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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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Collegiate Warriors Take Series from Alameda Merchants
The California Warriors got a key league win Tuesday night against the Alameda Merchants at College of Alameda. The Warriors scored four runs in the second inning and never looked back. Ryan Burke led off the inning with a double and Cameron Merriweather followed that up by reaching first base. Tommy Beritzhoff hit a single to score Burke and Merriweather and Bertizhoff reached third on an overthrow at home plate. Bertizhoff scored the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Cody Snider. Dennis Karas followed that up with triple to right field and would later score on a single by Chris Miguel.
The Warriors pitchers were able to hold onto this lead. Alex Fernandez started on the mound and gave up two runs on four hits in four innings. Trevin Haseltine came in relief and was impressive out of the bullpen and only gave up one hit and no runs in three innings of work. The Alameda Merchants made it interesting by scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth to make the score 4-3, but pitcher Steve Baker finished the game and got the save.
The California Warriors improve to 6-4 in league play and 17-10 overall. The Warriors travel to Laney College on Wednesday, July 2nd to take on the Neptune Beach Pearl at 6:00 pm.
Warriors Collegiate Tops Alameda Merchants
Coming off an 7-game road stand in Colorado, the California Warriors Collegiate Team improved to 4-2 in-conference (10-7 overall) with a 5-1 victory over the Alameda Merchants. Explosive hitting provided support for dominant pitching, as 8 of the 9 Warriors in the starting lineup got hits with 5 of them collecting multiple on the day.
Starting the day off for the Warriors on the mound at College of Alameda, Thomas Petersen (RHP, Riverside Community College)tossed 3 shutout frames and struck out 3 while allowing only 1 hit.Trevin Haseltine (RHP, UC Berkeley) came on in relief, and impressively punched out 6 batters in his 2+ innings of work, also allowing no runs. In the decisive victory, the Warriors pitching staff combined to allow only 5 hits and 1 run, striking out a total of 12 batters.
The Warriors’ 15-hit offensive attack was spread out across the lineup, lead by Cameron Merriwether (2B/SS, Sonoma State University) and Kailen Robinson (OF, Missouri Baptist University), each of whom racked up 3 hits and kept their batting averages over .400 for the season. Providing some offense out of the 9-hole and starting behind the dish, Tommy Beritzhoff (C/IF, College of Marin) went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run and an RBI.Cody Snider (OF, University of San Francisco) matched Beritzhoff’s day, also knocking 2 hits, scoring a run, and driving in an RBI.
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Warriors Take 2 of 3
The California Warriors Blue Team hit it out of the park Saturday morning with a dominant win of 11-1 over the Berkley Buzz. They scored in nearly every inning and managed to bat around the line-up in multiple innings. “It was like clockwork,” said Joe Levin, third-baseman. “When it was time to hit, we hit, and when we were on the field we executed efficiently and got back into the dugout fast.”
Not only were the bats alive on Saturday, but the pitchers (Henrik Reinertsen, Ben Hoxie and Teddy Hoxie) worked hard to do their jobs. Pitchers were efficient in throwing strikes and kept the ball low to force the groundballs that were easily turned into outs. The student-athletes hitting multiple triples and doubles to center and right field crushed balls.
The Berkley Buzz scored their single run of the game in a short rally in the sixth inning. The Blue Team never let up on the Buzz and took their first win of the weekend.
The California Warriors Blue Team showed up early on Saturday to play a double header against the Oaks Baseball Club. Both games were filled with exciting moments and difficult plays. The Oaks took the field first, loading the bases with Blue players by walking two and hitting a batter. The Oaks then walked in a run to give the Blue Team the lead. The Warriors and Oaks then battled back and forth in what turned out to be a true nail biter, but the Blue Team made the necessary plays to preserve the lead and take the win with a final score of 1-0.
The second game between the California Warriors Blue Team and the Oaks was equally exciting. The Oaks put runs up on the board early, including a triple to deep center field that cleared the bases. The Warriors showed no sign of giving up on the game, and fought hard until the final out. Even though Blue Team lost the game, it was a good experience that the players can use to build off of to help motivate them for the games to come.