Takashi Miyoshi of the Sonoma Stompers and PJ Phillips of the Vallejo Admirals were named as Managers of the Year and Michael Rizzitello, a catcher/utility player for the San Rafael Pacifics, was selected as the Rookie of the Year, the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs announced this week.
Sammy Gervacio of the Vallejo Admirals was named as the Reliever of the Year.
The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent league based in Northern California.
The Vallejo Admirals won the title, beating the host Sonoma Stompers 11-8 in the league championship game at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field.
“PJ has a knack for bringing out the best in his players,” Admirals owner Kevin Reilly said in a press release.
“Yoshi is an enormous asset to our organization and to this league. He’s poured his heart and soul into this organization, and the return on that has been great success for our ball club and the players who’ve gone on to higher levels. Additionally, you won’t find a single manager in this league more professional, harder working and more respectful of the game,” Stompers President and General Manager Theo Fightmaster said in a press release.
Rizzitello, a Ronkonkoma, New York native, signed with the Pacifics after playing at Dowling College, an NCAA-Division II school, in Oakdale, New York.
Rizzitello hit .280 with five home runs in 65 games with San Rafael during the 2017 season. He was second on the Pacifics in hits (70) and stolen bases (12), and was third in RBIs (40).
“When he came into spring training, Rizzitello showed us right away how valuable he was by playing all over the diamond,” Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh said in a press release. “Offensively, he possessed an ability to hit to the opposite field that isn’t often seen with hitters his age. He has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Gervacio had 18 saves, a new single-season league record.
The Napa Silverados will join the league next year, increasing the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs to five teams.
Each of the teams in the league – which was founded in 2013 – plays an 80-game schedule, with the season running from June through August. Forty of those games are home games.
Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is not affiliated with major league teams.
The Pacific Union College men’s basketball team picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday, beating Westcliff University (Irvine, Calif.), 103-72, at Pacific Auditorium in Angwin. It was the home opener for the Pioneers, who were led by Kyle Zelenski with 18 points. Zelenski was 6-of-7 from 3-point range.
Chris Camper had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds for Pacific Union (1-1 overall). Jayson Marquez had 14 points and four assists. Jeremiah Blandin with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Rae Hubbard had nine points and seven rebounds. Wayne Englestad had eight points and Noel Briones had eight rebounds.
The Pacific Union College women’s basketball team lost its nonconference game Wednesday to William Jessup University in Rocklin, 96-49.
The Pioneers (0-2 overall) were led by Imari Clinton with 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Bailey Hunter had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals.
Karla McCommas had 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Vintage High graduate Scott McCarron will play in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the season-ending event on the PGA Tour Champions’ circuit. It’s the third of three Schwab Cup Playoff events and starts on Friday at Phoenix Country Club.