The Delta Valley Conference continues to flex its muscle.
Last season, Davis beat Elk Grove two of three times in DVC play and entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball playoffs ranked No. 1 by The Bee, a spot ahead of the rival Thundering Herd. Elk Grove won the Division I North title, beating defending champion Franklin, and then won the section title, the programs fifth since 2003.
Davis returns to the top spot this week after beating Elk Grove, last weeks No. 1, 6-2 on Friday behind ace Matt Trask. Franklin, led by pitcher Cameron Keup and shortstop Hank LoForte, is No. 2. The Blue Devils and Wildcats meet today at Franklin and Thursday at Davis.
Grant is No. 4, its highest ranking since 1992, after beating Davis 3-0 on March 28 and Franklin 4-2 last Thursday. Cameron Avila-Leeper, who struck out 12 against Franklin, will be on the mound for the host Pacers today against No. 3 Elk Grove and Ty Madrigal. Elk Grove beat Avila-Leeper 4-1 on March 27.
On Thursday, Grants No. 2 pitcher, Polo Portela, will face the Herd and pitcher Chris Martin.
Trask, a 6-foot-3 senior headed to UCLA, had his best and longest outing of the season. He struck out seven and allowed five hits before giving way to reliever Trey Golston, who got the final five outs. Trask, who came in with an 0.58 ERA and picked up his first victory, has been on a pitch count, explaining his elbow was tired from a full summer and fall of competition.
I feel great now, he said.
Davis has a solid infield with Ryan Kreidler at shortstop, Brett Bloomfield at second and Golston at third, and the outfield is anchored by center fielder John Ariola, a three-year starter and son of veteran coach Dan Ariola, who led Davis to section titles in 2000 and 2004.
Bloomfield has worked with classmates and football players C.K. Hicks and Brendan MacDonald on a leukemia awareness project. A fundraiser was held Saturday at Cosumnes River College, where Bloomfields father, Tony, is the baseball coach. For more information, email ebonyivory4acure @yahoo.com.
Around the bases Oak Ridge beat Pleasant Grove twoof three times last week in Delta River League play, including a 3-2 victory Saturday when Tyson Solis drove home Mickey Meinhofer with a base hit in the bottom of the seventh,and has moved up from No. 15 to No. 5. Oak Ridge earlier beat Pleasant Grove 4-1 in 10 innings, and Pleasant Grove won the other game 10-0.
• Folsom soared to No. 11 after two 3-0 victories over Jesuit, which fell from No. 4 to No. 12. Craig Stafford and Alex Perez tossed complete games for the Bulldogs, who seek their first winning season since 2008. Stafford struck out 10 and Perez five. Folsom and Pleasant Grove play a three-game series this week.
• Woodland Christian sophomore Brendan Rodegerdts struck out all 15 in his pitching debut in a 12-0 victory Thursday over Sacramento Waldorf in a mercy-shortened five-inning game. In the first game of a doubleheader, Woodland Christians Robbie Miller struck out 10 in a 19-0 win.
Track and field
• Austin Carter of Folsom won the 400-meter hurdles at the Stanford Invitational in a state-leading 54.23 seconds, beating Monterey Trails Jahmar Sexton, whose time of 55.94 is second-best in California.
• Megan Tucker of Placer won the long jump at Stanford at 18 feet, 6 inches, just ahead of Mackenzie Arnold of River Valley (18-53/4). Arnold is the state leader at 19-11, and Tucker is fourth at 19-13/4.
• Woodcreeks boys 400 relay team of Alex Rotteveel, Aspyn Walton, Colton George and Tyus Williamson also won at Stanford in 41.97 seconds.
• The Stephanie LeDoux Softball Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Roseville will include seven teams ranked by The Bee: No. 5 Pioneer, No. 7 Woodcreek, No. 8 Roseville, No. 9 Casa Roble, No. 13 St. Francis, No. 14 Del Campo and No. 17 Antelope.
• No. 12 Bella Vista (15-3) has its most victories since 2007, led by Mikayla Parker (.475 average, 21 RBIs), Ashlyn Adams (.485) and Rachel Bennett (9-1, 1.25 ERA). The Broncos play Casa Roble today, Del Campo on Wednesday and Christian Brothers on Friday.
• No. 6 Rocklin moved into a first-place tie in the Sierra Foothill League with Roseville after beating Del Oro 3-1 in eight innings and Roseville 5-4. Carli Cutler pitched 142/3 innings combined to improve to 6-2, and Yale-bound Maddie Wuelfing is 5-1.
Follow Joe Davidson on Twitter @SacBee_JoeD. Bee correspondent Trevor Horn contributed to this report.