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The California Cage Rats were founded in 2015 by collegiate baseball coach and Associate Head Coach of Westcliff UNIVERSITY baseball program. 

Magno holds two masters degrees: one in Athletic Administration and one in Exercise Science. 

Coach Magno has over three decades of baseball experience. 

Magno has coached at :

  • The Jim Rice Professional Baseball School as its Director of Daily instruction. 
  • Eckerd College in Florida for four years. 
  • All-American Baseball Academy which set up operation in Florida and Long Beach, Which helped develop MLB players like Justin Turner, Travis and Chase d'Arnaud, Nick Pratto, Mark Wagner, Jonathan Singleton, Bobby Wilson, Ryan Dent, Anthony Gose, Ryan Hansen, Zach Wilson, Jon Skirupski, John Riggleman, Rick Nolan, Alex Newman and a hundred more. 
  • Long Beach Beach States Showcase and Scout Camps from 1996-98.
  • Woman’s Professional Baseball League (WBL) and became the bench coach for the Long Beach Lady Aces in 1997. 
  • 1997-99, Magno served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds.  
  • 1999, Magno was invited to assist the Long Beach Breakers of the Western, becoming the bench and hitting coach for the Western League Championship club in 2001.  
  • 2001, he began Family Sports Camps (Mister Baseball Enterprises), where he and his staff ran baseball and softball camps, coaching clinics, and group and private baseball lessons and training. 
  • Magno has earned two U.S. patents for inventing baseball training tools and products – The Lighting Stick and Deflector Glove.  
  • At Cal State Dominguez Hills Baseball he was the hitting coach, strength and speed coach, and catching coach and helped the team finish second in the prestigious CCAA baseball conference state championships.
  • Coach Magno worked alongside Shigetoshi "Shiggy" Hasegawa (former Seattle Mariners and Anaheim Angels pitcher) in running the Minnesota Twins scout program (Major League Baseball Academy).
  • He also helped Shiggy run the elite orange county Mazda PTC Elite Scout Team. 
  • He was the head coach at Mayfair High School, where he lead the Monsoons to three Suburban League Championships in four seasons. 

The California Cage Rats Collegiate summer league baseball team is a quality baseball organization with a college coaching staff providing top competition and development for all members of our program! 

Team Est. 2015

Team Owner/GM: Joe Magno


Phone: (562) 879-8665 

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Recent California Cage Rats News

Shepherds Win 3rd Straight

By Sam Reel 07/25/2020, 11:00pm PDT


For the first time this season, the Shepherds can officially say they are on a winning streak. After defeating the Cage Rats 11-4 the Shepherds have now won three straight games.

Roy Washburn started the game for the Shepherds and was dominant throughout his six innings pitched. Throughout those six innings, Washburn allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and didn't walk anyone.

In the first, Kyle Douphner drove in the first run of the game with a single. 

The Cage Rats's pitching couldn't slow down the Shepherds' bats for the second consecutive game. The Shepherds had 13 hits and were walked six times. Emry Jackson got things started in the bottom of the second by tying the game at one with an opposite-field single to left. Caleb Jung would score on a wild pitch to give the Shepherds a lead they would never surrender. In the third, the Sheps would pour it on with an eight-run inning where eleven men would come to plate. Sawyer Smith scored the first run of the inning after an error the second baseman. Tanner Smith and Tommy Acuna would follow soon after with back-to-back RBI singles. T. Smith would finish with three hits on the day. Chad Ragland would make it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly, Jackson would drive in a run with a double for his second RBI, and RBI singles by Will Cline and Sebastian Dunn would round out the inning.

Guz Zapata would have his second consecutive appearance where he would go two scoreless innings. Zapata was extremely efficient, only throwing 12 pitches over the two innings. In the ninth, Ragland would move to the mound and wrap up the win in his final appearance for the Shepherds this season.

The Shepherds have tomorrow off and will play again on Sunday.

Another Great Offensive Outing for Shepherds

By Sam Reel 07/24/2020, 5:30am PDT

LA HABRA -- For the first time this season, the SoCal Shepherds have won back-to-back games after taking down the California CageRats.

The game opened as a pitchers duel between Ryan McCarrel of the CageRats and Alex Escobar of the Shepherds. Escobar was able to pitch in and out of trouble early, as he left the bases loaded in the second and Noah Reitmeyer saved at least one with a diving catch in left to end the third with runners at the corners. Escobar would finish with four innings pitched, one run allowed, and he struck out seven on the day.

The fourth inning brought the offense for both teams. Cage Rats second baseman Christian Juarez drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to centerfield. That lead wouldn't last for long though, as the Shepherds would answer with four runs of their own. Tanner Smith would get things started with a three-run homer to right field for his fourth home run of the season. Caleb Jung would add on with a single that would score a run to give the Shepherds a three-run lead.

In the fifth, the Shepherds would score four runs for the second consecutive inning. A Jackson Van Ness double that split the gap in the left-center field would score two to start the scoring. T. Smith would follow Van Ness at the plate and would bat with a runner on third. Smith would get him home with a line-drive sacrifice fly to center and Tommy Acuna would drive in the final run of the inning with a base hit that scored Van Ness from second. The Shepherds would score their final run of the game in the eighth, with a Jung sac fly to center field.

The Shepherds bullpen once again continued their dominant stretch over their last few games, pitching five scoreless in relief of Escobar. Anthony Reynoso was the first man out for the Sheps and was wearing Providence Christian and Shepherds teammate Walter Roberts' jersey. Reynoso would walk two but get out of the jam to keep the CageRats at bay. Ben Peters would follow with a scoreless sixth, Nick Lycett would throw a scoreless seventh and eighth, and Josh Ramirez would seal the Shepherds win with a scoreless ninth.

The Shepherds will take on the Inland Valley Pirates tomorrow at 5 pm as they look to win their third straight.

Shepherds Take Down Cage Rats

By Sam Reel 07/20/2020, 6:45am PDT

LA HABRA -- The SoCal Shepherds won from behind on Sunday, as their six-run seventh inning was the difference in the 9-7 victory.

Shepherds' starter Roy Washburn (Arizona Christian) was solid again. Washburn allowed three earned runs. Washburn also struck out six on the day.

Cage Rats left fielder, Jared Jefferys (Bethesda), drove in the first two runs of the game with an RBI single in the second and a sac fly in the fourth.

The Shepherds would answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, as Tanner Smith (Oregon) scored on an error and reigning Sunset Baseball League Player of the Week Joey Scotvold (Rio Hondo) hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

Three runs in the top of the fifth would give the lead back to the Cage Rats and they would hold that lead until the bottom of the seventh. Emry Jackson got things started for the Shepherds with a leadoff single to right. A single and a couple of walks later brought Sebastian Dunn to the plate with the bases loaded. Dunn would single to center and drive in two, a third runner would score from first on an error and give the Shepherds a 6-5 lead. Scotvold added a couple of insurance runs with a two-run single to right. In total, the Shepherds sent eleven to the plate and six scored.

The Shepherds bullpen was fantastic as they kept the game close, and then held the lead in the latter half. Ben Peters, Josh Ramirez, and Caleb Pollema combined for three scoreless innings in the sixth, seventh, and eighth. Pollema picked up his first win of the season, as he pitched the seventh and struck out two on his birthday.

In the ninth, the Cage Rats rally fell short as they got two back but Joey Scotvold slammed the door and secured the 9-7 victory.