Four Golden Spikes teams earn Fall State ChampionshipsBy: Steven Wilson,
12U Golden Spikes Roster
Zayne Barker - Roseville
Cameron Castor - Rocklin
Dhiren Dale - Roseville
Connor Elliott - Roseville
Ethan Guensler - Rocklin
Kyle Malkiewicz - Roseville
Kurt Marton - Roseville
Spencer Marr - Folsom
Adam Reyes - Roseville
Austin Tressler - Rocklin
Tanner Vance - Rocklin
Christian Waters - Roseville
Max Wyles - Roseville
Coaches: Bret Hemphill & Corey Barker
The Loomis-based Golden Spikes travel ball organization sent four teams to Sunnyvale in the Bay Area last weekend for the Fall State Championships and three of the squads took home top billing. The 10-and-under, 11-and-under, and the 12-and-under teams all finished first in the toughest division (Majors) to bring home new hardware.
“That’s a huge accomplishment for each of those teams,” 12U team manager Bret Hemphill said. “After such success last weekend, USSSA always comes out with their Monday morning rankings and our 12-year-old team earned the No. 1 spot in the nation, our 10U team earned No. 2 and our 11U team was ranked No. 5, and that’s nationwide.”
The 12U squad opened the weekend with a shutout win over Dub Baseball Dynasty, 8-0. The Golden Spikes then knocked out the San Jose Blaze with an 8-3 win before beating the Santa Clara Warriors in the semifinals, 7-0. The team then capped their weekend with a 5-1 victory in the championship against the Swagger Athletics Red to bring home the trophy.
“We continue to work them hard and set goals that are attainable,” Hemphill admitted. “These were goals that we set out from two or three months ago. The boys completed that goal and we were all really excited. I mean, we were just thrilled as coaches to watch them put in all that time and effort and to reap the benefits.”
Roseville native Adam Reyes, who’s the youngest 12U player on the team, finished the weekend tournament with five triples and hit .500 en route to team MVP honors. This is just Reyes’ second season with the Golden Spikes, but he’s proven his worth on the competitive team.
“He was a quiet player when he first joined our team about a year ago,” Hemphill confessed. “He was primarily a role player, but he’s really worked his tail off like nobody’s business. Ever since our shortstop moved to the Bay Area, that opened up a vacancy for Adam … he has been phenomenal. We knew he had potential, but he just flourished. His shortstop play is equally as great as what he’s been doing with his bat as of late.”
Spencer Marr, Dhiren Dale, Cameron Castor, Zayne Barker, Austin Tressler and Kurt Marton — who was selected as one of the catchers for the Team USA tryouts last year — all pitched well in the tournament, but Marr was especially dominant.
“Every single time Spencer took the mound, he was dealing,” Hemphill said. “Even though he pitched 35 innings, he had an ERA somewhere around 1.00. It wasn’t a fluke. We picked him up in tryouts back in June and that’s helped us get to the next level.”
The Golden Spikes will compete in two more tournaments this year before taking the month of December off.