After a rather confusing and suspenseful offseason for the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox and their fans, baseball will return to Colusa Casino Stadium as Marysville’s beloved ball club will take on the Sacramento Heat.
Ahead of tonight’s game, the Gold Sox were able to finally get the entire group together on Thursday night at a host family’s house.
“It was nice to be able to meet everyone and get together as a team for the first time,” said head coach Michael Frantz. “We have a lot of local talent, a lot of these kids grew up around here dreaming of making that iconic play at Colusa Casino (Stadium) so it’s pretty cool they’re getting that opportunity now,” added Frantz.
While he may not be in the batter’s box this season, Frantz is very familiar with the Gold Sox organization, being that he played for Yuba-Sutter during the 2015 season. Frantz hopes this year to be able to relate to his players since he’s a fresh 25-years-old.
“I like to think that I have a lot of old school techniques mixed in with some new school strategies,” said Frantz.
This season the young skipper wants to be able to grow his players on and off the field, making sure they don’t look too far ahead. After a team meeting on Thursday, Frantz and his staff put some quotes on the wall in the clubhouse that included the saying, “Be where your feet are.”
As for the 26-man roster, local baseball fanatics may be familiar with a few names on the team. Representing the Yuba College 49ers will be outfielder Aiden Gums as well as pitchers Drew Rodriguez and Brian Sullivan.
A former 49er that will wear a Gold Sox uniform this season is outfielder Mike Shoenberger. After finishing up his 2018 season with Yuba College, Shoenberger transferred to Monterrey before ending up at William Jessup.
“I took this year off for my redshirt season, so being able to finally play ball has me pumped… to say I’m excited would be an understatement,” said Shoenberger.
A few players to watch on the Sacramento Heat include infielder Kevin Fitzgerald from baseball powerhouse Elk Grove and pitcher Brian Barker, a freshman from American River College.
First pitch at Colusa Casino Stadium is set for 7 p.m. Admission to the game ranges between $8-$14. For more information regarding tickets, visit goldsox.com.