Clipboard: Aldrete sets career high for homers at Eugene

Not only has Monterey High grad Carter Aldrete switched positions this year, but a tweak in his swing has seen the first baseman hit for power and average this summer for the Eugene Emeralds.

Selected in the 15th round in 2019 by the San Francisco Giants, Aldrete has hit a career-high 11 home runs, while hitting .280 for the team’s High A affiliate.

Having spent part of spring training with the Giants parent club, the Monterey High graduate is second on the Emeralds in homers, runs batted in (37) and doubles (12) through 57 games.

The 24-year-old has also scored 31 runs and walked 19 times this summer while finding a home in the field at first base.

In parts of three minor league seasons with the Giants, Aldrete has hit 24 homers and driven in 104 runs in 615 at-bats.

Aldrete was a four-year starting shortstop for Monterey, earning all-county honors twice. He played second, third and the outfield at Arizona State.

Junior Olympics

Eight athletes from the Central Coast Track Club have advanced to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics, slated for July 25-31 at Sacramento State.

Headlining the list is Emma Franks, who advanced in both the long jump (15 feet, 9-inches) and triple jump, setting set a personal best of 34-9 in finishing second at the Pacific Regional meet in Modesto.

Bella Martinez, a Central Coast Section qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles last spring for Notre Dame, finished third overall in the javelin with a mark of 92-6.

Jack Nolan took third in the pole vault with a personal best of 11-9, while Jenna Emmerson was fourth in the 400 low hurdles (1 minute, 11.25 seconds) and Izzy Barrett fifth in the discus (103-6).

Jessica Lane, Emily Orozco and Quinn Eastman all advanced in the high jump in their respective age divisions.

Jensen sharp in return

Ryan Jensen has shaved his earned run average by nearly two runs a game since returning from a rehab assignment to the starting rotation for the Chicago Cubs Double-A team in Tennessee.

A former Salinas High hurler and the Cubs’ 2019 No. 1 draft choice, the right-hander has lowered his ERA to 3.70 for the Smokies.

Blessed with a fastball that approaches triple digits, the 6-foot Jensen has made eight starts for Tennessee, striking out 24 in 24 ⅓ innings. Opponents are hitting just .205 off him.

Jensen earned second-team All-American honors at Fresno State in 2019, posting a 12-1 record with 107 strikeouts in 100 innings. He was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Year.

The 23-year-old was the 27th overall pick in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft in 2019, the highest selection of a county athlete since Xavier Nady was the 49th player taken in 2000.

Berring in Alaska summer league

Palma grad JonJon Berring is spending the summer playing for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League, where the outfielder is hitting .400 in his first week.

Berring played in 47 games last season as a sophomore at Santa Clara University, leading the team in walks (30) and stolen bases (19), compiling a .380 on-base percentage.

The 19-year-old left fielder also finished second on the Broncos in runs scored (26), hitting two homers and driving in 17 runs, while hitting at the top of the order most of the season.

A former all-leaguer at Palma in football and baseball, Berring played in the Appalachian Summer League last year, where he hit .318 with a team-high 16 RBI in 19 games.

Coaches needed

Marina is looking for a varsity boys basketball coach for the 2022-23 school year. Apply at edjoin.org.

Pacific Grove is looking for a spirit squad/cheer coach, a co-ed JV water polo coach, a girl’s golf coach, a boy’s golf coach and a varsity boy’s wrestling coach. Go to https://www.pgusd.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Current-Opening/index.html

Salinas is looking for varsity head coaches in girls water polo, boys soccer, girls basketball and baseball for next season. Resumes should be sent to art.hunsdorfer@salinasuhsd.org.

Monterey City Amateur golf

Registration for the 72nd Monterey City Amateur golf tournament is underway. The event will be held July 29-31 at Del Monte Golf Course. Go to allenn@pebblebeach.com

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