Daschbach hits his share of home runs; locals at USTA event


Sacred Heart Prep senior Andrew Daschbach may have a difficult decision to make when it comes time to decide his future college (or professional) choice.

Daschbach, who is participating in the Area Code Games, a baseball showcase attended by pro scouts and college coaches that brings together the top high school players, will also attract attention for his prowess as a tight end on the football field.

Daschbach could play both sports in college, of course, or he could see his name mentioned among the top drafts when pro baseball holds it annual draft in June.

So far, he's just enjoying his time at Long Beach State's Blair Field, along with, what one observer on scene describes as "insane talent."

Daschbach, representing NorCal, hit 17 home runs in his one round of the Home Run Derby.

USTA National championships

Menlo Park's Elena Van Linge, a high school sophomore, reached the Round of 32 in the girls' 16U singles championship in San Diego over the weekend.

She dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Rachel Lim. Van Linge advanced with wins over 13-seeded Meg Kowalski, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) and over Emilee Duong, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Van Linge first gained notice three years ago when she finished third in the consolation bracket of the Longines Future Tennis Aces, a tournament held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the U.S. Open, in Flushing Meadows, NY.

Palo Alto's Sara Choy, a sophomore at Sacred Heart Prep, lost to 11-seeded Victoria Emma in the round of 128 after beating Hanna Gidding, 6-2, 6-3, in her first match.

Choy made the most of her consolation rounds, reaching the quartefinals before falling to sixth-seeded Clarissa Hand, 6-4, 6-1.

Choy finished singles play with an overall 9-2 record.

Choy and her partner, Niluka Madurawe, reached the quarterfinals of the girls' 16U doubles tournament, falling to eventual national runner-up Anna Brylin and Hand, 6-2, 6-3.

Choy and Madurawe won three matches, two in three sets, to reach the quarters.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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