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    Elk Grove third baseman Brooks Day appears to beat the Blue Devil base runner to the third base bag for the force out. The runner was called safe, loading the bases in the bottom of the eight inning in the high school baseball game between Davis and Elk Grove in Davis on May 6, 2014.

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    Davis High School pitcher Matt Trask and Elk Grove center fielder Derek Hill embrace after the Herds 6-4 victory in the high school baseball game between Davis and Elk Grove in Davis on May 6, 2014.

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    Elk Grove relief pitcher Cody Barnes pumps his fist after the third out in the bottom of the eight inning in the Herds 6-4 victory in the high school baseball game between Davis and Elk Grove in Davis on May 6, 2014.

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    Elk Grove's Derek Hill singles in the eighth inning in the high school baseball game between Davis and Elk Grove in Davis on May 6, 2014.

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    Elk Grove's Landon Gastelum tags out Davis Blue Devils base runner Drew Gnos at the plate to end the seventh inning of a 2-2 game in the high school baseball game between Davis and Elk Grove in Davis on May 6, 2014.

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    Elk Grove Herd Derek Hill in the high school baseball game between Davis and Elk Grove in Davis on May 6, 2014.

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  • BASEBALL FINAL REGULAR-SEASON TOP 20

    Final regular-season records

    TeamRec.Prev.
    1. Elk Grove22-41
    2. Pleasant Grove21-42
    3. Davis15-11-13
    4. Oak Ridge17-94
    5. Franklin18-95
    6. Rocklin16-118
    7. Del Oro17-109
    8. Granite Bay 15-117
    9. Grant15-1010
    10. Jesuit 15-10-16
    11. Christian Bros.20-611
    12. Vista del Lago23-412
    13. Yuba City18-914
    14. Cosumnes Oaks19-815
    15. Bella Vista 19-716
    16. Woodcreek 16-1013
    17. Oakmont18-7-117
    18. Colfax18-518
    19. Cordova17-10
    20. Capital Christian21-419

    – Joe Davidson

  • SOFTBALL FINAL REGULAR-SEASON TOP 20

    Final regular-season records

    TeamRec.Prev.
    1. Elk Grove18-61
    2. Sheldon18-92
    3. Roseville21-43
    4. Rocklin18-6-14
    5. Pleasant Grove19-6-15
    6. Pioneer21-36
    7. Del Campo20-67
    8. Cosumnes Oaks19-88
    9. Ponderosa13-6-19
    10. Woodcreek19-710
    11. Bella Vista19-711
    12. Casa Roble16-812
    13. Antelope18-713
    14. Union Mine15-5-114
    15. Oak Ridge12-12-215
    16. Bear River18-6-116
    17. Lincoln15-1217
    18. St. Francis13-11-118
    19. Marysville20-419
    20. McClatchy 17-5

    – Trevor Horn

Prep notes: Elk Grove, Pleasant Grove showdown looms in Division I section baseball playoffs

Published: Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Momentum counts only if it continues.

So say the coaches whose red-hot baseball teams are in the Sac-Joaquin Section baseball playoffs that started Monday with out-bracket games and resume Wednesday.

Top-ranked Elk Grove has won 17 consecutive games, including two wins each over rivals No. 3 Davis and No. 5 Franklin to lock up the Delta Valley Conference title. Looming on the opposite side of the Division I bracket is No. 2 Pleasant Grove, winner of 12 in a row.

Both teams are solidified by standout pitching and defense. Elk Grove (22-4) is paced by junior pitchers Chris Martin (5-2, 0.76 ERA), and Ty Madrigal (3-0), senior Cody Barnes (5-0, 1.83 ERA) and sophomore Austin Del Chiaro (6-1, 1.27). Pleasant Grove (21-4) repeated as Delta River League champion with a staff – led by junior Dalton Gomez (6-1, 1.37 ERA) and seniors Brett Elgin (6-1, 1.09), Matt Stafford (6-2, 2.12) and Jordan Yu (2-0, 0.71) – that produced a team ERA of 1.35.

“Our pitching has been great, and so has the defense, and it’s hard to lose when you’re doing that,” Pleasant Grove coach Rob Rinaldi said. “We’re also hitting well.”

Having won the Sierra Foothill League championship over rivals No. 7 Del Oro and No. 8 Granite Bay, sixth-ranked Rocklin has a first-round bye with Elk Grove, Pleasant Grove and Monticello Empire League champ Vacaville in the Division I North tournament at Sacramento City College. The Thunder is led by senior Logan Webb, who is batting .356 with 26 RBIs and has three wins on the mound with a 0.32 ERA.

Division II

Capital Valley Conference champion and No. 11 Christian Brothers (20-6) has the pitching staff to be considered the favorite in Lucas Still, Steven Talbert and Jim McCauley. Kennedy (14-10) won the Metropolitan Conference title for the first time since 1991 with Adam Takeuchi (4-1, 1.37 ERA, .388 average) playing a big role.

CVC members No. 15 Bella Vista (19-7) and No. 17 Oakmont (18-7-1) open Wednesday against Benicia (23-4) and McClatchy (12-11), respectively. McClatchy won its final seven Metro League games to get in.

Division III

No. 13 Yuba City (18-9) and No. 18 Colfax (18-5) head the field again after meeting last season for the section title, won by the Honkers for the fifth time since 2007. Both teams have standout shortstops, Devin Pettengill for Yuba City (.462) and Dave Campbell for Colfax (.532, six home runs).

Big Red, again – It’s been some season for Guy Anderson, the Cordova coach since 1970. He won his 900th career game this season – second most in prep history west of the Rocky Mountains – and won the Capital Athletic League. And he did it with sons of fathers who played for the Lancers in the glory days as No. 19 Cordova (17-10) looms as a dark horse.

Leadoff hitter Jerome Brown, one of the fastest players in the section, is the nephew of Kenny Bowles, an All-Metro player on the 1975 Cordova football team that remains the only regional team to finish ranked No. 1 in the country. Right fielder Brandon Buck’s father, Bill, was an All-Metro lineman in the 1980s. First baseman Nigel Robinson’s father, Rodney, was an All-Metro receiver for Cordova’s 1985 section title team that went 14-0. Nigel performed the national anthem on the violin before the final game of the regular season. Second baseman Jarrett Harris’ father, Tony, played on the 1982 Lancers team. Catcher Logan Appino’s father, Kevin, played football and baseball for the Lancers in the early 1980s.

Small schools

Division IV – Sierra Valley Conference champion and No. 12 Vista del Lago (23-4) is the favorite behind pitchers Tyler Kaim (6-1, 1.30), Michael Majeski (6-3) and Andrew Schantz (7-0). No. 14 Cosumnes Oaks (19-8) has two SVC wins over Vista del Lago behind pitcher Donovan Palma (9-0, 0.84).

Division V – Golden Empire League champion and No. 20 Capital Christian (21-4) is the favorite to repeat, led by Tyler Schimpf (.360, 28 RBIs, 5-1, 1.64 ERA).

Division VI – Sierra Delta League champion Bradshaw Christian (17-8) looks to repeat behind Grant Heisinger (.492, 32 RBIs), Bryant Stone (.587) and pitcher Grant Dragmire (6-2).

Division VII – Sacramento Metro Athletic League champion Valley Christian (19-7) is the three-time defending champion and has won it five times in six years. The Lions of Roseville are led by Jeremiah Moore (.476, 5-3).


Follow Joe Davidson on Twitter @SacBee_JoeD.

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