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Editor, Rick Cabral 08/12/11
a four-year starter at Elk Grove and one of the finest high school
baseballplayers to come out
of the greater Sacramento area in a long time, has declined an offer to play professionally
with the Tampa Bay Rays and confirmed he will accept a scholarship to Cal State Fullerton, it
was learned today.
In the June Major League First-Year Player Draft, Davis was drafted in the
fifth round by Tampa Bay.
Later that month, the Davis' were surprised to learn that Fullerton State head
Serrano had announced he was leaving for
University of Tennessee. The Fullerton vacancy immediately set off a competition for one of
college baseball's most sought-after head coaching positions. It also created a brief window of
anxiety among Titan recruits.
That was addressed when Fullerton State quickly announced it had tabbed UCLA
assistant coach Rick Vanderhook to take the
Titans back to the College World Series, something of a tradition on the southern California
For Vanderhook, the job represents a return home. He played there under
now-legendary head coach Augie Garrido, and served as an
assistant under several different coaches, including Garrido, George
Horton (the last to win a CWS at Fullerton
State in 2004), and Serrano.
J.D. Davis at the plate for
ProPlayersBaseball Collegiate squad this summer.
Meantime this summer Davisplayed for Ryan
Royster's ProPlayerBaseballcollegiate team while weighing his options. Davis mashed at a .427 average
with 16 doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI in 75 at bats for a 1.277 OPS (Royster is a graduate
of McClatchy and UC Davis, and was drafted by the Seattle
One of Davis' teammates was Austin
Diemer (Rocklin High), who also has a
scholarship offer from Fullerton State and was drafted in the 26th Round this year by the
Of all the years to be chosen by the Rays, Davis had the misfortune of being
picked in 2011 when Tampa had an inordinately large number of picks, including three in the
first round, seven in the first supplemental round, and two more in the second round for a total
of 12 draft picks in the first two rounds. Of those, the team has signed seven of the selections
well before the August 15 deadline when many deals are expected to culminate, based on past
In late July, J.D. Davis summed
up the Rays' challenge this way: "They know they have to go crazy (in bonus
money) for me to walk away from Fullerton." As
the 180th pick, Davis' bonus slot set by the Commissioner is
Coach Vanderhook made a personal visit to the Davis household last week, a
stay that included dinner and a frank discussion about JD's playing possibilities in 2012 on the
Fullerton campus. Vanderhook assured the all-star high school player he would get his
opportunities to start, but would have to earn his playing time.
Davis selected Fullerton over several other California schools because
originally Serrano, and then later Vanderhook, agreed to allow him to both pitch and play a
corner infield position.
After Vanderhook departed the Davis home, J.D. announced to his family he had
made his decision: "I'm going to Fullerton." His father Greg
Davis reminded him that negotiations were still
ongoing with Tampa Bay and there was the possibility the Rays could come in with a "crazy"
offer. But the 6'2" 215 pound righthanded slugger affirmed his desire to play collegiately
where he hopes to lead to the Titans to the College World Series. It appears now he'll have
three chances at college baseball's brass ring before the pros can draft him
Since 1975, Cal State Fullerton has made 16 appearances at the College World
Series and won the crown four times. Only Southern California (12), Louisiana State (6), Texas
(6), and Arizona State (5) have won more college baseball championships (Miami also has earned
four). The Titans are eighth all-time with 34 wins at the CWS for a .514 winning percentage. On
the West Coast only Southern California (74) and Stanford (40) have more
Davis earned this baseball bounty by being named the Most Valuable Player by
both BaseballSacramento.com and the Sacramento Bee in 2011. Cal-Hi Sports named Davis its Junior
Baseball Player of the Year in 2010, and this year selected him to its All-State team as a
For a complete rundown of his 2011 high school
statistics, view J.D. Davis'
page on the 2011 All-Capitol Team.
ONE FOR THE AGES:
Bradshaw Christian's Brady Dragmire
Pitches Pride to D-6 Championship
By Mark McDermott 05/30/11
When Bradshaw Christian High
School recorded the final out in its 15-2 Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI baseball
championship victory over the Delta Saints at Sacramento City College on Monday, the
legendary career of Brady Dragmire came to an
What Dragmire accomplished for
the Pride during his four-year career is mind boggling.
Headed to the University of
Nevada this fall on a baseball scholarship, he not only excelled on the ball field but was a
bruising running back in football and a double-digit scoring guard in basketball.
Playing three sports for the
Pride from 2008-11, Dragmire was part of 187 victories, seven section finals and five section
titles. The Pride won the D-VII football crown in 2008 and D-VI in 2009, a D-V basketball title
in 2009 and baseball championships the past two years.
On Monday against Delta (16-8),
Dragmire (5-2) pitched a four-hit, eight-strikeout complete game, went 2-for-2 with a double,
drove in a run, scored four runs and stole two bases. In 2010, the Pride won their first
baseball championship when Dragmire threw a complete game in beating Valley Christian 4-2 in the
Pride pitcher Brady Dragmire Fired fast
balls in the low '90s to Delta Saints hitters in the D-6 Championship game
today at Sacramento City College.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder is the
true definition of a three-sport start. In the 2010-11 sports season, he ran for 2,019 and 33
touchdowns for the 11-2 section runner-up football team, averaged 10.7 points for the 22-9
basketball team and hit .532 for the 23-8 baseball team.
When college football recruiters
came knocking last fall, Dragmire made it clear his future was in baseball. With scholarship
offers from Long Beach State, Miami, Sacramento State, Nevada and CSU-Fullerton, Dragmire, who
plays shortstop when not pitching, committed early and said the best fit for him was
“Brady Dragmire sends the message
that you can be an athlete and still go to a small school and earn a major college scholarship,”
Bradshaw Christian baseball coach Drew Rickert said.
“If you’re good, they’re going to find you. Because in the end, it all boils down to how well
you play the game. And, he plays the game pretty well."
With scholarship in hand,
Dragmire awaits the Major League Baseball free agent draft beginning June 6.
“I’ll wait for the draft, see
whether I get drafted high enough to take me away from school and then decide what to do,” said
the right-handed Dragmire, who has been contacted by a dozen teams.
Dragmire is a breath of fresh air
at a time when so many high school athletes at smaller schools transfer to a larger school
seeking better exposure in their respective sport. Because of the kind of student-athlete he is,
once Dragmire made his decision Rickert wasn’t worried his star would leave.
Brady Dragmire poses for a
post-Championship game photograph
with Mike Finnerty (left) of the Surewest Sports Show.
“When you come to Bradshaw
Christian you’re in an enjoyable atmosphere and receive a quality education,” Rickert said of
his school which has an enrollment of 225 students. “Academically, we’re the best around.
Students can have fun and don’t have to be 15-year-old adults.”
“When I was in the eighth grade I
considered going to Christian Brothers, but my parents and I decided Bradshaw Christian was best
for me,” Dragmire said. “Never once during my entire stay did I ever have a thought about
“He has the right makeup,” said
Bradshaw assistant coach Greg Vaughn, a 14-year
major league veteran and four-time All-Star out of Kennedy High. “He can play anywhere and
Vaughn, who hit 355 career home
runs, said Dragmire’s strength is his arm, one that can throw a ball consistently at 90
miles-an-hour and as high as 93.
Bradshaw Christian assistant coach Greg
Vaughn looks on while the Pride go through pre-game warmups.
He's high on Dragmire's pro potential, likening him to a
young Chris Bosio.
“He reminds me of a young
Chris Bosio with a bit more velocity,” Vaughn said.
“He’s mean out there on the mound and has a will not to lose. He’s power with movement. I see a
great opportunity for him to get to the highest level. All he has to do is make adjustments,
stay humble, work hard and persevere.”
Bosio is a Cordova High and
Sacramento City College product who won 94 games with a 1,059 strikeouts in 10 big league
seasons for the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers from 1986-96. In 1993, he pitched a
no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox. Bosio is currently an advance scout for the
Monday’s championship game at
Sacramento City College was not played well. In all honesty, it was ugly. There were eight
errors, seven hit batters and seven passed balls. Dragmire was hit by a pitch twice, once in the
head. He also made two throwing errors trying to pick runners off first base.
The Pride’s Ron Henry went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in,
Austin Ragsdale had two hits in four at-bats and
Logan Schaurer and Jake Adkins each had two-run singles.
When Rickert was asked what
Dragmire has meant to the Pride program, he said:
“What Brady leaves us is the
memory of how to work hard, practice hard and play hard. All the things that make you better.”
ANTELOPE TITANS FOR REAL
By Mark McDermott 04/15/11
Tonight, the Antelope High School baseball team faces a
defining moment in the history of its youthful program.
Can the Titans, with an enrollment of 1,676 students and
in only their second season of varsity competition, move up in class and play with the big
The answer will come on the grand stage of Raley Field when
the Capital Athletic League representative and No. 10-ranked Titans (14-1) from Division III and
riding an 11-game winning streak face the No. 2-ranked and Division II powerhouse Granite Bay
Grizzlies (9-3-1) of the Sierra Foothill League. Game time is 6
Tibbett believes the Titans can play with
“This is the biggest game of my life,” said Tibbett (5-1), who
will start tonight against the Grizzlies. “Beating Granite Bay would really get our school’s
name out there.”
Tibbett knows there are skeptics out there who believe the
Titans don’t deserve to be in the rankings because they haven’t played any of the area's
established top-flight teams. However, he is quick to disagree.
“I admit some of the teams we’ve beaten aren’t the greatest,”
said Tibbett, who has a 4.6 GPA and takes AP and Honor classes. “But the quality of our opponent
shouldn’t take away from what we can do. We execute and play a very good brand of baseball. We
are a very good baseball team.”
Titans’ senior center fielder and leadoff
Gassaway looks forward to tonight’s game and
sees the confrontation as an opportunity his team has earned.
“We’ve worked hard to get a chance to play a top-rated team,”
Gassaway said. “We deserve to play Granite Bay and to play at Raley
Senior infielder Cory Moore said the Titans
“have something to prove to the whole section.”
Front Row (left to right): Andrew Mitchell, Steve Mercado Jr., Bryan Boyce, Robert
Contreras, Kyle Tibbett, Bryan Babcock. Back Row (left to right): Assistant coach Steve Mercado Sr., Brandon
Bourgeous, Kyle Spackman, Dakota Amstutz, Michael Gassaway, Eric Sandness, Cory
Moore, Tyler Winston, Wyatt Castro, assistant coach Dino Quintero, head coach
Javier Valdivia. Team photo provided by Sonya
The game would never have come to fruition had it not been for the efforts of the Sacramento River
Cats High School Series program which invites high schools to compete and enjoy playing in the
professional atmosphere of Raley Field and the agreement by Granite Bay coach Pat Esposito to
participate. Antelope coach Javier
Valdivia is thankful for his team’s the
“The toughest thing to do as a new school is to find nonleague
games against top-flight competition,” he said. “To be a successful program you need to play
those good teams. We have a lot of respect for Granite Bay. We know they are good. Having them
on our schedule is a huge plus. And, playing at Raley Field will be lifetime experience for our
Valdivia believes the 2011 Antelope team is
“This team has been together since the school doors opened in
2009,” said Valdivia, whose team is playing with its first senior class. “They’ve also spent two
entire summers together. Even now, they spend more with each other than they do with their own
Tibbett, Gassaway and Moore--three of the four Titans’
seniors--each echoed the same sentiments. Get along
right away or be doomed to failure.
“The short time we’ve been together has forced us to mesh
quickly,” said Tibbett, who plans to continue his education and baseball career at Lewis &
Clark College in Portland, Ore. “When you think about it, the guys on the team are the only
people we know. We’re a team that’s got each other’s back and helps one another whenever someone
needs it. We are family.”
Gassaway said getting along and staying focused has been the
key to the Titans’ success.
“I’ve never been on a team like this,” said the 6-foot-1,
180-pounder. “Everyone gets along, works hard and pushes each other to do their best. And, our
senior leaders on the team know what has to be done to accomplish our goals. So, we push the
team harder and harder each day to reach that goal. We want to make the playoffs for the first
time and win the section title.”
The glue that holds the Antelope team together is the
38-year-old Valdivia who instilled a work ethic and fundamental philosophy that caught on
“Coach knows how each one of us ticks,” Tibbett said. “He
treats people in a way that brings out the best in each one of us. He stresses that a team
doesn’t revolve around any one player. He expects us all to
Valdivia came to Antelope from Woodland High School. In his
three-year stint at Woodland (2006-08), he compiled a 75-15 record and won a SFL title that
first year after taking over for Rob
Rinaldi who is now at Pleasant Grove. The
2006 Wolves team went 28-2 and won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Championship. Ironically,
the only blemish on the Titans record this year is a 6-3 loss to
In Antelope’s initial season, Valdivia’s squad won the Capital
Valley Conference junior varsity title with a 22-3 record. The Titans, in their first varsity
season in 2010, were an impressive 21-7 and finished fourth in the CVC. In
BaseballSacramento.com’s inaugural 2011 Dandy Dozen rankings, the Titans were tabbed the
potential “Sleeper Team of the Year.”
At 14-1, the "Sleeper Team of the Year" moniker no longer
applies. These Titans are for real.
ELK GROVE'S J.D.
Great Player, Leader and Teammate
by Editor Rick Cabral
op echelon high school baseball players surface sparingly, but this region
seems to enjoy unlimited bounty. Two years ago, it was Max
Stassi of Yuba City (a two-time Bee Player of the Year and rising rapidly in the
A's organization) and last year it was Jake
Rodriguez of Elk Grove (Oregon State starter). Both were four-year varsity
This season, that player unquestionably is J. D.
Davis, senior pitcher/infielder from Elk Grove High School, who shot to the
front of the class with an outstanding playoff performance in
Entering the Division I playoffs last season, Elk Grove was the Bee's top-rated team
in the Sacramento region with a 24-3-1 record. But then Pleasant Grove applied a 12-0 beat down,
sending the Herd to the loser's bracket. Jeff
Carlson's gritty club clawed back to the final round and earned to right to face
a fresh, unbeaten Jesuit team that would send out the area's premium power pitcher,
Dan Child. Elk Grove would counter with their
power pitcher, Davis, placing the young man on the biggest stage of his
The day before, Carlson had told the strapping junior that the team was depending on
him, especially since Rodriguez had been slumping at the plate. Davis' arm was tired after so
much work from late season action and the playoffs. That night he went for a run around the
neighborhood to loosen his muscles, and his mother applied Ben Gay to his pitching
Davis was rarin' to pitch against the two-time Section champions, Jesuit. Slated to
face them in the 2009 playoffs, Elk Grove was prematurely eliminated, forestalling the Marauders
matchup until the 2010 playoffs. Before that game, Davis went into the bullpen alone to focus on
sage advice he'd gleaned from his father ("Remember, it's just a game,") and Carlson ("If you
play your game, no one can beat you"). Davis came out of the bullpen brimming with confidence,
and quickly found all three of his pitches working (fastball hits low 90s, knuckle curve
and circle change).
Early in the game, he hit two monster solo shots off Child (one estimated at 425 feet)
setting the tone. Rodriguez also broke out of his slump at the perfect time, and while Davis
dominated Jesuit on the mound, Elk Grove won 4-1. "That was the greatest game I ever played,"
"No doubt about it, he has the physical tools, but mentally he's very calm and doesn't
get rattled," Carlson says about his star player's ability to pitch in crucial
J. D. Davis
normally dominates on the mound, but gave up 5 runs to Franklin in this league
Later that evening in the North Championship elimination game, Elk Grove rolled over a
disheartened Marauders squad 11-0 sending them to the Division 1 Section Championship
(where they lost to St. Mary's of Stockton). In the two games against Jesuit, Davis had gone 4
for 7, with 2 home runs and 4 RBI and a pitching performance that solidified his legend in the
local playoff history.
In late June, when Cal-Hi Sports announced their annual awards, Davis learned from a
friend's dad that he had been selected as the Junior State Player of the Year. "I couldn't
believe it. Like, out of all the (juniors) in Cal I (was selected)?" he says, awestruck. Davis
figures his 60 RBI for the season, second most in Sac-Joaquin Section history (behind Grant's
Lo Novey, 1990), helped his
As Cal-Hi Editor Mark Tennis wrote:
"Davis put up numbers that were spectacular. On the mound, he went 10-1 with a 1.99 ERA and
struck out 91 batters in 67 innings. At the plate, he led the Thundering Herd with 62 RBIs
(sic, this error was reprinted from a Sacramento Bee story). He also batted .483 with 30 runs
scored and eight homers." Ironically, Cal-Hi's Junior Player of the Year for 2009 was Davis'
teammate, Jake Rodriguez.
About one week after his Cal-Hi selection, Davis began to see just how much his legend
had grown. On July 1—the first day colleges can offer scholarships to incoming high school
seniors—his phone started ringing early in the morning, and didn't stop until late at night.
Schools up and down the West Coast expressed serious interest in the 6'3", 225 pound player.
Eventually, he was offered scholarships to Oregon, Cal, Santa Clara, Sac State and other
colleges. But when Fullerton State called with an offer, J.D. quickly made up his mind.
As a boy growing up in the Los Angeles area, Fullerton's games were often on
television. At a young age J.D. told his father Greg
Davis that he was going to play baseball for the pinstriped-Titan team. The
older Davis noted that if Titans' tradition held to form, J.D. would have an excellent chance of
playing in the College World Series.
"That's one of the reasons why (I chose Fullerton). I want to go to Omaha," says a
wide-eyed J.D. Davis.
Jared Deacon, a former Elk Grove High
catcher who is redshirting his freshman year at Fullerton State, helped seal the deal with a
positive evaluation of Dave Serrano and his
coaching staff, facilities and fan support. Coach Serrano has told Davis he will be used
primarily as a corner infielder, with pitching being his secondary
Last summer, J.D. played his third season for the ultimate travel-ball team, the El
Dorado Hills Vipers, whose Connie Mack roster looks like a Sacramento-area high school All-Star
team. When the Vipers traveled to Goodyear, Arizona (spring training complex for the Indians and
Reds) to play in the 56-team Perfect Game/EvoShield National Championship (Upper Class), Davis
once again rose to the challenge.
"We came in confident. We had a bunch of pitching," J.D. remembers.
The Vipers tied its first game, then won their next four, including a game where Davis
pitched six innings of shutout ball. In the semi-final game, he hit a walk-off home run to send
the Vipers to the championship game against the SoCal Outlaws. McClatchy's
Max Cordy was tabbed to pitch. Before the game
he confided to Davis his arm was sore from so much work over the summer. J.D. admitted he,
too, was also feeling it, especially the searing desert heat. He told Cordy "'Gut it out.
Give us four or five innings.'" Cordy did.
"(Max) pitched his butt off that day, and because of it, we won (9-4), and he got
pitcher of the tournament," Davis says. J.D. was voted the tournament's Offensive Player, going
12 for 20 at the plate, with seven doubles and the home run.
That fall, Davis (and Cordy) reunited to play on the Rockies'
Scout Team, coached by Gary Wilson. The former big
league pitcher is high on Davis' future. "T
he thing that sticks out to me is that (J.D.) is one of the most competitive kids I have been
around," Wilson says in a text message. "Not only are you getting a power bat and power arm, but he
is a smart player who knows the ins and outs of the game. He is not scared to
Coming into his senior season in 2011, Davis has attracted big-time attention from the local area
scouts, who are mixed over which position he will ultimately play as a professional.
One Sacramento area scout wrote,
"I like his power with the bat more than anything else (about his game)." Another scout, who requested anonymity, took a different
view, "(Davis is a) pretty good player. He's good enough to be a big league third baseman someday."
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Scouts are discouraged, and in some cases banned, by
their head office from talking to the media, prompting a swath of anonymous
Davis has been told that his body-type reminds scouts of Troy Tulowitzski, the tall shortstop for the Colorado Rockies. Which
position does he prefer? "I'm totally an infielder," Davis concedes. "But I'll pitch to help out
the team. I love doing both, honestly. That's why I like (the chance to play at) Fullerton,
because they want me to do both."
Hearing that J.D. could be a high-draft pick, his parents sought out
Quinn Gregory, a licensed sports agent with
California Sports Management (CSM) to guide them through the pre-draft process. As an "advisor,"
Gregory has no formal commitment with Davis (amateur players who sign an agreement with a
sports agent, forfeit their collegiate eligibility). Gregory gladly provides the free advice
hoping that if the Elk Grove star is drafted, the Davis family will select CSM to represent
Gregory, who also coaches the Jesuit High freshmen, played college ball at Sacramento
State for three years (1987-89), which came in second in the 1988 Division II World Series.
Today, the Sacramento-based CSM represents several pro players, and advises some local college
players, including Sacramento City's Justin James,
son of former pro, Dion James (McClatchy and #26
on the All-Time Top 50
Elk Grove High is a young team this year, concedes Carlson and the head
coach points to Davis' four-year varsity leadership as a major influence on the club. "He's a
great worker—as are all those other guys who have come through here and gone on to the next
level. J.D.'s continuing to develop and has done a great job for
Entering his junior year, Davis also played quarterback in football. But a leg
fracture sent him to the sideline, where he focused on weight-lifting and core training. The
result: he added fifty pounds to his large frame, dramatically increasing muscle mass and
strength (he laughs at the suggestion of rivals that he's done it with
Through 11 games this year, J. D. Davis is hitting .529 with five doubles, one triple,
four home runs and 15 RBI (from 2008-2010, he compiled a .423 average with 20 doubles, four
triples and 10 home runs). Over 22 innings pitched this year, he has a 2-1-1 record and a 2.55
ERA, allowing 21 hits and 10 walks with 31 strike outs. The one area that could use improvement
is his defense at third base, where he currently sports a .920 fielding
J. D. Davis
rips at a pitch from Franklin's Jordan Johnson
in a league game.
The slugger is hitting over .500 for the
Asked to describe the winning ethos in Elk Grove baseball, Davis credits Carlson with
creating a "family atmosphere" around the clubhouse and on the diamond. He also admits that the
head coach "is kind of a second dad to all of us. We would rather get yelled at by our dads,
than him," the teenager laughs. Carlson has led the nationally-recognized Elk Grove program for
11 years and was an assistant for three prior years. (In 2010, the Herd was ranked as
high as #16 in the nation by Baseball America until they lost to St. Mary's in the Section
Davis also likes to recite another Carlson mantra drilled into the Herd players:
"Never give up until the final out."
The team exemplified that belief twice last week in come-from-behind wins against
league rivals Franklin and Davis High. In the Franklin game, J.D. was touched for five runs in
five innings pitched, and by the bottom of the seventh the Herd trailed 7-5. With two outs, they
loaded the bases for Davis, who skied a towering fly down the left field line that dropped
safely and scored all three runners to win the game, 8-7.
The following Friday in Davis, the Herd trailed 8-1 and (again) with two outs in the
seventh, Elk Grove scored 10 runs to take the lead. Ironically, J.D. failed to get a hit in that
game, but he closed it for another Elk Grove win. Reminded that his hitless performance
would drop his batting average below the hallowed .500 mark, Davis easily brushed it aside,
saying "The team won. That's what counts." The Herd currently leads the Delta Valley
standings and is the #3-ranked team in the Dandy Dozen.
In his final year, Davis' goal is to be a model teammate for the club's impressionable
younger players, emulating his big-league idol, Derek Jeter. He hopes to lead Elk Grove to
another Delta Valley Conference title, and claim the ultimate team prize: a Sac-Joaquin D-1
Section title, which has eluded the Herd since 2007.
Don't count out Elk Grove's Comeback Kids. Not when they're led by J.D.
# # # #
Cordy Leads Lions on Playoff
by Editor, Rick
"McClatchy's back!" senior Max Cordy says
enthusiastically about the school's baseball program.
He's fresh off a no-hitter last week against Rio Americano and the Lions are a perfect
5-0. For its reward, McClatchy jumped into Baseball Sacramento.com's Dandy Dozen for the first
time this week. Max was selected as this site's first ever "Player of the
To top it off, last week he was named
Honorable Mention to the
Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason All-American Team (Only Elk Grove's
J.D. Davis, who made
2nd Team, was ranked higher among local players).
Plus, Cordy's stoked about pitching against another top-ranked opponent this afternoon
at home against Pleasant Grove.
"He continues to impress me with each start," McClatchy head
coach Mike de Necochea said in an email. "While his fastball and slider have been electric, I'm
most impressed with his leadership and maturity. He is an excellent student and works very hard in
the classroom and on the field."
Cordy's rise to the elite echelon of Sacramento players may have come as a
surprise to area coaches and teams. Last year as a junior, he tossed only 19 innings in just
seven appearances, posting a 2-2 mark with more walks than Ks (21/19). And he only hit .222
over the season. He admits his stats were "lousy."
A 6-3 senior, Max points out that before last year he hadn't
pitched much. To start the summer, he returned for a second season with the El Dorado Hills
Vipers, an elite travel ball team. The Big Hoss on that club was Davis of Elk Grove High, who came off a strong showing in the NorCal Division I
playoffs, and was touted as one of California's top high school juniors. Through the Vipers'
season, Cordy was used mostly in relief. But beginning with the Perfect Game/Evoshield National Championship (Upperclass)
tournament in Arizona, he was promoted to
starting pitcher and the Vipers ran through the playoffs.
In the championship game, Cordy fought through arm fatigue and won a 9-4 decision. He
was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher in the Tournament. Davis, meanwhile, earned MVP honors
going 12-20 with 7 doubles and a game winning home run, while also pitching six scoreless and
striking out 10.
After the championship victory, Max remembers, teammates celebrated in a fairly low
key style, not completely understanding what they had just accomplished. The coach reminded
them, "Hey, you guys just won a national championship."
"I didn't really think anything of it," Cordy says, "until they started (sizing) our
hands for ring sizes."
The Vipers passed on their chance to compete in the WWBA World
Championship in Jupiter, Florida due to travel costs.
From Arizona, Cordy went directly to playing for the Rockies Scout Team in the fall of
2010, competing against other Northern California teams managed by area scouts. Max credits
Rockies' scout Gary Wilson with helping him work
on his mechanics last year.
gainst Rio Americano, an early season Dandy Dozen pick by B/S.
He felt charged to avenge last season's no-hit loss to the Raiders. "I really wanted to get
When Cordy went to the mound at Rio Americano, he admits to not feeling comfortable.
Although he doesn't want to trash Rio's facilities, the visitor's bullpen, he claims "isn't a
bullpen—it's just a big pile of dirt." So he didn't go through a normal warm-up routine.
Instead, he played flat level catch to get loose. When he went out to the mound in the first
inning, he faced another surprise: the varsity pitching mound felt much higher than
McClatchy's. "Because it's so steep," Cordy expected his first few throws to land in the
dirt while making the adjustment.
Although he'd been staked to a 5-0 lead, Cordy admits he wasn't sharp in the early
frames, walking a couple of batters while two others reached by errors. Eventually, he got
in a groove when his slider started working. As the game went on he got stronger and more
comfortable out on the big bump, striking out 10 batters.
When the game had ended, and McClatchy claimed a 7-0 victory, the team ran out for the
traditional postgame debriefing. Catcher Hunter
Carolan asked him, "Where's the game ball? You know you just threw a no-hitter."
Cordy countered, "No, dude, that close play at first was a hit." But his coaches informed him
that he was mistaken and that Max had tossed a no-no (Ironically, two other local
pitchers that afternoon pitched 7 or more innings of no-hit ball, but neither got the
Amazingly, the Rio contest was the first no-hit game Cordy had ever thrown, even
dating back to his Pocket Little League days. "It was really cool," he
Looking to next year, the 6'3" Cordy has verbally committed to UC Davis and is excited
about playing for the Aggies against quality Big West competition. The future genetics major
also hopes to show Pac-10 recruiters they missed an opportunity to select him. As a result, he
says he plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Meantime, Max Cordy is excited about McClatchy's chances of winning the Metro League
crown and advancing through the playoffs. With fellow pitcher senior Dennis Fennessey and he forming a formidable one-two pitching punch,
Cordy likes their chances. Plus, he says the team is vastly improved on defense, with a new crop
of players up from McClatchy's junior varsity. Finally, he credits catcher
Ken Nishimura with being a solid starting
backstop, who has instilled trust in the pitching staff.
Looking ahead to today's matchup against powerful Pleasant Grove, Cordy plans "to just
go out and throw strikes, and see if they can hit it. I know they're a good hitting team, but
the good thing about playing here (at McClatchy): we have no
He's hoping another standout pitching performance, coupled with the Lions' improved
defense, will result in one more victory against a quality opponent. "We look forward to these
'test days,'" Cordy says of contests against talented squads such as Pleasant
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P L A Y E R
OF THE WEEK
Week of May 09, 2011
Dellaserra tossed a three-hit gem last Monday to propel the Broncos into first
place in the Capital Valley League race. In shutting out Casa Roble, he raised his record to
5-1 with two saves and a 1.06 ERA. He also doubled and drove in three runs. Two days later
against Oakmont, he had a double, home run and four runs batted in. For the week, Dellaserra
was 5-for-10 with two doubles, a triple and a home run, his fifth on the season, and had
Evanoff, Senior, Ponderosa –had hits in all three Delta River League games, extended
his hitting to streak to 25 games, dating back to last year. He's had a least one hit and scored
at least one run hit all 24 games this year.
Daugherty, Sophomore, Pioneer –The lefthander struck out 15 batters and had two hits in
a Tri-County Conference victory over Woodland.
Week of May 02, 2011
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound lefthanded hitter
pounded Delta Valley Conference pitching last week going 9-for-11 with a double, three home
runs and nine runs batted in. He also pitched a complete game and beat league rival #5
Olson, Senior, Yuba City—In three games against
Woodland went 7-for-10 with three doubles, a homer and 10 RBI. Also pitched a complete game
and won, striking out eight.
Miramontes, Senior, Davis—pitched his second
consecutive shutout, a two-hitter against Laguna Creek. He is 3-0 with a 0.65 ERA and hasn't
yielded an earned run since March 11, a span of 27 and a third innings.
Prizmich, Junior, Delta—went 6-for-13 with two doubles,
a homer, scored 10 runs and drove in nine runs. Also went 1-0 on the
Nate Esposito, Senior, Granite Bay—went 5-for-11 with a triple and home run and nine RBI in
a three-game sweep of Del Oro.
Week of April 25, 2011
In last week's Land Park Easter Tournament, the freshman went 8 for 16 with seven RBI, two doubles
and led Brothers to a championship with 4 wins. He is leading the Falcons in hitting with a .390
average and 19 RBI.
8x14, 7 RBI, 2b, 3b and threw out three CBS base stealers in
the LP Easter Tournament championship game.
8x16, 9 RBI, two doubles, one triple and Davis won three
and tied one in the Fresno Easter Classic tournament.
Week of April 18, 2011
The CSU Northridge-bound righthander threw six innings of two-hit ball,
allowed one run run and struck out 12 in the Wildcats 4-3 win over then No.6-ranked Davis
Blue Devils. Two days later he added a home run, double and three RBI in a 21-14 victory over
Laguna Creek. For the season, Johnson is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA with 45 strike-outs in 29.1
innings of work. He is also hitting .310 with two home runs and 17 RBI.
Austin Ales, Senior, Oak Ridge, tossed
a two-hit shutout against then No. 1-rated Pleasant
Dustin Vaught, Senior, Bella Vista,
went 7-for-12 with two doubles and a
Ryan Tellez, Sophomore, Elk
Grove, had a double, two home runs and 11 RBI in three
Tyler Milani, Sophomore,
Woodcreek, pitched a complete game and went 4-for-6 with three runs scored, two doubles, a
home run and four RBI.
Week of April 11, 2011
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder went 6-for-12 with three doubles, a home run and six
RBI in the Thundering Herd's victories over #4 Franklin, #6 Davis, Laguna Creek and Oak
Ridge. On the mound, he had a no-decision against Franklin and a save against
Alex Ruiz, Junior, Woodland, threw a four-hit
shutout against Natomas.
Christian Divelbiss, Senior, 7-for-11 with a triple,
four RBI and three stolen bases in three-game sweep of
Jay Puckett, Senior, Pioneer, went 4-for9 with a
double, triple, home run and nine RBI.
Zach Green, Junior, Jesuit, collected 3 doubles, 1
HR and 7 RBI in wins against Sheldon and CB.
Week of April 4, 2011
The fesity second baseman had a monster day against D-1 Section Champs St. Mary's of Stockton,
going 4 for 5 with 2 home runs. The second homer (see pic above) came in the bottom of the seventh
inning with two outs, sending the game into extra innings. Jesuit eventually lost 7-3 in 11
innings. In two other games last week, Mejia went 3 x 5 with a
Magleby, Senior, Del Oro, went 4x10 with 6 RBI, 2 2b and 1
Garrett Heisinger, Senior, Pleasant Grove, went 5x5 with 2 2b, 2 3b and 3
Week of March 28, 2011
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound righthander
pitched a five-inning complete game and struck out 10 and had two hits, including a grand slam,
and drove in six runs in a 12-2 victory over San Juan. For the season, Chambers is 1-1 with a
1.17 ERA and 5-for-10 at the plate. In his 2010 sophomore season, he was 8-1 with a 2.13 ERA and
batted .362 with 23 runs batted in.
Junior Casas, Valley Christian, had two
home runs and five RBI against Grant.
Max Cordy, McClatchy, pitched a complete game with 16
strikeouts and had two hits with a double against Kennedy.
Alex Ruiz, Woodland,
pitched a two-hit, 3-0 shutout against Woodcreek.
Week of March 21,
The 5-foot-10, 150-pound righthander,
who relies on location and off-speed pitches to baffle hitters, tossed a no-hitter against Kennedy
in the Wolverines Metro League opener on Thursday. In beating the Cougars, Malone faced three
batters over the minimum, struck out six and walked three. Sporting a 2-0 record and 0.41 ERA, he
has pitched 17 innings on the season, allowed six hits, one earned run and struck out 17. Teams are
hitting .041 against him. Malone is coming off a 2010 season in which he was 9-1 with a 0.62 ERA
for the two-time defending Metro League champions.
Week of March 21,
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound righthander pitched a no-hitter, struck out 10 and walked three in a 7-0
nonleague victory against Rio Americano on Wednesday. In two starts this season, Cordy is 1-0 with
a 0.51 ERA and 16 strikeouts. He has held opponent batters to a .071 average. At the plate, he is
7-for-15 with a home run and five runs batted in.
He's verbally committed to the UC Davis
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