Optimist games

Liberty Ranch and Galt high schools both had players selected last week to the Optimist games.

Though they didn’t have a chance to play most of the regular season, Logan Mayfield and Kenny Morgan received recognition last week when they were chosen by the Optimist Club of Sacramento to play in this year’s Optimist High School Baseball All Star Small Schools game. The Optimist All Star Games would have been held June 7.

However, for the protection of the players, coaches, officials and fans from the coronavirus, the games were canceled by the Optimist Club.

Mayfield, who is headed to West Point after high school, is listed as a first baseman on the Optimist roster but he also spent time on the mound for the Warriors. This year, Mayfield had a .389 batting average and seven hits, including a triple, seven runs and five RBI in 23 plate appearances. Mayfield had 17 hits, 10 RBI and four runs and three stolen bases as a junior.

Morgan had one win for the Hawks before their season was cancelled; on the mound he led the Hawks with 13 strikeouts in eight innings pitched this year. At the plate, he had three hits, one run and one RBI in four games. As a junior, Morgan went 6-1 with a 1.40 ERA with three complete games and had the second-most wins on the 2019 squad. That year, Morgan, who also plays first base, was fourth among Sierra Valley Conference pitchers for lowest ERA. Morgan is headed to Cosumnes River College.

The Optimist All Star games would have provided the top senior athletes of Sacramento and Greater Sacramento the venue to showcase their skills and prowess; their selection was to honor them and their schools, and would have reflected the culmination of their hard work, diligence and excellence in this sport and their school, as well as their coach’s commitment toward the players’ endeavors. In spite of these games being canceled, the outstanding seniors should be recognized. To that end, there were four selection committees (North/South and small schools/large schools) that selected the All-Stars.

Joining Mayfield and Morgan on the Small Schools’ South team roster were fellow SVC players Koby Maitland of El Dorado and Byron Clack and Ryan Gines of Union Mine.