17U & Gold Split Doubleheaders to Open 2017 Season

The California Warriors Gold Team started off the summer with a doubleheader split on Sunday against the Thundersox at Dublin High School. Both games were very competitive and were decided by clutch hitting by both teams. Keith Whitaker, Dante Leach, Jesse Gassman, and Matthew Marquez Jr. all had great days for the Warriors at the plate. In the second inning, Marquez Jr. hit a towering ball over the left fielder’s head to start the Warriors off in the first game. Later on, when the Warriors were down three in the top of the seventh inning, shortstop Jesse Gassman hit a bases-clearing double to straight-away center to put the Warriors within one. The Thundersox managed to get out of the inning and seal the first game, but the momentum from Gassman’s big hit rolled over into the next game.

Leadoff hitter Keith Whitaker set the tone for the Warriors with a line drive shot down the left field line for a double, eventually scoring the first run of the game. The hits just kept on coming as Luc Chassé and Dante Leach had two hits apiece. Leach would eventually get the big hit in the top of the 6th with a two-RBI double in the right-center gap, putting the Warriors up by one. The Warriors didn’t look back, scoring four more runs in the inning. Jesse Gassman threw three innings of relief with George Hart coming into the game in the seventh to finish off the game, resulting in an 11-7 win for the Gold team, their first of the season. The California Warriors Gold Team’s next competition is a doubleheader on Saturday, June 10 the against the Easton Cats at the University of the Pacific.

The California Warriors 17u Elite Team also opened up their summer schedule with a doubleheader, facing off against the Easton Cats at University of Pacific. Game 1 resulted in a win for the Warriors, with 2018 Sacred Heart HS Graduate Marty Cole throwing a complete game shutout on the mound in a 4-0 win. Chris Giles provided all of the offense the Warriors would need in the 4th inning when his 2-RBI single to right field was misplayed, resulting in a 2-run inside the park home run. Game 2 saw the Warriors battle back late from an early deficit, but ultimately falling 8-6. The star of Game 2 was Matthew Calhoun, who collected 2 doubles and 5 RBI’s in the loss.

More California Warriors Players Named to All-League Teams

In addition to the California Warriors players and alumni who made the All-MCAL teams, we have a handful more players who earned similar honors in their respective leagues. Here are the players who were awarded all-league honors:

  • Sawyer Whitney – 1st Team All-TCAL
  • Charley Moore – 1st Team All-BCL
  • John Green – 1st Team All-NBL
  • Hance Smith – 1st Team All-NBL
  • Bradley Smith – 1st Team All-SCL
  • Martin Cole – 1st Team All-WCAL
  • Caden Cortese – 1st Team All-MEL
  • Ben Somorjai – 1st Team All-PAL
  • Chris Giles – 2nd Team All-WACC
  • Quinton Gago – 2nd Team All-NBL
  • Matthew Calhoun – Honorable Mention All-WCAL

California Warriors Make Up 40% of All-MCAL Selectees

Congrats to all of the California Warriors players who earned All-MCAL honors! The California Warriors were represented strongly among this year’s All-MCAL players, accounting for 40% of all the players selected. Here’s the complete list:

1st Team

  • Nick Roth (Drake) – P / INF
  • Nick Brass (Tam) – INF
  • Dane Goodman (Redwood) – OF
  • Nick Kennison (Tam) – P

2nd Team

  • Alec Ritch (Branson) – INF
  • Owen Hamilton (Drake) – INF
  • Sean Robinson (Novato) – OF
  • Henrik Reinertsen (Branson) – P
  • Jake Schmidt (San Marin) – Utility

Honorable Mention

  • Anthony Pomilia (Redwood) – INF
  • Tyler Picetti (Novato) – OF
  • Spencer Smead (Branson) – OF
  • Jack Harris (Marin Catholic) – P

Silver Earns First Win of the Summer

The California Warriors Silver team opened their season over Memorial Day Weekend at the River City Travel Baseball Memorial Day tournament. For many of the guys, it was the first time putting on a Warrior uniform and they did not disappoint. The weekend was comprised of many outstanding and clutch performances by several different players, with a focus on the starting pitching. All weekend long the California Warriors Silver benefited from stellar starting pitching efforts from Nathan Hirsch, Connor Maas, Zachary Mathews, and Kalen El-Masri. The Warriors bullpen efforts were outstanding as well. Peter Coholan was great out of the bullpen on multiple occasions and Hunter Karbowski proved to be a solid arm out of the bullpen as well. The defense was headed by great efforts from Alex Kirley, who saw time at both short stop and third base over the weekend, Isaak Irmini-Kreft at second base, and Benji Brakebill at third. The Warriors were able to clinch their first victory of the season on Sunday afternoon in a come-from-behind victory over the North Sac Scrappers. Down 4-1 late in the game, clutch at bats from Isaak Irmini-Kreft, Dean Kellum, William Miller, Kalen El- Masri, and Deven Irwin led to a five run top of the fourth inning for the Warriors. Miles Smith took the mound in the bottom of the fourth and was lights out for the Warriors, going 3 innings and allowing only one run, earning himself the win. The California Warriors Silver Team’s next contest is a double header versus the Thundersox at Dublin High School on June 10th.

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California Warriors Player of the Week: Ben Somorjai

Taking home the California Warriors Alumni Player of the Week honors this week is Menlo School Catcher, Ben Somorjai. In a 10-3 win over El Camino, Somorjai collected 2 Hits and a Stolen Base while driving in 3 RBI, helping his team on their path to victory. Over his past 4 games, the 2-season California Warriors alum has driven in 11 Runs, marking him as one of the top play-makers in the Menlo School lineup. To read more about the game and Ben’s season, check out this article in the San Mateo Daily Journal where Somorjai was featured. Ben has committed to play at Haverford College next year – we wish him the best in his career as a collegiate student athlete!

California Warriors Alumni Give Strong Showing in High School Playoffs

California Warriors Shine in MCAL Championship

This past weekend, the MCAL Championship game was played between Drake and Marin Catholic High Schools. Many California Warriors had an impact, but none greater than that of former Warrior Owen Hamilton. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 19th inning, Hamilton blasted a walk-off homerun, bringing home the championship for the Drake Pirates.

The 2017 MCAL Championship game was one for ages as the extra inning game turned into a two-day affair. Originally starting on Friday May, 19th at 7:00pm, the game was tied through 18 innings and officials decided to finish the game the next day as it was past midnight. Saturday afternoon was much different than the previous night’s showing, as the game needed just one inning to wrap up due to Hamilton’s walk-off home run.

As is typical in MCAL title games, many past and present California Warriors were scattered throughout both dugouts. We would like to congratulate those players on making it to the big dance:

Marin Catholic California Warriors:

  • Jack Harris
  • Sean Henry
  • Daniel Ongaro
  • Joe Levin

Drake HS California Warriors:

  • Owen Hamilton
  • Nick Roth

California Warriors Alumni Featured on Casa Grande NBL Championship Team

The California Warriors would like to congratulate the Casa Grande Gauchos on their recent NBL Championship, and are proud of the former and current California Warriors that helped make it happen. The California Warriors playing for the Gauchos are:

  • Hance Smith – C/SS
  • John Green – C/OF
  • Quinton Gago – LHP/OF
  • Eddie Bermudez – 2B

In their 11-1 Championship Game win Quinton Gago picked up the win on the mound, with all four players recording hits offensively in the win.

California Warriors Players of the Week: Cody Snider & Aaron Knapp

Featured as the collegiate alum for this round of California Warriors Alumni Players of the Weeks is Cody Snider, Right Fielder for the D-II Chico State Wildcats. Hitting out of the 2-hole, Snider has had a great week for the Wildcats, going 7 for 22 (good for a .318 AVG) with 5 Runs, 5 RBI, and a HR in matchups against Cal State LA, Stanislaus State, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC San Diego. Cody has dominated opposing pitching all season long to the tune of 35 R, 41 RBI, 13 Doubles, and a .342 AVG while flashing a little power and knocking 4 HR.

This week’s Pro Alum Feature is Aaron Knapp, the UC Berkeley alum who was selected in the 8th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. Knapp’s week playing for the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers was a very productive one, going 10 for 30 with 3 Runs, 7 RBI, a Stolen Base, and a Home Run. The Right Fielder has had a solid first season playing MiLB so far, hitting for a .277/.375/.390 triple-slash over 141 AB while scoring 22 Runs, driving in 13 RBI, and swiping 13 bags.

California Warriors Alumni Thriving at College of Marin

This past weekend, the College of Marin Mariners began postseason play with a three game series against Fresno City College in the regional round of the California state playoffs. The Mariners earned a series sweep with a 10-4 win in game one and a 6-3 win in game two. Spread across the field for the Mariners were many California Warriors Alumni, many of whom had a strong impact on the series. The Warriors alumni playing for College of Marin are:

  • Marcus Chiu – Starting 2B
  • Dominic Burke – Starting 3B
  • Christian Merriwether – Starting CF
  • Chase Gardner – Starting Pitcher
  • Brett Bowyer – Relief Pitcher
  • Bryan Jakemic – Starting DH / Relief Pitcher
  • Nick Heimbroadt – Starting 1B
  • Adam Hussain – Starting LF
  • Beau Gardner – Pitching Coach (former California Warriors player & coach)

After earning Bay Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year honors, Chase Gardner started on the mound for game one of the series. Gardner gave the Mariners a quality start, going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs while striking out 4. Offensively, the Mariners were able to open the game up in the bottom of the 6th inning behind an Adam Hussain 2-RBI double to the fence that gave the Mariners a 6-3 lead they would never give up. Hussain finished the game 2-2 with 2 RBI’s, a 2B, and 2 BB.

Game two resulted in a comfortable 6-3 win for the Mariners with Burke, Hussain, and Heimbrodt all registering hits offensively and closer Brett Bowyer throwing the ninth inning for the Mariners. Bay Valley Conference MVP Marcus Chiu had a great series, going 2-5 with 5 BB and 7 runs scored. Hussain also turned in a solid series going 4-5 with 4 BB, 3 runs, 2 RBI’s and a 2B. Christian Merriwether and Dominic Burke both played great defensively saving runs at both Center Field and 3rd Base respectively.

The Mariners now move onto a best of 3 Super Regional this weekend at Delta College in Stockton, CA.