ final at the home of the Minnesota Twins and 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

It completed a run in which Venice went 5-1, including a semifinal 10-0 win over Pawtucket RBI.

The team is made up of kids mostly 15 and under.

Ogrin will be a sophomore at Valencia High next season and Greene will be a freshman at Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.

“I can’t believe I was able to play on that field. I’m pretty lucky,” said Ogrin, a 15-year-old who played second base on Valencia’s 2013 JV team.

“Playing the Dominican Republic was pretty crazy. It was big.”

One of Venice’s runs scored on a ball Ogrin hit to right-center field.

Greene made the last putout if the game on a ground ball to third base.

The 14-year-old also won the junior division Major League Baseball “Breaking Barriers” essay contest and received recognition from Major League baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Jackie Robinson, at a luncheon in Minnesota.

Greene wrote an essay about the his sister, 8-year-old Liberty, who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 5.

It touched the selection committee and Sharon read it during the luncheon.

“Jackie Robinson is my favorite player. (Sharon) gave me a big hug,” Greene said. “It was a great experience for me. I was the youngest player on the team. I had a great time with the coaches and my teammates, and it was great to meet Bud Selig and Ms. Robinson.”

Both players were selected for the team due to their involvement with the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, where Greene and Ogrin also play.

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