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SRV grad Butler traded for Big Leaguer

Former San Ramon Valley High (Univ. of San Diego) pitcher Josh Butler, was was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2006 MLB draft by Tampa Bay, was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers today.Butler was in High-A Vero Beach and will join the High-A Brevard County when the deal is finalized. He was traded for the Brewers’ Gabe Gross, who is expected to stay in the majors with Tampa. He was set to start today’s game for Vero Beach, which, coincidentally, is playing Brevard County. 

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Not quite 18 innings, but……..

There seems to be no stopping College Park softball pitcher Stephani Fairclough these days. On Tuesday she threw all 18 innings of a 4-3 College Park win over Las Lomas. Keep in mind she struck out 24 on Tuesday. Today, she had perhaps an even more impressive performance, striking out 14 in throwing a no-hitter against Acalanes. College Park won the game 3-0.

For those of you scoring at home, Fairclough struck out 38 batters in two games this week. For those wondering, it’s not close to a record but you’d have to go a long way to get to that record. Fairfield’s Alicia Hollowell, in a 30-inning game against Woodland in 2001, struck out 61 to set the record.

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You went 18 innings???

That was my reaction when I called College Park softball coach Reno LaSala tonight only to find out that his Falcons had just come off the field after a wild 4-3 win over Las Lomas. Yes, they went 18 innings and it’s a good thing the game was at College Park so the teams could play under the lights. Highlight of the night: College Park pitcher Stephani Fairclough struck out 24 batters.

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Boobie to Bakersfield, Maka to Fullerton

Some basketball news out of the Oakland Athletic League, Fremont’s James (Boobie) Albright and Skyline’s Nneamaka Anyanwu will be signing their national letters-of-intent Wednesday, the first day of the late signing period.

Albright will be attending Cal State Bakersfield and Anyanwu is going to Cal State Fullerton. Albright was close to signing during the early period in November and was considering offers from Nevada and Portland State, but elected to wait it out and will join a program that is pretty new to Division I basketball. Anyanwu also had interest from Long Beach State, San Diego and St. Mary’s for awhile, in addition to some midwest schools, before choosing Fullerton.

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Welch goes out a winner

I couldn’t miss an opportunity to talk wrestling, could I? Las Lomas wrestler Jason Welch closed his high school career with a win this weekend, defeating Hinton, IA’s Marcus Edgington 24-9 (technical fall) at the Wrestling USA Magazine Dream Team meet in Iowa.

Next stop for Welch? Northwestern University.