Amador Valley Baseball team prepares for a deep playoff run following outstanding regular season


Jaylon Shaghasi

Amador Valley varsity baseball team celebrating a 6-5 win on May 5 over the Foothill Falcons with fans and parents.

The Amador Valley varsity baseball team has had an incredible season thus far, with an astounding 16-4 record. The team has come closer together this year and star players have shown up this season.

This season, the team’s successes have not been because of star players’ outstanding performances like past years. Instead, members of the team noted players starting to come together and play as a whole rather than playing individually.

“It’s been really good. All of us have the winning mentality and it’s been really working out for us. Mitch Kreider, Tyler Kubo, Mathew Foley, and all of our guys have just been contributing, but these guys are some of the more known guys on the team,” said Pitcher Oliver de la Torre (‘23).

In their most recent game, Amador lost to San Ramon Valley High School by a score of 4-3 in the EBAL semi-finals, eliminating them from the EBAL tournament. The Dons are now on their way to the NCS playoffs, hoping to bounce back from their performance last Wednesday.

“It was a tough loss and it was a rough way to get eliminated from the EBAL tournament, but like we have done all season long, we will find a way to perform and do better than we already have. We’ve gotta put whatever already happened behind us and just move on and perform better in NCS,” said Torre.

Players have been able to persevere and fight through tough losses, led by key leaders and captains like Tyler Kubo (‘23) and de la Torre.

“The leadership this year is incredible, the togetherness is incredible. Our leadership is who we are. The greatest teams are led from within, they are not coach-driven. I have taught them that, and everybody else has fallen in behind Oliver and Tyler,” said head coach Louis Cesario.

Their incredible turnaround following last season’s 6-18 regular season record has been primarily due to team leadership and togetherness. The team is finally playing together and have a sense of unity. 

“We are an even better team when it comes to the people we are, and their chemistry and brotherhood. We just have to continue to trust our habits and just keep on playing the way we are playing. It’s a small group of seniors, but it is one of the best groups of seniors we have had,” said Cesario.