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Redding Colt 45s Prepare For 2016 Season

Anne Ruthmann

The Colt 45s, Redding’s summer collegiate baseball team, is getting ready for the 2016 season. Players, coaches, and fans mingled Tuesday night during the team’s first practice session at Tiger Field. Field Manager Greg Cadaret says right now, he's just trying to figure out who's who.

“I try to remember their names first,” he said. “I try to put a name to a face, and I try to put the name and the face to a position and figure out where they're at. And then I try to make sure I got the right information from their college and exactly the position they play, and then we try to figure out, especially pitchers how much they've been throwing, what kind of shape they are in, and make sure we treat them good this summer.”

About half the team has yet to arrive. Cadaret says he's trying to put a team together for this weekend with only 14 players. The rest will arrive in the next few weeks.

The Colt 45s will play 44 games this summer, almost all of them at home. Game one is Friday evening against the Rally Factory Rockhounds of Solano County.

Kelly is a graduate of Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California. After nearly 25 years in commercial radio, Kelly arrived in Redding and joined North State Public Radio first as a volunteer. He began covering Redding City Council meetings and other local events and was eventually hired as KFPR's Redding news reporter.