Glenallen Hill will manage Triple-A Albuquerque in 2015

Santa Cruz’s Glenallen Hill, a 49-year-old former MLB outfielder, has been named the Albuquerque Isotopes field manager for the 2015 season by the Colorado Rockies.
It’ll be his third season as a manager at the Triple-A level. He managed the Colorado Spring Sky Sox in 2013 and 2014 after six seasons as the first-base coach for Colorado.
Hill, who has served as a coach in the Rockies organization since 2003, began his coaching career in 2004 as the hitting coach for the Rockies High-A affiliate. He also served as the interim manager for the Modesto Nuts for the last three months of the 2006 season after former skipper Chad Kreuter took over as USC’s coach.
Hill, a 1983 Santa Cruz High alum, batted .271 with 186 homers and 586 RBI in his 13-year MLB career.
Joining Hill in Albuquerque will be hitting coach Dave Hajek and pitching coach Darryl Scott.

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Mission Hills wins Palma Junior High Tournament

Mission Hill Middle School won the Palma Junior High Mickey Linehan Memorial 8th Grade Tournament over the weekend. The Mavericks beat Palma 40-37 in the championship.

Glenallen Hill Jr. was named MVP and teammate Javier Felix was named to all-tourney team. Ed Kelly from Notre Dame also made the all-tournament team.

Kneeling, from left, is Glenaallen Hill Jr., Cole Jeffrey, Jevon Hutchings, Connor Buchinski, Jack Koski. Standing, from left, is coach Joel Domhoff, Robert Bishop, Javier Felix, coach Bill Domhoff, Marcelino Plaza, Billy Marrotta.

Mission Hills Boys Palma Champs

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Soquel baseball player Troy Miller commits to Michigan

Soquel High baseball star Troy Miller, who de-committed from Saint Mary’s College at the beginning of the summer, solidified his college plans on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed pitcher verbally committed to the University of Michigan, a day after taking an unofficial visit to the Ann Arbor campus.
“University of Michigan is top 20 in the world academically,” Miller said. “And athletically, you can’t get much better. A lot of people don’t know this, but they have the fourth all-time winningest baseball program in the nation behind LSU, USC and Texas.”
Miller has several relatives in Michigan, including both sets of grandparents and an uncle. His father, Don, and mother, Gretchen, graduated from Michigan State.
“It’s a little sad for them,” Miller said of attending MSU’s rival, “but they recognize it’s a great program.”
Miller will compete for the Oakland A’s team at the prestigious Area Code Games on Aug. 4–9 at Blair Field in Long Beach with no pressure, though he wants to impress pro scouts in attendance.
“It’s just a dream come true,” he said of securing plans to attend Michigan. “It’s awesome.”
Miller was voted Pitcher of the Year for the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League after helping the Knights earn a share of the regular-season crown with San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley. He was also selected to the Sentinel’s 2014 All-County team.

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Casey McGehee impressed with Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka

Former MLB infielder Casey McGehee, a Soquel High alum, on playing with prized free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.

Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the regular-season and helped the Golden Eagles beat the Yomiuri Giants to win their first Japan Series on Nov. 3. The Eagles on 3-0 in Game 7.

“He’s really good. Whatever (MLB) team gets him is going to be pleasantly surprised. They’re going to get more than they expected, especially a couple years down the road. He’s only 25. The guy’s a horse.

“They’re saying he has the best forkball in the world. It’s amazing the control he had. He could get it to move more or less. It was really impressive to watch. I heard about him before going over there and he blew my expectations away. He had a little different walk about him. I think he’s going to be one of the ones who comes over and has success.”

– Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel

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Ex-MLB slugger Casey McGehee, Rakuten even up Japan Series

Soquel High alum Casey McGehee and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Yomiuri Giants 2-1 in Game 2 of the Japan Series best-of-seven championship.

McGehee, a five year-MLB veteran playing third base for the Eagles, went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka went the distance and struck out 12 in his Japan Series debut. The series is tied 1-1. The Giants won Game 1 2-0.

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MLB umpire Bill Miller makes historic call on pickoff

With St. Louis slugger Carlos Beltran representing the tying run at home plate Sunday night, Boston pitcher Koji Uehara made the pickoff throw to first base.
Mike Napoli made the swooping tag on rookie pinch-runner Kolten Wong.
And first base umpire Bill Miller, a Harbor High alum, punched his fist in the air to signal the final out of Game 4 in the World Series had been made.
The Red Sox stunned the Cardinals 4-2 to even the best-of-seven series at 2-all.
And that’s how history was made. It marked the first time a World Series game has ended on a pickoff.
Miller, who also worked the 2010 World Series won by San Francisco, was stationed at second base in Game 3, third base in Game 2 and left field in Game 1.
Given the number of ground outs and bang-bang plays in baseball, the safe bet was Miller would have to make more potentially key rulings at first base than in his previous shifts. And Miller, who joined MLB’s umpire staff in 1999, did just that, fist punching his way into history.
Even though umpires like to operate in relative obscurity and anonymity, it’s safe to say everyone in Boston knows Miller now and credits him for making the right call with the game on the line.
And in St. Louis? Uh, maybe he should order in tonight.

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Watsonville Aggies hold golf fundraiser

The Watsonville Aggies baseball program is holding a fundraiser golf tournament at Pajaro Valley Golf Course in Royal Oaks on Aug. 24.
The successful program, which features multiple age-group teams, competes in tournaments up and down the West Coast each summer.
Entrance fees ($125 per player) for the event include green fees, golf cart rental, dinner and t-shirt. A full, no-host bat is open from 5-7 p.m.
Hole sponsorship opportunities are available, too.
Registration for the best-ball shotgun scramble event begins at 11:30 a.m. Play begins at 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Alex Rivera at 831-632-6053 or

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MMA fighter Luke Rockhold to tee it up at Santa Cruz City Am

Former Soquel High wrestler-turned-MMA star Luke Rockhold will compete in the Santa Cruz City Amateur for the first time this weekend. He carries a 9-handicap and will be in the second flight.
“When I’m on, I’m on,” said Rockhold, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion who now competes in UFC.
No extra security will be needed to accommodate the celebrity.
“I’ve always been able to handle myself,” Rockhold joked.
Rockhold, gauged in the eye while wrestling earlier this week, had time to get some practice in at DeLaveaga. He shot 81 in back-to-back rounds before heading out for another round.
Rockhold said he has a solid short game and a big driver, which he isn’t shy about using.
“I can hit it 300 yards. There are a couple holes I feel confident using it on,” he said, pointing to Nos. 4, 9, 13, 14, 17 and 18. “Or I’ll use my 3-iron a lot.”
Rockhold said he doesn’t know of any other MMA fighters who golf.
“I guess I take the cake on that one,” he said. “I’m a competitor.”
Perhaps the selection committee for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will take notice.
Rockhold tees off at 11:50 on the first tee on Saturday.
“Talk to later,” Rockhold said during a practice round, “probably after I win Sunday.”

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Santa Cruz L.L. to celebrate 11-12s All-Stars team Wednesday

Santa Cruz little League will be celebrate the accomplishments of its 2013 11-12s All-Star team — which reached the Nor Cal Championships for the first time in nearly 60 years — on Wednesday at Harvey West park from 6-8 p.m.
The event will also be a fundraiser to help defray some of the costs incurred by the players’ families after traveling to San Jose for section play and spending a week in Roseville for NorCal action. There will be raffles, open batting cages and other activities, including a movie on field at 8:30.
The event is open to the public.

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Santa Cruz American wins Section 5 Tournament

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