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SHP's Daschbach earns a second trip to Area Code Games

 

Sacred Heart prep senior and Stanford commit Andrew Daschbach was named to appear in his second straight Area Codes Games, an eight-team baseball tournament to be held at Blair Field on the campus of Long Beach State beginning August 4.

The annual event, a haven for scouts and college coaches, brings together many of the top prospects from around the nation.

High school seniors, juniors and sophomores are eligible to participate, though the tryouts, which were held at the home of the Single-A Stockton Ports, were invitation only.

"Position players really stood out and the middle infield is a really tough decision," an A's scout told Baseball America. "With our pitchers, there is some stuff we are going to need to figure out but overall we are going down to Long Beach with a good offensive club."

Daschbach, a MaxPreps Small Schools all-state first-team selection, hit .443 with 23 RBI for the Gators, who won the Central Coast Section Division II title in the spring.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound third baseman was the lone representative from San Mateo County at last year's underclassmen event, a three-team tournament.

The area was represented by a pair of players on the main team last year. Incoming Stanford players Nico Hoerner, Kris Bubic and Nickolas Oar, all ranked in the top 15 of the region, also played for the Oakland Athletics.

Daschbach will play for the A's, who represent Northern California, although one player hails from Laguna Beach, a city in southern Orange County, and another is from Sparks, Nev.

Pro baseball

Stanford grad Stephen Piscotty drove in the only run of the game, his first career RBI in the major leagues, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 1-0, on Saturday.

Piscotty's eighth-inning sacrifice fly produced the only offense the Cardinals needed.

"Just a cool moment," Piscotty told the media. "I'm just real glad I came through. As I was preparing to come off the bench, you never know when that time is going to come. I was preparing two innings ahead and got up there and had a good plan and just tried to execute."

Piscotty followed that up with a 2-for-3 effort on Sunday during a 3-2 loss to the Braves. He also drove in his second career RBI. Piscotty is now batting .333 with four hits in 12 at-bats.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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