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Another Roenicke in the pros

Here’s a look at how some athletes with local ties fared recently in the ranks of professional baseball:

Jason Roenicke (Nevada Union, ’04); Auburn Doubledays – Roenicke officially followed in the footsteps of his father, Gary, and brothers, Jarrett and Josh, by making his professional baseball debut on Wednesday, striking out one while allowing two hits and no runs in 12Ú3 innings of work.

Roenicke, who pitched for the University of California, Santa Barbara this spring, got a no-decision for his appearance in a 9-2 loss to the Aberdeen IronBirds.



The Auburn Doubledays, an affiliate with the Toronto Blue Jays, play in the Class A Short Season NewYork-Penn League.

Roenicke’s father, Gary, was a member of the 1983 World Champion Baltimore Orioles team, while his brothers have both played at the minor league level. Jarrett played three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, while Josh is currently with the AAA Louisville Bats.




Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union, ’01); Louisville Bats – Roenicke got roughed up a bit in a 9-3 win over Buffalo Saturday, as the righthanded reliever allowed two earned runs and three hits in 12Ú3 innings on the mound.

Those runs, however, were the first Roenicke had allowed since June 23. He had shut out opposing hitters in last six appearances, which helped him produce a 2.95 ERA with 19 strikeouts, two saves and one victory.

Before his promotion, Roenicke had compiled a 4-2 record with 10 saves, 28 strikeouts and a 3.27 ERA with the Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts.

Pete Ruiz (Nevada Union, ’05); Gulf Coast League Red Sox – Ruiz, who wrapped up his college career at Santa Barbara City College this spring, earned his first pro baseball win Saturday.

Ruiz struck out three, walked one and allowed three hits in three innings of work, as his Class A Gulf Coast League Red Sox downed the GCL Twins 3-2. The performance was the best of Ruiz’s short minor league career and followed his worst outing on July 7, in which he allowed five earned runs on six hits in just 11Ú3 innings of action against the same team.

Ruiz now owns a 1-1 record with five strikeouts, five walks and an 8.68 earned run average.

Robby Alcombrack (Bear River, ’06); Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Alcombrack put together one of his best week’s of the season for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League.

Alcombrack went 4-for-11 in three games over the course of the week, including a 3-for-4 day with a double and two runs scored against the Vermont Lake Monsters on Thursday.

On the season, Alcombrack is hitting .271 with two doubles, 3 RBIs and seven walks over in the 16 games he’s played.


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