Four-day title celebration begins
August 3, 2006 - Fans of the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox have four more chances to see their championship team in action.
“I'm really happy with the way (the season) has gone,” said Yuba-Sutter manager Brad Peek. “They're a super bunch of kids, and we've had no problems with them at all.”
The Gold Sox (37-9, 32-8) open a season-ending, four-game series against the Suisun City Sultans tonight at All Seasons RV Stadium. Game time for all four games is 7 p.m.
It'll be a final chance for players to work on their skills before returning to their colleges, but it will also be a chance to celebrate the team's first ever title in the Horizon Air Summer Series, which had it's inaugural season last year.
Yuba-Sutter wrapped up the McCullough Division last week, and this week the Gold Sox even grabbed a rare win on the road against the Solano Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds and the Gold Sox played 10 games this season, five at All Seasons RV Stadium in Marysville and five at Travis Credit Union Park in Vacaville.
Until Tuesday the home team had won every game, but a 3-1 Yuba-Sutter win on Tuesday broke the streak and gave the Gold Sox the edge in the season series, 6-4. It was both team's final summer-series game.
Only one goal remains for the Gold Sox: a 40-win season.
“We've set a goal for ourselves to win 40 games,” Peek said. “Very few people at this level, be it college or summer league teams, can say they've done this.”
Ryan Zaft (6-1) will take the hill tonight, Matt Collins (3-0) will start Friday, Kody Keroher (0-1) is scheduled for Saturday, and Tyler Pearson (7-1) and Given Kutz (6-1) will likely split time on Sunday.
Doug Thennis leads the team in both batting average (.350) and home runs (5). A.J. Valentine is hitting .297 with four home runs and a team-high 35 RBIs.
The Sultans are run by the coaches at Solano College, and the team is comprised mostly of players from that school, but the team didn't play it's first game until Wednesday.
Tonight's game will be their second of the summer.
“They've been practicing all summer for us,” Peek joked.
The players on the team have been playing for other teams, Peek explained, but the few games for Suisun City gives the Solano College coaches a chance to evaluate their players before the college fall season starts.
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