California Warriors Alumni Players of the Week: April 10-17

Congratulations to UC Davis outfielder Ryan Hooper on being named this week’s top California Warriors Alumni student athlete!

Ryan Hooper | UC Davis | OF: Ryan held his own at the dish this week in tough matchups against Stanford and Cal Poly, going 7-for-14 with 4 Runs scored, 1 RBI, 2 Doubles, and 2 SB’s. Hooper is sporting a .296 AVG over 115 AB’s on the season so far to go along with 17 Runs, 21 RBI, 3 HR, and 8 SB.

Ben Somorjai | Haveford College | C: Somorjai has been swinging a hot bat of late after seeing his playing time ramp up in the latter half of the season. Over the last week, Ben has gone 6-for15 with a Run scored and 4 RBI.

Kevin Whitaker | Laney College | Util: Whitaker has been a machine at the plate all season long, earning him another mention in the Alumni Players of the Week. This time, he has gone 8-for-22 with a Run, 2 RBI, 1 HR, and a Stolen Base.

Christian Merriwether | College of Marin | CF: Christian has hit his stride in the month of April, collecting several multi-hit games. This week, he went 6-for-17 with 3 Runs, 1 RBI, and a SB.

Michael Praszker | Santa Clara University | P: Michael entered the game in the forth inning with his team up 4 to 3, firing 3 shutout innings that kept Santa Clara in the lead and allowed his team to continue on to win the game. In this appearance, Praszker allowed 0 hits, struck out 4 batters, and earned the Win.

California Warriors Alumni Players of the Week: April 2 – 9

Congratulations to Joe Ryan, former California Warrior and current student athlete at Stanislaus State on a dominant week to complement his already excellent season!

Joe Ryan | Stanislaus State | P: In his most recent outing, Joe tossed a dominant 7 IP during which he gave up only 1 ER and struck out 11 batters. Joe’s previous start was a complete game shutout with 15 K’s and 0 BB’s. On the season, Joe has a pristine 1.69 ERA over 69.1 IP with a 92/2 K/BB ratio, 6 Wins, and only 1 Loss.

CJ Novogradac | Claremont McKenna | OF: Making his second appearance among the CaliWarriors Alumni Players of the Week CJ is coming off a stellar week at the plate, going 7-for-12 with 2 Runs, 5 RBI, 1 HR, and 4 Doubles.

Adam Hussain | College of Marin | OF: Adam has continued to tear into opposing pitching as the season has progressed, going 16 for his last 22 with 4 Runs, 9 RBI, 2 HR, 2 Doubles, and 3 SB.

Alex Fernandez | Academy of Art University | P: Alex has been a reliable arm for the Urban Knights this season, and tallied his highest strikeout total in a game this week. Facing Biola University, Alex tossed 7 IP with 0 ER and struck out 10 batters.

CaliWarriors Alumni Update: 2018 Minor League Seasons Begin

Of the 26 California Warriors Alumni who have played baseball at the professional level, there are currently 13 players on active Minor League rosters as well as one player who has made the trip across the Pacific to play professionally in Japan. Here’s an update on the guys who have stepped out on the diamond so far in 2018:

Lucas Erceg | Biloxi Shuckers, AA – Milwaukee Brewers | OF: Erceg got an early start to the season, spending Spring Training with the Milwaukee Brewers squad. Adding to his 2-for-4 showing in Spring Training, Lucas has opened his season at Double-A going 9-for-19 with 1 Run, 1 RBI, and 3 Doubles.

Matt Krook | Montgomery Biscuits, AA – Tampa Bay Rays | P: Matt made his first appearance on the hill for his new club after being dealt to the Rays organization in the trade that sent Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants in the offseason, and he did not disappoint. Over 4 IP, Krook gave up only 1 ER and struck out 2 batters.

Kenny Rosenberg | Charlotte Stone Crabs, Class A Advanced – Tampa Bay Rays | P: After earning a promotion up to Class A Advanced, Kenny tossed 4 Innings in his first start of the season against the Fort Meyers Miracle during which he collected 4 K’s.

Robbie Tenerowicz | Charlotte Stone Crabs, Class A Advanced – Tampa Bay Rays | 2B: Joining his teammate Kenny on this list, Robbie has made an impact early in the season for the Stone Crabs, going 4-for-11 with a HR, 5 RBI, 3 Runs, a Double, and a Stolen Base.

Marcus Chiu | Great Lakes Loons, Class A – Los Angeles Dodgers | 2B: Marcus has flashed some of the power he has come to be known for in his time at the plate so far, going 2-for-9 with a HR, 2 RBI, 4 Runs, and a Stolen Base. Check out this article in the Midland Daily News that featured him and teammate Max Gamboa.

Max Gamboa | Great Lakes Loons, Class A – Los Angeles Dodgers | P: Rounding out the second pair of teammates on this list, Max had a great showing on the mound to start off the 2018 season, tossing 4 IP while striking out 4, holding opposing hitters to a .188 AVG, and giving up only 1 ER.

Aaron Knapp | Greensboro Grasshoppers, Class A – Los Angeles Dodgers | CF: The former CAL standout is entering his third season in the Miami Marlins organization, and is off to a productive start, going 2-for-7 with 5 BB, 1 Run, 1 RBI, and a Stolen Base.

Michael Petersen | Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Class A – Milwaukee Brewers | P: Petersen’s first appearance of the season was a successful one, keeping the Timber Rattlers in the game with 2 IP of shutout relief while collecting 3 K’s.

Congratulations to all the California Warriors Alumni who have kicked off their Minor League seasons so far! Here are the rest of the guys who will be getting out there soon:

Cal Becker | Cane County Cougars, Class A – Arizona Diamondbacks | P

Jarrett Costa | Vermont Lake Monsters, Class A (Short) – Oakland Athletics | C

Denis Karas | Batavia Muckdogs, Class A (Short) – Miami Marlins | 2B

Bryan Saucedo | AZL White Sox, Rookie League – Chicago White Sox | P

Allen Smoot | GCL Rays, Rookie League – Tampa Bay Rays | 1B

O’Koyea Dickson | Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles | OF

California Warriors Alumni of the Week: March 21-28

Hance Smith | Santa Rosa Junior College | INF / P: Hance returns to the California Warriors Alumni of the Week list for the second time this season, this time as the top-earner after a monster week at the plate for Santa Rosa Junior College. Smith is 8 for his last 19 with 8 Runs, 4 RBI, 1 HR, and 1 SB – look to see him on the diamond playing for UC Berkeley next season.

Andrew Ferrero | Amherst College | RHP: The junior from San Francisco has been having himself a solid season on the mound, and came away this week with his best outing of the year. Andrew entered the game in the first inning after Amherst’s first two pitchers gave up 4 Runs and failed to record an out. Ferrero proceeded to shut down the opposing bats, tossing 7 Innings of shutout ball, striking out 9 batters and recording the Win.

Alec Ritch | Branson / Middlebury College | RHP: Alec put the Branson Bulls on his shoulders for this one, tossing a complete game 4-hitter against Drake while going 3 for 3 with a HR. Earlier this year, Ritch signed a letter of intent to join the baseball team at Middlebury College.

Matt Ladrech | UC Berkeley | LHP: The veteran hurler earned his second Win of the season last week, tossing 5.1 Innings against the University of Oregon. Matt struck out 6 while walking none and giving up just 1 Run.

California Warriors Baseball Alumni of the Week: March 14-21

Alex Davis | College of Marin | SS: Alex takes home the top honors this week, after another week of excellence at the plate. The Mariners’ short stop has gone 12 for his last 24 with 8 Runs scored, 6 Doubles, 12 RBI, and 2 SB and is sporting a scorching-hot .421 AVG on the season. College of Marin currently has an impressive 14-7 overall record this season, and Davis will look to continue leading the offense to further success.

Dominic Burke | College of Marin | RHP / 3B: Long-time California Warrior and younger brother of COM Coach and California Warriors Director of Baseball Operations Ryan Burke, Dominic had himself his strongest outing of the season this week against Contra Costa. Burke tossed 7 Innings of 1-Run ball with 2 K’s and 1 BB, giving his offense plenty of room to coast to an eventual 13-2 Win.

Paul Kunst | University of San Diego | UTIL: This week Kunst continued proving himself to be one of the top contributors in the USD lineup, going 4 for 11 with a Run scored, 2 RBI, a Double, and a Stolen Base. His season Avg is hovering just below the .300 mark at .294 with 13 Runs, 7 RBI, and he is 3 for 3 in steal attempts.

Nick Kennison | Lewis & Clark University | RHP: The freshman hurler went 7 Innings against Linfield, marking the longest start of his college career. Nick gave up only 2 Earned Runs while collecting 4 K’s and walking none.

Alumni Player of the Week: Colby Morris

Taking home the California Warriors Alumni of the Week Honors for the start of May is Warriors alum, Colby Morris, who spent 4 years as a California Warriors player and spent one summer working in the First Base Foundation front office as part of the Summer Opportunity Program. Here’s the wrap-up of Colby’s week:

Colby Morris | Middlebury College | P – Colby got off to a hot start for the Panthers, earning the team’s first Win of the season with a dominant performance against Bard. Over 6 IP, Morris held the Raptors scoreless, giving up only 2 Hits while collecting 9 K’s.

Honorable Mentions:

Alex Fernandez | Academy of Art University | P – Fernandez has been a force on the bump for the Urban Knights this season, and his two showings in March so far have been no different. In matchups against Concordia, Irvine and Dixie State, Alex had a collective 11.2 IP, 10 K’s, and 1 W while giving up only 2 ER. On the season, Fernandez is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA over 30.2 IP.

Adam Hussain | College of Marin | OF – Adam has continued to be a reliable presence in the heart of the COM lineup this month, collecting Hits in each of the Mariners’ three wins. Across the three games, Hussain went 3 for 9 while adding an extra 4 BB’s to the mix, driving in 4 RBI, scoring 5 Runs, and driving 1 HR.

Nick Simonian | University of Illinois Chicago | P – In his first start of the season, Simonian managed to hold the Roosevelt Lakers at bay, tossing 4 Innings while giving up 0 Runs and collecting 4 K’s. The effort saw Nick leave the game with the lead, and eventually the Flames came around to win the game.

Elijah Smith | Academy of Art University | 2B / SS – Not to be outdone by his teammate at Academy of Art, Smith is working on a 10-game hitting streak during which time he has gone 13 for 39 with 6 Runs scored, 2 RBI, 2 Triples, and 2 Stolen Bases.

Bats Come Alive For California Warriors Alumni

As the college baseball season continues, the California Warriors alumni bats are starting to heat up. Here are a few highlights:

Kevin Whitaker | Laney College | UTIL: Kevin has been on an absolute tear this season, collecting hits in every game so far except the season opener. He is currently running a 14-game hitting streak and is putting up some serious numbers along the way. Over 67 ABs, Whitaker has put together a .373 AVG / .394 OBP / .507 SLG triple-slash to go along with 9 RBI, 13 Runs, 7 Doubles, and 5 SB.

CJ Novogradac | Claremont McKenna | OF: Hitting out of the 5-hole for the Stags, CJ has also been turning out a very solid season. Over the last week, he went 6 for 10 with 4 Runs scored, 2 RBI, 2 Doubles, and a HR on his way to keeping his season average at .400.

Hance Smith | Santa Rosa JC | 2B: Smith is showing himself to be one of the most reliable hitters in the SRJC lineup, tagging opposing pitchers to the tune of a .322 AVG with 10 RBI, 16 Runs, and 4 HR.

Joe Ryan | Cal State Stanislaus | P: Joe has availed himself well on the hill so far this season for the Stanislaus Warriors, earning himself a 1.91 ERA over 33 IP with 3 Wins, 1 Loss, and 43 K’s so far. In a matchup against San Francisco State, Joe tossed 8 Innings of shutout ball in which he collected the Win and struck out 10 batters.

California Warriors Thriving At Every Level

Alumni of the California Warriors teams have played in and are currently thriving at every level of baseball, from the various divisions of collegiate baseball all the way through the minor leagues and into MLB. Here are some of the California Warriors Alumni making the most of the early part of the 2018 season:

Lucas Erceg | Milwaukee Brewers | 3B: Listed on the Milwaukee Brewers website as the organization’s #4 prospect, Erceg has played his way onto the Spring Training roster with the Brewers. So far this spring, Lucas has gone 2 for 4 to follow a productive 2017 season at the Class A Advanced level in which he collected 33 Doubles, 15 HR, and a Carolina League-leading 81 RBI.

Matt Ladrech | UC Berkeley | P: Senior pitcher, Matt Ladrech is a key part of what looks to be a strong 2018 CAL Bears roster. He lived up to the expectations as CAL swept Cal State Bakersfield to open the season and Ladrech tossed 7 IP in his start while striking out 2, giving up 1 ER, and earning the Win.

Mason Collins | Chapman University | P: Mason has made an impact on the bump for the Panthers this season, earning a Win over 7.1 IP while striking out 5 and maintaining a low 2.45 ERA.

Joe Jimenez | Chapman University | C: A sophomore at Chapman who returned to the California Warriors to coach during the 2017 summer, Joe has made the most of his time on the diamond this year. Over 9 Plate Appearances, Joe has 4 BB’s and a HR while scoring twice and driving in 2 RBI on his way to a .200 AVG / .556 OBP / .800 SLG triple-slash.

Alex Davis | College of Marin | SS: Alex has been one of the most productive hitters in the Mariners lineup so far this season, dismantling opposing pitching to the tune of .408 AVG / .508 OBP / .510 SLG over 49 AB’s. To complement those numbers, the Sophomore shortstop has 7 Runs, 8 RBI, and 5 SB, making him a force in the heart of the lineup.

Nick Roth | College of Marin | P: On the hill for the COM Mariners, Roth has been as steady as anybody, tossing 9.2 Innings of lights-out ball in relief. Nick has converted all of his Save opportunities this season – he has tallied 4 so far – and has 10 K’s and a 1.86 ERA to his name.

First Alumni Feature of 2018: Cali Warriors at COM

We are very proud to see how well the California Warriors baseball program prepares high school student athletes to play at the college level. The 2018 College of Marin baseball roster includes 7 California Warriors Alumni, 2 of whom are freshmen. The California Warriors summer baseball program focuses on helping players be prepared and ready to take the field on a college team. We are happy to be a part of College of Marin’s success in the 2018 season.

Along with the 7 California Warriors Alumni who play on the College of Marin baseball team, Ryan Burke (California Warriors Director of Baseball Operations) is the COM Assistant Coach under Head Coach Steve Berringer. Despite the fact that their home field is under construction and they are playing on the road this year, the Mariners are off to a great start with a 4-2 record to open the season. Over the first 6 games of the season, the Mariners have scored an astounding 55 Runs, averaging over 9 Runs per game.

The list of California Warriors players who are currently in the dominant College of Marin lineup include: Davis Barkocy (.429 AVG), Dominic Burke (.227 AVG, 4 Runs, 5 RBI), Alex Davis (.458 AVG, 6 Runs, 6 RBI, 4 SB), Owen Hamilton (.333 AVG, 6 Runs), Adam Hussain (.545 AVG, 6 Runs, 5 RBi, 2 SB), and Christian Merriwether (.304 AVG, 7 Runs, 4 RBi, 2 SB) have all been major contributors at the plate. Dominic Burke (1-1, 3.09 ERA, 11.2 IP), Owen Hamilton (3 IP, 3.00 ERA), and Nick Roth (1 SV, 3 IP, 5 K, 3.00 ERA) have played a significant role as pitchers in keeping COM in the win column. See the COM schedule here.

There are many California Warriors Alumni playing at universities and colleges throughout the country. Please visit the California Warriors Alumni page to see how well our alumni are represented throughout the country. As the baseball season continues, we will keep you updated on the college baseball careers of the student athletes who played for the California Warriors. Don’t forget, the home opener for UC Berkeley – where First Base Foundation & California Warriors Founder Noah Jackson coaches – is Friday, February 23! See the full schedule here.