Regional Digest: River Cats to bring back entire coaching staff for 2014 season

The River Cats will welcome back their coaching staff for the 2014 season, the Triple-A team’s parent club, the A’s, announced Tuesday.

Manager Steve Scarsone, who guided the River Cats to a 79-65 record in 2013, his first season in Sacramento, will return along with pitching coach Rick Rodriguez (12th season with the team) and hitting coach Greg Sparks. Trainer Brad LaRosa also will be back.

Sacramento, which missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2006, will open the 2014 season on April 3 at Salt Lake and play its first home game at Raley Field – the team’s 15th season in West Sacramento – on April 11, also against the Bees.

UCD men win Big West soccer playoff opener

Dashiell MacNamara scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 42nd minute as UC Davis (9-8-3) beat UC Riverside 3-1 in the first round of the Big West Conference soccer tournament.

Ian Palmer had two assists for the Aggies. The Highlanders finished the season 9-8-3.

The Aggies will face UC Irvine on the road Friday in the semifinals.

Three other players – junior forward Matt Wiesenfarth, junior defender Brian Ford and senior midfielder Alex Henry – were named to the All-Big West Second Team.

Putting ‘Cause’ in Causeway

For each ticket sold to the 60th Causeway Classic on Nov. 23 between Sacramento State and UCD at Hornet Stadium, a donation of $1 will be made to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 916-278-2222.

Bee Sports staff