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WEEKLY ATHLETICS RECAP

Chabot shortstop has hot bat, family ties

 
The Chabot shortstop with the hot bat has Gladiator in his baseball bloodlines. 
It turns out Kenny Corey, a transfer from Fresno State, has followed his dad, Dana, and brother, Kevin, into the Chabot program. In fact, Dana was a teammate of Chabot coach Steve Friend with the Gladiators. 
So it's all in the family. 
"I had some reasons why I wanted to leave (Fresno State), but I chose to come to Chabot because my dad and my brother both played at Chabot," Kenny Corey said. 
Dana also played at San Jose State, and Kevin, an infielder/pitcher. moved on to Austin Peay in 2013.
Friend is delighted to have another Corey on board. Kenny's tearing it up.  
In Chabot's two wins this week, 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 has a .380 batting average and 13 RBIs this season, and second baseman Michael Hidalgo both had three hits against Cabrillo. Cal Stevenson and Max Sanderson, the No. 1 and 2 hitters in the lineup, were each 2 for 4. 
"We just had a good approach," Corey said of the 14-hit effort at Gene Wellman Field. "We were hunting the fastball early in the count, and when we got it we weren't missing it, really." 
Moreover, Chabot's players are starting to understand their roles and play as a team. The Gladiators, riding a four-game winning streak, will travel to Skyline on March 8.
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.
Asked about his goals, and Corey modestly says he just wants to keep playing baseball as long as he can. 
He's having a great time at Chabot. 
"It's definitely a really fun team," he said. "There's a lot of really funny guys, and I think that's also a reason we're starting to play better: People are starting to get out of their shells and just hanging out more and having a better time."
"I think I'm getting goosebumps as I talk about it," Chabot coach Steve Friend said of the program's Corey family ties. "It's kind of neat. The father, the older son and the younger son -- it’s a tradition of Gladiator baseball in the Coreys. It's a good mix of a blue collar family and a blue collar team."

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