The Arroyo Seco Sentinels are led by Nico Calderaro. He's currently the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Pasadena City College.
It was a watershed moment in 2019 for Calderaro as his pitching staff finished #11 in the state in ERA at 3.33, the lowest by a PCC team in at least 40 years. Ace Gordon Ingebritson set a PCC record for most wins in a career (13) and his 76 strikeouts were #2 in a PCC season. The 2-year letterman was named South Coast Conference North Division Pitcher of the Year, the first time a Lancer has ever received that honor. Sophomore righty Patrick Pena entered the college's record books with a new standard for wins in a season with nine. Both Pena and reliever Lorenzo Llorens were named All-SCC Second Team. The team averaged a new program high of 7.28 strikeouts per 9 innings.
Ingebritson was an early 4-year university signee to UC Irivine while Llorens and reliever Frank Gonzalez inked with Cal State Dominguez Hills. Reliever Matt Orozco signed with Cal Poly Pomona.
In 2018, for the second straight season, Calderaro saw two of his starting pitchers make All-South Coast Conference North Division First Team in Ingebritson and Nathan Garkow. Ingebritson was the first Lancers starter since Zack Kalter in 2004 to earn seven victories. His 2.29 ERA is the lowest by a Lancer in more than 20 years. The team's overall 4.29 ERA was the lowest by a PCC pitching staff in 15 years. PCC's eclipsed the 300 K mark, something not been accomplished by a Lancers staff in the modern era.
On the recruiting side, Calderaro brought in 22 all-conference players and the first two All-Americans in PCC's modern history in just five seasons.
Calderaro is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (B.S. Applied Exercise Science) where he earned a playing scholarship. He is currently working on his doctorate in education at Corcordia Portland University (Irvine) and is an adjunct professor in PCC's Kinesiology, Health & Athletics Division.
Calderaro pitched two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College (2010-11), earning All-South Coast Conference First Team honors as a freshman. He was a two-time All-CIF Southern Section First Team selection at Bonita High, achieving Miramonte League MVP honors his senior season in 2009. He compiled a sparkling 18-6 record and 2.06 ERA in his three prep seasons.
The Sunset Baseball League is proud to announce the addition of four new franchises for the 2021 season.
The Inland Valley Bucs join the newly formed Best of the West division. The Bucs bring a stellar track record of competitive baseball. The program was founded in 2014.
Players have come from far and wide to play for the Bucs. In fact, some schools represented have included Cal State Fullerton, Coppin State, Fordham, Hawaii, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Long Beach State, Louisiana Tech, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Pepperdine, Texas Tech, UC Irvine and UC Riverside.
The Arroyo Seco Sentinels will join the Sunset League. They are led by Nico Calderaro. He's currently the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Pasadena City College. The Sentinels bring a great tradition to the SBL and should compete for a league title immediately.
The East LA Dodgers are led by Leo Gutierrez. The Dodgers program is one of the longer running programs in Southern California starting in 1997.
The Ventura County Bucs will join the Sunset League as well. The Bucs are part of a high quality organization and should make their presence felt this season.
The 2021 season is under two months away, and should be the best yet. The league has grown to 14 teams in 2021.