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Robinson selected by Twins in MLB Draft

Ocean View senior, who batted .523 and signed with USC last month, is taken in 31st round.

June 13, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

Ocean View senior Timmy Robinson was drafted in the 31st round (940th overall) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft on June 6 by the Minnesota Twins. Robinson, who signed last month with USC, batted .523 during the prep season, hit 12 home runs and drove in 37 runs in 27 games. His half-brother, Alex Burnett, a graduate of Ocean View, is a relief pitcher for the Twins.

Ocean View baseball Coach Shane Borowski had Robinson in his classroom during the second day of the draft.

"It's exciting to have a player the caliber of Timmy," Borowski said. "Getting phone calls in class, to go as early as the third round, were really gratifying. The new draft rules and signing bonus caps really pushed kids toward playing in college and it forced MLB teams to draft non-college bound kids higher and college-bound kids lower.

"If this had been last year, Timmy could have been a millionaire out of high school. The important thing is, he is going to school (USC) at a place he is very excited to be, and made a very wise and mature decision for a 17-year-old."

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Softball

In a year where its program reached new heights, two members of the Edison High softball team earned top honors on the 2012 All-Sunset League Softball Team.

Junior Sammy Cordova was named the league's Pitcher of the Year and freshman Ali Wester was named Rookie of the Year. Los Alamitos junior Megan Geer was named Most Valuable Player. The three lead an all-league team featuring 18 other local players.

Cordova, who is committed to Utah, went 25-5 this year.

"(A) warrior and real workhorse who the team rode all the way to semifinals," Edison Coach Josh Musselman said of his ace who had pitching wins in 25 of the Chargers' 26 victories.

Musselman called Wester, who batted in the lead-off spot for Edison, the "fastest freshman in the Sunset League."

Locals who made the first team were: Edison's Casey Africano, Jessica Plaza and Karley Wester; Fountain Valley's Cerissa Rivera and Emily Brucelas; Marina's Sandra Simmons and Tera Blanco.

Local second-teamers were: Edison's Mercedes O'Connor and Maddy Hickman; Fountain Valley's Brenda Bott, Tara Robinson and Khailey Campos; Huntington Beach's Jillian Martinez, Kaitlyn Lanksbury and Micaela Vierra; Marina's Amanda Cordeiro and Samantha Agamaite.

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