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Bryan Sturges is off to a sizzling start for the Healdsburg Prune Packers, hitting .426 through the team’s first 12 games.

The Prune Packers are tearing it up on the summer baseball circuit this month, racing to a 4-1 record in the California Collegiate League (CCL) and 11-1 overall.

Healdsburg has done it with a ferocious hitting attack that has averaged better than 11 runs scored per game while its pitchers have yielded fewer than four runs.

“We’re starting to understand the importance of a successful routine,” Packer’s GM/field manager Joey Gomes reported. “Organize the objective, work hard before the game starts, think before the pitch, react accordingly and be in the moment. Overall, just appreciate the opportunity to win in the Burg.”  

The team has been led by infielder Bryan Sturges, who is hitting a sizzling .426. Other team batting leaders through 12 games includes; Connor Mack (.423), Bryson Hill (.382), Jason Dicochea (.360), Travis Turney (.341), Kevin Sandri (.289) and Cole Brodnansky (.286). The team has clubbed 10 homers and 45 extra base hits.

Leading pitchers by earned run average include Chris Rutkin (1.39), Ian Villers (2.25), Colby Morris (2.25), Jackson Cunningham (2.25), Andrew Hansen (2.57) and Morgan White (2.57).

Healdsburg’s latest exploits came in a seven-game home stretch that featured wins over the SF Seals (6-1), WC Kings (17-2), Red Hawks (9-1), Seals (21-3), Sacramento M’s (18-2), Ports (9-7) and Santa Rosa Athletics (11-2).   

The Packers will resume their home stand on June 19 and 20 with a two-game set with the visiting Humboldt Crabs, followed by a three-game series against the Mudcats on June 21 through 23. Friday’s game will feature a pre-game wine-tasting event with Lombardi Wines which serves as a fundraiser for Hilsinki’s Hope. All games are a Recreation Park and start at 6 p.m., with the exception of and 11 a.m. start on Sunday, June 23.

Former players in MLB draft  

The Prune Packers were well represented in the recent Major League Baseball draft, with former players Andrew Vaughn (first round, White Sox), Arman Sabouri (12th round, Brewers), Ryan Shreve (16th round, Twins), Cameron Warren (22nd round, Reds) and Bryan Arias (28th round, Astros) all moving on to start professional careers. 

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