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The independent, minor league Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club introduced Casey Dill, a Redding native, as the team’s manager for its inaugural season on Wednesday.

Dill, 30, spent the previous two seasons managing in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, with the Las Cruces Vaqueros (2012) and Las Vegas (N.M.) Train Robbers in 2013. While with Las Cruces, Dill’s team set the all-time league record for total offense.

He led both teams to a league championship series in consecutive seasons, capturing a Northern Division title in 2013 with the Train Robbers. The Train Robbers also set the all-time league record in earned run average.

In two seasons, Dill owns a career managerial record of 86-57.

“Casey is a proven game manager and has a keen eye for talent,” Stompers general manager Theo Fightmaster said in a press release. “We’re fortunate to have Casey as a part of our organization, and I think the baseball fans in Sonoma County will reap the benefits of his hard work in building a talented, professional club.”

During his time in the Pecos League, Dill has promoted 28 players to higher levels of professional baseball, more than any other manager in the league during that period.

Earlier this year, Dill managed in the California Winter League, an instructional showcase league for current professional and free agents, located in Palm Springs.

“I am honored to be a part of the Sonoma Stompers in our inaugural season. It has already been a pleasure to work with a staff of people who are truly dedicated to the success of the team,” Dill said. “The opportunity to manage a minor league team in a place as beautiful and welcoming as Sonoma is a dream come true.”

The Stompers play in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, a four-team league. Sonoma opens its season on June 3 against the San Rafael Pacifics, at 7:05 p.m. at Albert Park in San Rafael.

The Stompers’ home opener is scheduled for July 1 at Arnold Field at 7:05 p.m.

For more information, visit stompersbaseball.com or call 939-5073.

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The Sacramento High boys basketball team and the Yuba City baseball team have received the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s Dick Nelson Community Service Awards for winter and spring in the 2013-14 school year.

This is the third year for the Community Service Award, which is given three times a school year — once per season. It is named in honor of Nelson, a former Section and CIF State President and member of the Section Hall of Fame.

The Sacramento boys basketball program and Yuba City baseball program will each receive a banner and $500. Representatives from the schools and teams will be honored at the board of managers meeting on April 30.

The Nevada Union-Grass Valley football program won the fall award.

The Sacramento boys basketball program started a volunteer project called Student Athletes Caring. Members of the team worked at several events in their neighborhood. All 13 varsity players, four coaches and three adult volunteers spent about 30 hours each working at and around Sacramento High School.

The Yuba City baseball program also participated in several projects throughout the Yuba City community. The baseball program has volunteered at many different projects over the years.

Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com or call 256-2223.

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