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.