Let me say that I suffered through the Elk Grove/Monterey Trail baseball game yesterday, which the Herd won easily, 10-0 in five innings. MT's Jordan Vartanian can play for any Division I team in the area, but the rest of the team frankly lacks overall in basic baseball skills.
I love baseball. That's why it bothers me to watch high school teams with players that lack basic fundamental skills. Many Mustang players just plain looked like this is their first year of baseball when compared to the finely-honed skills of a Dom Nunez, Trey Hicks or Derek Hill.
Does the City of Elk Grove, known for its fine baseball teams, really lack coaches that know what they are doing at the lower levels? Or do all the kids that take baseball seriously attend Elk Grove, Franklin, Laguna Creek, Sheldon, Pleasant Grove and Bradshaw Christian?
Think about that one ...
Here's the scores:
Elk Grove 10, Monterey Trail 0 - A kid who deserves more playing time, Trey Hicks, got a bases-loaded double. He plays at a higher speed than most kids. And, may I add that Dom Nunez played catcher, showing that he could play any position on the field and play it really well. In one at-bat he was thrown a curveball at chest level and he put it on a one-bounce to the right centerfield fence. I am campaigning for him to be the area player of the year.
Franklin 6, Laguna Creek 5 (9) - If Laguna can steal the rematch on Friday, then get a win over Elk Grove or Davis, they just might threaten to get into the playoffs. Good to see Kyle VonRuden, who has been injured, pitch a couple innings for Franklin.
Davis 15, Grant 1 (5)
(here's a shocker) Ponderosa 9, Sheldon 0 - Paris Hallums threw a four-hitter at the Lady Huskies. I've got to make certain this isn't a mis-print.....No it isn't.
Hallums is the real deal, 6-0, four complete-game shutouts this season and the Lady Bruins are atop the DRL with a 4-0 record.
Pleasant Grove 12, Folsom 2 - The Eagles play at Sheldon Friday. I'm covering that one for the Citizen.