Santa Maria Indians release three players, sign three more
BY SARAH E. THIEN
Catcher Kyle Leon from Allan Hancock College, outfielder Christian Johnson from Central Arizona, and pitcher Daniel Romero from South Mountain Community College were all recently released from their contracts with the Indians. Leon wanted to pursue more playing time (he would have been one of four catchers playing for the Indians) and Johnson and Romero both ended their college seasons due to injuries.
Replacements include David Van Ostrand from Cal Poly, catcher Manny Reyes from Nipomo High School, pitcher Joey Green from Hancock, and pitcher Justin Grota from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Van Ostrand was an All-California Collegiate League selection with the San Luis Obispo Blues in 2007. A former Hancock player (2006 and 2007), he was selected in the 32nd round by the New York Yankees. Van Ostrand is the fourth Cal Poly player to join the Indians, along with C Justin Hensley, Ricky Rossman, and Mark Laugenour.
Nipomo High School senior catcher Manny Reyes is the younger brother of 2005 Santa Maria Indian and former Atlanta Brave Cesar Reyes. Manny is expected to sign a letter of intent in the coming weeks with a Division I school. Green graduated from Lompoc High School. He made one appearance with the Indians in 2006, and just completed his sophomore season at Hancock. Also joining Green is Texas A&M Corpus Christi right handed pitcher Grota.
The Indians' home opener will take place June 6 against Conejo Oaks at Elks Field in Santa Maria. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids, and children 10 and younger get in for free. For more information, visit www.santamariaindians.com.
Sports Shorts is compiled by Sports Editor Sarah E. Thien. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, e-mail, or mail.
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