2022 CCL Week 1 Recap

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Updated: June 13, 2022

Healdsburg Prune Packers: 3-1 Overall 

After dropping their season opener against the Mudcats, the Prune Packers won their next three games, defeating the Stompers, San Francisco Seals, and Crawdads. 

Jared Sundstrom (UC Santa Barbara) had a very strong week offensively, highlighted by his two homers in the Packers’ 14-12 victory over Sonoma. In four games, Sundstrom went a combined 4-for-15, scoring three runs and bringing in five more. 

On the mound, Caden Noah (Texas) was dominant in 3.0 innings against the Stompers, striking out six batters while only allowing one hit. Elijah Birdsong (Pacific) also looked solid on the mound, recording four strikeouts and no earned runs in 4.0 innings pitched at Solano. 

The Packers will face the Crawdads twice and Potters once before they cap off their week off with a doubleheader against the Mudcats on Saturday in Healdsburg. 

Lincoln Potters: 12-2 Overall 

The Lincoln Potters got an early start to their season playing their first game on May 27 against the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox. Lincoln appeared to be in midseason form, producing a whopping 48 runs in their opening series. Despite coming back down to earth offensively, the Potters compiled a 12-2 record (2-0, CCL North Division) through their first 14 contests, putting them atop the CCL North standings. 

Matthew Lee (Louisiana Monroe) has looked strong at the plate in the Potters’ two division matchups, going a combined 5-for-7, contributing two runs and driving in another. JT Waldon (undecided) had an impressive outing against the Stompers, as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with one run and two RBI. 

Right-handed pitcher Anthony Perez also proved to be problematic for Sonoma, striking out six batters, only allowing three hits and maintaining a spotless 0.00 ERA through six innings pitched. 

Looking ahead, the Potters get back into action on Tuesday against the Gold Sox. They will also face the Stompers three times and the Prune Packers once this week. 

Sonoma Stompers: 3-3 Overall 

With three wins, three losses and a game postponed after 10 innings; the Stompers have seen it all in their first weeks as a member of the CCL. After racking up three straight victories over the San Francisco Seals, West Coast Kings and Petaluma Leghorns, Sonoma fell to the Prune Packers, Potters, and Mudcats. 

Max Handron (Cal) has proven to be one of the Stompers’ most reliable players on offense over the team’s first five games, as he went a combined 9-for-20, driving in five runs and scoring four of his own. 

Starting pitcher Orlando Leon Jr. (Hawaii-Hilo) has been one of Sonoma’s many bright spots on the mound. He went for 4.0 innings against Petaluma, striking out four Leghorns, allowing one hit and picking up the win with a 0.00 ERA. Closer Eric Woodrow (Marin CC) has been a workhorse, already appearing in three contests. Through 6.0 innings, Woodrow has retired seven batters and given up two hits. He has also recorded a save. His ERA remains a perfect 0.00. 

The Stompers are set to resume their postponed game against the Crawdads on Tuesday and then travel to Lincoln to take on the Potters. They will return home to face the Kings and Potters before finishing up their week on Saturday in Lincoln. 

Santa Barbara Foresters: 2-2 Overall

The Foresters sit at .500 after their first four contests of the 2022 season, defeating the Oaks, losing to the Barons and splitting a two-game set with the Riptide. 

Kevin Bazzell (Texas Tech) had a productive week, going 6-for-14 at the plate while racking up two runs and four RBI. Texas Longhorn Gavin Kash went 4-for-8 at the plate and scored three runs in Santa Barbara’s series with the Riptide.

On the mound, Andrew Dusablon (Virginia Tech) was firing on all cylinders in his first two appearances, recording seven K’s and a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings pitched. Despite earning a loss, left-hander David Shaw (Rice) had a good day against Orange County, picking up two strikeouts and only conceding one hit through 4.0 innings. 

The Foresters have four games scheduled for this week, as they play the Oaks and Barons two times each. 

MLB Academy Barons: 2-1 Overall

The MLB Academy Barons played the San Luis Obispo Blues in their season opener on June 7. It was a close game but the Barons fell short, 14-13. Both teams squared-off again the next day, this time with the Barons prevailing, 11-8. The MLB Academy continued their winning ways by beating the Santa Barbara Foresters, 5-4, on June 9. Then ended their first week with one loss and a two-game winning streak.  

Mario Tostado is a leader for the Barons as his offensive skills have helped the team achieve their winning streak. Tostado currently holds the highest batting average of the team at .571. On the defensive side, Rene Galvan (Compton Community College) helped lead the Barons in their win against the Blues on the 8th. He averaged a WHIP of 2.00 in this game and was a strong asset for the Barons in their opening week.  

The Academy Barons are looking to continue their winning streak this upcoming week and are set to face the OC Riptide on June 14th, in Irvine.  

Arroyo Seco Saints: Overall 0-2-1

The Arroyo Seco Saints opened up their season on June 9 against the Ventura Pirates. It was a neck-and-neck game that was battled until the very end when the lights turned off, leaving it tied at 5-5. The Saints went on to play the OC Riptide on June 10, where they fought until the very end but lost 8-5. They ended their opening week with a game against Conejo Oaks on June 12, where they lost 11-8.  

The Saints have several standout players that have helped the team rally against their tough competitors. Matt Wong (Hawaii) has been a powerhouse at the plate. Jeffrey Bauser (Nevada Reno) leads the team offensively with a batting average so far of .545. He made a huge contribution during the game against the Ventura Pirates where he had one RBI and hit three out of the four times he got up to bat. Logan Deskin (Regis University) has been a brightspot on the mound. In total, he had three strikeouts and zero walks.

The Saints will begin their second week of action with a home game against the San Luis Obispo Blues on June 14.  

 
Solano Mudcats: Overall 2-3

The Solano Mudcats had a tough start to their season, losing to the Walnut Creek Crawdads 19-3 on June 8th. The next day, however, they came back stronger and beat the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a close game, 3-2. They then faced the Lincoln Potters on June 10th and fell short, losing 6-4.  

Despite their two losses, the Mudcats had several major highlights during their opening week. Alejandro Lara was a key player this week and shined at the plate. During the game against the Potters, he hit a homerun and got an RBI. In total he had three RBIs and five base hits. Jarryd Wood was also a key offensive player and had a batting average of .385 this past week. One of the pitching leaders for the Mudcats this past week was Jacob Andersen. He performed really well in the game against the Packers and had two strikeouts.  

The Mudcats are all geared up for this upcoming week and are set to face the Crawdads again this Thursday, June 16th. 

Walnut Creek Crawdads  

The Walnut Creek Crawdads had a strong opening to their season topping the Bay Area Force, 13-4, on June 9. Unfortunately, they fell short when playing them again the next day and lost 5-4. On June 11th, the Crawdads faced the Mudcats in a nail-biting showdown that was close until the end when they lost 9-8.  

Coleman Schmidt (St. Mary’s) proved himself as a leader of the team this past week. He hit two home runs, nine RBIs and averaged .448 at the plate. Brain DuRoff (Chabot College) also performed well at the plate and also hit a home run during the game against the Mudcats. Defensively the Crawdads were also strong with Coleson Abel (Texas Tech) on the mound. He had a whopping seven strikeouts, which was vital for the Crawdads.  

The Walnut Creek Crawdads are set to play tomorrow against the Stompers. 

Conejo Oaks: Overall 2-1

The Conejo Oaks defeated the SoCal Cubs 14-9 on June 9. The Oaks were not able to continue their winnings ways the next day, however, falling to the Santa Barbara Foresters, 10-2. After a rest day on Saturday, Conejo defeated the Arroyo Seco Saints in a 11-8 decision. 

AJ Salgado (Cal State Los Angeles) proved to be a force for the Oaks at the plate, tallying six hits and two RBI while maintaining a .545 batting average. Austin Carrillo (Cal Lutheran) also proved to be quite effective through the first week of the season, picking up five hits, four runs, plus a home run. Carrillo’s batting average sits at an impressive .455 early in the season.

The Conejo Oaks will play the Foresters, Riptide, and Blues this week. 

Orange County Riptide: Overall 3-1-1

The Orange County Riptide are off to a hot start, including a 4-0 shutout against the Ventura County Pirates on June 7. The Riptide remained undefeated on June 8 after tying the San Diego Waves, 9-9. The Riptide were able to keep on rolling through their first three games, defeating the Arroyo Seco Saints, 8-5, on June 10. Orange County took their first loss on June 11 against the Foresters, falling 7-6, in a nail- biter. The Riptide were able to come back from that loss and beat the Foresters on June 12th in another 7-6 decision. 

Blake Penso (UC San Diego) and Miller Ladusau (Abilene Christian) both lead the Riptide in batting with a .333 average. Senior Jack Noble (Long Beach State) leads the team with 3.0 innings pitched, two strikeouts, and a 0.00 ERA. Ethan Pope (Cal Baptist) has contributed this year 3.0 innings pitched, 1 win, and a 0.00 ERA.  

The Orange County Riptide will play the Barons, Oaks, and Saints this week. 

San Luis Obispo Blues: Overall 5-6

The Blues began their season on May 27 with a tough 14-8 loss against the Coastal Dodgers. The Blues battled back in Game No. 2 of the series, winning 8-6 in extra innings on May 28th. On May 29th, the Blues continued their season against the West Coast Kings, falling 15-11. The Blues dropped the series against the Kings on May 30th, when they again feel 5-3. After resting, the Blues took on the Solano Mudcats on June 3rd, exiting victorious with a 10-5 decision. The series was tied up on June 4th, when the Blues fell to the Mudcats in a 5-3 loss. The Blues were able to take the series on June 5th, defeating the Mudcats in a midday contest with a score of 7-5. The Blues went up against the MLB Academy Barons in a midweek series, winning on June 7th in a one run game by a score of 14-13. They then lost to the Barons on June 8th in an 11-8 game. The Blues wrapped up week one with a three-game series against the Humboldt Crabs, winning game one on June 10th 8-6, but lost on June 11th 8-7. Game three was rained out on June 12th, ending the series in a tie.  

Aedan Anderson (Xavier) leads the Blues with a .375 batting average, 3 hits, and 4 runs so far this season. Zach Togila (Utah) has proved to be a leader this summer for the Blues, playing in 9 of the Blues’ 11 games this season. He has tallied 11 hits, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, and 8 runs so far this season, totaling a .355 batting average.  

The San Luis Obispo Blues will play the Saints, Oaks, and Foresters this week. 

Contributors:

  • CCL Reporters Sean Brennan (Arizona State), Nicola Iannelli (Texas), Jackson Crawford (Texas)