Cloverdale's Mitch Delfino to play baseball at Cal

Mitch Delfino, shortstop and pitcher for Cloverdale and also a standout basketball player for the Eagles, will be playing baseball at UC Berkeley next year.

Mitch’s dad Charlie said because of the federal grant money Mitch can get, the Cal baseball team won’t have to give him an athletic scholarship and so his name may not pop up among the recruited scholarship players. Mitch hasn’t had to sign a letter of intent.

San Jose State showed interest in Mitch and offered nearly a full scholarship and Cal came back and practically matched it.

Mitch, 6-3 and 190 pounds, is recruited as a third baseman. He’s always been a good hitter and last summer played for the Bay Area Warriors, a travel team out of Marin County, and the Cal hitting coach John Zuber saw him homer and double in the same game.

Mitch played on an under-10 Futures team in Arizona when he was just seven and led the team in batting at .571.

Delfino went 3-for-3 in his last high school game against Willits. Cloverdale co-head coach Keith Warner said of Mitch: “He’s got a sweet stroke and he’s been well taught.”

“I was definitely surprised,” Mitch said about Cal’s offer. “It all came about pretty quick.”