For most high school seniors graduation means getting a job for the summer before moving onto college in the fall, but for two BHHS baseball players, it means more baseball.
Bruin seniors Joey LeFebvre and A.J. Briganti will eat, drink, sleep and breath baseball for the two months following their matriculation, and it won’t be locally.
After the Del Norte Grizzlies – the summer team both players were part of last year – failed to recruit the numbers it needed to function, they were invited to play on the Santa Rosa Connie Mack (SRCM) baseball team.
The team is an invitation only squad comprised of 20 athletes from the Sonoma County region in California. The team is coached by two former Major League Baseball players and Briganti and LeFebvre will be exposed to recruiting and scouting by colleges and professional baseball teams, as well.
“I’m going down to prepare myself for college even more,” LeFebvre said. “The average pitcher throws 89-92 miles per hour. Seeing that kind of speed will get me really ready for college baseball.”
The experience will be a new one for both athletes but they are looking forward to the experiences.
“It’s very exciting,” LeFebvre said. “I get to play with new people and experience a new atmosphere. All I know is I’m very excited.”
The opportunity for the duo to get their names out in the baseball community will be greatly increased, according to Briganti.
“I plan on playing college ball,” he explained. “I’m going down for the experience, but it will help me get my name out there.”
Both players were selected after attending a NCAA Division I baseball camp at Sacramento State last summer.
“We both got invited,” Briganti explained, “after the Sacramento State camp. We got scouted and they said they want us.”
“It’s incredible,” he added.
The team will play a 40 to 50 game season in tournaments around Sonoma County and as far away as Reno, Nevada.
The cost for the opportunity is extensive and the pair has set up a fund to help defray the costs. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so to the Joey and AJ Baseball Fund, 96499 Duley Creek Road, Brookings.