UC Berkeley head baseball coach Mike Neu starred for Vintage High School in Napa and coached at Diablo Valley College and the University of the Pacific. So when it comes to recruiting players for his Golden Bears, he knows the Northern California neck of the woods as well as anyone.
“We have as good or better network of people than almost anyone in the country in this area,” said Neu. “A lot of our best players have been from Northern California.”
Two of those players are Vacaville high grads Cole Elvis and Brian McClellin. Elvis, a junior at Cal, is the starting catcher. McClellin, a versatile infielder, is a freshman.
Elvis caught in 10 of the 16 games Cal got under its belt last spring until the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the season. As a freshman he caught games once a week, as Korey Lee, who was drafted in the first round by the Houston Astros, was the starting catcher. Elvis hit five home runs in just 51 at-bats that season.
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