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'07 San Ramon Grad Goes Pro With New O.C. Baseball League

Danville's Ryan Lucas joins first-season, starting-lineup for American West's Fullerton Flyers.

Danville's Ryan Lucas, 23, is an official pro-baller after signing last week with the Fullerton Flyers, a professional team in the up-and-coming American West Baseball League.

"I'm so excited," said Lucas, a 2007 San Ramon Valley High School grad and former player for UC Davis and Chabot College.

Lucas joins the 2013 inaugural season for American West, a newly formed, Orange County-based independent minor league, not affiliated with baseball's Major or Minor League.

The Fullerton Flyers, once the Orange County Flyers, originally launched in 2005 in the now-defunct, Bay Area-affiliated Golden Baseball League. Acquired in 2012 by entertainment group Godfather Media Inc., the Fullerton Flyers are back up and swinging with the AWBL.

For Lucas, who assumed his playing days ended with graduation this year from University of California, Davis, it's a thrilling opportunity.

While part of Lucas contemplated a career with his new communications degree or returning to college for a master's, he said "the other half of me wanted to keep playing" baseball.      

"This is exciting for him," said former major-leaguer Gregg Jefferies. "He's always had aspirations to get back and play pro ball."

"Now he's a pro player," Jefferies said. "He's getting paid to play."

Two-time All Star Jefferies is part-coach and mentor for Lucas, helping him train at his new Pleasanton facility, the Gregg Jefferies Sports Academy.

"He works as hard as anybody," Jefferies said of the second baseman and pitcher. "He'll run through a wall." 

And Lucas added his family members -- father Jeff Lucas of Danville, and mom and stepdad Danelle and Bill Morones, also of Danville -- are delighted, as well, that his games will go on.

"My parents said, 'Yeah, we're not done watching you either.'"

For more information on the American West Baseball League and Fullerton Flyers, click here or view the league's Facebook page.

Jefferies Sports Academy is on Facebook here.

 

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