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Tahoe minor leagues enjoy hot summer

Steve Yingling

Two South Shore baseball products are enjoying productive summers in minor league baseball.

Levi Funderburk is batting .285 in 41 games with the Chico Heat of the independent Western Baseball League. The 1988 South Tahoe High graduate has 14 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles and four homers.

The former standout first baseman at Cal State University-San Bernardino also owns a .438 slugging percentage and a .340 on-base percentage. Funderburk has committed seven errors in the field.



Funderburk, a second-year minor-leaguer, went 3 for 4 as the Heat edged Grays Harbor 3-1 on Sunday. The win moved Chico (17-14) to within two games of first-place Sonoma County.

The Heat, winners of seven of their past 10 games, opened a three-game set Monday night in Mission Viejo.



Meanwhile, Jordan Romero is adapting well to pro baseball in his rookie season. The former South Tahoe High hurler has a 1-2 record and a 4.35 earned run average in nine starts with the Bluefield (West Virginia) Orioles of the Appalachian League.

Romero’s season statistics include 30 strikeouts, nine walks, no homers allowed, 18 hits and 10 earned runs.

Romero picked up his first win last week, tossing six shutout innings in an 11-2 win. The 1994 STHS graduate recorded eight strikeouts and surrendered four hits.

Romero and Bluefield officials were in the midst of a roadtrip on Monday and were unavailable for comment. The Orioles lead the Appalachian League with a 32-26 record.

Last spring, Romero posted a 7-7 record and 3.03 ERA at De Anza Community College in the Bay Area. The Orioles drafted Romero in the 15th round of the Major League draft in June.


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