By Bill Paterson
Max Stassi was no doubt happy to see Mom and Dad during their recent visit to Geneva, Ill., to watch the former Yuba City High star play for the Kane County Cougars, an Oakland A's Class A team.
Jim and Racquelle Stassi happen to catch Max in the middle of a hot streak.
At one point, he had hit safely in nine of 10 games and driven in nine runs.
Max Stassi, just a year out of high school after being taken in the fourth round by the A's last June, struggled for a few weeks at Kane County.
"His confidence three or four weeks ago was in the tank," said Jim Stassi, who stepped down as Yuba City's coach last month after leading the Honkers to a fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship. "One of the big keys for him is that he has never failed at this game. So it took coming to grips with that part, that pro baseball is about ups and downs.
"It's how you handle it that is the key. He's bouncing back. He's getting back on track."
Stassi, who is hitting .251 with eight home runs, recently was selected to the Midwest League All-Star Western Division team. The All-Star game will be played Tuesday in Fort Wayne, Ind.