Who's who in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs

Published: Monday, May. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Monday, May. 13, 2013 - 9:10 am

The Bee's Joe Davidson scopes out the favorites and contenders for the top three divisions in the Sac-Joaquin Section baseball playoffs.

DIVISION I NORTH

FAVORITE

• Davis (21-6) – With a flair for late dramatics, the Blue Devils beat Elk Grove twice on walk-off hits by Matt Trask, also a superb ace joined by Bobby Young, Jake Miille and Adam Inouye.

CONTENDERS

• Elk Grove (22-5) – The power source comes from Rowdy Tellez (.458, 13 2Bs, 6 HRs, 33 RBIs), the leadership from Dom Nunez (.397, 31 RBIs) and the arms for a title push in David Smith (7-2) and Michael Wright (5-0).

• Granite Bay (17-9) – The Grizzlies join the D-I field after years of success in D-II and have the pitchers in Travis Magness (6-2) and Gabe Meza (5-3) and enough bats to reach the final.

• Jesuit (20-7) – The Marauders offer two power arms in Julian Barron (4-2) and Chris Loeb (6-0), and a steady leader in catcher Jordan Hanlin.

• Oak Ridge (19-8) – The Trojans are riding a 12-game winning streak, including two wins over Pleasant Grove, thanks to the defense of shortstop Alec de Watteville (.370) and pitchers Tommy Hummer (6-1) and Austin Root (6-2).

• Pleasant Grove (21-7) – The Eagles took two out of three from Jesuit last week for a playoff tuneup. Pitchers Matt Stafford (7-1), Dalton Gomez (7-3) and Josh Adams (5-2) lead the way, with Adams also offering home run power.

• Woodcreek (20-6) – The X-factor is the powerful right arm of ace Stephen Nogosek, who is rounding back into form after a break to rest for the 2012 D-II champions.

DIVISION II

FAVORITE

• Del Campo (20-7) – The Cougars have sluggers in Derek Rodigo (.452, 7 HRs,) and Jared Biggs (.449), and a staff of Sam Long (4-0), Biggs (4-0), Tim Hall (3-0) and Mike Ramirez (3-0).

CONTENDERS

• Bella Vista (18-9) – Mike Phelan (.333, 25 RBIs) leads the offense with the staff headed by Matt Gunter (7-1) and Brayden Gomez (6-2) for a group that would love a rivalry showdown with Del Campo in the finals.

• Benicia (24-3) – Willie Calhoun (.425, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs) fuels the offense behind aces Ryan Bohnet (7-0, 0.46 ERA) and Steven Daini (6-0).

• Rosemont (23-5) – The Wolverines are eager for a title breakthrough behind Kevin Beatty (.388, 28 RBIs) and aces Tyler Masterson (8-1) and Jalen Brown (7-2).

DIVISION III

FAVORITE

• Whitney (26-1) – J.R. Robinson can do it all. He's hitting .585 with 15 doubles, six triples and 46 RBIs, and he's 7-1 with an 0.91 ERA for the surging Wildcats.

CONTENDERS

• Pioneer (18-9) – The Patriots have three scholarship pitchers to lead the way in Robert Daugherty (6-2, 2.25), Thomas Galart (6-2, 0.98) and Zack Aukes (0.51).

• Rio Americano (15-11) – The Raiders have some big wins this season (Buchanan-Fresno, Rocklin and Del Campo) and are hitting .352 as a team.

• Yuba City (17-10) – The Honkers won four D-III titles in a row from 2007-10 and seek another behind ace Chandler Eden (4-2, 1.70).

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