The California Warriors White Team went out with a bang on Saturday afternoon, crushing Berkeley Buzz to end their season on a high note. It was an action-packed, exciting game, and Coaches Beau and Gunnar kept it interesting by switching up the positions and giving all the student athletes the opportunity to play where they wanted.
The Warriors were aggressive at the plate and got on the board early in the top of the first inning. The leadoff hitter for the Warriors worked his way over to third base after a single and some aggressive base running. The next Warrior up walked, followed by a base hit to give the Warriors their first run. The biggest hit of the inning came from James Schoch who crushed a two-run double to right-center field. The Warriors added a fourth run in the inning with a sacrifice fly. Robbie Vanderlaan started the game on the bump for the Warriors, pitching five scoreless innings. He worked fast, and everything seemed to be working for him as he hit his spots and had great control. The Warriors offense picked up where they left of after a 1, 2, 3 first inning from Vanderlaan. A couple of walks, a stolen base, and a single loaded the bases for the Warriors, and a fielder’s choice followed by a hard-hit single manufactured three runs. After just two innings, the Warriors were up 7-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Warriors increased their lead to 12-0 with some timely hitting and patient at-bats. The following inning, James Schoch ripped another double that scored another run. From there, the Warriors cruised through the rest of the game and were in complete control. Will Coffey came in to relieve Vanderlaan and pitched three scoreless innings in his pitching debut. The Warriors continued to add to their huge lead and Timmy Stabler closed out the game with one solid inning of work on the mound.
Usually the game is seven innings, but on Saturday they got to keep the fun going and play nine innings. It was only fitting to play a regular-length game on the last day of the season. In two short months, the Warriors improved greatly as a team. Their maturation from a group of individuals to a single, well-oiled machine really showed on Saturday and was wonderful to see.
A look back on some of the individual highlights from Coach Gunnar:
- Danny Avins: Played a great shortstop and improved his hitting skills.
- Matthew Baker: Turned it around at the plate and had a great approach.
- Davis Barkocy: Helped carry the team all year with his bat.
- Jared Battat: Stepped it up at the plate and drove balls into the outfield.
- Jack Baughman: Made great plays in right field and improved his approach to the game.
- Nick Caravello: Caught many games and got better at blocking the ball behind the plate.
- Neil Chin: Got the bat going and boosted his confidence.
- Will Coffey: Started to swing the bat aggressively and drive the ball.
- Alex Dugan: Great team player and improved in the field.
- Jack Hubert: Improved his approach at the plate and became more aggressive.
- Tom Jacobsen: Fired the team up with his aggressive mentality, especially on offense.
- DJ Johnides: Started pitching on the mound with much more confidence.
- Devon Parker: Led the team at the top of the lineup all year and was very hardworking.
- Scott Petersen: Threat in the lineup and got a lot of big hits for us.
- Jakob Puller: Improved in the field a lot and had much more confidence at bat.
- Jake Rider: Pulled his weight on the mound and led us to numerous victories.
- Alec Ritch: Excelled on the mound, in the field, and at the plate, showing his versatility.
- James Schoch: Turned it around at the plate and started getting big hits into the outfield.
- Spencer Smead: Held it down in the two-hole for the majority of the season.
- Timmy Stabler: Improved his all-around game and became a force at the plate.
- Ethan Terrell: Consistent hitter in the middle of the order and improved his approach.
- Whit Urdan: Consistent starter on the mound and led the team at the top of the lineup.
- Robbie Vanderlaan: Improved his approach and poise on the mound.
- Tyler Warren: Became a force on the mound and was very effective.
Thanks to Coaches Beau and Gunnar for a great season and thanks to the student athletes for always giving it their best. Until next summer, go Warriors!!!