The Madrigal brothers were in such a rush to enter this world that they arrived nearly three weeks premature.
In March 1997, Nick came first – all 4 pounds and 11 ounces of him. Ty was 5 pounds, 10 ounces.
The boys were slight enough to fit into baseball gloves, tools of their sporting trade that continue to define them as mother Angie delivered quite the double play.
The twins are apart for the second successive year after being nearly inseparable throughout their youth, right on through their Elk Grove High School days, where in 2015, they were named The Bee’s Baseball Players of the Year.
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The Madrigals are now sophomores in college, Nick a shortstop at national No. 1-ranked Oregon State and Ty a key starting pitcher for Saint Mary’s.
The brothers remained hospitalized for two weeks after birth, a baseball placed into their crib by their father Mike upon their first trip home, and it became their shared passion.
Still small in stature, they still play big.
The 5-foot-7 Nick is deemed by scouting services and baseball publications as the best shortstop in the country.
A team captain, Nick is batting a team-best .389 with 17 doubles, 15 stolen bases and 26 RBIs for the 42-4 Beavers. He recovered from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum from when his shoulder popped out of socket during an at-bat last May.
The 5-10 Ty has a 5-3 record with 60 strikeouts and a 5.28 ERA in 58 innings for the 34-18 Gaels.
Said Nick recently, “I just want to be great some day.”
The brothers are off to a good start.
Smith rolling – Elk Grove graduate David Smith is 7-1 with a 1.77 ERA for Long Beach State. He is not a strikeout pitcher, having fanned 31 in 51 innings, but Smith has good control, walking just seven for the Dirtbags (31-16-1).
Sac City last team standing – Sacramento City College is the lone area baseball or softball team remaining in the playoffs.
The baseball team, seeded fourth, opens a best-of-three Northern California Sectional Regional series at No. 3 Ohlone in Fremont on Friday. Sophomore outfielder Auston Gastain is batting .335 with 42 RBIs for the Panthers, who seek to reach the state finals for the 17th time. Sophomore catcher Dominic Diana has 31 RBIs, and sophomore pitchers Isaiah Nunez and Polo Portela are a combined 14-3.
Inderkum’s Allen signs – Randy Allen of Inderkum High and South Alabama became the 12th area player to sign with an NFL team this spring.
A defensive end in college, Allen will move to outside linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens, who signed him as an undrafted free agent. Allen set the South Alabama record for sacks in a season last fall with 12.5, earning All-Sun Belt Conference honors. He will graduate this summer.
His younger brother Dedic Allen Jr., is on scholarship as a junior at Missouri Valley College. He had 29.5 sacks in two seasons at Inderkum.