Summer semester for baseball

College players from across the country have enrolled in a summer baseball class with the Solano Mudcats. Third baseman Preston Freeman (above) came from Cisco College in Texas and made a diving catch of a foul pop-up in Saturday’s game against the California Red Tails at Solano Community College.

The Mudcats have several new players along with a new home ballpark and league (Pacific Empire). Joining the Mudcats in the PEL are the Humboldt Crabs, Lincoln Potters, West Coast Kings, Healdsburg Prune Pickers and Medford (Ore.) Rogues. The first PEL game will be Tuesday when the Mudcats host the Kings at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s game, which ended in a 6-6 tie after 11 innings, is one of the non-league contests sprinkled into the schedule. The Mudcats will play 25 PEL games with three-game series July 2-4 at Humboldt and July 9-11 at Medford. The inaugural PEL playoffs will be July 30 to Aug. 2.

Mudcats head coach Kyle Stafford put a map to good use in finding players from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.; Concordia University in Seward, Neb.; Regus University in Denver; Utah Valley and Southern Indiana. In 2022, the Mudcats landed Hunter Baldwin from Harvard.

Anthony Galindo comes from Texas A&M-Texarkana, but he is just coming home. The Dixon High graduate pitched two seasons at SCC before going to Texas. The right-hander had a tough go of it Saturday by allowing four runs in two innings. The game ended in a 6-6 tie after 11 innings.

New home, league for Mudcats

Solano Community College will be the new home for the Solano Mudcats and their 2024 home opener is Wednesday at 5 p.m. against the Nor Cal Warriors. Playing at SCC will be nothing new for the former and current Falcons on the 37-player roster for the Mudcats. The same goes for Mudcats head coach Kyle Stafford, who is the associate head coach at SCC.

Kevin Parker will play with the Mudcats before going to Utah Valley University.

Joseph Guttmann, Kevin Parker and Connor Ross will spend the summer with the Mudcats after leading SCC to a second-place finish in the Bay Valley Conference. Ross was the BVC Player of the Year and received the Northern California Big Stick award after hitting .433 with 58 RBI.

Ross kept the Falcons in contention for second place by belting a three-run homer in the 10th inning of a 10-7 victory over Napa Valley on April 23. The Falcons swept the three-game series against the Storm to climb past Marin, which was swept by BVC champion Los Medanos.

Guttmann went 0-for-4 in the series opener, but the St. Patrick-St. Vincent High graduate was an RBI machine after that. The sophomore drove in seven runs in a 19-0 rout April 24 and set a school record with 12 RBI as SCC closed the regular season with a 21-2 win. Guttmann had nearly as many RBI in those two games than he did in the other 39 (21)

Parker and Guttmann were first- and second-team selections, respectively, in the All-BVC voting. Parker will continue his career at Utah Valley and Ross will will be swinging his bat at Cal Baptist.

The Mudcats are in a new league after leaving the California Collegiate to join the Pacific Empire along with the Humboldt Crabs, Lincoln Potters, Healdsburg Prune Packers, Medford Rogues and West Coast Kings. The Mudcats finished last a year ago n the CCL North Division at 6-29.

The Mudcats will hold a baseball camp for players ages 6-14 on June 10-12 at Vanden High. The cost is $60 per day and $175 for the entire camp. Players must bring their own equipment. Lunch is provided each day. Click here for further information.