TRIANTOS & FRANCO COMMIT TO TOP SCHOOLS
The Thunder Sox are excited to announce that LHP Thomas Triantos and RHP/INF Kyle Franco have accepted scholarships to top baseball schools in California.
Thomas has been with the Thunder Sox since he was 15 and was a standout this past season pitching for Livermore High School, earning second team all EBAL honors and finishing in the top of the league in strikeouts and ERA. This summer Thomas had a lot of buzz around him from colleges and they all accumulated at his start in Southern California at the Firecracker Classic. Around 20 D1 schools showed up to see Thomas pitch against the Desert Prospects, a top level club team from the Palm Springs area. Thomas was up for the challenge striking out 7 of the first 9 hitters he saw, registering his fastball as high as 89mph on the gun and throwing both of his offspeed pitches for strikes when needed. Although the team lost the game 1-0, Thomas was still flooded with multiple offers over the next few weeks. Riverside, Irvine, Long Beach, Hawaii, Nebraska, Davis, UOP & Fullerton all reached out showing interest in Thomas and offering generous scholarships but Thomas decided on Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly was ranked number 1 in the country for a good part of the season the year before and was a host for the regional tournament. Thomas said he chose Cal Poly because they have his major, they are close to his family and he will have an opportunity to pitch as a freshman!
Kyle Franco, like Triantos, has been with the T-Sox since he was young. Kyle joined the program when he was 16 as one of our youngest players on our then 19U team. This summer Kyle was the ace pitcher at Foothill HS in Pleasanton finishing in the top of the league in strikeouts and wins. Kyle’s standout moment was in the playoffs against WAAC champs San Leandro HS. Kyle fired a CG no-hitter and collected 3 hits at the plate sending his team to the semi-finals of the NCS playoffs. Kyle committed to Chico State at the beginning of the summer after mulling over multiple offers from local D1, D2 and JR College schools. Chico State was high on Kyle because of his strong arm on the mound (92mph), his plus speed running the bases (6.7 60 yard dash) and his powerful bat. Kyle chose Chico State because they offered him a chance to be a position player and a pitcher, something he really wanted to do.
Other players heading to college are Noah Robbins – St. John's University, Adam Hollar – Chabot College, Zach Fuller – San Diego Mesa College, Cameron Self – Chabot College, Zac Maloney – Chabot College & Jake Ruiz – Chabot College. 2014 grads: once you decide on where you are playing in college, we will post it here!
SUMMER WRAP UP 2014
As the 2014 summer wraps up, the Thunder Sox feel this was our best summer yet. Players accepted scholarships, teams won championships and players developed. At the beginning of each summer, our goal is to put our players up against top level competition, get them in front of college coaches and win games/tournaments.
For the second year in a row our Connie Mack had a great showing at the Firecracker Classic in Southern California. This year there were 92 teams in the 18U bracket and our Connie Mack team made it to the Final Four. The team went 2-1 in pool play earning the two seed in their pool and advancing to the elimination round. After the first round of elimination games the T-Sox were the only two seed still alive. After blowing out the So Cal Phillies in their first elimination game the team took on the Old School Dirt Bags. The Dirt Bags had players flown in from Texas, Arizona & Colorado and were a very strong opponent. RHP Levi Noddin pitched the game of his life throwing a 77 pitch CG to send his team to the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory. In the quarter-finals the T-Sox would face the Black Dogs from Chino, Ca. The T-Sox took an early 5-2 lead behind a HR from Levi Noddin and a 2B from Jake Ruiz, but the lead would not last. The T-Sox and Black Dogs went into the 12th inning tied at 5 with Nick Truex tossing 5 scoreless innings in relief. Jake Ruiz knocked in Kyle Franco with a two out triple in the top of the 12th to send the team to the final four. The T-sox would lose a heartbreaker to the eventual tournament champs Saddleback Devils 6-5.
Our Connie Mack club was not the only team to feel success this summer. Our 2015 team and our Frosh/Soph club both won the East Bay Summer League regular and post season championships! Our 2015 club, made up of 16 and 17 year old players, was competing in the 18U division of the EBSL. After finishing the regular season 8-3, they entered the playoff tournament as the favorite and did not disappoint. LHP Brian Martinez was solid on the mound, pitching 6 strong innings in the semifinals to send the team to the championship game. The 2015 club would face the SR Slammers, needing only 1 win to win the title and having to be beaten twice to surrender the crown. The Slammers won the first game of the championship round, but that was all they would get. RHP Hayden Berson took the mound in the championship game and was stellar, pitching 4 strong innings before handing it over to RHP Ryan Holmes, who would shut the door on the Slammers. Coach Dean was very proud of how his players came together as a team throughout the summer!
The Frosh/Soph club also entered the playoff tournament as the number 1 seed and would find themselves in the championship game. After knocking off Walnut Creek, San Ramon and Lafayette in the winners' bracket of the double elimination tournament, they would face the Lafayette Blues, who would have to beat them twice in the finals. RHP Clinton Law and the T-Sox would not let it get to a second game as they took take of business in Game 1. Law had been solid on the mound for the T-Sox all summer and saved his best game for last, firing an 85 pitch complete game to beat Lafayette 3-1. Nick Lievre and Dom Giuntoli were both standouts at the plate for the T-Sox all tournament.
CONNIE MACK MAKES FIRECRACKER FINAL FOUR!
JULY 4, 2014 - Happy Fourth of July all! The entire upper level program was down in Orange County this past week for the annual Firecracker tournament. It was a great chance for all three of our teams to compete against some of the best teams in the West. All teams enjoyed some success, but none more than the Connie Mack squad, who took a tough 6-5 loss in the semifinals on Thursday to finish 5-2 and in the final four of the 91-team pool. The coaching staff is extremely proud of the performances of our players in front of countless colleges and scouts. We hope to be announcing some commitment news soon!
NODDIN SELECTED AS ALL-AMERICAN
Congrats to current Thunder Sox player Levi Noddin (Arroyo HS '15) on being selected to the 2014 Louisville Slugger All American 2nd team. Levi is a RHP & 1B and very dominant at both. This year for Arroyo, Levi was 10-2 with a 2.49 ERA, struck out 84 and only walked 18 in 73 innings pitched. At the plate he batted .442 and slugged .688 in 97 plate appearances. Levi has continued his dominace this summer as a two way player for the Thunder Sox on our Connie Mack club.
JUNE 6, 2014 - We will be updating these lists as local All-League teams are announced.
ALL-LEAGUE THUNDER SOX
Golden Gate Conference (JC):
First team: SS Ian Dawkins (Chabot)
LHP Thomas Triantos (Livermore)
OF Max Sanderson (Foothill)
OF Zac Guardino (Cal High)
C Noah Robbins (Livermore)
OF Zack Lander (Amador)
Honorable Mention: INF Zac Maloney (Dublin)
First team: 1B/RHP Levi Noddin (Arroyo)
OF/LHP Kevin Burt (Castro Valley)
Second team: C Jake Ruiz (San Leandro)
T-SOX HEADING TO BAY AREA WORLD SERIES!
MAY 27, 2014 - Members of the Thunder Sox have been invited to participate in the Bay Area World Series, as well as the Bay Area World Series Underclass. BAWS is a series of great events put on by former Atlanta Braves scout Blaine Clemmens. Many current and former T-Sox players participated in the event, including LHP Thomas Triantos, LHP Cameron Self, RHP Francis DeMartini and RHP/IF Kyle Franco, who came home with MVP honors from the BAWS championship game. T-Sox assistant coach Stephen Gatehouse participated in the inaugural BAWS in 2004.
T-SOX CONFIRMED FOR BAWS:
C/OF Tylor Silva (Livermore, '15)
IF Ryan Jeffries (Monte Vista, '15)
T-SOX CONFIRMED FOR BAWS U:
LHP Brian Martinez (Livermore '16)
IF/RHP Aaron Gaela (Dublin '16)
IF/RHP Chris Horton (Dublin '17)
RHP Josh Pell (Las Lomas '16)
LHP/OF Zach Promes (Dublin '16)
OF/LHP Ben Resnick (Monte Vista '16)
T-SOX GEARING UP FOR SUMMER...
March 1, 2014 - Here are a couple of updates from Thunder Sox Baseball...
T-Sox 12U competed in their first two tournaments the past couple weekends, and starts 680 League play next weekend against Orinda. The 12U will be playing three-game sets each weekend against teams in the 680 League.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS: if you have played in our program in the past, let us know what your high school schedules look like in the spring so that the coaching staff can come see you play. We have not fully set our 2014 Summer rosters yet, so please be patient as we figure out how many roster spots we have available. You can contact Coach Lonsdale or Coach Gatehouse with any questions or to let us know what level you are playing at.
PROSPECTIVE PLAYERS: The same goes for you...drop Coach Lonsdale a line, and let him know what school team you play for this spring so we can come check you out.
Have a good one, all! Go T-Sox!
12U SPRING SEASON STARTING UP!
JANUARY 8, 2014 - Happy New Year from us at Thunder Sox Baseball Club! Here is a quick update as we head into the last few weeks of our winter program and into our spring season...
The High School-level Winter Program has been, in our eyes, a success. The players are getting conditioned and ready to go for school tryouts in February.
As the winter season has gone on, the coaches have also kept an eye towards the spring, as we will be running our first-ever 12U spring team. We are very excited to coach this group of kids, and we are confident that they will see huge improvements. The first practice of Spring will be held Friday, January 10 at 7:30 PM at TPC in Pleasanton. The 12U will be participating in their first spring tournament the weekend of February 22. Keep your eyes peeled for any schedule changes that may come!
"ONE, TWO, THREE, T-SOX!"
THUNDER SOX PLAYERS IN COLLEGE
NOVEMBER 19, 2013 - Here is a quick roundup, highlighting a few former Thunder Sox players who have either made news or are primed to make news. If you would like to be highlighted in this space, contact us at TSoxBaseball@gmail.com and let us know what you're doing!
The Thundersox are happy to announce that LHP Joey Lucchesi (2012) has signed a letter of intent to play for Southeast Missouri State beginning in 2015. The Chabot College lefty will pitch for the Gladiators this year as a sophomore. Lucchesi was the leader of our college team's pitching staff in 2012 and could be a draftable prospect with a big season this year.
CSUMB catcher Mikey Lonsdale is primed for a big senior season leading the Otters. A former All-American catcher at Chabot College, Lonsdale is being counted on to help lead the way to a repeat of the Otters' 2013 CCAA championship.
Former Livermore HS RHP Jackson Mancieri (T-Sox 2012-13) signed with Doane College (NE) following an outstanding 2013 summer season. Mancieri worked incredibly hard and was patient, waiting his turn to show what he could do. In the Firecracker Classic in Huntington Beach, Mancieri was dominant, shutting down a top Southern California team to the tune of 2 hits in 7 innings, allowing only one unearned run. He signed his letter of intent shortly after. The right-hander will be competing for innings for Doane this spring.
Please take time to check out all of our former players making a name for themselves in college and pro ball.
HS Age Players
18U: Fresno 9/27-28
Fri 9/26 Practice
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