Club baseball team wins on and off the diamond

"I used to bare the least amount of responsibility because I feared failing, but now I realized that if I stay focused, a lot can be accomplished, said President of the Sonoma State Baseball Club Hokeem Sadon about how the Baseball Club has helped him grow as person, as well as a member of an organization. 

Sadon does most of the technical tasks, the kind of work that is compiled in an office: organizing a competitive schedule both regular and preseason games, reserving fields, coordinating transportation,and scheduling travel for road games. 

As of this fall, there are 30 individuals involved with the club’s operation including 15 total players on the active roster. 

These numbers come before the spring season, so the team anticipates a few more to join the club as the campaign looms in the forsight.

Sadon said that most college campuses across the nation do have a club baseball team, and the talent within these club teams has proven to be recognizable, not just by the players, but by coaches and fans. 

“It is a good balance of the two. Of course we play to win the game, but we have plenty of fun in doing so,” said Sadon, when asked if the the objective of the team was to enjoy some more time on the diamond, or rather a rigorous, systematic dedication to winning. 

“The club is an exciting, and competitive team,” said second year player Zach Pace, who is also the club’s vice president.

“The comradery we have on this team makes playing this game that much better. I have had a great time, and I want to help the program by encouraging others to join the team.” 

The club has certainly had its share of winning as of recent. In fact, this team has not placed lower than third in their respective division over the past several years, among division rivals from University Nevada Reno, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, as well as St Mary’s College. 

The league has gone through some substantial changes over the past year. Sacramento State, as well as Humboldt State, have been relegated to a lower division, while Chico State has been rumored to make a run at joining the conference, according to Sadon. 

He also explained the structure of the leagues throughout the west coast. Sonoma State’s club’s league is one, of the three in the southwest region. 

For tournament play that begins at the conclusion of the regular season, each of these leagues sends their respective league champion to contend for National Club Baseball Championship. 

To accompany these three contenders, the regional committee decides on a fourth place finisher dubbed the “wild card” representative. From there, the regional playoffs are held in a double elimination style tournament. 

Needless to recognize that is a formidable, and perhaps strenuous schedule to say the least. 

The Seawolves won their respective division in 2015, and just last year, they placed second behind the University of Nevada, Reno, who went on to win the National Club Baseball Championship.