Kyle Raubinger is headed to the Area Code Games.
The incoming Arroyo Grande High senior was the lone San Luis Obispo County baseball player selected to compete in a five-day showcase of the best high school players from around the country. Put on by ESPN with individual teams run by Major League Baseball organizations, the Area Code Games — scheduled for Aug. 5-10 at Blair Field in Long Beach — are known for their selectiveness.
Players have to attend tryouts to make one of eight regional teams, and they must be nominated by an MLB scout to be considered. Approximately 3,000 invitations are extended each year with 200 making the final cut.
Raubinger, a third baseman picked for The Tribune’s All-County first team and named PAC 7 pitcher of the year this past season, will play for Milwaukee Brewers Blue squad, one of two California-based teams.
Arroyo Grande swimmer qualifies for junior nationals
Zach Stevens of Arroyo Grande qualified for the U.S. Swimming Junior National Championships with an 11th-place finish at the Sectional Championships at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Thursday.
Stevens, 14, finished the 200-meter breaststroke in 2 minutes, 26.15 seconds against a field of 48 that that included swimmers up to 18 years old. An incoming freshman at Arroyo Grande High, Stevens was nearly a second-and-a-half under the long-course qualifying mark.
Alan Peterson of San Luis Obispo High had a lifetime best of 9:04.33 in the 800 freestyle, and Morro Bay’s Trent Popovich did the same, finishing the 100 freestyle in 57.14 — though neither was able to advance.