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El Camino Coach Now Pitching for Greece
in World Cup
At the Basebhall World Cup competition in
Panama last week, El Camino pitching coach Thedor
Bourdaniotis pitched against the USA in a 3-0 loss. You can bet he'll have the interest
of his pitching corps when he returns from international competition.
Thanks to Rio Americano head coach
James Wheeler for the tip. Wheeler played for Sacramento State before turning
to coaching the high school ranks. He is the older brother of Tim Wheeler, who played for
Double-A Tulsa (Colorado Rockies) last year and is currently performing in the Arizona Fall
Both Wheeler brothers prepped at El
Rowdy Tellez Picked to
Perform in Power Showcase
by editor, Rick
be represented in the Sixth Annual Power Showcase International High School Home Run Derby to be
held at Chase Field in December with the addition of Elk Grove High junior Ryan "Rowdy"
impressed scouts this summer at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, is believed to be the first
player from Sacramento invited to the prestigious long-ball competition.
According to the
sponsor's news release the Power Showcase provides "a platform for
the top high school power hitting prospects to demonstrate their baseball skills in a Major
League Stadium. Tellez will compete with the most prolific Power Hitting prospects in the
In last year's competition a Florida high schooler hit the longest one--508
feet--in the five-year history of the event.
Rowdy Tellez drives a ball foul at the Area Code Games tryout at
Banner Island Ballpark this past summer. The 6'4" 215-pound junior had several
impressive drives during batting practice,
including an estimated 420' homer over the Back Porch in right center field.
Photo © Rick
This past summer, at the Northern California Area Code Games tryout at Banner
Island Ballpark, Tellez hit one ball over the Back Porch area in right center field estimated by
this reporter to have traveled 420-feet on the fly.
Click on the link to see more information on the Power Showcase event.
Logan James Commits to Stanford
by editor, Rick Cabral
The old adage "Good things to come to those that
wait" may apply to Jesuit's Logan James.
In the high school playoffs this past spring,
James had just completed a masterful performance by shutting down a stubborn Oak Ridge club.
After the game, he told this reporter that he had received a handful of Division I offers,
but was undecided on which to school attend. James indicated he was holding out hope of
receiving an offer from a Pac-12 school.
He got his wish.
The senior left-hander has verbally committed to
play baseball for Stanford in the 2013 season.
Stanford Associate Head Coach Dean
Stotz confirmed that James, who is a fine position player for the Marauders, will
serve on The Farm as a pitcher.
When the 2011 season began, Jesuit head coach
Joe Potulny had to hold James out of the rotation due to an elbow injury
sustained during winter workouts. By playoff time, the 6'0" portsider was in fine form,
compiling a 4-0 record with a 2.69 ERA and 50 strikeouts and 21 walks in almost 29 innings
Jesuit's Logan James fires a fastball in the first inning of
Game One in the
D-1 Section Championship against St. Mary's of Stockton.
In the playoffs, James won two games, including
a six-inning shutout against Oak Ridge. His first loss came against St. Mary's in the
Sac-Joaquin Section championships at Sacramento City College. James felt tightness in his
back that day and exited earlier than hoped.
Over the summer, James pitched in the
North-South All-Star game and represented the Sacramento area in the Area Codes games in Long
In addition to James coming back for the 2012
season, Potulny has another front-line starter in Nick Viola, and second
baseman Louis Mejia, All-Universe shortstop Zach Green, and
catcher Jordan Hamlin. The Marauders will be stocked.
Madrigal (left) and Dom Nunez (right) join with Coach Jeff
Carlson in celebrating their gold medal victories last week as the USA won
international baseball tournaments in the 14U and 16U
This was the first time in
Sacramento baseball history that two players from the same high school competed in
international competition in the same
Madrigal, a freshman, was the
first to medal last Tuesday as the 14U team defeated Venezuela 12-2 in the 2011 COPABE Pan Am
14U Championships gold medal game in Venezuela. Madrigal hit a three-run homer in the game
and batted .385 with one double, two home runs and eight RBI for the tournament. As the
leadoff hitter he also swiped eight bases and was never caught
Despite the international
competition the diminutive shortstop never felt intimidated. Madrigal, however, admitted the
pitching was tough. "There were lots of big guys
out there who threw real hard and had good offspeed
By contrast Nunez, a junior,
had a tougher tournament personally, batting .200 and making five errors at shortstop in the
first two games. In game one, Australia as a team made seven errors in the 21-11 win for the
Americans. As Dom tells it, the tournament officials barely got the field ready in time. They
laid the grass down two days before the first game and the dirt was dumped the day prior. "It
was like playing on sand," Nunez noted. After the first two games, the rains hardened the
infield and the usually reliable infielder didn't make another
Although Nunez has played in
some pressure moments with the Herd, none were bigger than in the game against Japan when he
batted in the bottom of the ninth inning with two runners on and the game tied
6-6. With a chance to win the game, he struck out, sending the contest into extra
"I should have been more disciplined. The adrenaline got to me. But it was a good experience; I'd
never trade it for anything," Nunez says with the same enthusiasm he displays on the
Japan went on to win the game in the 10th inning, the first loss by a USA 16U team after 45
consecutive victories. By nature of their overall record, the USA advanced to the championship game
where it shutout Cuba 9-0 to claim the gold medal for the sixth straight
Another memory Dom will always carry with him: host Mexico cheered him the loudest among all USA
players, recognizing the Nunez surname is of Mexican
The addition of Madrigal and Nunez to the USA brings the number of players from Elk Grove High to
six who have competed on USA teams, more than any other school in the Sacramento area. And all were
mentored by Herd head coach, Jeff
Following is a chart showing the Elk Grove players who have played in USA international
To read about the other players who represented the USA College, 18U, 16U and 14U teams over the
past three decades, go
by Editor, Rick
USA 16U Defeats Cuba 9-0 -- Wins
The USA 16U team won the gold
medal game against Cuba 9-0 this evening, claiming another crown in this international
competition. Dom Nunez (Elk
Grove High) went 1 for 3 with an RBI. He played all eight games for the USA at shortstop,
batting .200 for the tournament.
Nunez joins Elk Grove teammate
Nick Madrigal, who also tasted the sweet nectar as his 14U USA team won gold
last week in Venezuela.
For more information, please
visit the USA Baseball web site.
The Sweet Sixteen squad has now won six championships in a row, including last
year's team which featured Jesuit High senior, Zach Green.
For a look at all the players
from the Sacramento area who have represented their country in international competition,
please visit this
The USA 16U team defeated Venezuela yesterday in extra innings, 18-17. If the squad defeats
Japan this evening it will advance Sunday to the Gold Medal game at the IBAF World 'AA'/16U
Youth Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Elk Grove's Dom
Nunez, the team's shortstop, has gone on a cold streak, with his average slumping to
.222. However, he continues to get on base (.423 average) and score runs for the home
The powerful USA team has scored
101 runs to its opponents 42 while winning five of its six games in abbreviated contests. On
Thursday, the 16U squad defeated Netherlands 13-4 in 5 innings. Yesterday's one-run victory was
the team's first close game in international competition as well as its first extra-inning
08/23/11 16U Goes
Undefeated in Pool Play.
Defeats Mexico and
Brazil in two days
The USA 16U team yesterday
defeated Brazil 16-1 in an abbreviated game, going 4-0 in pool play. They enter the second round
of the international tournament.
Local boy Dom
Nunez (Elk Grove High) is handling the shortstop duties, while getting on base for the
big bats. Nunez is hitting .333 with one double, one triple and five
and the Elk Grove clan are hoping Nunez and teammates can bring home the gold, just
like Thundering Herd freshman,
Nick Madrigal, who led the 14U to a gold medal earlier this
Exciting times for local
by Editor, Rick Cabral
08/21/11 14U Team Wins
The USA 14U team defeated Venezuela 12-2 in the 2011 COPABE Pan Am 14U Championships gold medal
game in Venezuela.
Nick Madrigal (Elk Grove High) hit a three-run homer in the second inning when the
USA took the lead 5-0. He went 1 for 3 on the day. The USA had beaten the host team 8-6 earlier in
For the tournament, Madrigal, an incoming freshman, who has yet to step into a high school
classroom due to the international tournament, batted .385 with one double, two home runs and eight
RBI. Not bad for a leadoff hitter who lead the team with eight steals (a perfect 8 for 8). The
young shortstop's only blemish: he made two errors in the eight
This marked the fourth gold medal game won by the USA 14U since 2007 when it sent its first team to
the international tournament.
To read about past participants who represented the USA from the greater Sacramento area,
The 16U team defeated Chinese Taipei 19-6 today in pool play at the IBAF World 'AA'/16U Youth
Championships in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. Game details were unavailable at the time we posted the
The team plays Mexico tomorrow and Brazil on Tuesday.
Late Saturday Update:
SAN FELIPE, VENEZUELA -- The 14U National Team won its semi-final match against Panama, 9-4, to
advance to the 2011 COPABE Pan Am 14U Championships gold medal game which will be held Sunday at
1:30 pm ET at Yaracuy Stadium, in San Felipe, Venezuela
The 14U team is riding a six-game winning streak and plays today in the Semi-Final
game against Panama, which they beat in the first game of the COPABE Pan Am 'A'/14U Championships,
12-7. If USA prevails, it will play in the championship game tomorrow
Home-grown product Nick Madrigal of Elk Grove High is having a terrific
tournament. The leadoff hitter has eight hits in 19 at bats, including one double, one home run and
leads the team in stolen bases with a perfect 8 for 8. This squad is stealing the pants off the
other fellas and setting team records in the process.
Since our last report, the 14U team has defeated host Venezuela 8-6, Argentina 16-0, the Dominican
Republic 15-0 and Brazil 13-3.
The 16U National Team began pool play in the
IBAF World 'AA'/16U Youth Championships on Friday by defeating Australia , 21-11 (8 inn.).
Dom Nunez, Elk Grove's do-everything junior, went 1 for 4 with a sacrifice
In the first two games of international competition, Nick Madrigal, starting
shortstop on the USA 14U team, has gone 3 for 7 with four RBI and three stolen bases, as the US has
defeated Panama and Mexico.
Madrigal, an incoming freshman at Elk Grove, has yet to step into a classroom and will miss the
first week due to his commitment to the USA team (Think the teachers will accept a note from the
More Elk Grove News...Ryan "Rowdy" Tellez Commits to USC
by Editor, Rick Cabral 08/16/11
the Elk Grove Thundering Herd's latest All-World slugger, has verbally committed to the University
of Southern California, BaseballSacramento has learned.
"USC has always been my favorite school. UCLA
was a close second." He cited the school's educational reputation along with the history and
tradition of the baseball program as reasons for verbally committing to the Trojans. "I think by
the time I get there (fall 2013), we'll get that program turned around, and make a national
Last time the Trojans made the Regionals was in
2005, and the College World Series not since 2001. USC last won a CWS title in
The slugger is up on his USC trivia, knowing the
school has won 12 national championships, the most by any college. Plus, he threw out the
names of such famous alums as Barry Zito, Tom Seaver, Gabe Alvarez and Geoff Jenkins,
(Cordova High/USC) who phoned Tellez to congratulate him on his choice. Ryan said he
remembers Jenkins from his MLB days with the Brewers and the Phillies.
"The campus was beautiful," he said of the
University of Southern California facilities. "The field was awesome. It's a park that favors
lefties. I loved it." The academic counselors he met stressed the importance of capitalizing
on the assistance available to students, and said they would chart a successful academic path
for the high school junior.
Tellez visited the USC campus two days after
performing in the week-long Area Codes Games in Long Beach. He called the national showcase
"a learning experience" after going 2 for 9 with four RBI. He was one of five players from
the Sacramento area who was selected to the Northern California squad, sponsored by the
Oakland A's (for more on the Area Codes Games read the reports below).
In his sophomore season, Tellez tallied the most RBI
(50) in the Sac-Joaquin section and tied for the section lead in home runs at nine with
teammate, J.D. Davis, who is now
attending Cal State Fullerton. Tellez also led the Herd in batting average
(.505).For his productive 2011 season, Cal-Hi Sports/ESPN selected Tellez
its State Sophomore of the
His Elk Grove teammate, fellow junior Dom Nunez, has verbally
commited to play for cross-town rival, UCLA. Nunez is currently playing for the USA 16U team.
They begin tournament play against Australia Friday, August 19 at the IBAF World 'AA'/16U Youth Championships in
Bursting Buttons: Nunez Tabbed to USA 16U
by Editor Rick Cabral
Dom Nunez, the energetic sparkplug of the Elk Grove
Thundering Herd, has been selected to play for the USA 16U team, it was announced
Nunez, a junior, was one of seven California
players selected to play on the 20-member USA team.
The club will travel to Lagos de Moreno, Mexico to compete in the 2011 IBAF World AA/16U Youth
Championships, August 19-28.
The 16U team will train and compete in two
exhibition games from August 14-16, before it leaves for Mexico on August 18. It will play its
first game the following day against Australia at 5 p.m. PDT. Pool play will run from August
Nunez is the second player from Elk Grove High
this summer to get the exciting red-white-and-blue news. Incoming freshman Nick Madrigal
learned last week that he had been named to the 14U team (see
below). Madrigal, a shortstop, and Nunez a utility infielder, played together on the Elk
Grove High summer team.
"It's a big honor for both of them, to travel and
represent your country in international competition," said Jeff
Carlson, the Elk Grove High head coach. "A great
honor for our program and for those two players. They're obviously talented, but they bring a
lot more to the game than just their talent. Their hustle, enthusiasm and love of the game,
that's the kind of players they (USA baseball administrators) look for when they select those
USA teams. I'm very excited for (Dom and Nick)."
Since Carlson took over the Thundering Herd
program 13 years ago, six of his players have made one of the four USA amateur teams.
(1998), a catcher, was the first Elk Grove player to represent the
USA when he made the 1999 USA Collegiate team out of Cal Berkeley. He was followed by:
Childs, catcher, 2005 16U team (silver);
Charles, infielder, 2007 16U (gold); Jake
Rodriguez, infielder, 2007 16U (gold), and now Nunez
Carlson wouldn't ascribe those players' success
to his program. "I wouldn't say it's the program. Obviously, that (selection to the USA amateur
team) is an individual-type tryout. So when you go there you have to show the qualities they're
Dom Nunez legs out a triple off Oak Ridge pitcher Jake Wehr
in Elk Grove's 8-4 victory over Oak Ridge High.
In 2011, Nunez had more plate appearances than
any of the Herd's hitters, batting .449 with 13 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 25 runs
batted in. He consistently set the table for Elk Grove's two sluggers, J.D. Davis
(CSU Fullerton) and fellow junior Ryan "Rowdy" Tellez, who led
the section in RBI (50).
Nunez was a 2nd Team selection to
BaseballSacramento's All-Capitol Team. Cal-Hi Sports picked him to its All-State Underclassmen
Tellez also made the Herd proud this summer by
representing Northern California at the recent Area Codes Games in Long
Madrigal Makes USA 14U
Shortstop goes 3 for 5 in first exhibition
by Editor Rick Cabral
Elk Grove High's shortstop Nick Madrigal has made the 18-member USA 14U team. The
incoming freshman is the latest player from the Sacramento area to make one of the three
elite USA baseball teams.
In his first game, Madrigal went 3 for 5 with a
double and three RBI leading the USA 14U team to a 14-3 win against the 15U Canes, a team
from Charlotte, N.C. He also stoles two bases in the exhibition contest, which was the first
of two tuneups before the USA departs for San Felipe, Venezuela, where it will play in
international competition at the COPABE Pan Am 'A'/14U
Vying to make this year's USA 16U team is
Madgrigal's Thundering Herd teammate, Dom
Nunez. Nunez is battling for a spot on the elite squad in a series of
intra-squad games this week at the USA National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The
5'9", 165 pound infielder is hitting only .200 after three games, but is tied for the RBI
lead with three for a .500 slugging
Nunez made the Bee's All-Metro squad in 2011,
and made the All-Capitol Second Team sponsored by
Zach Green of Jesuit was the
latest from the Capital City to represent this country in amateur competition, playing on the
USA 16U Championship team last
Green is one of 15 players from the greater
Sacramento area who have represented the USA over the past three decades in international
amateur competition. To read a bio of each player, go
Green and McLoughlin Shine at Monday's Area Code
Oakland Athletics vs. New York
by Harold Abend /
Special to ESPN RISE 08/08/11
The Oakland Athletics came out smoking, scoring
two runs in the first inning and four in the second, and then let the pitching do the rest,
in a 6-1 victory in the Day 4 nightcap.
Athletics' shortstop Zach Green (2012) from Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) had the
first inning’s big hit, a double that drove in the only two runs the boys representing Northern
California would need.
The second inning saw both Braden Bishop (2012) of St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) and
Cal-committed Max Dutto (2012) from San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) stroke RBI singles.
Bishop, a Washington commit and also highly-regarded as a football safety and wide receiver, was
1-for-1 and scored twice after reaching on an error and scoring on Green’s double in the first and
coming home in the second on an error.
Four Athletics pitchers combined for a nifty three-hitter. Sutter McLoughlin, a
2012 who is also a top-notch water polo player at Rio Americano (Sacramento, Calif.), went the
first two innings. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder gave up one hit and struck out one. Cal Becker (2012)
of Redwood (Larkspur, Calif.) went the next two innings and walked one, but he didn’t allow a hit
and struck out one batter. Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.) ace Ricky Delgado (2012) went one inning
and gave up the lone run, however it came by way of an error. Gabriel Cramer, an incoming senior at
Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa, Calif.) finished the last two innings and gave up one hit while fanning
three, including the final two batters of the game.
The lone Yankee run scored on an error.
Despite the lopsided loss, Yankees' pitcher Quinn Carpenter was named the New Balance Dustin
Pedroia “Muddy Chicken” Award winner. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound incoming senior from Goshen (Goshen,
N.Y.) came on in the second inning in a tough situation and threw 3.1 innings of one-hit ball with
With the win, the A’s record in Area Code went to 2-1 while the Yankees dropped to
Athletics' Area Code
Game, Featuring NorCal Players, on ESPN
by Editor Rick Cabral, 08/07/11
On Tuesday, August 9 all four 2011 Area Code
Baseball games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com.
The Oakland A's entry, featuring five players
from the greater Sacramento area, will play in the second game, which is slated to begin at
11:30 a.m. at Blair Field in Long Beach.
For the complete
schedule go here.
At Area Codes, Tellez Impresses in Batting Practice
From ESPN Rise Area Codes Games web
The same committee
that names the New Balance Player of the Game and the Wilson Defensive Player of the Day
put its collective heads together to come up with the top 10 stars from the Day 1 morning
batting practice session that opened this year’s action.
Ryan Tellez, Elk Grove (Elk Grove,
Calif.), 2013, Oakland Athletics
Angry bat; loose easy swing; power to all fields; natural
swing hitter; born to hit.
filed this report on the team, also highlighting the play of Ryan
Posted Aug. 6, 2011 1:30
am by Conor Glassey
Filed under: Draft Dope, First Person, High School,
LONG BEACH, Calif. —
Today's action mainly consisted of batting practice sessions for each team. Here are the
players that stood out in BP . . .
• The Athletics team
consists of players from Northern California and a few new names stood out. Outfielder
Giovanni Brusa from St. Mary's High in Stockton has a physical build at
6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. His swing has a lot of moving parts, which can affect his timing, but
he showed some strength from both sides of the plate and hit a home run from the left side. . .
Outfielder Brody Russell from Centennial High in Bakersfield is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound
right-handed hitter with a nice, simple swing that hit everything hard during his BP session. .
. One name to keep an eye on for next year is first baseman Ryan Tellez from
Elk Grove High. Tellez is anchored to first base because of his hulking, 6-foot-4, 220-pound
frame, but he showed impressive strength from the left side of the
Five Local High Schoolers Chosen to Rep Oakland A's at Area Codes
by Editor Rick Cabral,
and two position players from the greater Sacramento area have been selected to participate
in the 2011 Area Codes Games, the prestigious week-long showcase for the nation's elite
baseball prospects. The players include: pitchers Ben Eckles, Davis High;
Logan James, Jesuit; Sutter McLoughlin, Rio Americano;
Ryan "Rowdy" Tellez, Elk Grove High, Zach Green, shortstop,
Green is a
returning player from the 2010 NorCal Area Codes team. Tellez was the sole junior among the
30 players selected to the A's squad.
More than 100
high school players from Northern California—including 21 from the greater Sacramento
area—performed at the NorCal Area Code Games Tryouts held at Stockton's Banner Island
The Oakland A's served as
the host team for the event, which was held at the home ball park of the Stockton Ports, a
Single-A affiliate of the A's. In year's past, the Milwaukee Brewers selected the NorCal
Similar showcases have
been or will be held in other parts of the country. There are eight teams representing each
region of the USA: A's (Nor Cal), Brewers (Soutern California); Kansas City Royals (Northwest);
Cincinnati Reds (Southwest & Hawaii); Texas Rangers (Texas and Louisiana); New York Yankees
(Northeast); Washington Nationals (Southeast); and Chicago White Sox (Central
These teams are comprised of 200 of the most
talented prep players in the nation. Each team will play four games in the Area Codes
competition, which is scheduled from August 5-10 at Blair Field in
Long Beach, Calif.
Tellez "Surprised" to Make NorCal Area Codes
Elk Grove's man-child Ryan "Rowdy" Tellez admits he was surprised
to make the Area Codes squad. He was the only incoming junior selected to the
squad, yet offered "I didn’t think I was going to have a
His chances improved mightily when the A's scouts witnessed his incredible power,
as the 6'4" first baseman blasted one ball over the cantina in right center field
known as the "Back Porch." This reporter, who was sitting in the cantina area,
estimated the ball traveled 420 feet on the fly (in case you may be wondering, the
cantina was "closed").
To open his hitting round Tellez had pulled three grounders, and he felt A's scout
Jermaine Clark was pitching too quickly. Rowdy reminded himself to stay back and
let the ball get deep and was actually trying to go the opposite direction when he
connected on the blast to right centerfield. "That's what the college and pro
scouts are looking for me to do—put something out of the park. I think that's why I
made the team, because I showed that kind of power."
Almost more impressive that day was his last play during infield practice, when he
backhanded a grounder in front of the bag, and flipped the ball off-balance with a
perfect submarine throw to third base. Tellez said Elk Grove Coach Jeff
Carlson has made him practice that play before every game. "I've played a
total of 60 games at Elk Grove), so I've done it 60 times." It
Speaking of the Elk Grove program, Rowdy admits he feels lucky to have played with
All-Metro MVPs Jake Rodriguez (2010) and J.D. Davis (2011). "I've looked up to
those guys, Jake and J.D. I want to play and be like them. They've always been like
idols to me."
Tellez admits that good pitching like at the Area Codes games has helped improve
his batting stroke while playing for Elk Grove's summer team. "Right now, I'm in a
hot streak and hitting the ball well. Everything coming in looks like a cantaloupe
or a watermelon, depending on where it is in the zone. I feel like everything is
flowing good right now. The hard work is paying off. "
Without much goading, Tellez volunteered that next year will be the Herd's time to
reclaim the Section Division I Championship. Elk Grove hasn't won it since 2007.
Under Carlson the Herd claimed four D-1 titles in the decade
"This is the year (2012) that we'll do it," Tellez says. "We have a good enough
team. We have the pitching. We'll win the championship," he confidently
Elk Grove's big man just invited his team to climb aboard his broad shoulders and
continue the school tradition.
by Editor, Rick Cabral 07/14/11
Cal-Hi Sports Selects J.D. Davis First Team
Picks 14 Other Sacramento-Area Players to its
by Editor Rick Cabral,
Cal-Hi Sports today announced its all-state
baseball teams, and J.D. Davis (Elk Grove) made All-California First Team as
a multi-purpose player. He was the only senior from the Sacramento area selected to the
prestigious squad. Last year, Davis was picked as Cal-Hi Sports' State Junior of the Year. In
2010, he also made All-California First Team in the Underclassmen division as a multi-purpose
Picked to the 2011 All-California Second Team
were Chris Porter (Nevada Union), catcher, and Nick Blaser
(Roseville), infielder. Austin Diemer (Rocklin) and Tyler
Evanoff (Ponderosa) made the 2nd Team as
Selected to the All-California Third Team were
Max Cordy and Nick Mar, (both from McClatchy) as
multi-purpose players, while Chris Muse-Fisher (Oak Ridge) made 3rd Team as
In the Small School division, Brady
Dragmire (Bradshaw Christian) made All-California as a multi-purpose player, and
Junior Casas (Valley Christian) made the squad as an
Making the All-California Underclassmen First
Team were: Ben Eckels (Davis/junior), pitcher; Zach Green
(Jesuit/junior), infielder; and Ryan Tellez (Elk Grove/sophomore),
infielder. Last month, "Rowdy" Tellez was selected the State Sophomore of the Year by Cal-Hi
Sports, making this an Elk Grove tradition. Both Davis (2010), and former Herd teammate
Jake Rodriguez (2009) won the Junior
Don Nunez (Elk Grove/sophomore)
made the Underclassmen Second Team as an infielder, while Dalton Blaser
(Roseville/junior) was selected to the 2nd Team as a multi-purpose
All of the players above were selected last
month by BaseballSacramento.com to the All-Capitol
Here's the background summary "About the Area
Code Games Event" from the ESPN web site:
When this year's eight Area Code teams
-- with rosters that include players from around the nation -- take the field in
California, in August (5-10) it will mark the 25th year of the Area Code Games. What
started out in 1986 as small regional event in Lodi, California, has grown into one of
the highest regarded high school talent tournaments in the country.
The founder of the Area Code Games was Bob Williams. The Northern
California native collaborated with the Northern California Major League Scouts to put together
the best high school underclassman players from geographical areas based on telephone area
codes. The premise was to have the top players compete against each other using wood bats and
dress in the respective Area Code Teams Major League uniform. This has changed, with the
players wearing Area Code Baseball uniforms and the hats of their respective MLB
This process has proven to be a winning formula for high school
talent identification and evaluation. The Area Code Games have produced more than 500 major
league players -- a statistic that continues to grow.
The main ingredient of Area Code Baseball's success is the player
selection process. In an era of high school showcases across the country that charge players a
substantial fee to play in the event regardless of ability, the Area Code players, conversely,
are not charged to play in the games or even to try out. In fact, all tryouts are by invitation
only and in the majority of cases, players have to be nominated by a Major League scout to be
considered for an invitation.
With these stringent requirements to participate in the Area Code
Games, the level of talent that is assembled each year is staggering. Every major league team
is represented at the event, with some teams having as many as 12 scouts from their
organization in attendance. In addition, college coaches are allowed to attend the
The uniqueness of the Area Code Games separates from anything
that is available to the premier high school player. In 2002 Student Sports Inc., the foremost
authority in national high school sports, acquired Area Code Baseball. In the years that
Student Sports has owned the Area Code Games, the percentage of Area Code players selected in
the MLB Draft has reached new peaks.
In July 2008, ESPN took over the Area Code
Eckels Shines at Area Codes Showcase
Tellez Hits One Over the Back
by Editor Rick Cabral, 07/07/11; (Updated
More than 100 high school players from all over Northern California—including 21 from
the greater Sacramento area—performed in the NorCal Area Code Games Tryouts held yesterday at
Stockton's Banner Island Ballpark.
The Oakland A's served as
the host team for the event, which was held at the home ball park of the Stockton Ports, a
Single-A affiliate of the A's.
Similar showcases have
been or will be held in other parts of the country. The final selections from these tryouts will
culminate with an East-West contest featuring the 50 most talented prep players from August 5-10
at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif.
The format for the Area
Code Games has been the same for decades.
In the morning, players
run a 60-yard dash in pairs.
Next comes defensive
Jared James of McClatchy participates in outfield
A group of outfielders are sent out to right field. When its his turn, the
player lines up behind two cones placed about 275 feet from home plate and catches five balls.
The first two throws are directed at third base, while the final three shoot home.
of Roseville and Jared James
of McClatchy both looked strong in his
Middle infielders are positioned at short stop, and field and throw five balls
to first base. Grounders are hit directly at them, to their right forcing a backhand catch, as
well as up the middle, showing the player's range and arm strength.
First basemen field grounders and make their throws to third base.
of Elk Grove backhanded his final grounder in front of the bag,
and while falling away flipped the ball like a submariner on a line to third; an impressive,
athletic move for the 6'4" 215 pound incoming junior.
In an evaluation of "pop time," catchers are timed on catching and delivering
a throw to second base.
Players rotate as a new group takes their position on the
Then comes batting practice. Players are given 10 swings with a wooden
Blaser parked one off the center field wall, a 390' blast. Even more
impressive was Tellez' round.
His first three swings resulted in daisy cutters. But on his fourth swing, he
elevated the ball deep over the Back Porch, a cool entertainment area on a berm in the right
field area that includes a patio bar with wooden recliner chairs. Seated in the shade, his ball
looked like a satellite as it carried completely over the "back porch" for a 420' blast. He
skied another homer over the center field wall for a very impressive
Jackson Rancheria Back Porch in right center field attracted
more than shade seekers yesterday.
Ryan Tellez "porched" a 420' blow over the structure during his hitting
Finally, after all 107 players got their swings, they were divided into four
teams and played 18 innings of baseball.
This gave the pitchers a chance to shine. And as it happens at most all-star
games, pitching dominates.
No one had a better outing than Ben Eckles of Davis, who topped
93 on the radar gun while striking out all three men in his one inning of
of Jesuit also looked impressive, shutting down the offense
after giving up a fence rattling double to his first batter.
Zach Green of Jesuit couldn't attend the workout because
he is playing on a travel team in the East Cobb WWBA 18U tournament in Marietta, Ga.. Green, who
represented NorCal in the 2010 Games, may receive a return trip to the Area Codes next month in
More than 2,000 elite high school players
participated in the Area Code Games last summer. ESPN Rise has published articles on Things
To Do and
Not To Do if a player is picked for an Area Code Games Tryout.
AUSTIN DIEMER CONSIDERING OPTIONS
by Editor Rick Cabral,
To start the summer, the speedy center fielder for
Coach Roc Murray's Rocklin Thunder the
past three years had a scholarship offer from Cal State Fullerton. Then the Cleveland Indians
selected Diemer in the 26th
Round of the MLB First-Year Player
In his senior season, Diemer batted .415 with five
doubles, six triples and 26 stolen bases. He was selected to the All-Capitol
Things became complicated for Diemer and other
Titan recruits last week, when Fullerton State head coach Dave Serrano announced he was taking the head job at University
of Tennessee. A head vacancy this late in the season could have a negative impact on most
programs ability to hold their commited recruits. Fullerton State is a perennial national
baseball power and may weather the storm better than most schools.
The young man showed
his true colors when asked for his reaction to the news of Serrano's decision. "It was a really
sad day for me, as I really loved Coach Serrano. But I'm really excited and happy for him and
his familyto be going on out to Tennessee. And I wish the
best to all the coaches (on Serrano's staff)."
Regardless, Diemer is still committed to the
Titans program, if he doesn't turn pro. "I believe that whoever comes in and takes the job
will do amazing," he said in his usual ebullient style. According to Randy Youngman of
OCRegister.com, the Titans are considering several top candidates to replace Serrano,
including: UCLA assistant Rick Vanderhook, Loyola Marymount's Jason Gill, Cal State
Bakersfield's Bill Kernen, Fresno State's Mike Batesole and Arizona's Andy Lopez. All but
Lopez have Fullerton ties. We hear that the school plans to makes its selection by this
Meantime, Diemer is waiting to see what the
Indians offer in terms of bonus money, which may determine his future in baseball. "I'm
really grateful and happy to be drafted by Cleveland. Don Lyle is a Hall of fame scout. He was just over the
other day, talking about things. I'm really blessed and excited to have the
"If the Indian opportunity (bonus offer) is right, I'm
not going to close any doors," Diemer says."I'm just
going to see how the summer goes."
Cleveland's West Coast Scouting
Supervisor Paul Cogan
noted that the professional game is changing, reverting more to
athletes who can exhibit a variety of baseball skills, including speed and defense. For those
reasons the Indians are high on Diemer.
"Austin fits that profile. He is a plus, plus
runner (6.4/6.5 in 60 yard dash), has a solid average major league arm. His instincts in the
outfield are fair. But he can outrun mistakes while he's young until the skills are
sharpened," Cogan says of the scouting profile on Diemer.
"He isn't a natural hitter, but he's disciplined hitter with bat speed. I
think the power is going to come. He's gonna be an Eric Byrnes-type player (drafted
by the Oakland A's 8th Round, 1998). More of a '70s throw-back kind of player, which the game is
going back to. (Austin's) on the cutting edge of players like that."
Cogan confirmed the Indians will play Diemer in
centerfield. "A real centerfielder is such a commodity. Well-above average speed in the
outfield is very rare."
Regarding Diemer's personal makeup, Cogan gushed "From being a leader all the
way down to 'marry your daughter.' Every superlative you can use, that's Austin." He credits the
Diemer family with being a big reason why the Indians were confident in drafting the Rocklin
High star."They're such a breath of fresh air. When you get one like this, like
Sabathia's family (CC Sabathia was drafted
by the Indians in the 1st Round, 1998 and signed by Cogan), it's refreshing. They (Diemer's)
just flat get it. And most people don't," Cogan said.
The Indians' scouting supervisor realizes the club's in a tough tussle with Fullerton State for
Diemer's services. But he hopes the youth gets all that is coming to him. "I would tell an elite
student, unless you get a sizable signing bonus, I wouldn't want you going out there with regret. I
would want that player to get a substantial signing bonus. (Austin) has options; he has leverage
and should use it."
This summer, Diemer is playing on
Ryan Royster's ProPlayer Collegiate
squad, which competes against teams throughout Northern California and Nevada. "This gives me
an opportunity to play around here, workout and still get ABs (at-bats) and
of Elk Grove High is in a similar situation. He also has a ride to
Fullerton State and was drafted in the fifth round of the MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. This
summer Davis is a ProPlayer teammate with Diemer, and might possibly wear a Titan uniform next
year as well.
When we spoke to Austin, he was watching the
College World Series on television. Asked if he imagines himself playing for Fullerton State
in the CWS, he admits he can't help but think of it. "Makes me excited to get down there.
They have a great group of guys (at Fullerton). Next year could be our time. It makes me want
to do the hard work to make that happen."
Austin Diemer has options and he's enjoying
(Note: On Friday, June 24 Cal State Fullerton
announced the hiring of Vanderhook as their new head coach.)
STARS SHINE IN OPTIMIST OPTIMIST
Large School Contest 13-9 in Hit Parade
by Editor, Rick Cabral
In the Large School
Blaser of Roseville showed he came to play out of
The South's leadoff hitter
singled to start the contest. With two outs, he tried to score from second on Andrew Wilson's
(Granite Bay) single, but a fine relay from right
Ales (Oak Ridge) to catcher Jordan Johnson
(Franklin) nabbed him at the plate.
We don't know how often Johnson caught for
Franklin High during the season, but he demonstrated he has the quickness and cannon arm to
play the position, despite his lanky build behind the plate.
In the eighth, Johnson entered the game to
pitch, and electrified the crowd, hitting 93 on the radar gun under "the darks," to borrow a
bad joke from Bob Hope. Unfortunately, the lights at American River do a fair-to-poor job of
illuminating the entire field, and Johnson's blazing fastballs proved the lighting inadequate
for an evening contest. Poor lighting also affected play on several occasions during the D-1
playoffs. A contingent from the D-2 champion Roseville team commented on the superiority of
the lights at Sacramento City College (which hosted the D-2 playoffs) compared to those at
Johnson began the eighth by
walking the first batter and poor defense on a double-play ball let him down, beginning a
Merry-Go-Round of hitters. Blaser singled in a run on a lazy fly to center that probably
should have been caught, but apparently was not picked up in the night sky by the
outfielder. Dustin Vaught (Bella Vista)
doubled in a run, and both runners eventually scored on two wild pitches by Johnson. A hit
batter followed by a single by Nate Esposito (Granite Bay)
moved the North out front to a 9-6
This brought in J.D. Davis
(Elk Grove) in relief of Johnson, who managed only one
out. Davis, who topped out in the low nineties during the season, seemed less dominant
than Johnson on the hill, but he retired the next two hitters, including a strike out of
Shane Rae (Casa Roble).
In the bottom of the eighth,
the South struck back off new pitcher Tyler Olson
(Yuba City). Ales singled, starting a hit parade that included
singles by Cole
Hansen (Oak Ridge), Hunter Gallant
(Ponderosa) and Brendan Farney
(Vacaville), who brought in two runs with his safety. Davis,
who generated four hits, including a double in the fourth inning, singled, as well as
(Cordova). Ales also singled on his second trip in the inning.
In all, the South bunched seven hits to score seven runs and jump out to a 13-9
In the top of the ninth, Davis returned to the
hill and looked masterful as he struck out the first two hitters. That set up a classic dual
with Nick Blaser, who had not been retired all evening. Davis and Blaser know each other
well, having played on youth ball travel clubs.
Davis quickly went ahead 0-2 on a beautiful 12-6
curve. He debated what to throw next, and figured he had to challenge his old friend. He got
too much of the plate with a fastball and Blaser hit a ringing single. Davis got the next
batter to end the contest, a nine-inning affair which lasted three-plus
Most Valuable Players of the game went to Ales
for the South, who pitched a scoreless seventh inning and went 4x4 with two doubles and two
RBI, and Blaser for the North, who went 5x5, with two doubles and two RBI. Davis easily could
have been the South's MVP, going 4x5 with a double and an RBI, but most impressively for the
way he shut down the North's offense in 1 2/3 innings of work, which earned him the
Other hitters of note
included: Granite Bay's Wilson 3x3, 2 RBI and Esposito 2x5 for the North. For the South,
Gallant went 2x2 with two RBI, C.J. Jacobe (Vacaville) who stung
the ball all night went 2x5, Tyler Evanoff (Ponderosa)
collected a double and showed off his speed on the basepaths, and Farney collected two
After the game, Davis
admitted that when he came into the game he was "a little cold, since I took an inning off."
He laughed at the confrontation with Blaser in the ninth inning. "Me and Nicky grew up
together. He's such a smart player. With two strikes, I
tried to sneak in a fastball but he has such quick hands; he stayed back and just hit it the
other way. He beat me on that one," said the Elk Grove senior, who is considering his
options: a scholarship to Cal State Fullerton or a pro contract with the Tampa Bay Rays,
which drafted him in the fifth round of this week's Major League First-Year Player
Blaser also thought the ninth-inning matchup was
a classic, but approached it for all the bragging rights. "That was the best feeling in the
world," he said. "I knew he (Davis) was going to come after me. I didn't want to have any
trash talking. It feels good," he said with a big smile.
Small School Game:
South 9, North 3
In the afternoon game featuring the "Small
Schools," McClatchy's Nick Mar claimed the MVP honors for the winning South
team, collecting a triple and two singles for 2 RBI. Logan Day (San Juan)
was MVP for the North.
Dragmire (Bradshaw Christian) was touched for two runs on the hill, but made up for
it at the plate, driving in three runs with a triple and a double. Like Davis, Dragmire has
options: a ride to Nevada or a pro deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, which drafted him in the
McClatchy's Max Cordy, who is
committed to UC Davis, also had a pair of safeties for the South, including a
Congrats to the Evening Optimist Club of
Sacramento, which staged another successful High School All-Star event.
DeMello Enjoying Life in
Roseville Head Coach Hank
DeMello is still beaming after his Tigers took the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II
crown from Rocklin last month. Said DeMello via email: "This is awesome. It brought Roseville
back to that small town feeling. Everyone in the grocery store, the drive through, the youth
games all congratulating all the boys and
Two of his players--Nick and Dalton Blaser--made the first ever All-Capitol Team selected by
BaseballSacramento.com. Read the player's bios and learn
who made our 2nd and 3rd
Raymond Hernandez Drafted by
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected right-handed pitcher Raymond
Hernandez (Elk Grove) in the 48th round. The Cal State Fullerton player is the
brother of current D-backs reliever David Hernandez. who also played for the
Herd. Here's the link: http://arizonasports.com/?nid=42&sid=1422795
by Editor, Rick Cabral
Elk Grove High's legendary player J.D. Davis is living
Today, the all-everything senior infielder/pitcher
will work out for the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, every NorCal prep player's
And on Sunday, one day before the Major League
Baseball amateur draft, Davis will work out in Los Angeles at Dodgers
This, according to proud papa, Greg Davis, who is
usually seen smiling at the Elk Grove games.
Although Dad doesn't speculate, we figure the 6'2"
slugger should launch at least a couple of batting practice balls in the seats at both
It will be interesting to see how high Davis goes in
the draft. Scouts are mixed on whether he should be taken as a pitcher (5-2 with a 1.68 ERA
and 57 Ks) or a slugger (
.506 avg., 13 doubles, 1 triple 8 HR, 43 RBI for a .965 slugging
One thing's certain: it will take an awfully high draft pick to pull J.D. away
from his boyhood dream of playing for Fullerton
Green Likes Jesuit's Chances Against St. Mary's
in D-1 Section Title
by Editor, Rick Cabral
Jesuit shortstop Zach Green launched a home run over
the left field wall in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-1 North Championship game. The blast off of
Austin Ales, his seventh of the year, should give Joe Potulny's crew an additional shot of
confidence as the Marauders enter the Section title match against St. Mary's of Stockton next
weekend at Sacramento City College.
In the fifth inning, with Jesuit leading 2-1,
Green got the bat-head out front of a slow change up and drove it over the
left field wall. "It felt good," he said. "I
haven't been swinging good, but I finally squared one up," he said after the 5-1 victory over Delta River rival Oak
Zach Green receives the home run ball he hit in the fifth inning
from D-1 North Tournament Director, Hal Steinbeck as teammates look on
after defeating Oak Ridge in the D-1 North title match 5-1.
The 6'2", 205-pound junior said he likes his team's
chances against St. Mary's, last year's D-1 Section champion over Elk
Grove."Last time we played it went (extra) innings; it was a
great game. It's going to be fun. We all feel confident." St. Mary's prevailed 7-3 in the
11-inning affair exactly two months ago on March
"Our coach's have prepared us so well. No matter the weather, the (opposing)
team, it's all part of winning a section title," Green said. "Our coaches have prepared us real
well for this.
"If we don't end up with a sectional title the season doesn't end up quite
what we want it to be. We've been working hard since January. All of the hard work is paying
off. It feels good."
Championship Played in Football Weather
by Editor, Rick Cabral
Yesterday evening's D-1 contest at American River
College between Jesuit and Oak Ridge was played under a steady, light rain. Tournament
Director Hal Steinbeck was more nervous than a mother feline guarding a new litter of
The rain began just as Nick Viola took the mound for
Jesuit in the first inning. Long-time observers of this tournament said it was a
first to have rain in the championship game at ARC.
Around the second inning, after Jesuit shortstop Zach
Green threw out a Trojans' runner for the third out, Steinbeck asked Green for an honest
evaluation of the field conditions. Green, who has probably never been asked that question on
a baseball field in his lifetime, thought for a momenet then provided a gamer's response
"It's alright. Not bad."
Then he proceeded to stomp his cleats on the dugout
concrete, lossening several clomps of mud in the process. Both teams made use of wood sticks
and other devices to free the mud from their cleats.
Green would later make an error on a potential
double-play ball, a play he would normally make easily, and teammate Cameron Iwasa also
misplayed a soft grounder to third base. In all, the Marauders and Trojans combined for five
errors, but played well despite the conditions.
Jesuit players congregate on the mound to clear the mud from their cleats, while a
groundskeeper spreads "kitty litter" absorbant around first base in the early
of the game against Oak Ridge at ARC.
In the sixth inning, the rain finally let up. Confident
"we'll get this one in," Steinbeck displayed the biggest smile seen on the ball field that
Capping the post-game championship plaque presentation,
Steinbeck stood in sunlight in front of home plate, as skies had cleared
Nick Blaser Ready to Lead Roseville
to D-2 Championship
by Editor, Rick Cabral
Roseville's Nick Blaser is toughin' it
out, gamin' it up, and playin' the biggest game of his high school career with a slight right
hip flexor injury sustained against Rosemont in the first round of the playoffs. He
aggravated the injury in the first of two games against
In the 2nd Woodcreek game, when he lined
a double to the left center field wall, he gimped around first and made it to second. And he
eventually scored (on younger brother Dalton's smash to right field). Back in the dugout,
teammates teased him for not legging out a triple. Blaser fired back, he would have had a
three-bagger if the hip wasn't bothering him.
He's been icing the injury, and with the additional
days off, the leg feels much better, he said. He'll ready and rarin' to go Monday evening in
the Sac-Joaquin Division II Section Championship game against Rocklin (set for 6
How big is this upcoming game against their league
rival (which they beat two out of three during the Sierra Foothill League season)? "It's huge
for our team and for our community," Nick said. "We've known and played against most of those
guys (Rocklin) since middle school."
Nick Blaser scores on a ball hit by brother Dalton Blaser in
the pivotal fourth inning against Woodcreek, sending them to Monday's D-2
Section Championship against Rocklin.
Nick Blaser patterns his game after local area product,
Dustin Pedroia (Woodland, 2001). No surprise there. As a 5'9" shortstop,
Nick is quick around the bag, makes all the plays, and shows his intensity on the field. In
describing Pedroia, the Roseville senior says he admires the Red Sox star for "…his
feistiness; the way he plays the game: 'balls-to-the-wall', 110-percent, leave it all on the
field and do what you have to do (to win)."
Like Pedroia, Nick Blaser has played all four years on the
varsity. Due to last season's leg injury (not the same one as 2011) he was limited to only 11 at
bats and didn't get the exposure and offers afforded the top juniors in the area.
In the 2011 regular season, he hit .406, with nine doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 33
RBI, for a slugging average of .760: outstanding power numbers for a middle-infield player.
Plus, he graduated with
a 3.35 grade point average. Still, the four-year colleges passed on
So, next year Nick will play for Sacramento City College.
"I'm going to go there and earn my way."
Nick and Dalton have followed in their father's
Mark Blaser played baseball for La Sierra High and
later Butte College, where he was drafted in 1981 by the New York Yankees as a catcher. In
six minor league seasons the elder Blaser hit .270, rising as high as Double-A. He's hoping
one--or both--of his boys makes it to the major leagues.
Meantime, the family's hoping for a D-2 Section title,
the first one for Roseville High in 26 years.
And maybe a decade from now, high school players will
be talking about modeling their play after Nick Blaser, just as he did
Hopes Marauders Heed the Mantra: "Finish"
by Editor Rick Cabral,
Jesuit head coach Joe Potulny has
wisdom and experience, and he hopes he's applied both virtues well in preparing ihs players
for Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section 1 North Championship match.
Last year, Jesuit arrived iin the
championship game in the very same way by advancing through the winner's bracket. When they
played Elk Grove in the first contest, Jesuit's star man-child pitcher Dan Child gave up a
couple of bombs to Elk Grove junior J.D. Davis, who also had a superb game on the mound, and
Elk Grove defeated Jesuit 4-1, then trounced the Marauders in an 11-0 beatdown to secure the
title for the Thundering Herd.
Potulny was shocked at the way
his team played in the second game. And he struggled all summer to figure out what he could
have done or said to his team after the first game loss to avoid the embarassing, and
atypical performance, by one of the area's best programs.
"I think our mental makeup going in (the Elk
Grove series), we were not waltzing in, 'Let's just show up; we just won three.' We were in a
good place. But where I missed it...we were on our heels in the second game." Potulny
realized that his young team, despite the rigors of a 30+game season, didn't have the mental
toughness to close the deal
So, in the fall the Jesuit coach adopted a new
mantra for his team: "Finish." And he began instilling it in his players--many of whom
returned to the 2011 club--don't make the mistake we made last year: you have to
need to be mentally tougher. In most spots we're a year older. Physically, we may not get to
where we got last year," Potulny says. "But 'approach-wise' we should be better. We should be
able to grind the whole way and if...(he doesn't say "lose two in a row again"), it'll be a
physical thing where somebody pitched better, somebody hit our pitching, we made an error at
the wrong time. But not 'we just didn't perform.'"
And now they stand in position to test Potulny's
wisdom, experience and mantra, when they play the winner of the Pleasant Grove-Oak Ridge game
He's hoping they heard him well. And
Fielding Offers When Not on Mound
by Editor Rick Cabral, 05/25/11
In last night's post-game
interview with winning pitcher Logan James, the junior left-hander said he has received
several college scholarship offers, and anticipates that number will go up. After last
night's 10-strikeout, 3-hitter over six shutout innings, we'd say that's an
James has received
scholarship offers from Sac State, UC Davis, Santa Clara, Pacific and St. Mary's (which
since has rescinded its offer, James said,
apparently because the in-coming senior
didn't make a decision soon enough to suit the Gaels). But recently a
number of Pac-10 schools (Cal, Stanford and
Oregon State) began talking with him, so suddenly
the field is wide open. The youngster's grade point
average is in the 3.8-3.9 range, so if Stanford makes an offer, he fits the scholastic
profile just fine.
Asked where he hopes to
go, James deferred and sagely left his options open, saying "I really haven't fell in
love with a school yet."
Against Oak Ridge last
night, James was consistently hitting upper '80s with his fastball. Combined with his clever
control and the ability to challenge hitters all evening, it made for a long night for the
Trojans, who now must go through the loser's bracket for a return matchup with Jesuit in the championship game on Friday
(Oak Ridge plays Pleasant Grove in an elimination game
tomorrow night at American River College at 7 p.m.)
Due in large part to
James, who has established himself as one of Sacramento's elite pitchers and definitely one to
watch in the 2012 campaign.
By Any Other
Editor Rick Cabral,
In looking through the rosters of the eight
teams in the D-2 bracket, we know that one of the most popular names for boys in the early
'90s was "Austin." At the start of the tournament, we had seven Austins in all, and
with the four teams remaining still there are six!
Rocklin leads the way with three on its team:
senior Austin Diemer, junior Austin Spainhour, and
sophomore Austin Dick. Woodcreek also has two in junior Austin
Hagarty and sophomore Austin
Del Campo features senior Austin
Evanski, Roseville has sophomore Austin Ash, and Bella Vista had
Austin Hennen, also a sophomore.
The other night, we had pitcher Austin Evanski
on the mound for Del Campo matched against Rocklin pitcher, Austin Dick. I'm sure we had an
Austin pitcher-hitter matchup, but my scorecard is befuddled at this
What accounts for the plethora of Austins to
emerge from the early Clinton-era, we haven't a clue. Perhaps there was a mass migration from
the capital city of Texas, but as we know, the trend has been in the opposite
Not to be outdone, are some of the other
"interesting" first names we've seen (and we say that with all due respect and
We had a pair of Dustin's
(Mulhern for Rosemont) and Vaught (Bella Vista).
Hunter Carolan played on the same McClatchy team as Gianni
Westlake. That was a fine combination, especially in tandem with Jake
Luigi and Max Cordy (two strong monosyllabic first
In addition there was Dylan
Malone and Parish Chavez (Rosemont), Kramer Sutey
of Woodcreek, Tanner McVey and Hayden Hall of Rocklin and
perhaps my favorite of all: Brennik Eltagonde-Gonzalez of Roseville. He goes
down as Brennik E-G in my scorebook.
And don't be surprised if Roc
Murray adopts the appellation "Fighting Irish." For anyone with a Pat
O'Keefe and O'Shea Bennett on the bench should be rarin' to get
You Don't See...Any Day
By Editor Rick Cabral,
Too bad Rosemont's Paul
Martinez' slap-happy bunch was eliminated last night. They play a fun brand of
"small ball." We can't recall seeing that many bunts in a game since the day's of Whitey
And that Rosemont group also has some fine
acting skills, too. In the first inning, we witnessed a play that all of us in the press box
had never seen before.
In the bottom of the first inning, Rosemont
walked the first Roseville batter, Beau Smith. With hot hitting Nick
Blaser at the plate, Smith took off for second. Rosemont's catcher Parish
Chavez immediately threw down to third base, and proceeded to retreat to the backstop
as if to retrieve a passed ball.
Smith, who came running into second base
standing up, must have heard the Rosemont infielders exhorting the catcher to locate the ball
at the base of the wall, because when he rounded second, and saw the catcher's back to the
infield, he headed for third. Where Andre Contreras was waiting for him with
Realizing the duplicity of the situation, Smith
retreated, but Contreras threw to the second baseman Michael Beccera, who
fired to shortstop Anthony Enriquez, who tagged out the bewildered
As Smith was running back to the dugout, the
press corp attempted to recreate the events (that's 2-5-4-6 for those scoring at home) and
everyone agreed (including field hands from Sac City's baseball team) we had never
heard of the play let alone seen it in person.
Leave it to coach Guy Anderson to solve the mystery. "Oh, sure, University of
Miami made that play popular back in the day," Anderson laughed when told about the play later
in the game. That's why he's the dean of high school
Roseville, of course, had the last laugh,
staging a six-run sixth inning comeback that moved them into the next round against
Martinez and his young thespians had the curtain
come down loudly on their act in the 8-6 loss. We can't wait to see what they cook up next
year. They play an exciting brand of ball.
Dragmire Throws Gem in D-6 Elimination Game
Brady Dragmire proved he's one of the area's top pitchers by
firing a one-hit shutout in Bradshaw Christian's 6-0 elimination game win against Le Grand.
Dragmire fanned 10, walked one and hit six batters in the contest. The senior, who also
excels at football and basketball, drove in a run with a double.
Thunder Baseball Founded on a Roc
By Editor Rick Cabral,
Rocklin's baseball coach Roc
Murray will enjoy his day off from playoff action today by watching his youngest
child graduate from Chico State University. His father Bud Murray and two uncles came up from
Southern California to watch the festivities and also to catch the Thunder's first playoff
game that resulted in a 7-3 victory over a tough Bella Vista squad
Murray, who has led the Rocklin team since 1994,
is on a hot streak, winning three out of the last four Sac-Joaquin Section Division II
championships. Based on last night's showing, they could well win their fifth when it's all
Murray and his family hail from Southern
California and in his formative years he played and coached against some of the nation's top
In high school, Roc played for his father Bud
who coached the Santa Cerritos High team. Roc speaks glowingly and with great respect for his
dad, who is a well recognized figure in the SoCal baseball community.
From high school, Murray played under now
legendary coach Mike Gillespie, who was just getting started at College of the Canyons.
Gillespie went on to guide USC to a national championship in 1998, and now coaches UC Irvine,
always a contender in the Big West. From there Roc played at Long Beach
A few years back, Murray visited USC to watch
up-close how Gillespie ran the Trojans' program. Listening to his former coach, Murray had a
revelation: many of his coaching techniques and lessons had been internalized so that he'd
almost forgotten their origins.
"The things (Coach Gillespie) was saying, I kept
thinking, 'Oh my gosh, that's where I got that.' I hadn't made the connection previously, I
just thought it was the way I thought things should be done. And then I realized how much I
had gotten from him. And of course how much I had gotten from my dad as well," he
Murray still knows the Southern California high
school baseball scene and marvels at the talent level and competitiveness. He takes his
Rocklin team annually during Easter Break down to San Diego for the Lion's Tournament,
pitting them against top caliber teams to prepare his players for a tough playoff schedule in
From that perspective, his comments about his
colleagues in the Sacramento area glow even more brightly.
"I really feel the coaches in this area work
harder than anyone I've been around in the state. The way they go about their business to
coach the game, I know it's made me better."
CONFERENCE ENDS IN THREE-WAY TIE
Claims Tie-Breaker with 4 Wins against
It comes down to this…
The Capital Valley
Conference season ended yesterday in a three-way tie as a result of Bella Vista's loss to Del
Campo, while Casa Roble won its final game against Christian Brothers. Each team finished 9-6 in
At stake are the 1-3
seedings in the Division II playoffs.
Casa Roble wins the
tie-breaker as a result of a 4-2 record in head-to-head competition with the other two teams.
Del Campo's 3-3 mark earned a second-place finish.
Bella Vista, which owned
first place in the CVC for much of the season and finished with the best overall record (19-8)
ends up the #3 seed, and must play an in-bracket game at home against Sacramento High on Monday.
The winner of that game gains entry into the eight-team Division II playoffs, and earns the
right to play Rocklin, the Sierra Foothill League's top seed.
Bella Vista could have
wrapped up the conference with one win this week. But Del Campo won its final four games,
defeating the Broncos Monday 4-1 and again yesterday, 3-2, to create the three-way
Casa Roble (16-10) should
be extremely grateful for the number-one seed, as Bella Vista won two of three against the Rams
throughout the season. The Rams open the playoffs against the #3 SFL seed,
Del Campo (15-12), the #2
CVC seed, will play McClatchy, the Metro League's #1 seed.
For a look at the upcoming
divisional playoff brackets, go to our Tournaments
HITTING STREAK STOPPED AT 25
Ponderosa High School's Tyler
Evanoff had his 25-game hitting streak snapped in a 6-2 Delta River League loss to
Jesuit High on Monday. Evanoff went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He is now hitting .488 for the
season. The Bruins collected only one hit against the DRL No. 1 seed.
NO-HITTER BY MUSE-FISHER AGAINST PLEASANT
Oak Ridge High lefthander Chris
Muse-Fisher pitched a 3-0 no-hitter against Pleasant Grove, striking out seven,
walking three and hitting one batter as the Trojans clinched the No. 2 seed from the
LACKY AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE THREE FROM THE
By McDermott, 05/08/11
The Sac-Joaquin Section recently presented scholarships to the 49 winners of
the Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and
academic success during their four years of high school.
Among the winners were three Sacramento-area baseball players.
Logan Day of San Juan High School received a $1,000 scholarship and
Nick Mar of McClachy High School and Drew Wixon of Oakmont
High School each received a $600 scholarship.
49 winners were recognized at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony which took place on April 12, 2011 at Hutchins
Street Square in Lodi.
award, honoring former SJS and State CIF President, A. Dale Lacky, recognizes the top male and
female student-athletes within the section.
schools were allowed to play one extra volleyball game and an extra boys and girls basketball
game with 50 percent of the gate going directly to the foundation for the scholarships. More
than $24,000 was generated through the foundation games. The balance of the money, which totaled
$34,400, came from the California School Employees Association.
Day, the Spartans' team captain and all-league selection the past two years, is hitting
.449 and has a 2-5 pitching record and 2.29 ERA this season. He volunteers his time to the Angel
Tree Project, Twin Lakes Food Bank, the St. John's Shelter for Women and Children and is a
server for his church's homeless outreach. He's the editor of the school yearbook, the president
of the school Christian Club and a leader of the rally spirit club. Day has a 4.14 GPA, which
ranks him No. 3 in his class. He'll attend the University of Puget Sound in the fall where he'll
major in English with the hopes of becoming a teacher, journalist or lawyer.
has been one of the key players for the Metro League championship team., hitting .423 and
contributing a 2-0 pitching record. A four-year player, he has been named all-league the past
two years. He was an UnderArmor Preseason baseball All-American this year. He volunteers for
several organizations, including the Sacramento Food Bank, Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation,
South Sacramento Vikings, Elks Lodge and Land Park Pacific Little League. He's also worked on
school canned food and coat drives and is a member of student government. Mar has a 4.22 GPA.
He's undecided on his college, but does plan on majoring in business administration with a
future goal of sports management or administration.
Wixon is the Vikings' team captain. He has volunteered at Bikefest 2007, in feeding the
homeless at a local shelter and helped package food that was sent to Africa for famine relief.
He's won an American Legion award and the Gold Plus Academic Merit Award. He will attend
Covenant College in Georgia where he'll continue his baseball career and major in
SJS oversees high school athletics for 193 schools and 225,000 students. Its geographic
boundaries stretch from Merced in the south, Grass Valley in the north, Napa to the west and the
Nevada state line to the east.
SJS is the second largest of California's 10 sections.
EVANOFF ON HITTING
By Mark McDermott 05/04/11
Ponderosa High School outfielder Tyler
Evanoff is having a huge year.
On Tuesday, he extended his hitting streak to 24 games, going 2-for-4 with a
home run and three runs batted in for the Bruins in an 8-3 Delta River League baseball
victory over visiting Folsom on Tuesday.
Evanoff, a senior, has hit in all 23 games this season and also has scored a
run in all 23 games for the Bruins. He leads the Sacramento area in hits (38), is second in
triples (5), sixth in hitting (.506) and third in runs scored (32). He has 13 multi-hit games
and four three-hit games.
Of the 23 games he's played in this season, 14 have come against ranked teams.
Ponderosa travels to Folsom on Friday and finishes the season next week with a home-and-away
series with Jesuit.
Evanoff, who was named the Offensive Player of the Tournament at the Rawlings
NorCal World Series in Stockton back in November, last went hitless on May 5, 2010 against
Vista del Lago. He played sparingly that junior season, batting .205 in 39
According to the CalHiSports.com record book, the longest hitting streak in
California history belongs to shortstop Joe
Spiers. He hit in 46 consecutive games from 2002 to 2004.
During that time period, Spiers played for Temecula Valley High, Arrowhead
Christian Academy in Redlands and Canyon Springs High in Moreno Valley. He played
collegiately at the University of Hawaii in 2005-06 and San Diego State in 2007 before
signing with the Atlanta Braves in the summer of 2007.
Of the 10 players listed in the state record book who have hit in 28 games or
more, none are from the Sacramento area.
The Sac-Joaquin Section record of 39 games was set in 20045-05 by Jared
Jefferies of Buhach Colony in Atwater. Chris Santopadre of Vacaville High hit in 30 games in
So, where does Tyler Evanoff stand in Sacramento-area history?
According to Mark Tennis of
CalHiSports.com there is no known documentation for a Sacramento-area hitting streak
NOTE: If anyone has documentation on this topic, we encourage readers to forward the
information to RAC (at) BaseballSacramento.com.
LOGOTETA HONORED AS TOP TEN SCHOLAR FOR
By McDermott, 05/03/11
Cosumnes Oaks High School pitcher/third
baseman Chris Logoteta
was honored at the Top Ten Scholar Reception at Sheldon High on
The award recognizes the top 10 grade-point averages for seniors from
the nine high schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District. In addition to Cosumnes Oaks, the
schools include Elk Grove, Sheldon, Pleasant Grove, Monterey Trail, Laguna Creek, Franklin,
Bradshaw Christian and Valley.
Logoteta, who also played football, has an academic schedule loaded
with Advanced Placement and Honors classes. He carries a 4.4 GPA and will attend the University of
the Pacific this fall and enroll in the college's pre-Pharmacy program.
"Logateta is our go to guy on the baseball team," said Cosumnes Oaks
athletic director Matt
Winn. "He has a humorous personality and likes
to make people giggle. He doesn't take himself too seriously and is well
GLENN AND DAVIS LEAD AREA
By Cabral, 04/28/11
of Elk Grove and Tyler Glenn of Galt are leading the Sacramento area in
slugging and hitting, respectively.
Glenn, a senior catcher on the Warriors, has
compiled a .525 average with 31 hits in 98 at bats, including nine doubles, six triples and
one home run in 21 games.
Davis, a senior infielder/pitcher for the
Thundering Herd, is right behind Glenn in hitting with a .524 average, including 10 doubles,
one triple and eight home runs in 20 games. He is leading the area in slugging with a 1.095
average. Combined with a .612 on base percentage, Davis' OPS (on base percentage plus
slugging) is a whopping 1.707 (updated 4/27/11).
Davis is followed by Zach Green
of Jesuit with a .845 slugging average on five doubles and six home runs for the Marauders
(as of 4/21/11).
Davis, Green and Dustin Jenkins
of Rio Linda lead the area in home runs with six.
In pitching, Davis High leads the way in ERA
with junior Ben Eckles and senior Alex Miramontes. In 39
innings pitched, Eckels has posted a 0.59 ERA with a 5-2 record for the Blue Devils, while
Miramontes has an ERA of 0.65 in 32 innings.
Sophomore Ben Ritchey of
Capital Christian has the most wins (7-2 record) with a 1.95 ERA, 58 strikeouts in 43 innings
pitched for the Cougars. Senior pitcher Dylan Malone of Rosemont leads the
area in winning percentage, 6-1, .857 percentage. He is followed by McClatchy senior
Dennis Fennessey, 5-1, .833 percentage.
Harrison, Galt's senior pitcher, leads the area in strikeouts with 71 in 48 innings
pitched, followed by senior Jordan Johnson of Franklin with 62 Ks in 42
WINTER'S RANDOLPH STILL THAT GOOD
Commentary by Cabral,
You may have read recently that another north state
high school phenom was challenging the state record for most consecutive no-hit games.
Bryce Perry, a senior at Maxwell High in Colusa County, had matched the state record
with his fourth consecutive no-hitter set by Byron Randolph of Winters
High in 1963, and tied last year by John
Kukuruda of East Nicolaus
Just like Kukuruda last year, Perry gave up a hit in
the fifth game, losing the bid to claim a new state record. What went largely unnoticed the
past two years is the fact that Randolph still holds the state record for most consecutive
no-hit innings with 34. This was confirmed by Cal-Hi Editor Mark Tennis today.
As part of his biography Randolph submitted to the
2011 La Salle Club Baseball Hall of
Fame is the unconfirmed stat of having pitched 15 career no
hitters in high school. Perhaps Winters Athletic Director Tom Crisp will check that one out eventually.
Maxwell's Perry, as it turns out, didn't come
close to matching the consecutive no-hit innings record when he
lost his streak in the second inning against Sutter on
April 21.According to
Kirk Barron, who writes for the Colusa County
Sun-Herald, only one of Perry's no-hitters lasted past five innings, and that game
only went six. He estimates Perry compiled "somewhere between 22-26 innings" of no-hit ball
(Kukuruda's record last year was comparable).
This season, the 6'1" Perry has pitched 41 innings. In
that time, the senior has faced 136 batters, allowed just four hits, five walks and two hit
batsmen, while striking out 90. In terms of the big stat—runs allowed—Perry is pure as the
snow atop Mount Shasta. By the way, he's also hitting .400.
Even more astonishing, pitching partner and fellow
senior Tyler Wells (6'2", 190) has nearly equaled Perry's performance: 40 innings pitched, 105
batters faced, allowed eight hits, eight walks, two hit batsmen, but he has allowed two
runners to cross the plate, but they were unearned. Remarkably, both pitchers have a perfect
ERA of 0.00.
To put these numbers in perspective, however, Maxwell
(22-0) plays at the Division V level against such north state teams as Dunsmuir, Hayfork,
Tulelake and Shasta. The only team Maxwell has faced from the Sacramento area is Division VII
Valley Christian of Roseville, winning 2-0. In that contest, Wells was tagged for four hits,
half his yearly total.
None of this is to diminish what obviously is a dream
season for the coaches, players and parents of the Maxwell Panthers, which advance
umblemished in the playoffs.
It is meant to show just how jaw-dropping good Byron
Randolph of Winters was in 1963.
Brothers Boy Returns to Guide Falcon
By Cabral 04/23/11
Christian Brothers head coach Rich Henning is smiling this
Easter Weekend after his Falcons swept through four opponents to claim its first the Land
Park Easter Tournament Championship in nearly a decade, Henning asserts.
Rich, a CB grad from 1978, played at Sacramento City College for two seasons. He was drafted by and
played for the San Francisco Giants from 1983-1985, compiling a 15-11 record with a 3.87 ERA, over
three seasons, including two at Fresno in the California League. Henning then turned to scouting,
working for three years for the Giants, then four years for San
Henning is in his third year guiding the CBS baseball program. Brothers is
hoping the wind continues to fill their sails when they return to Capital Valley League play
next week after starting out 2-5. It'll be an uphill climb, however, as Del Campo leads the
bunch with a 5-2 mark, followed by Casa Roble and Bella Vista, two tough clubs.
Catchers Impress at Raley Field
Filed by Cabral 04/15/11
At Raley Field tonight, we saw two outstanding catchers in
Granite Bay's Nate Esposito
and Antelope's Bryan
Esposito, son of the Grizzlies' head coach
is a solid backstop with an impressively strong arm. More importantly, he moves behind the plate
with cat-like quickness and the authority you hope to see in a high school catcher. He also swings
the stick with confidence. In this reporter's opinion, Nate Esposito will play at the next level
On the Titan's side, junior catcher Babcock made
two great plays in the early innings. In the Grizzlies' first frame, Babcock circled under a
pop foul directly behind the plate and made the catch with his glove against the netting like
a minor league veteran. Most impressive since most high school back stops are much closer to
the plate than Raley Field, which measures approximately 60 feet from the plate. Then in the
bottom of the third, when the runner on first attempted to steal second, Babcock smoothly
rose up and fired a strike to nail the runner for the out. Showing he shines on offense as
well, Babcock had hits in his first two at bats.
Fans were also treated to a unique moment, when Granite
Bay's senior first baseman Albert Garrido slammed a ball toward the left field wall. It looked
like it may have had the distance until Antelope's left fielder caught it right in front of the
Les Schwab Tire Sign, approximately 375 feet away. The ball narrowly missed that tire above the
fence that features the five-figure payout if ball lands in the netting. River Cats media
relations driector Rebecca Brutlag
reports that no River Cat or opposing player has ever claimed the
$10,000 Schwab prize in the 11-year history of Raley Field. One wonders if Garrido's would have
collected if his ball landed in the hole.
Herd's Win Yields Karma, Oddities, Good Eatin'
Filed by Cabral
At Elk Grove yesterday, the Fates must have been
smiling on diminutive Jorge Vina. The second-sacker had struck out three times in the contest
already when he came to bat in the decisive seventh inning, his team trailing by two runs,
and two Herd runners on base. Franklin pitcher Josh Pigg had already struck out the first two
hitters and looked dominant until Trever Hicks singled and Dom Nunez drew a walk. Pigg then
hit Vina, who was elated to take one for the team. It meant Elk Grove's leading hitter--J.D.
Davis--would come to the plate with the bases loaded. Davis hit that towering fly ball down
the left field line. By the time it dropped to the turf, Vina had raced around the bases and
slid safely at home with the winning run. Fate, karma, kimet. Whatever, Vina will take
While Vina's strikeouts were a glaring weakness
in the Elk Grove attack, Sophomore Ryan "Rowdy" Tellez was silenced for a different reason.
The 6-4, lineman-sized outfielder/first baseman/pitcher, was intentionally passed three
straight times in the game, and walked a fourth time. One scout in the stands noted that he'd
seen better: once a player he was bird doggin' had been issued four intentional
After the game, the Elk Grove players were
feasting on some home-cooked Mexican fare. Smelled delicious. Nice way to celebrate a
miraculous come-from-behind victory with enchiladas and Spanish rice.
Jesuit Team Circles 'Round Coach
Filed by Cabral 03/30/11
After last night's tough 6-3 loss to Davis, Jesuit players one-by-one and
sometimes in pairs, were seen in the visitor's dugout wrapping their arms around the back of
head coach Joe Potulny. Such gestures of consolation are typically seen
after a season-ending loss in the playoffs. Asked if the Marauders players were in fact
consoling the head coach after losing his second game in as many days, Potulny smiled and
said, "Aw, no. We do that all the time. I'm a hugger."
The long-time Jesuit coach admits that this club is not playing good baseball
right now, but he believes they're getting better. He defended his mammoth first baseman
Rhys Hoskins for one of his two errors in the sixth inning. Jesuit's
left-handed pitcher Gabriel Araj, who had just entered the
game, had picked off Davis runner Dillon Johnson, who broke for second.
Hoskins' throw hit the runner charging into second, and Johnson scampered to third base. "If
(Hoskins) makes that throw, it's a very good play," offered Potulny in defense of the
three-sport star. Jesuit made three errors in the ball game. Johnson later scored an
insurance run for the Blue Devils.
Another reason the Marauders are not up to speed is starting pitcher
Logan James has yet to throw a pitch in a game. The junior southpaw dinged
his elbow in December, and is still not ready to take the mound, though he's getting close,
Two consecutive losses, including Monday's 11 inning affair to Division I
Section Champions St. Mary's of Stockton, will no doubt drop Jesuit in the Dandy Dozen
rankings. Potulny's more concerned with righting the Jesuit ship. One thing's for sure: he'll
have the support of his huggin' players.
Dandy Dozen Team
Filed by Cabral 03/23/11
Franklin sneaks by Del Oro 3-2; Pigg goes 2-2.
Bella Vista loses to Ponderosa 6-6; suffers first defeat of the
McClatchy edges Kennedy 3-2; Cordy gets victory with 16s.
McClatchy Shaves Locks to Raise Cancer Awareness for Youths
Filed by Cabral 03/14/11
McClatchy teammates and coaches yesterday shaved their heads as part of St.
Baldrick's Day. Not your typical High School fundraiser, the event is staged each year by the
McClatchy baseball program to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood
Senior Jake Luigi's suggested the event four years ago, since
his younger brother once had cancer, but has been in remission for 10 years, and is now a
freshman at McClatchy.
Here's a photograph taken at yesterday's event:
photo courtesy of Jerry
Two Locals Tabbed To Rawlings/Perfect Game
High School Senior Preseason All-America Team
Filed by Cabral
Game has selected two local players to its High School Senior Preseason All-American Team:
J.D. Davis of Elk Grove High and
Max Cordy of McClatchy High. Davis was picked
to the 3rd Team, while Cordy made the Honorable Mention squad.
selection, Rawlings Sporting Goods® continues to recognize the top 400 high school baseball
athletes in the U.S., while also showcasing their abilities to collegiate and professional scouts,
according to a joint news release issued by Rawlings and
In partnership with Perfect Game USA, the world’s largest scouting report service, Rawlings is
devoted to distinguishing “THE FINEST IN THE FIELD” with these prestigious awards. Mike Thompson,
Rawlings Vice-President, said, “These selected athletes are being recognized for their skill,
athleticism, and dedication to their game which allows them to perform to the highest level of game
play. With more than 240,000 high school athletes in the nation, these players represent the very
best in their class.”
Last fall Cordy and Davis were teammates and starred on the El Dorado Hills
Vipers select team, which won the Perfect Game/Evoshield National Championship
The Rawlings/PG list is further categorized by state. Selected to the
California Region team were:
Davis, first-team and Cordy, second-team.
Those making honorable mention on the California list were Granite Bay catcher
Nate Esposito, Bradshaw Christian pitcher
Brady Dragmire, Christian Brothers pitcher
Paul Drozd, Ponderosa infielder
Hunter Gallant, Folsom catcher
Cody Isham, Franklin pitcher
Jordan Johnson, Oak Ridge infielder
Willie Tucker and Jesuit first baseman
Rhys Hoskins nd pitcher Cameron Law.
Last year, the Sacramento Region featured three players on the Rawlings/PG
Preseason All-America team: Dan Child, Jesuit;
Jake Rodriguez, Elk Grove; and Tyler Kuresa, Oakmont. Child and Rodriguez now play for
Oregon State, while Kuresa attends rival Oregon.
Why Is That 'The Play'?
Filed by Cabral 03/06/11
While scorekeeping during the Jesuit/Rio Americano game yesterday, a Rio mother turned and asked a
smart question about an infielder's decision that had just ended the inning.
With two outs and a Jesuit runner on second base, the batter smoked a grounder to the Rio third
baseman, who promptly fired the ball across the infield to narrowly nab the runner at first for the
final out. "Why didn't he just tag the runner?" asked the woman.
Her son, who was sitting in the vicinity, reacted by telling her, "Because
that's the play." The youth, who plays on the Raiders' JV squad, was naturally correct. I
added, "I see your point; he could have easily tagged the runner," who was barreling toward
the third base bag, as runners are supposed to do with two outs.
I explained that if the infielder had acted on her advice, and the runner
managed to sidestep the third baseman's tag or simply retreated back to second, it would have
been a "bad play" for the defense.
But it was a good question, and I was pleased to see that her expression
indicated she'd learned something new out at the ol' ballyard. What she didn't know was, I
had learned something as well.
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