Three former Ponderosa baseball players helped lead their collegiate summer wood bat team, Auburn, into the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League playoffs at St Mary’s College earlier this month.
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Hunter Gallant (Willamette College), Matt Evanoff (Cal-Berkeley) and Tyler Evanoff (Cal Poly/SLO) helped the Wildcats to a 22-22 record and the fourth seed in the GSCBL playoffs.
The Wildcats won three of their last four regular season games to snag the 4th seed against No. 1 Alameda (Merchants).
The Wildcats lost the opening game to Alameda 11-3 in the double elimination tournament, won the next thanks to Gallant’s 2-for-4, 2 RBI effort before Tyler’s three hits and winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning carried Auburn past Atwater 4-3.
The Wildcats faced Alameda again in need of two wins for the Golden State Championship. They won the first 8-4 as Gallant (2 RBIs) slammed a home run and Matt tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning with a strikeout.
In the championship game, Gallant went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Tyler was 2-for-4 (on base four times, RBI triple). Matt pitched scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th (one hit, two strikeouts but the Wildcats fell short 7-5 as their season ended.
For the summer, Gallant led the Wildcats in hitting at .376 with 15 doubles and 31 RBI’s. Tyler hit .350 with 10 stolen bases and Matt finished with a 1.65 ERA and three saves.
The Auburn Wildcats featured players from Hawaii, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Missouri, Georgia, Iowa and Idaho. They faced well known foes as the Humboldt Crabs, Marysville Goldsox as well as local rivals the Sacramento M’s and Legends.