RENO ASTROS TO FACE CUBA IN CANADA ON JUNE 27:

The 10 Time World Champion Reno Astros are back on the International stage in 2019.  The Astros have been invited back to The Grand Forks International Tournament in British Columbia, Canada, a tournament founded in 1975.  The GFI has a rich tradition of current and future professionals playing in the tournament, the Astros have had their fair share of Major Leaguers play with them in this tournament, including Josh Beckett, Corky Miller, Ron Jones, Dale Thayer, DeWayne Buice, Mike Hartley and Desi Wilson.
 
“This tournament is special… we have been all over the world and played a lot of baseball, but the people, the City, the stadium and the competition at the GFI has always been our favorite place to play”, said Astros manager; Matt Konopisos.  “The thought of this little City in the mountains of British Columbia with a population of 4,000 people hosting Cuba, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Australia, China and the best the United States has to offer is absolutely amazing.  It is like stepping back in time to the golden era of baseball when small towns played each other and everyone came out to watch.  We have been fortunate enough to win this tournament twice and the crowds have always embraced our style of baseball…  I am looking forward to renewing our old friendships and hopefully making some new fans” 
 
The roster for the 2019 Reno Astros at the GFI includes former professionals Jeff Calderone, Jeff Tolotti, David Rider, Jason Landreth, Don Wanner, Jesse Brown, Eric and Scott Underwood, Kevin Hammond, Jacob Joseph, Miles Williams, Mark Leacox and Paul Ferrari. Konopisos added, “We are hoping to have a good mix of ex pro’s and college stars, we never know what the final roster will be until we get off the plane.  We are always recruiting… looking for guys just released, guys trying to make it back into pro ball, or college guys looking to play at a pro level instead of in the collegiate leagues.”  The Astros will be announcing collegiate players in the coming weeks as the roster is finalized.
 
The Astros season can be followed online at www.RenoAstros.com and there will be a live podcast available at www.GrandForksBaseball.com of all the tournament games.

8.24.2019: The Reno Astros welcomed their former teammates, the Erikson brothers (Kris and Steve) and Gabe Riley back to town with their team The Sacramento Royals. The Royals were missing some key players and lost both games as The Astros hit 10 homeruns in the doubleheader.... Jeff Tolotti, Jesse Brown, Eric Underwood, Grant Goff, Richard Kerr, Joey Dice and Astro Rookie McKinley O'Connor. Paul Ferrari had a complete game victory on the mound in game 1 while Don Wanner got the win in game 2 with Charile Williams and Joaquin Wanner finishing game 2.

8.4.2019: The Astros won 4 games on the weekend... sweeping a doubleheader at Cosumnes River on Saturday, and leaving the Fairfield Indians bleeding and badly beaten on Sunday. Don Wanner continued his unbeaten summer striking out 10 hitters and handing the ball to the newest Astro, Joaquin Wanner... his little brother to finish the game. Eric Underwood led the offense with 2 homeruns in game one. Jake Joseph opened game 2 by striking out the side and Paul Ferrari continued his strong summer picking up another win on the mound. Jesse Brown hit a home run and Grant Goff had 3 hits to lead the offense. Matt's return to the lineup was short lived, with a single in his first at bat in 2 months and then re-injurying the same hamstring in his second. Sunday's games against the Indians welcomed back David Rider to win game 1 on the mound and Kobe Calderone getting his first win in game 2.. that was shortened by a brawl triggered by the cheap slide intending to hurt Astro 2nd baseman LJ Thomas. A bush league play by a little punk that doesn't know the game and the completely unacceptable behavior from a coaching staff that allowed 3 parents on the field like a little league game. The Astros have a 20 year personal relationship with the owner of the Fairfield Indians, Norm Thompson. Norm had a 6 hour surgery on Thursday or he would have been there eating peanuts with us ... every one of the Indians on the field today embarrassed the game of baseball and more importantly you embarrassed your owner Norm Thompson. Norm is a class act and doesn't stand for that immature behavior, it would have never happened had he been there. Eric Underwood hit 2 more homeruns to lead the offense, Scott Underwood, Caleb Ariaz, Grant Goff and TJ Czyz all added on at the plate.

7.20.19: Reno Astros returned to the diamond over the weekend against NBO with the Astros sweeping a double-header. Don Warner got the win in game one throwing six strong innings and Kobe Calderone finishing up. The Astros welcome back Steve Rinaudo for the first time in 2019 and he responded with four hits including a home run. Austin May hit his first 2 home runs ever and the Astros also welcomed back Richard Kerr even though he struck out twice! Paul Ferrari was throwing four pitches for strikes and held NBO scoreless in game 2 with TJ Czyz finishing up. Grant Goff, LJ Thomas and Jesse Brown with Joey Dice pacing the offense out of the leadoff spot all day!

7.7.19: After four scoreless outings for the Seattle Mariners high A Fresno, former Reno Astro Raymond Kerr got moved up to AAA Tacoma and pitched 2 and 1/3 Innings of scoreless relief in his debut to get the win. Ray has touched 99 miles per hour this year and is in the bullpen plans for the big league team in the second half. From dropping out of junior college, working at 7-Eleven and playing with the Reno Astros on his way to the big leagues has made Ray a fan favorite everywhere he goes!

7.5.19: The Astros were back on the field this weekend and the hitters were glad to be back at their home ballpark as Joey Dice and Scott Underwood both hit home runs and Eric Underwood hit 2 as the Astros swept a doubleheader from Consumnes River. Paul Ferrari won game one and Don Wanner went 5 innings for the win in game 2. Kobe Calderone came in for 2 innings of work and struck out 3 in game 1 while David Rider got in some work and finished game 2.

7.2.19: The Reno Astros finished in third place at the Grand Forks International, it was a disappointing ending to a great tournament that saw the Astros finish with the #1 seed after beating Cuba and the Seattle Studs. Coming from behind in every game made the Astros a crowd favorite but in the semi-final game they could not overcome a two-to-one deficit. The toughest part of the loss was a failed Empire conference and an Astro error led to both runs being unearned. Don Wanner got 2 wins in the tournament with Paul Ferrari beating Seattle and TJ Czyz in relief picking up the win against Cuba with Alex Bates getting the save. Outfielder Terry Bennett and catcher Ryan Cooper picked up all tournament honors and Matt Konopisos was inducted into the Hall of Fame joining former Astros, Josh Beckett, Corky Miller and Dale Thayer.

6.16.19: The Astros open the weekend with a two-game sweep of the Yuba College summer team. The Astro pitchers split the game with Paul Ferrari starting, Eddie Russell in the middle, rookie Kobe Calderone in the setup role and Scott Underwood to close out game 1. Don Wanner won game 2 going 6 strong innings with TJ Czyz coming in and finishing the game. The Astros offense was led by Grant Goffs first home run of his life and Joey Dice hitting his 3rd of the Summer. Jesse Brown continued his hot hitting with 5 hits and the Underwood twins, Jerry Thomas and ex-pro Ryan Cooper all had multiple hits. Sunday the Astros took on the Chico Nuts and long-time veteran Astro right-hander David Rider allowed one run in the first inning and Chico did not score another run the rest of the day. Jason Landreth started the scoring with a home run and a double while Eric and Scott Underwood both had RBI doubles. Former Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Colorado Rockies player, Zack Taylor, also had a couple hits in pacing the Astros 9 to 1 victory. Grant Golf and Mason Timbrook pitched two scoreless innings each to close out the victory.

6.9.19: The Astros improve to 11 -0 on the season with a three-game sweep of the Fresno Grizzlies, and NBC World Series team. The game one victory went to former professional Don Wanner who threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts. The game 2 winner was Grant Golf coming in relief of Paul Ferrari. Jeff Tolotti hit a homerun and Scott Underwood, Joey Dice and Dak Conners led the offense with 9 hits between them. Dak subsequently signed with Napa in the Pacific Association after the doubleheader. The Sunday game started out as a pitching duel with Astro former professional Eddie Russell going against a Taiwanese draft pick... Mau He. Former Astro professional hitters Jason Landreth and Jesse Brown joined the party on Sunday to lead the offense with Jerry Thomas, Goff, Austin May and Caleb Ariaz also knocking in runs.

6.1.19: The Astros improved to 8-0 last weekend with a doubleheader sweep of the Redding Ringtails. The Astros responded to being back home with homeruns by Jesse Brown, Scott Underwood, Grant Goff and even Joey Dice found just enough barrel to clear the fence! Former Professional Eddie Russel picked up the win in his Astros debut in game 1 and Paul Ferrari coasted to a win in game 2... Don Wanner looked good to close out game 1 and Dakota Conners shined in his first game with Astros with 5 hits. The Astros welcome in the Fresno A's this weekend hosting a 2:30pm doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday starting at noon. The A's earned an appearance at the NBC World Series in Wichita Kansas and should bring a quality team into town to face the streaking Astros!

5.11.19: After sweeping the Sacramento Royals to open the season, with Don Wanner picking up the win in Game 1 and David Rider in Game 2... the Astros take the field again this weekend for the home opener against the same Sacramento Royals.

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