By Bill Paterson
Paul Martinez hopes it's just a one-year thing.
But because of athletic budget woes at his school, the Rosemont athletic director and head baseball coach dropped the freshman baseball team this season.
"We needed to conserve money, and it was my way of helping out our entire sports program," Martinez said.
He said costs for busing an additional team "ate a lot of our transportation budget" for the Sacramento City Unified School District school.
"That meant less for varsity sports like swimming and track," he said. "We're just hoping it's a one-year thing."
Having a freshman team has been huge in enabling the Wolverines to hang with deeper, more experienced suburban programs. No. 12 Rosemont is 18-6 and 12-0 in the Metro Conference entering Friday's game against rival McClatchy.
"It's been a tremendous help in keeping the kids together, getting them more playing time and more coaching time," Martinez said.
There is less playing time this season. There are 24 players on the Rosemont JV team.