Casey Snow played for the Dirtbags of Long Beach State from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, Casey was a 15th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers. During his professional career, he played five seasons with the Dodgers and Cleveland Indians organizations advancing as high as triple-A. Casey has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. In addition to co-owning and operating XCEL Baseball, Casey is a Long Beach local and a Battalion Chief for a municipal Fire Department.
Neil Sauerheber is a Long Beach local, former Lakewood Lancer, Long Beach City College Viking (1992 to 1994), Cal State Dominguez Hills Toro (1994 to 1995), and Long Beach State Dirtbag (1995 to 1996). Since 2004, Neil has been coaching varsity softball at Lakewood High School. In addition to being a baseball and softball hitting instructor at XCEL Baseball, Neil is a physical education and math teacher at Newcomb Academy.
Kari Gutierrez grew up in Garden Grove and played varsity softball from 2005-2009 at Rancho Alamitos High School. She accepted a scholarship to play for the University of New Mexico Lobos from 2009-2014, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. She is a behavioral therapist and is currently working on her Master’s degree to become a School Counselor. Kari is looking forward to utilizing her playing, coaching, and educational background to assist softball pitchers and hitters with taking their game to the next level.
Frankie Rios was a starter at USC for 3 years, where he finished his degree in sociology and was All PAC 12 in 2017 & honorable mention in 2016. He played both SS and 2B for the Trojans. He batted .354 his final season as a USC, leading his team in hitting. He was also runner up in fielding percentage in the whole PAC 12. He was Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th Round of the 2017 MLB Draft where he got to play 2 seasons in the infield and outfield. In the summer of 2019, he was offered a position with the Red Sox as a minor league coach where he currently works. He is also working on getting his master’s in education at GCU. During his off season, he will help give Hitting and fielding lessons.
JJ Newkirk was a 19th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1994 but opted to go to Long Beach State. He played for the Dirtbags from 1995 to 1997. In 1997 he was the Big West scholar athlete of the year and then went on to get drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 49th round. JJ spent 3 seasons in the White Sox organization. In addition to co-owning and operating XCEL Baseball, JJ is a physical education teacher and department chair at Will Rogers Middle School.
Justin Davis was born and raised in Lakewood and graduated in 2013 from Mayfair High, where he played 3 years of varsity baseball. He helped lead his team to 3 Suburban League titles and made the Press Telegram Dream Team. Justin then played at Long Beach City College where he won 2 South Coast Conference titles and earned himself a scholarship to Cal State University, Los Angeles. He played 2 years of baseball at Cal State LA and graduated in 2017, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Danny Benedetti earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration as CSULB, and a Bachelor of Science/History Degree at St. John's. Danny played for St. John’s, and was the team’s starting catcher. Prior to that, he played at Irvine Valley College and Los Al High School. While at St. John’s, Danny was nominated to the Johnny Bench Watch List for his achievements in catching at the college level. Danny specializes in catching/hitting and pitching but has also coached infielders & outfielders. He has coached at LB State, St. John’s-NYC, Manhattan College-NYC and San Diego State University, as well as several summer collegiate leagues.
Akemi Fleming was born and raised in Long Beach. She graduated from Millikan High School in 2005, the year they won CIF division 3. She helped win the championship game by hitting the winning 3 run homer in the 5th. She also attended and played for Cal State Dominguez Hills for 2 years. She caught and played 3rd. She is now on her 6th year coaching High School and has been the Head coach at Millikan High school since 2016. She is looking to use her softball background to help girls with their hitting and fielding to better prepare them for the next level.
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