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Baseball: Lots of SoCal players make U16 trials

Southern California is well represented among the 39 players selected for the USA Baseball U16 trials that will take place Sept. 25 through Oct. 6 in Houston. The team will end up being 20 players.

Players were chosen based on their performances at tournaments in Florida and Arizona.

Among the players selected are well-known high school standouts such as shortstop Rio Ruiz from La Puente Bishop Amat, shortstop Chris Rivera from Placentia El Dorado, catcher Jeremy Martinez from Santa Ana Mater Dei, pitcher Lucas Giolito from North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, pitcher Jayson Balades from Oxnard and infielder Tim Lopes from Huntington Beach Edison.

Of course, Ruiz might have a slight problem. He's also the quarterback for Bishop Amat's football team. And the team selected will compete in the Pan Am Championships in Mexico Oct. 8-17.

"We haven't decided," Ruiz's father, Rudy, said as to whether his son would choose to miss three football games to play baseball. "He really wants to play football this year and start at quarterback. I don't think he wants to let his team down."

-- Eric Sondheimer

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your opinion once again is way out there. what makes YOU think one or two guys are going to handle this? it will be a joint effort. the squad selected will be very safe. they are not going down there to purchase drugs. these gangsters that are in your mind aren't into messing with kids. "the other countries that feel the same way" is another fabrication on your part. mr. opinion- are you still hearing voices? give us your next opinion 0CT.18th after our kids come home with a title and tell us about their wonderful vacation.


@ Butterbean, Maybe you should take a trip down there with Chris Hollywood and see how secure you feel. Or better yet, send your own son down there and see how you feel (more importantly, how he feels). Bottom line, the government of Mexico, the police, and the border patrol can't control the cartel. What makes you think one or two guys are going to handle AK-47s, M16s, and all the firepower that those guys have? Go on youtube and the internet and look up the Culiacan Cartel and see how it really is. Maybe USA Baseball should get with other countries that feel the same way and do their own tournament.


my opinion- the location will not be a problem. security will be handled by chris hollywood. enough said.


CULIACAN MEXICO?!!!! Doesn't USA Baseball know that it is the home to one of the biggest drug cartels in Mexico? There are huge problems with murders and kidnappings for ransom in that city. God forbid that it could be a huge liability for USA Baseball. Maybe it should be moved to a safer location.

Football Fan

Amat will beat Venice and Garfield with no problem. The Lancers are overlooking the Cathedral Phantoms who are loaded and have a huge offensive line . The Phantoms also have two Good QB's in 6'3 Soph Haden Reddig the younger brother of Boston College QB Chase Reddig and 6'2 junior with a Great arm Micheal poole. Sophmore RB Zack Green from oaks Christian and Senior RB Kristan Ivory give the Phantoms two of the best RB's in the CIFSS. Go Phantoms


to end all speculations... amat did not bring IN a quarterback from south hills, he came to amat, and Amat has not even set the positions yet, so as far as this kid from south hills being the back up is pure speculation.. Amat has another quarterback with much dedication and loyality who will step in nicely for Rio. We all know that Rio is an outstanding athlete, no doubt in that... but if you watched Amat last season, Amat is built on a TEAM, not any one player, TOGETHER they win games.

keep it real

isn't this why Bishop brought in the quarterback from South Hills?

Amat's Blues

This means that Ruiz would miss Venice and Crespi (oh no!) and possibly Cathedral or Loyola.

Bishop Amat needs Ruiz in oroder to beat Venice and Crespi. If the Ruiz family decides to miss these games, the Lancers will lose to both Venice and Crespi....

Why is this even an issue? Isn't Bishop Amat a football school?


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