Paly grad Pederson homers in PCL all-star baseball game


Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson had a solo home run for the Pacific Coast League during a 7-3 loss to the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Durham, N.C.

The 22-year-old Pederson, who plays for the Albuquerque Isotopes, slammed the home-run pitch deep to right-center field. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson.
Also playing in the game for the International League was former Stanford player Stephen Piscotty. He had a single in two at-bats. He's batting .305 with six homers and 51 RBI for the Louisville Redbirds.

In other news, former Stanford and Major League Baseball pitcher Jack McDowell is in his first season as manager of the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League.

McDowell, 48, is a three-time Major League All-Star and 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner. Ogden is in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization.

His Raptors were 10-19 following a loss Wednesday and out of contention for the first-half title for the Pioneer League's South Division.

McDowell, a right-hander, won 127 games in 12 seasons with the White Sox, Yankees, Indians and Angels. He went 22-10 with a 3.37 ERA to win the Cy Young Award.


Former Stanford defensive back Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks received the award for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year on Wednesday night at the annual ESPY Awards.


Gunn High senior Anna Zhou of Palo Alto will play for the girls' title on Thursday at the AJGA Junior at Serrano in El Dorado Hills after shooting rounds of 68-73 for a 141 total.

Zhou takes a two-stroke lead into the final round at Serrano Country Club. She'll be looking for the fifth AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) title of her career.

"I just tried hard to not get caught up with the fact that I was leading after a round," Zhou said of what her focus was Wednesday. Simply, Zhou noted that her goal was about pacing herself and keeping calm, regardless of where each shot went.

Also competing is Palo Alto High's Michelle Xie. She had rounds of 76 and 79 for a 155 total that left her 11 over par.

Women's tennis

Stanford grads Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn will face each other on Thursday in the second round of the USTA Player Development Women's $50,000 Classic in Carson.

Gibbs and Ahn were among seven Americans who advanced following the opening day at the USTA Training Center-West at the StubHub Center.

The No. 2-seeded Gibbs, a two-time NCAA singles champ, posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over qualifier Jennifer Elie, who reached the main draw by beating Stanford's Krista Hardebeck in the final round.

Ahn, who helped Stanford win the NCAA title in 2013, took advantage of her wild card into this event by defeating qualifier Danielle Lao, 6-2, 6-4.

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place of the usual stop in Yakima, Wash. That site was hit by a fire in May, destroying the clubhouse and impacting some of the adjoining courts.

Water polo

The U.S. Men's Youth National Team found redemption and a gold medal at the UANA Junior Pan American Championship with a 10-9 victory over Brazil on Wednesday in Riverside. Menlo School senior Nick Bisconti is a member of Team USA.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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