|EGHS pitcher Jordan Koch|
"We could have come out complacent, looking forward to a big series (against Davis that starts Wednesday)," Elk Grove head coach Jeff Carlson said. "You don't want to do that. Laguna is having a good year and (Josh Lex) has done a good job over here. Today we saw a pretty good arm (in Malik Pruitt) on the mound. It was nice to see our guys compete and make the adjustment to him, especially the second and third time around."
The Cardinals also committed five errors to let Elk Grove dominate the game. Dom Nunez had a two-run triple in the second inning. Rowdy Tellez cleared the bases with a three-RBI double in the 5th inning. He added another RBI on a single in the sixth.
Elk Grove is now 9-2 in the league, 15-6 overall, and will travel to Davis Wednesday to face the first-place Blue Devils. Those two teams play again Friday at EGHS.
One concern Carlson has with just over a week remaining in the regular season is that a couple of his main players are hurt.
"Andrew Horne wasn't here today. He's got the flu," Carlson said. "Dom has a shoulder issue going on so we're going to hold him out the next two weeks and keep him from throwing. He'll (bat as the designated hitter)."
The Herd concludes the year next Monday and Wednesday with games against Grant. The Sac-Joaquin Section's North Division playoffs begin Monday, May 14.