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

Silver Earns First Win of the Summer

The California Warriors Silver team opened their season over Memorial Day Weekend at the River City Travel Baseball Memorial Day tournament. For many of the guys, it was the first time putting on a Warrior uniform and they did not disappoint. The weekend was comprised of many outstanding and clutch performances by several different players, with a focus on the starting pitching. All weekend long the California Warriors Silver benefited from stellar starting pitching efforts from Nathan Hirsch, Connor Maas, Zachary Mathews, and Kalen El-Masri. The Warriors bullpen efforts were outstanding as well. Peter Coholan was great out of the bullpen on multiple occasions and Hunter Karbowski proved to be a solid arm out of the bullpen as well. The defense was headed by great efforts from Alex Kirley, who saw time at both short stop and third base over the weekend, Isaak Irmini-Kreft at second base, and Benji Brakebill at third. The Warriors were able to clinch their first victory of the season on Sunday afternoon in a come-from-behind victory over the North Sac Scrappers. Down 4-1 late in the game, clutch at bats from Isaak Irmini-Kreft, Dean Kellum, William Miller, Kalen El- Masri, and Deven Irwin led to a five run top of the fourth inning for the Warriors. Miles Smith took the mound in the bottom of the fourth and was lights out for the Warriors, going 3 innings and allowing only one run, earning himself the win. The California Warriors Silver Team’s next contest is a double header versus the Thundersox at Dublin High School on June 10th.

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California Warriors Player of the Week: Ben Somorjai

Taking home the California Warriors Alumni Player of the Week honors this week is Menlo School Catcher, Ben Somorjai. In a 10-3 win over El Camino, Somorjai collected 2 Hits and a Stolen Base while driving in 3 RBI, helping his team on their path to victory. Over his past 4 games, the 2-season California Warriors alum has driven in 11 Runs, marking him as one of the top play-makers in the Menlo School lineup. To read more about the game and Ben’s season, check out this article in the San Mateo Daily Journal where Somorjai was featured. Ben has committed to play at Haverford College next year – we wish him the best in his career as a collegiate student athlete!

California Warriors Alumni Give Strong Showing in High School Playoffs

California Warriors Shine in MCAL Championship

This past weekend, the MCAL Championship game was played between Drake and Marin Catholic High Schools. Many California Warriors had an impact, but none greater than that of former Warrior Owen Hamilton. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 19th inning, Hamilton blasted a walk-off homerun, bringing home the championship for the Drake Pirates.

The 2017 MCAL Championship game was one for ages as the extra inning game turned into a two-day affair. Originally starting on Friday May, 19th at 7:00pm, the game was tied through 18 innings and officials decided to finish the game the next day as it was past midnight. Saturday afternoon was much different than the previous night’s showing, as the game needed just one inning to wrap up due to Hamilton’s walk-off home run.

As is typical in MCAL title games, many past and present California Warriors were scattered throughout both dugouts. We would like to congratulate those players on making it to the big dance:

Marin Catholic California Warriors:

  • Jack Harris
  • Sean Henry
  • Daniel Ongaro
  • Joe Levin

Drake HS California Warriors:

  • Owen Hamilton
  • Nick Roth

California Warriors Alumni Featured on Casa Grande NBL Championship Team

The California Warriors would like to congratulate the Casa Grande Gauchos on their recent NBL Championship, and are proud of the former and current California Warriors that helped make it happen. The California Warriors playing for the Gauchos are:

  • Hance Smith – C/SS
  • John Green – C/OF
  • Quinton Gago – LHP/OF
  • Eddie Bermudez – 2B

In their 11-1 Championship Game win Quinton Gago picked up the win on the mound, with all four players recording hits offensively in the win.

California Warriors Players of the Week: Cody Snider & Aaron Knapp

Featured as the collegiate alum for this round of California Warriors Alumni Players of the Weeks is Cody Snider, Right Fielder for the D-II Chico State Wildcats. Hitting out of the 2-hole, Snider has had a great week for the Wildcats, going 7 for 22 (good for a .318 AVG) with 5 Runs, 5 RBI, and a HR in matchups against Cal State LA, Stanislaus State, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC San Diego. Cody has dominated opposing pitching all season long to the tune of 35 R, 41 RBI, 13 Doubles, and a .342 AVG while flashing a little power and knocking 4 HR.

This week’s Pro Alum Feature is Aaron Knapp, the UC Berkeley alum who was selected in the 8th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. Knapp’s week playing for the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers was a very productive one, going 10 for 30 with 3 Runs, 7 RBI, a Stolen Base, and a Home Run. The Right Fielder has had a solid first season playing MiLB so far, hitting for a .277/.375/.390 triple-slash over 141 AB while scoring 22 Runs, driving in 13 RBI, and swiping 13 bags.