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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.