Warriors 4th of July Weekend Wrap Up

17U Elite goes 5-1 at the Under Armour 4th of July Classic

This past weekend 17u Elite competed in the 2017 Under Armour 4th of July Classic in Los Angeles, which was put on by Team One and Baseball Factory. With over 25 college coaches and professional scouts in attendance, 17u Elite was able to put up a fantastic showing making it to the semifinals in the 40 team tournament.

Day 1 saw 17u Elite off to a fast start as they defeated the Coastal Cubs 5-0. Marty Cole threw 5 scoreless innings on the mound, with Gremelt Balladares throwing the final two scoreless innings.
Day 2 saw much of the same success for 17U Elite as they won both games of their double header to move to 3-0 on the tournament. Game 1 saw Teddy Hoxie pitch a complete game letting up just one run in his effort. Outfielder Tyler Quintanilla homered in the win, and both Chris Giles and Anthony Pomilia had multiple RBI’s in the win over PCH Baseball.
Game 2 of the double header saw another stellar performance on the mound as Tyler Quintanilla threw another complete game giving up just two runs against NorCal 2018 TKB. Entering the bottom of the 7th inning trailing 2-1, 17u Elite was able to muster a comeback with Bradley Smith knocking a 2 RBI single into centerfield for a walk off win.
Day 3 saw another 17u Elite win as they defeated the SoCal Giants 5-1 behind another dominant pitching performance. James Schoch threw 4 scoreless innings for the win, and Isaac Sloan threw the last 3 innings giving up just one run to earn the save. After day 3 17u Elite had won their pool and advanced to elimination as the #3 seed in the entire tournament.
After earning a bye through the first round of the Elimination part of the tournament, 17u Elite faced off with OC Premier in the quarter finals. Ace left handed pitcher Daniel Colwell was on the mound, and he threw another complete game on the mound for 17u Elite giving up just two runs as they won 7-2 punching their ticket to the semifinals with only 4 teams remaining in the tournament.  The semifinals saw 17u Elite’s run in the tournament end as they lost to Hardtke Baseball 4-3. A late attempt at a comeback was made, but ultimately was stopped. In the semifinals Alex Ritch threw 4+ strong innings with Teddy Hoxie throwing strong in relief.  Overall, 17u Elite had an incredibly strong showing in LA as they made it to the final 4 teams out of the very strong tournament. Some 17u Elite players stood out to the coaches and scouts in attendance with this being written about them:
#2 Daniel Colwell – LHP 2018 Small Slender frame with room to grow. Very loose arm with modest fastball command that sits at 83-84 touched 86 a few times. Straight over the top delivery.
#11 Matt Calhoun – SS 2018  Tall, athletic frame, quality first step, quick release, plus plu arm, throws on the run well, plus speed, can bunt for a hit, line drive approach
Tyler Quintanilla – OF 2018 some pull side pop, above average bat speed that will translate will at the next level. Good size frame & slight above average arm strength in the outfield.
#17 Chris Giles – OF 2018  Athletic frame. Plus bat speed. Gap to Gap power. Bat stays in the zone for a long time. Plus runner very instinctive on the bases.
17u Elite will next be heading to Reno to face the Reno Muckdogs Collegiate Team and will then head to the greater Sacramento Area for the V Tool Showcase.

California Warriors Silver Performs Well in 18u 4th of July Classic

This past weekend our California Warriors Silver team competed in the River City Travel Ball 4th of July Classic in Woodland, CA. After dropping the opening game of the tournament, the younger California Warriors team performed exceptionally well in the 18u tournament.

Pitching was outstanding throughout as the Silver team saw great performances from Hunter Karbowski, Peter Coholan, and Deven Irwin. The Silver team struggled in the opening game versus the TC Dogs falling victim to the run rule. This performance did not stop the Warriors from turning it around and playing great baseball the next two games.

In game two the Warriors Silver matched up against Hitmen 18u Baseball, and played some of their best baseball of the summer. Peter Coholan took the mound in game 2 and went the distance. After battling some issues in the early innings, Coholan settled down and was very efficient. Peter averaged less than ten pitches per inning for the last 4 innings, keeping the Silver team in the game. The warriors played exceptional defense, turning three double plays in the game. The bats were led by Hunter Karbowski, going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s, and Deven Irwin going 1 for 3 with two stolen bases. The final score ended in a 5-5 tie, and landed the Silver team a playoff spot for Sunday.

The Warriors earned the six seed with their performance on Saturday, matching up against Tri City Baseball. Deven Irwin got the start on the mound and battled the entire way, going all seven innings. The warriors scored in the top of the 1st on a Connor Maas RBI triple, putting the warriors up 1-0. Maas ended the day going 2-4 with 1 RBI & a triple. Deven Irwin pitched very well for the Silver team, giving them a chance to win from the beginning. Irwin was helped out by great all around great defense the entire game. Benji Brakebill helped to turn a pair of double plays, and Isaac Irmini-Kreft also helped to start a clutch double play late in the game.. Brakebill added to his stellar defense with a clutch RBI single to left center, which tied the game at three all. In the end, clutch hitting from Tri City Baseball was too much to overcome, as the Warriors fell 5-3. Tri City baseball went on to win the 4th of July Classic.

The Warriors Silver team did an excellent job playing in an older 18u division this past weekend. Pitching and defense were the bright spots of the tournament, and showed to be essential to the Silver teams success. The Warriors Silver continue play this weekend at the All World Sports Summer Shootout in Martinez, CA, opening play at 12:30pm on July 8th against the HF Blackhawks.

Warriors Gold Team Finishes on a High Note Pair of Walk-Off Wins in Arizona

The California Warriors Gold team bounced back from a slow start in Arizona at the USA National Championships with two walk off wins in the final days of the tournament. Cade King took the mound for the Gold team against the SBG Wahoo’s 2020. Warriors were rolling early with a two run lead as Cade King registered seven strikeouts through just three innings of play. With SBG up 8-6 heading into the final inning, the Warriors mounted a three run comeback to pull off the win. Lucas Herrera had the walk-off knock, finishing a great game with three hits.

The Gold team kept the momentum moving into the final day against CBA Bulldogs American with three early runs in the top of the third. After the Bulldogs put up some runs on the board, Timyas Del Rosario-Concordia hit an RBI single in the fifth followed by a two RBI triple by Matthew Marquez Jr. to take the lead. After the Bulldogs tied it up again, Timyas Del Rosario-Concordia hit a double to put runners on second and third for Cade King to hit the walk off single for another Warriors walk off win.

The two walk off wins capped off a great tournament for the Gold team. The next competition for the Gold team is a doubleheader against the Thundersox at the University of the Pacific.

Sellman Leads a Powerful Blue Team Offense in Casey Yocom Invitational

The California Warriors Blue team played in the Casey Yocom Invitational Tournament at Golden Eagle Regional Park in Reno, Nevada past weekend. Oliver Sellman and Estevan Castle led the offense this past weekend going 9-13 and 7-14, respectively. In the first game against Berkovich, the Warriors fell behind early in the first couple innings but responded quickly by scoring 12 unanswered runs in the fourth inning. The Warriors then padded their lead with more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach and secure a 17-8 win. Oliver Sellman finished the game with 3 hits and 5 RBI.

The Warriors went on to play their second game of the day against the Reno Muckdogs. Warriors starting pitcher Weston Terrell went 5.2 innings on the mound, holding the Muckdogs for just two earned runs, but a lack of run support from the quiet Warriors’ offense was enough for the Muckdogs to take home the win.

The Warriors took on the Chico Riverhawks in their first game of the second day. The game was a back and forth affair with the Riverhawks scoring in the first, quickly followed by runs by the Warriors. Max Mendoza led the Warriors with two knocks in the game but timely hitting by the Riverhawks and costly errors from the Warriors defense put the Riverhawks up late. A late comeback attempt from the Warriors led by Oliver Sellman and Weston Terrell wasn’t enough for the Warriors, and the Riverhawks hung on for the win.

After a tough game against the Galena Cubs Black, the Warriors looked to come out strong against Norcal Valley in their final game of the tournament. JJ Mazzola got the start, making his Warriors debut on the mound and threw well against a powerful Valley lineup. After letting up one earned run in the top of the first, the Warriors offense put up eight runs in the bottom of the first to put themselves up early. Tony Diaz led the rally, followed by hits from Sellman, Castle, Mendoza, Terrell, Labaniego, and Cesena. The Valley team stormed back in the next couple innings, stringing multiple hits together at a time. The Valley pitching would eventually hold the Warriors in the last two innings to hold onto the lead and win the final game of the tournament.

The Blue team put up a great fight in Reno against some very established programs from the Nevada and Northern California areas. Through their first month of the summer the team has established a great chemistry with one another and the players continue to develop their baseball skills. The Blue team’s next competition is a doubleheader against the Thundersox in Dublin on Sunday, July 9.




California Warriors Coach Development Program Provides Unique Opportunity For Alumni

#caliwarriors Silver Team Head Coach Dominic DeVille discusses what he has taken away from coaching this summer. #baseball

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The First Base Foundation has a sophisticated and well-designed Coach Development Program that provides California Warriors alumni the opportunity to learn about what it is like to work with high school baseball players. The coaching program allows alumni to learn subtleties of teaching student athletes about baseball while developing important life skills in leadership and interpersonal communication. In this context, the CW coaches can be seen as both givers and receivers.

The First Base Foundation Coaching Program requires a unique level of selflessness. Warriors’ coaches give back and spread their knowledge of the game to the younger generation of baseball players. Every single member of the coaching staff this year has played at the college level, and are a great resource for information about the college recruiting process. Players can ask their coaches about specific experiences at the College or University they are attending and information about showcasing their skills during the summer. Each Warriors coach has his own story about his recruiting process and by sharing these recruitment experiences players can learn priceless information regarding the logistics of collegiate recruiting.

One of the most important aspects of the First Base Foundation Coach Development Program is to motivate the Warriors players in both baseball and life. Baseball is a game of failure and can be very frustrating at times. The Warriors coaches know this feeling from first hand experience as many have had their ups and downs during their playing career. Because of this, they are able to help motivate the Warriors players to become the best all around person they can be. When the coaches preach the importance of “trusting the process”, the players set goals and work tirelessly to achieve these goals exploring their potential as an athlete. This same mindset can be used for life. As coaches we continually motivate our players by teaching them how to inspire themselves to work hard and succeed.

The First Base Foundation Coach Development Program allows participants to share their experiences and knowledge, while gaining valuable job experience. The FBF coaching program is an avenue for individuals committed to mentoring, building relationships, working during the summer, learning valuable lessons in team building and strategies, and wanting to build their resume and networking with others.

The program also helps develop coaches through a great balance of instruction and freedom. They receive hands on instruction from more experienced coaches while earning the freedom to run their own team. Within this freedom coaches learn valuable life lessons in leadership and interpersonal communication, skills that can be used in essentially any career path. Coaches learn how to effectively talk to the whole team but will also have one on one interaction with specific players. The coaches promote a positive team attitude while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of each individual to the team. Day in and day out, the coaches are constantly learning and developing to be productive and participatory members of our community.

California Warriors Blue & Gold Give Strong Tournament Showings


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.

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

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