Joe Davidson

Prep baseball teams will think pink Saturday

Pink will be the fashionable color as eight regional baseball teams compete Saturday at Sacramento City College for cancer awareness.

The seventh annual Albie Swingin’ For Life, a benefit fundraiser for the Albie Carson Breast Cancer Foundation, includes Bee-ranked No. 2 Elk Grove, No. 3 Jesuit, No. 4 Franklin, No. 9 Oakmont and No. 12 Christian Brothers.

All players, coaches and umpires will wear pink items during the games. The bases will be painted pink, and breast-cancer survivors, including those tied to the programs (relatives, friends), will throw out ceremonial pitches before each game.

“This event is to showcase some of the best high school baseball in the greater Sacramento area while raising money for a great cause (and combating a disease) that affects so many women each year,” said Jesuit athletic director and event coordinator Chris Fahey.

Tickets from $5 to $8 will be sold at the gate Saturday. Children under 5 and breast-cancer survivors wearing pink will be admitted free.

The proceeds go to the Albie Foundation that was created in the memory of Albie Carson, a 50-year resident of Sacramento, where she attended local schools, raised a family and worked in real estate. She died in 2002. The baseball event has raised more than $55,000 over its first six years.

The schedule: Valley Christian Academy of Roseville vs. Antelope, 10 a.m.; Oakmont vs. Franklin, 1 p.m.; Elk Grove vs. Laguna Creek, 4 p.m.; and Jesuit vs. Christian Brothers, 7 p.m. Jesuit visits Elk Grove on Friday at 4 p.m. in a Delta League showdown.

Power swing – Before Thursday, Robert Rodrigues had never hit a home run at any level. Not even in batting practice.

The Woodland senior ripped a three-run homer in the fourth inning of a 7-4 victory over rival River Valley in a Tri-County Conference game. The Wolves, who received a complete game from Jaime Arias, are 8-1 in league play. Woodland has won 12 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Sac-Joaquin Section in any division.

Softball – The Capital Valley Conference is the deepest league in the section with seven Bee-ranked teams: No. 4 Ponderosa, No. 6 Bella Vista, No. 7 Del Campo, No. 8 Roseville, No. 11 Cosumnes Oaks, No. 13 Antelope and No. 20 Whitney. Only three will make the playoffs.

Franklin and Vista del Lago enter The Bee’s rankings for the first time this season at No. 18 and 19, respectively. Franklin has gone 4-1 lately, beating No. 12 Pleasant Grove and No. 16 St. Francis and falling to top-ranked Elk Grove 5-4 in nine innings in Delta action.

Vista has won four consecutive games, including a 6-3 effort over Capital Athletic League rival Christian Brothers.

Roseville shortstop Alyson Manzo had four hits with two doubles to key a 9-8 victory over Antelope.

▪ In a 7-0 stretch, Elk Grove third baseman Morgan Lamb, headed to Boise State on scholarship, had 13 hits, including three triples and two homers.

▪ St. Francis’ Danika Bailey, headed to Cal, leads the section with 50 hits.

Character counts – The annual Character Combine, for coaches and athletes of all sports and ages, is scheduled for Saturday at Folsom High School and includes motivational speakers, seminars on player/team/coaching improvement and awards.

The Bee will present Character Combine awards to coaches and athletes who display unique leadership with perspective beyond the scoreboard.

The Character Combine Female Athlete of the Year is Christian Brothers’ Kira McKechnie, an All-Metro basketball player and a standout softball pitcher/slugger headed to Fresno State on scholarship. The Coaches of the Year are Jessica Kunisaki, who led McClatchy to the CIF State Division I girls basketball championship, and Josh Williams of Liberty Ranch basketball. Williams kept his team together despite the death of popular senior Ryan Stover on the eve of the season, and he kept guard Zach Justice in the lineup – and in good spirits – despite the senior battling Crohn’s disease, an intestinal/digestive disorder.

For more information: charactercombine.com

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THE BEE’S BASEBALL TOP 20

Records through Saturday; previous ranking in parentheses

TeamRecord

1. Oak Ridge (1) 19-2

2. Elk Grove (3) 11-6

3. Jesuit (4) 13-5

4. Franklin (2) 14-4

5. Pleasant Grove (5) 7-12

6. Davis (7) 8-10

7. Grant (8) 11-6

8. Sheldon (9) 11-8

9. Oakmont (10) 13-5

10. El Camino (12) 10-5

11. Woodland (15) 13-5

12. Christian Brothers (16) 11-6

13. McClatchy (11) 14-5

14. Vista del Lago (17) 13-5

15. River Valley (14) 12-8

16. Rocklin (18) 7-11

17. Woodcreek (6) 8-8-1

18. Bella Vista (-) 11-9

19. Whitney (13) 10-9

20. Placer (-) 15-5

Joe Davidson

THE BEE’S SOFTBALL TOP 20

Records through Saturday; previous ranking in parentheses

Team Record

1. Elk Grove (1) 18-2

2. Pioneer (2) 17-1

3. Woodcreek (3) 17-1-1

4. Ponderosa (5) 18-1

5. Sheldon (7) 12-6

6. Bella Vista (8) 16-5-1

7. Del Campo (10) 13-7

8. Roseville (12) 13-8

9. Rocklin (4) 11-7

10. Casa Roble (6) 12-6

11. Cosumnes Oaks (11) 13-9

12. Pleasant Grove (9) 12-8

13. Antelope (13) 12-11

14. Lincoln (14) 15-6

15. Bear River (15) 12-6

16. St. Francis (16) 11-10

17. Del Oro (17) 12-8

18. Franklin (-) 14-6-1

19. Vista del Lago (-) 12-6

20. Whitney (20) 8-14

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