Hard 90 Baseball hosted its annual alumni celebration event on Dec. 20 at The Clubhouse in El Dorado Hills. This special event recognizes outstanding Hard 90 Alumni that have gone on to play collegiate or professional baseball and offers the opportunity for the young Hard 90 players to learn from other successful "family" members.
This year Hard 90 recognized three distinguished players: Tyler Malone, Trenton Denholm and Logan Denholm.
Tyler Malone played for the Hard 90 Phenom that won the championship at Cooperstown Dreams Park. Tyler was a three-time all-league selection at Woodcreek High School and a standout student frequently on the Principal’s Honor Roll. Malone is having a solid career at Oregon State, launching some memorable home runs en route to a Beaver Baseball 2018 College World Series victory.
Trenton Denholm played on the Hard 90 Heat Premier and played at Oak Ridge High School where he was a two-time Sierra Foothill League Most Valuable Player, Jr. Athlete of the Year, first-team All-State and three times part of an SFL championship team. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox out of high school and is currently pitching at UC Irvine.
Logan Denholm played on the Hard 90 Rally and played at Oak Ridge where he was a senior first-team All-Metro selection and first-team all-league selection and part of league title winning teams his senior and sophomore seasons. He currently a catcher on the UC Davis Aggies.
In addition to these three alumni, the Hard 90 Foundation (a not-for-profit organization founded to support amateur baseball players with their baseball pursuits) awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Josh Winkler, a junior at University of the Pacific (UOP). Before playing at UOP, Winkler was a standout player at Folsom Lake College, Vista del Lago High School and the Hard 90 Phenom.
Hard 90 presented its Founder, Rick Sundberg, with a special award on his 60th birthday - inducting him into the Wall of Fame celebrating his 35-plus years of service to youth in baseball.
Finally, the 12U Hard 90 Clutch was recognized for its back to back HitTrax Tournament Championship. Once a year, Hard 90 plays an all school baseball tournament on their state of the art hitting simulator. This tournament matches ages 8U to high school.
This standing-room-only event brought more than 100 Hard 90 Alumni and current players to celebrate a tradition that boasts over 300 alumni that have gone on to the collegiate and professional baseball ranks.