The California Warriors Blue continues a very strong summer with a great showing at the Goodwill Series Wood Bat tournament at Santa Rosa Junior College. The tournament began on Wednesday, June 21 with two games for the Warriors. The Warriors pitchers dominated in the first two games of the tourney, allowing 0 runs all day. Jacob Rossi took the mound for the Warriors in the first game against the Colts and had a stellar outing, going 5 shutout innings while surrendering just four hits. The Blue team continued their hot streak at the plate scoring 12 runs before the mercy rule came into play, ending the game after five innings.
The Warriors bats started off the second game of the day by putting up 10 runs in the bottom of the first against the Show Gray. Logan Labaniego, Max Mendoza, and Sam Lyons led the offense with 2 hits apiece in the second game, while Oliver Sellman contributed with 4 RBI in the game. Gustavo Hidalgo’s gem helped the Blue team secure another 14-0 win. On the day, the Warriors Blue outscored their opponents 26-0.
After two great team wins on Wednesday, the Blue team looked to keep the momentum going against Program on Thursday. The game proved to be a back and forth affair, with both teams scoring runs throughout the whole game. The Warriors struck first, putting up three runs in the bottom of the second, but it wasn’t long before Program responded in the next inning putting up four runs to take the lead. The Warriors kept fighting and put up eight more runs in the bottom of the third to put the game out of reach for Program. Tony Diaz did a great job on the mound to keep the Warriors in the game, throwing five innings and get another win for the Blue team.
On Friday, the Warriors Blue took on the Show Black with Peter Coholan on the mound for the Dubs. The Warriors took an early lead in the first inning but the Show Black came back fighting scoring three runs in the bottom half of the first. As the Show kept the Warriors offense at bay, they continued to hit, scoring ten runs over seven innings to win the game 10-3.
Although they lost the last game of the tourney, the Blue team played great the whole weekend going 3-1, outscoring their opponents 40-15. The Blue team’s next competition is the Casey Yocom Invitational in Reno beginning on Friday, June 30.
The California Warriors Gold team arrived in Arizona on Friday, June 23 for the USA 15U National Championship Tournament. On Friday, the team participated in the skills showcase. The players were taken through a pro-style workout to showcase various skills such as arm strength, arm accuracy, athleticism, etc. before pool play began on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Gold team matched up in the first game against a strong Saddleback Cowboys 2020 team. The Warriors struggled to get the bats going against the Cowboys pitcher and starting pitcher Cade King could only hold off the Cowboys offense for so long before they finally broke through with a couple runs to get the win.
The Gold team played two games on Sunday, the first against the 3D Gold. The Dubs started to get their bats going a little bit as they started to hit balls hard into play but they still struggled to get some runs across. The Warriors continued to pitch well but the lack of offense caught up to them again, resulting in another loss.
The second game on Sunday was the best performance by the Gold team at the tournament so far. Keith Whitaker put together multiple quality at-bats to finally get the Warriors offense moving. Garrett Blake and Matthew Marquez Jr. also started to get hot at the plate again and the Warriors managed to come back and tie the game up in the last inning. With a runner in scoring position in the last inning, Cade King couldn’t knock in the runner, resulting in a 6-6 tie against Play Hard Baseball 15u. Whitaker and Marquez ended the day with three hits a piece to lead the offense for the Dubs.