Arroyo Grande High senior-to-be third baseman and pitcher Kyle Raubinger was featured online in the Los Angeles Times this week as he prepares for the prestigious Area Code Games showcase. Raubinger will play for the Milwaukee Brewers’ blue team in front of hundreds of college and professional scouts at the six-day event starting Thursday at Blair Field in Long Beach.
According to the article (which we’re tentatively planning to run in print in Thursday’s Tribune), Raubinger — a reigning all-CIF Southern Section Division 2 second-team honoree — is being recruited by a who’s-who of West Coast powers including UCLA, Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton.
It should be interesting to see how scouts will like to utilize Raubinger, who came into this past season as more of a known commodity offensively, but arguably turned more heads on the mound, where he won PAC 7 Most Valuable Pitcher acclaim and tied for second in wins among Southern Section juniors, with nine. What do you think? At the next level, is Raubinger better suited as a pitcher or as a position player?
He’s the second area talent over the past year to be extensively spotlighted by the king of all regional newspapers, joining recently graduated St. Joseph football speedster K.J. Cusack, an Arroyo Grande resident who was an ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports medium-schools all-state pick before signing with Cal Poly.
Elsewhere over the past couple days in a relatively busy offseason:
• Recently graduated Morro Bay golf standout Matt Hansen qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship for the second year in a row, carding a two-round 140 total at San Luis Obispo Country Club. Hansen, a Los Osos native and UC Davis signee, shot an opening-round 5-under-par 66 before following it with a 74 to tie two others for the top sectional qualifying draw. The championship will be held Aug. 23-29 in Chambers Bay, Wash.
• The Central Coast Crushers summer tennis club opened 1-1 Tuesday at the three-day, 16-team, coed World Junior National Invitational held at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. The Crushers began the day falling to the Midwest Charging Colts, 39-37, before downing the Reckless Rebels, 41-30. Their roster is made up of Arroyo Grande’s Eli Whittle and Sean Hollister, as well as San Luis Obispo’s Joshua Milla on the boys side, and Victoria Troesch and Abigail Will of San Luis Obispo, as well as Atascadero’s Amber Petersen on behalf of the girls.
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