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 High School Stat Leaders--FINAL Regular Season 5/20/13

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Showcases and Travel Ball

Baseball America last week presented an excellent piece on the growning popularity of travel ball and its relative importance to a prospects ability to draw attention by collegiate and professional scouts.

Here is the link to the article Showcases, Travel Ball Become Paramount For Prep Players 

This is a must read for parents with children high school age and lower who are considering their options in preparing players for the next level.

Sacramento features a number of academies and training facilities in the area. For links and contact information, go to our Instruction page.


Locals Competing for USA Baseball Roster Spots 


Derek Hill, Nick Madrigal and Dylan Carlson are currently competing in the USA Baseball trials to make the rosters for their respective age divisions. All three prep at Elk Grove High and played on the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship club in 2013 coached by Jeff Carlson.

Hill, a senior, is trying out for the 18U team. As a junior for the Thundering Herd, he played center field, batting .417 with 27 runs batted in. He was selected to the 2013 All-Capitol Team.

Madrigal, a junior shortstop, is competing for a spot on the 17U National Team Development Program, which does not play in competition this year. Madrigal starred on the gold-medal USA 14U team in 2011. With Elk Grove last year, he hit .374 and stole 23 bases.

Carlson is trying out for the 15U National Team. As a freshman, Carlson hit .205 with 17 RBI while anchoring first base much of last year for his father's varsity team.


5 Locals Selected to Athletics Area Code Team

Five Sacramento area high school players were selected to the Athletics Area Code roster, it was released this week. The local players are:






Granite Bay 



Elk Grove 




Capital Christian 




Oakland A's scout Jermaine Clark, coordinator of the Area Code tryouts, announced 34 players from Northern California were added to the roster. Three players came from one school, powerhouse Buchanan of Clovis. Only two players returned from last year and one of them plays for a rival school in Clovis.

Of the five from Sacramento, four are pitchers. Derek Hill, who could not attend the tryout due to a previously scheduled showcase event, will play the outfield, where he starred at Elk Grove High's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title team.

Eight teams representing players from across the country will compete in the New Balance Area Code Baseball Games tournament scheduled from August 5-10 at historic Blair Field in Long Beach, CA.

This year’s teams will include: New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics.


Area Code Games Tryouts
Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton

Tryouts were held at Banner Island Ballpark today for the 2013 New Balance Area Code Games Athletics, one of eight regional teams scheduled to play in one of the country's most prestigious high school showcase events.

More than one hundred players from throughout Northern California were nominated by local area scouts to participate in a series of standard drills, followed by two intrasquad games before the pro scouts and college recruiters from across the nation.

Jermaine Clark, Oakland's area scout, once again organized the showcase, which has become a staple at Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports, the Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

Last year, eight prospects from our area were selected to the Athletics Area Code team.

Representing the greater Sacramento area today and hoping for an invitation to the 2013 final roster were:







Valley Christian



Byrd Jr.

El Camino


David Campbell Colfax




River Valley




Granite Bay




Granite Bay




Bradshaw Christan




Christian Brothers












Capital Christian








Pleasant Grove








Cosumnes Oaks




Bradshaw Christian


Pleasant Grove's Nico Toni
Flies out in this at bat in Game 1.



Grant's Cameron Avila
pitched one inning in Game 1.

Cosumnes Oaks catcher
Spencer UBois snags this ball in foul territory.

Vinny Esposito of Granite Bay smashed a
ground-rule double on this pitch for an RBI.

Sheldon's senior Brandon Langan held down the first base bag in Game 2.

Some inviteees were unable to attend the event, such as junior shortstop Nick Madrigal of Elk Grove, who was competing at a USA 17U tryout camp in Arizona. Madrigal was a key member of Elk Grove's Sac-Joaquin Division I Section title team.



Tellez Tabbed All-American
by B
aseball America

Elk Grove's Rowdy Tellez was selected First Team All American by Baseball America today. At right is the report.

Clint Frazier, the high school phenom from Georgia who Tellez bested last summer in a home run derby contest, was chosen Player of the Year. Frazier was taken with the fifth pick in the 2013 draft by Cleveland and recenty signed for a $3,787,000 bonus.

Seven California players were selected to the First Team this season by Baseball America.

Four years ago, Max Stassi of Yuba City was selected Third Team All American as a catcher. That season, a high school sophomore named Bryce Harper was picked as the High School Player of the Year. His statline: .626 avg./22 doubles/9 triples/14 home runs/55 RBI.

Oh, and 36 stolen bases.


2013 High School Playoffs

Division 1 Union Stadium Sacramento City College

Division 2: American River College

Division 3: McAuliffe Field



Cal-Hi Sports Selects Elk Grove's Jeff Carlson
2013 St
ate Coach of the Year



The Elk Grove Thundering Herd (29-5), tabbed the No. 3 team in the final Cal-Hi Sports state rankings, now has another honor with Jeff Carlson being chosen as the 2013 Cal-Hi Sports State Coach of the Year.

Carlson recently was selected
Coach of the Year by

Carlson is the first from the Sac-Joaquin Section to be State Coach of the Year since Guy Anderson from Cordova of Rancho Cordova was selected in 1981. Anderson is now the second winningest coach in state history with more than 900 wins. The only other Sacramento area coaches on the all-time list are Dick Sperbeck from Bishop Armstrong (1962), Cliff Perry from McClatchy (1951) and Ed Combatalade of Sacramento (1935).

For more on Carlson's pretigious honor, go to Cal-Hi Sports.


Cal-Hi Sports Selects Top 25 High School Teams of All Time

Cal-Hi Sports has been selecting the "State Team of the Year" for decades. Five of our local teams have made the list over the years.

This week, Cal-Hi publisher Mark Tennis selected the best of the best. Only one of the Sacramento teams made the Top 25, and from a cursory glance at the list, it would appear that preference is given to more recent squads and Southern California teams. But that's a NorCal guy's perspective.

To read them all, go here.

Following is the report on Sacramento's lone team to make Cal-Hi's All-Time Top 25:

13. McClatchy (Sacramento) 1951
Record: 22-0-1; Head Coach: Cliff Perry

Due to being unbeaten in the days when Sacramento city baseball was as its best, the Lions can still make a claim at being the greatest team in Sacramento history.

The team’s only close game was an 11-11 tie with Christian Brothers that was called due to darkness. The 23-game unbeaten streak didn’t end until it reached 40 games during the 1952 season. It is still one of the five longest unbeaten streaks in state history.

As with all great teams, McClatchy could hit and pitch. Earl Rose led the hitting with a .521 average followed by junior Peter Stathos at .512. As a team, the Lions batted .309. Sophomore Ralph Rose (Earl’s brother) was one of the top pitchers, along with Chris Christian and J.C. Masters. Catcher Bob Jones and junior first baseman Dick Traversi were two more All-City players.

On its "Honorable Mention" list two other Sacramento teams were noted:
1962 Bishop Armstrong 22-2
1931 Sacramento High 20-1

To read about the "Flying Falcons" of 1962, go Time Travelin'.


High School News
Woodland Pioneer High baseball coach Galart let go after using profanity


Pioneer Coach Kevin Galart
(Photo by Rick Cabral, 2013)

ted: 05/25/2013 08:04:17 AM PDT

Kevin Galart's recent ouster from his position of head baseball coach at Pioneer High School was an unavoidable outcome to an unfortunate situation, according to Pioneer athletic director Scott Stephens.


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 Ponderosa).

Josh 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 fourth inning.

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.”



Josh Adams being congratulated by his first base coach after driving in two runs.

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.

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 studio.

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.

Note: Check out this NorCalPreps profile on Adams.

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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 Bay.



Davis Wins Delta Valley Title on Trask Walk-Off Hit

by 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 stake.


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 2009.

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 12.  


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 Herd.


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 Devil.

“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 Dan Ariola.

“It was a great game, definitely a crazy game,” a happy and relieved Ariola said post-game.

By “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 Golston.
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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 safe.


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 baseball.”

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 4-Hitter

by Editor, Rick Cabral

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 field
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 Rocklin.

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 school game,
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 Changer)


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.




Fireworks Early, As Herd Defeats Blue Devils 12-2

By Editor, Rick Cabral

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

Entering the 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 1.00 ERA.


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.

For his 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 regulations.

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 Grove.

Leading hitters 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.

Over five 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 Davis.





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 8

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 institution.

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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 3.


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.

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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 lead.

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 game.

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 6-5.

Bradshaw Christian still held a slim lead, but it appeared that “Uncle Mo” had switched dugouts.

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 with
Terrance Bremby after both had scored, teammate Ben Ritchey
is still rounding second on his way to a triple in the fifth inning.

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Below, both teams congregate for a group prayer after the ballgame.


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 playoffs.

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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.

Cy 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 League.

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 plays.

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.

At 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.

Rocklin (14-7) 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.

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Espley’s 7 RBI Leads Wildcats to 20-11 Win over El Camino

by Editor Rick Cabral

There is no finer compliment for a hitter than to say “dude can rake.”

This afternoon, we could have been talking about the entire Whitney (23-1) team, which collected 19 hits and pasted El Camino 20-11.

The north 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.

In the 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.

Against 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.

Whitney was led by junior Brandon Espley who went 4x5 with two home runs, a double and seven runs batted in to lead all hitters.

J.R. Robinson, the 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.

Others from the Whitney ground crew included seniors Walker Carpenter (3x4 with a double and triple), and teammate Trevor Abrams (3x4 two doubles and two RBI).

El Camino 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 more times.

The Eagles were led by Knudsen, Logan Korn and Kevin Wise who each went 3x4, with Knudsen knocking in four RBI.

Although Romo gave up 15 hits and seven earned runs, he got the win and improved to 6-0. Kintz dropped to 6-3.

Whitney 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.

(GameChanger 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 week.

Woodcreek 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.

With the 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 Section representative.

(Stats provided courtesy of Game Changer)



Oak Ridge 7, Sheldon 3

By editor Rick Cabral

The Oak Ridge Trojans took care of business this afternoon, defeating host Sheldon 7-3.

The Trojans' Alec de Watteville is congratulated by
coach Kelly McGhee after hitting a triple to open the game
Oak Ridge defeated Sheldon 7-3.

The game 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 inning.

Sheldon answered in their half of the first on a Hunter White single, followed by a Travis Cloyd double, making it 2-1.

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.

Sheldon 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, 7-3.

Trojans’ 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.

Sheldon 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.

With the 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 4-2
Halts Cougars 10-Game Winning Streak
by Editor Rick Cabral

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 changeup.

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 play.

Brothers scored two runs in the first inning, giving pitcher Steven Talbert the ├╝ber confidence to challenge two of the area’s best hitters, Derek Rodigo and Jared Biggs (batting .480 and .475 respectively).

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 average.

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 concluded peacefully.

The two teams resume their rivalry tomorrow at Del Campo's home field.

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.



Woodcreek 3, 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 him at 916-923-8108 or


Speaking of Mira Loma, long ago they featured some of the area's top talent, including
  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 1


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.

Whitney shellacked Mira Loma today 23-1.

Leading hitters for the Wildcats were Walker Carpenter 3x4, 3 RBI; Aaron Winter 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 Matadors.

Whitney sports an area-best 20-1 record, and improved to 8-1 in the Capital League, good for first place.



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 game.

Oak Ridge 7, Sheldon 4

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 innings.

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 inning.

Oak Ridge took the lead in the fifth inning scoring four runs on two singles and two errors.

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.

For Sheldon Jesse Phipps and Brandon Baymiller both went 2x3, and Baymiller had 2 RBI.

Oak Ridge (10-8) improves to 4-3 in Delta River League standings, while Sheldon (8-11) drops to 2-5.

GameChanger contributed to this report.


Pioneer Rallies to Beat Woodland Christian 7-6  in 8 Innings at Clark Field



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 Pedroia. 

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 Goliath scenario. 

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 playoffs. 

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 lead.

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 1-0. 

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, boys.” 

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 Field. 

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 out. 

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 errors.  


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 this season.

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.

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 for all-time.

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 portside. 

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 run. 

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 recently. 

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. 

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For more on the history of Clark Field in Woodland, visit this Davis Enterprise report.

To read the Bill Patterson’s story about Aukes in the Sacramento Bee, go here. 




Davis Tames Franklin 4-1 Behind Trask's Pitching

by Editor Rick Cabral

Pitcher Matt Trask limited Franklin to three hits and one earned run this afternoon as Davis defeated the Wildcats 4-1 on their home field.

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 junior John Ariola was hit by a pitch, scoring a second Davis run. The Blue Devils scored twice more on an infield throwing error.

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 afternoon.

In the bottom half of the frame, sophomore Hank LoForte 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 inning.

Franklin finally got to Trask in the sixth inning. After Gabe Abelia singled and second baseman Damien Chavez walked, LoForte 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 the uprising.

“I was 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.

On April 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 North.

Leading hitters for Davis were senior Joe Murray and Trask, who both went 2x4.

Today’s 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 batting .491.

Freshman 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 inning.

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Other 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 69.

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 City.

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Whitney No Longer Undefeated

The last undefeated team in the region fell yesterday, as Antelope edged Whitney 4-3.

Wildcats’ pitcher J.R. 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 5-1-1.

Antelope junior Tyler McCombs went 2x3 with 2 RBI, while senior Robert Contreras went 2x3 with a double, triple and one RBI.

Whitney 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 1x3.

With the 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 (5)

The McClatchy Lions trounced the Hiram Johnson Warriors this afternoon 14-0 in a five-inning Mercy Rule contest.

McClatchy's Noah Mitchell smacked a bases-loaded single in the first inning
driving in two runs during the Lions' 10-run rally.

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 defense.

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 playing.

McClatchy first baseman Michael Valli (#9) applies a late tag to the Johnson base runner as Lions pitcher Grant Henrichsen looks on.

Roseville Scores 5 Off NoGo, Tops Woodcreek 9-7 in SFL Action

Roseville tagged Woodcreek's flame-throwing  Stephen Nogosek for five earned runs and won yesterday 9-7.

The Oregon-bound 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 by Cy Hines.

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."

Woodcreek battled back scoring four runs in the first, but Roseville contined adding scores throughout the game, closing with a 9-7 victory.

For the Tigers Max 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 Dylan Bell, 3x4 with a double.

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 3-1.

(Stats provided 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”

Pleasant 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 runs.

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 1x4.


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 3-1 lead.

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 Sacramento.

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 Bracket

Elk 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 him.

For the complete list of stat leaders for the week, go to High School.



The Boras Classic


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 name.

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 games.

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 Newport Beach.

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 well.

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.”

Carlson personally 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 more.

Cost for the NorCal Boras Classic which runs Mar. 25-28 are as follows:
$5.00 for an all day pass for kids 12 and under and seniors
$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


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 and Sacramento Bee.

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.

 2013 All-Capitol Team