California Warriors Commit to College Baseball Programs

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Congratulations to California Warriors Alumni Henrik Reinertsen, Hance Smith, Marcus Chiu, Bret Bowyer, Ben Somorjai, Joe Levin, and John Green on committing to play college baseball!

Reinertsen, Smith, Green, and Bowyer will all be heading to Stockton, CA to play at University of the Pacific, while Chiu will be attending University of Nevada Reno, Levin is going to St. Lawrence University, and Somorjai will be at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. We look forward to watching their progress on and off the field throughout their college careers, and wish them all the best!

Join The California Warriors Winter Ball Experience

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Beginning on Saturday, November 26, 2016 with games through February 4, 2017 (excluding 12/24, 12/31 and 1/21/17), the California Warriors are fielding a fun, instructional Winter Baseball Program. Joining this team is a great opportunity for any high school student athlete who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the subtleties of the game and develop fundamental skills.

The California Warriors Winter Baseball Program is not affiliated with any specific high school program and is made up of student athletes from all around the Bay Area. The California Warriors Coaches are alumni of the California Warriors program, and as a result they embody the program’s spirit of positivity and strong leadership. Additionally, the coaches are playing or have played in college or at the professional level, so the positive atmosphere is matched by deep baseball knowledge.

If you are interested in signing up, visit the Winter Ball Page.

California Warriors Pro Alumni Update

Congratulations to all of the California Warriors alumni who played professional ball this season – here is an update on our alumni who took the field for pro teams in 2016.

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Cal Becker had a strong showing for the Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie League affiliate Missoula Osprey. In 9 appearances, Becker struck out 8 batters over 11 IP and walked away with a 1.64 ERA.

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Francis Christy had a solid season for the Kane County Cougars, the Class A affiliate for the AZ Diamondbacks. The catcher put up a .244 AVG to go along with 17 RBI and 20 Runs over 201 ABs.

Daniel Comstock saw 50 ABs this season for the AZL Diamondbacks, driving in 7 RBI and knocking 10 Hits.

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Jarrett Costa made appearances at the Rookie League level as well as Class A (Short) in the Oakland Athletics organization, collecting 13 Hits and 7 RBI over a total of 67 ABs.

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Mitch Delfino saw time at Class A (Adv) and AAA in the SF Giants organization, hitting .228 over 267 ABs with 33 Runs and 28 RBI.

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O’Koyea Dickson had a stellar season for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over 329 AB’s, Dickson scored 63 Runs, drove in 64 RBi, hit 28 Doubles and 18 HR while hitting for an impressive .328 AVG. O’Koyea also came up with some clutch hits as he led his team to the PCL Finals. In 23 career playoff appearances, O’Koyea has put together a .390/.442/.732 triple-slash go go along with eight homers and 22 RBI.

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Lucas Erceg made a big splash in his first season of pro ball, hitting .327 over 272 AB’s at the Rookie and Class A (Full) levels. In addition, the third baseman hit 9 HR, 17 Doubles, drove in 51 RBI and scored 34 Runs.

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Tyler Ihrig pitched at both the Class A (Adv) and AAA levels this season, combining for 10.2 IP over which he earned a stellar 0.84 ERA and struck out 7 batters.

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Alec Kenilvort was a workhorse at both the Class A (Short) and (Full) levels in the Colorado Rockies organization this season. The RHP tossed a total of 54.1 Innings, striking out 52 batters on his way to a 5-2 record and a 4.80 ERA.

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Aaron Knapp had a productive season for the Batavia Muckdogs, the Class A (Short) affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Over 217 AB’s, Knapp scored 31 Runs and drove in 21 RBI while hitting for a .253 AVG, but he especially made his presence felt on the basepaths, swiping a total of 19 bags on the season.

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Matt Krook took the mound at the Rookie level as well as the Class A (Short) level this season. Over 40.2 IP, Krook struck out 41 batters and held opposing hitters to a .263 AVG.

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Justin Maffei climbed the ranks this season, taking the field at Class A (Adv), AA, and AAA. Over 132 total AB’s, Justin hit .250 and collected 17 Runs and RBI each.

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Michael Petersen tossed 23.1 Innings this season at the Rookie League level in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, striking out 19 batters across 5 starts and 5 relief appearances.

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Kenny Rosenberg has earned his roster spot with a very solid 2.54 ERA across 28.1 Innings at the Rookie League level. Similarly impressive were his 33 K’s while allowing only 6 BB’s.

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Bryan Saucedo was drafted in the 14th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. His 2016 season with the AZL White Sox was disrupted by injury, but he looks to get back on the field in 2017.

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Robbie Tenerowicz came out swinging in his first season of professional ball, scoring 31 Runs, driving in 38 RBI, and hitting .291 with 17 Doubles and 6 HR across 203 AB’s.

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Colby Wright made his presence felt in the Billings Mustangs (Cincinnati Reds Rookie League) lineup, hitting 5 HR and 6 Doubles along with 23 Runs and 32 RBI over 120 AB’s.

A Perfect Evening

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We could not have asked for a more perfect day to host our Annual Appreciation and Fundraising Event for the First Base Foundation-California Warriors. As we cruised across the Bay the evening was warm and clear with a gentle breeze. The beauty of the sunset painted the landscape in oranges, reds and purples showing off the spectacular Marin coastline. On board friends were eating delicious food provided by the Mindel-Reinertsen Family from Copita Restaurant of Sausalito.

The Sunset Cruise was a special evening reuniting friends, families, coaches and student athletes who are current and past players of the First Base Foundation. We were so proud that our First Base Foundation-California Warriors participants are doing so well excelling in college and in life. We felt an enormous pride in the influence and positivity that the Foundation has had on so many lives and are even more motivated to continue our important and meaningful work in the future. Congratulations to our coaches who made this 13th year memorable and influential by affecting positive change in our community, and thank you to everyone who continues to support the First Base Foundation and California Warriors.

Sunset Cruise – FBF Scholarship Program Fundraiser!

Join college and high school coaches, athletes, and members of the FBF community for a Sunset Cruise on The Bay to celebrate a successful 2016 Summer Baseball Season and to support the First Base Foundation & California Warriors Scholarship Program!

Drinks and appetizers will be served as we watch the sun set over the Golden Gate. The ferry does not hold more than 100 people, so we advise you to get your tickets early.

All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to supporting the First Base Foundation & California Warriors Scholarship Program. We gave out more than $42,000 in scholarships this year, and since the cost of travel and field rentals are always increasing, we need your support more than ever.

When:
Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Ferry starts boarding at 5:40 PM and will leave the dock at 6:00 PM

Where:
Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry 21 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920
(located on the dock next to Servino’s Restaurant)

Tickets

To purchase your ticket(s), please use the links below or mail a check to 519 Browning Street, Mill Valley made out to First Base Foundation. Adults are $250 each, Student-Athletes are $125, and children 8 and under are free. We will not be doing any auction or additional fundraising on board the ferry, just having a good time!

Blue, Gold, White, and Silver All Winners

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The California Warriors Blue Team bounced back from a couple tough losses to start the Baden Northwest Invitational in Seattle, finishing the tournament with a respectable 3-3-1 record. Matching up against older teams in the 18U tournament, the Blue Team showed great tenacity in the face of tough competition, staying focused and remaining positive on their way to grinding out some wins.

Spencer Smead tossed 3 scoreless innings in game 1, and Luigi Albano-Dito threw 4 solid relief innings for the Blue Team in game 2. In their first win of the tournament, Whit Urdan & Matthew Lozovoy combined to hold the Washington A’s Elite to 4 Runs while Jake Schmidt powered the offense with 3 Hits and 3 RBIs, including a 3-Run Triple to break the game open. The next day saw continued success behind more dominant pitching from Spencer Smead and Christian Pedersen-Seaman, as they tied their first game of the day 4-4 against the NW Premier BBC. The Blue Team followed that up with a 9-6 Win over the NW Naturals 18U in which they scored 7 Runs in the 1st Inning. Charley Moore got the Win on the mound, throwing 4 strong innings, Isaac Sloan collected the Save, and Sean Robinson collected 2 Hits and 3 RBIs to help the team win. The hot streak would last one more game for the Blue Team, as they delivered a commanding 10-3 Win over the CWBC Hawks. The California Warriors Blue Team once again jumped out to an early lead, scoring 8 Runs in the 1st Inning, powered by multi-hit games from Chris Giles, Jake Schmidt, and Isaac Sloan. Luigi Albano-Dito and Matt Lozovoy combined for a great game on the mound. Daniel Colwell threw 6.2 great innings and struck out 8 batters in the final outing of the tournament. Chris Giles, Sean Robinson and Justin Torres all turned in multi-hit games, but the Blue Team would eventually fall 4-3 in the close battle against NPA Baseball. Overall, the Blue Team played a great week of baseball in Seattle (Sean Robinson got a Hit in each of the 7 games), improving throughout the week as they played with much more confidence and competitiveness. The coaches were happy with the team’s turnaround after the first two games, as this continued a common theme of improvement throughout the summer. It was also a great week of bonding for the team as many of the players attended a Mariners game, visited the Pike Place Market and played Pokemon Go together.

The California Warriors White Team has completely transformed over the course of the summer as Coaches Cameron Merriwether & Steve Nagy have helped the team gain confidence and develop their skills on the field. The White Team just completed a strong showing at the Noah Lowry International Tournament in Santa Rosa, the same location where they opened the season. According to Merriwether, the shift in the team’s dynamic since then has been like night and day: “The guys are more comfortable on the field because they aren’t hyper-analyzing themselves. They’re more focused on the process instead of the outcome, and they’re able to compete against older competition because they’re playing the game rather than the opponent.” The White Team came away from the tournament with a 3-1 record which included a game they won by the 10-Run Rule, a combined shutout from Steven Elsner and Lucas Herrera, and an inside-the-park homerun from Timyas del Rosario-Concordia. The small roster size has allowed the players on the White Team to spend a lot of time at different positions, getting experience all around the diamond. They wrap their summer season up this week with two games against Marin Catholic.

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In an impressive weekend at the University of Pacific, the California Warriors Gold Team went 4-0 to take home the Pacific Team Camp championship. In game 1 of the tournament, the Gold Team went into extra innings against The Show and came away with the 3-2 Win following a walkoff single from Christian Merriwether. The Gold Team showcased their potent offense in game 2, putting up 10 Runs with big games from Kobi Allen and Eddie Bermudez. The third game of the tournament saw a dominant performance on the mound from Dominic Burke, who benefited from solid run support and came away with a 7-4 Win against The Aces. In the final game of the tournament, the Gold Team held on for a 5-2 victory, securing the championship at the 2016 Pacific Team Camp.

The California Warriors Silver Team battled hard against the Easton Cats and the San Leandro Dodgers over the weekend, continuing their growth as a team and as individual players. Up next for the Silver Team are mid-week games against Novato and Marin Catholic before they wrap up their season at the River City Travel Ball Tournament.

California Warriors Mid-Season Update

California Warriors Gold Reaches Top-16 in Los Angeles

In the 60-team Firecracker Classic in Los Angeles, CA, the California Warriors Gold showed off their offensive power, reaching the round of Top-16 teams. The first game of the tournament was a back and forth game against Lamorinda that saw the lead change 5 times. Henrik Reinertsen started and threw 5 innings while stricking out 9 guys, and Quintin Gago came in to get the Win in relief. Tyler Peters hit a go ahead 2-Run Homer in the top of the 6th to go up 8-7, and the Warriors eventually won 9-7.

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Game 2 vs the Monterey Waves was a hard-fought battle that ended in a 4-4 tie. Nick Roth tossed 5 Innings on the mound and Matthew Pascual Mead finished the game. Christian Merriwether’s 2 Hits and 3 Stolen Bases along with Tyler Peters’ game-tying RBI in the bottom of the 7th were key to keeping the Gold Team in the game. The third game of the tournament came against Southwest Baseball Academy from Utah, and ended with a resounding 12-4 win. Kevin Whitaker threw a Complete Game on the mound and came away with 7 K’s. Sam Stiltner knocked 3 Hits, helping lock down the victory that won the opening tournament pool for the Gold Team.

The first elimination game was a matchup against ASD Bulldogs, resulting in another come-from-behind victory. Henrik Reinertsen had another big game with 4 Innings pitched, and he was spotted by Nick Roth’s 2 Innings, and Tyler Peters’s Win in relief. Kobi Allen hit a 3-Run game-tying bomb in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game up at 4. The battle came to a dramatic end when the California Warriors Gold won on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the 7th.

In the second elimination game, the Gold Team battled hard but came up short, losing 8-5 to the Southern California Renegades. After falling behind early the California Warriors Gold were never able to fully complete the comeback. Quentin Gago pitched 4 innings and was followed on the mound by Tyler Peters and Matthew Pascual-Mead. Joey Riherd had 3 Hits in the loss.

Overall, the California Warriors Gold team went 3-1-1, and had a very solid weekend after winning our pool. In 5 games, the Gold Team scored 33 runs, showing their offensive power and making a splash at a big Los Angeles tournament.

California Warriors White & Silver Battle The Heat In Reno

A couple weeks back, the California Warriors White & Silver Teams battled hard in blazing hot weather against some tough competition at the Reno Muckdogs Tournament. In each game, they competed to the best of their abilities and showed great team cohesiveness. Players had a chance to play a variety of positions, showing flexibility and willingness to do what it takes to help the team.

Throughout the weekend in Reno, the coaches saw their players become more confident on the field and improve their game against older competition, culminating in a 14-4 win for the White Team against the Easton Cats on the last day of the tournament.

Both teams had a lot of fun in Reno spending time with their teammates and forming bonds for the rest of the summer.

California Warriors Blue Team Playing Hard In Seattle

The Blue Team is spending a week up in Seattle at the Baden Northwest Invitational, competing in a highly-competitive 18U tournament. So far, they have shown tenacity and grit on the field, and will look to continue playing hard and competing throughout the rest of the tournament. We’ll get the full tournament update once they wrap up in Seattle.

California Warriors Father Son Duo Henrik & Steve Reinertsen Featured in Marin IJ

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Congratulations to California Warriors Gold Team player Henrik Reinertsen and Gold Team Coach Steve Reinertsen on being featured in the Marin Independent Journal! Steve will soon have two sons playing college baseball, as Henrik (whose brother Sam plays for the Davidson College Wildcats and is also a California Warriors alum) has committed to play at the University of Pacific in 2017. This summer of playing and coaching for the California Warriors has been a great opportunity to bond around baseball for the father-son duo, and we look forward to having them back next year!

The article goes on to point out several important elements of the California Warriors Baseball Program, highlighting how it is, “an inclusive team that grants kids from all backgrounds the opportunity to play…providing a different, less-political environment than high school sports.” Also mentioned in the article are California Warriors players, Dominic Burke (San Marin), Jack Harris (Marin Catholic), Joseph Kakkis (Marin Academy), Joe Levin (Marin Catholic), Michael Praszker (Marin Catholic) and Nick Roth (Drake).

7 California Warriors Alumni Selected in 2016 MLB Draft

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The California Warriors had another strong showing this year in The 2016 MLB Draft, as 7 more alumni were selected to compete as professional ball players. This batch of players will join an already solid group of former California Warriors who are playing at every level of the minor leagues, up to AAA. Congratulations to all of our alumni who will be playing professional ball!


Lucas ErcegMilwaukee Brewers – 2nd Round, #46 Overall – Menlo College
Matt KrookSan Francisco Giants – 4th Round, #125 Overall – University of Oregon
Aaron KnappMiami Marlins – 8th Round, #233 Overall – UC Berkeley
Kenny RosenbergTampa Bay Rays – 8th Round, #240 Overall – Cal State Northridge
Colby WrightCincinnati Reds – 25th Round, #738 Overall – University of Kansas
Robbie TenerowiczTampa Bay Rays – 27th Round, #810 Overall – UC Berkeley
Jarrett CostaOakland Athletics – 33rd Round, #982 Overall – Westmont College