California Warriors 17U Elite Dominant In Final Tournament of Summer

Every summer the California Warriors baseball teams wrap up their season at the prestigious Phil Singer Summer Series Tournament in North County San Diego. This summer, the 17u Elite represented the California Warriors in the tournament, putting on one of the best showings the Warriors have ever had by making it to the final 6 teams.

The Phil Singer Summer Series is a 32-team tournament consisting of the most competitive teams from across the West Coast. Each year, not only does the best competition come to the tournament, but college recruiters from over 40 schools were also represented this year. Many California Warrior players have been noticed by coaches and offered scholarships in the past, and this year the team’s strong performance drew even more interest to our players.

The first three days of the Phil Singer Summer Series consist of three straight double headers to determine seeding for the double elimination tournament that takes place after an off day that allows the teams to recover. The 17u Elite Team got off to a solid start in pool play, going 4-2 and earning the #11 seed in the double elimination tournament.

The first day of pool play saw 17u Elite facing off against City Baseball of Seattle, Washington and Dove Tail Bats of San Diego, CA. In game 1 Daniel Colwell and Eddie Burns combined for a shutout in a 4-0 win over City Baseball. Game 2 saw a similar performance on the mound from Henrik Reinertsen who threw 5 innings giving up only one run. The Warriors lost the lead late in the game, however, and 17u Elite fell 4-2.

Going into Day 2 with a 1-1 record in pool play, the 17u Elite faced off against No Fear of San Diego, CA and Hardtke Baseball of Campbell, CA. In game 1, starting pitcher Dylan Pottsgeiser threw the best game of the tournament, giving up only 2 runs en route to a 17u Elite 6-2 victory over No Fear. The Warriors ended up losing Game 2 to Hardtke Baseball, as they surrendered another lead late in the game, losing 6-2.

Day 3 was a momentum-swinging day for the California Warriors 17u Elite as they faced off against the Watsonville Aggies of Watsonville, CA and Garciaparra Baseball Group (GBG) of Los Angeles, CA. Game 1 saw another solid pitching performance as Alec Ritch threw 5+ innings, giving up only two runs. After he left, 17u Elite surrendered another late lead, but this time they would fight back to earn the victory. Heading to the bottom of the 6th down by 1 Run, 17u Elite rallied to score two runs and take the lead behind a Tyler Quintanilla single. Isacc Sloan came in and shut the door in the top of the 7th to earn the save. Anthony Pomilia had a solid game offensively with 3 hits and 3 RBI. In the second game of the day, 17U Elite took down GBG by a score of 9-2. Aiden Vannucci started on the mound, throwing 3 scoreless, with James Schoch and Eddie Burns throwing the rest of the innings in relief. Offensively it was a total team effort, with everyone in the starting lineup recording a hit. Outfielder Tyler Quintanilla also recorded the first home run of the tournament, smashing a no doubter to left field late in the game.

17U Elite’s success in pool play was largely the result of their strong pitching and defense. Allowing an average of only 4 runs a game helped the California Warriors  keep the games within reach, and timely hitting gave us great chance to win. Outfielder Alec Ritch was a constant presence in the middle of the line up in pool play driving runners in and hitting the ball hard.

After an off day where most players relaxed at the beach, 17u Elite was back in action in the Winner’s Bracket of the double elimination tournament, facing off against the West Coast Clippers of Oceanside, CA. Daniel Colwell and Eddie Burns were both back on the mound and they combined for another strong game, allowing just 3 runs. Matthew Calhoun got the scoring started in the bottom of the 1st when he singled in Chris Giles with 2 outs. 17u Elite would give up the lead in the top of the 2nd, but then got back on top behind Tyler Quintanilla’s 2nd home run of the tournament. The teams would then trade runs, setting up a dramatic finish for 17u Elite in the bottom of the 7th. With Matthew Calhoun on 2nd, Tyler Quintanilla capped off his big day, singling to right for a 17u Elite walk off win to stay in the winners bracket. 17u Elite then played the Washington Rush of Seattle, WA in their 2nd game of the day, and an early offensive explosion saw them secure a smooth 12-1 win. The bottom of the first was all 17u Elite would need as they sent 12 hitters to the plate and scored 8 runs. This lead was too much for the Rush to overcome, and Henrik Reinersten, Gremelt Balladares, and Jonny Burns combined on the mound.

Day 2 of double elimination brought 17u Elite to a Winners Bracket Game against the CAB Soldiers in which they suffered a tough loss and found themselves one game away from elimination. They then headed to an elimination game against the Saddleback Cowboys with the final tournament of the summer on the line. In another tight game, 17u Elite battled into extra innings, eventually beating the Saddleback Cowboys to stay alive. Anthony Pomilia had a big game with 3 hits and 2 RBI.

17U Elite opened day 3 of double elimination with an early morning game against the Solana Beach Cardinals. After falling behind early, 17u Elite rallied to take a 4-1 lead in the 3rd. Tyler Quintanilla threw 5 strong innings to start, giving up just 1 run. After getting into some trouble in the 6th, Matthew Calhoun came in from shortstop to replace Gremelt Balladares and finish the game on the mound. After playing almost every inning at shortstop in the first 11 games, Calhoun showed great poise earning the save under pressure. This win then put the California Warriors into a rematch with the CAB Soldiers.

Playing in their 12th game in 6 days, 17u Elite couldn’t overcome an early deficit against the CAB Soldiers losing a close battle 2-1. Daniel Colwell, Sawyer Whitney and Teddy Hoxie all pitched well in the Warriors’ loss.

Standout performances at the Phil Singer Tournament came from all players on  the 17U Elite roster.  Every player chipped in and contributed to the team’s success. Chris Giles played CF and hit leadoff every game and was a constant on the bases and scoring runs. The infield of Marty Cole, Aiden Vannucci, Anthony Pomilia and Matthew Calhoun ate up most of the 12 games with Calhoun making multiple highlight reel plays at shortstop. Caden Cortese and Jack Gallagher combined to catch all the games behind the plate, throwing out runners and handling the pitching staff very well. Tyler Quintanilla and Alec Ritch were the big sticks in the middle of the lineup, driving in runs and putting pressure on opposing outfielders.

Coach Development Program A Great Opportunity For California Warriors Alumni

The First Base Foundation and California Warriors constantly look for ways to expand our influence in order to help more young people successfully grow into their adult lives. One of the ways that we have used the game of baseball to help our alumni develop important life and job skills is through the First Base Foundation’s Coach Development Program, which was formalized for the 2017 season after existing unofficially for many seasons. California Warriors alumni who are current or former collegiate baseball players have the chance to rejoin the California Warriors as an Assistant Coach and receive training as they work their way towards becoming a Head Coach. This is an excellent opportunity for California Warriors alumni to develop leadership and interpersonal communication skills while ensuring the current California Warriors players are being coached by skilled baseball players who understand and grew out of the positive and fun California Warriors culture.

The 2017 California Warriors coaching staff consists of a mix of current and former collegiate athletes, all of whom came through the California Warriors program as players. The head coaches for 2017 are Anthony Firenzi (Niagara University, 2015), Cameron Merriwether (Sonoma State University, 2015), Dominic DeVille (University of Montevallo, 2017), and Michael Praszker (Santa Clara University, 2020), each of whom has experience playing at either the D-I or D-II level. The assistant coaches for the summer of 2017 are Joe Jimenez (Chapman University, 2020) and Christian Merriwether (College of Marin, 2020). These coaches, led by Vice President of Baseball Operations Ryan Burke (San Francisco State University, 2016), act as positive role models and mentors for the California Warriors players and help the California Warriors teams operate efficiently.

Moving from playing to coaching is a transition that many athletes make as their playing days draw to a close. Transitioning to the coaching world means having to see the game from a different perspective. As California Warriors Blue Team Head Coach Mike Praszker put it, “Seeing the game as a coach has allowed me to improve my own ability to accept constructive criticism as a player.” Mike understands that from the players’ perspective, criticism can often come off as negative, but a good coach is able to present the criticism in a way that allows the player to internalize the information and use it as a tool to improve. Being able to see this interaction from the coach’s standpoint has helped him see criticism in a positive light, something that will be essential to his success at Santa Clara University, where he just finished his freshman season.

The summer 2017 season was the first one spent as a coach for rising college sophomore Joe Jimenez, and the experience has been a powerful one. “Coaching this summer gave me a chance to work on soft skills that I can use in whichever career path I choose when I graduate from Chapman. While I am usually on the field as a player, this summer as a coach has given me a new perspective and made me think about the game on a level that I hadn’t before, something that will definitely continue to help me in my playing career.” As someone still playing ball, Joe is able to connect on a personal level with the California Warriors players, creating a comfortable environment and proving himself to be an invaluable asset to the organization. While putting a lot into the California Warriors program, Joe has also gained skills through the Coaching Development Program that will prove useful as he explores new walks of life.

Dominic DeVille is another of our coaches who is making the transition from player to coach as he just finished playing college ball at D-II University of Montevallo in Alabama. “The First Base Foundation’s Coaches Development Program has helped open the possibly of making coaching a career for me. I will be attending graduate school for a Master’s degree in Sports Management, and the First Base Foundation has really helped me become familiar with all aspects of a sports organization. I have learned the ins and outs of being a head coach, and have been introduced to what it is like working in the front office of a baseball organization. The skills and experience the First Base Foundation has given me are very valuable and will most definitely help me in my future career path.” Dominic’s experience with the First Base Foundation is a great example of the range of opportunities that arise from taking part in the CDP – learning about the inner workings of the organization in addition to coaching is a unique experience that is a hallmark of the First Base Foundation’s Coach Development Program.

This summer marked another year of great success with the Coach Development Program. The California Warriors coaches have been given the opportunity to learn what it is like be a head or assistant coach and have developed the skills necessary to work with young baseball players. There is a symbiosis present in the Coach Development Program, where our coaches share their experiences and knowledge while gaining valuable job experience. It 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 in baseball. We look forward to watching our current and former Coach Development Program participants grow and develop as coaches and members of the workforce. We cannot wait to welcome next year’s coaches for the summer of 2018!

FBF Founder Gets The Call

We are honored and ecstatic to announce that Noah Jackson, the Founder of the First Base Foundation, has been hired as the Assistant Baseball Coach at UC Berkeley. This is the third time in Noah’s career that he will be putting on the Cal Bears uniform. He graduated and played baseball at Cal and later returned as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for two seasons.

Noah was hired by Mike Neu to coach at the University of Pacific from 2015-2017, and looks forward to continuing his work with Neu at Cal. In his new role at Cal, Jackson will coach hitters and outfielders, and will be the team’s recruiting coordinator.

“Noah is an unbelievable recruiter and hard worker. He’s tireless and he knows what it’ll take to get the right guys at Cal.”

UC Berkeley Head Coach Mike Neu

Prior to coaching at the collegiate level, Noah played professionally in the Chicago Cubs organization, scouted for the San Diego Padres (where he drafted current big-leaguer Joe Ross), and devoted his time and energy to ensuring that his 501(c)3 non-profit, the First Base Foundation, successfully transformed student athletes’ futures by making high quality travel ball more affordable and instilling leadership skills and self-esteem in the California Warriors players.

Washington Nationals manager (and Noah’s godfather) Dusty Baker, has watched Noah’s work with the First Base Foundation as well as his development as a coach and leader, and is a big believer in both Noah and the Foundation. Dusty’s son Darren is joining the Cal Bears as a freshman this season, and we all look forward to watching his career unfold.

Noah isn’t the only member of the First Base Foundation family to move on to great things in baseball. There is an extensive list of California Warriors Alumni playing professional baseball and alumni who have returned to the California Warriors organization to develop their careers in coaching. In addition, we want to congratulate CW Director of Baseball Operations Ryan Burke, who is joining College of Marin as an Assistant Coach, alum Devin Pearson who works in the Boston Red Sox front office, alum Jackson Smith who works for the SF Giants and is an MLB intern in NYC this summer, alum Anthony Firenzi who coaches at Redwood HS, alum Kenny Rabin who coaches at Branson, and alum Pat Conroy who coaches at Terra Linda HS.

Warriors 17U Elite Goes Undefeated at V-Tool Showcase

This past weekend 17u Elite participated in the V Tool Showcase throughout Sacramento and Stockton, sweeping the competition on their way to a 5-0 weekend. V Tool Showcase is an organization that puts out top-notch showcases across the country where college coaches come to recruit players. The V Tool Showcase also provided top-level facilities with g

ames at University of the Pacific, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento State with games against quality competition from teams throughout the West Coast. Offense was the key for 17u Elite as they scored 41 in 5 games en route to their 5-0 weekend.

After falling behind early against Team California Bay Area in their first game on Thursday, the Warriors came back strong with hits from Teddy Hoxie, Marty Cole, and Tyler Quintanilla to cut the Team California lead to just one run in the bottom of the third. The Warriors kept rolling with six more runs in the bottom of the fourth, and four more in the fifth to go up 14-6, eventually winning the game by that score. Marty Cole had a phenomenal day on both the mound and at the plate, going 6 innings, recording 5 strikeouts, and going 2-3 with a triple and 4 RBI’s at the plate. Teddy Hoxie added two doubles with 3 RBI’s.

17u Elite kept it rolling with their second game of the night against Bulldogs Baseball in a back and forth affair. After putting up five runs in the first three innings, The Bulldogs responded with a big inning of their own, but it was not enough as Tyler Quintanilla came in for an 8 out save. Quintanilla struck out three and allowed just one hit, clinching a 7-6 win for the Warriors.

On Friday, the Warriors put up 4 early runs, which was all starting pitcher Teddy Hoxie would need. Hoxie went 7 innings with 9 strikeouts, while allowing just three hits in the shutout win against NorCal Scarlet.

In the first game on Saturday, Chris Giles and Anthony Pomilia led the offense against NorCal TKB. Giles went 3-4 with an RBI, 2 runs, and 2 stolen bases, and Pomilia went 2-2 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Pitchers Tyler Quintanilla, Gremelt Balladeres, and Alex Bires combined for just one earned run on the day in an easy win over NorCal TKB.

Daniel Colwell was on the bump for the Warriors in the second game on Saturday against NorCal Blue. Through four innings, Colwell surrendered just one hit while the offense put up six runs for a comfortable lead. NorCal Blue started to string together some hits and came back to tie the game in the sixth inning. 17u Elite responded with a Dane Goodman leadoff double and a Matt Calhoun knock up the middle for the eventual game-winning run.

The 17u Elite powerful offense led them to a 5-0 record at the V Tool Showcase. Heading into the last couple weeks of the season, every player on the team has developed their skills and the team continues to build chemistry with each game they play. The 17u Elite’s has a couple exhibition games against the Mendocino Dirtbags and the Easton Cats before heading down to San Diego for the Phil Singer Summer Series tournament on July 28.

Warriors Gold Ends Their Time in Arizona With Two Walk-Off Wins

From June 23rd to June 30th, the Gold team traveled to Arizona to play in the USA Baseball National Team Championships. In the first game, our players we were stunned at the high level of competition. We only had one hit that came from the bat of Matthew Marquez, who was to be one of our most consistent hitters throughout the tournament. On the mound for us was Cade King, threw well, but some of errors behind him let the game get out of hand quickly. The Cowboy’s mercy ruled us after 5.

The second game we ended up with two hits and we were able to stay in the game for the first few innings. In the fourth inning of the game we started making errors and the game soon got out of hand. We ended up getting mercy ruled again after 5.

The next game we played, we begin to work together as team. We starting hitting and playing defense with precision. Our players stepped up with fight and fortitude that kept us in the game. This earned us a tie and marked our turning point in the tournament. We ended this game in a 7-7 tie. The tie was a good sign for us as we played clean defense and overall smart baseball.

In our fourth game versus MBA Nevada we found ourselves in a hole once again. Inconsistency on the mound led to our worst defeat of the tournament. Momentum was not in our favor and we could not battle back from it. We lost that game 16-6 and the game was cut in the 4th due to mercy rule.

Our fifth game was against CBA Bulldogs and we took an early two run lead. We had Cade King threw well in his second appearance of the tournament, and the Warriors put together good at bats and excellent approaches. This resulted in a relentless offensive attack for the Warriors. It was a dogfight until the very end that finished with a Lucas Herrera walk off single and a win for the Warriors.

  The last game of the tournament was against the Wahoo’s, a team from Southern California. Offense started to settle and find some consistency as we continued to hit the ball hard and have good at bats. Jake Himelstein led off the 7th with a single to right. After a fielders choice, Keith Whitaker ended up as the winning run at first. After a couple of clutch hits we ended up with the bases loaded and Cade King up to the plate. Cade came  through with a walk off single to finish the Gold teams time in Arizona with a walk-off win.

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

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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.