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The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, an independent league based in Northern California, announced the defensive players of the year and the offensive leaders on Tuesday.

The recipients of the league’s top defensive honors:

Pitcher: Max Beatty, San Rafael Pacifics.

Catcher: Issac Wenrich, Sonoma Stompers.

First Base: Vinny Guglietti, Pittsburg Diamonds.

Second Base: Ordomar Valdez-Martinez, Pittsburg.

Third Base: Chris Fornaci, Vallejo Admirals.

Shortstop: Jose Garcia, Pittsburg.

Left field: Brennan Metzger, Sonoma.

Center field: Matt Hibbert, Sonoma.

The league recognized three offensive leaders:

Average: Vinny Guglietti, Pittsburg.

Home runs: Jake Taylor, San Rafael.

RBIs: Jake Taylor, San Rafael.

Guglietti batted .360 on the year

Taylor, who plays first base, hit 20 home runs and had 65 RBIs in 73 games played. It’s the second straight year that Taylor led the league in home runs and RBIs.

The league will announce additional awards – including Rookie of the Year, Reliever of the Year, Manager of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and Most Valuable Player – later in the week.

“In the three years he’s been in the league, Jake Taylor has been the gold standard for power and run production,” Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh said in a press release. “For him to lead the league in home runs and RBIs for the second straight year is incredible.”

Taylor had 18 home runs and drove in 74 runs during the 2016 season.

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 Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs – 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 volleyball team ended its season by beating Providence Christian College in Pasadena, 3-1, and losing to La Sierra University in Riverside, 3-0.

The Pioneers went 5-8 in the California Pacific Conference, 6-13 overall.

In the match against La Sierra, the Pioneers were led by Amanda Loeffler (12 kills, nine digs, 13 points), Morgan Spencer (10 kills, five digs, two block assists, 11 points), Lauren Purdom (six kills, three digs, four block assists, eight points), Kristen Murray (four kills, three block assists, 5.5 points), Karisa Carlson (four block assists, three points), Lydia Earles (three block assists, 2.5 points), Tiana Whittington (13 set assists), Hannah Clarke (nine set assists, five digs), and Chace Rogers (15 digs).


Olivia Jarvis of El Camino High School-Oceanside and Sergio Manzo of Eureka High were named as the recipients of the CIF Spirit of Sport Award for Fall 2017, it was announced Tuesday.

The CIF Spirit of Sport Award recognizes student-athletes who are active in school and community service and exhibit leadership qualities, according to a press release.

The statewide winners will each receive an award, a $1,000 scholarship and be recognized at the year-end CIF Federated Council dinner on April 8, 2018, in San Jose.


Valley Christian-San Jose won the team title and the Warriors’ Quynn Duong was the individual medalist at the annual CIF/Northern California Golf Association NorCal High School Girls’ Championship at the par-73 Sierra View Country Club in Roseville on Monday.

Valley Christian shot a team score of 18-over 383 to take the title in the 12-team field.

Granite Bay (387) was second and Dougherty Valley-San Ramon (388) was third.

Duong shot a 69 and won by one stroke over Sienna Lyford of Granite Bay (70) and by two over Elizabeth Lu of Los Gatos (71).

The top three teams will advance to CIF State Tournament on Nov. 14 at Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach. Nine individuals – who are not on those qualifying teams – also move on to state.

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Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the