California Warriors Alumni Player of the Week: Kevin Whitaker

Last week many former California Warrior Student Athletes took the field for their 2017 season at the Junior College level. We are awarding Kevin Whitaker the first California Warriors Alumni Player of the Week honors for 2017. Kevin is a freshman infielder at Laney College in Oakland, and had a great week in the Eagle’s first four games. He went 9-15 at the plate to lead their offense with a .600 AVG. He also contributed a Double, a Walk, a Stolen Base, scoring six Runs, and driving in a team-leading 8 RBI’s.

Kevin is a Richmond, CA native and was a 2016 graduate of John Swett High School. He has been a student athlete in the California Warriors program for the last three summers, and excelled both on the field and in the classroom. Congratulations to Kevin, we wish him continued success.

2 Years Running! FBF Named Top Mill Valley Sports Organization

We are very honored that The Mill Valley Awards Program has once again recognized the First Base Foundation as the top Sports Organization in Mill Valley for 2016!

The First Base Foundation is proud to serve student athletes in our community as well as student athletes from communities around Northern California, and we look forward to continuing our work with the California Warriors providing an affordable, competitive travel baseball program that develops leadership qualities and helps provide a path to higher education for all of our student athletes.

Don’t forget to check out the photos from Winter Ball and Tryouts on Flickr, and make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instragram, and Facebook to keep up to date with FBF and the California Warriors.

California Warriors Tryouts A Success

This year’s tryouts for the 2017 California Warriors summer teams were hugely successful – around 40 kids showed up to display their prowess and skills on the diamond in order to be assigned to one of the four California Warriors teams. Six California Warriors Coaches put the group of talented student athletes through a variety of running, hitting, fielding, pitching, and catching drills, making sure they collected as much information as they needed to evaluate the student athletes.

The commitment of the California Warriors Baseball Program is to place our student athletes on the appropriate team for their age, high school grad year, and ability so that they can best develop and showcase their skills while also having the opportunity to learn the subtleties and fundamentals of the game. Contracts and invitations for roster spots will go out in January, so until then, have a very happy holiday season!

To see more photos from Tryouts and Winter Ball, visit our Flickr account.

Winter Ball Season Underway

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This past Sunday, the California Warriors Winter Ball Team began the winter season with a game against the Yankees. Score isn’t kept in Winter Ball games, so players are able to play and learn in a relaxed environment that allows them to develop their skills and prepare for their upcoming high school season. The first California Warriors Winter Ball game was no exception to this, as players enthusiastically worked out some of the rust they had developed since the summer season ended.

Coaches Ryan Burke and Marcus Chiu consistently moved players around in the field each inning, giving players the chance to play new positions. This is one of the other great things about Winter Ball – since the primary focus isn’t to win games, players are able to try new positions and focus on honing their skills. The Winter Ball program is also a great opportunity for California Warriors alumni to develop their leadership skills as coaches. Coach Chiu said, “I believe working with this group of kids will be a great experience for me. They are full of enthusiasm and love to play the game, and most importantly, they play the game with passion. They are always asking questions and wanting to get better, their work ethic is incomparable.” The enthusiasm the players showed was tremendous as players were constantly seen hustling on and off the field, and also joking around and making new friends in the dugout. The California Warriors Winter Ball team is off to good start and looks forward to a great winter season!

Click here to visit the California Warriors Flickr account to see photos from Winter Ball.

Tryouts for 2017 Summer Baseball Season

The 2017 California Warriors Summer Baseball Program will be fielding 4 teams this summer. The 15U Elite Team and 17U Elite Team will be Travel Ball Teams. Blue and Silver will play local games and local tournaments. The California Warriors Summer Baseball Program provides a positive environment for student athletes to develop their baseball & leadership skills, and is an excellent opportunity for players to be seen by college coaches and professional scouts at some of the top youth baseball tournaments in the country.

Tryouts will be held for all 4 teams on December 18th at Marin Catholic High School from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. If you can’t make it to tryouts but would still like to play, please email baseball@firstbasefoundation.org.

The fee to try out is $20: make your payment here.

2017 Tryouts Submission

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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!