HORNETS BLANK UTAH VALLEY 10-0 IN SEVEN
(Sac State Media Relations)
Freshman Sam Long threw his second 7-inning shutout of
the season and the Hornets struck for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 10-0
win over Utah Valley in seven innings, with the game called after the top of the 7th
inning due to the WAC mercy rule.
Hornets' starter Sam Long threw a 7-inning shutout against
Utah Valley today.
The victory was the fourth time this season that
Sacramento State (24-14, 12-2 WAC) won a conference game via the mercy rule. It was the second
straight shutout for the Hornets against Utah Valley (14-22, 7-7 WAC), which is the first time in
the 12-year NCAA Div. I history of the program that it was shut out in consecutive
Long (Del Campo) also threw a seven-inning shutout in an
11-0 Hornet mercy rule win at New Mexico State on March 29. On Friday he allowed just four hits,
all singles, with five strikeouts and no walks, facing just three batters over the minimum. Long
improved to 5-0 while the team is now 9-0 in games he has started this season.
Sacramento State scored a pair of early runs, with
sophomore Dane Fujinaka bringing in junior Scotty Burcham on a sacrifice bunt in the second inning
and junior Rhys Hoskins (Jesuit) driving in sophomore Nathan Lukes (Center High) with a sacrifice
fly in the third inning.
Senior Clay Cederquist then brought home Burcham with a
sacrifice fly in the sixth to make the score 3-0 with two outs in the inning. The next seven Hornet
hitters would reach base with four straight singles before a walk, a 2-run double from senior David
Del Grande, and a two-run home run off the bat of senior Will Soto to bring the advantage to 10-0.
Long allowed a leadoff single but nothing more in the top of the seventh to end the
The Hornet pitchers have allowed just nine singles (no
extra-base hits) with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 16 scoreless innings over the first two games
of the weekend series. Sacramento State had a season-high six stolen bases in the game, including
five steals in the 8-run sixth inning.
Eight of the nine Hornet starters had a hit, eight scored
runs, and seven had RBIs. Del Grande and Burcham each had two hits while junior Kyle Moses had
three hits with a run, an RBI and his seventh stolen base (tied for the team lead with Lukes).
Lukes had a single in the sixth inning to extend his WAC-best hitting streak to 18 straight games
(scored twice and stole his seventh base) while Soto has now hit in 15 straight.
Nathan Lukes shows off a picture-perfect swing
as he extended his hitting streak today to a WAC-best 18 games.
Designated hitter Mark Krueger was the only Wolverine to
have multiple hits in the game. Utah Valley starter Ryan Evans was strong through his first five
innings of work but ended up being tagged with six earned runs over 5.2 innings while two UVU
relievers combined to allow four runs while getting just one out.
Sacramento State goes for its fourth WAC series sweep of
the season on Saturday with first pitch at 2 p.m. at John Smith Field.
Boras Classic NorCal
Championship April 17 2014
In defeating St.
Francis 2-1 for the Northern California championship tonight at McAuliffe Field, Elk Grove may
have given head coach Jeff Carlson something he’s never seen in his 15 years coaching the
Losing 1-0 in the
fifth inning, and Lancers pitcher Blake Billinger still firing bullets, Elk Grove’s Max Hull
took one for the team and headed to first base. The Herd’s junior Nick Madrigal hit a perfect
double play ball to third baseman Tyler Deason, who fired a strike to second base to get Hull.
But second baseman Andrew Martinez couldn’t get the ball out in time and Madrigal was safe at
Elk Grove’s next
batter junior Carlos Moseley hit a double down the left field line and the Herd had runners on
third and second with one out. Up stepped sophomore Dylan Carlson, who had earlier smoked a
triple. Bellinger flung a curve in the dirt that went to the screen and Madrigal scampered home
with the tying run. Carlson then drew a full-count walk.
St. Francis head coach
Mike Oakland brought in relief pitcher Patrick McMullen to quell the damage. Billinger, in his
first outing in 2014, looked like an ace on the hill until he tired in the fifth.
But the reliever
McMullen gave up a pair of walks to juniors Brooks Day and Ty Madrigal, which forced home
Moseley with the eventual winning run in one of the wackiest ways an Elk Grove team has ever won
such an important game, according to Carlson.
The Herd head coach
was especially pleased with the effort of his pitchers: Starter Dustin Jack, a junior in his
first varsity start, went four innings, allowed one run on six hits. “He came out against a
nationally-ranked opponent and did what he had to do.” Senior Cody Barnes relieved in the fifth
inning and threw three hitless innings for the win.
With two outs in the
fifth inning, Barnes took a smash off the shin, hobbled to the ball and threw out the
runner at first for the third out.
“Cody took one off the
leg, showed some toughness, sealed the deal, and was awesome,” Carlson said in praising his
Elk Grove won this
game on pitching and defense, as the offense banged out only four hits. Rare for the Thundering
The turning point came
in the sixth inning when St. Francis’ leadoff hitter Deason reached on a walk. Junior Conor
Thane was ordered to bunt, but the Elk Grove corners came crashing hard. Herd first baseman
Carlson fielded the bunt on a bounce and fired a strike to second base to nip the lead runner.
It was a close play, and had the ball been a fraction later, the Lancers would have had runners
at second and first with none out.
Instead Barnes induced
two lazy fly outs and the Herd silenced the comeback rally.
Earlier in the season, St. Francis beat Elk Grove 2-1 in
Mountain View, so tonight's win was sweet revenge for the Elk Grove Herd. "It feels good to beat
a quality opponent, they're a nationally ranked club,, they're outstanding," Carlson said. "For
our guys to be able to compete at that level in this atmosphere, I'm just real proud of of
the tournament, St. Francis was ranked
15th in the MaxPreps Top 25 national poll. To get to the NorCal championship game,
the Lancers (16-3) defeated Yuba City 2-0, Pleasant Grove 3-2 and Clovis West 3-0 last night on
a two-hit shutout, 14-strikeout game by lefthander John Gavin.
By contrast, Elk Grove
(12-4) was lucky to make it through the first round, as Rio Americano pasted seven runs early,
but the Herd finally won 8-7. Later that day, Elk Grove topped Granite Bay 9-4. Last night,
behind the sterling pitching of southpaw Chris Martin, they beat Buchanan of Clovis— MaxPreps’
number-sixth ranked team in the nation—by 3-1.
Martin was selected
Player of the Tournament.
Elk Grove will meet
the Southern California bracket winner Temecula Valley at noon May 3 at Klein Family Field
on the University of the Pacific campus for the state championship of the Second Annual Boras
Last year, Elk Grove reached the inaugural NorCal
championship game but was pounded 11-1 by Pleasant Grove, which went on to lose the championship
game to Mater Dei 8-0 at UOP.
Other Boras Classic games:
Pleasant Grove defeated Buchanan 10-2 to earn third place in
the NorCal Bracket, while Oak Ridge beat Clovis West 7-5 for fifth place.
5, Sacramento City 3
defeated the Panthers for the second straight time this week at Union Stadium
In a key play in
the third inning (see above) Panthers' outfielder Kashka Dudley stormed home on a fielder's
choice by Tim Hall. Hawks shortstop Hunter Carolan fired a perfect strike to catcher Logan
Marston. Dudley tried to bowl over Marston, and was thrown out of the game for the aggressive
starting pitcher David Smith (Elk Grove High) went five innings, allowed seven hits, three walks
and the three runs, but all were unearned. He earned his second win of the
CRC's Robert Smith delivers a pitch to the
Watch out in the Big-8, after division leader Sacramento City
dropped a 5-4 decision to Cosumnes River on Tuesday there is now a four-way tie for first place
with Delta, City, Sierra and Santa Rosa all have 10-6 conference records. And Cosumnes
is just one game behind.
Sac City hosts Cosumnes today at the
Delta Sophomore Wyatt Castro continues to lead all Big-8
hitters by a wide margin. The lefty is hitting .417 while Cody Morris of Cosumnes is second at
.378. Dalton Blaser (Roseville High) is fourth with a .376
Blaser is leading the league in runs batted in with 28, with
Castro second with 27, and Jerrod Bravo (Ponderosa) third with 25
Kyle Von Ruden (Franklin High) of Cosumnes is third in the
Big-8 with seven wins, and fourth in earned run average with 1.23. Wyatt D'Allesio of Sierra
leads the conference with a scant 0.41
Elk Grove 3, Buchanan 1
Elk Grove Thundering Herd advanced to the Northern California championship bracket with a 3-1
win over Buchanan of Clovis tonight in the Boras Classic at McAuliffe Field.
Buchanan, national prep champions from 2011,
came into tonight’s game Number Six in the nation in the MaxPreps Top 25 High School Rankings.
Elk Grove is not ranked nationally.
again, Elk Grove’s leadoff hitter junior Nick Madrigal started things off with a hot smash off
the glove of Buchanan’s third baseman for a base hit. One out later, Elk Grove’s super sophomore
Dylan Carlson smoked a ball to first base, which was misplayed, allowing Madrigal to come around
third and score the Herd’s first run.
two outs and Carlson on first, junior Ty Madrigal’s grounder was fielded by the Buchanan short
stop, who threw wildly past first base, and Carlson scored Elk Grove’s second run of the
Robards then doubled to deep centerfield, scoring Madrigal for the Herd’s third
Buchanan made its fourth error on junior
Carlos Moseley’s third inning grounder. But on the next play they pulled off a pro-style
web gem when senior first baseman Aaron Aruda cleanly fielded another hot smash off the bat of
Carlson, threw a strike to shortstop Korby Batesole, who stepped on second base and returned the
throw in time to nip the runner for a 1-6-1 double play.
Grove pitcher Chris Martin hurled a gem tonight. The junior southpaw stifled Buchanan for most
of the night, allowing just four hits and one unearned run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice
Bears, however, made things interesting in the last of the seventh inning. Martin quickly got
two groundouts and was ready to close the game when Buchanan loaded the bases. The Elk Grove
defense took charge to end the game and advance to the NorCal championship game.
Missing from the Elk Grove lineup tonight was
star center fielder senior Derek Hill, who is out with a hamstring injury. Junior James
Day filled in nicely, making several tough catches out in centerfield under the lights at
Grove (11-4) plays tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against St. Francis in the Northern California
championship. St. Francis is ranked 15th in the
MaxPreps Top 25 national poll.
winner of that game will play the Southern California champion Temecula Valley for the state
championship at University of the Pacific on May 3 in a televised game.
St. Francis 3, Clovis West
the other semi-final matchup, St. Francis pitcher John Gavin spun a two-hit shutout and struck
out 14 batters as the Lancers silenced the Golden Eagles on Diamond Two at McAuliffe Field.
Gavin is a left-handed senior.
Billinger and Daniel Yu each had run producing doubles to lead the St. Francis
by editor Rick
Fresno's Lively Lives Up
to His Name
Fresno Grizzlies pitcher Mitch Lively is happy
to be back in town again. He was the closer on Sacramento State’s baseball team when he
graduated in 2007.
Mitch Lively, closer, Sacramento State
Photo courtesy of Sacramento State Media Relations
also played on the Hornets football team, skying majestic punts at Alex Spanos Stadium (he made
All Big-Sky Honorable Mention).
eight saves, four against WAC competiton, ties for fourth in the Hornet single season record
book. Lively also made 61 appearances in his three seasons with Sacramento State, a mark that
ties for sixth in program history.
Fresno Grizzlies 2014
was taken by Colorado in the 16th Round of the 2007 Amateur Draft.
2014, Lively is in his third year at Fresno, and second season as a starting pitcher (1-0 /
says the key for him is “throwing my fastball for strikes.” In his last outing, he couldn’t do
it to save his life, and resorted to throwing almost entirely sliders. “Makes for a long
if he’s concerned about going from a prospect to a “suspect,” he shows confidence. “I feel I’m
ready (for the majors) and have the stuff. It’s just a matter of getting that
Lively, in fact, feels he’s playing with the
2007,his first pro season, he developed arm problems, and the Rockies released him. “I thought I
months later, he got a call to join the San Angelo Texans, an independent league team. Lively
hadn’t picked up a baseball the entire time. He drove down and joined the Texans. Two weeks
later, the Giants called. “And I’ve been with them ever since.”
been truly blessed and have stayed healthy so far, knock wood,” he says with a smile that can
easily turn to country hardball meanness when he’s on the mound.
also pitched in Venezuela two years in the off season. “I experienced a great country and great
baseball down there,” he says, “and furthered my knowledge of the game.”
took a football with him and for fun showed off his punting skills. “I would kick to those guys
and it was pretty funny to watch them try to field it.”
which moment is more special: a strikeout to end the game or a 45-yard-punt with 4.5 seconds
hang time, Lively says, “Gotta go with the strikeout. Anytime you can strike out a guy to end a
game, nothin’ beats it.”
Pro News...At Raley Field tonight, the River Cats welcomed
Fresno to town for what is the earliest series ever played by the Grizzlies in Sacramento.
Normally, they come through in July and August, so notes River Cats radio announcer Johnny
Johnny in the booth on a permanent basis this year is legendary Leon Lee. Lee, notes Sacramento baseball
historian Mark McDermott, "is so eloquent and so knowledgeable about baseball, that he's a great
addition to the broadcast."
highlight this evening was the return of Andrew Susac (Jesuit) to Raley Field. Andrew played at
the ballpark in high school, but this was his first game as a professional.
got a great ovation from the hometown crowd before his first at-bat. On cue, he spanked a double
off the Cache Creek billboard in left centerfield to score teammate Joe Panik for the Grizzlies
second run of the inning.
River Cats, however, responded by rebounding from a 3-0 deficit to plate four runs in the third
inning, and Sacramento went on to win 7-4.
went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch.
have more on Susac and his climb to the major leagues later in the week.
Day Two at the Boras Classic
Davis 5, Stockdale 4
Matt Trask and sophomore Ryan Kreidler each went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead Davis
to a 5-4 win over the Stockdale Mustangs in the early contest today.
advanced to the winner’s bracket to face Clovis West.
Davis Loses to Clovis West
Blue Devils could not hold a 3-2 lead as Clovis West of Fresno scored three times in the bottom
of the sixth inning to win 5-3.
Kreidler came on in relief of Pierre Tujo in the climactic sixth inning. With the score knotted
at 3 runs, a Davis infield error allowed the Golden Eagles to score twice and ice the
Trask knocked in three Davis runs with a double and a single to lead the Blue Devils
Matt Trask doubled on this pitch, driving in
in the 5-3 loss to Clovis West.
West advances to the quarter final game against St. Francis of Mountain View. Davis now moves to
Second Annual Boras Classic
Sixteen teams from
Northern California are featured in the Second Annual Boras Baseball Classic at McAuliffe Field.
The Boras Classic is the brainchild of power agent Scott Boras of Elk Grove, who has represented
some of the elite stars in Major League Baseball. Elk Grove High, Boras' alma mater, is the host
school for the Northern California tournament.
JSerra Catholic is the host for the Southern California
tournament which was held two weeks ago and won by Temecula Valley. They will face the
Northern California winner on May 3 at noon at Klein Family Field on the campus of the
University of the Pacific.
1: Elk Grove 8, Rio Americano
In Game 1, host Elk
Grove (9-4) charged back from a 7-0 deficit to tie the game with seven runs in the fifth inning,
then plated the winning run in the sixth to defeat Rio Americano 8-7.
The Herd’s leading
hitter Derek Hill smashed a three-run triple (his third of the season) to ignite the seven-run
frenzy. Hill, a senior and one of the area’s stars in 2014, admitted “it felt great to
contribute to the team,” after earlier at bats where he was “kind of worrying about myself,
instead of doing it for the team.”
In the sixth inning,
junior Nick Madrigal started the rally with a walk, followed by infield singles by junior Carlos
Mosely and Hill. Sophomore cleanup hitter Dylan Carlson’s sacrifice fly scored Madrigal with the
eventual winning run.
The Raiders had a
chance to tie in the sixth when Elk Grove reliever Austin Del Chiaro hit two batters, but didn’t
allow a runner past second base. He retired the side in the seventh for the win.
Asked if his triple
was among his high school career highlights Hill, who has verballed to Oregon, said “It’s up
there. Obviously, we needed to battle back.”
Josh Savea’s two-run
double was the Raiders key hit in their seven-run rally.
Elk Grove head coach
Jeff Carlson admitted “We didn’t do a very good job coming out raising our game; that’s my
fault. We weren’t prepared enough and it showed early. But I was proud of how they responded
with the seven (runs in the fifth inning). We could have folded up ship and been in the loser’s
bracket. We got some key hits, rallied, and came back. And that’s a sign of an outstanding team
when you’re able to do that.”
2: Granite Bay 7, Christian
Granite Bay pitcher
Matt Steindorf threw a one hitter as his team defeated Christian Brothers 5-0 in Game Two of the
Grant Powers and Zach
Hall each went 2-for-3 and Michael Birch had a tw0-run single for the Grizzlies
Granite Bay improved
Game 13 –
Winner’s Bracket Elk Grove 9, Granite Bay 4
In the first winner’s
bracket game of the tournament, host Elk Grove worked Granite Bay’s star pitcher Mitch Hart for
five runs in the third inning and held on for a 9-4 victory to advance in the winner’s
The Grizzlies took a
2-0 lead in the first inning off starting pitcher Ty Madrigal when Hart lined a two-run single
to center field, scoring leadoff hitter Devin Lehman (walk) and Zach Hall (outfield
In the third inning,
with Hart topping out with a 92-miles-per-hour fastball, the Herd patiently attacked the star
pitcher who is committed to USC. With one on and one out, Herd leadoff hitter Nick Madrigal
singled to left field (he doubled off Hart in the first inning). Junior Carlos Mosely singled to
load the bases. Up came Derek Hill, who had fanned in the first inning. Hart uncorked a wild
pitch, but Grizzlies' catcher Nick Stoneman threw out Austin Del Chiaro (below) trying to score
with the pitcher covering.
Hart then walked Hill
on a full count to load the bases again.
Elk Grove’s sophomore
first baseman Dylan Carlson smoked a single to right field scoring two runs to tie the game.
Junior Brooks Day put the Herd in front with a single.
By this point, Hart
was tiring and his control erratic. Sophomore Ryan Robards (who went 3-for-4) drove in two
more runs with a single and Elk Grove stormed in front 5-2.
Elk Grove's Dylan Carlson singles in two
runs to tie the game 2-2. The Herd managed six earned runs off Grizzlies' pitcher
The top of the Herd
lineup all had multiple hits, starting with Nick Madrigal, who went 3-for-4. Twin brother Ty,
after struggling in the first inning, went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up four runs (three
earned), four hits, three walks, while striking out four batters for the win.
Elk Grove (10-4)
advances to the winner’s bracket quarter final on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Granite Bay runner Zach Hall slides safe at
home under the tag of catcher Erek Bolton to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead in the
first inning. Elk Grove went on to win the game 9-4.
9: Rio Americano 5, CBS
In the first loser’s
bracket game, Rio Americano outlasted Christian Brothers 5-4. Brothers is the first team
eliminated from the tournament.
Pleasant Grove 1-0 Over De La Salle
Brett Elgin spun a two-hit shutout over Bay Area power De LaSalle High today in Game Seven at
the Boras Classic North.
senior Kyle Freitas drove in the game’s only run with a single in the fourth
St. Francis 3, Pleasant Grove 2
Francis of Mountain View pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh and held on for a
3-2 win over Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove.
Eagles' Dalton Gomez threw five shutout innings, but the Lancers scored three times in the
seventh and held on as Pleasant Grove rallied but came up one run short this evening at
Francis, which beat Yuba City in an afternoon contest, advances to the
Eagles are now 9-4 and move to the loser's bracket
(courtesy of GameChanger
In other tournament
Franklin Wins Pair in
Franklin High won two games in the Fresno
Easter Classic in Fresno.
In the afternoon contest, they whomped Madera
High 10-0 in five innings Mercy Ruling.
Isaiah Engman limited Madera to three hits,
while the Franklin offense, led by Damian Chavez (3-for-3, triple and 5 RBI) scored 10 runs on
eight hits. Engman also rapped a pair of hits for the winners.
In the evening game, the Wildcats defeated
San Joaquin Memorial 4-1. Franklin pitcher Cameron Keup limited San Joaquin to one unearned run on
Wildcats' junior shortstop Hank LoForte went
2-for-3 with a double and one of the team's two RBI.
HORNETS EDGED BY GRAND CANYON 8-6 IN SERIES
(Sac State Media Relations)
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Sacramento State had leads of 3-0 and
5-3 but Grand Canyon rallied for three runs in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh and
withstood a ninth-inning rally to record an 8-6 win in the rubber game of a three-game set in
Grand Canyon (18-5, 8-4 WAC) also rallied for a 3-2 win
on Friday to take two of three games in the weekend series. Sacramento State (21-14, 10-2 WAC)
dropped its first conference series of the season after sweeping its first-three WAC
Redshirt freshman Justin Dillon (El Dorado High) worked a
career-high five innings and departed with the lead after allowing three runs on five hits, but
Grand Canyon rallied against the Hornet bullpen. In the ninth inning senior Clay Cederquist drove
in a run and the Hornets had the potential tying run on base before the Antelopes were able to turn
a game-ending double play.