UC Davis starter Max Cordy pitched six scoreless innings yesterday, but host San
Jose State rallied in the seventh for four runs to take the game 4-3. With the loss, Davis dropped
Cordy (McClatchy), a sophomore right-handed starter, allowed only one hit, but
walked four while striking out four batters in the contest. The former All-Capitol Team player
is 1-0 on the season after three starts. Cordy was the Aggies closer in 2013.
Big-8 Conference Begins Tuesday 3/11
The four area community colleges begin conference play tomorrow as the Big-8 opens
with Sierra (9-6) visiting Cosumnes River College (12-3) and Sacramento City College (11-2)
visiting American River College (7-7). Game time is 2:30
On Wednesday, the teams switch venues with the Wolverines hosting the Hawks, and
the Panthers playing the Beavers at Union Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
CSR's freshman Drake Atlee leads all area hitters with a .404 average, placing
second in the Big-8. Sac City sophomore Jerrod Bravo (Ponderosa) is fourth in the conferrence
with a .388 average, and leads the Big-8 with 15 RBI. CRC's Kasey Chapan has 14 ribbies, good for
third place. The Panthers Jared James with three homers is tied for first place with two
In the pitching deparment, Kyle Von Ruden (Franklin High) has four wins (5th in
conference). SCC freshman Branden Nunn (Grant) is sporting a 0.75 earned run average, while
teammate sophomore lefty Gabe Araj (Jesuit) has a 0.82 ERA, good for fourth and fifth rposition
respectively among conference pitchers. Sierra's Kyle Vierra leads all Big-8 closers with four
ARC's sophomore A.J. Phillips is second in steals with 11, while Sierra's
sophomore infielder Dustin Vaught is right behind with 10.
Hornets Drop Three Games in SoCal
Sacramento State went winless in three games over the weekend in Riverside (two vs.
UC Riverside and one vs. West Virginia).
The Hornets were outscored 23-3, scoring just one run in each
game. Collectively, Sac State managed only 19 hits in the three games. They were led by
Rhys Hoskins (Jesuit) who was four-for-12 and senior David Del Grande three-for-11.
With the three losses, the team drops to 7-9 for the season. The Hornets traveled
south with confidence, coming off an exciting 10th-inning walk-off win against #24 Fresno State
Tuesday at Raley Field.
On Friday, March 14, Sacramento State hopes to get back to winning ways when it
hosts Minnesota in the first of a three-game series at John Smith Field.
Although Giants Lose 18-3, Susac's Double is Silver Lining
Although the Giants were pasted by the Seattle Mariners 18-3 today, catcher Andrew
Susac provided a bright spot.
After relieving Buster Posey behind the plate, Susac (Oregon State/Jesuit)
doubled in two of the Gigantes three runs. Going one-for-three raised Susac's average to .200 (he's
two-for-10). It was his second double this spring.
The game was broadcast by the Giants television crew, their first this spring.
In the ninth inning, color analyst Mike Krukow complimented Susac on his backstop skills
after the catcher blocked several pitches in the dirt. Krukow, a converted high
school catcher who went on to be a 20-game winner with the Giants, added this bon mot
about the Roseville native: "Andrew Susac--he's going to be in this game a long time
Susac last year batted .256 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI for the Double-A
Richmond Flying Squirrels, playing only 84 games in an injury-shortened season. He is a non-roster
invitee to the Giants spring training.
High School News
Mitch Hart Hurls 3-Hit Shutout Over Clovis West 3-0 Granite Bay Victory
The Granite Bay Grizzlies beat Clovis West of Fresno 2-0 today behind Mitch Hart's three-hit
The Grizzlies' Devin Lehman and Zach Hall both went two-for-four. Hall's first
inning single drove in the team's first run.
Hart threw 15 first-pitch-strikes while fanning three and walking only one batter.
In other High School news, Elk Grove won its first game of the year defeating St. Mary's of
The Herd last year triumphed in winning the Division I Section title over the Rams. With the
loss of its two main stars Dom Nunez and Rowdy Tellez, the Herd this year are led by senior Derek
Hill, who was selected #26 on the MaxPreps 2014 Top 100 Preseason National Baseball Rankings.
In the game against the Rams, Hill went two-for-four with a double and triple. The Madrigal
brothers--Ty and Nick--each had a pair of hits for Elk Grove.
DEL GRANDE DELIVERS WALK OFF WIN FOR BASEBALL OVER #24 FRESNO STATE
(From Sac State Media Relations)
A leadoff single by Scotty Burcham and a Bulldog error gave Sacramento State (7-6) runners on the corners with
none out in a 1-1 game in the 10th and senior David Del Grandecame through
with a bloop single to center to give Sacramento State a 2-1 win over No. 24 Fresno State on
Wednesday at Raley Field.
Hornet sophomore closer Sutter McLoughlin (2-0)
earned the win by pitching the ninth and tenth innings, retiring all six batters he faced on
just 17 pitches, 14 of which were strikes.
Del Grande was the only Sac State batter to record a
multi-hit game, going two-for-four.
The win marks the second time this season the Hornets posted
a win over a Top 25 team, as they defeated #21 Texas A&M earlier this
This also marks the second home game played at Raley
Field this season and both proved to be late-inning thrillers, with
the Hornets recording victories each time.
The Hornets travel south this weekend for a two-game
non-conference series against UC Riverside and a one-game contest against West
SCC Off to Hot Start
Sacramento City College (8-2) has gotten off to a hot start this year under Derek Sullivan,
who last year was the Panthers' interim head coach.
On Saturday, southpaw pitcher Gabe Araj (Jesuit) pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just
three hits while striking out nine, as the Panthers applied a 11-0 pasting of Solano College.
Sophomore catcher Austin Spainhour (Rocklin High) weilded the big club for Sac City,
knocking in three runs batted in on two hits, as did DH Timothy Hall.
Jared James (McClatchy) and Jerrod Bravo (Ponderosa) were preseason NorCal CCCAA All-American
selections from Sac City College.
River Cats Single Game Tix On-Sale Saturday at Raley Field
The Round Table Pizza
Ticket Office at Raley Field will open for the season on Sunday, March 9, and the River Cats are
celebrating with a preseason party presented by Raley’s and Bel Air, featuring free food, a live
band, two photo booths, free clubhouse tours, balloon artists for children, and an on-field batting
practice for charity.
The festivities will
kick-off at noon and will last until 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9. The party will mark the first time
this season that Raley Field’s Round Table Pizza Ticket Office will open to the public for
single-game ticket purchases.
Down the road in Stockton,
UOP Tigers skipper Ed Sprague is slated to be a guest presenter on the topic of
Advanced Analytics in College Baseball at the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference.
The Stockton native
enjoyed an 11-year career in the major leagues.
in his 11th season as the Tigers'
head coach, Sprague is the third-winningest coach in Pacific history with 210 victories. He
played his college ball at Stanford, starring as the starting third baseman on coach Mark
Marquess' 1987-88 NCAA championship teams.
Pacific visits the Sac
State Hornets on Tuesday, March 18 for a non-conference matchup at Raley Field, one of seven games
the Hornets will play on the pro diamond this season.
In related Cardinal news,
Marquess' long-time assistant coach Dean Stotz (McClatchy) has retired from
coaching. Stotz spent 36 seasons as an assistant at Stanford, where he shared in 1495
victories. A Stanford graduate, Stotz began his coaching tenure on The Farm in 1977. To read one
of our early Spotlight features on Stotz'
career, go here.
USF Takes Series as Hornets and Dons Split Sunday Double
Sacramento State won the first game of a double-header at University of San Francisco
as starting pitcher Brennan Leitao earned his victory of the season.
The Hornets scored twice in the first inning on freshman Ryan Locke’s first home run of the season
to give Leitao an early lead. The junior right-hander allowed just two runs on seven hits through
Locke (Bella Vista), who had three RBI on the day, was one of five State hitters to collect two
hits in the contest. Freshman Brandon Hunley (Christian Brothers) also went two-for-five with two
doubles and two RBI.
Junior Alex Palsha pitched three scoreless innings in relief allowing just one hit to clinch the
win for Sacramento State.
In the afternoon game, the Hornets stormed out to a five-run lead, but made six errors in
the game, osing 9-5 to the Dons.
Junior Rhys Hoskins (Jesuit) a preseason All-American went four-for-four with a double, home run
and two RBI. He also made two errors in the game.
Starter freshman Jared Paderez allowed just one earned run in five innings of work, but the Dons
worked the Hornets bullpen for eight runs to earn the win.
With the loss the Hornets evened their season mark at 6-6. The Dons improved to
In the series opener held Friday at John Smith Field, USF roughed up Hornets starter Ty Nichols for
11 hits and five earned runs in five innings of work. With the loss, Nichols dropped to
In that contest, USF junior Bradley Zimmer, himself a preseason All-American, collected three hits,
including a two-run homer. Zimmer, the Dons 6’5” center fielder is ranked number-eight among
collegiate players and is a projected first-round draft pick. In that game, the La Jolla native
also stole two bases and scored four runs, showing off his excellent speed for a big
In the three-game series against Sacramento State, Zimmer was eight-for-14 with six
For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few
of the locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include
J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Derrek Lee, Manny Parra and many more.
Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around
here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch,
Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg
Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.
Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and now Cincinnati Reds)
Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies)
Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets)
Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays)
Johnny McNamara (6 teams)
Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens
through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who
performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more
about that tour at ThePitchBook.com).
After runnin' the bases here, if you would like to submit material that you
believe should be included at BaseballSacramento.com, please send an email to
baseballsacramento (dot) com.
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Players from Sacramento in the History
* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba
City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.
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