After a very long season of playing for the Las Vegas Heat, filled with extensive traveling, three Solano County natives decided to start their own team. The Solano Mudcats were etablished in 1990 by Shawn Scibek, George Sebena, and Jed Czajkowski. Some team names were discussed, Czajkowski offered up the Mudcats name and all 3 agreed that it should be the Solano Mudcats rather than the Vacaville Mudcats.
The Mudcats soon joined the Fontenetti's League based in San Jose, a year round league where the Cats played over a hundred games a year. They then decided to join the Cal-Neva Wood Bat league. Finally, the Mudcats found a home with the Sacramento Rural League in 1993. The Sacramento Rural league, which has been around since 1946, provided the stability the Mudcats needed. Sebena and Czajkowski have since moved on but frequently check in on the Cats. Shawn Scibek remains the heartbeat of the Mudcats both as a coach as well as serving on the board.
Once an established top semi-pro club, the Mudcats transitioned to a Collegiate Baseball organization in 2012. Solano enjoyed 5 years as an independent summer Collegiate program, starting in 2018 they are proud to announce that they will be joining the Bay Area Collegiate League. As one of eight teams in the conference Solano looks forward to seeking their first "league" title since their last season as part of the Sacramento Rural League in 2011.
The Mudcats offer clinics and camps to local youth and continue to offer player instruction up through the Solano Mudcats Collegiate team.
Solano Mudcats Win 2018 Bay Area Collegiate League Title 7-6 with Walk-Off, Hit By Pitch.
It came down to the wire on Monday, with the Solano Mudcats winning the 2018 BACL Championship on a dramatic ninth inning walk-off that sealed their victory over Palo Alto Oaks. The game was tied at six with Solano batting when Peter Torres was struck by the first pitch of the at bat in his left hand, driving in the game winning run.
Although the game’s deciding play came down to a hit by pitch, hits were not hard to come by in the championship game as Solano collected ten hits and Palo Alto Oaks tallied seven in the high-scoring affair.
Solano opened up an early lead in the first inning when Mike Driscoll’s sac fly scored one run for the Mudcats.
Jack Gamba pitched Solano to victory. He went one inning, allowing one unearned run on one hit, striking out one and walking zero. Nick Roach started the game on the bump for Solano and registered a quality start, leaving after 6 innings with a 5-4 lead. Chris Bruner entered the game out of the bullpen and held the one run lead for Solano into the ninth despite surrendering one run as Solano added one run of their own after Roach’s departure.
Gray Goodman took the loss for Palo Alto. He went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five.
Matt Eastman started the game for Palo Alto. He surrendered five runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out two.
Joey Dodson and Wesley Galloway managed multiple hits for Solano with Dodson going three for four on the evening and Galloway adding a two-run dinger in the fourth.
Solano claimed the inaugural BACL League title, their first league title since leaving the Sacramento Rural League in 2014 to play as an independent. With the win Solano finished a successful 2018 campaign with a 22-14 record.