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7/30/31

Collegiate News

Legends Earn West Bid in AABC World Series  

Team Seeking Donations to Offset Travel and Hotel Accommodations in New York

The Sacramento Legends Baseball Club has won the Western Regional Championship and earned a berth in the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) Stan Musial World Series in Farmingdale, NY, announced Legends manager, Steve Gill. 

The team’s immediate goal, however, is to find the funds to offset travel and hotel accommodations once they reach New York. They haven’t much time, as the eight-team tournament begins August 7th.  

The Legends, comprised of collegiate players from the local area, were winners of the Sacramento Premier League with a 9-0 record. The team currently sports a 46-21 record with four games to play in the regular season.  

They are led by pitcher Lucas Still (CBS High bound for Willamette University) with a 7-1 record and 2.31 earned run average and hitters Brian Ingram who is hitting .350 with six home runs and a team-leading 46 runs batted in, and Matt Caselli (CBS/Sacramento City College) with a .346 average. 

“We’re asking the local community to help us offset the travel and room expenses for this trip to the AABC World Series,” Gill said today. The team estimates expenses will total around $30,000. So far they’ve raised less than $1,000. Gill asks that anyone who would like to contribute should please visit this link at FundMe.com. 

The Sacramento Legends play three times this week at their home field Union Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus beginning tonight, tomorrow and Friday evening. Game time is 7 p.m. and admission is free.

The Legends were founded in 2002 by Gill, who as club manager is following in the footsteps of his late father Joe Gill, the long-time coach at Christian Brothers High and Southside American Legion. 

The AABC is comprised of age divisions that include the Musial League (19+), Connie Mack (18U), Don Mattingly (17U), Mickey Mantle (16U), Ken Griffey Jr. (15U), Sandy Koufax (14U) et.al.


Pro News

Recent Giants call-up,  Andrew Susac (Jesuit/Oregon State) got his second major league start today behind the plate against the Pirates. He is catching two-time Cy Young Award winnger, Tim Lincecum in a day game at AT&T Park.

Note: Susac got his first major league hit with a bases loaded single to LF in the 3rd inning off Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton to give the Giants a 4-3 lead.

The Giants won the contest 7-5, their first in a six-game homestand, averting their first-ever winless homestand of six games or more.

After the game skipper Bruce Bochy was asked to comment on Susac's RBI-hit that put the team ahead. "I think he's done a nice job behind the plate. Good to see him get a hit. He's got the potential to be a real nice hitter; he's got power. He'll get settled in and get some playing time until we get (backup catcher, Hector) Sanchez back. He did a good job blocking balls. So, he'll get more comfortable. We needed a hit then--bases loaded. He just hit it too hard where we couldn't get two runs."


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7/29/14

Dubon Named POW NY-Penn League

Happy birthday to Mauricio Dubon (Capital Christian High)who turns 20 today, one day after being named Offensive Player of the Week in the New York-Penn League. Dubon, the righthanded-hitting shortstop went 12-for-27 in seven games, hitting two home runs and knocking in nine runs batted in for Lowell, the Red Sox Single-A team. He had multiple hit-games five times and raised his batting average to .286.

If you haven't read our profile on Dubon and American brother Ben Ritchey when the two were prepping at Capital Christian, go here.


7/26/14

Susac Gets First Call-Up to the Giants 

Andrew Susac (Jesuit/Oregon State) got the call today. 

As in the maiden major league “call-up” by the San Francisco Giants. A catcher for the Giants’ Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, Susac this morning hopped a flight out of El Paso destined for the cool climes of San Francisco.

His call up comes less than a day after backup catcher, Hector Sanchez took a smash to the helmet last night and left the game with a concussion. He is on the 7-day concussion list.

Susac is having a good year in the Pacific Coast League, hitting .268 with 10 home runs and 32 runs batted in.  

Susac was the Giants second round draft selection in 2011. San Francisco’s first rounder that year was Joe Panik, who was called up to the big club since June 21 when he took over the second base job. Panik is now on the bench with a sprained ankle. The team has brought up utilityman Dan Uggla, (who they signed earlier this week) and Tony Abreau.

Susac will not start at catcher tonight. The Giants are playing division rival Los Angeles, which is starting the best lefthander in baseball tonight, Clayton Kershaw. The Giants hold a one-half game lead in the West.

In other news, the Giants acquired righthanded pitcher Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox for a pair of minor leaguers. San Francisco needs pitching help in Matt Cain's absence. If the above scenario holds, Susac might be catching Peavy, who is having an off-year. The 33-year old is just 1-9 with a 4.72 earned run average with the Red Sox, who are in fifth place in the American League East, after winning the 2013 World Series.

Stay tuned.

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Postscript: Susac replaced Posey in the eighth inning and caught two frames. In the ninth he took his first major league at-bat against Giant Killer Clayton Kershaw and grounded out on the first pitch. Kershaw pitched a two-hit shutout, his third at AT&T Park as the Dodgers won in San Francisco for the second time in a row by the score 5-0.


7/ 21/14

SHANE PETERSON NAMED PCL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

(Courtesy of River Cats Media Relations)

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – River Cats outfielder and Triple-A All-Star Shane Peterson has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the week of July 14-20—the first weekly honor of his minor league career.

After participating in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, Peterson racked up a PCL-best nine runs, nine hits, eight RBI, six extra-base hits, and 21 total bases in just three games. He also led the league in batting average (.600) and slugging percentage (1.400). His week was highlighted by a three-homer performance on Thursday, a 10-9 extra-inning win over the Albuquerque Isotopes at Isotopes Park. Peterson finished the game 3-for-5 with four runs, three home runs, and four RBI. He followed up that performance by collecting his first four-hit game of the season on Friday, while scoring four runs for the second-consecutive night.

Peterson is now batting .320 with eight home runs and 65 RBI for the season. He is currently the league-leader with 124 hits and 71 runs scored, and is tied for the lead with 97 games played and 29 doubles. In addition, Peterson ranks second in at-bats (387), fourth in total bases (181), and fifth in RBI.

Peterson joins right-handed pitcher Dan Straily and catcher Stephen Vogt as the only other River Cats to receive a weekly award this season.


 

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For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Derrek Lee, Manny Parra and many more.

Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch, Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.

Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and now Cincinnati Reds)
Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies)
Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets)
Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays)
Johnny McNamara (6 teams)

Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more about that tour at ThePitchBook.com).

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* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.

Updated 7/30/14
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