The Sonoma Stack 13 year-old team split their games this past weekend in Elk Grove but that was good enough for third place, the second third place finish in recent months for the travel baseball squad out of Sonoma.
Sonoma Stack has travel baseball teams in three age groups presently participating in tournament play (14 years old, 13 and 11) with a 16 year-old team in the works. The non-profit entity, in its first year of existence has taken on an ambitious tournament schedule and the organization’s teams have traveled around Northern California throughout the fall seeking the highest level of competition they can find.
According to Jeremy Tayson, manager of the 13 year-old team, the results are beginning to reflect the team’s goal of exposure to enhanced competition.
“Our goal is to increase the competitiveness of the baseball players in Sonoma Valley,” says Tayson. “We’re trying to get these kids to compete outside of their comfort zone, which is something that eventually, if they keep playing, they will have to learn how to deal with.”
While the ultimate goal is competition, Tayson is quick to point out that Stack will not turn away a player interest in playing, and that those interested will benefit from the practices even if they are not available for the games.
The 13 year-old squad plays tournaments twice a month and practices two times a week (Tuesdays at Peterson Field and Sundays in the batting cage at Arnold Field) with 18 players and based upon performance and availability, the squad is selected that will compete in the out of town tournaments.
“For myself, and even for the kids that are seniors in high school now, they’d absolutely loved to have an something this as a younger player,” says Tayson. “It’s an opportunity to play travel baseball very inexpensively while making it more challenging and competitive than what these kids are used to.
The improvement in the squad’s performance was verified in last weekend’s action, as the team saw its collective batting average rise by 20 points and they cut-down on the number of times they struck out to 15, down from 30 in the first tournament they entered this season.
Top performers through the Stack’s first three tournaments include Colton Petersen (12 hits, eight runs scored and sold defense at shortstop), Logan Onstott (.330 batting average and seven RBI), Maclean Meyn (ERA of 1.87 through 15 innings, including tossing a one-hitter), Nico De Torres (1.11 ERA in five games and hitting .368), Spencer McNairy (eight-for-14 in two tournaments and eight runs scored) and Tyler Ramsey (.300 batting average and solid defense behind the plate). Rounding out the Stack 13 year-old roster are Mike Daly, Van Scott, Garrett Anken, DJ Hellman, Abel Fragoza, Ector Garcia, Travis Claeys, Tyler Dunlap, Ryan O’Hara and Daniel Brown and assistant coaches Lucas Dunkle and Andy Tolbert.
The Stack organization is holding its inaugural fundraising event, a barbeque with a silent auction and raffle November 19th at the Larson Family Winery.
For more information about playing, coaching, or donating for Sonoma Stack, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Justin Garrett at 321-5963.