17U Arizona Wrapup

For a week in mid-June, 17u Elite took part in the USA Baseball 17 Team Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. Playing in temperatures up to 120 degrees, the team put together a solid tournament playing many close games. Known as one of the best high school summer tournaments in the country, the 17u Team Championships did not disappoint as the level of play was very high, and the California Warriors were up to the challenge.

In pool play, 17u Elite saw themselves lose two run one games and another close game as their bats were not awake yet. Strong pitching and defense was displayed, but averaging under 2 runs a game was not a recipe for victory. Bracket play saw the bats wake up as 17u Elite captured their first win in their 4 th game beating OC Premier 4-1. Starting pitcher Daniel Colwell threw a complete game only giving up one run, while striking out 6 and allowing 2 hits. Offense came from catcher Zac D’Esposito who had 3 hits including a double off the fence. Dan Goodman and Chris Giles added RBI’s as well.

Game 5 saw another California Warriors victory as 17u Elite was able to wake up their bats beating the Saddleback Cowboys 10-5. Strong innings on the mound came from Isaac Sloan and James Shoch, but the bats were the story of the day. Multi hit days from Teddy Hoxie, Gremelt Balladares and Sawyer Whitney provided plenty of offense. The team also overcame an early deficit by scoring 8 runs in the 5 th inning and never looking back.

Game 6 was another offensive battle with 17u Elite ultimately losing a back and forth game against Team California 9-6. Marty Cole threw 4 solid innings on the mound to start and Gremelt Balladares closed the game with 2 scoreless innings of relief. The offense was paced by Chris Giles’ 3 hits and Matthew Calhoun also added 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.

There were some strong performances throughout the tournament for 17u Elite and some of the highlights were:

Anthony Pomilia- 6 hits and .462 AVG

Tyrell Cabrigas- 7 hits and .500 AVG with 4 SB’s

Christopher Giles- 6 hits and .375 AVG with 7 SB’s

The Importance of Coaching

The First Base Foundation & California Warriors are holding 7 practices at Tam HS and Redwood HS over the course of the summer. While competing in games during the summer is a great way to have fun, stay in shape, and grow as a baseball player, practices afford players the opportunity to address specific issues with their game and turn around bad habits.

At practice last week, all four teams spent time working together as well as with their individual teams, and also worked out by position. Coach Jimenez, a catcher at Chapman University, pulled the catchers from all four teams aside to work on catcher-specific drills. While the catchers worked on throwdowns and proper technique for blocking balls in the dirt, outfielders worked on their footwork when chasing down fly balls, batters cycled through taking reps in the cages, infielders practiced rundowns, and everyone spent some time on baserunning technique at the end of practice.

Breaking down individual techniques by position, working specifically on situational hitting, and talking to the players about the coaches’ expectations all help players develop strong baseball habits that they will carry with them into their high school seasons. The practices allow the coaches to recreate game situations and explain to the players how to improve, which is why they are an extremely important complement to games and tournaments throughout the summer ball season.

Prior to each practice, Coach Burke compiles a practice schedule, which allows the rest of the coaching staff to seamlessly move players from station to station so everyone makes the most out of their time on the field. The First Base Foundation coaching program prides itself on providing the California Warriors players with a fun, competitive atmosphere that also is effective in correcting mistakes and addressing lingering bad habits.

California Warriors Teams Bringing Home Wins

California Warriors Silver

The California Warriors Silver team had a great showing in the Monterey Waves on the Bay tournament at Monterey Peninsula College this past weekend. They played three games, finishing with one win, one loss, and one tie. In their first game against Head First Berkovich, the Warriors’ bats came out strong, scoring 2 runs in the second, 4 runs in the fourth, 2 runs in the sixth, and 4 runs in the seventh. All these runs were more than enough for starting pitcher Zach Mathews, who threw six strong innings and kept the Berkovich bats quiet. Hunter Karbowski came in to pitch the seventh to hold Berkovich and pick up a 12-4 win for the Warriors. Benji Brakebill and Isaak Irmini-Kreft both had great days at the plate – Brakebill finished with 4 RBI and Irmini-Kreft finished with 2 hits and 2 RBI.

In the second game of the tournament, the Silver team took on the Head First Gamers in a very intense game. Starting pitcher Luke Moore went 3.1 innings, allowing just 1 earned run to keep the Warriors in the game. The Gamers struck first in the bottom of the third inning, scoring one run to give them the lead. Peter Coholan came into the game in the bottom of the fourth to pull the Warriors out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the team within one run. In the top of the fifth, Alex Kirley got the Warriors on the board with a double in the left center gap to score Isaak Irmini-Kreft and tie the game at 1. In the top of the sixth, Benji Brakebill drove in the go-ahead run for the Warriors with a sacrifice fly to left field to put the Warriors up 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. In the bottom half of the inning, the Gamers managed to score one run, but Peter Coholon got himself out of another bases loaded jam and kept the score at 2-2. Due to the two hour game time limit, the game ended in the sixth inning with a final score of 2-2.

Due to the Silver team’s strong showing on Saturday, they earned the number two seed and a first round bye on Sunday. In the semifinal game, the Silver team matched up against the 3-seed Monterey Waves Maroon. Both teams were scoreless going into extra innings before the “International Rule” for extra innings took place. With the “International Rule,” both teams could pick a spot in the order to hit from with runners on first and second. The Monterey Waves put up five runs in the top of the eighth inning before shutting down the Warriors’ bats again in the bottom half of the inning to win the game and proceed to the championship. Gabriel Alward was nearly perfect on the mound for the Warriors, going 6.1 innings, allowing just two hits and no runs.

The Silver team played great the whole weekend and fought hard against some good teams. The Silver team’s next competition is a game against the Sac Speed on Saturday, June 24 at 10 am.

California Warriors 17u Elite

The California Warriors 17u Elite team went down to Arizona to play in the USA Baseball 18U Championship this past weekend. The event began on Friday afternoon with the skills showcase in which the players went through a pro style workout to showcase various skills such as arm strength, arm accuracy, athleticism, etc. before pool play began on Saturday.

‪Post game interview with Zac D'esposito and Daniel Colwell following the Warriors 17u Elite 4-1 victory over OC Premier‬

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In their first pool play game on Saturday, the 17u Elite team faced off against the Saddleback Cowboys. Daniel Colwell took the mound for the Warriors and threw a great game to give the Warriors’ bats a chance. After Chris Giles was hit by a pitch, Aidan Vannucci doubled to put runners on second and third. The Warriors managed to scrape one run across in the bottom of fourth, with the Cowboys still leading by a score of 2-1. The Cowboys extended their lead with another run in the sixth to go up 3-1 heading into the seventh. The Warriors mounted a solid comeback attempt, scoring a run in the last inning but it wasn’t enough as the Cowboys managed to hang on and win the game.

After two tough games on Sunday, the Warriors came out ready for their game on Monday against OC Premier. Daniel Colwell took the ball for the Warriors again and threw a great game, going 7 innings with 6 strikeouts and just 1 earned run. Zac D’Esposito, Chris Giles, and Dane Goodman each had an RBI for the Warriors which proved to be plenty of support for Colwell. The Warriors won the game 4-1, their first USA Baseball U Championship tournament win.

The 17U Elite Warriors continue this week in Arizona with a game on Wednesday in bracket play.

California Warriors Blue

The California Warriors Blue team played a doubleheader against the Berkeley Buzz on Saturday at Tim Moellering Field in Berkeley. The Blue team won both games decisively starting with a big 13-0 win in the first game. Jacob Rossi started the first game for the Warriors and threw five shutout innings to go along with six strikeouts on the day. Max Mendoza and Gustavo Hidalgo had two hits each to help lead the Blue team, while Estevan Castle and Oliver Sellman drove in three RBI a piece.

The second game was much closer than the first, but the Warriors still managed to pull out the win. Weston Terrell took the mound for the Blue team and threw 7 innings, surrendering just 3 hits while striking out 3. After the Buzz scored a quick run in the first, Terrell finished the rest of the game with six scoreless innings. Estevan Castle continued a great day at the plate with another two hits in the second game. The Blue team won the game 3-1, completing the doubleheader sweep. The Blue team heads up to Santa Rosa on Wednesday to play in the Goodwill Series Wood Bat Tournament.

California Warriors Gold

The California Warriors Gold team also had a doubleheader against the Berkeley Buzz over the weekend, and while they struggled to get the offense going, timely hits allowed them to stay in the games and hold onto a chance to win. The California Warriors hitters consistently executed with runners in scoring position to manufacture runs, which was a big point of emphasis in practice the week before.

The first game ended in a 3-3 tie after 7 complete innings, and the second game resulted in a 4-3 win for the Warriors. Matthew Marquez Jr. had a great day at the plate, working several at bats deep into the count, resulting in multiple walks and 3 RBI on the day. Keith Whitaker also swung the bat well, with two doubles and 2 RBI on the day. Andrew Cauwels made his debut on the mound for the Warriors, throwing 4 innings and allowing just 2 hits. The Gold team will head down to Arizona on Friday, June 23 for the USA Baseball Team Championships.

3 California Warriors Selected in 2017 MLB Draft

Congratulations to the newest batch of California Warriors alumni selected to play Minor League baseball! Adding to the ever-growing list of California Warriors alumni who been drafted by MLB, are infielder 3rd baseman Denis Karas (UC Berkeley, 10th round to the Miami Marlins), Marcus Chiu (College of Marin, 15th Round to the Los Angeles Dodgers), and pitcher Max Gamboa (Pepperdine, 18th round to the Los Angeles Dodgers).

We are glad to see our alumni’s hard work paying off, and looking forward to watching Denis, Marcus, and Max progress with their careers in baseball!

California Warriors Summer Season In Full Swing

Silver Continues Strong Start with Doubleheader Sweep

The bats came alive on Saturday as the California Warriors Silver team played a doubleheader against the Thundersox at Castro Valley High School and swept both games. Warriors starting pitcher Luke Moore had an excellent day on the mound. Moore gave up an early run as the Thundersox scored with a sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the second to put them up 1-0. After that, Moore cruised through the Thundersox lineup throwing three more scoreless innings, finishing with 5 innings with just 1 earned run on the day. In the top of the fifth, Benji Brakebill hit a two run double down the left field line to put the Warriors in the lead. Shortstop Alex Kirley followed up with a double over the center fielder’s head to score Brakebill, putting the Warriors up 3-1. After Gabriel Alward threw a hitless inning in the sixth, Deven Irwin came into the game in the bottom of the seventh to seal game one for the Warriors with a 3-1 win.

In game two, Benji Brakebill continued a great day at the plate with a double into the left center gap to start a long rally for the Warriors in the top of the first. Brakebill’s double was followed by hits from Alex Kirley, Deven Irwin, Connor Maas, and Will Miller to put the Warriors up 4-0 after the top of the first. The hits just kept on coming for the Silver team as they put up another six runs in the top of the second to go up 11-0. After a big comeback attempt by the Thundersox, Deven Irwin came into the game in the bottom of the seventh to earn his second save of the day and an 11-9 win for the Silver team. Brakebill and Kirley each finished with four hits a piece on the day. Deven Irwin also finished with a great day at the plate while notching two saves in his Warriors’ pitching debut. Silver team’s next competition is the Monterey Waves on the Bay Tournament on June 17 and 18 at Monterey Peninsula College.


Warriors Blue Collects 22 Hits In 3-Game Weekend

California Warriors Blue battled hard in three games over the weekend, putting a lot of runs up on the scoreboard and making strides as a team through their first games of the season. In game 1, the California Warriors Blue saw multi-hit games from Tony Diaz – who also stole 2 bases, tossed 1.2 shutout innings, and struck out 3 batters – and Logan Labaniego, who scored and drove in a run. Esteban Castle had a big day behind the dish for the Warriors as well, throwing out multiple runners trying to steal and back-pickng a runner as well.

On Sunday, the Blue Team headed to San Leandro for a double header to take on the San Leandro Dodgers. Alex Bires was dominant on the mound in the first game of the double header, tossing 5 innings with 0 ER and 5 K’s. Once again, the Warriors bats were active, with Oliver Sellman went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, Esteban Castle scoring twice, and Deven Irwin collecting 2 hits. The Blue team flashed some speed too, with Estevan Castle, Deven Irwin, JJ Mazzola, and Oliver Sellman (2) all stealing bases. The final game of the weekend once again saw the Blue team’s bats come alive. JJ Mazzola lead off and went 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored while Sellman smacked a triple, scored, and drove in an RBI. Sam Lyons, Estevan Castle, and Max Mendoza also contributed hits. The Blue Team takes on the Crushers nextat San Marin HS on June 15


Gold Team Shines On The Mound

Playing a double header against the Easton Cats at University of Pacific, the California Warriors Gold Team came close twice but ultimately dropped both ends of the double header. Highlights of the day came in the form of Steven Elsner throwing 4 strong innings in game 1, only allowing one earned run. Jesse Gassman, Lucas Herrera, George Hart and Dante Leach also provided strong pitching performances. Offensively, Luce Chassé had a huge day hitting both a single and a double while driving in 5 runs. Matthew Marquez Jr also had a big day, going 1-2 with 4 walks and an RBI.


17U Elite Splits Double Header

17u Elite played a double header on Sunday at University of Pacific against the NC Mavericks, splitting the games with a win in game 1 and a loss in game 2. Nick Roth started game 1 on the mound for 17u Elite and threw 4 strong innings while only giving up one earned run. Roth gave way to Daniel Colwell in the 5th, and Colwell proceeded to throw 3 scoreless innings, striking out 5. At the plate, Matthew Calhoun and Teddy Hoxie provided the run support, and 17u Elite won 6-2.

Game 2 saw strong pitching from the Warriors, but the offense couldn’t get it going early, which led to a deficit they couldn’t overcome despite a 7th inning rally. The trio of Eddie Burns, Charley Moore, and Aiden Vannucci combined for 5 no-hit innings to start the game, but the lead was lost in the 6th. Vannucci was especially dominant as he struck out two in his one inning of work, allowing no baserunners. Nick Brass and Jack Gallagher added two hits apiece in the loss.

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.

#CaliWarriors Silver takes home the first win of the summer #baseball

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