Joe Davidson

High school notes: Oak Ridge throws back-to-back no-hitters

Fiona O’Keeffe of Davis High won the girls’ 1,600 at Saturday’s Meet of Champions at American River College. . ... O’Keeffe competes in the 3,200-meters at the Masters Track and Field meet, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Elk Grove.
Fiona O’Keeffe of Davis High won the girls’ 1,600 at Saturday’s Meet of Champions at American River College. . ... O’Keeffe competes in the 3,200-meters at the Masters Track and Field meet, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Elk Grove. jvillegas@sacbee.com

It’s one thing to throw a no-hitter against a quality opponent in a good league.

But back-to-back in the same week against the same opponent?

That’s what Oak Ridge High School did last week against Del Oro in Sierra Foothill League baseball games, and those pitching gems helped elevate the Trojans to the top of The Sacramento Bee’s rankings.

On April 25, junior Trenton Denholm struck out eight, walked one and threw just 80 pitches in a 2-0 victory in El Dorado Hills. Denholm is 7-0 with an 0.16 ERA. The key hit for Oak Ridge was Tyler Reyes’ two-run single.

Two days later in Loomis, junior John Cross struck out 10 and walked three in a 4-0 victory. Denholm had a two-run triple, and John Mook drove in two runs for the Trojans (16-4, 10-2).

We’re really young, but we’re talented, and it’s a good group of guys to work with.

Oak Ridge baseball coach Todd Melton

Denholm and Cross relied mostly on fastballs, and good defense, Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton said.

“Just to throw a no-hitter is rare,” Melton said. “To do that in back-to-back games, yeah, that’s something. Wow.”

Denholm was the Trojans’ closer last season, posting a 1.50 ERA for a 25-6 team. Cross was on the junior varsity in 2015. Oak Ridge, which graduated 13 seniors last year, has only seven seniors this season.

“We’re really young, but we’re talented, and it’s a good group of guys to work with,” said Melton, the Trojans’ coach since 2008. “We’re feeling good. We feel that we’ve got two guys who can lead us in Denholm and Cross. Our rotation is new, but it might be the best staff we’ve had here. A lot of good arms.”

Good bats, too. The Trojans’ leading hitters include Mook (.414, 12 RBIs), Beau Philip (.379, 16 RBIs) Billy Martina (.357, 12 RBIs), Cameron Allie (.345, 14 RBIs), Denholm (.345, 12 RBIs) and Brendan Galbreath (.276, 17 RBIs).

Track and field – Rae’vyn Lawler of Sacramento High won the Sacramento Meet of Champions’ 100-meter dash in a wind-aided 11.83 seconds, the area’s fastest girls time this spring in any conditions, on Saturday at American River College.

Fiona O’Keeffe of Davis High won the 1,600 (4 minutes, 47.69 seconds), and St. Francis’ Kiani Reyna, Lillian Enes, Elizabeth Hennessy and Ariane Arndt won the 4x400 relay (3:50.52). Arndt also was second in the 800 (2:09.62), a fraction behind Alyssa Brewer of California-San Ramon (2:09.61).

Boys winners included Vista del Lago’s Jacob Sampson (400, 48.54), Woodcreek’s Derek Parker (800, 1:54.36), Cosumnes Oaks’ Derrick Griffith (300 hurdles, 37.67) and Oakmont’s Isaiah Holmes (high jump, 6 feet, 8 inches, and triple jump, 47-5). Granite Bay’s Travis Kartz and Del Oro’s Jacob Bowler tied for first in the pole vault (15-10).

Basketball – Gregg Pistochini is Bear River’s new boys basketball coach, hired by the man he replaced.

Pistochini takes over for Duwaine Ganskie, who stepped down to focus on his athletic director duties. Pistochini is just the third boys basketball coach in the program’s 30-year history. (Jack McCrory is the school’s winningest coach, and the gym bears his name.)

11.83 Rae’vyn Lawler’s winning time in the 100 meters at the Sacramento Meet of Champions

Pistochini, a Sacramento State graduate, has coached for 29 years locally with stints at Bella Vista, Casa Roble and Del Oro, where he was the junior varsity head coach and an assistant varsity coach.

▪ Folsom guard Alec Andrews signed with Cal Tech, Sheldon guard Isaiah Brooks with Chico State, Sacramento guard Quayonna Harris with Sac State and Pleasant Grove guard Brittany Nguyen with UC Davis.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

The Bee’s Top 20

With records through Saturday and last ranking:

BASEBALL

Team

Rec.

Prv.

1. Oak Ridge

16-4

3

2. Elk Grove

15-7

4

3. Jesuit

16-6

2

4. Davis

18-3

1

5. Woodcreek

15-6

5

6. Franklin

13-9

6

7. Vista del Lago

17-2-1

7

8. Yuba City

17-6

8

9. Capital Christian

17-2

9

10. Sheldon

11-7

10

11. Granite Bay

11-9

11

12. Lincoln

19-4

12

13. Whitney

15-7

13

14. Del Campo

17-6

15

15. Oakmont

14-10

14

16. River Valley

14-5-1

16

17. Christian Bros.

15-5-1

17

18. Del Oro

12-11-1

18

19. Pleasant Grove

11-11

19

20. McClatchy

15-8

20

SOFTBALL

Team

Rec.

Prv.

1. Sheldon

19-2

1

2. Rocklin

18-1

2

3. Pioneer

16-3-1

3

4. Del Campo

14-5

4

5. Woodcreek

14-5

6

6. Whitney

14-7

5

7. Elk Grove

11-9-1

7

8. Roseville

15-6-1

14

9. Yuba City

16-4-1

8

10. River City

14-7-2

9

11. Bella Vista

13-8

10

12. Bear River

20-2

11

13. Vista del Lago

15-4

13

14. Casa Roble

14-7

12

15. Franklin

9-10-1

18

16. Pleasant Grove

6-7-2

19

17. St. Francis

10-8-1

17

18. Ponderosa

10-8

16

19. Christian Bros.

12-6

20

20. Cos. Oaks

8-8

15

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