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BOD’s Jaffe commits to Cal

Eric Jaffe won’t have to travel far when he heads off to college. The Bishop O’Dowd High two-way star orally committed recently to play baseball at Cal.

“I’m excited because it’s obviously a great school,” said Jaffe, a senior pitcher and first baseman who was a third-team All-East Bay selection last year.

“It’s local and it’s Pac-10 and they’ve turned out a lot of pro-caliber players.”

Jaffe chose the Bears over Arizona State, Oregon and USC.

“There was definitely a comfort with the coaches,” Jaffe said. “Also the fact that the school is great and there’s going to be life after baseball, it just seemed the right way to go.”

Jaffe batted .471 as a junior with eight home runs and 25 RBI while also going 3-0 on the mound with a 1.91 ERA in 33 innings.

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Vanegas named to national team

Redwood Christian pitcher A.J. Vanegas has been named to the USA Baseball 18-under national team. He is the only Northern California player on the 20-member squad. The team is training in North Carolina through Sept. 23, then will travel to Venezuela for the (18-under) Pan American Junior Championships.

Last season at Redwood Christian, the 6-foot-3 right-hander had a 9-2 record with a 1.20 earned run average and 100 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.

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Livermore High’s Casie Cathrea qualifies for LPGA CVS Challenge

Livermore High freshman Casie Cathrea, 13, qualified for this week’s LPGA event at Blackhawk Country Club yesterday after beating LPGA player Nicole Jeray in a playoff on Monday.

The CVS Challenge will feature the World’s top-ranked player Lorena Ochoa as well as Pleasanton-native Paula Creamer and several of the game’s other top names like Julie Inkster, Morgan Presell, Natlie Gulbis, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak.

Cathrea plays on the Livermore golf team.