Roseville lad moves closer to Pitch Hit & Run finals in Kansas City

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Young Keahi Lum of Roseville has made it through Major League Baseball’s Pitch Hit & Run competitions at Mahany Park and in Rio Linda and Oakland.

A trip to Kansas City could be next.

Keahi was the hitting champion in the 7- and 8-year-old division at the local competition. He advanced to capture the Sectional overall championship in Rio Linda and the team championship in Oakland.

The top scorers after the team competitions — to be held in each major-league city — will qualify for the finals, scheduled for the second week of July in Kansas City, site of this year’s All-Star Game.

The key for Keahi, who plays with the Double-A Mets in Woodcreek Little League, is his ability to hit the square in the pitching competition, according to his dad, Makani. The target is about the size of a strike zone.

“And he can hit it,” Makani said.

Oakmont grad hits .317 in college

Spencer Williams just completed his junior year at Viterbo (Wis.) University and hit .317 in 21 games with the Hawks (10-32).

Williams graduated from Oakmont in 2007 and played at American River College before transferring to Viterbo, which plays in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Williams’ average was third on the team. He was second in on-base percentage at .417 and fourth in slugging percentage at .349. Williams also handled 28 chances without an error.

All-conference honor for former Viking

Whittier College junior pitcher Jessica Rosnack was named to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second team.

Rosnack, a 2009 Oakmont graduate, pitched five complete games and had a 12-5 record with a 3.17 ERA for the Poets (24-17), including a six-hitter in a 5-1 victory over No. 13 Redlands in the conference tournament.

Coy tops Blue Hens

Alicea Coy, a 2011 Roseville graduate, topped the University of Delaware softball team in sacrifices with 16 in her freshman season.

Coy, an infielder, started 55 of 57 games for the Blue Hens (15-41-1) and hit .237 with six doubles among her 37 hits. She also handled 249 total chances and committed 14 errors for a .943 fielding percentage.