MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's infielder Nikko Saenz will represent the Walnut Creek Crawdads next week when the Far West Baseball League holds its first All-Star game in Marysville, Calif.
A native of San Jose, Calif., Saenz will return to Saint Mary's for the 2013-14 season as a junior. He'll do so on the strength of a productive summer playing for the Crawdads. Entering play Tuesday, he owned a .281 batting average with four home runs, eight doubles, five triples, 35 runs and 21 RBI.
The first Far West All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. and will feature the nationally renowned Marysville Gold Sox against the Far West All-Stars. Comprised of eight teams, the Far West League features Division I, II, III, NAIA and junior college talent from around the country. Games are played at venues throughout Northern California, including Saint Mary's.
Saenz was one of eight infielders named to the Far West squad, which will be coached by Humboldt Crabs coach Matt Nutter. He is one of just three West Coast Conference players to make the All-Star team and one of three Crawdads to earn selection.
As a sophomore in 2013, Saenz appeared in 22 games, collecting six hits and driving in five runs. He'll be part of a 2014 infield that returns several veteran pieces, including all four starters from 2013.