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Around the SCV: Kings alumni to face locals

L.A. team will play Ice Station All-Stars on Friday; Valencia slugger named top prospect

Posted: November 21, 2010 10:54 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

The Los Angeles Kings Alumni Association will play a game against the Ice Station All-Stars on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Ice Station Valencia.

Former Kings players Rob Blake, Nelson Emerson, Daryl Evans, Jim Fox, Glen Murray, Mathieu Schneider, Jamie Storr and Ian Turnbull will participate.

Tickets for the game will be $5 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under.

For more information on the game, call Ice Station Valencia at 661-755-8686 or visit www.icestation.net.


Hot baseball prospects

You might want to pick up the latest issue of Baseball America — one of the most respected baseball publications that there is.

On the table of contents page, there is a question posed to executive editor Jim Callis about who the top prospects are for the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The No. 7 prospect is Valencia High’s own Trey Williams.

Williams was clearly the Santa Clarita Valley’s best baseball player as a sophomore in 2010 — displaying a combination of power, speed and defense.

Farther in the publication, the Kansas City Royals top prospects are rated and Hart graduate Michael Montgomery comes in at No. 5.

Montgomery was the No. 1 prospect last season, but a forearm injury set him back a bit.

Combine that with the fact that Kansas City’s minor league system is one of the richest in baseball.

A story on mlb.com also identified the top 20 prospects who stood out in the Arizona Fall League.

Montgomery was at No. 3. The story said he “continued to show the stuff that has made him perhaps the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball.”


Three locals receive baseball rides

Three more local prep baseball players have received scholarships.

West Ranch pitchers Matt Blake and Steven Farnworth and Golden Valley catcher Rocky Sherwood will all be playing baseball in college come 2012.

Blake and Farnworth will be playing at NCAA Division II Cal State Monterey Bay for Saugus High graduate and first-year head coach Walt White.

Sherwood will be playing for NCAA Division III Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.

West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill said Blake and Farnworth were given scholarships after they were scouted playing for West Ranch’s winter-league team.

He said during the 2010 season, they were hidden behind starting pitchers Ryan Keller and J.C. Cloney, who took the majority of the innings and attention.

Sherwood was the starting catcher for Golden Valley last season — the most successful season in program history.

“One of the hardest workers I’ve ever had,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin. “One of the smartest baseball players I’ve ever had and definitely the most improved baseball player I ever had.”


Golden Valley’s sense of humor


Work pays off for Golden Valley baseball.

They leave the dugout and take the field, preparing for warmups.

Gloves in hand and ready to work, practice is starting like any other day.

But it’s Friday.

And the entire Golden Valley baseball team is dressed like nerds — thick-rimmed and pocket-protected.

This year, the Grizzlies are ending each week with a different dress-up day ranging from “Twin Day” to “Cartoon Day” to Superhero Day” as a way to let down and build team unity.

“These kids are so into it and they have so much fun with it,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin.

“I want to reward them,” Drootin added. “They work so hard.”

Other themes have been “Western Day” and “’70s Day.”

The only condition is 100 percent effort in practice each day.

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