With the help of the Stassi family, funds were raised for the Collegiate Baseball Program | News


An area known for its love of baseball, several members of the Yuba-Sutter community attended an event last week at the Peach Tree Golf & Country Club in Marysville to help raise money for the baseball program at William Jessup University in Rocklin.


In the presence of members of the Stasi family and some professional baseball players, thousands of dollars were raised for a rookie team in William Jessop coached by Trevor Payne.

Promoted to head coach at the start of the 2019 season, Payne has led the Warriors to a 109-73 record over four seasons. Since taking over, Paine has achieved great success for his relatively minor baseball program.

According to the university’s website, “Paine’s first season with the Warriors, 2018, was the program’s most successful year, as Jessup was one game away from a trip to the NAIA World Series championship in Lewiston, Idaho.” Jessup has won a program career-best 41 games, flying into the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time in program history. The 2018 Warriors won their first GSAC championship in school history and hosted the inaugural NAIA baseball regional round at their home stadium at McBean Park.

Benn, who was at the special event at the Peach Tree, said a fundraiser like last week’s can make a huge difference to small, but growing sports programs. It was introduced that night by Johnny Dusco, announcer for the Sacramento River Cats.

“Thank you all for coming tonight. I can’t express how much this means not only to myself but to our entire program, our student-athletes, really our university as a whole,” Payne said. “…When I first met you (Johnny Dusco) in the fall, we were going off to pick up some balls from the cages that the River Cats donated to our show because the cage balls were so bad. That kind of puts it in perspective, Goal of the night.” Jessup finished. Just our eighth season of baseball.So, in the grand scheme of things, a very young college program.

“For the program’s first four seasons, they won 20 games together. So, obviously there wasn’t a lot of success, but in fairness, it’s really hard to get a program off the ground floor, the resources just weren’t there,” Payne said. “In 2017, I had finished Menlo College with the rest of our coaching staff. The athletic directors called us at the end of the season and asked if we wanted to come over to Jessup and take over the program. They wanted to invest and become a program that could compete for conference championships at the national level every Public.

“We thought about it for a bit, but in the end the opportunity to coach at home in the greater Sacramento area with so much talent here was too much to pass up. So, we made the leap and took on a 10-win team. Really, the goal among our coaching staff is on that.” The first year, and we never shared it with the guys, but we wanted to win 20 games. Double the win total, that kind of program gets up and moves and you build from there. We ended up winning 41 games. So, the turnaround is 31 games, which is the biggest in A History of College Baseball”.

Payne then talked about the success the program has seen since he and his staff took over, including championships and having one of their players in the majors.

“This put Jessup on the map as a program that can compete with some of the best teams in the country. The point going forward… is that we want to compete at the national level,” said Payne. “We want to win a national championship. Our program and department are in the process of transitioning to NCAA Division II. … I want to get in there and compete for the national championships right away. What our program is about is culture. We’re trying to build a family – trust, accountability, good people and good players.”

The Warriors play their home games in Lincoln at McBain Park. The team’s first game of the season will be on Friday against Antelope Valley University.

A native of Yuba City, he was proud of what the community was capable of, said Brock Stasi, assistant coach and hitting and recruiting coordinator at William Jessup University.

“Thank you all for coming tonight, it really means a lot,” Stasi said. “… (It’s) a special night. Jessup means a lot to me. … Being able to come home to this community means a lot. … Being from Yuba City and playing Yuba City High School is the baseball community that speaks About the same… There is something to be said about a small town when people come together and raise money for a noble cause.”

Baseball “has been a great tradition in the Sacramento area,” said Pete Jelavich, president of the Walnut Growers Cooperative and Hawn Ranch. It highlighted the Stassi and Susac families, and the success of Dusty Baker, a world championship-winning manager with strong ties to the district and the region.

“It actually culminated everything last year with Dusty Baker winning the World Championship as a manager,” said Jelavich. “…you have a Stasi family in this area…four generations. …and then you got the Susack family from Sacramento. …Andrew (Susack) won a World Series ring with the San Francisco Giants and Daniel (Susack) was an all-round pick The first by the Oakland A. We have a great baseball history in this area, so it’s easy to support something like that.”

Stacy was a former Yuba City High School Ace and Western Conference Athletic of the Year at the University of Nevada. He spent time in the major leagues with teams like the Philadelphia Phillies. He was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft after playing for the University of Nevada, Reno.

Stasi has remained involved with baseball over the years, with stints coaching teams such as the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox and Phillies.

His father, Jim Stacy, is a member of the Northern California Athletic Association Hall of Fame and has a long-standing relationship with the area and its athletic programs. Stasi’s first sporting endeavors came on the campus of St. Isidore’s School, which in his youth had been known as the Holy Angels.

If you set up a golf ball on a tee inside Parish Hall, Stasi said, you can swing the driver and pin the house he grew up on on Marcia Street, the plea previously reported. Later, he took his talents to Yuba City High School, where he enjoyed one of the best prep jobs in Mid-Valley history, and later returned to direct his alma mater’s baseball program for 18 seasons.

During his senior season in 1978, Stacy and Honkers finished 29-5 overall, tallying a record for wins, before the 2007 team he coached broke that mark with 30 victories.

The appeal previously reported that several members of this team went on to Yuba College and have gone on to find success. In 1980, the 49ers went 37-4 and finished third in the state. Stassi was an all-state selection and MVP of the Golden Valley Conference.

Stasi later earned a scholarship to the University of Nevada, where he was a two-time first team all-conference selection for the Wolf Pack. The Call previously reported that he is in the halls of fame at both Yuba College and the University of Nevada.

Stasi was drafted in the 17th round of the 1982 MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants. He played two seasons with the Giants, reaching his Triple-A high. He also played a season of professional baseball in Rimini, Italy.

Stasi’s other son and Brock Stasi’s brother, Max Stasi, another Yuba City High School alumnus, is currently with the Los Angeles Angels. He was originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2009 in the fourth round of the MLB draft. He was the 123rd pick overall.

Stasi made his professional debut in 2013 with the Houston Astros before landing with the Angels during the 2019 season.

At the end of the night, Jelavich said at least $20,000 was raised for the William Jessup University baseball program at last week’s event.

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