Emmons staying sharp in summer

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.

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.

Through Wednesday, Simonitsch, a former All-Area member, is batting .254 (34 for 134) with one home run and a team-leading 27 runs batted in. He's recorded seven doubles, 21 runs and five stolen bases in 41 games with the Goldpanners (33-11). He's fared well on defense, as he's registered seven assists and 73 putouts for a .988 fielding percentage.

In a contest against the Anchorage Bucs on Tuesday, Simonitsch had one hit and scored a run to help the Goldpanners to an 8-0 home win. On Sunday, Simonitsch finished with three runs batted in, including a two-run double in the fifth, to help spark the Goldpanners to a 6-5 win against the Bucs.

The Goldpanners have four regular-season contests remaining.

Chad Nacapoy (Crescenta Valley High, 2007) catcher, formerly Brigham Young University baseball: Nacapoy, a former All-Area first-team selection, is batting .325 (26 for 80) with six doubles, one triple and 11 runs batted in for the Major League Baseball Academy Barons. He's scored 13 runs in 22 games.

Nacapoy, who participated in the 2010 California Collegiate League All-Star Game on July 14, has compiled a .966 fielding percentage behind the plate for the Barons (20-21).

The Barons completed their season Thursday night against the San Luis Obispo Rattlers.

Danny Casey (Glendale Community College, 2009) senior third baseman, Concordia University: The Bellarmine-Jefferson High graduate is batting .269 (25 for 93) with 11 runs batted in for the Clarinda A's of the Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas League. Casey has recorded six doubles, three stolen bases and scored 16 runs in 29 games for Clarinda.

The A's finished 22-17 this season and in third place in the North Division.

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