College News

Hawks Travel to Stockton to Tangle with Near-Perfect Mustangs


by Editor, Rick Cabral

There’s a big community college matchup in Stockton today, as Delta hosts Cosumnes River College in the final regular series of the season.

Delta leads the state with a 31-1 overall record and has clinched the Big-8 Conference championship with a 17-1 mark. Cosumnes River, which nipped Sac City 8-7 on Friday to improve to 12-6, is tied with Santa Rosa for second place.  

On Friday Delta beat Diablo Valley 1-0 as Colin Theroux knocked in Jacob Thomas on a first inning fielder’s choice and pitcher Rick Delgado through a three-hit shutout to claim the Mustangs’ 31st victory. Delgado, who struck out nine while walking one, is now 7-0.

But that nail-biter wasn't as harrowing as it once might have been. Two weekends ago Sacramento City College pasted the Mustangs 7-1 at Cecchetti Field with their first loss of the season.

Delta had won its first 28 games, and are ranked No. 1 in the nation by Perfect Game (perfectgame.org).

Starting for Delta today is lefthander Cameron Leeper (Grant High), who is second in the state with a perfect 11-0 record and tied for first with 91 strikeouts. His 1.59 earned run average is third best among California CC pitchers, as is his 10.32 strikeout-per-game ratio. Teammate Dean Kremer is 9-0 with a 1.82 ERA.

The Mustangs' only Top 10 conference hitter is Kris Bartlett (.333). As a team they’re hitting .272, tied for second in the Big-8.

By contrast, the Hawks .311 team batting average leads the Big-8 as they claim six of the Top 10 hitters with Alex Fitchett (.361), Trevor Ray (.348), Andre Gregory (.344), Nico Toni (.336), Tyler Blake and Devin Pettengill (both .333). 

This is big game and should be a good 'un.


Duvall Tabbed PCL Hitter of the Week (Ending Apr. 19)

Adam Duvall, Sacramento 
(.457/.480/.870, 11 G, 21-for-46, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 11 R, 3 BB, 12 K)

Giants farmhand Adam Duvall—who last night became the first River Cats player to hit for the cycle—was named Pacific Coast League Hitter of the Week today.


River Cats' Adam Duvall

Yesterday, Duvall went 5-for-6 with two doubles, a triple and a homer, while batting in four runs.  The Giants' No. 19 prospect sits atop the PCL in hits (21), homers (four), slugging percentage (.870) and OPS (1.350) and ranks in the top three in average (.457, second), RBI (14, second) and runs (11, tied for third).

Last season at Fresno, Duvall was two ticks shy of batting .300 while hitting 27 home runs and 90 RBI in 91 games and 359 at bats. His slugging percentage was .599.

By comparison the Cubs All-World rookie Kris Bryant, who played 70 games and 297 innings at Triple-A Iowa last season, batted .295 with 21 home runs, 52 RBI and a slugging percentage of .691. On Friday, the Cubs brought up Bryant to the majors where he is now their everyday third baseman.



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Duvall Hits For First Cycle In River Cats History

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –Sacramento River Cats third basemen and clean-up hitter Adam Duvall hit for the first cycle in River Cats franchise history in a 15-7 rout of the Salt Lake Bees Sunday afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake.

Duvall was 5-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs on the afternoon.

College News


(Sac State Media Relations)

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Freshman first baseman Vinny Esposito hit a pair of home runs and junior Nathan Lukes went 4-for-4 and reached base five times to ignite the Hornet offense in a 7-4 win over CSU Bakersfield in the series finale.

Sacramento State (20-18, 8-7 WAC) totaled seven extra base hits among its 13 knocks in the game after being held scoreless in the first two games of the series. Sophomore Justin Dillon also threw five strong innings in the win, which snapped a nine-game winning streak for CSU Bakersfield (22-15-1, 10-4-1 WAC). 

"I was proud of how we bounced back," Sacramento Sate head coach Reggie Christiansen said. "I thought yesterday was kind of a low point in the season for us and it was important for our guys to come back out here on Sunday and salvage the series. I was proud of the effort we gave and we talked after the game that its one thing to do it once but we need to find a way to be more consistent."

Esposito had his first career multi-homer game, hitting a two-run home run to left in the fifth inning and blasting a solo shot off the scoreboard in the seventh. He has hit three home runs in his last five games with a team-high five homers overall this year.

Sophomore Brandon Hunley and junior Chris Lewis also had two-hit games on Sunday as the Hornets got contributions throughout the lineup. Hunley's two hits were a double and an RBI triple and sophomore Gunner Pollman also had a double. Lukes recorded his fourth career four-hit game and his second of the season, doubling twice and also drawing a walk to reach base in all five of his at-bats.

Sacramento State matched its season high of seven extra-base hits a week after scoring 13 runs on seven extra-base hits last Sunday at Utah Valley. CSU Bakersfield's starting pitchers in the first two games of the series held the Hornets scoreless on just six singles before the bats came alive on Sunday.

Dillon allowed just four hits and one run over five innings to match sophomore Sam Long with a team-high five wins. Senior Ty Nichols allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in three innings before junior closer Sutter McLoughlin finished the game in a non-save situation.

Sacramento State will play two midweek games in the coming week, playing at San Francisco at 2 p.m. Tuesday before hosting Fresno State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday night at Raley Field. 

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Aggies Drop Game 6-3 and Series to UC Irvine

(UC Davis Media Relations)

IRVINE, Calif. --  A three-run fourth inning erased a two-run deficit for host UC Irvine, and the No. 19 Anteaters stranded 11 UC Davis baserunners on the day, rallying to win the series with a 6-3 victory over the Aggies in the finale on Sunday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.

Despite collecting 10 hits -- four of those going for extra bases -- UC Davis fell to 21-16-1 overall and 5-7 in Big West Conference action. UC Irvine improved to 23-13 and 10-2 with the win.

Senior Nick Lynch finished with a game-high three hits, while Tino Lipson was 2-for-5 with a double, notching his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. Senior catchr Izaak Silva, who also finished with a pair of hits, extended his hitting streak to a team-high eight games.

Starter Max Cordy (McClatchy) gave up three earned runs in less than four innings of work, taking his second loss of the season. He is now 7-2 on the year.

The Aggies won the first game of the series on Friday 8-3, then dropped a 12-inning game 4-3 yesterday.

UC Davis takes a break from Big West play next week, hosting San Jose State in a non-conference mid-week contest on Tuesday (April 21) at 2:30 p.m., before taking on former league rival Pacific in a three-game series beginning on Friday (April 24) at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.







High School



For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the homegrown locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Parra, Andrew Susac, 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 Cincinnati Reds)
Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies)
Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets)
Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays)
John 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
RAC (at) baseballsacramento (dot) com.

Also be sure to check out the All-Time Top 50 Players from Sacramento in the History section.


Rick Cabral

* 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.

Updated 4/21/15
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