March 5, 1997 |
Ready, aim, fire. . . . A 30-gun salute will greet each pitch thrown Friday by Jon Garland and Sean Douglass, look-alike, sound-alike right-handers with smoking fastballs who will duel in a game at the San Fernando tournament. It's a good guess a major-league scout from each team will be in the stands with speed guns. Where else would they be? The air will be filled with more radar than a final exam at the CHP academy. Ready, aim, fire. . . .
May 11, 1997 |
Any psychologist worth his hourly fee will tell you, communication is key to resolving conflicts. Any coach worth his whistle will tell you, conditioning is key for a team to be successful down the stretch of a long season. Given those axioms, it's no wonder Sean Douglass' high school baseball career at Antelope Valley ended sadly and abruptly Thursday, only two weeks before the start of the playoffs. In Douglass' case, there was plenty of conditioning and not enough communication.
April 26, 2013 |
More than 25 pro baseball scouts are crowded around the bullpen at Westlake Village Oaks Christian to catch a glimpse of senior right-hander Phil Bickford warming up. Some are holding stopwatches; others are carrying video cameras. It's an all-out study session that will repeat itself each time Bickford steps on the mound. Whether he smiles or frowns, whether he winks or sighs, every reaction is being watched and evaluated. The reason: Bickford has put himself in position to be a possible first-round pick in the June amateur draft.
October 30, 1996
Erika Hanson of Thousand Oaks High has made a commitment to play softball for Arizona, the defending national champion. Hanson, a left-handed first baseman, batted .374 with 15 runs batted in last season. Hanson will sign a letter of intent during the one-week early signing period starting Nov. 13. Quartz Hill pitcher Mark Madsen committed Loyola Marymount, spurning offers from Pepperdine and Long Beach State. The hard-throwing right-hander battled back spasms and saw limited action last year.
June 6, 1997
Clark Parker, a Cal State Northridge senior second baseman who had only 47 at-bats, was drafted in the 40th round by the Detroit Tigers. Parker, a transfer who started at UC Santa Barbara for three years, batted .298 this season, mostly as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter. Not drafted was Northridge outfielder Jose Miranda, who batted .407 with 25 home runs and 90 runs batted in. Although Miranda displayed great power, his lack of speed and average arm apparently kept him from being drafted.
March 21, 1997
Most of the preseason attention in the Golden League has focused on Antelope Valley High pitchers Sean Douglass and Jeremy Holiday. The seniors have put up impressive numbers in leading the Antelopes to a 5-1 start, but they are far from the only strong pitchers in the league. Antelope Valley will play host to Quartz Hill and its ace, senior Mark Madsen, in a league opener at 3:15 p.m. today.