Sports Briefs, Oct. 25, 2012

Minor League Baseball

Dahl third in player of year voting

Grand Junction Rockies outfielder David Dahl finished third in fan voting for Minor League Baseball’s offensive player of the year, which encompasses all classifications of the minors.

First baseman Darin Ruf of the Reading Phillies in the Eastern League (Double-A) received 19 percent of the votes in fan voting, with Dahl picking up 13 percent. Outfielder Billy Hamilton, in Cincinnati’s organization at Pensacola, Fla. (Double-A), was second with 15 percent of fan votes.

The staff of also picked its category winners, opting for Wil Myers, an outfielder with Kansas City, who played Triple-A ball in Omaha this year, as the offensive player of the year.

Dahl led the Pioneer League with a .379 batting average, 41 points higher than anyone else in the league, and had a 27-game hitting streak for the Rockies. He was the league MVP and selected the Rookie player of the year by Baseball America.

Offensive and pitching awards were announced Thursday, with MiLBY awards for other categories, including the play and game of the year, announced in the coming weeks on the Minor League Baseball website.

In other Pioneer League news, the Cincinnati Reds have extended their agreement with the Billings Mustangs for two more years, through the 2016 season.


Prep Volleyball

Thieszen leads ‘Dogs past Eagle Valley


Morgan Thieszen had 19 kills to lead Palisade past Eagle Valley 25-20, 18-25, 25-11, 21-25, 15-11 in Western Slope League volleyball Thursday.

The Bulldogs (14-8, 9-2 WSL) can claim at least a share of the league title with a win in its regular-season finale Saturday, when Palisade hosts Battle Mountain in a 
1 p.m. match.

Savannah Hanson contributed 11 kills and 14 digs to Thursday’s win, Courtney Clark led the Bulldogs with 31 digs, Shannon Rhodes had 42 assists, and Allysa Chutka had three blocks, including one solo.


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