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North Section Outbracket Games--Division I
Elk Grove 9, Vintage 6
Nunez stood there, his white #9 Elk Grove jersey caked in red dirt from
his home field. The Thundering Herd’s four-year varsity starter had just played
his final game on his varsity field and he went out like a national top
prospect, going 3x4 with two ribbies and leading his teammates to a 9-6 victory
over Vintage of Napa.
try to play the game hard and get as dirty as possible,” he said after the
his mates had to play hard in this out-bracket contest as Vintage, the third
seed from the Monticello Empire League, wouldn’t go down
the game Crushers’ leadoff hitter Jared Lemke doubled off the Herd’s
number-three starter, Ty Madrigal. Lemke eventually scored on a
fielder’s choice to take an early 1-0 lead.
thundered out of the gate, scoring three runs in the home half of the first
inning. Leadoff hitter Nick Madrigal singled, Carlos
Moseley was safe on a fielder’s choice and Nunez drove in Madrigal to
start the scoring. Rowdy Tellez and Derek Hill
drove in runs with fielder’s choice choppers and Elk Grove led
in the third, Elk Grove cranked up the offense with back-to-back singles by
Mosely and Nunez, who moved up on a passed ball. They both scored when the
Crusher’s misplayed Tellez’ infield grounder. Hill tripled to drive in Tellez
and he scored on Dylan Carlson’s sacrifice fly to take what
appeared to be a commanding 7-1 lead.
ABOVE: Ty Madrigal was a bit under the weather
today and his defense less than perfect, but Elk Grove won 9-6 over
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BELOW: Carl Mosely started a four-run rally for the Herd with this
answered with a four-spot of its own in the fourth inning to make it
win-or-go-home game, Elk Grove head coach Jeff Carlson brought
in ace David Smith to relieve for Madrigal in the fifth. But
the senior right hander appeared rocky on the hill, displaying inconsistent
velocity and location. Smith gave up two hits in the fifth inning and the
Crusher’s sixth run in the sixth inning.
Herd put some distance between themselves by tacking on a run in the fifth and
in the sixth to put the game away, 9-6. They had to continue scoring as Elk
Grove made three errors in the contest.
defense, howeer, shined when it needed to in the fourth inning.
Vintage plated four runs to tlim the Herd's lead to 7-5, with two outs and
a runner on second, Rowdy Tellez, now playing right field instead of his usual
first base, fielded a base hit and fired a strike to home that appeared in time
to get the runner. First baseman Carlson cut the ball and threw to Nunez who was
prepared for another collision. The ball arrived in time, Nunez tagged the
runner and the inning was over. Great Elk Grove defense on display in a crucial
the choice of starting sophomore Ty Madrigal in this crucial game, Carlson noted
“He gave up some unearned runs and did a good job of keeping us in the game. He
was a little under the weather today,” Carlson added, “and we got everything we
wanted out of him.”
(23-5) managed 11 hits, led by led Nunez (3x4, 2 RBI), Hill (2x3, triple 2 RBI),
Nick Madrigal (2x3) and
(2x3). Tellez and
Carlson each drove in a pair of runs without a hit.
his teammates now advance to the Division 1 North Section playoffs at Sacramento
City College. They draw the Sierra Foothill League’s number-one seed Woodcreek
(20-6) Wednesday at 4 p.m. They’ll
be sending Micheal Wright, one of the Elk Grove pitching staff’s Twin Towers, to
start for the Herd.
they continue on or not after Wednesday Nunez has appreciated the opportunity to
play for one of Northern California’s traditional powerhouses. “Playing four
years on the Herd varsity under Coach Carlson has been an awesome experience and
definitely life-changing for me. It’s been an honor,” said the UCLA-commit who
some scouts are targeting as a top draft selection in June.
11, Granite Bay 5
Pleasant Grove 2, Rocklin 1
Franklin 13, Rodriguez 0
Division 1 number one
playoff seeds were up for grabs today in the Sierra Foothill and Delta River
Leagues and both teams with a chance to grab the brass ring came up short.
Pleasant Grove 10, Jesuit 4
At Jesuit this afternoon,
Rob Rinaldi’s Pleasant Grove Eagles knew they had no shot at
the number one seed, even though they are assured of a playoff berth, so they
did the next best thing and beat Jesuit on its home field 10-4 to claim a share
of the DRL title with Oak Ridge (which won against
Adams led the Eagles offensive with two towering home runs over the
right field wall in going 3x4 with five runs batted in. Bronson
Grubbs chipped in with a 2-RBI single and winning pitcher Matt
Stafford went 2x5 with an RBI.
ABOVE: Josh Adams follows through on his second
home run against Jesuit. Adams went 3x4 with a pair of home runs
and five RBI
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BELOW: Eagles second baseman Spencer Jemes takes the throw for a
force out at second to retire J. C. Montemayor of Jesuit in the
Stafford allowed Jesuit
four runs during his 5 2/3 innings stint. In their half of the fifth, the Eagles
infield made consecutive errors allowing two runners on. Jesuit’s Lorenzo Arcuri
drove in one run and with two outs, slugger Julian Barron
knocked in two runs with a single as Jesuit narrowed the gap to 6-4.
But the Marauders played
sloppy defense, committing six errors, which allowed Pleasant Grove loads of
chances to circle the bases along with their 11 hits. The Eagles padded their
lead by scoring once in the sixth and three more times in the seventh inning to
put the game away and secure a co-championship.
“This means a lot,”
Rinaldi said while reminiscing after the game about the preceding years when
Jesuit traditionally won the Delta River League, until last year when Pleasant
Grove earned its first league title.
“For the second year in a
row, we beat (Jesuit) two times and it means we get to hang a banner: two-time
Delta River champs. It’s what you play for.” Pleasant Grove finished the regular
season 21-7 and 12-3 in league.
By nature of today's win, Oak Ridge earns the
DRL's number one seed and a week of rest.
Jesuit drops to 20-7 and
12-4 and ends up with the #3 DRL seed.
Rinaldi admits that the
Division 1 playoff picture is “wide open” with no clear favorite all the teams
that have been named number one throughout the season.
Rinaldi was effusive in
praising Adams, the Santa Barbara-bound senior. “He threw a (five-hit) complete
game shutout against these guys (Jesuit) on Monday, then hit two home runs in
his last game of the season. The big man always tends to come through when it’s
the biggest stage.”
Talking to Adams after the game he
admitted that he recently made a change from metal to a wood bat. “I’ve used wood
forever, feel really comfortable with it and I was more true to my swing with wood,
so it was awesome.” And the magical black wood Adams is swinging? A 34-inch,
31-ounce Jack Cust model “X” Bat.
Josh Adams being
congratulated by his first base coach after driving in two
With crystal blue eyes,
wheat-colored hair and charming aw-shucks delivery, Adams is the classic
boy-next-door out of a Norman Rockwell illustration. After baseball is over,
don’t be surprised if he is hired in Southern California at a film
Meantime, he and his
teammates hope to improve on last year’s early exit from the playoffs and
compete for a Sac-Joaquin Section crown.
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Rocklin 2, Granite Bay 1
Rocklin starting pitcher
Logan Webb struck out eight while
limiting Granite Bay to a Vinnie Esposito hit through five shutout innings to
lead the Thunder to a 2-1 victory over the Grizzlies.
The win prevented Granite
Bay (17-9 / 11-4 ) from closing the season with an outright Sierra Foothill
League title. Instead with the Grizzlies loss and Woodcreek’s 10-4 win over
Nevada Union, the teams share in the SFL title.
At Rocklin, both teams
scored once in the second inning. Then in the home half of the sixth, Rocklin
loaded the bases, and Joey Raymond
knocked in the eventual winning run. Rocklin was in sore need of a victory after
losing six of seven to Roseville, Woodcreek (where they were swept), and Granite
Bay before today’s victory.
Granite Bay finishes the
regular season in the SFL.
Woodcreek’s season ended with a flurry of wins, finishing 20-6 and 11-4, and
tied Granite Bay as Co-Champions of the SFL. Woodcreek gets the first place seed
by winning 2 of 3 in head-to-head competition with Granite
Davis Wins Delta Valley Title on
Trask Walk-Off Hit
Editor Rick Cabral
Back around the turn of the century, when baseball truly was our National
Pastime, teams representing towns would venture off to play a neighboring squad.
And in the process, rivalries sprung up in this “town-ball” atmosphere that are
still contested to this day.
Although it’s not exactly the same, the Davis-Elk Grove rivalry in the Delta
Valley Conference, is the closest thing to hopping in the Time Machine and
reliving that “town-ball” experience. And today, no admission price could have
been too steep, as two fine teams battled right down to the final play, because
a championship—and a town’s bragging rights—were at
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh of a 2-2
game, Davis’ Matt Trask faced a
drawn-in Elk Grove infield and reliever David Smith brought in to pitch the
critical seventh inning. Reminding himself not to ground into a double play,
Trask laced a ringing single through the infield, driving in Brett Bloomfield with the game-winning run,
giving Davis (14-1) its first conference championship since
Bloomfield earlier had doubled with one out to start the Davis rally. A walk
to junior John Ariola, followed by a
catcher’s interference call had loaded the bases for Trask, who also hit the
walk-off game- winner against Elk Grove on April
ABOVE: Matt Trask drives this pitch through the
pulled-in Elk Grovd infield for the game winning hit.
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BELOW: Pitcher Bobby Young limited Elk Grove to three hits and two
earned runs in the Blue Devils' thrilling 3-2 win over the
Just four days ago, Trask was on the opposite side of the emotional roller
coaster when Elk Grove drubbed the junior pitcher for 10 hits and six earned
runs. Today was redemption for the blonde-haired Blue
“It’s unbelievable,” Trask said right after the game. “I’m speechless,
honestly,” he said holding the game ball presented to him by head coach
“It was a great game, definitely a crazy game,” a happy and relieved Ariola said
“crazy” Ariola could have meant several plays.
There was a balk called after a Herd runner appeared to be picked off first
base. Or there was the attempted pick-off by catcher Dom Nunez to first baseman Rowdy Tellez. As the runner took off for
second, Tellez fell to the ground, but while applying a tag it appeared he
nicked the runner’s back foot. The base umpire ruled “no tag” and Davis scored
what would have been its third run of the third inning. After Elk Grove coach
Jeff Carlson appealed the play, the home plate umpire reversed
the ruling, called the runner out at first base and negated the scored run,
leaving the game tied 2-2.
Carlson felt it never should have gotten that far.
The third inning began when Davis junior Trey Golston opened with a base hit. He advanced
to third on a passed ball and wild pitch. Bloomfield walked. With Ariola at the
plate, Nunez saw Bloomfield leading far off the bag and fired down to first. Tellez
tagged Bloomfield and Golston darted for home. Tellez fired a strike to Nunez, who
blocked home plate with the ball in his glove. Golston charged in
hard, appeared not to slide and collided with Nunez in a play that
was reminiscent of last week’s game between these two teams when Joe
Murray of Davis was called out and ejected for not sliding. Instead,
Golston was called safe, making it a 1-1 game.
ABOVE: Dom Nunez catches the throw from first
baseman Rowdy Tellez and prepares to tag the oncoming Trey
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BELOW: After applying the tag on Golston, who does not appear
to slide on the play, Nunez peers up at the umpire hoping for
the "out" signal. Instead, the Davis runner was ruled
Elk Grove coach Jeff Carlson argued
that the runner clearly was out, and should have been ejected for not sliding.
“It wasn’t even close. The throw was there (in time),” a disappointed but resigned
Carlson said after the game. (Golston) did not slide, and came right in to the
catcher with intent to injure. And once again, that kid should have been ejected.
It’s just uncalled for. There’s not a place for that in high school
Later in the inning Davis loaded the bases and freshman shortstop Ryan Kreidler hit a hard come-backer to
Wright, who couldn’t handle the ball, allowing Bloomfield to score and
staking Davis to a 2-1 lead.
Davis pitcher Joey Young allowed
Elk Grove only three hits: a double to Tellez who knocked in one run in the
first inning, a double to Wright, and a single to Nunez. That’s all the
Thundering Herd could muster against the senior right-hander who walked four and
struck out five.
Blue Devils’ reliever Adam
Inouye was brought in with two outs in the sixth inning, struck out
a batter and limited Elk Grove to
one run. He fanned two more in the Herd seventh inning.
“They got it done; we didn’t,” Carlson conceded while walking to the Davis
parking lot. “That’s the bottom line.”
Young improved to 6-3. Smith, who was the winner against Davis on Friday,
drops to 7-2. John Ariola and Bloomfield each had a pair of hits for the winners
who totaled seven safeties.
None, however, was bigger than Trask’s game-winner in the seventh inning
which clinched the Delta Valley Conference championship for the Davis Blue
Devils, who last won a title in 2009.
“This was a huge win, a league championship,” an elated Dan Ariola said
afterward. “(Elk Grove now 13-2) had just routed us 12-2 on Friday. But I told
the team, we have guys that can bounce back. That’s what this group has done for
years, they’ve come back from tough defeats.
“And they did it today.”
Both teams, along with Franklin High, will advance to the playoffs, with
Davis holding the top seed from the Delta Valley.
Granite Bay Shuts Down Rocklin 4-0 Behind Meza’s
by Editor, Rick
Granite Bay pitcher
Gabe Meza pitched a four-hit
complete game shutout as the Grizzlies defeated Rocklin 4-0 in an important
Sierra Foothill League game.
The right-handed Meza
successfully located his fastball on the corners and at the knees. Plus his
curve had the sharp 12-6 bite that devastated Rocklin’s hitters, who raised nary
a thunderclap in today’s contest.
ABOVE: Grizzlies' pitcher Gabe Meza tossed a
two-hit shutout against Rocklin.
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BELOW: Devin Lehman, who went 3x4 today, takes this pitch to left
for an RBI double in the third inning.
The Grizzlies got on the
board in the third inning after Ryan
Rosa singled and Devin Lehman
drove him in with a double. Two innings later, Austin Schiber reached on an infield error,
was sacrificed over, and Rosa drove him in with a single to right field, making
it 2-0 Granite Bay.
Rocklin rallied in the
bottom of the fifth and had the bases loaded with two outs, but Meza bore down
and retired the last batter on a fly to left field to retain his shutout. The
stocky senior came into this game with a surprising 4-3 record and 2.19 ERA,
after tossing a no-hitter against Roseville one month ago.
“Meza did a friggin’ great
job today, an awesome performance,” said an enthusiastic coach Pat Esposito. “He got ahead in the count, and
threw his curve ball for strikes.”
Known to teammates as
“Bubba,” the Sacramento State-bound Meza agreed his command has been sporadic
this season. “Today was one of my better days,” he said. “I was hitting spots
early in the game and my breaking pitch felt real good.” Meza, who is among the
Top 20 in strikeouts among North Section pitchers, walked one and struck out
five against Rocklin.
Granite Bay (16-8) got
just enough offense to support Meza. Lehman and Rosa both went 3x4 with one RBI,
and Zach Hall had a two-run homer in the sixth inning to pad the Grizzles’ lead
to four runs. For the home team, Ryan Alexander got two of Rocklin’s four hits,
one of them a double.
“For us, we’re just trying
to finish strong,” Esposito said after the game. “I don’t think we’ve even
peaked yet, honestly.” He speculates that if his team had generated “a little
more consistent offense this year” Granite Bay would have won a couple of the
close ones, and wouldn’t need to win-out against
Granite Bay (9-2) and
Rocklin play each other twice more this week (tomorrow and Wednesday) in
what could decide the SFL title. By nature of the Woodcreek (8-3) loss today
(4-3 to Nevada Union), Granite Bay goes up one game in the SFL standings. The
Wolves, however, own the tie-breaker should the two teams end the season with
the same record.
Rocklin High Field features a picturesque setting to watch a high
with the oak-studded hillsides in the background.
Woodcreek Sweeps Rocklin with 6-4 SFL Win.
Woodcreek beat Rocklin 6-4 to sweep the series and notch a tie for
first place in the Sierra Foothill League with Granite Bay, also 9-3.
Pitcher Dylan Spezia earned the win and went 2x4
with a double and two RBI. Catcher George Corp went 2x3 with an
RBI and Stephen Nogosek had an RBI double.
With the win, Woodcreek shares the first place lead in the SFL with
Granite Bay, which plays Rocklin three times next week.
(Stats courtesy of Game
Elk Grove-Davis Fireworks Follow-Up
Ironically, in yesterday's game that featured the Joe Murray-Dom Nunez fracas,
there was another put-out at the plate that should net some attention.
In Elk Grove's four-run third inning, D.J. Mico singled to left
field, driving in Mikey Wright with the Herd's 3rd run of the
inning. Dylan Carlson was waved around third and the relay throw
from left field to catcher Hayden Duer had him out by several
feet. Carlson, a freshman and son of head coach Jeff Carlson,
wisely tried to avoid a collision by attempting to slide around the catcher and
make a hand tag of the plate.
Either way, Carlson was out. But he made the correct move given his
circumstances, as the photo below shows (Granted, the Easton bat in the baseline
may have influenced his thinking). This is in contrast to Murray's attempted
bowl-over move of Nunez in the first inning. Umpire Doug Baldwin watches closely
before calling Carlson out, which was the first out of the inning.
Early, As Herd Defeats Blue Devils 12-2
By Editor, Rick
The battle for
the Delta Valley League will come down to the final game of the season, after
Elk Grove dismantled the Davis Blue Devils 12-2 in a 10-run mercy
game, this promised to be a showcase of two of the area’s finest right handed
pitchers: Davis’ Matt Trask who was 6-1 with a 0.93 earned run
average and David Smith also 6-1 with an even
Elk Grove catcher Dom Nunez (above) is ready to
apply the tag on Joe Murray of Davis, who collided with Nunez
instead of sliding into home. Murray was ejected from the game for
the rule violation.
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Elk Grove pitcher David Smith (below) is now 7-1
after the 12-2 win over Davis.
In the first
inning Davis’ Joe Murray singled to lead off. Junior
John Ariola hit a fielder’s choice that allowed Murray to
advance to third. Chris Daunt struck out looking, and Ariola started for second
to get into a rundown and draw the throw from catcher Dom
Nunez. With the ball, first baseman Rowdy Tellez saw
Murray break for home and fired a strike to Nunez, who went to the apply the
tag. Instead of sliding (a high school requirement), Murray attempted to barrel
over Nunez, who tagged him out anyway for the third out.
The Elk Grove
bench emptied on to the field in support of Nunez their captain, who showed his
disdain by growling at Murray and firing the ball to the ground.
transgression, home plate umpire Doug Baldwin tossed Murray out
of the game, which turned out to be a pivotal play in three ways. Not only did
Davis fail to score that inning and grab the lead, where momentum is key, but it
required Davis coach Dan Ariola to send in a replacement in
left field, and shift sophomore Drew Gnos to Murray’s position
at second base. Also, for his ejection, Murray faces the additional penalty of
being ineligible for Tuesday’s important game, as required by high school
In the Herd
dugout, Coach Jeff Carlson calmed his team down with these
words: “Speak with your bats and your arms; not your mouths.”
With two outs in
the bottom of the second inning, the Herd’s D.J. Mico singled.
Sophomore leadoff hitter Nick Madrigal hit a sharp grounder to
Gnos, who misplayed the ball and then threw wildly to first base, allowing
Madrigal to reach on an error. Carlos Mosely then drove in Mico
when the second baseman made another error, and Elk Grove scored the first run
of the game.
In the bottom of
the third, Elk Grove loaded the bases after Tellez was hit by a pitch,
Derek Hill singled, and Mikey Wright laid down
a perfect sacrifice bunt that Trask couldn’t get to in time. Freshman
Dylan Carlson walked to bring in a run. Ty
Madrigal, Nick’s twin brother, singled to drive in one more, and the
Thundering Carousel of base hits continued until the Herd led 5-0.
Davis answered in
the fourth inning by posting two runs on a Hayden Duer double.
Later in the frame, however, Elk Grove tacked on five more runs, driving Trask
from the mound and ending Davis’ hopes of winning the title in Elk
for the victors: Mosely (2x3, 2b, 3 RBI), Mico (2x3, 2 RBI), Hill (3x3), Wright
(2x4) and Tellez had a double his last at bat in the fifth inning, when Elk
Grove added two more times to close out the game.
innings, the Herd’s Smith gave up five hits, two earned runs and only one walk
while striking out five Blue Devils batters to garner the win. He goes to 7-1,
while Trask downsizes to 6-2 and his ERA jumped to 1.74.
Both teams, now
13-1 in Delta Valley League play, will meet on Tuesday at Davis’ home field,
where the victor will take the number one seed into the playoffs.
In 3.1 innings on the hill, Davis' Matt Trask
gave up nine hits and seven earned runs to Elk Grove, and his ERA
jumped from 0.93 to 1.74.
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Rowdy Tellez launches a double to the centerfield wall against
Woodcreek 9, Rocklin 0
Tyler Milani tossed a five-hit shutout to lead Woodcreek to a
9-0 whitewash over Rocklin, throwing the Sierra Foothill League into a three-way
tie for first place.
Leading the Wolveines' hitters were catcher George Corp (3x4, 2
RBI), Carson Farnsworth (HR, 2 RBI), Austin
Blatnick (2 RBI) and Stephen Nogosek (3x4).
in the SFL, Woodcreek owns the tie-breaker as its beaten both
Rocklin and Granite Bay twice. The teams all have four more games, and next
week Rocklin-and Granite Bay tangle, while Woodcreek plays three games
against Nevada Union, which is 4-7 in league.
Capital Christian 9, Bradshaw Christian
Last weekend, Bradshaw
Christian (19-5) stunned the prep ranks by defeating star-studded Elk Grove 5-1
behind the masterful pitching of senior Austin Ragdale.
Today, the Pride tangled
with another breed of cat--the Cougars of Capital Christian (19-5-1)--making
this a battle between two of the top programs (at D6 and D5 respectively) where
winning in a private, Christian environment has become an
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The game featured two
excellent right handed starters: senior captain Ben Ritchey in his fourth varsity season with
the Cougars, matched against fellow senior, Blake Stassi (5-1).
Ritchey entered the
contest with just a 2-1 record in 31 innings that included excellent outings
against Pioneer and Whitney, two of the elite teams in Division
Cougars' pitcher Ben Ritchey battled all day
against a tough Bradshaw Christian lineup, which was encouraged by
first-base coach and former pro, Greg Vaughn (right). Ritchey
allowed nine hits and six earned runs, while striking out five and
walking four batters.
~ ~ ~
Grant Heisinger shows the form that led to this
sacrifice fly in today's contest
and a .500 season batting average.
The Pride started the scoring in the second when Ritchey walked Ragsdale. Junior
lefthander Grant Heisinger, again
batting over .500 for the second straight season, followed with a double to put
runners at third and second. Junior Kyle
Betts drove in the first run with a fielder’s choice and Garrett Johnson singled in Heisinger to give BC
a 2-0 lead.
Bradshaw Christian added
one more in the third. Josh
Criswell, the senior catcher doubled, followed by a free pass to junior
Seth Vandegrift. Ragsdale’s single
loaded the bases. Heisinger’s sacrifice fly gave BC a 3-0
Capital Christian (CC) got
one run in their half of the third when shortstop Mauricio Dubon reached on a throwing error.
He stole second base, and Ritchey drove him in with a single.
Bradshaw took what looked
to be a commanding 6-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three runs
off the normally stingy Ritchey, who sported a 0.68 ERA before today’s
In the fifth Capital
Christian’s first batter reached on a walk, but he was erased when the next
batter lined into a double play. Stassi looked to be in full command, when CC’s
number-nine hitter senior Terrance
Bremby tripled to reawaken the Cougars.
Dubon walked and then
Ritchey tripled over the centerfielder’s head to score both runners. Next
Tyler Schimpf—who led all Capital
Christian batters with a .531 average coming in to today’s game—also tripled to
drive in Ritchey. Right fielder Johnson singled in Schimpf, making it
Bradshaw Christian still
held a slim lead, but it appeared that “Uncle Mo” had switched
Ritchey returned to the
mound and quickly got his club back to the bench. Pinch hitter Tyler Jennings immediately singled, and
eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Then Bremby kept the
carousel in motion with a single. Dubon was intentionally passed. Ritchey once
again came through, this time with a double to bring in one run. Schimpf copied
the team captain with a double to drive in Dubon, giving Capital Christian a 9-6
lead heading into the final frame.
Capital Christian coach
Nelson Randolph replaced Ritchey on
the mound with Dubon, the infield magician who seems to make Web Gems a routine
part of his defensive game. He struck out the first batter, but then issued a
pair of walks. Betts knocked in the first runner with a double, followed by a
sacrifice fly by senior Bradley
Mabee, making it a 9-8 nailbiter. Dubon retired the next batter for the
final out, capping a see-saw battle won by the home team.
While Capital Christian's "Mo" Dubon celebrates a high five
Terrance Bremby after both had scored, teammate Ben Ritchey
is still rounding second on his way to a triple in the fifth
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Below, both teams congregate for a group prayer after the
The winning team had 10
hits, led by Ritchey and Schimpf who were both 3x4 with a double and triple.
Ritchey had four RBI, but Schimpf had the game winning RBI among his two. Bremby
also went 2x3 with a triple.
Bradshaw Christian, which
also had 10 hits, was led by Heisinger who had a double and 2 RBI, Betts went
2x4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI and Criswell went 2x4, 2b.
The two teams return to
their respective conference play (Capital Christian is 14-0 in the Golden Empire
League, while Bradshaw Christian is 11-0 in the Sierra Delta League) where they
will finish up the season in preparation for the upcoming
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Woodcreek 2, Rocklin 0
Woodcreek pitcher Cy Hynes pitched brilliantly today, allowing just
four hits and no runs in a 2-0 win over SFL leader Rocklin.
Hynes of Woodcreek
pitched an economical 4-hit shutout against Rocklin this afternoon to bring his
Wolverines to within one game of first place in the Sierra Foothill
With a blustery north wind blowing in from the dead centerfield, no one
managed a long poke this afternoon in what was shaping as a pitcher’s duel.
Through three innings, the teams were scoreless. Woodcreek opened the scoring in
the bottom of the fourth when Tyler Milani singled, advanced to second on a bunt
single by Dylan Spezia, went to
third on Stephen Nogosek’s fielder’s
choice, and raced home on a wild pitch by Rocklin starter, Austin Dick.
One inning later, Woodcreek added another run when Dylan Bell singled. Pinch runner Zach Warner went to second base on a passed
ball, and scored on Austin Blatnick’s single up the middle to give the
Wolverines a 2-0 lead.
Rocklin catcher Ryan Alexander looks on in vain as Zach Warner
avoids the swipe tag and scores Woodcreek's second run in a 2-0
victory over Rocklin.
Hynes only had one 1-2-3 inning, but he tightened when the Wolves needed
him. Along with the four hits, he issued three free passes, hit one batter and
struck out four. Twice Woodcreek bailed him out with double
The Wolves have gone 12-3 in six weeks, much of that without ace starter
Nogosek, who is still nursing a sore right arm. Nogosek hasn't pitched since
4/16 against Roseville when he allowed five earned runs in one-third of an
inning due to soreness in his pitching shoulder.
2x3, Spezia was the only hitter with a multi-hit game today. Coming in to this
game Bell was leading Woodcreek in hitting with a .471 average, followed by
Spezia at .407 and catcher George
Corp with a .393 average.
drops to 8-2 in the SFL, while Woodcreek (16-5) improves to 7-3.
The two teams meet again Thursday at Rocklin and once more on Saturday back in
Roseville for the third game of the series.
# # #
RBI Leads Wildcats to 20-11 Win over El Camino
There is no
finer compliment for a hitter than to say “dude can rake.”
afternoon, we could have been talking about the entire Whitney (23-1) team,
which collected 19 hits and pasted El Camino 20-11.
wind was blowing out at El Camino’s intimate little ballpark (310 to left, 410
in center, and 288 to the right foul pole) providing an ideal afternoon for
offense. And we got it in spades.
bottom of the first inning Wildcats starter Drew Romo gave up a
pair of round-trippers to Eagles pitcher Matt Kintz and catcher Ben Knudsen, who both capitalized on the jet
stream to left field. El Camino notched five runs against Romo in the first to
make 5-1. But the lefthander’s teammates picked him up big time.
Kintz, the Eagles top pitcher,
Whitney scored once in the first, starting with a ringer to right field by
leadoff hitter P.J. Floyd who went
3x5 with two doubles and looked like the second coming of Stan Musial. The
Wildcats pasted Kintz for nine runs—all earned— before coach Jon Mauerer brought in a Eagles reliever in
the third. Small difference as Whitney scored eight more times to take an 18-5
lead in the fifth.
led by junior Brandon Espley who
went 4x5 with two home runs, a double and seven runs batted in to lead all
area’s leading hitter (.574) and RBI king as of Sunday (39), knocked in a pair
of runs with stinging singles through the infield, both of them off curve balls.
Dude can rake.
the Whitney ground crew included seniors Walker Carpenter (3x4 with a double and
triple), and teammate Trevor Abrams
(3x4 two doubles and two RBI).
answered with six runs in the sixth to avoid a 10-run mercy stoppage, making the
score respectable at 18-11. Whitney wasn’t finished, however, and tallied two
were led by Knudsen, Logan Korn and
Kevin Wise who each went 3x4, with
Knudsen knocking in four RBI.
Romo gave up 15 hits and seven earned runs, he got the win and improved to 6-0.
Kintz dropped to 6-3.
elevates to 11-1 in the Capital League, two games ahead of Antelope. Meanwhile,
with the loss El Camino (5-7) may see the DIII playoffs slipping away. The two
teams play again on Wednesday at Whitney’s home field.
contributed to this report)
Woodcreek 9, Granite Bay 4
Woodcreek defeated Granite Bay 9-4 to take the rubber match in this week's
three-game series in Sierra Foothill League action. With the win, Eric Valencia's
Section Division II defending champions move to a second-place tie with GBay at
6-3, two games behind Rocklin (8-1), which lost its first game this
and Rocklin battle next week in a three-game series beginning 4/30 at the
Timberwolves home field. Rocklin concludes the regular season with a series
against Granite Bay, which hosts two of the three contests.
SFL playing at Division I for the first time the Sac-Joaquin North Section
playoffs feature twelve teams from the four leagues for the first time Others
include the Delta Valley, Delta River and Monticello Empire Leagues. Beginning
with an out-bracket game beginning May 13, all of the contests will be played at
Sacramento City College, including the three-game series against the South
(Stats provided courtesy of Game
Ridge 7, Sheldon 3
By editor Rick Cabral
Ridge Trojans took care of business this afternoon, defeating host Sheldon
The Trojans' Alec de Watteville is
coach Kelly McGhee after hitting a triple to open the game
Oak Ridge defeated Sheldon 7-3.
was delayed by a half hour before the umpires arrived. But Oak Ridge shortstop
Alec DeWatteville got things going
in a hurry when he lead off with a triple (his second of the afternoon) and
scored on a Mickey Meinhofer single. Later, Meinhofer advanced
to third and scored on a passed ball. Oak Ridge led 2-0 in the first
answered in their half of the first on a Hunter White single, followed by a Travis Cloyd double, making it
Sheldon pitcher Brandan Langan
The game’s biggest blow may have come off the bat of Trojans’ catcher Tanner Ales, who came up in the top of the sixth
inning with Oak Ridge holding a slim 3-2 lead. Sheldon starter Brandan Langan fed Ales a waist-high fastball
that the 6’0” junior deposited over the 355’ sign in left field to double the
Trojans’ lead. Two batters later Sheldon replaced Langan with righthander
Danny Ramos. Trojans designated hitter Logan Marston greeted him with a blow over
the fence, extending Oak Ridge’s lead to 5-2. The Trojans would add one more run
on Logan Denholm’s second double of
the day (he went 3x3), followed by an RBI single by F.P. Santangelo Jr.
answered with a home run of its own off the bat of Ramos. But Oak Ridge added an
insurance run in the top of the seventh inning to clinch the contest,
starter Ryan Sullivan went four
innings, allowing only two hits, two earned runs. Left-handed reliever Brogan Cooper pitched three strong innings,
allowing just three hits, including the Ramos home run. The major blemish for
the Trojans two pitchers today: they issued eight free passes.
senior second baseman Kenny Ganzler
was 2x4. Langan, the Huskies left-handed starter, was tagged for five earned
runs and took the loss. He is now 3-3 on the year.
victory, Coach Todd Melton's Oak Ridge team (12-8) improves to 6-3 in the Delta
River League, one game behind the leaders Jesuit and Pleasant Grove. Oak Ridge
looks poised to make a run heading into the playoffs.
Brothers Beats Del Campo
Halts Cougars 10-Game Winning
As Brothers' pitcher
Steven Talbert scattered
five Del Campo hits, he looked like Barry Zito on the mound,
controlling a low-eighties fastball, big-sweeping curve and a
Christian Brothers took the steam out of the area’s hottest team by
beating Del Campo 4-2 at home on Joe Marty Field. And it boiled over on the final
Brothers scored two runs in the first inning, giving pitcher
Steven Talbert the über confidence to challenge two of the area’s best
hitters, Derek Rodigo and Jared Biggs (batting .480 and .475
Although Rodigo homered deep to left field in the fourth inning, and
Biggs twice singled, Talbert managed to limit the damage, holding the Cougars to
five hits, two runs and four strikeouts over seven innings. Although he didn’t walk
anyone, Talbert hit two batters.
Derek Rodigo mashed this pitch over the left field fence at Joe
Marty Field for a solo shot in the 4th inning. It was his 6th homer
of the season, putting him atop the Sac-Joaquin section in that
category. He's fifth in Slugging with a 1.040
The Falcons added one run in the third and fourth to make 4-1, and it stayed that
way until the seventh inning when the Cougars rallied.
Biggs led off with a single. The next Del Campo batter hit a deep
drive caught by Brothers' right fielder Brendan Gormely near the foul pole
for the first out. Talbert hit the next batter, putting runners on first and second
with one out.
Cougars' pinch hitter James Mantsch singled to score Biggs,
placing pinch runner Glenn Chapman at second base and Mantsch at first. Brothers head coach Rich
Henning stuck with his junior starter, and was rewarded as Talbert got a
strikeout with a change-up on the corner for the second out.
Then Del Campo leadoff batter Mike Hatfield, hitless on the
day, lined a single to left center field. Chapman raced for home, but Mantsch was
caught in a run down near third base and was tagged out (7-6-5) to end the game.
Had he reached third base safely, the Cougars would have had the tying run on base
with the power guys in the lineup to follow.
With that stake-in-the-heart ending, Del Campo's 10-game winning
streak--longest in the area--came to a sudden end.
As the two teams started to line up for the traditional handshake
line, several Del Campo players appeared visibly upset and began arguing among
themselves. Before it could escalate into a fracas between teams, Del Campo head
coach Paul Martinez ordered his team to the outfield where they ran wind
sprints for their character lapse. The handshake between teams didn’t happen,
though both coaching staffs concluded it civilly.
The two rooting sections behind the plate, however, took up their
respective banners. One Brothers' fan called the Cougars' team "classless" for not
shaking hands. A Del Campo mother chided the other side for deriding her Del Campo
players. After it all died down, a father from the Cougars section got the last
word when he said, "Good luck in the playoffs, CB!"
With the victory, Christian Brothers (13-8) improved to 5-5 in
conference play and kept alive the hope they might still secure the CVC’s third
berth in the playoff. Del Campo (16-6) falls to 9-1 in Capital Valley League play,
and owns a 1.5 game lead over Bella Vista.
Brothers totaled nine hits against three Del Campo pitchers.
Centerfielder Austin Johnson was 3x3 with 1 RBI and junior
shortstop Brandon Hunley was 2x3 with 1 RBI. Sophomore third
baseman Anthony Calderon--hitting .375 entering the game--drove in the
Falcons first run with a single in the first inning.
After the Del Campo players finished their wind sprints, coach
Martinez sent them back to the infield where the Brothers' boys were busily
finishing their field work. Both teams formed a handshake line and the day
The two teams resume their rivalry tomorrow at Del Campo's home
Del Campo shortstop Jared Biggs couldn't find the handle on this
hot smash up the middle by Christian Brothers' counterpart, Brandon
Hunley, who had two hits.
Granite Bay 2
In a Sierra Foothill League classic, Woodcreek edged host
Granite Bay 3-2.
Eric Valencia's Timberwolves were happy to
see the return of Stephen Nogosek after sitting out a couple
games with arm troubles. He played second base and doubled in the
game-winning run in the sixth inning.
The team's were scoreless through four innings, when Woodcreek
plated two runs in the fifth inning on a Hank Pankratz
sacrifice fly and Cy Hynes single.
Hines must have looked like Cy Young to the growling
Grizzlies, as they managed only two hits and no runs off the Woodcreek
pitcher through five innings.
In the sixth inning Granite Bay got on the board with two
leadoff walks and a Ryan Rosa RBI single (which helped
offset his three errors at shortstop today).
In the 7th inning, the Grizzlies loaded the bases and scored
their second run. But a game-ending 1-2-3 double play secured the win for
Woodcreek, which improves to 5-2 in the SFL and is now tied with Granite Bay
for second place. Rocklin still leads the league by two games at 6-0 (depending
on the outcome of their game this afternoon).
Grizzles' starter Gabe Meza, who tossed a
no-hitter earlier this season, gave up 3 earned runs and took the loss. He is
3-3 on the year. Timberwolves' winning pitcher Hynes goes to 3-1.
(Stats provided courtesy of Game Changer)
Mira Loma coach
Jon Harris was steamed yesterday.
This was before his
Matadors were thrashed 23-1 to a very sound and powerful Whitney Wildcats team
which improved to 20-1 (story below).
On Monday, Harris discovered that seven boxes of game
baseballs (Diamond D1 California NFHS) had been stolen over the weekend from
his equipment shed. That’s an approximate $350 outlay. Harris would
appreciate anyone with information about the stolen equipment should contact
916-923-8108 or email@example.com.
Speaking of Mira Loma, long ago they featured some of the area's top talent,
Gary Szakacs (1969), who signed a pro
contract and spent three years in minor league ball, along with dozens of
seasons in our local bush leagues.
We bring up Szakacs as he and eight other prominent baseball men will be inducted
Saturday in the La Salle Club Baseball Hall of Fame at Christian Brothers High. To
read more about Sacramento’s preeminent baseball Hall of Fame, go here.
Whitney 23, Mira Loma
Whitney's J.R. Robinson smashed this high fastball
(see arrow) through a strong north wind this afternoon at Mira
Loma. The blow bounced over the centerfield fence for a ground
rule double, scored one run and padded Robinson's area-leading
RBI stat to 35.
shellacked Mira Loma today 23-1.
for the Wildcats were Walker
Carpenter 3x4, 3 RBI;
3x3, 2 RBI and P.J. Floyd 3x3, 3b.
With the score
8-1 in the top of the sixth, Whitney scored 15 runs to make it a blowout.
Pitcher Drew Romo scattered six hits, while fanning four
Whitney sports an
area-best 20-1 record, and improved to 8-1 in the Capital League, good for first
Whitney's Walker Carpenter slides safely into third
base as Mira Loma's Wes van der Mik was unable to handle the
throw. Carpenter raced from first base on a sacrifice bunt by
J.R. Robinson in the first inning of this Capital League
Oak Ridge 7, Sheldon
Austin Root struck out seven
hitters en route to Oak Ridge 7-4 win over Sheldon. The right handed junior allowed
two earned runs on seven hits and two walks over seven
Sheldon jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the
bottom of the third. Brandon Langan
singled in Matt Manning, who got on
with a double. The Huskies added two more runs in the fourth
Oak Ridge took the lead in the fifth inning scoring four runs on two singles and
For the Trojans, Logan Denholm
went 2x4 with a double and two RBI. F.P. Santangelo Jr. and
Logan Marston both went 3-3. Santangelo had an RBI and Marson had
a double. Alec DeWatteville was 2x4.
Jesse Phipps and
Brandon Baymiller both went 2x3, and Baymiller had 2
Oak Ridge (10-8) improves
to 4-3 in Delta River League standings, while Sheldon (8-11) drops to
contributed to this report.
Pioneer Rallies to Beat Woodland Christian
7-6 in 8 Innings at Clark
Anthony Castaneda last night dominated Pioneer’s
star-studded lineup, allowingjust two hits, three walks and one
earned run, while striking out eight in six innings at historic
Clark Field in Woodland. Pioneer rallied and scored the winning
run in the eighth inning.
In the twilight of Woodland’s historic Clark Field, tiny Woodland Christian
summoned major magic and was one inning away from toppling powerful Pioneer. Then
the lights came on and reality set in.
Saturday marked the first time these two schools met on this
historic ballfield that has witnessed many great players over the years,
including Joe DiMaggio and hometown hero, Boston’s Dustin
Pioneer competes in the Division III Tri-County League, once
dominated by Yuba City and the Stassi Family, while Woodland Christian (WC) play
three levels lower in Division VI (where they own a two-game lead in the Central
Valley California League). On paper, this looked like the classic David versus
But WC had a not-so-secret weapon:
pitcher Anthony Castaneda,
the 6’4”, 230 pound junior right hander who has dominated the diamond from the
mound this season. In 33 innings, he’s given up only 23 hits and three walks
while striking out 53 batters—an amazing strikeout-to-walk ratio. No doubt, some
of which he learned last summer playing with the Sacramento Stingers under Sac
State coach Reggie Christiansen.
Saturday’s competition, however, featured a much stiffer test
than the typical competition Castaneda is used to facing in schools such as
Victory Christian and Sacramento Waldorf. This was Pioneer, a talent-laded team
featuring four Division I signees and with possibly more prospects in 2013 than
any school not named Elk Grove High. Likely they viewed this as a simple tuneup
as they head into the home stretch before the
If nothing else, the Woodland community could congregate for
some old-time Saturday night baseball.
The few fans who had arrived at historic Clark Field
for the first pitch saw Shane Norton hit a home run to lead off
the game, giving Woodland Christian an early 1-0
To start the game Woodland Christian’s leadoff hitter Shane
Norton punched Pioneer in the kisser
when he homered off southpaw Andrew
Fuentes. Although Castaneda later singled,
Kevin Galart’s team quickly limited the deficit to
Castaneda took the hill and promptly struck out the side with
a strong but not scintillating fastball, a deceptive change-up and a fair
breaking ball that he is just getting the hang of, according to his
coach, Jerry Miller. When
Castaneda returned to the mound in the second inning and struck out clean-up
hitter Thomas Galart—his
fourth in a row—the mood in the Pioneer dugout quickly morphed from casual
confidence to “strap on them helmets, we got a battle,
The tall right-hander had just fanned three Division I
recruits heading to Cal State Fullerton (leadoff hitter, Marcus
Vidales), Washington (Robert
Daugherty) and Nevada (Galart). But
then Pioneer’s designated hitter Justin
Carlier doubled, Zack
Aukes (the fourth recruit
committed to Oregon) walked and Seth
Black singled to drive in Carlier
and tie the score. Reality seemed to resurface at Clark
Woodland Christian scored two more runs in the third inning.
Coach Galart sent his son Thomas to the mound in the fourth inning, quite
possibly to restore the fear of God in the Cardinals, which clung to a 3-1 lead.
At 6’4”, 240, Thomas Galart is an intimidating presence on the mound; the
epitome of good ol’ country hardball.
He entered the game among the area leaders in pitching stats
with a 0.70 earned run average, 22 hits and 10 walks allowed with 54 strikeouts
in 40 innings. On top of that, he was hitting .429. Yet in the fifth inning, WC
immediately started a rally off Galart with a Norton single and a walk. Next
Castaneda laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Galart adroitly charged off the mound,
fielded the ball and threw in time to third base to get Norton for the first
Cleanup hitter Tyler
Maszk singled to drive in one
run, Walker Perry drove in another on a fielder’s choice, and Woodland
Christian scored its third run in an inning marred by two Patriots
To start the seventh inning, coach Galart sent Aukes to the
mound. The left-hander last year underwent Tommy John surgery, and is slowly
regaining his arm strength. From what he displayed last night, Pioneer is
poised to make a run through the playoffs with Aukes and Galart forming an
awesome pitching tandem.
Besides the final score, one bright spot for Kevin Galart’s Pioneer
team was the return of Zack Aukes (#15) to the mound after Tommy
John surgery sidelined him for much of 2012 and the early part of
Leading 6-1, Coach Miller brought in Perry to pitch and moved
Castaneda to first base. Castaneda had given him six strong innings, allowing
just two hits, one earned run, while striking out eight perplexed Patriots. He
did, however, double his walk total for the year with three free passes, but
ultimately that didn’t hurt him.
With Castaneda off the bump, Pioneer seized the opportunity
and pounced on WC’s new pitcher. The first hitter Black singled and the next two
hitters reached on a walk and a hit batsman to load the bases. Vidales singled
to drive in one run. The next hitter walked to bring in a run, then Daugherty
plated one more Patriot with a fielder’s choice. The Pats were licking their chops, anticipating a rally
At this point, Miller brought in Norton to face Galart, who
lashed a ball up the middle. It glanced off the shortstop’s glove for a 2-run
error that easily could have been ruled a hit. Norton then struck out Carlier
and Aukes to end the inning. But Pioneer had tied the contest and took the field
for the eighth inning, relieved and rejuvenated. Woodland Christian went down
quietly as Aukes fired lightning bolts from the
In Pioneer’s home half, Norton regained control by getting two
quick outs. Then the Patriot’s number nine hitter junior Colton
Gunter inspired hope with a
single. He went to second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third base on a
Vidales single. On the first pitch,
Vidales took off for second, perhaps hoping to draw a throw. Instead, Woodland
Christian’s catcher Maszk tried to pick off Gunter who was charging back to
third base. The throw sailed into left field, and with it WC’s hope of toppling
Goliath, as Gunter scampered home with the winning
Pioneer Patriots had rallied from a five-run deficit to pad
their overall record to 14-6. They are 7-2 in the Tri-County League, one game
behind Yuba City, which took two out of three games from the Patriots
Pioneer Coach Kevin Galart has the Division III Section
playoffs on the horizon. But he may want to think twice before scheduling
Woodland Christian again.
At least until the Cardinals’ Anthony Castaneda is pitching at
the next level.
# # # #
For more on the history of Clark
Field in Woodland, visit this Davis Enterprise
To read the Bill Patterson’s
story about Aukes in the Sacramento
Davis Tames Franklin 4-1 Behind Trask's
Matt Trask limited
Franklin to three hits and one earned run this afternoon as
Davis defeated the Wildcats 4-1 on their home
Davis (14-5) opened the scoring in the fourth
inning when Trask, who doubled to open the inning, was
knocked in by a Trey
Golston single. Two batters later with the bases loaded
Ariola was hit by a pitch, scoring a second Davis run.
The Blue Devils scored twice more on an infield throwing
Davis pitcher Matt Trask got
Tyler Blake (#24) to hit this dribbler back to the
mound in the first inning of the Blue Devils' 4-1
victory on the Wildcats home field this
In the bottom half of the frame, sophomore Hank LaForte singled for
the first hit off Trask. But the 6’4”, 220-pound pitcher induced a
4-6-3 double play off the bat of slugger senior Tyler Blake to end the
finally got to Trask in the sixth inning. After Gabe
Abelia singled and second baseman Damien Chavez walked, LaForte
drove in the first Wildcats run with a single through the right
side. Trask stiffened by striking out the next batter. Coach
Dan Ariola signaled
for Blake to be intentionally passed (in high school pitchers
are not required to throw four balls for an intentional walk) to
load the bases. Trask struck out clean-up hitter Kyle Zanzi looking to quell
just trying to pound the zone and stay on the outside part of
the plate,” the junior hurler said after striking out six. Trask
admitted he demonstrated good control of his fastball and
changeup today. He now sports a team-leading 5-1 record, with 40
strikeouts and a 0.78 earned run average.
6, Trask pitched the Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Wildcats,
but remembers losing to them last year when Franklin (7-8)
surprised everyone by taking the Sac-Joaquin Section
hitters for Davis were senior Joe Murray and Trask, who
both went 2x4.
contest also featured two of the finest young shortstops in the
area. The diminutive La Forte--who looks like a Venezuelan
import, although he made his eighth error of the season--is now
Ryan Kreidler of
Davis also shows good range and a strong arm, and made an
unassisted double-play against Franklin. Both should anchor
their team's infields for years to come.
At 7-0 Davis sits alone atop
the Delta Valley League one game ahead of Elk Grove. The two
schools face off in a season-ending series which likely will
have playoff implications.
Davis freshman Ryan Kreidler
went up high for this force out at second base
in today's win over Franklin. Kreidler also made an
unassisted double play in the fifth
~ ~ ~
High School News
Yuba City's Eden Pads Strikeout Lead
in 10-0 Win over Woodland
Left-handed pitcher Chandler
Eden struck out nine in six shutout innings as Yuba
City defeated Woodland 10-0 yesterday. Eden allowed just one
hit, walked four and padded his area-leading strikeouts to
The pitcher also homered in the contest along
with teammates Hayden Mejia (2x3 2 RBI) and junior Camryn
Danna (3x4 2 RBI).
With the victory, Yuba City (7-1) maintains a
one game lead in the Tri-County League over Pioneer and
Woodland(both 6-2) .
The two teams play again tomorrow in Yuba
~ ~ ~ ~
Whitney No Longer
undefeated team in the region fell yesterday, as Antelope edged
Robinson, the area’s wins and strikeout leader, took his
first loss of the season as he gave up six hits and all four
runs. He struck out three and walked one. His record falls to
junior Tyler McCombs
went 2x3 with 2 RBI, while senior Robert Contreras went 2x3 with
a double, triple and one RBI.
senior Trevor Adams
went 2x3 with one run driven in, while junior Brandon Espley was 2x3.
Robinson, also one of the area’s leading hitters, went
win, Antelope (16-2) improves to 5-2 in Capital League (Division
III) standings, cutting Whitney’s lead to one game. Whitney is
now 18-1 overall.
McClatchy Mauls Warriors 14-0
The McClatchy Lions
trounced the Hiram Johnson
Warriors this afternoon 14-0 in a five-inning Mercy Rule
McClatchy's Noah Mitchell
smacked a bases-loaded single in the first
driving in two runs during the Lions' 10-run
The Lions scored 10 runs in
the first inning on just two hits, as the Warriors' pitchers
consistently walked or hit McClatchy batters in a revolving
carousel of base runners, interspersed by a multitude of passed
balls and wild pitches by the Johnson
Things got so bad, Lions
head coach Mike De Necochea deliberately dispatched runners from
third base to give themselves up for the Johnson catcher to make
the tag at home plate to help the visitors get out of innings,
otherwise the teams might still be
McClatchy first baseman Michael
Valli (#9) applies a late tag to the Johnson base
runner as Lions pitcher Grant Henrichsen looks
Roseville Scores 5 Off NoGo, Tops Woodcreek 9-7
in SFL Action
Woodcreek's flame-throwing Stephen Nogosek
for five earned runs and won
right hander lasted just
six batters as the Tigers scored five times on two hits, two walks
and a hit batsman. After the sixth batter he was replaced
Stephen Nogosek on the mound in
2012 for Woodcreek
From his Twitter page
last night Nogosek noted "my shoulder was not feeling good at all,
started to hurt pretty bad."
back scoring four runs in the first, but Roseville contined adding scores throughout
the game, closing with a 9-7
For the Tigers
Modeste was 2x3
with a home run and 3 RBI, Alex Roper 2x3 with a double and 2 RBI, and Kyle Downie went 4x4 with a double. Woodcreek's top
hitters wereGeorge Corp, 2x4 and 3 RBI and
Bell, 3x4 with
It was Roseville's
first league win (1-3) and improved their overall mark to
7-8. Woodcreek (11-4)
evened its SFL record at
2-2. Rocklin leads the league with a 4-0 mark with
Granite Bay close behind at
courtesy of Game Changer)
Whitney 7, El Camino 2
JR Robinson went three for four and drove in two runs to
lead Whitney to a 7-2 win over El Camino today. Robinson pitched six innings to
earn the win.
Whitney, now 16-0, remains the only undefeated team in the area. At 4-0, the
Wildcats sit atop the Capital League (Division III) standings.
McClatchy 5, Rosemont 4
The McClatchy Lions, down 4-1, roared back to score three runs to tie in the
seventh inning, then plated the winning run in the eighth inning to defeat Rosemont
5-4 this afternoon. With the victory, McClatchy (5-0) takes a one game lead over
Rosemont in the Metro League (Division II) standings.
High School News
McClatchy topped Kennedy today 5-3, as senior shortstop
Eddie Sievers went 2x4 including the game winning hit that
drove in two runs in the sixth inning. Sievers had 3 runs batted in on the day.
Jorge Perez and Anthony Montes helped
the Lions' cause with each one going 3x4.
Elk Grove Suffers Not-so-Pleasant
11-1 Loss To the “Other Grove”
defeated neighboring rival Elk Grove 11-1 in the NorCal Semi-Final of the Boras High School
Baseball Classic on the Sacramento State diamond.
Elk Grove head
coach Jeff Carlson can’t forget this one soon enough, as he watched his defense
commit five errors and pitchers plunk seven batters. That included four consecutive hit batters
in the 7th inning when the Eagles blew the game open by scoring eight
Pleasant Grove was
led by senior left handed pitcher Josh Adams, who scattered seven hits in six
innings, allowing just one Herd run. He kept hitters off stride with his curve, especially
Rowdy Tellez, who went hitless against Adams and finished the day
Pleasant Grove pitcher Josh Adams scattered
seven hits over six innings.
Adams also helped
his team with the bat.
With the game tied
1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, Adams greeted new Herd pitcher Mason Crump
with a leadoff triple on the first pitch. One pitch later, Eagles catcher Nico
Toni singled home Adams, and took third when Elk Grove center fielder Derek
Hill misplayed the hop, allowing Toni to scamper to third base. Next batter senior
Austin Friello drove Toni in with a sacrifice fly, and Pleasant Grove took a
The Herd’s scrappy
sophomore infielder Nick Madrigal led his team by going 3x4 with two ringing
doubles. Elk Grove senior captain and four-year varsity starter Dom Nunez, who
hit the ball hard all afternoon, went 2x3 and Hill was 2x4.
Dom Nunez of Elk Grove (above) hammered the
ball all day.
On this one, he drove the right fielder to the 375' sign on a fly out.
On the Eagles
side, Toni was 2x2, Adams 2x5 including the triple, Friello had two RBI and junior Matt
Stafford a double.
“I’ve played with
a lot of these guys a lot of years and so I knew how to throw to them, and I was successful,”
said Adams, the strapping lefthander. “Elk Grove’s the big rivalry and I enjoy beating them
every time,” he admitted with a smile as his coach Rob Rinaldi received the
Boras Classic Northern California trophy.
The win propels
the Eagles (9-3) to the inaugural Boras Classic Championship game on April 13 at UOP against the
yet-to-be-determined Southern California champion. The Herd (8-2) suffered just their second
loss on the season.
“Gotta tip your cap, they
outplayed us today," Carlson said. "As the (tournament) host, we wanted to win this and get the
opportunity to play the Southern California champion, but it didn't happen. Not when you make
that many errors.”
Eight games were held on the first day of the
inaugural Boras High School Baseball Classic Invitational at McAuliffe Park in
A pair of groves--Elk Grove and Pleasant Grove--won
both contests to advance in their winner's bracket today.
For all the scores and schedule of upcoming games, go to the Classic.
Pleasant Grove Takes Two
Pleasant Grove swept the afternoon and evening contest in the first round of the
Boras Classic today, defeating Rodriguez 4-1, then Deer Valley 4-2.
The Eagles junior pitcher Matt Stafford (below) shows the form
that dominated in the afternoon contest.
Elk Grove Wins Pair to Advance in Winner's BracketElk Grove
won its first game today 10-0 over the Excel Academy, then defeated Yuba City 11-4
in the afternoon game. Nick Madrigal (below) attempted to stretch
this hit into a triple, but was called out at third base in a very close play.
High School Stat Leaders for week ending 3/22/13
Devon Loomis a senior at Colfax High leads all area hitters
with a .650 batting average. In all, six players are batting .600 or greater in the
early high school season, and 30 are hitting at a .500 clip or better.
Senior J.R. Robinson, Whitney High senior, leads all batters
with 17 runs batted in. Tyler Love, a junior at Argonaut, has
jumped out to a wide lead in the stolen base category with 14 steals.
Six pitchers have started the season with a percect 3-0 mark. Sophomore
Kirk Crump is the strikeout leader with 40. Although he has four
of the six losses at Sacramento High, hitters are batting just .233 against
For the complete list of stat leaders for the week, go to High School.
Each Easter several of the
top high school baseball programs hit the road to play in some of the most
prestigious and competitive tournaments held through the state. This year—thanks
to one of the prominent figures on the baseball landscape—some will play right
here in the Sacramento area in a tournament that could live up to its
The inaugural Boras High
School Baseball Classic of California Invitational will feature 32 of
the best baseball programs throughout California. Sixteen teams in the Northern
California bracket will begin play at McAuliffe Park on March 25 with Elk Grove
High serving as the host school. Each school is guaranteed to play four
On March 28, the finalists
will play at Sacramento State’s John Smith Field; the 3rd place game
is slated for noon and the NorCal Championship will be played 4 p.m. The
southern bracket will begin the following week.
Winners of the northern
and southern California brackets will meet April 13 at noon at University of the
Pacific (UOP) in the inaugural Boras Baseball Classic Championship, which will
be televised by FOX College Sports.
Boras, of course, is the
famous super agent Scott Boras, who played baseball at and
graduated from Elk Grove High and UOP. Boras Foundation is picking up the tab
for the all the schools, plus it will donate $1,000 to each of the high school
baseball programs participating in the Classic.
“It’s been Scott’s idea to
put this together for many years, and it’s his way of giving back to high school
baseball,” said Gerry Boras, Scott’s younger brother who as the event
coordinator is employed with Boras Marketing at the company headquarters in
The Boras company is
heavily promoting the tournament to both college programs and area scouts in
hope of “giving these boys the exposure that will help them with recruitment,
either to college or a pro career,” Gerry Boras said. Pending the success of the
California tournament, they’re hoping to roll it out in other states as
Jeff Carlson, head coach at Elk Grove High,
concedes the opportunity to serve as the tournament’s host school is somewhat
bittersweet. Whereas, he’s excited to showcase his state-ranked program—led by
Dom Nunez and Rowdy
Tellez—in their backyard, it also means the Thundering Herd will not
travel southward as they’ve done every year since Carlson joined the coaching
staff 15 years ago. “We’re going to miss that trip," Carlson notes. "It’s a
great tournament (San Diego Lions Tourney) and it was awesome going on the road
and playing in that great weather in San Diego.”
selected all but one of the 16 teams in the Northern California bracket. He
admits “we got a late jump on it, so a number of teams we talked with had other
commitments” and couldn’t join them this year. Still, he’s enlisted some top
teams from the Sacramento area (Oak Ridge, Pleasant Grove and Rocklin High among
others), plus they've recruited powerhouse programs from Bakersfield, Clovis and
the Bay Area.
Also, several Bay Area
private schools that had previous commitments this year said they’ll be playing
in next year’s Boras Classic, anticipating that it will become one of the
state's premier tournaments. Which should elevate the competition level even
Cost for the NorCal Boras Classic which runs Mar. 25-28 are as
$5.00 for an all day pass for kids 12 and under and
$7.00 for an all day adult pass and
$20.00 for a 4 day pass.
Cash, debit, VISA and Mastercard will be accepted at the gate. Also, expect a
parking fee at McAuliffe Field.
For a complete list of the
schools and the schedule of games, visit BorasClassic.com.
Tellez Tabbed for Pre-Season All-American by MaxPreps
Senior slugger Ryan "Rowdy" Tellez was selected by Max Preps to
its preseason All-American team last month.
Last year, Tellez hit .568 with seven home runs and 47 runs batted. He was
picked the area's Most Valuable Player by BaseballSacramento.com and Sacramento
Cal-Hi Sports has slotted Tellez and his Elk Grove teammates in the #10 spot in
their preseason State Rankings. Last year, the Herd finished 20-9.
Joining Tellez for his fourth varsity season is Dom Nunez who
batted .429 with 28 runs batted in. Senior David Smith, who
finished 6-0 with a 1.03 ERA, leads the pitching staff.
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