Pickles sign infielder
The second player signing for the Portland Pickles summer baseball season is Skyler De Los Reyes of the UC Riverside Highlanders.
He's a 5-9, 160-pound freshman infielder from Upland, Calif.
The Pickles, whose ownership group now includes Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, will be managed by former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jeff Lahti in 2017.
Portland will have 30 home games at Walker Stadium in Year 2 of the Great West League. The Pickles' college wood-bat season begins with six road games, the first on May 30 at the defending GWL champion Chico Heat.
The first homestand starts Tuesday, June 6, with three games against the Marysville Gold Sox followed by three games with the Heat.
One more for 3's
Great job by Oregon State senior Sydney Wiese in the 3-point contest at the men's Final Four. She placed second, only one point behind the women's winner.
Here's hoping that next year — if Oregon's team isn't still busy — Lexi Bando can rate an invite to the same event.
Bando, a 5-9 guard from Willamette High, has a higher career shooting percentage from beyond the arc than Wiese (.457 to .410), although Wiese has pumped up quite a few more attempts (909 to Bando's 444, with Bando on pace to finish her UO career in 2018 at 604 if she matches her 160 tries this past season).
Wiese took 6.9 3-pointers per 40-minute game as a Beaver. By comparison, Damian Lillard has averaged 7.1 per 48-minute NBA game during his pro career, and fellow Blazers guard CJ McCollum is at 4.3.
Feeling a draft
NHL Central Scouting last week released its final rankings of draft-eligible prospects.
Five Portland Winterhawks were listed, each improving his stock from the midseason report and going into the June 23-24 NHL draft.
Among skaters playing in North America, the Hawks' Cody Glass is rated No. 6 (up from No. 8 at midseason), defenseman Henri Jokiharju is 19th (up from 22nd), defenseman Brendan De Jong is 87th (up from 109th), forward Ryan Hughes is 169th (from 177th) and Skyler McKenzie is 176th after being unranked at midseason.
• Next up in the world of drafts, though, is Monday's National Pro Fastpitch (CBS Sports). Former U of O standouts Geri Ann Glasco and Cheridan Hawkins were selected last year and will be rookies this summer. Glasco will play utility for the Akron Racers; Hawkins will pitch for the Scrap Yard Dawgs of Woodland, Texas.
The league has five teams, including the Chicago Bandits (Rosemont, Illinois), Texas Charge (Austin area) and USSSA Pride (Kissimmee, Fla.). Other ex-Ducks in the league for 2017 are infielder Courtney Ceo (USSSA), catcher/outfielder Alexa Peterson (Chicago) and outfielder Koral Costa (Texas).
T2 still 0-fer
Portland Timbers 2 travels to Sacramento on Saturday still searching for its first points of the United Soccer League season.
T2 fell to 0-5 with a 1-0 Sunday loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at Providence Park.
But this is no lost cause.
This match was a chance to get game minutes for a group of MLS Timbers who needed it, taking advantage of a rule allowing MLS clubs to loan players to their USL partner. Having played its MLS match at home on Saturday, this was an ideal opportunity to use T2 to get game minutes for players who haven't seen regular MLS action.
MLS Timbers reserves who played were goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, defenders Vytas, Zarek Valentin and Chance Myers, midfielders Amobi Okugo and Jack Barmby, and forwards Victor Arboleda and Jeremy Ebobisse. Rookies Arboleda (four USL games so far) and Ebobisse (two) figure to be regulars for T2 this year, while for the others Sunday was their 2017 USL debut.