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Repo~er Wednesday, Nov, 28, 2001 1C [] Photos by Carly Sot0 finished up eorUor this month, ending 12 weeks of games and training for players who will be on FRC's team this coming spring. Josh Green (left) and Tony Blale (dght) wore each Invited to the fall All-Star Sacramento City College last month, along with teammate Jonathan Troop (not pictured). BB Monow program consisted of 35 contribute. FRC's top two freshmen games. The players who par- "Our infield is young," this year are Matt Peters and weeks of baseball ticipated will be on FRC's saidSoto. Humberto Gonzalez. Peters recently with the baseball team next spring, FRC's strength this season put up a .671 fall batting aver- World series at thebut Fall Ball is not associated will be its pitching. Tony age with wood, and Gonzalez Memorial Field in with the college. Biale, Jonathan Troop, Joe is a draft-and-follow player Fall Ball gives the coach- Melarkey, Tony Faulkner with the Philadelphia was lit up, ing staff a chance to see the and Kenny Nicoll are all re- Phillies, sent to FRC for a chalked, and the players, and makes it easier turning. Biale was named a season. raised for the in- to transition into the spring preseason All.American and Because Fall Ball is inde- games. Both teams season, explained head coach has early-signed with thependent of FRC, it relies on in fall uniforms, JeddSoto. University of San Francisco fund-raising. A 100-inning P.A. system an- Of the 80 individuals that for an88-percentscholarship, game will be held to help each player as theycame out, Soto limited his Last month, Troop, Biale,raise money for the program. roster to 46 players, and Josh Green were each in- Players will each need to gles, led by third-"We're much deeper than vited to play in the fall All. gather 20 sponsors who will coach Steve we were a year ago," said So- Star game at Sacramento donate money for each in- , defeated the Bees in to. "We should be as competi- City. College. Teams are nor- ning played. The signs along The Bees were led tive as we were last year." mally fortunate to have even the outfield fence are also assistant coach Soto added that there will one player selected, but be- key fund-raisers, and have a former play- be a lot of freshman that will cause of FRC's success last been supported well by the start, and returning sopho- season, three of its players community. Fall Ball mores that will definitely were chosen. ~ i.~ / ~ .& The Big Bend dam on the North Fork of the Feath- er River provides a thrilling 30-foot drop for whitewnter enthusiasts. Six rafters (above) hold Ughtly to their boat be- fore hitting a wall of whitewater. Shannon Morrow (left) takes the . plunge in a kayak. 4 Photos by Bruce Hicks Photo submitted Brad Baker takes the mound at Jack Murphy stadium, home of the San Diego Padres. Pitching for national adult teams, Baker has won three World Series champi- onships this year. im BY agreed Baker. Editor Baker returned to Phoenix Brad Baker, a 52-year-old at the end of October for the left-handed pitcher from Mens Senior Baseball League Quincy who practices every (MSBL) World Series. This day with the Feather River time he was playing for College baseball team, has Berry's Sporting Goods, a won three championship San Diego team in the 48+ di- rings this year in national vision. On a pitching staff adult baseball competition, with three former major Playing for a Florida team league and two former minor in Phoenix last month, Baker league pitchers, Baker won won the National Adult Base- one game and pitched four in- ball Association (NABA) nings of relief in another World Series in the 50-and- game, and his team won the over division. In the champi- championship, 11-4. onship game, Baker took the Most recently, Baker corn- mound after the fourth in- peted in the MSBL Fall Clas- ning and pitched five com- sic World Series in Tampa plete innings to record the Bay, Fla., Nov. 5-10. Playing win, earning the MVP shirt, for the Florida Pelicans in Baker gave his MVP shirt the 48+ division, Baker won to Jedd Soto, the FRC head his third championship ring. baseball coach, to express his Over the past six years, thanks for letting him work Baker has been recruited to out with the team. pitch for various adult teams "I appreciate them letting and has made it to several I I I II I out no feeling in the world like striking a guy to end the nin " Brad Baker Pitcher me play with them. That has championship games, but made this all possible," said this is the first year that he's Baker. "They have such an wonatitle. excellent program." "There's no feeling in the Baker has been practicing world like striking a guy out with FRC year-round over to end the inning," said Bak- the past two seasons, which er. "It is so much fun to still is why he's been so success- be able to compete." ful in the adult leagues. He When Baker moved to lifts weights with the team, Quincy in August of 2000, he runs the field with the team, was afraid that he'd have to and stretches with the team. give up baseball. Wanting to He's there for the agility ex- continue to pitch, he ap- ercises and long toss drills, proached Soto in hopes of and participates in pitchers' finding an FRC player that he fielding practice (PFP). could pay to catch for him. "He's a solid player," said Baker soon began throwing Soto. "The reason why I let with the team and got in- him come out was because I volved in everyday practice. was blown away by his pas- sion." "I can't say enough about Soto estimated that the re- Soto and his team," said Bak- locity of Baker's pitch has er. "You couldn't find a nicer improved 8 miles per environment or a better pro- hour. "It could easily be 8 gram. The kids over there are miles per hour faster," terrific."