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Stassi family assisted in raising funds for collegiate baseball program

The Yuba-Sutter community, known for its love of baseball, was represented at an event last week at the Peach Tree Golf & Country Club in Marysville to support the Rocklin campus of William Jessup University’s baseball programme.

Several professional baseball players and members of the Stassi family were there as thousands of dollars were raised for a young Trevor Paine-coached squad at William Jessup.

Paine, who was elevated to head coach at the beginning of the 2019 season, has coached the Warriors to a 109-73 mark over the course of four seasons. Paine has had great success since taking over the very new baseball programme.

According to the university’s website, “Paine’s first season with the Warriors, 2018, was the program’s most successful year as Jessup was one game away from a trip to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.” “Jessup won 41 games, a programme record, and made it into the NAIA Top-25 Coaches Poll for the first time ever. On their home field at McBean Park, the 2018 Warriors hosted the NAIA Baseball Regional Opening Round after winning the first GSAC Championship in school history.

Athletes with small but growing programmes can benefit greatly from fundraisers like the one last week, according to Paine, who attended the Peach Tree private event. He was introduced that evening by Sacramento River Cats broadcaster Johnny Doskow.

“We appreciate your attendance tonight. In addition to myself, our entire programme, our student athletes, and truly our university as a whole, I can’t adequately convey how much this means to us “added Paine. “We were heading down to pick up some balls from the cages that the River Cats had donated to our programme because our cage balls were so poor when I first met you (Johnny Doskow) in the autumn. The objective for tonight is put somewhat into perspective by this. Jessup recently completed its eighth baseball season. Consequently, a pretty new college programme in the broad scheme of things.

“They combined to win 20 games in the program’s first four seasons. Evidently, there wasn’t much success, but to be fair, it’s tough to launch a programme because the necessary resources weren’t available “explained Paine. “I visited Menlo College in 2017 together with the rest of our coaching staff. At the conclusion of the season, the athletic administrators came to us and asked if we were interested in moving the programme to Jessup. They aspired to make investments and develop into a programme that could annually contend for conference titles at the national level.

“We debated it briefly, but finally decided against it because of the abundance of talent in the greater Sacramento region and the chance to teach at home. Therefore, we took the next step and acquired a 10-win team. Actually, we hoped to win 20 games as a coaching staff that first year, but we never told the players that. The programme kind of starts going by doubling the number of victories, and you just build from there. In the end, we won 41 games. The largest turnaround in college baseball history was a 31-game span.”

After that, Paine praised the program’s achievements under his leadership, including championships and having one of their players get drafted into the majors.

“Jessup gained recognition as a programme that could compete with some of the greatest teams in the country as a result. The objective going forward is to compete on a national basis, “added Paine. “We aim to achieve national success. I want to enrol right away and start contending for national titles as our programme and department are in the process of moving to NCAA Division II. The topic of our show is culture. We’re attempting to create a family that values honesty, decency, and excellent character.”

Warriors home games are held at McBean Park in Lincoln. On Friday, the team will play its first game of the year against University of Antelope Valley.

Being a native of Yuba City, Brock Stassi, an assistant coach and the hitting and recruiting coordinator for William Jessup University, expressed his pride in the community’s accomplishments.

Thank you so much for coming out tonight, everyone, remarked Stassi. “… (It’s) a unique evening. Jessup is really important to me. Being able to return to this neighbourhood is quite meaningful. The baseball scene in Yuba City, where he plays at Yuba City High School, speaks for itself. When residents band together to raise money for a worthwhile cause, there is something special about a small town.”

Baseball has “been a fantastic institution in the Sacramento region,” according to Pete Jelavich, president of Walnut Growers Cooperative and Hawn Ranch. He emphasised the Stassi and Susac families as well as Dusty Baker’s achievements as a World Series-winning manager with deep links to the area.

Everything literally came to a head last year when Dusty Baker won a World Series as a manager, according to Jelavich. “Four generations of the Stassi family have lived in this area. And then there is the Sacramento-based Susac family. Daniel (Susac) was selected by the Oakland A’s in the first round of the draught, and Andrew (Susac) received a World Series ring with the San Francisco Giants. It is simple to support something like this because baseball has a rich tradition in our region.”

At the University of Nevada, Stassi was the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and a former ace pitcher for Yuba City High School. Later, he played for teams like the Philadelphia Phillies in the major leagues. He played for the University of Nevada, Reno before being chosen by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draught.

Over the years, Stassi continued to be involved in baseball, serving as a coach for groups like the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox and Phillies.

His father, Jim Stassi, has a history of involvement with the region’s sports programmes and is a member of the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame. On the grounds of St. Isidore School, once known as Holy Angels in Stassi’s boyhood, he began his first sports exploits.

The Appeal previously stated that according to Stassi, if you set up a golf ball on a tee inside the Parish Hall, you could swing a driver and strike the home he grew up in on Marcia Avenue. Eventually, he transferred his skills to Yuba City High School, where he had one of the best prep careers in Mid-Valley history. He later went back to lead his alma mater’s baseball club for 18 seasons.

Before the 2007 team he coached broke that record with 30 victories, Stassi and the Honkers set a school record in wins during his senior year in 1978, finishing 29-5 overall.

The Appeal previously reported that several members of that team took their act to Yuba College and continued to have success. The 49ers finished third in the state and had a 37-4 record in 1980. Stassi was named MVP of the Golden Valley Conference and an All-State selection.

Later, Stassi received a scholarship to attend the University of Nevada, where he was selected twice for the Wolf Pack’s first team all-conference squad. The Appeal previously noted that he is a member of the halls of fame at Yuba College and the University of Nevada.

The San Francisco Giants selected Stassi in the 17th round of the 1982 MLB Draft. He played for the Giants for two seasons, making it as far as Triple-A. In Rimini, Italy, he also participated in a professional baseball season.

Max Stassi, another Yuba City High School alumnus who is Stassi’s second son and Brock Stassi’s sibling, is presently a catcher with the Los Angeles Angels. In the fourth round of the MLB draught in 2009, the Oakland Athletics selected him. He was selected 123rd overall.

After making his professional debut in 2013 with the Houston Astros, Stassi joined the Angels for the 2019 season.

Jelavich estimated that the William Jessup University had received at least $20,000 before the conclusion of the evening.



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