Three of Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section championship baseball games involve rivals in rematches with revenge in mind.
In Division III, River Valley of Yuba City plays Yuba City at Sacramento City College at 3 p.m. River Valley, which opened in 2005, is playing for a title for the first time; Yuba City seeks its sixth title in nine years.
The Honkers, who went 2-1 against River Valley in Tri-County Conference games, are led by Caden Goldby (.387, 33 RBIs) and Taylor Doyle, who hit a three-run homer to spark a 13-3 rout of Sierra of Manteca in Wednesday’s semifinals. The Honkers’ top pitchers are Isaiah Rodriguez (6-3, 2.10 ERA) and Austin Southward (6-3, 1.96).
Yuba City seeks its sixth title in nine years.
River Valley is led by Cameron Spencer (.316, 24 RBIs) and pitchers Hayden Horan (6-6, 3.83 ERA) and Avery Gould (4-3, 3.18).
In Wednesday’s semifinals, designated hitter Jordan Greminger hit a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead River Valley to a 3-2 win over Rio Americano. It was Greminger’s first home run in high school.
“A dream come true,” he said.
In Division IV, Lincoln and Placer meet at Sac City at noon. Lincoln won the Pioneer Valley League by a game over Placer, thanks largely to three head-to-head victories, 5-2, 13-0 and 5-3.
Placer is led by pitchers Tyler Gums (4-1, 1.06 ERA) and Radd Thomas (5-1, 1.01). Lincoln is paced by Isaiah Garcia (.618, 31 RBIs, 40 runs) and pitchers Elijah Garcia (6-1, 1.59 ERA) and Craig Schmich (8-2, 1.44).
In Division V, Golden Empire League members Capital Christian and Dixon play at Zupo Field in Lodi at 6 p.m. Dixon, which won the league title by a game over the Cougars, won 3-0 and 6-5 (nine innings) and lost 7-4 in league.
Lincoln’s Isaiah Garcia is batting .618 with 31 RBIs and 40 runs.
Capital Christian seeks a section three-peat and its fourth title since 2009 (including a Division VI title). The Cougars’ Tiegen Jones will pitch in the title game, his sixth section championship appearance in baseball and basketball combined. The junior is batting .375 with 20 RBIs, and he’s 5-0 with a 2.12 ERA.
Joseph Quintanilla leads Dixon with a .438 average and 29 RBIs. Tyler Mac-Kenzie (7-0, 1.50 ERA) and John Jordan (5-0, 2.06) head the staff.
In Division II, Roseville will play Vanden at Sac City at 6 p.m. Roseville advanced by eliminating rival Oakmont with a best-of-three series sweep in semifinal play, 21-0 and 4-3. Roseville won the Division II title in 2011, and Vanden last won a title in 2006 in Division III.
At Zupo Field in Lodi, Bradshaw Christian and Mariposa meet for the Division VI title at 3 p.m. Bradshaw is aiming for a three-peat and its fourth title in five seasons. Also at Zupo, Valley Christian Academy of Roseville plays Brookside Christian in Division VII at noon. Valley Christian has won four consecutive titles under coach Brad Gunter Jr., whose best player is his son, Micah Gunter (.484 average, 29 RBIs, 7-2, 1.91 ERA).
▪ Former Woodland coach Bert Salinas has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Inderkum, a Woodland rival in the Tri-County Conference.
▪ Larry Price, who led two Florin girls basketball teams to the NorCal playoffs in recent years, has been hired to coach the girls team at Elk Grove.
▪ Dustin Monday is the new boys basketball coach at Elk Grove. He previously coached at Rosemont.
Monday’s title games
Sac-Joaquin Section championships
- D-II: Roseville vs. Vanden, 6 p.m., Sacramento City College
- D-III: River Valley vs. Yuba City, 3 p.m., Sacramento City College
- D-IV: Lincoln vs. Placer, noon, Sacramento City College
- D-V: Capital Christian vs. Dixon, 6 p.m., Zupo Field, Lodi
- D-VI: Bradshaw Christian vs. Mariposa, 3 p.m., Zupo Field, Lodi
- D-VII: Valley Christian Academy vs. Brookside Christian, noon, Zupo Field, Lodi