Haerther, a fifth-round selection by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2009 MLB Draft, had a night to remember in a decisive Game 3 in the Pioneer League playoffs (best-of-three series).
"I went 7-for-7 in college one night," Haerther said. "That was probably my greatest game. But I never won a championship, was never part of a dogpile, so this is top of my list."
The native of Chatsworth, Calif., belted a three-run homer in the top of the first inning to help the Owlz secure a 3-0 advantage. Haerther's home run came off former UCLA teammate Charles Brewer, a 12th-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in last June's draft.
"I hit my first professional home run in my last at-bat on Friday, and I had the same game plan [tonight]," Haerther said. "I kind of know how [Brewer] pitches, so I took advantage of that. I probably faced him 60 times in fall ball at UCLA, so I pretty much know his repertoire. When you have some sort of a plan with what the pitcher comes at you, it makes you comfortable in the box."
In other minor league action, former UCLA left-hander Paul Oseguera helped guide the San Jose Giants to the California League title on Saturday. Oseguera did not pitch in the championship-clinching contest, but capped a strong season by going 7-7 with a 3.77 ERA in 17 starts (one complete game) during San Jose's regular season.