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CCL Week Two Review, Week Three Look-Ahead

| June 29, 2021

With two weeks now in the books for each team in the CCL, things have started to settle into place in the standings. The Healdsburg Prune Packers continue to lead the North Division with a 14-2 record, while the San Luis Obispo Blues lead the South Division with a 13-2 overall record, including 3-0 in league play. Here is the CCL week two (June 22-28) review for all 10 clubs.

CCL North Division

(Team, Week Record)

Healdsburg Prune Packers: 5-1

The Healdsburg Prune Packers played with power this past week with three-straight victories in the CCL, winning 5 out of 6 overall on the week.

Ryan Targac (Texas A&M) topped the books for the Prune Packers, earning six RBI on two home runs. Blake Burke (University of Tennessee) was the impact player in the Packers' win over the Mudcats, hitting a monster home run along with three RBI on the night. The freshman finished the 11-3 victory with a .354 BA.

Shane O'malley (Nevada Reno) also did his part in the win over the Mudcats. O'malley faced 18 batters, striking out six in 4 innings, lowering his ERA to an astounding 1.64 on the night.

The Prune Packers will pick back up conference play this coming week with four-straight games against the Crawdads.

-- Andi Basista, CCL Reporter

Lincoln Potters: 2-4

The Potters started off the week on a four-game losing streak, with two close losses to the Walnut Creek Crawdads and the Solano Mudcats. They snapped their losing streak on Friday, beating the Crawdads 7-6 and were able to carry the momentum into the next game where the Potters exploded offensively, beating the Mudcats 24-12.

Quinton Hall (Johnson County Community College) had another strong hitting performance this week, going 2-4 in the 3-2 loss against the Crawdads. Hall also had a standout game against the Mudcats, with five hits, three runs, and seven RBIs. Hall currently leads the team with four home runs, and 31 RBIs. Jeffrey David (Dallas Baptist U) strung together a total of eight hits, eight RBIs, and a three run home run this week to boost his average to .360 on the summer.

Carson Kohls (Penn St U) had a nice outing this week in a 3-2 loss against the Walnut Creek Crawdads, with five strikeouts in four innings, allowing just two runs on three hits. Shane Gustafson (Nevada Reno) also came up big on the mound, giving up five hits in five innings, striking out eight batters in a 7-6 win against the Crawdads.

The Potters face the Solano Mudcats twice and the Marysville Goldsox once before starting a three game series against the Navota Knicks on Friday.

-- Gianna Cefalu, CCL Reporter

Walnut Creek Crawdads: 2-4

The Crawdads lost more than they won this week, but four of their six games were decided by two runs or fewer.

Infielder Diego Muniz (Oklahoma) had a strong week at the plate, highlighted by a 2-for-4 night with two home runs and four RBI in a 7-6 loss to the Lincoln Potters on June 25. For the week, Muniz hit 7-for-24 (.292).

Infielder Hayden Schott (Columbia) received fewer plate appearances this week, but made the most of it. The first baseman slashed .384/.556/.384 on the week, driving in three runs and walking five times against four strikeouts.

On the mound, Ole Iversen (Diablo Valley) highlighted the ‘Dads efforts, allowing just one earned run on six hits. The lefty struck out four and walked one in five innings of work, doing just enough to earn the win in a 3-2 victory over Lincoln on June 22.

Next week, the Crawdads face the Healdsburg Prune Packers (coming off a 5-1 week) in a four-game series from June 29 to July 2 before wrapping up the week against the Santa Rosa A’s on July 3.

-- Joe Pohoryles, CCL Reporter

Solano Mudcats: 4-2

Solano’s offensive output got progressively better as the week went on. The Mudcats opened the week with an 11-3 loss to the Packers, and finished with two 12-run games in a row.

Outfielder Kenny DeCelle (Santa Clara) led the offensive output this week, batting 9-for-24 (.375) with one home run, eight RBI and eight runs scored along with one walk and just two strikeouts. His best performance was June 27 against Walnut Creek, where he drove in five runs, including his one dinger in the 12-10 victory.

Infielder Tassos Foster (Willamette) hit for the best average this week, going 8-for-19 (.421) at the plate. The shortstop drove in six runs and scored nine in a standout week.

Relief pitcher David Reckers (Solano JC) starred on the mound, allowing no earned runs in his first two appearances of the week, spanning 4.2 total innings. He allowed two earned runs in his third and final appearance, a save on June 27 against Walnut Creek, but struck out four to bring his total for the week to 10.

The Mudcats are poised for a home-and-home series against the Lincoln Potters to start next week, followed by a three-game series at the Humboldt Crabs from July 2-4.

-- Joe Pohoryles

CCL South Division

San Luis Obispo Blues: 5-1

The Blues stayed hot, winning five out of six this week. They only had two games against a South CCL team, beating the Saints 5-1 on Wednesday and shutting out the first place Foresters 5-0 on Thursday. San Luis Obispo is now 13-2 this season, good for first place in the south division over the Foresters.

Vinny Bologna (Fresno State) had a stellar week for the Blues. In the final game against the Humbolt Crabs, Bologna hit a go-ahead 2-run homer in the 8th that put the Blues up 4-3. Ryan Ward (UT San Antonio) pitched the 8th and 9th innings in that game, earning the win and shutting the door on the Crabs comeback attempt. Mason Grotto (Fresno State) continued to be one of the most consistent hitter for the Blues, going 8-18 (.444) with 2 doubles and 5 RBI.

The Blues are set to face off with a slew of CCL South teams this week. They will meet with the Saints and Riptide twice, with one game against the Oaks and Foresters. Coming off a win against the Saints last week, San Luis Obispo will look to take home two more wins against them this week.

-- Emily Morton, CCL Reporter

Santa Barbara Foresters: 4-1

The Foresters played five of their six games this week, winning four of those games. The sixth game on their schedule was suspended in the ninth inning due to darkness (the game was tied 5-5). Two wins against OC Riptide and a win against the Barons helped the Foresters CCL record this week.

Andrew Kachel (Fresno State) was on fire this week, going 8-19 (.421) with one homer and 5 RBI, locking down the shortstop position. Jack Riedel (North Carolina) led the team in RBIs this week, tallying 7 RBI on 6 hits, raising his average to .394 on the season.

Nick Nastrini (Univeristy of California Los Angles) had a great night with the Foresters against the OC Riptide. He had nine strikeouts during the five innings he pitched on Saturday, and held on to his perfect 0.00 ERA. Nastrini now has two wins under his belt for the Foresters and has pitched a total of eight innings for them.

The Foresters will start the week looking to tackle the Barons again. They will face the Saints for the first time this summer on Wednesday, and will look to settle the score against the Oaks on Thursday after the darkness called their game last week.

-- Emily Morton, CCL Reporter

Conejo Oaks: 3-2

The Conejo Oaks started the week with a bumpy beginning, dropping an 11-4 game to the Foresters on Tuesday. However, the Oaks bounced back to defeat the Barons, 18-10, followed by a rally against the Saints on Thursday and Saturday, snagging both victories by a single run, 5-4 and 4-3.

Reagan Burford (University of Mississippi) set the pace for the Oaks, going 7-16 (.438) on the week. He had a huge game against the Barons, smacking a home run and knocking in 6 in that big win. Brendan Bobo (Cal State Fullerton) also popped off for Conejo. The freshman knocked in six runs on the week, slamming his third home run of the summer against the Barons.

Tobias Plotkin (Glendale Community College) had a spectacular game in relief against the Foresters, despite the Oaks loss. Plotkin threw 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up just 1 hit and striking out 5, improving his ERA to 3.38 on the season.

The Oaks will enter into a series of road games next week, matching up against the Saints, Barons, Foresters and Blues during the week before hosting the Ventura Pirates and the Blues over the weekend.

-- Andi Basista, CCL Reporter

Orange County Riptide: 2-4

The Orange County Riptide kicked off the week with back-to-back losses to the Saints and Forester. They bounced back nicely to win two in a row against the Barons and Ventura County Pirates, but lost the final two to the Foresters and Saints again.

Spencer Serven (Texas Rio Grande Valley) kept the Riptide in the game on Sunday night against the Saints, going 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Tyler Griggs (Central Arizona College) leads the team with a .429 BA, as he went 4-8 and scored four runs on the week.

Starting pitcher Noah Owen (Washington State) had an impressive start on the mound against the Barons, striking out 10 batters and throwing five scoreless innings. Cade Connolly (Santa Clara) also had a solid outing, striking out five in four strong innings, giving up two runs against the Ventura Pirates.

The Riptide face the 13-2 San Luis Obispo Blues in back to back games this week at OC Great Park, and will face the Saints and Barons on Friday and Saturday to finish out the week.

-- Gianna Cefalu, CCL Reporter

Arroyo Seco Saints: 2-4

After starting the week on a high note Tuesday in a 14-4 win over the Riptide, the Saints lost four close games in a row. They averaged 2 and a half runs per game over those 4 games, while their pitchers were dealing trying to keep the team in the game, but were able to finish the week strong with a 4-3 victory over the Riptide.

Despite the poor scoring numbers, infielder Jackson Cobb (Texas Tech) held his own, hitting .333 with a homer and 4 RBI on the week. Jonah Sebring (Johnson County CC) was a much needed spark on offense, knocking in 2 runs and scoring 2 more in only 10 plate appearances. He was flashing the leather all week as well, recording two outfield assists and playing all over the diamond.

Creighton Hansen (Wichita State) had the best start of the week for Arroyo Seco, tossing 4 strong innings on Tuesday while only giving up 1 run and striking out 8. Kyle Sonduck (UT San Antonio) was key out of the bullpen, eating up 5 innings over two games while only giving up 1 hit and striking out 8.

The Saints will start next week with four home games against the Oaks, Foresters, Blues and Riptide looking to get the bats hot. They'll finish the week down in San Luis Obispo against the Blues on the road on Saturday.

-- Lucas Banks, CCL Reporter

Academy Barons: 1-3

The Barons got in the win column for the first time this season on Friday against the Saints, winning 6-2. That would be their only win, as they lost to the Riptide, Oaks and Foresters to close out the week.

Jordan Williams (San Jacinto College North) led the team with 5 hits this week, including a 3-hit game against the Riptide on Thursday. Kordell Brown (San Joaquin Delta College) had a monster game in the Barons 18-10 loss to the Oaks, tallying 4 hits and scoring three runs on the night.

Chazz Martinez (Orange Coast College) had a great start against the Riptide on Thursday, hurling 4 innings and striking out 5 while only giving up one run. Ty Collins (Glendale CC) earned the lone win of the week, tossing 3 strong innings against the Saints and striking out 5.

The Barons will play the Foresters, Oaks, and Riptide next week looking to get back in the win column.

-- Lucas Banks, CCL Reporter

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