Your financial support allows the First Base Foundation to continue providing first-class travel baseball programs that build future leaders. Many of our minority student athletes come from low-income communities, and baseball is their vehicle to a college education.Help change the lives of student athletes. DONATE TODAY.

Your financial support allows the First Base Foundation to continue providing first-class travel baseball programs that build future leaders. Many of our minority student athletes come from low-income communities, and baseball is their vehicle to a college education.

Help change the lives of student athletes. DONATE TODAY.

Baseball pulls you away from the dull drudgery of everyday life. Baseball is there when you need a pick-me-up after a crappy day of work. Your favorite team will distract you from the harsh reality of stress. Your most cherished players will be there for you even when it seems as though nobody else is. And that is why you don’t just watch baseball, you become passionate about it and constantly crave more.
We Shall Never Forget.

We Shall Never Forget.

Announcing California Warriors Winter Baseball Program for 2014-2015!

The winter baseball program will prepare participants for their 2015 spring baseball season. Coaches will be focusing on developing the fundamentals in an intra-squad game setting. Many of our coaches are former Division-I and professional athletes, and they bring years of knowledge and experience to the field.
The first practice will be on Saturday, October 25th.
Game dates are on the following Saturdays inNovember: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and December: 6th, 13th, 20th.
Game dates in 2015 are still TBD.
There will be more detailed registration information in the next few weeks.
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Announcing California Warriors Winter Baseball Program for 2014-2015!

The winter baseball program will prepare participants for their 2015 spring baseball season. Coaches will be focusing on developing the fundamentals in an intra-squad game setting. Many of our coaches are former Division-I and professional athletes, and they bring years of knowledge and experience to the field.

The first practice will be on Saturday, October 25th.

Game dates are on the following Saturdays inNovember: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and December: 6th, 13th, 20th.

Game dates in 2015 are still TBD.

There will be more detailed registration information in the next few weeks.

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The First Base Foundation has received a Matching Grant, and we are getting closer to our goal every day, but WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Every dollar you donate DOUBLES in value - Join us & SUPPORT our Student Athletes!

The First Base Foundation has received a Matching Grant, and we are getting closer to our goal every day, but WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! 

Every dollar you donate DOUBLES in value - Join us & SUPPORT our Student Athletes!

The First Base Foundation has received a Matching Grant. Every dollar you donate DOUBLES in value! Join us & #Support Our #FutureLeaders

Marilyn Monroe At Chicago White Sox Training Camp
1951 with Gus Zernial & Joe Dobson

Marilyn Monroe At Chicago White Sox Training Camp

1951 with Gus Zernial & Joe Dobson

The Summer 2014 First Base Foundation Internship Program is drawing to a close; in the video above, the interns profile their experience this summer, highlighting the ways in which they have developed and contributed to the organization. It has been a pleasure working with our interns this year, and we wish them continued success in their future collegiate and professional endeavors!

My Two Loves: Baseball and Slopestyle SkiingI would say my first love in life was baseball. I’m an avid player who has been playing for as long as I can remember, and for more teams than I can remember. If finding love once wasn’t enough, I found love a second time in freestyle skiing. I am not only a catcher on the baseball diamond for the California Warriors Blue Team, but also a freestyle skier on snow. This past week, I have been in Oregon at a summer ski camp. The camp I attended is called Mt Hood Summer Ski Camp. MHSSC is a camp that draws skiers from all over the world, including Japan, Canada, Germany and even Luxembourg. Mt Hood is a glacier in Oregon that has snow year round, which is why it draws so much attention. Most of the campers are teens and young adults who all are relatively advanced in skiing. Mt, Hood Summer Ski Camp is for freestyle and race skiers to come and progress at a sport they love. During my week away I learned how to land new tricks and also learned how NOT to land. While trying a new aerial trick I landed upside-down and managed to give myself a minor concussion. If that wasn’t enough, while on this trip I also managed to fall on a rail and may have cracked one of my ribs. As you may be able to guess, my parents were thrilled to hear about this.My first time on skis was when I was two years old. Ever since then skiing was a family bonding experience that I always looked forward too, much like going to baseball games with my family. Skiing, like baseball became one of my passions. I quickly surpassed my parents’ ability to ski and became interested in slopestyle. Something about watching athletes spinning and flipping themselves off massive jumps and seeing the ease in which they do it would always give me this excitement. The only comparison I can make to this rush of excitement is watching one of my favorite baseball players hitting a massive home run. Because of this feeling, I dedicated myself to trick skiing, and enrolled myself in the summer ski camp.
Although this past week in Oregon was very enjoyable, I’m happy to be back. I missed playing baseball and realized that there truly is something special about stepping on a baseball diamond that will give you a feeling that no other sport can. I can’t wait to get back out there on the diamond for the California Warriors in their upcoming games.

Written by Joe Levin, Warriors Blue Team Catcher

My Two Loves: Baseball and Slopestyle Skiing

I would say my first love in life was baseball. I’m an avid player who has been playing for as long as I can remember, and for more teams than I can remember. If finding love once wasn’t enough, I found love a second time in freestyle skiing. I am not only a catcher on the baseball diamond for the California Warriors Blue Team, but also a freestyle skier on snow. This past week, I have been in Oregon at a summer ski camp. The camp I attended is called Mt Hood Summer Ski Camp. MHSSC is a camp that draws skiers from all over the world, including Japan, Canada, Germany and even Luxembourg. Mt Hood is a glacier in Oregon that has snow year round, which is why it draws so much attention. Most of the campers are teens and young adults who all are relatively advanced in skiing. Mt, Hood Summer Ski Camp is for freestyle and race skiers to come and progress at a sport they love. During my week away I learned how to land new tricks and also learned how NOT to land. While trying a new aerial trick I landed upside-down and managed to give myself a minor concussion. If that wasn’t enough, while on this trip I also managed to fall on a rail and may have cracked one of my ribs. As you may be able to guess, my parents were thrilled to hear about this.

My first time on skis was when I was two years old. Ever since then skiing was a family bonding experience that I always looked forward too, much like going to baseball games with my family. Skiing, like baseball became one of my passions. I quickly surpassed my parents’ ability to ski and became interested in slopestyle. Something about watching athletes spinning and flipping themselves off massive jumps and seeing the ease in which they do it would always give me this excitement. The only comparison I can make to this rush of excitement is watching one of my favorite baseball players hitting a massive home run. Because of this feeling, I dedicated myself to trick skiing, and enrolled myself in the summer ski camp.

Although this past week in Oregon was very enjoyable, I’m happy to be back. I missed playing baseball and realized that there truly is something special about stepping on a baseball diamond that will give you a feeling that no other sport can. I can’t wait to get back out there on the diamond for the California Warriors in their upcoming games.

Written by Joe Levin, Warriors Blue Team Catcher

Not only are Keldon, Christian, and Kobi the starting outfield for the Warriors Gold Team, but they also pitch a mean game! 14 innings between them, with only two runs allowed.

Not only are Keldon, Christian, and Kobi the starting outfield for the Warriors Gold Team, but they also pitch a mean game! 14 innings between them, with only two runs allowed.




WARRIORS ALUMNI IN THE MINOR LEAGUES



 Cory Bostjancic, pitcher for the Eugene Emeralds, (Northwest League) a San Diego Padres affiliate, has thrown 25.2 innings this year with a 2-2 record. 
 Tyler Ihrig, pitcher for the Boise Hawks, (Northwest League) a Chicago Cubs affiliate, has struck out 41 over 51 innings in 5 games, posting a 4-1 record.  
 DJ Slaton, pitcher for the Hudson Valley Renegades, (New York-Penn League) a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, has thrown 36.1 innings in 9 games with a 2.48 ERA.  
 Mitch Delfino, third baseman for the San Jose Giants, (California League) a San Francisco Giants affiliate, has hit .276 with 9 homeruns, 56 RBI’s and has posted a .707 ops. 
 O’Koyea Dickson, first baseman for the Chattanooga Lookouts, (Southern League) a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate, has hit 11 homeruns, 23 doubles, with 50 RBI’s, and was selected to the league’s all-star team. 
Justin Maffei, outfielder for the West Virginia Power, (South Atlantic League) a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, has hit .257 with 9 stolen bases on the season. 
Alec Kenilvort, pitcher for the Grand Junction Rockies, (Rookie Pioneer League) a Colorado Rockies affiliate, has appeared in 10 games so far after being drafted in the 15th round.
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Cory Bostjancic, pitcher for the Eugene Emeralds, (Northwest League) a San Diego Padres affiliate, has thrown 25.2 innings this year with a 2-2 record.
 
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Tyler Ihrig, pitcher for the Boise Hawks, (Northwest League) a Chicago Cubs affiliate, has struck out 41 over 51 innings in 5 games, posting a 4-1 record.
 
 
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DJ Slaton, pitcher for the Hudson Valley Renegades, (New York-Penn League) a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, has thrown 36.1 innings in 9 games with a 2.48 ERA.

 
 
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Mitch Delfino, third baseman for the San Jose Giants, (California League) a San Francisco Giants affiliate, has hit .276 with 9 homeruns, 56 RBI’s and has posted a .707 ops.

 
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O’Koyea Dickson, first baseman for the Chattanooga Lookouts, (Southern League) a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate, has hit 11 homeruns, 23 doubles, with 50 RBI’s, and was selected to the league’s all-star team.

 
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Justin Maffei, outfielder for the West Virginia Power, (South Atlantic League) a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, has hit .257 with 9 stolen bases on the season.

 
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Alec Kenilvort, pitcher for the Grand Junction Rockies, (Rookie Pioneer League) a Colorado Rockies affiliate, has appeared in 10 games so far after being drafted in the 15th round.
Coaches Make an Impact - By Gunnar Sandberg, Warriors White Coach
I am proud of the consistent improvement of the Warriors White baseball team this summer season.  Over the past month, the student-athletes have competed on a higher level, both as a team and as individuals.  Two of the most important characteristics of a baseball team are teamwork and chemistry; skills that the Warriors White team are constantly developing and improving.
The Warriors White Team has come together as one solid unit throughout the season. Our pitching has become more dominant, and the pitchers are throwing strikes with more confidence.  This is because of more pitching opportunities and coach instruction.  They are pitching with poise from the mound.
In the batter’s box, the hitters are much more relaxed and have improved their approach tenfold.  As they have improved their approach, they are taking advantage of the opposing pitchers’ mistakes and hitting them hard.  Our players are looking to attack the ball now and this has impressed me so much.
In the field, we have become more fluid and we have started to take aggressive routes to the ball.  In doing so, I have seen a lot of plays being made that I could not imagine being made at the beginning of the season. Every player has improved their skills, their respect for one another, their ability to work hard, and the team chemistry.
I could not be happier with how this season is going.  As coaches, Beau Gardner and I like to take an enthusiastic approach and create a positive environment so all of our student-athletes can succeed.  Beau and I both played for the California Warriors when we were in high school.  We now have the opportunity to teach, and build skills, and confidence while having transitioned from playing to building a careers as coaches. As former players, we know that teamwork is extremely important. Coaching with a close friend makes coaching a lot easier, because we are always on the same page with game time decisions. Beau and I try to incorporate the best aspects of the coaches that we have played for, and try to mirror their different styles into the coaches we aspire to be. We work together to do our best in being role models and we hope that these values have been passed on to our players.
I absolutely love coaching these student-athletes on the Warriors White team. They have made an impact on my life and have helped me improve as a coach. I’m proud to say that I am a coach of the California Warriors White team, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season will play out to be.

Coaches Make an Impact - By Gunnar Sandberg, Warriors White Coach

I am proud of the consistent improvement of the Warriors White baseball team this summer season.  Over the past month, the student-athletes have competed on a higher level, both as a team and as individuals.  Two of the most important characteristics of a baseball team are teamwork and chemistry; skills that the Warriors White team are constantly developing and improving.

The Warriors White Team has come together as one solid unit throughout the season. Our pitching has become more dominant, and the pitchers are throwing strikes with more confidence.  This is because of more pitching opportunities and coach instruction.  They are pitching with poise from the mound.

In the batter’s box, the hitters are much more relaxed and have improved their approach tenfold.  As they have improved their approach, they are taking advantage of the opposing pitchers’ mistakes and hitting them hard.  Our players are looking to attack the ball now and this has impressed me so much.

In the field, we have become more fluid and we have started to take aggressive routes to the ball.  In doing so, I have seen a lot of plays being made that I could not imagine being made at the beginning of the season. Every player has improved their skills, their respect for one another, their ability to work hard, and the team chemistry.

I could not be happier with how this season is going.  As coaches, Beau Gardner and I like to take an enthusiastic approach and create a positive environment so all of our student-athletes can succeed.  Beau and I both played for the California Warriors when we were in high school.  We now have the opportunity to teach, and build skills, and confidence while having transitioned from playing to building a careers as coaches. As former players, we know that teamwork is extremely important. Coaching with a close friend makes coaching a lot easier, because we are always on the same page with game time decisions. Beau and I try to incorporate the best aspects of the coaches that we have played for, and try to mirror their different styles into the coaches we aspire to be. We work together to do our best in being role models and we hope that these values have been passed on to our players.

I absolutely love coaching these student-athletes on the Warriors White team. They have made an impact on my life and have helped me improve as a coach. I’m proud to say that I am a coach of the California Warriors White team, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season will play out to be.

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
John Wooden
Warriors Collegiate Shutout Neptune Beach Pearl
The California Warriors shutout the Neptune Beach Pearl in a non-league game at Laney College Wednesday night to get their fourth straight win of the season and improve their record to 18-10 overall.
Pitcher Taylor Toccalino started for the Warriors and was lights out on the mound, only giving up four hits and no runs in six innings. Jack Schoenberger, Jonathan Hernandez, and Matt Ladrech each pitched one inning out of the bullpen to keep the shutout intact.
The Warriors’ offense was quiet early on, scoring only one run in the first five innings, but the Warriors then unloaded in the sixth inning with four runs. With the bases loaded Kailen Robinson walked and Dennis Karas scored to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning Taylor Jones hit a 2 RBI single to knock in Allen Smoot and Justin Gubser. A few batters later Steve Baker hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Robinson home. The Warriors would tack on one more run in the seventh on sacrifice fly by Dennis Karas for his second RBI of the game.
The California Warriors ended up winning the game 6-0. Go Warriors!

Warriors Collegiate Shutout Neptune Beach Pearl


The California Warriors shutout the Neptune Beach Pearl in a non-league game at Laney College Wednesday night to get their fourth straight win of the season and improve their record to 18-10 overall.

Pitcher Taylor Toccalino started for the Warriors and was lights out on the mound, only giving up four hits and no runs in six innings. Jack Schoenberger, Jonathan Hernandez, and Matt Ladrech each pitched one inning out of the bullpen to keep the shutout intact.

The Warriors’ offense was quiet early on, scoring only one run in the first five innings, but the Warriors then unloaded in the sixth inning with four runs. With the bases loaded Kailen Robinson walked and Dennis Karas scored to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning Taylor Jones hit a 2 RBI single to knock in Allen Smoot and Justin Gubser. A few batters later Steve Baker hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Robinson home. The Warriors would tack on one more run in the seventh on sacrifice fly by Dennis Karas for his second RBI of the game.

The California Warriors ended up winning the game 6-0. Go Warriors!

Warriors White Team Travels to Reno

The Warriors White team traveled to Reno, a.k.a. “The Biggest Little City” on June 26th-June 28th for the Muckdogs pre-4th of July tournament. The Warriors brought their game faces from day one and battled hard throughout the tournament, finishing just shy of the playoffs.

The Warriors traveled to local high schools and an all turf baseball complex to compete with high caliber teams. The Warriors visibly developed as a team over the course of three days, from the first game all of the way until the last pitch of their fifth and final game. Every single player in the batter’s box, in the field, and also for those who ventured to the mound, enhanced their skills. The best part about the games is that the Warriors players never gave up. They epitomized the Warrior spirit, giving one hundred percent every single inning.

The Reno Muckdogs tournament challenged the Warriors White team on the field as they faced very talented counterparts who pushed them to compete to their highest potential. Anyone could see the changes over the period of three days that will forever positively affect all of the players as individuals as well as the whole team.

The Reno Tournament really brought the team together. From the moment the team arrived in Reno, the camaraderie was evident. On the field, the players had each other’s backs, supporting everyone in their individual efforts. The players kept it loose in the dugout and off the field, and each player seemed to be committed on every single pitch. Off the field, the Warriors White team did many activities together, such as bowling, mini golfing, going on a giant flying swing, and playing sand volleyball outside the hotel. It was these fun activities that helped bring the team closer. Throughout the tournament, everyone had fun together and partook in activities that they might never try again. Without a doubt, the team became a complete and coherent team.

The relationships developed by the players on the Warriors White team will be everlasting, even beyond the games this summer. Even though the team struggled a bit in some games, they competed to their fullest ability in all games, which lead them to wins. Throughout the tournament, strong relationships were built between players, coaches, and parents. Anyone who watched the games could definitively say that the Warriors White team is a coherent team of twenty players. In every single game, they gave 100% as a team, showing the Warrior character.

To see photos of this weekend please click here.  We want to especially thank Jordan Warren who took all of these photos and graciously shared them with us!