California Academy of Baseball head coach Rusty McDonald considers his team’s inaugural summer season a success.
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Consisting of players from the El Dorado High baseball program, CAB finished its season with a 25-5 record. The progress of players developing their skills was critical in preparing for next spring.
“What I really wanted to accomplish for returning players is to get them better,” McDonald said. “it could’ve been a pitcher throwing a change-up to a hitter working on hitting the ball to the opposite field to players bunting the ball better. Defensively, we’ve put in more defensive plays for them to get familiar with and get a jump-start into next spring.”
Mission accomplished for CAB.
“It worked out very well,” McDonald said. “As the season went on, we got better on what we tried to accomplish. Overall we got a lot of things done that we wanted to get done.”
During the season, CAB played the El Dorado Post 119 Jr. Legion squad, consisting mostly of Union Mine High baseball players, and the IBAC Bruins, consisting mostly of Ponderosa High players. In addition, CAB played teams from Folsom and Sacramento areas, plus teams in Nevada.
“We plan to do the same thing next summer,” McDonald said. “I like the competition we played.”
On Tuesday, CAB was scheduled to close out its season with a game at Christian Brothers in Sacramento, but was cancelled because CBS didn’t suit up enough players.
McDonald said the players will play fall ball during the time frame that the Sac-Joaquin Section allows: Sept. 9 to Oct. 6.
Members of CAB are: Zach Culp, Louis Merlo, Matt Smith, Ryan Rodriguez, Sawyer Schardt, Garrett Scalero, Nick Bonniksen, Krischton Kern, Adam Washabaugh, Zach Terry, Aaron Farney, Nathaniel Erskine, Logan Quick, Kevin Morrison, Michael Weston, James Alvarez and Vince Ross.
Members of McDonald’s coaching staff are: Luke Gadow, Sonny Merlo, Dave Rickon and Justin Dillon.
On Wednesday, McDonald and his coaches treated the players to a night on the town in West Sacramento. The group had dinner, then went to watch the Sacramento River Cats’ game against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Raley Field.
A fun end to a solid summer.
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