Joe Davidson

Elk Grove, Granite Bay win D-I baseball thrillers to set up showdown

It was brisk and blustery, fans covered in everything but sleeping bags, and the action was just as unpredictable for Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I doubleheader at Sacramento City College.

Elk Grove, The Bee’s top-ranked team, beat Vacaville 3-2 on Dylan Carlson’s walk-off double to deep right-center that scored Nick Madrigal. Carlson is the son of longtime Thundering Herd coach Jeff Carlson.

Vacaville tied it 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning on Joey Morris’ sacrifice fly as left fielder Austin Del Chiaro chased it down on the warning track.

In the nightcap, Granite Bay eliminated Jesuit 5-4, with first baseman Matt McCord preserving the victory in the bottom of the seventh when he caught a flare on the run, extending fully, with the bases loaded.

Granite Bay junior Nick Frank, who missed a playoff opener with the flu and a fever, struck out five and walked one, and Kevin Baranowski earned the save.

Elk Grove and Granite Bay will play Saturday at noon at Sac City.

Girls soccer

▪ No. 5 seed St. Francis will defend its section Division I soccer championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks, capping a marathon of games at the Elk Grove school.

Rachel Schaefer scored in the first half, and senior Catie Brown and Allie Carmickle were strong in goal to key St. Francis’ 1-0 over top-seeded Davis in the semifinals. It was only the nationally ranked Blue Devils’ second defeat of the season.

Franklin beat Bella Vista 2-1 in overtime in the other semifinal behind goals by Lauren Williams and Taylor Lemmond. Lemmond had the assist on a corner kick, resulting in a celebration that prompted Franklin athletic director Mike Cody to call it “one of the best sporting events I’ve seen in person.”

St. Francis, shooting for its 14th section title, split with Franklin in Delta League matches this season, each 1-0. Franklin reached the final in 2012 and won the title in 2013, beating Davis 4-3 on penalty kicks.

▪ Sierra Foothill League rivals Del Oro and Rocklin will play for the D-II title at 2 p.m. In the semifinals, Rachel Gensch scored three goals to lead Del Oro to a 4-0 victory over Cosumnes Oaks, and Rocklin beat Folsom 1-0 on Meredith Mila’s goal.

▪ In D-IV, Placer will play Woodland at noon. Placer beat top-seeded Liberty Ranch 3-1 behind Samantha Slade’s hat trick, and Woodland beat second-seeded West Campus 4-0 behind two goals each from Emily King and Kristen Ward.

▪ Capital Christian will play Modesto Christian for the D-VI title at 10 a.m.

Et cetera

▪  Junior quarterback Ian Book of Oak Ridge has verbally committed to attend Washington State on scholarship. He is finishing his junior season.

▪ Max O’Rourke of Rocklin will walk on at Boise State as a kicker, a triumphant return to a sport that left him with much heartache last fall. While playing quarterback, the senior broke his leg against rival Del Oro, and doctors feared the worst when X-rays revealed a large tumor (later determined to be benign) that likely caused the break.

All-Metro teams

Area baseball and softball coaches can nominate players for The Bee’s All-Metro teams through the weekend. E-mail and include stats and comments.