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Showcases and Travel
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
Here is the link to the article
Showcases, Travel Ball Become Paramount For Prep
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
Locals Competing for USA Baseball Roster
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
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
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
Five Sacramento area high school players were selected to the
Athletics Area Code roster, it was released this week. The local
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
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
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:
Pleasant Grove's Nico
Flies out in this at bat in Game
pitched one inning in Game 1.
Cosumnes Oaks catcher
Spencer UBois snags this ball in foul
Vinny Esposito of Granite Bay
ground-rule double on this pitch for an
Sheldon's senior Brandon
Langan held down the first base bag in Game
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.
by Baseball 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
Oh, and 36 stolen bases.
2013 High School
Division 1 Union Stadium Sacramento City College
Division 2: American River
Division 3: McAuliffe
Sports Selects Elk Grove's Jeff Carlson
2013 State Coach of the
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 BaserballSacramento.com.
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 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.
them all, go here.
Following is the report on Sacramento's lone team to make Cal-Hi's All-Time Top
13. McClatchy (Sacramento) 1951
Record: 22-0-1; Head Coach: Cliff
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
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
Pioneer Coach Kevin Galart
(Photo by Rick Cabral, 2013)
Created: 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.
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
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
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.
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
“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.
that the Division 1 playoff picture is “wide open” with no clear favorite all
the teams that have been named number one throughout the
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
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
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
Granite Bay 1
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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 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
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
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
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
“They got it done; we didn’t,”
Carlson conceded while walking to the Davis parking lot. “That’s the bottom
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
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
“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
“And they did it
Both teams, along with Franklin
High, will advance to the playoffs, with Davis holding the top seed from the
Bay Shuts Down Rocklin 4-0 Behind Meza’s 4-Hitter
by Editor, Rick
pitcher Gabe Meza pitched a
four-hit complete game shutout as the Grizzlies defeated Rocklin 4-0 in an
important Sierra Foothill League game.
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.
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
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.”
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.
(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
(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.
As Herd Defeats Blue Devils 12-2
Editor, Rick Cabral
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Herd dugout, Coach Jeff Carlson calmed his team down with these
words: “Speak with your bats and your arms; not your mouths.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Christian 9, Bradshaw Christian 8
Bradshaw Christian (19-5) stunned the prep ranks by defeating star-studded Elk
Grove 5-1 behind the masterful pitching of senior Austin Ragdale.
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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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).
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.
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Christian still held a slim lead, but it appeared that “Uncle Mo” had switched
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.
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
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.
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,
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
# # # #
Woodcreek 2, Rocklin
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Whitney shellacked Mira Loma today 23-1.
Leading hitters for the Wildcats
Carpenter 3x4, 3
Winter 3x3, 2 RBI
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 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
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
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
Sheldon Jesse Phipps and Brandon Baymiller both went
2x3, and Baymiller had 2 RBI.
(10-8) improves to 4-3 in Delta River League standings, while Sheldon (8-11)
drops to 2-5.
contributed to this report.
Pioneer Rallies to Beat Woodland
Christian 7-6 in 8 Innings at
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.
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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
by Editor Rick Cabral
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 junior John
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 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
Franklin finally got to Trask in the sixth inning.
After Gabe Abelia singled and second
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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
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
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Whitney No Longer
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
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
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
Stephen Nogosek for five earned runs and won yesterday
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,
contined adding scores throughout the game, closing with a
Modeste was 2x3 with a home run and 3
with a double and 2
RBI, and Kyle
Downie went 4x4 with a double. Woodcreek's top
hitters wereGeorge Corp, 2x4 and 3 RBI
Bell, 3x4 with
It was Roseville's
first league win (1-3) and improved their overall mark to
(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”
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.
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.
also helped his team with the bat.
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.
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
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.
Eagles side, Toni was 2x2, Adams 2x5 including the triple, Friello had two RBI and junior
Matt Stafford a double.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.