Jesuit baseball coach Joe Potulny agreed that last week was a "wet and wild one" for area teams.
Some programs had just enough tarp to protect infields from rain and hail and squeezed in games to avoid a four-game schedule this week.
Jesuit was No. 2 behind Oak Ridge entering last week's play. The Delta River League rivals flip-flopped in the rankings this week, a fitting turnabout to support what a number of coaches contend are the area's top programs to this point.
Last week, Jesuit won two of three tightly played games against Oak Ridge, two coming down to the last at-bat. "We've got a good thing going (with Oak Ridge), a fun rivalry," Potulny said. "I'm impressed with both teams."
Last Tuesday, Jesuit won the first game 1-0 on a pitching gem by Logan James and a walk-off home run by Andre Gregory. His homer landed over the left-field fence and in the area where his father, Quinn Gregory, coaches Jesuit's freshman team.
In a doubleheader Saturday at Jesuit, Oak Ridge won the opener 3-2 on a seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Cody Uharriet that scored Lance Berringer. Cody Morris slugged a two-run home run for Oak Ridge, and Sacramento State-bound pitcher Alex Fitchett struck out eight for the Trojans.
Jesuit won the nightcap 6-3 as the teams combined to use five pitchers and had 11 hits each. Julian Barron earned the win in relief for Jesuit. He pitched three-plus shutout innings, striking out two in the seventh to seal it.
Tyler time Tyler Rathjen, a pitcher-first baseman for No. 6 Pleasant Grove, was awarded the $1,000 Christopher Walters scholarship Sunday during opening ceremonies of the Cosumnes River Little League season.
Rathjen, who wants to study civil engineering in college, competed in the Little League program where he umpires games and participates in instructional activities for young players. The scholarship is named in memory of Christopher Walters, who drowned last year in Rancho Murieta.
Herd to host Davis The Delta Valley Conference game between No. 3 Elk Grove and No. 4 Davis that was rained out Friday will be played today at Elk Grove.
Elk Grove enters the game 30-1 all-time in the DVC, though Thundering Herd coach Jeff Carlson said Davis could be the team to beat.
Davis will start ace Ben Eckels, regarded as one of the area's top pitchers with Jesuit's James.
Banner day Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton is the site for Saturday's fifth annual Banner Island Classic, a showcase of Northern California powers, including a 1 p.m. rematch of last season's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I final between Jesuit and champion St. Mary's of Stockton.
The Rams seek a section title three-peat, last accomplished by Elk Grove last decade. The Thundering Herd plays Monte Vista of Danville at 4:30 p.m., and De La Salle of Concord and Lincoln of Stockton meet at 7 p.m.
THE BEE'S TOP 20
Records through Sunday; PR previous ranking
School Rec. PR
1. Jesuit 8-5 2
2. Oak Ridge 9-5 1
3. Elk Grove 8-4 3
4. Davis 10-3 4
5. Granite Bay 11-3 5
6. Pleasant Grove 12-3 6
7. Bella Vista 10-3 8
8. Rocklin 6-6 13
9. Woodcreek 11-2 9
10. Grant 9-2 15
11. Franklin 7-7 7
12. Casa Roble 7-5 10
13. River Valley 11-2 16
14. Pioneer 9-5 11
15. Yuba City 10-6 12
16. Cordova 13-5 17
17. Woodland 11-5 18
18. Sheldon 9-6 14
19. El Dorado 14-1-1 19
20. Whitney 9-5 20