Ryan Melendez, who will be a sophomore at Clovis West High, is completing a 10-day program combining baseball and community service through the Boston Red Sox in the Dominican Republic.
Melendez was one of 10 teens from the United States -- and the only one from California -- selected to participate in the program called Lindos Suenos, which translates into English as "Beautiful Dreams."
The players, each of whom are playing alongside 10 teammates from the Dominican Republic, were selected after going through a process of essays and interviews.
Melendez played primarily as catcher last spring for Clovis West's freshman team.
Greater Fresno splits with Aussies
Alex Fernandes came on in relief and pitched three shutout innings to help Greater Fresno -- a team of 14- and 15-year-old all-stars in its 29th year of existence in International Boys League Baseball -- topped Australia 7-5 in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday. Greater Fresno lost the first game 14-4.
Fernandes went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Adrian Flores was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
The teams will play again today at 4 p.m. at Clovis West High. Australia will play the Fresno Phillies at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Lawyer enters plea for Willis
LAS VEGAS -- A lawyer entered a not guilty plea on behalf of UNLV basketball player Tre'Von Willis, who faces a felony charge stemming from allegations that Willis choked his girlfriend during an argument at her apartment on June 29.
Attorney Steve Wolfson appeared Tuesday on the 22-year-old Willis' behalf at an arraignment in Henderson Justice Court on a felony domestic battery-strangulation charge.
Judge Randall F. Weed set an evidentiary hearing Nov. 22. Willis, a former basketball standout at Washington High, remains free on almost $19,000 bail.