City baseball already looking to next season

San Diego City College’s baseball team finished the 2012 season with a 10-15 record.

Though the Knights failed to make the playoffs, coach Chris Brown and his players have made great accomplishments.

Second baseman, freshman Fabian Casio stepped up to take on the position of lead off hitter.  Casio recorded 17 runs, 43 hits and 3 doubles this season.

“He had a 19 game hitting streak, I have a feeling that’s a record,” said Brown.

Defensively, sophomore Mitch Williams was a stand out for the City College outfield. Williams ended the season with 0 errors, 85 put outs, and a sweet 100 percent fielding percentage.

Brown also commended the performance of his pitching staff.

Jesse Hernandez, Andrew Macmahon, Alex Bernal and Brent Daugherty all shined on the mound this season.

The Knights battled out a grueling 16 inning game against the Palomar Comets April 24. Starting pitcher Jesse Hernandez threw for 13 innings during the game. Unfortunately the Knights lost in the sixteenth inning but the game showed the team’s true character.
Brown stresses the importance of community values and sportsmanship by having all his players take part in community service programs.

Throughout the season, players worked with San Diego youth in baseball development clinics.

The goals of the program was to provide community service, promote baseball, community values and City College.

More than 135 coaches from around the county showed up to Morley Field for the clinic. Brown realizes the importance of developing young baseball players from grass roots programs in order to have them ready to compete at the collegiate level.

With the closing of the season, the Knights say farewell to six sophomores. Hilario Garcia, Adam Tolbert, Harrison Guiol, Kevin Garcia, Mitch Williams and Jessie Hernandez will all be moving on to bigger endeavors.

The coaching staff has already begun scouting for new freshman and Coach Brown is confident in his returners.