With the fifth season on the horizon, there's no rest for the weary as the Delta Dawgs baseball club gets ready to field its largest number of teams in 2008. "With seven of our teams (comprising nearly 80 players) competing for the Dawgs this year, the coaching staff is extremely excited to get the season going," said club president John Zamora.
"We've already put in a lot of work to prepare for our first tournament and we're looking for a lot energy and enthusiasm that we expect from all our players as they take the fields."
The Dawgs will immediately test their mettle in the biggest tournament of the year at the United States Specialty Sports Association's (USSSA) Super NIT championships during the President's Day weekend in mid-February. The Super NIT will gather more than 150 teams from Northern and Central California and will award each champion in the 9-and-under through 14-and-under age groups a berth to the USSSA World Series or a spot in the Elite 24 Championships.
Each Dawgs team will attempt to gain entry into these summer invitational events by winning the concurrent NIT tournaments in Brentwood, Manteca and Redding during the long weekend.
According to Zamora, "Our teams are comprised of veterans and rookies alike, but with a lot of hard work, we should do well and put on a good showing." The Delta Dawgs baseball club is a nonprofit organization that will begin its fifth year in Brentwood. Its teams are made up of players from Antioch, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley and Pittsburg.