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Montgomery gets first pro victory

Posted: August 5, 2008 9:16 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Around the SCV is a weekly look at what's going on with local athletes and teams.

Being a 6-foot-5 southpaw with a fastball in the low nineties is a gift.

But in minor league baseball that gift is held by many.

Hart's Michael Montgomery is proving he's just as qualified as his competitors.

Montgomery, who was taken No. 36 by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, earned his first professional win on Sunday.

He pitched five innings giving up one earned run on two hits and struck out seven batters for the Arizona League Royals against the AZL Athletics.

Since his debut on June 25, Montgomery has 21 strikeouts in 25 innings, gave up 19 hits and seven runs and batters are hitting .216 against him.

More Minors Success

Hart graduate Steve Susdorf is still on a roll.

The former Fresno State stand-out was promoted by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Class A Lakewood Blue Claws following a 4-for-4 game against the Batavia Muckdogs. Susdorf was hitting a .400 with the Williamsport Crosscutters in the New York Penn League.

Valencia High graduates Casey Mulligan, Garrett Rieck and Danny Worth advanced in their professional baseball careers, also.

Worth is now wearing a jersey for the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens in the Detroit Tigers organization. Only a year ago Worth was attending classes at Pepperdine University.

Rieck was promoted to the Lake County Captains of the South Atlantic League in the Cleveland Indians organization.

Mulligan joined the pitching staff of the Palm Beach Cardinals which is apart of the St. Louis Cardinals system.

Pass the Puck

Ice Hockey may not be a sport sanctioned by CIF, but that doesn't stop one local athlete from playing it.

Canyon Country resident Shane Sooth was named to the under-17 national hockey team. The 6-foot forward was one of four players from California named to the squad.

The Bluest Raider

Former College of the Canyons wide receiver Chris McClover reported to Middle Tennessee State's squad on Friday.

The late signee played just four games for the Cougars due to a knee injury last season, but the Blue Raiders team is looking for McClover to have an instant impact.

At 6-foot-5 with 4.4 second speed in a 40-yard dash, his skills are what the team is currently lacking.

Newcomer of the Year

Former Valencia quarterback and California's All-Time Leading Prep Passer Michael Herrick was named by The Sporting News College Football 2008 Magazine as the "Top Newcomer" in this season's Big Sky Conference Preview.

Herrick, a sophomore-to-be at Northern Arizona University, transferred to the Lumberjacks squad from Ole Miss. where he did not see any action with the Rebels team in ‘07.

Signed On

Golden Valley graduate and 2008 All-Foothill League second team softball honoree Kristen Uthe has committed to Division I New Mexico State University.

Uthe will be wearing the No. 33 jersey for the Aggies team this spring. Uthe was a three-time second team recipient while playing as a pitcher and infielder for the Grizzlies squad. Uthe completed her senior season wit ha .473 batting average.

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