SB Grizzlies teams see success in inaugural season

SB Grizzlies U16 Team

SB Grizzlies U16 Team

SB Grizzlies Collegiate Team

SB Grizzlies Collegiate Team

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The Santa Barbara Grizzlies collegiate team found success this summer in its inaugural season, finishing second in the Premier Collegiate League.
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The team, coached by former MLB player Jeff Salazar and assisted by Roderick Hutchinson, went 8-5 and sent six players to the league’s All-Star Game: Connor McManigal, Gabe Grandcolas, Keith Tatum, Jeff Berzijan, Tyler Shoop and Steve Martinez.

Two other Grizzlies teams have competed during this year’s inaugural season for the Santa Barbara Grizzlies Baseball Organization.?The program was created to offer year-round baseball development for players throughout the Central Coast.

With two practices per week offered and competition during the weekends, the Grizzlies have provided an environment for development plus a vehicle for local junior high, high school and junior college players to pursue their dreams of playing at the next level.

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The Grizzlies 16U team is coached by Ryan Palermo, former UCSB player and current assistant coach at SBCC. The 16s feature up-and-coming high school players from all over Santa Barbara County, including?Kevin Goudy,?Nick Kitzman,?Luke Coffey,?Mike Boelter,?Avery Tuck,?Trevor Moropoulos and Blake Katsev.??Next summer the 16U team plans on competing in the Central Coast Premier League and at the Junior USA Trials in Arizona.
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The Grizzlies 14U team is coached by Brooks Garcia. This team has competed in tournament play and has several DP little league and GVSLL players as well as All-Stars on its current roster, like?Kyle Ownsby ,?Bryce Quesada,?Josh Feldhaus and?Ryan Guardino.?Starting their summer campaign the 14u team finished in 1st place in the tournament in Camarillo and finished 3rd in the AZ nationals.

As the summer turns to fall, the Grizzlies will be conducting 2 day week training plus developmental games. The goal is to provide year around training for those wanting to sharpen their skills. The current staff and several MLB players will be involved in the Fall/Winter clinics and training.