Several of those players still play college ball, and three of them met on the field recently as the San Francisco State Gators clashed with the Stanislaus State Warriors to complete their regular season in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
San Francisco State outfielder Dustin Wold (class of 2008) compiled a .352 batting average and a .451 slugging percentage, leading the Gators in both categories. Wold is scheduled to graduate with a business degree in 2012.
Wold’s teammate Branden Petrangelo (class of 2008) led the Gators with 55 strikeouts in 90 and a third innings pitched, compiling a 3.89 ERA. He is a junior majoring in criminal justice.
Chris Short (class of 2007) is a left-hand pitcher majoring in communications at Stanislaus State. He finished the season pitching 10 consecutive scoreless innings, notching an ERA of 3.78.
All three ex-Falcons will play in their senior season next year. The former teammates also played together in Little League and on the East County Maniacs, a travel team, on which they twice won the 18-and-under national championship.
– Contributed by Matt Wold