Saturday night was festive for Christian Brothers High School baseball.
While the Falcons battled top-ranked Jesuit in extra innings in the nightcap of the Albie Swingin' For Life showcase in front of a large crowd at Sacramento City College, the La Salle Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of CBS' greatest team.
The 1962 team, then known as Bishop Armstrong, went 22-2 under coach Dick Sperbeck and lost to the Stanford freshman team that started Jim Lonborg, who went on to win a Cy Young Award with the Red Sox. Jim Fox led the region in hitting that year, and Larry Marietti, Mike Green and Cal Boyer combined for 13 shutouts.
Fox is the father of Andy Fox, a CBS slugging star in the late 1980s and a teammate of Bo Dodson, who once famously clubbed a homer onto the CBS tennis courts.
Dodson's son, Hunter, is now a CBS senior infielder. With his father watching, Hunter had four hits in a 6-5 loss to No. 1 Jesuit on Saturday. CBS debuts in The Bee rankings at No. 13, trailing No. 9 Bella Vista in the Capital Valley Conference.
Dodson is hitting .411 with 19 RBIs. Brandon Hunley has 17 RBIs. Pitchers Jared Cottini, Jeff Johnston and Lucas Still have combined for 10 wins.
Facing Kennedy, Hunley hit the first home run at CBS' renovated field last month, depositing the ball over a newly installed outfield fence. In a ceremony to usher in the new facility, Hunley presented his home run ball to school officials so it can be placed in CBS' trophy case.
Around the diamonds Ponderosa started to celebrate what it thought was a 10-9 victory over Jesuit in a Delta River League game Friday after losing the previous two games to the Marauders by a combined 16-0. With no scoreboard, Jesuit coaches quickly pointed out in their scorebook that the Marauders had scored 10 runs, and Ponderosa agreed. So the game went into extra innings, and Jesuit prevailed 11-10.
Pleasant Grove's Zack Stilwell tossed a perfect game with 13 strikeouts in a 3-0 win over Ponderosa on Monday. J.Q. Folena homered for the Eagles.
In steady rain, No. 3 Elk Grove scored three times in the seventh inning at No. 7 Franklin to take a 10-9 lead in a Delta Valley Conference game Wednesday. The Thundering Herd had runners on base when the umpires called the game. The game, per the rules, reverted to the last completed inning, and Franklin was declared a 9-7 winner. The game's first danger sign came in the sixth inning, when Elk Grove's Rowdy Tellez swung and his bat sailed over the fence beyond the visitors' dugout, scattering the crowd.
Cal-bound right-hander Ryan Mason struck out 12, including the final eight, and A.J. Sanchez homered in Placer's 2-0 win over Bear River on Friday. Mason walked none and allowed two hits. Placer plays rival Lincoln twice this week in Pioneer Valley League action.
No. 2 Davis will host Elk Grove on Wednesday and start ace Ben Eckels, who struck out eight their last meeting.
No. 11 River Valley and No. 12 Yuba City will play a three-game series beginning today to decide the Tri-County Conference title. River Valley opened in 2005 in Yuba City, and the Honkers seek their eighth straight league title.
THE BEE'S TOP 20
Records through Sunday:
PR previous rankings
Team Rec. PR
1. Jesuit 16-5 1
2. Davis 17-4 2
3. Elk Grove 15-6 3
4. Pleasant Grove 17-4 4
5. Oak Ridge 14-7 5
6. Granite Bay 16-4 6
7. Franklin 13-8 8
8. Woodcreek 15-5 10
9. Bella Vista 17-4 9
10. Rocklin 12-8 7
11. River Valley 19-3 11
12. Yuba City 18-6 14
13. Christian Brothers 12-9
14. Oakmont 14-7 13
15. El Dorado 20-2-1 15
16. Antelope 15-6-1
17. McClatchy 15-6
18. El Camino 13-10 17
19. Pioneer 13-10 19
20. Placer 16-6