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March 15, 2016 > Chabot College baseball

Chabot College baseball

Submitted By Matt Schwab

The Chabot shortstop with the hot bat has ÒGladiatorÓ in his baseball bloodlines. Kenny Corey, a sophomore transfer from Fresno State, has followed his dad, Dana, and brother, Kevin, into the Chabot program. In fact, Dana was a teammate of legendary Chabot coach Steve Friend. So, itÕs all in the family.

ÒI think IÕm getting goosebumps as I talk about it,Ó Friend said of the programÕs Corey family ties. ÒItÕs kind of neat. The father, the older son and the younger son -- itÕs a tradition of Gladiator baseball. ItÕs a good mix of a blue collar family and a blue collar team.Ó Friend is also delighted with KennyÕs play. HeÕs tearing it up on offense and making plays on defense.

In ChabotÕs two recent wins 10-4 over Cabrillo and 13-9 over Solano, Corey was a combined 5 for 8 from the plate with four RBIs, three runs scored, two doubles and a triple.

Corey, who entered the week with a .380 batting average and 13 RBIs (runs batted in), and second baseman Michael Hidalgo both had three hits against Cabrillo. Cal Stevenson and Max Sanderson were each 2 for 4.

ÒWe just had a good approach,Ó Corey said of the 14-hit effort at Gene Wellman Field. ÒWe were hunting the fastball early in the count, and when we got it we werenÕt missing it, really.Ó

The Gladiators entered the week riding a four-game winning streak, riding a four-game winning streak. They will open play at home in the Coast-Golden Gate Conference on March 15 (4 p.m.) against West Valley.

Corey, a former three-year varsity player at Willow Glen High in San Jose, redshirted his first year at Fresno State before making 25 starts for the Bulldogs last season, 13 at designated hitter, eight at second base and four in left field. He recorded six multi-hit games, batting .324, scoring 18 runs and driving in 21.

So he was a great pick-up for the Gladiators, who boast a strong new cast of transfers. As for those family ties, Dana also played at San Jose State, and Kevin, an infielder/pitcher, moved on to Austin Peay in 2013. Corey is having a great time at Chabot. The players are beginning to mesh as a unit.

ÒItÕs definitely a really fun team,Ó he said. ÒThere are a lot of really funny guys, and I think thatÕs also a reason weÕre starting to play better: People are starting to get out of their shells and just hanging out more and having a better time.Ó

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