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Menlo grad Price settles for silver at Brooks PR Invitational

Recent Menlo School grad Maddy Price was hoping for a rematch with California state champ Kaelin Roberts at the Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday in Seattle, Wash.

Roberts, who just finished up her freshman year at Long Beach Poly and had beaten Price at the CIF State Meet earlier this month, did not run.

Instead, incoming Stanford freshman Olivia Baker took the gold medal away from Price while winning the girls 400 meters in 53.26, the No. 4 time in th nation this season.

Like she did at the state meet, Price finished second. This time she clocked 54.54, well off the 53.42 she ran in Clovis. Price now ranks No. 5 in the nation in the event.

Next up for Price will be the Canadian Junior Championships in St. Therese, Quebec, on July 4-6. Price is expected to compete in both the 200 and 400. She needs to finish among the top two to qualify, as an individual, for the IAAF World Junior Championships from July 22-27 in Eugene, Ore. She also could be named to the Canadian 4x400 relay team.

Baseball

The Cincinnati Reds announced they have signed former Stanford third baseman Alex Blandino of Palo Alto to a contract for a reported $1,788,000. He was the 29th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Blandino batted .310 with 12 home runs as a junior, and he was named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after the 2012 campaign. Blandino was originally drafted by the A's in 2011 in the 38th round out of high school, but he elected not to sign and to attend college instead.

Women's basketball

Stanford graduate Neka Ogwumike had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Los Angeles Sparks during a 72-69 loss to San Antonio in WNBA action on Sunday. Stanford grad Jayne Appel had eight points and seven rebounds for San Antonio as Los Angeles dropped to 4-8.

In other games, Stanford grad Nicole Powell scored six points and had two rebounds for Seattle in an 89-86 win over Washington.

Softball

Stanford junior Jessica Plaza was selected to the 17-player Team USA Softball Women's National Team roster, as announced this past weekend by the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball.

Plaza will compete with Team USA in multiple events throughout the summer, highlighted by the International Softball Federation Women's World Championships on Aug. 15-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands.

"I am so thankful for the opportunity to play for Team USA," said Plaza. "It has been my dream since I started playing softball at the age of five. It is an honor to have been selected and I know it will be the experience of a lifetime. I am excited to play alongside the best in the country and to help bring home gold for the USA."

Team USA will compete in a series of exhibition games and three tournaments to prepare for the ISF Women's World Championship. The three competitions include the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine (July 7-13), the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada (July 15-21) and Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy (Aug. 6-10).

Plaza tied for the team lead with six home runs, hitting .283 with six doubles, 25 RBI and a .496 slugging percentage. She held a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate for the Cardinal.

Plaza earned a silver medal with the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2013 International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Championship.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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