Team Jersey, Stanislaus 5.11 and The NorCal Choir Boys Start Us Off
Every few days this month PoliceSoftball.com will feature a "Season Preview" article which will cover some of the off-season moves made by the teams featured. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the moves listed but we are confident we will get it right many more times than we get it wrong. Not every team will be featured. Only teams that contacted us with their updates or teams that received a lot of press on their personnel moves on the message board will be previewed. On the previews we have listed the teams final 2009 ranking and we have assigned each team an unofficial theme song which we feel reflects that team in some way. We hope you enjoy the work on this and we will be seeing you all soon at the fields.
NorCal Choir Boys
2009 Rank: 9
2010 Could be the turning point for this proud franchise. West Coast Manager of the Year Steve Merchant and his loyal and trusted management group of Jimmy O'Rourke, Alan Case and Dave Roth have formulated a roster with high expectations.
1. Bryan Schmidt SS/3B/5th Man played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers before being drafted by the San Diego Padres. Played as high as AA. He brings great defense, a strong bat and he will anchor the Choir Boys strong Infield defense. Bryan was a hot commodity on the free agent market, landing nicely in the Choir Boys lap.
2. Darren Leavitt SS/3B/5th Man DRock came via free agency from the Folsom Jcats. Darren wields a powerful bat, high average, and great defense. He is a consummate professional staying true to his work out schedule to be in the finest shape of his young career.
3. Erin Miner 1B/OF Double E also came via free agent market, signing with the Choir Boys after anchoring 1B for the Folsom Jcats. Dub E is the sweetest swinging lefty we have ever seen. Extreme power coupled with line drive accuracy and high average make this guy a can't miss pick up.
4. Jason Finn OF A virtual unknown on the police circuit. Steve Merchant found this jewel in the North Sac CHP office. He played in the Vegas CHP tourney and had the Choir Boys drooling. He is lightening fast with a cannon for an arm. We feel confident he can anchor LF or RF with our 5 man in place. He hits for average, setting the table for the big guns of this lineup will be key.
5. Eric Moltzen C/OF/DH 2009 Homerun King "300" is just coming into his own. He is POWER personified. It's no secret, Eric was signed by the Choir Boys to hit. At 6'6 he is an imposing figure. Swinging hot and hard from the left side, Eric will fit into this lineup perfectly. He will learn from veterans and take note of the way they go about execution and delivering that key hit. Eric will become a COMPLETE hitter in this lineup.
6. Jason Davis OF Jason is the one of the greatest athletes on the police softball circuit. He has never been able to fully commit, but this year it looks as if he's ALL IN. This kid has incredible speed. He will score from 2B on a routine sac fly. He holds down CF for the Choir Boys. You DO NOT run on his arm. He simply shuts down running games. He hits with extreme power and sometimes doesn't know his own strength.
With the above 6 guys in our lineup and the potent bats of Timmy Landrum, Rusty Snyder, Tony McNeal, Jeff Neiman, Bobby Fernandes and Jim O'Rourke, the sky is the limit. 2010 Song: “Movin On Up”, the TV sitcom The Jefferson’s theme song
2009 Rank: 13
They replaced World Series MVP Paul Blandford at shortstop with a young stud name Ryan McKay who works for Stanislaus. They also have picked up last year’s shortstop from Merced Combo, Rayce Zamparilla who works for CHP and another youngster who played ball in Chico and works for Stanislaus. Midyear pickup Alex Ramos from the Modesto Area CHP solidifies their infield which is very solid, perhaps one of the strongest in the West. They were pleased with their 2009 finish overall considering losing The Twins and Blandford the same year. If they can get everyone to the tourneys, they will surprise some folks. Key for them is to be more consistent offensively. If they could go back in time they would wish they had another couple shots at beating HardCor. They beat Quake in Tahoe last year, played Aftershock 5 times and lost all 5 by a combined total of 7 runs. Split two games with Sin City including extra inning game in Tahoe. They got really blown out only twice, one time by Sac Pd in Chino Hills and once by Jax in Tahoe. Otherwise they were always in the fight.
2010 Song: “I get knocked down (but I get up again)”, by Chumbawamba
Team Jersey (formerly known as Dirty Jersey Boyz)
2009 Rank: 13T
The Dirty Jersey Boyz will be making some changes in 2010. The team has decided to change their name to Team Jersey. They will have some new faces in 2010. With the departure of Dave Masi and Joe Critelli to the Shamrock Enforcers, Jersey went and picked up some players. One major pickup is Paul Rutledge from the Shamrock Enforcers. Paul will be a huge part of locking down the middle of the Jersey infield. Team Jersey also has called on Steve Grabowski to help John Erven with the coaching duties. Steve has a ton of softball experience and has played, coached and played against just about all of the guys on Team Jersey. Grabo coaches one of the top police league teams in their area(John coaches the other) and Steve also was the coach of Team Mizuno which was a powerhouse police team in Jersey in the 90's. Team Jersey is looking to play in West Palm, Virginia Beach, Montgomery County, Dayton, Anne Arundel, Long Island, the new Pennsylvania tourney, and the World Series.
2010 Song: “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”, by Judas Priest