Cal Poly Pomona’s Cody Ponce selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round

Cody Ponce (Image courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona Athletics)

Cody Ponce (Image courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona Athletics)

Update: Pitcher Cody Ponce was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 13th pick (55th overall) in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

“I am very grateful that I get to play baseball at the next level,” Ponce said. “It is an unreal feeling,” he said.” I am pretty much speechless right now.”

Ponce credits those who have stuck by his side, helping him along the way as he reached his latest career milestone.

“I just want to thank my coaches and family for the support they have shown me and helping me get to where I am at today,” he said.

Ponce stated that having his family there meant a lot to him as he found out that he was selected by the Brewers.

“I was just completely embraced by my mother. She has been by my side since day one,” he said. “She has always had 100% faith in me and everything I have done.”

Ponce became the second highest drafted player out of Cal Poly Pomona history and is the sixth player drafted during the five-year tenure of Cal Poly Pomona coach Randy Betten.

The pitcher believes there is still a lot of room to improve on the mound.

“I still need to improve my command of the ball and my four pitches,” he said.

 

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Cal Poly Pomona baseball wins CCAA Tournament Title

Cal Poly Pomona has won its first ever CCAA Tournament Championship after defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-0.

Cal Poly Pomona captures its first CCAA postseason tournament championship. (Photo Courtesy of CPP Athletics)

Cal Poly Pomona captures its first CCAA postseason tournament championship. (Photo Courtesy of CPP Athletics)

Chris Powell was the winning pitcher after pitching five innings for the Broncos. Powell allowed one hit and one walk while strikeout seven.

Nick Cooksey went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two runs batted in for the Broncos. Matt Munoz also had two runs batted in against the Toros in the victory.

CCAA regular season MVP Kamran Young of the Toros finished 2 for 4 while striking out twice.

BRONCOs named to All-Tournament TEAM:

MVP Outfielder Michael Zidek  (MVP)

Matt Munoz

Nick Cooksey

Chris Powell

Kyle Garlick

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Cal State San Bernardino named Jim Maier as softball coach

Jim Maier named the new coach of Cal State San Bernardino softball

Jim Maier named the new coach of Cal State San Bernardino softball

Cal State San Bernardino named Jim Maier as the new Coyotes’ softball coach on Dec. 17.

The move was made following the resignation of Tacy Duncan, who left after nine seasons with the Coyotes to accept an assistant principal’s position at Chemawa Middle School.

Maier is coming off a one-year stint as the Dean of Students and the softball coach of Santa Fe Springs St. Paul High School, where he had coached previously.

He named as California’s Coach of the Year after leading the program to 2014 CIF and state softball titles.

In between his two terms as the St. Paul coach, he was at the helm of the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros until 2013, ending his 13-year term.

During his tenure with the Toros, Maier led the team to an overall record of 460-273-2 while guiding the team to two CCAA championships (2005 and 2012). The Toros also appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in both 2012 and 2013.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the next head coach at Cal State San Bernardino,” Maier stated in a press release. “I am anxious to get back to a college environment.”

Maier believes that the Coyotes are in place to make something special happen for the university and its surrounding community.

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