Former H-DN players Landon Gomes of Ferndale and Cameron Saso of McKinleyville have both received all-conference recognition after outstanding springs for their respective community college teams.
Gomes was named first-team All-Golden Valley Conference for Butte College after playing a key role in the Roadrunners’ conference championship.
Saso was named to the All-Big 8 second team after another big spring playing both shortstop and pitcher for the Folsom Lake Falcons.
Gomes and the Roadrunners saw their season come to and end in the opening round of the state playoffs this past weekend, after they dropped a pair of one-run games to Consumnes River, losing 3-2 in both games.
Gomes had a home run in the second game, giving his team a 2-0 lead in the third with a two-run blast.
Unfortunately for Butte, however, Consumnes River would put up three unanswered runs to move on to the second round of playoff action.
The former Ferndale Wildcat and Humboldt Eagles player played in 38 games for Butte in his sophomore season.
Her averaged .363 at the plate with 11 doubles and three homers, as well as finishing with 30 RBIs, 40 runs and 13 stolen bases.
Saso, meanwhile, has advanced to this weekend’s CCCAA baseball NorCal Regionals after Folsom Lake posted a pair of victories over Marin last weekend, 15-4 and 7-4.
The two-way player pitched 6.1 innings for a no-decision in the opening game, allowing one earned run on six hits and no walks in 6.1 innings, while striking out 12.
The Falcons had the second best record in the competitive Big 8 in 2023, finishing 16-8 in conference play, just one win behind conference co-champions Santa Rosa and San Joaquin Delta, each of which was 17-7.
Saso has pitched in 14 games this season, including four starts, with a record of 4-0 and a save.
At the plate, the Falcons shortstop played in 27 games and is averaging .236 with four doubles and 10 RBIs.
Other local players involved in the CCCAA baseball playoffs this past weekend included Arcata’s Nick Parker, whose Ohlone team bowed out with two losses, and Eureka’s Keenan Morris, whose Santa Rosa team has advanced after a pair of wins over Lassen.
Eureka’s Hayden Bode also saw his season end with Butte.