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Boras Baseball Classic highlights spring break for regional baseball programs

Davis High baseball coach Dan Ariola is seen during a 2014 game. The Blue Devils will compete in the Sixth Boras Baseball Classic.
Davis High baseball coach Dan Ariola is seen during a 2014 game. The Blue Devils will compete in the Sixth Boras Baseball Classic. Sacramento Bee file

The weather is clear after rain washed out numerous games last week.

The Sixth Boras Baseball Classic, a 32-team invitational, features most of the elite programs in Northern and Southern California. The NorCal event will be held at McAuliffe Fields next to Sacramento State from Monday through Thursday.

The event was created by baseball super agent Scott Boras, an Elk Grove High graduate, to create a de facto state championship. There are no Northern California or state playoffs for baseball and softball, as the seasons would stretch well after graduation and into June.

The NorCal winner will play the SoCal winner on March 29 at a site to be determined. Bee-ranked teams involved are No. 3 Franklin, No. 4 Davis, No. 5 Oak Ridge and No. 12 Woodcreek.

Top-ranked Elk Grove is in the San Diego Lions Easter Tournament that features state-ranked programs. No. 6 Jesuit and No. 14 Pleasant Grove are among the area teams in the Fresno Easter Classic.

Elk Grove dropped from second to fourth in the Cal-Hi Sports state rankings despite not losing.

The Herd had a scoreless, 10-inning game with No. 3 Valley Christian and a 4-4, 9-inning tie with longtime power St. Mary's of Stockton.

The three-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions beat Acalanes of Lafayette 8-1 and Buchanan of Clovis 13-1. Blake Dickman is batting .462 for Elk Grove and Tanner Carlson .429.

The staff ERA is 1.27. Jake Jordan, headed to UC Dais, is 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA, and Brian Frietas is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA.

Rocklin moved up to No. 2 in The Bee's rankings after a 5-0 start and is No. 15 by Cal-Hi. The Thunder, who have a 4-1 win over previous No. 2 Franklin, are in the Lions event with Elk Grove.

Steven Moller took over for the retired Roc Murray, the coach since Rocklin opened in 1992. Nikolas McClaughry and Alexander Zarfos each have five RBIs. Chase Webb and Braiden Waltermire both have a 2-0 record and the staff ERA is 1.80.

Warriors rising – Winters is 9-0 and debuts in The Bee's rankings at No. 10 after beating previous No. 9 Christian Brothers, which was coming off of a 29-2 season and a Sac-Joaquin Section championship. Winters, seeking its fourth consecutive Northern Section title under longtime coach Jeff Ingles, has been led by pitchers Anthony Carrion (2-0, 1.11 ERA), Brandon Gomez (4-0, 0.58) and Jacob Roberts (2-0, 0.00).

Football – Justin Reber has stepped down as El Dorado's head coach to accept the offensive coordinator post at Hartnell College in Salinas. Reber, known for creatitve offenses, was a star receiver at Capital Christian and also had local head-coaching stints at Rio Linda, his alma mater, and Sacramento.

The Bee's Top 20 baseball rankings

With previous ranking in parentheses.

1. Elk Grove (1) 2-0-2

2. Rocklin (12) 5-0

3. Franklin (3) 6-1

4. Davis (2) 2-2

5. Oak Ridge (4) 5-1

6. Jesuit (5) 1-4)

7. Del Oro (-) 1-1

8. Del Campo (7) 6-1-1

9. Capital Christian (10) 6-1

10. Winters (-) 9-0

11. Granite Bay (13) 3-3

12. Woodcreek (14) 3-2

13. Yuba City (15) 6-2

14. Pleasant Grove (6) 3-3

15. McClatchy (8) 5-2

16. Christian Brothers (9) 3-3

17. Woodland (19) 4-1

18. Lincoln (11) 4-2

19. Cosumnes Oaks (-) 6-0

20. El Camino (20) 8-1

Dropped out: Oakmont, Whitney, Vista del Lago

The Bee's Top 20 softball rankings

With previous ranking in parentheses.

1. Sheldon (1) 4-0)

2. Casa Roble (2) 10-2

3. Del Campo (3) 5-1

4. Elk Grove (4) 4-2

5. Lincoln (12) 4-2

6. Granite Bay (11) 4-0

7. Oak Ridge (5) 5-2-1

8. Pleasant Grove (6) 5-3

9. Roseville (9) 9-3

10. Bella Vista (8) 7-3

11. Rocklin (10) 3-2

12. Woodcreek (14) 4-3

13. Pioneer (13) 4-1-1

14. Whitney (7) 4-3

15. Davis (16) 3-1

16. Del Oro (-) 4-4

17. River City (17) 2-2

18. Christian Brothers (18) 4-2

19. Oakmont (-) 5-4-1

20. Yuba City (20) 7-2

Dropped out: St. Francis, Liberty Ranch

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