Catcher Stephen Vogt (Central Valley Christian High) was named the Tampa Bay Rays' Minor League Player of the Year.
Vogt, 26, led the organization with 105 RBIs in 128 games at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. The RBIs are fourth best in Rays minor league history.
The fifth-year pro batted .298 with 17 home runs overall and was a mid- and postseason Southern League All-Star for his play at Montgomery. A 12th-round pick out of Azusa Pacific in 2007, he set career highs with 35 doubles, seven triples and 152 hits.
Sunbirds move up, then hold on
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Fresno Pacific celebrated its return to the NAIA top 10 with a wild five-set victory over Golden State Athletic Conference rival The Master's in Santa Clarita.
The No. 6 Sunbirds moved to 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the GSAC, rallying for a 25-21, 15-25, 29-31, 25-17, 15-7 win over the Mustangs (15-5, 3-2). Kathleen Anderson had a match-high 20 kills in the victory. Martina Gregusova had 15 kills and 16 digs.
Samantha Dougherty (Madera High) had 17 kills for The Master's.
Fresno Pacific, the four-time defending national champ and preseason No. 1, has won eight straight and jumped from No. 20 in the rankings released earlier Tuesday.
The GSAC has five other ranked teams: No. 3 Concordia, No. 8 Azusa, No. 10 Point Loma, No. 12 Biola and No. 21 Vanguard.
Meyers extends Outlaws series lead
Clovis' Jason Meyers has a 147-point lead heading into the final four stops before the World Finals of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.
Meyers has won five main events this season, the latest Saturday when the defending series champ held off Donny Schatz to win the 35-lap feature at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.
Steve Kinser is third, 165 behind Meyers.
The World Finals are Nov. 3-5 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.
This weekend, the series visits Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn.