Thu 12 Jun 2014
(By Tim Haddock) Shane Zeile, a Valencia High graduate, was the first player from the Santa Clarita Valley selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year draft.
He was one of seven players who played baseball in high school or college taken in the draft.
Zeile was picked in the fifth round by the Detroit Tigers. He was the starting catcher for UCLA when it won the NCAA national championship in 2013.
Zeile, the nephew of former Los Angeles Dodger and St. Louis Cardinal Todd Zeile, hit .324 and had a .421 slugging percentage for the Bruins in his junior season.
He hit two home runs, had 28 RBIs and was selected to the All-Pac 12 team.
Andrew Rohrbach, who played at College of the Canyons, was taken in the ninth round by the Colorado Rockies.
Rohrbach was the ace of the Long Beach State pitching staff. He went 7-2 with a 2.05 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 16 starts. He struck out 69 batters in 109 2/3 innings in his junior season at Long Beach State.
The Simi Valley High graduate played at COC from 2011 to 2013.
Five players from College of the Canyons were selected in the baseball draft. Seven players in all from the Santa Clarita Valley were selected.
Roberto Ramos, who played first base at College of the Canyons, was taken by the Rockies in the 16th round.
Ivan Vela, a junior infielder at Oklahoma Baptist University who played at College of the Canyons, was taken in the 21st round by the Dodgers.
The Miami Marlins took Steven Farnworth, who pitched at Cal Poly Pomona, West Ranch High School and COC, in the 23rd round.
Ryan Cruz, a sophomore pitcher at COC, was selected in the 29th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Valencia High graduate Brennan Bernardino, who pitched at Cal State Dominguez Hills, was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round.
Track and Field
Nathan Bultman from West Ranch was sixth in the shot put at the CIF State Track and Field meet in Clovis.
His best throw of 58 feet, 10 ½ inches came on his second of six attempts. He won an All-State medal for finishing in the top six.
Dotun Ogundeji of Madison High School in San Diego won the state title in the shot put with a throw of 65 feet, 5 ½ inches.
Bultman’s personal best is 62 feet, 4 inches, a West Ranch school record.
Brian Zabilski from Saugus was 12th in the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 4.64 seconds. A field of 27 runners competed in the 3,200 at the state meet.
Fred Huxman of Redwood High School won the 3,200 in 8 minutes, 54.24 seconds.
Brett Molster from Canyon High competed in the high jump in the CIF State meet. He cleared 6 feet, 5 inches, but did not meet the qualifying mark of 6 feet, 7 inches to advance to the finals.
Valencia High graduate Alison Lee won the Curtis Cup with the United States against Great Britain and Ireland.
The United States won the international match, 13-7, at the St. Louis Country Club.
Lee, a sophomore at UCLA and the No. 2 ranked amateur in the world, went 2-1-1 in her four matches.
The Santa Clarita Blue Heat women’s soccer team split a pair of games at The Master’s College over the weekend.
The Blue Heat beat the Colorado Storm, 2-1. The Storm was up, 1-0, in the first half. The Blue Heat scored two goals in the second half to win the game.
They scored the game-winner in the final minute.
The Blue Heat lost to the Bay Area Breeze, 2-0, in their second game.
The Blue Heat at 2-3-0 and in fifth place in the USL W-League standings.
Tim Haddock is the sports director at KHTS AM 1220. He writes for the SCV Beacon, the Ventura County Star, the Team USA website and covers auto racing for the K&N website. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @thaddock.