Orange County high school schedule: Friday, April 27

The Orange County high school sports schedule for Friday, April 27.

BASEBALLGames 3:15 p.m. unless notedTRINITY LEAGUESanta Margarita at St. John Bosco, Orange Lutheran at Servite

SUNSET LEAGUEHuntington Beach at Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos at Marina, Edison at Newport Harbor

SOUTH COAST LEAGUECapistrano Valley at Mission Viejo

SEA VIEW LEAGUETesoro at Trabuco Hills

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUENorthwood at Corona del Mar, 3:30 p.m., Beckman at Woodbridge, 3:30 p.m., University at Irvine, 3:30 p.m.

ORANGE COAST LEAGUECalvary Chapel at Costa Mesa, Estancia at Saddleback, Laguna Beach at Godinez, 3:30 p.m.

ORANGE LEAGUESanta Ana Valley at Magnolia, 3:30 p.m., Savanna at Century, 3:30 p.m., Katella vs. Anaheim, 7 p.m.

NORTH HILLS LEAGUEYorba Linda at Villa Park, Canyon at Brea Olinda

CRESTVIEW LEAGUEEl Modena at Esperanza, El Dorado at Foothill

GOLDEN WEST LEAGUEOrange at Segerstrom, 3 p.m., Loara at Santa Ana

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUELa Quinta at Rancho Alamitos, 3 p.m., Bolsa Grande at Los Amigos, 3 p.m., Santiago at Garden Grove

FREEWAY LEAGUEBuena Park at Fullerton, 3 p.m., Troy at Sunny Hills, La Habra at Sonora

EMPIRE LEAGUEPacifica at Tustin, 3 p.m., Cypress at Kennedy, Western at Valencia

SOFTBALLGames 3:15 p.m.TRINITY LEAGUESanta Margarita at Mater Dei

ORANGE COAST LEAGUECosta Mesa at Saddleback, Godinez at Estancia

GOLDEN WEST LEAGUEOrange at Santa Ana, Ocean View at Loara

 

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Fryer: Brea Olinda’s Walker joins elite group with no-hitter at Angel Stadium

What do Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and Brea Olinda senior Eric Walker have in common?

Both have pitched a no-hitter at Angel Stadium.

Nolan Ryan pitched two of his seven MLB no-hitters at the stadium in the 1970s. Walker threw his no-hitter there Wednesday.

Angel Stadium has been the site of 16 high school games this season. Brea’s 4-0 win over Canyon in a North Hills League game there Wednesday was the last of those 16 games.

Walker struck out four. One of his pitches hit the foot of a Canyon batter for the Comanches’ only base runner.

“I was just throwing my fastball and slider for strikes,” Walker said, “and I used my changeup to keep their hitters off balance.”

Walker, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound right-hander and an Angels fan, started thinking in the fifth inning that a no-hitter was possible.

“Then, going into the seventh inning, there were a lot of nerves,” Walker said.

He no-hit a good team. Canyon is 13-10-1.

Walker helped his cause by hitting a two-run triple. He was supported by excellent fielding. Wildcats third baseman Derek Sims made a diving stop of a ground ball to throw out a Canyon batter and right fielder Sean Lentini made a diving catch of a fly ball.

“Maybe I’ll have to take (Lentini and Sims) out to lunch or something,” Walker said.

When a Major League pitcher has a no-hitter going in the latter innings, unwritten protocol requires that no teammates acknowledge the pitcher when the pitcher returns to the dugout. That’s what happened in the Brea dugout Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

“Eric came back to the dugout in the sixth inning,” said Brea coach Mike Baker, “and everybody is standing at the dugout railing, Eric’s the only guy on the bench, and nobody’s talking to him, nobody’s saying a word.”

Brea is in first place in the North Hills League with a 4-1 league record. The Wildcats play at home against Canyon on Friday, then play Villa Park in two league games next week and conclude the regular season the week after with two league games against Yorba Linda. Brea, which did not qualify for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs the past two years, is 15-11 overall.

Walker might not play baseball beyond this season. He is interested in studying engineering in college – he has a 4.2 grade-point average — and figures baseball might not be part of his college experience.

If his senior year at Brea is Walker’s final year of baseball, he can always look back on Wednesday as quite a highlight. And the next time he attends an Angels game at Angel Stadium he will look at the mound and remember his no-hitter.

As Walker said, “It’s something I’m never going to forget.”

 

Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:

•Troy Roelen, who resigned as Mission Viejo’s boys basketball coach four years ago, wanted to resume coaching basketball. He pursued the opening at JSerra but, although there was deep mutual interest, that didn’t work out. (JSerra hired UC Riverside assistant Keith Wilkinson, who played at Capistrano Valley and USC.) Roelen was rehired this week as the boys basketball coach at Mission Viejo where he had been the coach for 12 years and was the Orange County boys basketball coach of the year in 2012.

•Mission Viejo is part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District that does not allow a coach to also be a school’s athletic director. Roelen four years ago had to vacate either his basketball coaching position or his athletic director position at Mission Viejo and he chose to retain the A.D. job. He resigned the A.D. position this week when he became Mission Viejo’s coach again.

•The Pacific Coast League will be a different football group than it was during Scott Meyer’s previous tenure in the league. University, which this week hired Meyer as its coach, won’t have to contend with Corona del Mar. Corona del Mar, where Meyer was the coach for several seasons before going to Servite in 2015, dominated the league and won league championships the past six seasons but is moving to the Sunset League this coming fall.

•Segerstrom is looking for a girls basketball coach now that Shelley Wong has resigned. The Jaguars have a great candidate ready to roll– Jeff Watts, Wong’s predecessor at Segerstrom.

•The forced departure of Josh Beaty as boys basketball coach at Crean Lutheran might trigger the voluntary departure of good players from Crean, which won a CIF-SS title under Beaty this past season.

•Bob and Rob Johnson will be inducted into the El Toro Football Hall of Fame on June 9 as part of the El Toro football program’s fundraising Hall of Fame Golf Classic at Tijeras Creek Golf Club. Bob is the recently retired football coach who led El Toro and Mission Viejo to CIF championships, and Rob is the former quarterback at USC and the NFL who was one of the better all-around athletes in O.C. history. Visit ETgolfClassic.com for information.

•Edison is having a fundraising poker tournament May 12 at the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge, and dinner is included. Go to EHSpoker.com for information.

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Thieves target surfers’ cars at secluded San Onofre State Beach

Jacob Bennett and a few friends stopped at San Onofre State Beach for a quick surf session on Tuesday, April 24, but the outing turned into a beach bummer after the group learned their unlocked van had been broken into while they were in the water.

Still dressed in his wetsuit – because his shorts had been taken by the thieves – Bennett filed a police report after learning his wallet and keys were also missing.

Surfers Jacob Bennett, left, and Orion Taylor talk at the entrance of San Onofre State Beach while filing a police report after their van was broken into while they were surfing. (Photo by Laylan Connelly, SCNG)
Surfers Jacob Bennett, left, and Orion Taylor talk at the entrance of San Onofre State Beach while filing a police report after their van was broken into while they were surfing. (Photo by Laylan Connelly, SCNG)

It’s common for some surfers to leave their cars unlocked, especially at this tucked-away stretch of beach secluded from the rest of the world.  San Onofre has long been a haven for surfers who for decades have trusted their belongings would be safe while they were out catching waves.

“You used to be able to get away with it,” said Rich Haydon, south sector superintendent for California State Parks’ Orange Coast District. “There’s people out there watching.”

Those good ol’ days are long gone.  Thieves have caught on that some surfers will tuck a key into their tire or bumper, and wait for the surfer to hit the water — figuring they have at least an hour before the person comes back to their car and notices anything is missing.

Thieves will then rush to a store to buy gift cards that can’t be traced “so they can use those later at their leisure,” Haydon said.

On this particular day, Bennett and his friends were only in the water for 20 minutes before getting back to their vehicle and realizing they’d been victimized.

Orion Taylor, from Dana Point, noticed the doors were slightly cracked when they got out of the water.  He joked that maybe squirrels got in – but never thought they’d get burglarized at this stretch of surfer’s paradise.

“Lock it up. You’re going to have to,” said Bennett, a pilot who splits his time between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. “You would have never thought, ever.”

He kept a positive perspective, glad his friends’ stuff wasn’t taken along with his.

“At least it was just me,” he said. “If you see some gray shorts, get a hold of us.”

Haydon said they don’t have concrete stats on how many break-ins have happened recently, but said at least once a week – more if the surf is good.

A sign at a kiosk at the beach entrance warns beachgoers to “lock your vehicles and take your keys with you.”

A warning at the entrance to the popular, tucked away surf break tells beachgoers about break ins. Photo: Laylan Connelly
A warning at the entrance to the popular, tucked away surf break tells beachgoers about break ins. Photo: Laylan Connelly

“This goes back a few years, when they hit the area for a bit, then move on to another either up or down the coast,” Haydon said. “Surfers have always been targeted, it’s just now they have to be more careful about how they store their property.”

Technology has also changed over the years – instead of stand-alone keys surfers used to be able to tie onto their wetsuits, many newer cars come with electronic keys that can’t be taken in the water.

Surfers should invest in getting small lock boxes, or even a firearm lock box that can hold multiple items like keys, wallet and phones, Haydon said.

And if you see anyone that looks suspicious, let rangers or lifeguards know.

“If you see something, say something,” he said. “We’re in this together, no one wants criminals to come down and take advantage.”

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NHRA’s Brittany Force – from horrific crash to victory in 10 weeks

Five events into the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Top Fuel dragster driver Brittany Force is back in the winner’s circle.

The 2017 champion and daughter of 17-time Funny Car titlist John Force won Sunday in Baytown, Texas, pushing memories of her season-opening crash at the Winternationals at Pomona to the back of her mind.

Brittany was virtually speechless after her victory over Terry McMillen, her eighth career victory. She posted a 3.762-second pass at 299.46 mph to beat McMillen’s 3.818 at 311.56

“That emotion was built off of the championship. It was built off of Pomona this season,” she said while preparing for this weekend’s NGK Spark Plus 4-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C. “Leaving Pomona last season, we were on a huge high. We won the championship and that is something every driver dreams about. We were able to do that and then, coming out to the opening race of the season, at the same track in Pomona, it was the ultimate low.”

Force required an overnight hospital stay and physical therapy as she battled back from her wreck, but it did not prevent her from racing.

“It was really tough in Phoenix (the next race) getting back in that car. My guys knew it, and for me I didn’t care about winning the race,” she said. “All I cared about was getting back in the car and making runs. Gainesville was, ‘Game on and Pomona is behind us.’ This (Houston win) is a huge surprise because, looking at last season, we got our first win a lot later in the year.

“This is a big win for us because our season has been so up and down. It puts Pomona behind us and it pushes us towards another championship. It’s because of the support system I have around me – sponsors and my team – that got us (to the top). I feel great now. I am back in the gym but not 100% back.”

The dragster that finished first at Houston was similar to the one she debuted at Pomona.

“Unfortunately, at the first race we damaged a car that was just like this one, so we had to put the old one (2017) back together with some parts that got damaged in the wreck,” said Alan Johnson, a consultant for the team. “It took a couple races to kind of get that dialed in and put this new car together and it all kind of came together. It’s extremely important to get that win, to get that monkey off her back.

“She has confidence now, the crew has confidence. We’re looking to do pretty good in the next few races.”

Brittany noted it was her third car of the year and credited her team for getting it ready,

“We pulled this car out last weekend and we didn’t go testing in it. Qualifying were the only runs we got,” she said. “I asked about making half-track runs and they said to go ahead and take it all the way to the finish line. We were No. 1 on Friday and then got moved to No. 2. To get this win on race day is huge for all of us.”

Royal Purple Raceway has been very good to JFR, with seven drivers scoring wins. The elder Force has won there seven times while, in addition to Brittany Force, Robert Hight, Courtney Force, Ashley Force-Hood, Tony Pedregon and Mike Neff have also posted wins at Baytown.

Hot streak

With three consecutive NASCAR Cup victories, Kyle Busch is in rare company. It’s one of the best stretches of his career, a string of seven races with a third-place finish or better.

If Busch can finish third or better Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, he will be join Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick as just the third driver in the past 35 years to tally eight-consecutive finishes of third or better.

But going to Talladega isn’t going to make it any easier on the leading driver.

“I think it’s easier to win the Powerball than win at Talladega. We’ll give it a go anyway, see what we get.” Busch said this week. He did win in 2008 and has five finishes of third or better at the 2.66-mile Alabama superspeedway track.

100 for Pritchett

Sunday’s NHRA 4-Wide race this weekend at Concord, N.C., will mark the 100th appearance by Redlands’ Leah Pritchett. In that period, she has five victories and has qualified eight times. In 2018, she has five round wins and is sixth in points.

“The NHRA is the epitome of the most powerful cars in the world: 22,000 horsepower side-by-side at a normal race, but this weekend we double that and go four-wide pushing that number to 44,000 horsepower on the track at the same time,” she said. “It is so intense. Your senses are totally engaged from the smell of the nitro, the burn in your eyes from the fumes, the rumble of the launch shaking the ground and the sound of pure horsepower.

“Seeing that amount of power push through these engines that is transferred through these cars with massive Goodyear slicks to go from zero to 335 mph in just over 3.5 seconds. It’s quite a scene and something everyone should experience.”

Pit stops

— It’s been almost eight months since Perris Auto Speedway hosted its last Night of Destruction. On Saturday night, the track is ready to produce the “Craziest Show on Dirt,” with Figure 8 racing, Figure 8 Trailer race, Democross and Formula-X Autocross & CrossKart racing. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the first race is at 7. Included in the field will be Overall Iron Man (all three classes combined) and Figure 8 champion Jesse Gordon, Demo Crosstitlist Garrett McCourt and 2017 Trailer Figure 8 champion Ken McWilliams. Past champions Earl Cox, Ryan Kinnett and David Holmes are also set to compete.

— The So Cal Oval Karters will be making the season debut at John Aden’s Wheel2Wheel Raceway on the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, the of two nights. The SCOK KT100’s, Open Class, F200’s and Clones will be in action along with the W2W Speedway Sprints and Dirt Karts. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., with racing at 6. Local karter Thomas Southern won both the KT100 and Open Class races three weeks ago in Perris. Norm Reynolds (F200’s) and Jeffrey Butler (Clones) will head their respective class lineups.

— Auto Club Speedway in Fontana will be busy this weekend with the 17th Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival. The nostalgic vintage race car event is open to the public for special exhibition runs and vendor areas. Spectators will be welcomed in the paddock and garage areas and can chat with car owner and drivers. Friday is an open test day with driver orientation and track orientation programs. Saturday and Sunday feature a full schedule of practice, qualifying and races for all SVRA vintage groups, in addition to featured races for Trans Am Series and Mazda Miata Heritage Cup. General admission is $10 Friday and $20 for Saturday and Sunday. SVRA is also offering a three-day pass for $30.

— Irwindale Speedway will host a Night of Destruction on Saturday night. Also on the schedule are Mini Stocks, Super Stocks and Auto Soccer.

— Upland’s Krista Baldwin and Jordan Vandergriff, nephew of former NHRA Top Fuel driver Bob Vandergriff Jr., will be teammates under the Bob Vandergriff Driver Development program in alcohol dragster class at the 4-Wide Nationals. Anthony Dicero, Baldwin’s team owner, will serve as crew chief on both cars with the assistance of Top Fuel crew chief Ron Douglas of BV.

— Has there been another driver who has been more success at Tucson Speedway than Ron Hornaday? As part of the NASCAR Winter Heat series, Hornaday was so successful that he was selected to drive in the Truck Series for Dale Earnhardt Inc and went on to win a record four championships, accumulating 51 wins, 158 top fives, and 234 top 10s in 360 series starts between 1995 and 2014. On May 5, the NASCAR Hall of Fame member will return to southern Arizona and serve as grand marshal for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event. The former Palmdale resident won two of the three truck series races at Tucson in addition to a pair of K&N West events – part of six wins, 20 top fives, and 26 top 10s in 45 starts. The K&N Pro Series West will stage a doubleheader event, the Port of Tucson twin 100s. They are the second and third races this year.

— Sprint cars will make their 2018 debut Saturday night at Ventura Raceway, a card that will also include Dwarf Cars, ICMA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Focus Midgets. Grandstands will open at 3 p.m., with qualifying to start 30 minutes later. Racing will get the green flag at 5:30. Admission is $15; seniors, military (with proper ID) and students are admitted for $11. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Info: 805-648-7223.

— The Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Virginia, run over the fast and challenging 3.27-mile, 17-turn Virginia International Raceway, has drawn 100 entries in all eight classes – GT/GTA/GT Cup SprintX, GTS/GTSA SprintX, TCR, TC and TCA – to compete in Rounds 3 and 4 doubleheader action. Action gets underway Friday with all PWC classes taking practice rounds, followed by qualifying and Race 1 competition on Saturday. Sunday features Race 2 in all categories.

Louis Brewster can be reached at brewsterl1949@gmail.com.

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All about Pechanga Resort & Casino’s splashy new pool complex

The Cove, Pechanga Resort & Casino’s new pool complex, is open for guests looking to beat the heat.

Open since March 30, the expansive pool area was originally scheduled to open on March 5, but Mother Nature had a later date in mind.

“We opened The Cove in time for spring break and now families, couples and groups are enjoying this glimmering attraction,” Edith Atwood, president of the Pechanga Development Corporation wrote in an email. “As much as we wanted to open The Cove a few weeks earlier, the late seasonal rains delayed us.”

The 4.5-acre complex – which features 4 pools, 3 hot tubs, a beach entry family pool, two waterslides and an outdoor eatery – was the last component of the resort’s $300 million expansion.

Pechanga’s expansion includes Pechanga Summit – a 68,000 square foot event center, new hotel tower adding 568 rooms, Spa Pechanga and Lobby Bar & Grill.

Here are four things to enjoy at The Cove:

Dog paddle up to the bar: The main pool is 7,600 square feet and features a swim-up bar with 18 submerged stools. There are also ‘Baja-ledges’ allowing guests a chance to hang-out in shallow water or dangle their legs over the edge.

Cop a cabana: There are dozens of cabanas around The Cove available to rent. The cabanas offer shade, privacy and can be used for parties. Cabana rentals start at $175 and include flat-screen TVs, overhead fan, lounge furniture, refrigerator, bottled water and personalized food and beverage service.

Bring the family: The family lagoon features a sloping beach entry, two curvy waterslides and a splash pad with water features and fountains. There are also cabanas around the family pool.

Coveside Grill: If you work up an appetite sunbathing and swimming, order something from the outdoor eatery. Specialty items include nachos made with house-made potato chips, garlic and herb hummus with fried naan bread and an array of salads. Or, satiate your sweet tooth with individual chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick or hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches. Of course, there are plenty of cocktails, wine and craft beers to choose from. 

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Stagecoach 2018: How to watch the festival on Yahoo and listen on Sirius XM

The Stagecoach Country Music Festival returns for its 12th year at the Empire Polo Club in Indio April 27-29.

If you can’t go in person to see the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Garth Brooks, you can tune in online.

Yahoo will broadcast select sets throughout the weekend as will Sirius XM.

The Yahoo stream starts at 5 p.m. Friday and artists listed as part of the broadcast include Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, Lee Brice, Brandy Clark, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Tanya Tucker, the Georgia Satellites and Delta Rae. You can watch the Yahoo stream via their Stagecoach page.

If you have satellite radio, Sirius XM will broadcast select sets on Channel 56, The Highway. Sirius XM is also sponsoring the new Spotlight stage this year and will air some sets from there. Other performances scheduled to be broadcast are Lee Brice, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, Chris Lane, Midland, Banditos, Brandy Clark, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Colter Wall.

In addition to interviews, there will also be a special edition of “The Highway Music Row Happy Hour” from Nikki Lane’s stage inside the vintage marketplace on site at noon Friday.

The full schedule will be announced on Sirius XM’s website.

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Senior Moments: Just a small one to remember our sundaes with mom

“Why are you having such a small one?” my mother would ask me every time we took her to Twoheys for hot fudge sundaes.

This all started when a broken hip confined her to a wheelchair, and George and I would take her from her nursing home on “field trips” to doctors, orthopedic shoe shops or stores with long aisles to cruise.

On one of these, George suggested we go a local landmark restaurant, Twoheys, for lunch. He retrieved the wheelchair from the trunk, transferred Mom from the front seat, and then teased her all the way to the entrance by grunting, huffing and puffing, and complaining all the while about how hard it was to push her up the slight incline — she weighed 110 pounds then.

She loved it and rewarded him with her own unique loud cackle of laughter.

My role in all this was to hold the “stuff”: Mom’s sweater. My purse. Mom’s purse — which inevitably contained mail about some upcoming election. Dealing with those alone generated many trips for sundaes because we visited her to explain the propositions, talk about candidates, and to help her mark her ballot.

But on this first one, when we finally got settled at a table, George asked, “What would you like, Jean?”

“A Twoheys Hot Fudge Sundae, please.”

“No lunch?”

“I can always get lunch at the Home.”

“Guess I’ll have one too to keep you company,” George said.

Joining the fun, I said, “Okay, I’ll have a junior sundae.”

That was the basis for Mom’s first, “Why are you having such a small one?”

They looked at me with dismay, and declared me a disgrace to chocolate sundae lovers everywhere. Come here for a junior sundae, indeed!

It didn’t matter that I couldn’t eat more; it never stopped. Every outing. Same thing.

So on the 6-month anniversary of Mom’s death last week, we could think of no better way to honor her than with a trip to Twohey’s. George and daughter Sara looked disapprovingly at my junior sundae and chorused:

“Why are you having such a small one?”

Email Patricia at patriciabunin@sbcglobal.net

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Revived in Miami, Miguel Rojas is the latest cautionary tale in judging trades too soon

LOS ANGELES — He rolled into town this week a new player with a new swing. His role as an everyday, top-of-the-lineup hitter was one the man who traded him four years ago didn’t see in his immediate future.

Ask him for the secret to his success, and he will describe the long hours working with a private hitting instructor the last two offseasons. He’ll describe his new swing path, his conversion to the religion of hitting line drives, and the early baseball years he wasted pleasing the coaches who wanted him to hit the ball on the ground.

Talk to his current coaches, and they describe a player who quickly learned a new defensive position with ease. They depict his success as a marriage of hard work with a new opportunity in a new environment. The fact that he became a major league regular at the relatively late age of 27 only makes the story that much more special.

Yes, Miguel Rojas has turned himself into quite a ballplayer.

If this narrative rings familiar, it’s because Rojas’ story parallels that of Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor to the last detail. Well, almost – Taylor was 26 when Dave Roberts installed him as the team’s leadoff hitter last summer.

Considering all the parallels, it’s surprising how little attention Rojas has gotten since December 2014, when he was the seventh player in a seven-player trade between the Dodgers and Marlins. Rojas was so disconnected from the front lines of that deal, he said he learned he was traded on Twitter.

The reason Rojas remains relatively anonymous says something about his team, to be sure. The salary-shedding Marlins entered Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers on pace for 120 losses, which would tie an all-time record. Rojas has batted first or second in the majority of his starts, and few teams would afford that privilege to a player with a .295 OBP and .341 slugging percentage (through Tuesday).

It also says something about how trades are perceived, how that perception evolves (or doesn’t evolve), and how players whose strength rests in their versatility are valued.

With the Marlins in town for a three-game series, it’s a good time to revisit that seven-player swap.

Dee Gordon was a popular player in Los Angeles who never quite fulfilled his potential. He batted .289 in his final season as a Dodger. His first year as a Marlin, 2015, Gordon led the NL in batting average (.333), cut down on his strikeouts, and hit a couple more homers. He also won a Gold Glove at second base – a position he was never afforded the mentorship to master as a Dodger.

Less than 12 months after the trade, some folks decided they had all the evidence they needed: Miami won the trade.

The Marlins were on their way to collect their trophy when some funny things happened. Gordon was hit with a PED suspension in 2016, then later purged in a fire sale along with the Marlins’ other stars. Pitcher Dan Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs in July 2015 and retired after the season. Before long, only Rojas remained in Miami.

The Dodgers received four players in the trade. One, pitcher Andrew Heaney, was immediately flipped to the Angels for Howie Kendrick, who replaced Gordon at second base.

Chris Hatcher was a catcher-turned-reliever who some in the Dodgers’ front office saw as a potential future closer. If you joined the-Marlins-won-the-trade bandwagon early, Hatcher was probably the reason. He posted a 4.64 earned-run average in two-plus seasons and blew as many saves as he converted (four). The Dodgers flipped him to Oakland for international slot money last summer.

The other players the Dodgers received in the trade, Kiké Hernandez and Austin Barnes, hadn’t established themselves in the majors by Dec. 2014. Yet by Game 7 of last year’s World Series, they were indispensable. In a couple short years, the pro-Marlins trade verdict seemed horribly premature.

Hot takes have their place. But in a social media culture that shares “lost the trade” memes like cheap currency, we really don’t like our verdicts so nuanced.

The Dodgers’ trade with the Seattle Mariners for Taylor cost them precisely one player: former first-round draft pick Zach Lee. This is the kind of trade fans can get behind.

Lee, 26, is pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Double-A affiliate. His name is about as popular in Seattle as Hatcher’s is in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Taylor learned to play center field and hasn’t ceded the position since. He is still the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter and one of two reigning NL Championship Series MVPs. He also offers a cautionary lesson about the rush to judgment.

Rojas, who started twice at shortstop and once at first base against the Dodgers this week, hopes the same lesson applies to him.

“If you can’t prove that you can help offensively you can’t be an everyday player,” he said. “Every year I’ve been getting more at-bats and more opportunities to play. Having the opportunity this year to be an everyday shortstop and starting the year playing every day gave me a lot of confidence.”

His hitting guru is Ricardo Sosa, based in Rojas’ adopted hometown of Miami. Unlike Taylor, Rojas hasn’t become a power hitter. He isn’t trying to.

“I don’t have the kind of power to create an angle – say, a 32-degree angle, I’m not going to hit that ball out,” Rojas said. “I don’t have that kind of power. The kind of hitter I am, I have to hit line drives, try to hit doubles in the gap.”

In the series finale Wednesday, Rojas hit a three-run home run against Clayton Kershaw to snap a scoreless tie. It was his third home run of the season, already a career high.

If nothing else, Rojas will have a job by virtue of his versatility in the field. He was always a slick-fielding middle infielder. As a 25-year-old rookie with the Dodgers, he was a frequent late-game replacement at shortstop for Hanley Ramirez.

Now 29, Rojas has learned third base and first base as well. Perry Hill, the Marlins’ veteran infield coach, said Rojas is “outstanding at all four” infield positions. He is too old to be considered a prospect but still young enough to think his best years might lie ahead.

Maybe the biggest winner of the Miguel Rojas trade was Rojas himself.

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3 people rescued from apartment balcony in Fullerton fire

Three people were rescued from a blaze on East Imperial Highway in Fullerton before their apartment burned on Monday, authorities said.

Fullerton and Brea fire units were the first to arrive in response to a 2:45 p.m. call of a fire at an apartment complex at 652 East Imperial Highway.

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Firefighters swiftly threw ladders against a second floor balcony and saved two adults and a child from the flames, said Kathy Schaefer, Division Chief of the Fullerton and Brea Fire Departments.

Due to the fast response, none of the people rescued suffered smoke inhalation or any other injuries and did not need to go the hospital, Schaefer said.

Within 17 minutes of units arriving, the fire was extinguished, Schaefer said.

The blaze started as a cooking fire and ultimately burned the apartment, Schaefer said – the unit below suffered water and smoke damage.

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These 198 players were selected before Tom Brady in 2000 NFL draft

Stockar McDougle, all 340 pounds of him, went in the first round. The offensive tackle from Oklahoma was taken with the 20th pick by the Detroit Lions. He went on to start 54 games over five seasons with the Lions, finishing out a seven-year NFL career as a seldom-called-upon reserve with the Dolphins in 2005 and Jaguars in 2006.

Hofstra’s Giovanni Carmazzi was one of six quarterbacks selected before Tom Brady in that 2000 NFL draft. He went 65th overall to the 49ers. Never played a down in the NFL. Languished on the 49ers’ practice squad for a couple seasons, then kicked around in the World League of American Football (later known as NFL Europe) and the Canadian Football League before hanging ’em up.

When ESPN looked him up a couple years ago, he described himself as a “yoga-practicing farmer” in California who owned a few goats, but did not own a TV.

Danny Farmer, an L.A. kid from Loyola High who had a very nice football and volleyball career at UCLA, was chosen 96 picks before Tom Brady. Isaiah Kacyvenski, linebacker, Harvard. Anthony Midget, defensive back, Virginia Tech. Spergon Wynn, quarterback, Texas St. They all went off the board before Brady that year.

Finally, late in the sixth round, the New England Patriots chose the quarterback who would eventually lead them to Super Bowl after Super Bowl after Super Bowl. He has five Super Bowl rings. He’s twice been voted the NFL’s most valuable player, and is likely to earn a third MVP award this year. He’s been MVP of the Super Bowl four times.

And yet, there were 198 players selected before him in 2000.

We revisit the full list of them here:

1st round1 CLE Courtney Brown DE Penn St.2 WAS LaVar Arrington LB Penn St.3 WAS Chris Samuels T Alabama4 CIN Peter Warrick WR Florida St.5 BAL Jamal Lewis RB Tennessee6 PHI Corey Simon DT Florida St.7 ARI Thomas Jones RB Virginia8 PIT Plaxico Burress WR Michigan St.9 CHI Brian Urlacher LB New Mexico10 BAL Travis Taylor WR Florida11 NYG Ron Dayne RB Wisconsin12 NYJ Shaun Ellis DE Tennessee13 NYJ John Abraham DE South Carolina14 GNB Bubba Franks TE Miami (FL)15 DEN Deltha O’Neal DB California16 SFO Julian Peterson LB Michigan St.17 OAK Sebastian Janikowski K Florida St.18 NYJ Chad Pennington QB Marshall19 SEA Shaun Alexander RB Alabama20 DET Stockar McDougle T Oklahoma21 KAN Sylvester Morris WR Jackson St.22 SEA Chris McIntosh T 23 Wisconsin23 CAR Rashard Anderson DB Jackson St.24 SFO Ahmed Plummer DB Ohio St.25 MIN Chris Hovan DT 22 Boston Col.26 BUF Erik Flowers DE 22 Arizona St.27 NYJ Anthony Becht TE 23 West Virginia28 IND Rob Morris LB 25 BYU29 JAX R. Jay Soward WR 22 USC30 TEN Keith Bulluck LB 23 Syracuse31 STL Trung Canidate RB 23 Arizona

2nd round32 CLE Dennis Northcutt WR Arizona33 NOR Darren Howard DE Kansas St.34 CIN Mark Roman DB LSU35 SFO John Engelberger DE Virginia Tech36 PHI Todd Pinkston WR Southern Miss37 ATL Travis Claridge G USC38 PIT Marvel Smith T Arizona St.39 CHI Mike Brown DB Nebraska40 DEN Ian Gold LB Michigan41 ARI Raynoch Thompson LB Tennessee42 NYG Cornelius Griffin DT Alabama43 SDG Rogers Beckett DB Marshall44 GNB Chad Clifton T Tennessee45 DEN Kenoy Kennedy DB Arkansas46 NWE Adrian Klemm G Hawaii47 OAK Jerry Porter WR West Virginia48 SFO Jason Webster DB Texas A&M49 DAL Dwayne Goodrich DB Tennessee50 DET Barrett Green LB West Virginia51 TAM Cosey Coleman G Tennessee52 SEA Ike Charlton DB Virginia Tech53 MIA Todd Wade T Mississippi54 KAN William Bartee DB Oklahoma55 MIN Fred Robbins DT Wake Forest56 MIN Michael Boireau DE Miami (FL)57 CAR Deon Grant DB Tennessee58 BUF Travares Tillman DB Georgia Tech59 IND Marcus Washington LB Auburn60 JAX Brad Meester C Northern Iowa61 PHI Bobbie Williams G Arkansas62 STL Jacoby Shepherd DB Oklahoma St.

3rd round63 CLE Travis Prentice RB Miami (OH)64 WAS Lloyd Harrison DB North Carolina St.65 SFO Giovanni Carmazzi QB Hofstra66 CIN Ron Dugans WR Kansas St.68 TEN Erron Kinney TE Florida69 CHI Dez White WR Georgia Tech70 DEN Chris Cole WR Texas A&M71 ARI Darwin Walker DT Tennessee72 PIT Kendrick Clancy NT Mississippi73 NYG Ron Dixon WR Lambuth74 GNB Steve Warren DT Nebraska75 BAL Chris Redman QB Louisville76 NWE J.R. Redmond RB Arizona St.77 PIT Hank Poteat DB Pittsburgh78 NYJ Laveranues Coles WR Florida St.79 CLE JaJuan Dawson WR Tulane80 SEA Darrell Jackson WR Florida81 DET Reuben Droughns RB Oregon82 CAR Leander Jordan T Indiana (PA)83 SDG Damion McIntosh T Kansas St.84 MIA Ben Kelly DB Colorado85 KAN Greg Wesley DB Ark-Pine Bluff86 SFO Jeff Ulbrich LB Hawaii87 CHI Dustin Lyman TE Wake Forest88 MIN Doug Chapman RB Marshall89 BUF Corey Moore LB Virginia Tech90 TAM Nate Webster LB Miami (FL)91 IND David Macklin DB Penn St.92 JAX T.J. Slaughter LB Southern Miss93 TEN Byron Frisch DE BYU94 STL John St. Clair T Virginia

4th round95 CLE Lewis Sanders DB Maryland96 NOR Terrelle Smith FB Arizona St.97 CIN Curtis Keaton RB James Madison98 GNB Na’il Diggs LB Ohio St.99 PHI Gari Scott WR Michigan St.100 ATL Michael Thompson T Tennessee St.101 DEN Jerry Johnson DT Florida St.102 ARI David Barrett DB Arkansas103 PIT Danny Farmer WR UCLA104 STL Kaulana Noa T Hawaii105 NYG Brandon Short LB Penn St.106 MIN Antonio Wilson LB Texas A&M-Commerce107 OAK Junior Ioane DT Arizona St.108 SFO John Keith DB Furman109 DAL Kareem Larrimore DB West Texas A&M110 CLE Aaron Shea TE 23 Michigan111 SDG Trevor Gaylor WR Miami (OH)112 DEN Cooper Carlisle G Florida113 SDG Leonardo Carson DT Auburn114 GNB Anthony Lucas WR Arkansas115 KAN Frank Moreau RB Louisville116 SEA Marcus Bell LB Arizona117 MIA Deon Dyer FB North Carolina118 MIN Tyrone Carter DB Minnesota119 SEA Isaiah Kacyvenski LB Harvard120 CAR Alvin McKinley DE Mississippi St.121 BUF Avion Black WR Tennessee St.122 IND Josh Williams DT Michigan123 JAX Joey Chustz T Louisiana Tech124 TEN Bobby Myers DB Wisconsin125 CHI Reggie Austin DB Wake Forest126 GNB Gary Berry DB Ohio St.127 NWE Greg Randall T Michigan St.128 TEN Peter Sirmon LB Oregon129 WAS Michael Moore G Troy

5th round130 CLE Anthony Malbrough DB Texas Tech131 NOR Tutan Reyes G Mississippi132 SFO Paul Smith RB Texas-El Paso133 CIN Robert Bean DB Mississippi St.134 ATL Anthony Midget DB Virginia Tech135 TEN Aric Morris DB Michigan St.136 ARI Mao Tosi DT Idaho137 PIT Clark Haggans LB Colorado St.138 IND Matt Johnson G BYU139 STL Brian Young DT Texas-El Paso140 NYG Ralph Brown DB Nebraska141 NWE Dave Stachelski TE Boise St.142 OAK Shane Lechler P Texas A&M143 NYJ Windrell Hayes WR USC144 DAL Michael Wiley RB Ohio St.145 DET Todd Franz DB Tulsa146 CLE Lamar Chapman DB Kansas St.147 CAR Gillis Wilson DE Saginaw Valley St.148 BAL Richard Mercier G Miami (FL)149 GNB Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila DE San Diego St.150 SFO John Milem DE Lenoir-Rhyne151 GNB Joey Jamison WR Texas Southern152 MIA Arturo Freeman DB South Carolina153 KAN Dante Hall WR Texas A&M154 DEN Muneer Moore WR Richmond155 WAS Quincy Sanders DB UNLV156 BUF Sammy Morris RB Texas Tech157 TAM James Whalen TE Kentucky158 NOR Austin Wheatley TE Iowa159 JAX Kiwaukee Thomas DB Georgia Southern160 TEN Frank Chamberlin LB Boston Col.161 NWE Jeff Marriott DT Missouri162 KAN Pat Dennis DB La-Monroe163 PIT Tee Martin QB Tennessee164 ARI Jay Tant TE Northwestern165 MIN Troy Walters WR Stanford166 NOR Chad Morton RB USC

6th round167 MIA Ernest Grant DT Ark-Pine Bluff168 NOR Marc Bulger QB West Virginia169 CIN Neil Rackers K Illinois170 CHI Frank Murphy WR Kansas St.171 PHI Thomas Hamner RB Minnesota172 ATL Mareno Philyaw WR Troy173 PIT Chris Combs DE Duke174 CHI Paul Edinger K Michigan St.175 SEA James Williams WR Marshall176 ARI Jabari Issa DE Washington177 NYG Dhani Jones LB Michigan178 PHI John Frank DE Utah179 NYJ Tony Scott DB North Carolina St.180 DAL Mario Edwards DB Florida St.181 DET Quinton Reese DE Auburn182 CAR Jeno James G Auburn183 CLE Spergon Wynn QB Texas St.184 SDG Shannon Taylor LB Virginia185 SEA Tim Watson DT Rowan186 BAL Adalius Thomas LB Southern Miss187 NWE Antwan Harris DB Virginia188 KAN Darnell Alford G Boston Col.189 DEN Mike Anderson RB Utah190 SEA John Hilliard DE Mississippi St.191 BAL Cedric Woodard DT Texas192 PHI John Romero C California193 TAM David Gibson DB USC194 BUF Leif Larsen DT Texas-El Paso195 NOR Michael Hawthorne DB Purdue196 JAX Emanuel Smith WR Arkansas197 TEN Robaire Smith DE Michigan St.198 STL Matt Bowen DB Iowa199 NWE Tom Brady QB Michigan

-Jim McCurdie, SCNG Sports

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