In early August, college baseball players took to the field at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore for a Procase game like no other. The “Strikeout For A Cause” games, which took place July 31 to Aug. 2, was closed to the public, except for Major League Baseball scouts or agents, and featured local talent from Vista Murrieta High School. Though rosters were not posted, the Valley News sports department did learn that recent 2020 Bronco grad, Zach Rodriguez, who is set to play baseball at the Division 1 collegiate level (assuming there is a spring season due to the pandemic), was chosen to showcase his skills alongside other local and nonlocal players.

University of California Santa Barbara baseball commit, Zach Rodriguez, a 2020 grad of Vista Murrieta High School, competes in the “Strikeout For A Cause” event at Storm Stadium recently. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Families could enter the stadium and could watch from the suites, or the pavilion, but due to the ongoing coronavirus threat, they could not sit in the stands, masks had to be worn and social distancing was enforced.

The mission of the organization is to provide the opportunity for college athletes at the highest levels to compete and showcase their athletic skills while regaining their form. Teams were formed to compete in the tournament and one of the teams included Rodriguez, who is headed to the University of California Santa Barbara. Players representing Domestic and General Insurance were the overall winners, claiming the first ever title of this specific event.

The Diamond in Lake Elsinore serves as the host site for a series of Procase games for the “Strikeout For A Cause” organization, which took place July 31 to Aug. 2. Valley News/Courtesy photo

According to their website, “Strikeout For A Cause is all about providing fun memorable experiences to our military community through sports, paying it forward while they play it forward and helping serve those who serve us. The organization is an active charity company with more than 15 years’ experience involved with the sports industry.

To find out more information visit http://www.strikeoutforacause.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.