Paly grad Pederson is among MLB's leaders in home runs


Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson is among the Major League Baseball leaders in home runs after hitting his 20th on Tuesday night in a 10-6 loss to the host Arizona Diamondbacks.

Giancarlo Stanton of Miami is the MLB leader with 27 homers with Todd Frazier of Cincinnati in second with 25. Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Albert Pujols of the Angels all have 24. Pederson is tied with two others, including Mike Trout, with 20.

Pederson, however, continues to struggle with a .241 average. He has scored 45 runs with 62 hits and 38 RBI in 257 at-bats.

Girls golf

Gunn High senior Anna Zhou of Palo Alto and four other players are headed to this year's U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur Championship after advancing through an 18-hole qualifier held Tuesday at par-72 Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland.

Leading the field was Zhou, who earned medalist honors with a sizzling 6-under 66. Zhou's round included seven birdies and just one bogey. The runner-up at this year's San Francisco City Women's Championship, Zhou caught fire on the back nine by posting a 31 that featured five straight birdies from holes No. 10 through No. 14.

Taking second place was Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, who came in at 70. The darling of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open was steady, posting three birdies to go against one bogey. Zhou defeated Li in the semifinals at the San Francisco City.

Missing a trip to the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur Championship, set for July 20-25 at Tulsa Country Club in Oklahoma, was Naomi Lee of Menlo Park. The Menlo-Atherton student shot 84.


Former Stanford All-American Nicole Gibbs fell in the first round of women's singles at Wimbledon on Monday to Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine, 6-3, 6-3.

Gibbs came in ranked No. 103 in the world while Tsurenko was No. 68.

Track and field

Former Gunn High standout Sarah Robinson made her big-meet debut last weekend by finishing fifth in the women's 3,000 meters at the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Robinson clocked 9:58.84 while chasing winner Jill Whitman of Indiana to the finish line. Whitman clocked 9:36.62.

This was Robinson's biggest race since she won the 1,600 meters at the 2014 CIF State Meet.

Robinson, who has been trained by her former coach at Gunn, PattiSue Plumer, qualified for Junior Nationals at the USATF Pacific Association Championships on June 14. Robinson also competed in a couple of low-key meets this spring at Cal State East Bay and at San Francisco State.

While Robinson is a member of the Stanford women's soccer team, she hopes to have an opportunity to run track for the Cardinal when she returns to school in the fall.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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