Cy Creek and Elkins grads face off in Reds-Dodgers battle
Cy Creek High School graduate Paul Janish went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-4, Monday.
Janish is a 2001 graduate of Cypress Creek High School. He played college baseball at Rice University for three seasons (2002 to 2004). As a freshman in 2002, Janish was named a Western Athletic Conference all-star shortstop after hitting .299 with 59 hits in 61 games. He repeated the honor in 2004 as a junior after batting .345 with nine home runs and 60 RBIs. Janish was drafted in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball drafted by Cincinnati. He spent parts of five seasons in the Reds organization before making his Major League debut on May 14, 2008. Janish was a career .261 hitter in the minors with 32 home runs and 207 RBIs. During 2008, he appeared in 39 games for the Reds with a .187 average and six RBIs while hitting his first big league home run. He spent all of 2009 and 2010 with the Reds as a backup infielder, appearing in a total of 172 games while batting .232 with six homers and 41 RBIs. Janish was born Oct. 12, 1982, in Cypress.
Elkins High School graduate James A. Loney went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Dodgers in the loss.
Loney is a 2002 graduate of Elkins High School where he was a first-team high-school all-American utility player during his senior season in 2002.
The Los Angeles Dodgers made him their first-round pick (19th overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. Loney played in 431 minor league games during his first four professional seasons before making his Major League debut with LA on April 4, 2006. Loney appeared in 96 games for the Dodgers with a .331 batting average, 15 home runs and 67 RBIs to finish sixth in National League rookie of the year voting. Loney hit at least 10 runs and drive in at least 88 runs each of the next three seasons (2008 to 2010) in LA. Loney was born May 7, 1984, in Houston.
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