PASO ROBLES— The Central Coast Bulldogs are a 9U baseball team in Paso Robles that dominated their competition all summer. The Bulldogs compete in the Pony league and entered five Xtreme Diamond Sports tournaments this summer and brought home five championships, all while only losing two games. According to head coach John Rede, this team has played together since they were in 6U and have experienced success every step of the way. In 2014, they were the Shetland All-Stars and made it to the Northern California World Series. Last year, in 8U, the team made it to Super Regionals for the Central Coast. The Bulldogs entered three tournaments in the Central Coast and two in Visalia/ Hanford area and finished the season with a near perfect record, (21-2). The team is made up of 13 boys, all of which will be future Bearcats: Seth Javadi, Nathan Jones, Aidan Twisselman, Thomas Glenn, Marcus Garcia, Jackson Rede, Wyat Wallingford, Talen Freitas, Blayne Lowry, Gino Berlingeri, Hunter Drake, Matthew Rodriguez, Parker Kenyon and coached by Rede, Anthony Aguilar, Rafael Garcia, Joel Freitas.
The team's secret to success? Well rounded young men. “We’re not just about baseball, we encourage our kids to do different things and play different sports.” Rede said of the boys on his team. The Bulldogs coaching staff focuses on teaching life lesson through the prism of sports. Rede and the coaching staff stress the importance of being good students, good friends, good sons, good brothers and being coachable because he knows that the odds of all three of them making it to the majors is unlikely, but the chances of them turning into husbands, fathers and members of the community is nearly certain.
“They are a pretty amazing group of kids,” Rede said, “a bunch of little studs out there on the field.”
In November of 2016 the Central Coast Bulldogs became a non-profit organization and will continue to raise money as they prepare for next season. If you want to follow the Bulldogs or donate, make sure to like their page on Facebook, Central Coast Bulldogs Baseball Club.