By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Seniors from the North Bay League and Sonoma County League will put on their uniforms for the final time today when the Kiwanis All-Star baseball game is renewed at Sypher Field on the Santa Rosa JC campus.
First pitch is set for noon.
This will be the 18th time the game has been played, and athletes from 14 schools will be represented.
Casa Grande, winner of the NBL, and Petaluma, co-champion of the SCL, each has six players on the roster.
“I’m excited and looking forward to the game,” Casa pitcher-outfielder Eric Parnow said. “This is a swan song, a chance to play one last time with the guys.
“I’m going to enjoy every bit of it.”
The left-hander was an integral part of a Gauchos pitching staff that at one point in the season posted five consecutive shutouts.
While for most it will be their last organized baseball game, Parnow is looking forward to four more years. He’ll be playing for Oregon State beginning next spring.
“The coaches are optimistic I’ll be a contributor next year,” he said. “I can hardly wait.”
Teammates joining him today are: Nick Bostow, Jon Christy, Austin Garatti, Casey Longaker and Tyler Moore.
Wearing the purple and white uniforms of Petaluma will be: Austin Gabbert, Will Nevin, Ty O’Donnell, Ben Sanderson, Greg Thomas and Hunter Williams.
As per custom, coaches of the league champs from the previous year will handle the managing duties. That means Analy’s Jeff Ogston will call the shots for the SCL while Maria Carrillo’s Derek DeBenedetti will be in charge of the NBL.
“The goal is to showcase the seniors and get everyone as much playing time as possible,” DeBenedetti said. “This is their day.”
The game will go nine innings, with each participant receiving a commemorative shirt.
Admission is $7, with no charge for those 10-and-under.
Proceeds will go to the Santa Rosa Kiwanis Foundation, a nonprofit charity.