Joe Davidson

Elk Grove baseball a win away from second 3-peat since 2005

FILE - The Elk Grove Thundering Herd pray at the Sac Joaquin Section Division I North Baseball semifinals between the Elk Grove Thundering Herd and the Oak Ridge Trojans at Sac City College’s Union Stadium on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Elk Grove went on to win the division championship that year and the year before, and are looking for a three-peat to cap this season.
FILE - The Elk Grove Thundering Herd pray at the Sac Joaquin Section Division I North Baseball semifinals between the Elk Grove Thundering Herd and the Oak Ridge Trojans at Sac City College’s Union Stadium on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Elk Grove went on to win the division championship that year and the year before, and are looking for a three-peat to cap this season. The Sacramento Bee

One more win.

That’s the singular goal remaining for the Elk Grove High School baseball team as the season narrows to one final day.

Riley Lamb pitched a complete-game six-hitter with seven strikes and one walk in stalling a team with a .360 team batting average, and Jake Jordan drove in two runs with extra-base hits to power the Thundering Herd past Tracy 4-1 on Friday night at Sacramento City College.

This gives Elk Grove a 1-0 advantage in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I best-of-three series that resumes at noon Saturday at Union Stadium. Elk Grove has two chances to prevail and to extend its historic run.

A title would be the 11th in program history, tying small-school power Central Catholic of Modesto for the most all-time spanning seven divisions. This series is a rematch of last season, won by Elk Grove in three games.

Elk Grove (22-10) seeks its eighth section title since 2003 under coach Jeff Carlson, a run that includes a three-peat from 2005-07 and would include another one with a win Saturday.

The USC-bound Lamb is 3-0 in the playoffs for Elk Grove. Tracy (25-5) has dominated this season, in part thanks to ace Cody Bolton, who entered the game with a 9-1 record and 1.24 ERA.

Jordan touched him for an RBI double in the fifth inning for a 2-1 lead and a run-scoring triple to make it 4-1 in the sixth.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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