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2014

We are proud to present the fourth annual All-Capitol Team as selected by BaseballSacramento.com. 

The 2014 team features a roster of 15 that includes four returnees. Nine of the players represent Division I; five from a combination of D-II and DIII from the Sac-Joaquin Section. We selected 12 seniors this time and just one lower division student. Three players were picked from Davis, the newly-crowned Sac-Joaquin Division I section title team, and three came from Elk Grove, last year's section champions.

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Once again, an Elk Grove student athlete is our "Player of the Year"Derek Hill.

Dan Ariola, who guided Davis High to its third section Division I title, is our Coach of the Year.

We believe this is a fair representation of the fine talent competing in the high school ranks in the "greater Sacramento area," which extends as far north to Yuba City/Marysville, east to Nevada Union in Grass Valley and Placerville, west to Woodland and south to the Sacramento-San Joaquin border.

To read the bios of the 2014 All-Capitol Team, simply click on the player's name.

And to read about POY Hill and COY Ariola click on the links above or below.

Editor--Rick Cabral

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Derek Hill

Elk Grove High

 

Pos 

Player 

School 

Year 

Div 

Toni, Nicco  

Pleasant Grove 

Sr. 

1B 

Trask, Matt 

Davis 

Sr. 

INF 

Campbell, David 

Colfax 

Sr. 

III 

INF 

Kreidler, Ryan 

Davis 

So. 

INF 

Madrigal, Nick

Elk Grove 

Jr. 

OF 

Ariola, John 

Davis 

Sr. 

OF 

Dove, T.J. 

River Valley 

Sr. 

III 

OF 

Enes, Danny 

Rosemont 

Sr. 

II 

OF 

Hill, Derek 

Elk Grove 

Sr. 

UTL 

Floyd, P.J.  

Whitney 

Sr. 

III 

DH 

Heisinger, Grant 

Bradshaw Christian 

Sr. 

VI 

Martin, Chris 

Elk Grove 

Jr. 

Root, Austin 

Oak Ridge 

Sr. 

Talbert, Steven 

Christian Brothers 

Sr. 

II 

Webb, Logan 

Rocklin 

Sr. 

Coach 

Ariola, Dan 

Davis 

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All Photos by Rick Cabral unless otherwise noted.

 
 

JOHN ARIOLA
Davis High,Sr.
Outfielder

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A three-year starter, and Coach Dan Ariola’s pride and joy, the Blue Devils’ leadoff hitter represented Davis’ “We’re not done yet!” mentality.

The speedy centerfielder batted .393 with 13 stolen bases and 34 runs scored en route to the Devils section title run. And when he pounded the plate with his bat, you knew the Devils were a'comin.

A proven winner, Ariola will attend American River next year.


David
 Campbell
Colfax, Sr.
Infielder

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Led Colfax to the D-3 playoffs again this year with eye-popping offense: .551 average with 10 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 27 RBI. Slugged at a 1.101 clip.

A strong-armed shortstop, he was selected All-Pioneer Valley League all four years, and this year earned the PVL's Most Valuable Player trophy while leading the Falcons to a league championship.

A returnee from last year's 2013 All-Capitol Team, David is headed to San Jose State.


T.J. DOVE
River Valley, Sr.
Outfielder

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T.J. has been outstanding for River Valley since his sophomore season (when he first made the All-Capitol Team in 2012).

In 2014, he batted .451 with 28 RBI and .617 slugging.

He led the Falcons to a 20-11 record and a D-3 playoff run before they lost to eventual title winner Pioneer.

Over his four-year varsity career, Dove batted .440 with 151 hits, 86 RBI, 19 doubles, 15 triples and five home runs.

He is headed to Sacramento City College.


DANNY ENES

 Rosemont, Sr.
Outfielder


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Photo by Frederick Stephenson

Danny Enes led his team to a 16-8 record and a second place finish in the Metro League behind Kennedy.

The senior outfielder batted .468 with 17 RBI and posted a .935 slugging percentage.

He also stole 16 bases for the Wolverines.

Enes will play for Cosumnes River College in 2015.

P.J. FLOYD
Whitney,
Sr.
Utility

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(photo courtesy of Whitney High)

P.J. was a returning All-Capital Athletic League player and led Whitney (18-10) to the Division III playoffs where they lost early to the David Campbell-led Colfax Falcons.

The lefthanded-swinging Floyd, who played shortstop for the Wildcats, batted .424 with 12 doubles and a .705 slugging percentage.

He also stole 22 bases in 2014: Perfect for the utility role for which he's been assigned here on the All-Capitol Team.

P.J. is headed to Sacramento State.


GRANT
 HEISINGER

Bradshaw Christian,
 Sr.
Designated Hitter

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Heisinger made the All-Capitol team for the third straight season as the designated hitter because every season he's proven the kid can rake.

He hit for a .492 average in 2014 (after batting .600 his sophomore season), slugged at a .661 clip with 32 RBI (most for all of the 2014 All-Capitol Teamers).

Grant led Bradshaw Christian (22-9) to another section Division VI title as the team’s shortstop.

He’s headed to Stanislaus State. 

 

 
RYAN KREIDLER
Davis High,
So.
Infielder

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“Super Soph” is a well-worn expression, but it wears well on Davis’ Ryan Kreidler, who became one of the elite shortstops in the area in 2014: team-leading .438 average, .609 slugging percentage with 28 RBI.

Ryan also posted a .957 fielding percentage. He batted third in the lineup and was a key cog in Davis’ Section Division I title.

An advanced-level talent, Kreidler has a scholarship offer from national champs UCLA. He might become the best ever from this talented Davis program.

 

 


NICK MADRIGAL
Elk Grove High, J
r.
Infielder

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The Herd’s leadoff hitter mashed at a .421 average, stole 28 bases, scored 42 runs and fielded at a .952 percentage.

Nick knocked in four runs in the late innings at Davis to lead Elk Grove to the Delta Valley Conference title.

He and keystone partner Carlos Moseley formed the area’s best double-play combo. Nick is a three-time USA team member and his 14U team won a gold medal in 2011. Madrigal is a verbal commit to Oregon State. In 2015, he anchors a Herd team that will be loaded.


CHRIS  MARTIN

Elk Grove High, Jr.
Pitcher

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Martin was the “ace” for the Thundering Herd, posting a 7-2 record with one save, and a team-leading 0.87 (he shared the wins lead with sophomore Austin Del Chairo).

The lefthander recorded 50 strikeouts for a 2-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. His only losses came early in the season against always tough Valley Christian (San Jose) and Davis in the teams' first meeting of the year.

Down the stretch, Chris was clutch posting wins against Davis on the final game of the regular season, an opening round playoff victory against Vacaville, and against Franklin he allowed just one run, four hits and struck out five Wildcats.

He anchors a strong Herd staff in 2015.

 


AUSTIN ROOT

Oak Ridge, Sr.
Pitcher

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Root was steady and solid for Oak Ridge for three varsity seasons, recording a 19-7 overall mark with 143 strikeouts and a 1.56 ERA over that period. 

In his senior season, Austin finished with a 6-2 record, 0.97 ERA and 48 Ks. His only losses this year were to Elk Grove (2-1) and Jesuit (4-3).

The righthander will join Sacramento State, the WAC Champs, in 2015.


Steven Talbert

Christian Brothers, Sr.
Pitcher

Talbert_CBS_cabral

Talbert was the horse Christian Brothers rode to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title game.

The lefty with a mid-80s fastball, mine-sweeping curve and effective change stymied Capital Valley Conference hitters all season. Finished with a Sacramento area high in wins (10-2), 1.05 ERA and his 76 strikeouts leads the All-Capitol Team pitching staff.

In the playoffs, Talbert shined. He allowed just four hits, one run and fanned nine in Brothers 4-1 win over Kennedy to advance to the section title game. He threw a 3-0 shutout in Brother’s first playoff win against American Canyon. 

His only downfall in the championship: a two-run homer that was the game winner for Benicia.

Talbert will attend Sacramento City College next year.

 

 


Nicco
 Toni

Pleasant Grove, Sr.
Catcher

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Nicco Toni anchored an excellent Pleasant Grove pitching staff and led his team to a 21-5 record and Delta River title in 2014.

Nicco batted .388 with 20 RBI.

Perhaps the best arm among catchers in the area, Toni notched an impressive 50-percent caught stealing percentage.

Nicco is going to Cosumnes River.


Matt
  Trask
Davis High, Sr.
First Baseman

Trask_Davis_cabral

UCLA-bound Matt Trask batted cleanup for the Section Division I champion Blue Devils, posting a .352 average with 27 RBI.

One of the best righthanders in the area, Trask just as well could have made this team on his pitching record: 6-1 with 1.46 ERA. He pitched six innings of no-hit ball against Rocklin and had clutch hits en route to Davis’ championship run.

Always plays the game the right way, with no-nonsense determination on the field and a sunny smile after the game is finished.

Trask is a returnee from last year’s 2013 All-Capitol Team.


Logan Webb
Rocklin High, Sr.
Closer

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The righthander drew mondo attention down the stretch, as scouts drooled over his mid-90s fastball, which dominated the Division I playoffs, where he had an 11-strikeout performance against Oak Ridge High.

Although his record was just 4-3 this season, his 73 strikeouts and 0.49 ERA show tremendous upside.

A former star quarterback for the Thunder, he has the velocity and athleticism to pitch in pro ball. Just ask the Giants, who selected him in the 4th Round of this week's draft. Webb also has  an offer to play for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

2013 All-Capitol Team

 2012 All-Capitol Team

 2011 All-Capitol Team

 

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