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Renander enjoys time with Ringor

By zack palmer

of the news-times

Eric Renander, who starred locally on the diamond at Forest Grove High School before graduating in 2004, spent this summer tearing it up as a member of the Beaverton Ringor baseball team which finished second in the nation at the AAU World Series last weekend.

Renander was a huge star at Forest Grove, earning Pac-9 Player of the Year and all-state honors as a senior, and he recently capped a strong freshman campaign at Clackamas Community College, where he started every game at shortstop and will return next year. Not surprisingly, Renander continued to play well this summer for Ringor, batting .387 for the season and turning scouts' heads at the World Series.

'Eric Renander is simply my favorite guy,' said Ringor manager Len Clarke. 'He's just a great kid and a pleasure to coach. I wish I had more players like Eric Renander.'

Renowned for his flashy glovework, Renander impressed several California-area college coaches - including the staff from UC-Davis - during the Series. After finishing up at Clackamas next spring, Renander will be looking to continue both his college and baseball careers in southern California, potentially at the Division I level, according to Clarke.

'I've been coaching for a long time (37 years) and I've never had anyone play a better shortstop than Renander,' said Clarke. 'He brings leadership and an emotional charge to the team, and that clearly showed up at the World Series and caught the attention of recruiters. I know talent, and Eric is a very talented guy.'

Although his parents will likely enjoy the down time afforded by the remainder of the summer, Renander is already looking forward to getting back on the baseball field.

'School ball started in January and ended in May. Summer ball started the following week and just now wrapped up,' said Renander's father, John. 'Eric commented this morning, 'I can't wait until fall ball starts.' He has a true passion for the game of baseball.'