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.
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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.