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High school notes: Winters’ Jeff Ingles thrived in his comfort zone

Winters High School baseball coach Jeff Ingles, right, wins his 500th career game at his alma mater on March 3, 2016, a 3-2 nonleague win over East Nicolaus. Assistant coach Jeff Saragosa, left, offers congratulations.
Winters High School baseball coach Jeff Ingles, right, wins his 500th career game at his alma mater on March 3, 2016, a 3-2 nonleague win over East Nicolaus. Assistant coach Jeff Saragosa, left, offers congratulations. Photo courtesy of Tom Crisp

Jeff Ingles is a baseball lifer who never left his comfort zone.

He played four sports at Winters High School, graduating in 1980. Eight years later, he became the Warriors’ baseball coach, and March 3 he won his 500th game, 3-2 over East Nicolaus.

It was another milestone for the winningest baseball coach in Northern Section history. He has coached 27 playoff teams, 18 league champions and 11 section champions in 18 title-game appearances.

“Five hundred means a lot of longevity and great kids,” Ingles said. “I’ve been blessed. This is such a great community, and I’ve been here so long, I’m coaching kids of former players.”

Ingles has avoided parental pressure about playing time and winning more games that sometimes drive coaches out.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” he said. “There are always some issues, but I have no kids of my own, so there’s never been any ‘Daddy Ball’ concerns. I have no favorites, except those who work their butts off.”

Ingles has no desire to step aside. He’s already scouted the neighborhood youths, projecting some as future varsity players.

“I’m still pretty fiery, very much involved, and the baseball field here is my happy place,” Ingles said. “Winters baseball is who I am. Baseball is so much about failure, but it’s how you respond. Just like in life. And to hear former players tell me the impact we had on them, that makes my eyes water. That never gets old.”

Five hundred means a lot of longevity and great kids. I’ve been blessed. This is such a great community, and I’ve been here so long, I’m coaching kids of former players.

Winters baseball coach Jeff Ingles

Winters is 9-5-2, including a 10-0 win over Grant and a 2-0 loss to Christian Brothers. Greg Creamer is batting .381 with 20 RBIs, and Sammy Gonzales and Morgan Nicholas have combined for 20 RBIs.

More baseball – Davis (11-0) returns to the top of The Sacramento Bee’s baseball rankings for the first time since the end of the 2014 season, when the Blue Devils won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title. They are No. 7 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports after winning the Boras Baseball Classic North championship. Jesuit, The Bee’s No. 2 team, is ranked 14th in the state.

Softball – Del Campo (6-1) is the The Bee’s new No. 1 softball team after beating previously top-ranked Sheldon 6-5 in 10 innings. Del Campo also has beaten No. 5 Pleasant Grove 6-2, No. 6 Elk Grove 3-2, No. 9 Whitney 4-1 and No. 15 Cosumnes Oaks 5-1. The Cougars’ loss was to No. 16 Roseville 1-0. Natalie Nash is batting .526 with three doubles, five RBIs and eight runs. Ace Brooke Larsen is 6-1 with a 1.54 ERA.

Basketball – Sacramento High, The Bee’s top-ranked boys team from December until the end of the season, finished ranked 10th in the state by Cal-Hi. The Dragons were 30-2 and reached the CIF Northern California Regional Open Division semifinals.

In Cal-Hi’s final state rankings, Folsom (27-5) finished 12th, Sheldon (23-6) 13th and Jesuit (25-6) 25th.

11-0Top-ranked Davis’ baseball record

In the girls final state rankings, St. Francis (29-6), the NorCal Division I champion, was 25th. Elk Grove (24-11), the NorCal Division II champ, was 36th, Oak Ridge (29-3) 39th and McClatchy (23-6) 40th.

Track and field – Oakmont’s Isaiah Holmes was a double winner at the Stanford Invitational, taking the long jump at 23 feet, 3 1/2 inches and the triple jump at 47-5. The senior also was second in the high jump at 6-8.

Jack Root of Oak Ridge won the shot put at 53-0 1/4 , and Trevor Reinwald of Elk Grove won the varsity portion of the shot at 50-2 3/4 , which would have placed him fifth in the invitational portion of the meet.

Janessa Moses of Sheldon won the varsity girls shot put at 38-3 1/2 .

Travis Kartz of Granite Bay won the pole vault at 15-6 1/4 . Jordan Tillis of Franklin was second in the 400 meters in 48.83 seconds, and Myles Ellis of Antelope was fourth in 49.16. Willie Hall of Davis was second in the 800 in 1 minute, 51.76 seconds. MacLean Conner of Pleasant Grove was second in the 110 hurdles in 14.21.

The Davis girls distance medley relay of Sofia Castiglioni, Abigail Fisk and sisters Olivia and Fiona O'Keeffe produced a national-leading 11:52.87.

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The Bee’s Top 20

With records through Saturday and last ranking

BASEBALL

Team

Rec.

Prv.

1. Davis

11-0

5

2. Jesuit

8-2

2

3. Oak Ridge

6-2

3

4. Elk Grove

6-5

1

5. Woodcreek

8-2

7

6. Christian Bros.

9-0-1

15

7. Yuba City

8-4

9

8. Sheldon

5-3

8

9. Capital Chr.

6-2

11

10. Granite Bay

5-6

6

11. Franklin

5-6

4

12. Del Oro

7-3-1

13. Lincoln

11-4

10

14. Oakmont

8-4

14

15. Whitney

8-2

16. Sacramento

4-3

16

17. Del Campo

7-4

18. Vista del Lago

7-2-1

17

18. Pleasant Grove

6-6

20. Folsom

5-6

SOFTBALL

Team

Rec.

Prv.

1. Del Campo

6-1

2

2. Sheldon

7-2

1

3. Woodcreek

8-1

4

4. Rocklin

10-1

13

5. Pleasant Grove

2-2

6

6. Elk Grove

3-6

3

7. River City

8-4

8. Pioneer

6-2

5

9. Whitney

6-3

10. Bella Vista

6-5

8

11. Bear River

7-2

10

12. Casa Roble

7-3

11

13. Del Oro

5-4-1

14

14. Vista del Lago

7-2

15. Cosumes Oaks

4-4

12

16. Roseville

6-4-1

17. St. Francis

2-4

9

18. Christian Bros.

4-3

16

19. Lincoln

4-6

20. Franklin

2-3

15

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