BASEBALL DRAFT . . . Palo Alto High grad Tyger Pederson will become the third member of his family to join the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization. The infielder, who just finished his college career at Pacific, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft last weekend. Brother Joc Pederson was drafted by the Dodgers two years ago, and father Stu Pederson played a handful of games with the Dodgers. Tyger Pederson was one of three local players selected on the final day of the draft on Saturday. Menlo College's Jimmy Bosco was drafted in the 13th round by the St. Louis Cardinals and Joey Webb was taken by the Washington Nationals in the 28th round. The UOP website reported "Pederson hit .274 in three seasons with Pacific, after joining the Tigers from Redlands. He scored 60 runs in his career while driving in 44 runs, with 13 doubles. Pederson also drew 49 walks in his career, for a .349 on-base percentage." Bosco, who began his career at Arkansas, became Menlo College's first All-American baseball player after leading the Oaks in nearly every offensive category, including average (.426), runs (51), hits (81), doubles (23), triples (2), home runs (15), RBI (57), on-base percentage (.519) and slugging percentage (.805). Webb, a 6-5, 230-pound pitcher who transferred from Nevada, was 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA this year. He struck out 59 in 72 1/3 innings, but also walked 33, hit 12 and threw 10 wild pitches. He only allowed one home run.
ROWING CHAMPS . . . Menlo-Atherton High senior Katie Kelly and recent Woodside grad Makayla Karr-Warner rowed off with a national title at the USRowing Youth National Championships this past weekend in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The two, who compete for NorCal Rowers, won the Lightweight Women's Doubles. Racing started on Friday and continued Saturday and Sunday in high heat and humidity. Elsewhere in the meet, which attracted hundreds of rowers from around the nation, Sacred Heart Prep grad Danni Struck raced two of her USRowing National Team teammates (from last summer) for the title of fastest female junior sculler in the nation. Struck came away with the bronze medal in the women's single. In less than an hour, she did something rarely done at national championship regatta when she won a second bronze medal in a second event — the open weight double with Stanford Junior Crew teammate Victoria Wallace. Struck was just one of five double medalists out of the 3,000 racers during the weekend. She'll row for Cal this coming school season while on scholarship.