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Summer leagues beckon locals

Emmons, Meaux and Simonitsch take their games to different states.

July 03, 2010|By Grant Gordon,

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Dustin Emmons (Crescenta Valley High, 2007) UC Riverside baseball junior pitcher: It's been a busy summer for the former News-Press Male Athlete of the Year.

He was drafted in the 40th round by the Florida Marlins in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 9 and since then has gone coast to coast playing summer collegiate league baseball.


He played in the prestigious Cape Cod League and is currently plying his trade in the West Coast League for the second consecutive summer, playing for the Corvallis Knights.

Emmons, who was also drafted in the 44th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school, was welcomed back to the Knights on Tuesday.

His first and only appearance heading into Friday was a rocky one, as he pitched the final two innings of Corvallis' 14-2 thumping of the Wenatchee AppleSox. He allowed one run, while giving up three hits and striking out two and walking one.

Emmons was dominant in his previous summer with the Oregon club, going 5-0 with a 1.69 earned-run average.

Earlier this summer, he played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League along with Glendale High graduate Jesse Meaux.

Emmons was activated to the club on June 14, but released on Sunday.

Emmons made three appearances for the Red Sox, going 0-1 with a 3.68 earned-run average over three appearances, notching a save and four strikeouts to one walk and allowing seven hits in 7 1/3 innings.

As a junior at UC Riverside, Emmons went 9-4 with a 3.94 ERA.

Jesse Meaux (Glendale High, 2007) UC Santa Barbara baseball junior pitcher: Meaux, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 44th round of the latest Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, has made two summer collegiate league stops thus far.

He began his summer making just one appearance with the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League on June 12, tossing two scoreless innings in the Foresters' 9-6 victory over the San Luis Obispo Blues. He allowed four hits and struck out two.

Shortly thereafter, he made his way to the prestigious Cape Cod League. As a temporary player for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, he pitched in two games on June 17 and June 24, both against the Brewster Whitecaps.

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