The most wins in a varsity baseball season for Whitney High School is 16, accomplished last year.
The No. 9 Wildcats are closing in on that total with a lot of season still to play. Whitney (15-0 following Monday's win over Rio Americano) is the only unbeaten team in the 197-member Sac-Joaquin Section.
The Division III Wildcats started varsity play in 2007 and have been an example of steady progression. They have gone from nine wins in 2007 to 11, to 14, down to 13 and up to 16 last season.
Former Inderkum coach Rob Dorchak took over Whitney's program three seasons ago. In the past, he has had his players wear camouflage uniforms to honor American soldiers, some who played for Dorchak.
Whitney's biggest win this season was beating Capital Athletic League rival and 10th-ranked Antelope 7-6 last week. P.J. Ford, Walker Carpenter and Drew Romo each had two RBIs.
Through Saturday, the Wildcats were batting .419 and had scored 141 runs. J.R. Robinson was hitting .526 with 24 RBIs and was 4-0 as a pitcher, as was Josh Little. Romo was 3-0. Trevor Abrams was hitting .471 with 23 RBIs.
Blue Devil surge A 2-0 start in the Delta Valley Conference has No. 5 Davis primed for a big week, capped by a Friday showdown against visiting No. 1 Elk Grove.
The Blue Devils beat Grant 4-2 last Friday and No. 6 Franklin 5-2 on Saturday. Bret Bloomfield had an RBI against the Pacers and doubled in the go-ahead run against the Wildcats, who defeated Davis in the section D-I North finals last May.
Bloomfield, a junior three-sport athlete, is the son of Cosumnes River College coach Tony Bloomfield.
Junior UCLA commit Matt Trask improved to 4-1 after beating Franklin. He will start Friday against a Herd lineup that includes four-year starting sluggers Dom Nunez and Rowdy Tellez.
First, however, Davis coach Dan Ariola warns of dangerous Laguna Creek today. The Cardinals lost to Franklin 4-3 in eight innings on a suicide squeeze bunt by Damien Chavez.
"We have to take everyone seriously, because they're all good teams," Ariola said. "There's going to be some fun games."
Boras Baseball Classic Mater Dei of Santa Ana, ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America, beat Oaks Christian of Westlake Village to win the 16-team Boras Classic's Southern Regional and will play Bee No. 4 Pleasant Grove at noon Saturday for the title at Pacific in Stockton.
Mater Dei (14-1) has not lost since falling 1-0 in its opener to St. Mary's of Stockton. Pleasant Grove swept the 16-team North Regional, topping Elk Grove 11-1 with an eight-run seventh inning in the final March 28.
Pleasant Grove coach Rob Rinaldi relishes the opportunity and likes his team's chances, but he understands the Eagles are heavy underdogs.
"Miracle on Ice Part II, Rocky vs. Drago, David vs. Goliath," Rinaldi cracked.
Big Red No. 2 Jesuit went 3-1 in the Bishop Gorman National Tournament in Las Vegas last week, losing the opener 3-2 to the host school. Jesuit (7-2) beat Bellflower 7-6, Juan Diego Catholic of Draper, Utah, 17-7 and Irvine 16-10.
Red hot Rodigo Derek Rodigo is off to a sizzling start for No. 14 Del Campo, batting .586 with five doubles, four homers and 16 RBIs. He was the MVP of the Fresno Easter Tournament.
Rodigo has a 4.1 grade-point average. He quarterbacked Del Campo to a Capital Valley Conference football title and signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he will pursue degrees in pre-med and kinesiology.