Hogan Weaver and Nick Vogt have gone homer happy this baseball season, and their prodigious power has their teams in the championship hunt.
Weaver plays for small-school San Juan High and Vogt for large-school heavy Davis, ranked second by The Bee.
Weaver is a powerhouse at 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds, and when he connects, the ball sails. He has seven home runs to lead the area for a Spartans team that is 8-4 overall and 3-0 in the Sierra Delta League.
Vogt at 6-2 has five blasts for Davis, which plays No. 3 Jesuit three times this week in a Delta League race that includes top-ranked Franklin and No. 6 Elk Grove.
Weaver is batting .556 with 21 RBIs. He’s 2-1 on the mound with a 0.80 ERA and a remarkable 62 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.
A fourth-year starter, Weaver is one of the greatest players in school history. San Juan opened on Greenback Lane in 1917. In all sports, San Juan enjoyed good times as a large-school Division I program from the 1970s into the ‘90s before declining enrollment.
Weaver has hit .471 in his four-year career with 122 RBIs and 16 homers. He has 24 wins as a pitcher and 403 strikeouts in 214 2/3 innings with a 1.70 ERA. He has not committed to a college just yet.
The senior outfielder is headed to UC Santa Barbara. He’s batting .487 with 22 RBIs for Davis, which entered the week 11-2 overall and 8-1 in Delta play. The Blue Devils seek their fourth D-I section title since 2000. Davis lost to Vacaville in the finals last season.
A three-year starter and one of the program’s top players for longtime coach Dan Ariola, Vogt has batted .440 in his career with 99 hits, 70 RBIs and 80 runs.
He entered this season with two career homers. Vogt crushed an 0-2 fastball over the center-field fence for a grand slam in a 13-4 rout of Elk Grove.
Jesuit started the season 1-3, including a humbling loss to the top team in Northern California, 17-0 at De La Salle in Concord.
The Marauders and longtime coach Joe Potulny have gone 4-2 of late, losing to San Jose power Valley Christian 5-4 when that team was ranked No. 1 in NorCal, and 3-0 to Elk Grove. Jesuit is 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the Delta.
Jesuit beat Elk Grove 1-0 and 6-2. The Marauders have come to life behind stellar pitching from starters Anthony Susac and Cade Pilchard and Carter Benbrook and bullpen guys Chris Baytosh and Cade Cunningham.
No. 8 Rio Americano had won eight consecutive games entering the week and Tuesday visits No. 9 and defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion Del Campo in a battle for first place in a Capital Athletic League race that includes No. 10 Capital Christian, No. 14 Christian Brothers and El Camino.
Del Campo started 1-4-1, losing to Vacaville 3-1, tying Bella Vista 7-7 and falling to No. 3 Oakmont 11-0. Mason Poisson is batting .441 with 16 RBIs for Del Campo. Joey Adge is hitting .414 with 13 RBIs and Sam Hayden .364 with 12 RBIs.
Brandon Shaldone has led Rio Americano in batting with a .485 average and 15 RBIs, and Mateo Lake is hitting .406 with 25 RBIs. Shaldone is 5-0 on the mound with a 1.27 ERA, and Daylin Munoz is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
Demetrius Marshall of West Campus scored 28 points in the South Small School’s 124-108 victory over the North in the 42nd Optimist All-Star Game on Saturday. He made what is believed to be an Optimist Small School-record eight 3-pointers.
Track and field
The 59th Arcadia Invitational is one of the nation’s premiere events, and it did not disappoint Friday and Saturday in Southern California.
There were entries from 730 high schools, 31 states, and those from Canada, Mexico and Norway also joined in. The St. Francis girls 4x1600 relay won in 20 minutes, 20.82 seconds, the best in the country this season and easily a school record. The legs were Cate Joaquin, Tatiana Cornejo, Haley Silva and Isabella Fauria.
The St. Francis distance medley relay placed second in a school-record 11:51.9 behind Fauria, Joaquin, Alexys Jones and Haley Silva.
The nation’s two fastest times in the boys 400 was set in the invitational race. Justin Robinson of Hazelwood High in Missouri won in 46.22 seconds, followed closely by Zach Larrier of Monterey Trail at 46.49.
In all, 13 new national leaders emerged from Arcadia, including Chloe Cunliffe of Seattle setting a prep national record in the pole vault at 14 feet, 8 inches.
The competition was so fierce that in the boys 3200, Matt Strangio of Jesuit came in with the nation’s top time of 8:47.97. He clocked an otherwise commendable 9:00.58 in placing 15th in a race won by new national leader Nico Young of Newbury Park in a remarkable 8:40.00, a meet record and the third best in state history.
The Sheldon girls 4x400 relay placed second in the Open race in 3:55.54. Anchor leg Thalia Reid was second in the 400 in 55.63 seconds. The opening legs on the relay were Michaela Andrews, Tatum LaChapelle and Imani Dupree.