By Ray Hamill — College of the Redwoods sophomore Hokeem Sadon will get the opportunity to display his baseball talents at this weekend’s 2018 NorCal Fall Sophomore Showcase.
The event is organized for the top incoming sophomores in community college baseball, allowing them showcase their game for four-year schools and pro scouts.
Sadon led the way on the Corsairs’ pitching staff this past spring, pitching a team-high 67 innings and posting a team-best ERA of 3.07.
He also had three complete games, including a no-hitter against Lassen and a two-hitter against Butte.
“He had a very successful year,” CR head coach Brad Morgan said.
Sadon, however, has brought a lot more to the team that just the impressive stats, and has been setting a high standard for his teammates in other ways as well.
The Southern Humboldt native travels back and forth every day from Whitethorn, not just for classes, but for baseball.
“What excuses do some kids have when that guy commutes four hours a day every day to play,” Morgan said. “There are no excuses that can add up to that.”
Sadon also brings a maturity to the team, having graduated from South Fork High in 2012, before spending some time at Sonoma State.
He joined up with the CR program last year, first approaching Morgan about a possible assistant coaching role.
The coach, however, saw the potential.
“He’s a little older, so he understands how to play the game a little more,” Morgan said. “And he’s a hard-working kid.”
Sadon appeared in 11 games for the Corsairs in 2018, going 4-4 with 33 strikeouts and 19 walks.
He will be expected to play a big role with the team again in 2019.
And numbers appear to be up for CR this year, with 37 players turning out for fall practice.
“Value wise, 30 are pretty solid, and that’s pretty good numbers,” Morgan said. “And we usually add some at the winter break too.”
The majority of those 37 are freshmen.
This sophomore showcase will take place Sunday at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.