Lauren Hertz
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Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Lauren Hertz expects to graduate in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism and a minor in film and media production. Hertz has interned with PBS NewsHour West, AZCentral Sports and CBS New York.

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Ice breakers: Arizona High School Hockey Association brings new community, awareness to hockey in Valley

TEMPE – The AHSHA was started to allow high school athletes to participate in high level hockey competition across the state. However, the AIA has not sanctioned it due to equipment costs and limitations with how many schools have participated. With the league gaining traction, hockey in the desert is thriving more than ever.

Notre Dame Preparatory School's hockey team defeated Basha High School in the semifinal of the ASHA playoffs to secure a place in Saturday's championship against Desert Vista High School at Mullett Arena. (Photo by Grace Edwards/Cronkite News)

‘The game needs us’: MLB has diversity problem and no easy solution

PHOENIX – With no United States-born Black baseball players featured in the 2022 World Series between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies, many felt as though baseball had taken a step away from building a diverse game. The next generation of players are growing within the youth community and the MLB DREAM Series in Tempe proved that the game still has more to learn.

Darrell Miller, right, a former major leaguer and coach at the Dream Series, believes that he was pushed to play in the outfield over playing behind the plate because he was “tall and ran a 6.60.” (Photo by Kelsey Grant/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Lack of players forces ASU women’s basketball team to forfeit 2 Pac-12 games

PHOENIX – Arizona State announced Wednesday that the ASU women’s basketball games against Colorado and Utah had been canceled due to student-athlete availability. The games will not be made up, and will not affect the overall records of the schools.

The 2022-23 season has been a challenging one for ASU women’s basketball coach Natasha Adair and her staff. The team has to forfeit two Pac-12 games this weekend because of injuries and health issues. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Brotherly love: Reunited in Arizona, McLain trio leave their baseball mark

PHOENIX – Growing up in California. brothers Nick, Matt and Sean McLain played baseball in their backyard with their parents. Now, two are in major league farm systems and another at ASU. While their paths may have intertwined, these brothers are forging their own outside of each other's shadows.

Cincinnati Reds prospect infielder Matt McLain earned 2020 Second Team All-American honors at UCLA and is the only player at UCLA besides Gerrit Cole to be drafter in a higher spot then their initial draft selection. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Play ball! A day in the life of the Arizona Fall League

MESA – While the Arizona Fall League takes place from October-November, it is considered baseball’s league of the offseason. From the communications department to the players, each person has different experiences.

Peoria Sports Complex, the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, hosts more than 100 top prospects every year as one of the home fields of the Arizona Fall League. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Changing of the stars: Arizona Fall League’s new rules for annual showcase a hit

MESA – The Arizona Fall League hosted its 16th annual Fall Stars Game this past weekend, with the best prospects being selected to represent the National and American Leagues. While the field of competition changes every year, the event itself has also morphed over the years.


Former ASU infielder Jake Elmore returns to roots in the Arizona Fall League

PEORIA – Jake Elmore thought he would remain an Arizona Diamondback for his entire MLB career. However, he played for 12 teams over 13 years. Now a coach with the Surprise Saguaros, Elmore has returned to where it started in the Arizona Fall League.


How Solar Sox manager Bobby Crosby rediscovered passion for baseball after playing career derailed

PHOENIX – Bobby Crosby won the American League Rookie of the Year award with the Oakland Athletics in 2004, but he never had a better season in the major leagues. While his playing career didn’t go according to plan, Crosby has rediscovered his passion for the game as a coach and manager in the A’s organization.

Mesa Solar Sox manager Bobby Crosby never played a full season after winning the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2004 with the Oakland Athletics. (Photo by Grace Edwards/Cronkite News)

Cubs prospect BJ Murray Jr. builds relationships, represents Bahamas in Arizona Fall League

BJ Murray Jr. was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas and moved to the U.S. when he was 14 years old to pursue his baseball career. Murray Jr. was then drafted by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2021 draft out of Florida Atlantic, building a friendship along the way.


Alon Leichman uses past to propel next generation of pitchers in Arizona Fall League

SCOTTSDALE – Alon Leichman, pitching coach of the Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners), has had two Tommy John Surgeries and almost needed a third during his time at UCSD. Not wanting to give up on his playing career, Leichman played for Team Israel, coaching and pitching across international competition.

Peoria Javelinas pitching coach Alon Leichman had dreams of playing in the major leagues before two Tommy John surgeries led him to the international stage. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Mets prospect Brandon McIlwain sees Arizona Fall League payoff from his years in football

SCOTTSDALE – New York Mets prospect Brandon McIlwain was a quarterback at Cal in college and also played at the University of South Carolina as a baseball player before pursuing baseball full time. While he was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2019, he opted to return to college and signed with the Mets in 2020.


Major lessons: Peoria Javelinas manager Reid Brignac imparts wisdom on young prospects in Arizona Fall League

SCOTTSDALE - Binghamton Rumble Ponies manager Reid Brignac is no stranger to the game of baseball. Now wanting to expand his wealth of knowledge to younger prospects, Brignac has brought his talents to Peoria to manage the Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

Peoria Javelinas manager Reid Brignac always had a knack for coaching during his playing days and found the perfect opportunity with the New York Mets after retiring in 2018. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

‘I grew to love it on my own’: Pirates prospect Jacob Gonzalez shapes career outside of father’s shadow

SCOTTSDALE – Third baseman Jacob Gonzalez, son of Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez, was drafted out of high school by the San Francisco Giants in 2017. Now he's participating in the Arizona Fall League and paving his own career path.

The son of former Diamondbacks player Luis Gonzalez, Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jacob Gonzalez is paving his own path in his baseball career while carrying on the family name. (Photo by Grace Edwards/Cronkite News)

’Best decision I ever made’: Fall League’s Shane Loux turns to coaching after injury plagued career

SCOTTSDALE – Shane Loux had an unconventional playing career because of two Tommy John surgeries and two major gaps during his time in Major League Baseball. Now as a High-A pitching coach and Salt River Rafters pitching coach in the Arizona Fall League, Loux inspires other pitchers to make their dreams a reality.

Salt River Rafters pitching coach Shane Loux was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1997 and made his major league pitching debut in 2002 at just 22. (Photo by Grace Edwards/Cronkite News)

Vacation can wait for Diamondbacks catcher Cooper Hummel

PHOENIX – The Diamondbacks have sent utility player Cooper Hummel to the Arizona Fall League to hone his skills behind the plate with the hope that he can become a regular backup to starting catcher Carson Kelly. Hummel has played in 64 games this season in various roles, including 16 starts at catcher.


From roomies to Diamondbacks starters, Drey Jameson and Ryne Nelson begin big league careers in lockstep

PHOENIX — Diamondbacks pitchers Ryne Nelson and Drey Jameson were roommates throughout their minor league careers. Now they both received a call to the show, just weeks apart from each other.


LinkedIn profile helps Diamondbacks outfielder make his baseball dreams come true

PHOENIX – When Diamondbacks outfielder Stone Garrett was released by the Miami Marlins organization in 2020 due to roster cuts, he took a job as a realtor in Houston, Texas. However, Garrett knew he wasn’t done playing baseball just yet.


MLB approves three rule changes for 2023 season, but not everyone’s thrilled

PHOENIX — With MLB approving new rule changes for the 2023 season, what are the Diamondbacks thoughts and how will these changes affect the league next season?


Voice of change: ASU athletes promote social justice through Black Student Athlete Association

PHOENIX – Led by former sprinter Cortney Jones, Arizona State athletes formed the Black Student Athlete Association last January hoping to promote social justice. Now an official campus organization, the BSAA aims to provide support to athletes of color and bring social-justice changes.


Year out! Diamondbacks embrace new balanced schedule for 2023 season

PHOENIX – Last week, the Diamondbacks revealed their 2023 regular season schedule and it featured an anomaly. For the first time, the MLB franchise would be taking on all 29 other teams in the league.