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Former Indian gains another honor

Posted: September 16, 2008 10:33 p.m.
Updated: November 18, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Former Hart pitcher Michael Montgomery, who was drafted No. 36 by the Kansas City Royals in June's Major League Baseball draft, was named the top prospect in the Arizona League by Baseball America.

Out of a list of 20 players, Montgomery was heralded as No.1

The recognition caps of a stand-out rookie season for the 19-year old southpaw.

Last month, Montgomery was also selected as the Surprise Royals Pitcher of the Year.

Montgomery finished his short season rookie debut 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in 12 outings.

"I felt I has a good year," Montgomery said. "I want to move up soon and just keep getting better."

Injury update

In the Vikings season opener on Friday night against Thousand Oaks, quarterback Dominick Solley and receiver Zack Tartabull got sidelined with injuries.

Solley went down on the third play of the game with a strained ankle and Tartabull did not return in the second half after getting a concussion.

"It took the wind out of our guys when they went down," said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. "It hurt us early on."

Solley is out indefinitely while Tartabull who took a couple of days off from practice, will be back in action for Friday's game against Birmingham.

Muir said he does not have a clear candidate to start in Solley's spot against the Patriots. He could go with junior Nick Moss who finished Friday's game against Thouand Oaks. Muir said the team is making necessary adjustments.

"We're pushing through," he said.

Season Finale

2008 was a stellar year of baseball for former Hart player Steve Susdorf.

Not only did his Fresno State Bulldogs turn out a Cinderella story by winning the College World Series, but Susdorf was also named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was taken in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Susdorf finished his rookie season with the Williamsport Crosscutters batting .305, five home runs, 35 RBI with 20 runs scored.

The 6-foot-1 outfielder turned out one of his best performances this season on Sept. 5 when he went 4-for-4 in the team's 9-5 rout of Jamestown.


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