Bradshaw Christian tops Mariposa for D-6 baseball championship

Published: Friday, May. 31, 2013 - 10:45 pm

The Mariposa High baseball team had a hard time catching up to the fastball of Austin Ragsdale.

The Bradshaw Christian senior overpowered the Grizzlies hitters, striking out 11 and surrendering only five hits as the Pride defeated Mariposa 10-2 to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 6 championship on Monday at Tony Zupo Field.

The win avenged a 4-3 loss to Mariposa in the championship game last season.

"We don't see too many kids who throw like that," said Grizzlies coach Bruce Vegely, whose team finished the season with an impressive 22-4 record. "Ripon Christian had a gun on him in the playoffs and clocked him at 86 to 89 mph. We don't see that and it's hard to emulate that in practice.

Vegely's hope was his team could keep the game close and win a low-scoring game.

Bradshaw Christian (24-6) had other plans. The Pride collected eight hits and used an aggressive running game to build an early lead.

Seth Vandergift gave the Pride a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a solo home run over the right-field fence off Mariposa starter Nick Brocchini.

The Grizzlies had an opportunity to answer back in the bottom of the first inning as Sam Tucker walked and Levi Fane singled to start the inning. However, Ragsdale struck out the next three hitters to get out of the jam.

The Bradshaw Christian offense went back to work, scoring three runs in the top of the second. The Pride stole five bases in the second inning and Zach Rogers delivered the big blow in the inning with a two-run single to help extend the lead to 4-0.

Mariposa couldn't slow down Bradshaw Christian on the base paths as the Pride stole 12 bases in the game.

"I knew that would happen sooner or later and we wouldn't be able to stop it," Vegely said. "Our pitchers are pretty slow to the plate and don't give our catcher a chance. They were able to exploit that."

The one Mariposa hitter who didn't struggle with Ragsdale's fastball was Fane. The junior collected three of the Grizzlies five hits.

Fane singled and came around to score in the bottom of the third. Fane later doubled in Brocchini in the fifth inning to help pull Mariposa within 5-2.

Bradshaw Christian put the game away late with a pair of runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Grant Heisinger led the Pride offense, going 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI.

It became clear late Mariposa's bid for a second straight section title was going to come up short.

"We had a good year," Fane said. "We enjoyed it. We had a lot of fun playing together. We lost to a pretty good team."

BRADSHAW CHRISTIAN 10, MARIPOSA 2

At Tony Zupo Field

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Austin Ragsdale and Josh Criswell; Nick Brocchini, Noah Fluharty (3) and Liam Fieldsted. WP — Ragsdale. LP — Brocchini.

BRADSHAW CHRISTIAN (24-6) — Seth Vandergift (HR), Ragsdale 2-3 (3B, 2 Runs), Grant Heisinger 2-3 (2B, 2 Runs, RBI), Grant Dragmire (2B, 2 Runs, RBI).

MARIPOSA (22-4) — Levin Fane 3-4 (2B, Run, RBI).

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