High school baseball playoffs: Delta Valley rivals Davis, Franklin meet tonight

Published: Tuesday, May. 22, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2C

Now it's the Delta Valley Conference's turn to embrace the playoff spotlight.

At 7 tonight at Sacramento City College, Davis will start pitcher Jack Shelledy against DVC rival Franklin and pitcher Kyle Von Ruden in what figures be an entertaining Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North winners' bracket showdown.

Davis ace Ben Eckels struck out 12 to beat Oak Ridge 5-2 in a playoff opener Thursday, regularly hitting 93 mph on several scouts' radar guns. Von Ruden, who also plays second base, beat Vintage of Napa 6-2 in an outbracket game last Monday.

Saturday, Davis beat Vacaville 4-3 on Hayden Duer's walk-off hit in the eighth inning, and Franklin belted rival Elk Grove 9-1.

SFL rematch? – Granite Bay leads McClatchy 1-0 in a best-of-three Division II series that resumes at 4 p.m. today at American River College.

The Grizzlies beat McClatchy 4-3 Saturday behind Devin Lehman's go-ahead single in the fifth. Looming in the opposite bracket are Rocklin and Woodcreek, Granite Bay's rivals from the Sierra Foothill League. Rocklin leads Woodcreek 1-0 after a 9-0 rout. Game 2 is at 4 p.m. Wednesday at ARC.

Eagles soar – El Camino beat Yuba City 12-6 Saturday in the opener of their best-of-three Division III series at Sacramento State.

Joey Thompson had three RBIs for the Eagles, and Matt Kintz and Darryl Ball each drove in two runs. Game 2 is at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Sac State.

Hillmen look to rebound – Placer and Rodriguez of Fairfield resume the other D-III series at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Sac State. Rodriguez won the opener 3-2 Saturday. The Hillmen will start ace Ryan Mason, who struck out nine to eliminate River Valley 12-1 in a playoff opener Thursday.

SVC teams in tough – Vista del Lago and El Dorado of the Sierra Valley Conference hope to meet in the D-IV final.

But it won't be easy getting past Valley Oak League rivals. Sonora leads El Dorado 1-0 in their series after a 4-3 victory Saturday at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi, and Oakdale leads Vista del Lago 1-0 after a 4-2 win.

In Game 2 in both series at Zupo Field, El Dorado and Sonora play at 4 p.m. today, and Oakdale and Vista del Lago meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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