When Scott Boras played baseball for Elk Grove High School in the late 1960s, teams faced only opponents within Sacramento County.
Out-of-area scheduling to face top teams didn't take hold until more recent seasons. It now hits a new level with baseball super agent Boras in the mix.
The Boras Baseball Classic a 32-team, split-bracket showcase featuring ranked teams in Northern and Southern California debuted Monday. The 16-team NorCal field that includes Bee No. 1-ranked Elk Grove and No. 2 Oak Ridge plays at McAuliffe Park near Sacramento State. The 16-team field in SoCal, which includes Cal-Hi Sports No. 3-ranked Mater Dei of Santa Ana, will be played in San Juan Capistrano from April 1-5.
Each school is guaranteed four games. A fifth game for the mythical state championship will be played at Boras' alma mater, Pacific in Stockton, on April 13.
"The primary objective is to give back to youth baseball," said Boras, the founder and CEO of Boras Corp. "We want to provide outstanding high school teams a chance to participate in an elite competition, to showcase their talent in front of collegiate-level coaches and professional scouts."
Other Bee-ranked teams in the North are No. 6 Pleasant Grove, No. 8 Rocklin and No. 16 Pioneer. Also entered is state-ranked No. 6 Buchanan of Clovis. The Southern California ranked teams include West Ranch of Valencia, Lakewood, El Toro of Lake Forest and Chatsworth.
Elk Grove was nationally ranked No. 7 by MaxPreps before losing to preseason NorCal No. 1 Campolindo of Moraga. Elk Grove was state-ranked No. 5 last week by Cal-Hi. The Thundering Herd beat Oak Ridge 6-5 on Tuesday, and the teams could meet in the Boras event.
Go to www.borasclassic.com for more information.
Cordova tournament The longest-running area tournament, the 43rd annual Cordova Easter Classic, is under way this week.
Cordova, the defending champion, has won the event 14 times under National Federated Hall of Fame coach Guy Anderson, now in his 43rd season.
Rounding out the brackets are Capital Christian (previously ranked), Center, No. 19 Grant, Monterey Trail, Menlo of Atherton, Mesa Verde, Placer, Rio Linda and Valley. The championship game is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Cordova High School.
No. 19 Grant beat Valley Christian of Roseville 3-1 in a pitchers' duel. Grant's 6-foot-3 Brandon Nunn and 6-6 Valley Christian ace Jimmy Shaw each had 12 strikeouts.
No. 9 Woodcreek beat River Valley 3-1 behind Stephen Nogosek's 14-strikeout gem. The senior is headed to Oregon on scholarship.
Matt Trask and Jake Miile combined on a one-hitter to lead No. 4 Davis past No. 6 Pleasant Grove 4-3.
Davis then lost to Jesuit 8-2 at Raley Field, prompting the Marauders' rise to No. 3 in this week's rankings. Pitcher Julian Barron earned the win, and Alex Larivee, Jordan Hanlin and J.C. Montemayor each had two hits.