NEWARK — All James Davenport wanted was a chance.

It came June 1 when he signed with the Seattle Mariners.

Davenport, the grandson of former San Francisco Giant Jimmy Davenport, last played organized ball at Ohlone before he graduated in 2005.

He's worked out since for several teams, including the Mariners at Encinal High in late May. He also worked out for them again on June 1, his 22nd birthday.

"Like 20 minutes after that, they called and asked me to come play for them," Davenport said. "All I wanted all along was a shot. I'm not getting a lot of money, and I don't have a high salary, but this gets my foot in the door."

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound third baseman is a 2003 graduate of Newark Memorial High.

After Ohlone, Davenport sat out a year waiting for a team to show interest after getting bypassed in the draft.

He wasn't drafted in the 2006 draft and enrolled at Cumberland University in Tennessee. He said he was looking to sign with a team while at Cumberland and never got on the field and withdrew from the school.

"I'm way more mature than I was before," Davenport said. "I used to goof around a lot. Now I'm more serious and ready to take this on."

Davenport will leave Sunday for Peoria, Ariz., where he'll join the Rookie League.

"I've been waiting for this my whole life," he said.

Logan's Trejo picked by Brewers

UNION CITY — After four years of varsity baseball, James Logan High's Josh Trejo, a left-handed pitcher, will have the opportunity to take it to the professional level if he elects.


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Trejo was selected in the 27th round, the 821st overall pick, by the Milwaukee Brewers.

At Logan this season, Trejo compiled a 5-0 mark during Mission Valley Athletic League play, with a 1.75 ERA. He had 42 strikeouts in 28 innings and allowed just seven earned runs.

Trejo helped lead the Colts to a 12-0 MVAL mark and a second straight league championship.

Gooch goes 1,000th

FREMONT — Former James Logan standout, Ohlone sophomore Wayman Gooch, a right-handed pitcher, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 33th round (the 1,000th overall pick).

At Ohlone, Gooch went 8-1 with a 3.46 ERA and had a save. He had 86 strikeouts in 91 innings. He started 11 games and had a team-high six complete games.