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Emmons staying sharp in summer

Former Falcon one of several area athletes taking part in summer league baseball throughout the nation.

July 30, 2010|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

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

Dustin Emmons (Crescenta Valley High, 2007) senior pitcher, UC Riverside baseball: Emmons, a right-hander, has fared well since joining the Corvallis Knights, a West Coast League summer collegiate squad. Through Monday, Emmons, a former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, is 3-0 with a tidy 1.73 earned-run average in six appearances.

In his last start Monday, Emmons struck out four and allowed just two hits to help the Knights come through with a 3-0 road victory against the Bellingham Bells.

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In a relief appearance against the Moses Lake Pirates on July 22, Emmons pitched a scoreless seventh inning to help host Corvallis pick up a 4-1 victory.

In 26 innings pitched with the Knights, Emmons, who was drafted by the Florida Marlins with the 1,217th overall pick in the 40th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft on June 9, has struck out 21 and walked 11. He's allowed eight runs (five earned) and 19 hits.

Entering Thursday's road game against the Kelowna Falcons, the Knights were 25-15 and in first place in the league's West Division.

Jesse Meaux (Glendale High, 2007) senior pitcher, UC Santa Barbara baseball: Meaux, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 44th round of the latest Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, is 1-0 with a 1.12 earned-run average for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League.

In four appearances, including three starts, the former All-Area selection has surrendered 14 hits and two runs in 16 innings. Meaux has struck out eight.

In his last outing, Meaux went five innings and didn't get a decision in Santa Barbara's 4-2 victory against the host San Luis Obispo Rattlers on July 22. He struck out four and allowed five hits during his 71-pitch effort.

Santa Barbara recently captured the league championship. Santa Barbara will next compete in the National Baseball Congress World Series, beginning Wednesday against the Arizona-based Casa Grande Cotton Kings.

Evan Simonitsch (St. Francis High, 2007) junior outfielder, Loyola Marymount baseball: Simonitsch has made some contributions for the Alaska Goldpanners in the Alaska Baseball League this summer.

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