WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Mariners nab Clark County prep pitcher; Royals pick ex-Pickle; Cardinals go for another Kelly


A host of players from Portland and around the state of Oregon were selected in rounds 11-40.

The Seattle Mariners took King's Way Christian High (Vancouver, Washington) pitcher Damon Casetta-Stubbs in the 11th round with the 328th overall pick. Casetta-Stubbs was committed to Seattle University, but says he will forgo his college eligibility and sign with the Mariners for a $325,000 signing bonus.

Former Lane Community College catcher Trevor Casanova was drafted by the Twins in the 13th round with pick No. 394. Casanova transferred to El Camino College in 2017 and played for Cal State Northridge this spring.

Former Portland Pickles right-hander Josh Hendrickson went to the Kansas City Royals in the 20th round at pick No. 602. From Wellard, Australia, Hendrickson played his sophomore season at Barton CC this spring and was last summer's Great West League pitcher of the year for the Pickles.

One pick later, University of Oregon pitcher Parker Kelly was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals. Kelly's older brother, Carson, was chosen by St. Louis in the second round of the 2012 MLB draft and is on the Cardinals' 40-man roster.

The Atlanta Braves chose UO catcher Ray Soderman with the 652nd pick in the 22nd round. Soderman transferred from College of San Mateo in 2017 and quickly became the Ducks' starting catcher.

Linn-Benton CC catcher Cole Hamilton then went to the Nationals in the 23rd round with the 701st pick.

Former Clackamas High pitcher Mitch Hickey was selected by the New York Mets in the 28th round at pick No. 830. Hickey completed his senior season at UC San Diego this spring.

Also selected in the 28th round were Corban University's Kris Jackson and former Southridge High pitcher Reza Aleaziz. Jackson is a senior-right hander and went to the Boston Red Sox with 850th pick. Aleaziz, a senior at Oklahoma State, was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers at 854.

Pleasant Hill High graduate and former Lane CC pitcher Jackson Bertsch went to the New York Yankees in the 29th round with the 877th pick. Bertsch played his junior and senior seasons for Liberty University after transferring from LCC.

The Royals also took UO infielder Kyle Kasser in the 30th round at pick No. 902.

University of Portland outfielder Beau Brundage was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays three rounds later with the 990th pick.

Former Sisters High infielder Justin Harrer went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round. Harrer hit 11 home runs for Washington State this spring. He was selected in the 19th round of the 2014 draft but opted to honor his commitment to WSU.

Lake Oswego High senior infielder Jake Dukart was chosen by the Red Sox one round later. Dukart is also committed to Oregon State football as a quarterback.

Three former Ducks were drafted Wednesday as well.

Pitcher Isaiah Carranza (Azusa Pacific) went to the Chicago White Sox in the 12th round. He transferred from UO in 2017.

The White Sox took shortstop Travis Moniot (Arizona) in the 17th round. Moniot transferred from Oregon in 2016 and played his sophomore season for Orange Coast College prior to joining UA.

Oklahoma State junior Matt Kroon was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 18th round. Kroon left the Ducks in 2016 and spent last season at Central Arizona CC.


• Oregon State right-hander Kevin Abel was named to Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-American team.

Abel's selection marks the fourth straight season OSU has had at least one freshman All-American.

Abel has made six starts for OSU and carries a 4-1 record and 3.58 ERA into the Beavers' NCAA super regional matchup against Minnesota. The best-of-three series starts at 2 p.m. Friday at Goss Stadium.

Abel threw eight shutout innings in OSU's 12-0 win over LSU on Sunday to clinch the Corvallis regional.


A pole vaulter and javelin thrower set meet records on the first day of the NCAA championships at Hayward Field.

South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen cleared 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches, while Mississippi State freshman Anderson Peters fired the javelin 271-8.

Georgia took the team lead with 20 points, all from junior Denzel Comenentia, who captured the hammer and shot put.

Damarcus Simpson of Oregon, considered a strong contender in the long jump, failed to make the finals.

University of Portland freshman Riley Osen advanced in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal-best time of 8 minutes, 43.22 seconds, 11th overall.

Mississippi State had 18 points, followed by Akron (16), Alabama (14) and Florida (13).

The men's meet concludes on Friday, after Day 1 for the women on Thursday.


Oregon Duck Norman Xiong received the Fred Haskins Award, which honors the nation's most outstanding college golfer.

Xiong, who has announced he is turning pro, is the first Duck to win the award in its 47 years.

The sophomore from Canyon Lake, California, set a school record with six tournament wins this season, including the NCAA Stockton regional on May 16.

Xiong posted a 69.05 scoring average and shot in the 60s in 23 of 38 rounds.

He also received the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top men's Division I college golfer and is a PING first-team All-American.


• Portland State has added Danielle Smith-Walker as an assistant coach.

Smith-Walker joins coach Michael Seemann after spending two years as a graduate assistant at Southern Mississippi.

A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Smith-Walker served as the coach at Westchester Country Day School in High Point, North Carolina, in 2015.

Smith-Walker was a four-year letter winner at Elon University, where she played middle blocker.

The Vikings were 21-9 last season.


University of Oregon signee Brooke Nuneviller has been chosen for the U.S. women's junior national team. She's a 5-11 libero from Chandler, Arizona.

The 12-member team, to be coached by Washington's Keegan Cook, has two other Pac-12 players, Caitlin Baird from Stanford and Madison Horin of USC.

The team will compete in the NORCECA Women's U20 Continental Championship, June 18-23, in Mexico. Group stage games are against Puerto Rico, Cuba and Guatemala.


• John Arntson of Clackamas High and Matt Baillie of Westview, whose teams met last week for the Class 6A championship, will manage the North in the annual Freightliner Oregon All-Star Series against the South.

Games are set for June 23 and 24 at Goss Stadium. A 7 p.m. Saturday game will be followed by an 11 a.m. Sunday doubleheader.

Westview rallied for an 8-4 win in the state final.

The North roster includes Lincoln pitcher Zane Mills (committed to Washington State), Lincoln outfielder Matt Easton (Oregon), Grant outfielder Nick Markantonatos (Clark CC) from the Portland Interscholastic League.

Among other North players:

Pitchers Ben Braukmann, Westview; Ben VavRosky, Wilsonville (Cal Lutheran), Riley Aggson, Sherwood (San Diego Christian), Nolan Turin, Sandy; and Jacob Cox, Westview (George Fox).

Catchers Isaac Lovings, Sunset (Concordia); Colby Bonner, Sandy; Ezra Samperi, Gresham (Mt. Hood CC); and Hayden Gilbert, Sherwood (San Diego Christian).

Infielders Adam Stevens, Wilsonville (MHCC), Derek Maiben, Newberg (Western Oregon); Greg Mehlhaff, Clackamas (Pepperdine); and Mante Woods, Westview.

Outfielders Jacob Dukart, Sandy (MHCC); Curran Mitzel, Hillsboro (Lane CC); and Sam Haney, Lake Oswego (Ottawa).


PORTLAND 2, San Jose 0

• The Timbers advanced to the round of 16 with their fourth-round victory in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Jeremy Ebobisse scored in the 28th minute, giving Portland the lead at Providence Park.

In the 66th minute, Dairon Asprilla gave the Timbers a two-goal advantage.


COWLITZ 3, Portland 1

• The host Black Bears snapped the Pickles' four-game win streak, salvaging the finale of the three-game series.

Cowlitz out-hit the Pickles, 9-5.

Portland will be back at Walker Stadium on Friday to open a three-game series against the Wenatchee AppleSox. First pitch is 7 p.m.


HOUSTON 7, Seattle 5

• The Astros bounced back from a Tuesday loss to finish the short series 1-1.

Seattle led 1-0 after scoring in the top of the fourth inning. Houston got three runs in the bottom of the frame.

The Mariners went ahead, 4-3, with one run in the sixth and two in the seventh. Houston got four runs in its half of the seventh.

Seattle scored its final run in the eighth, and finished with 11 hits to 13 for the Astros.

Seattle's lead in the American League West was cut to one game, with the M's at 38-23 and Houston 38-25.

Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each hit his 11th home run of the season for the Mariners. Denard Span also homered. Jean Segura was 3 for 5.

Juan Nicasio, the fourth of six Mariners pitchers, took the loss.

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