Sunday, April 14, 2013

PG Loses Boras Championship/Weekend Baseball, Softball Notes

The Pleasant Grove Eagles were no match for the state's top-ranked baseball team, Mater Dei, Saturday as they lost 8-0 in the championship game for the inaugural Boras Baseball Classic. The game, pitting the winner of the northern part of the 32-team tournament versus the southern California champion, was played at UOP's Klein Family Field.

Mater Dei, now 17-1 with its only loss to St. Mary's of Stockton in the season opener, easily outdistanced the Eagles using the pitching of Jacob Erickson. Austin Friello had two of Pleasant Grove's four hits. Sophomore Dalton Gomez took the loss, going three innings for the Eagles.

After sweeping Sheldon last week, the Eagles (3-0 in league) hope to remain unbeaten in Delta River League play this week when they take on Oak Ridge, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Elk Grove Loses First DVC Game

In its first four Delta Valley Conference games Elk Grove outscored its opponents, 48-5.  On Friday, though, the Herd ran into Davis' fabulous junior hurler Matt Trask. The UCLA-commit shut down the powerful Elk Grove bats, 2-1, the Herd's first conference loss of the season.

Davis' two runs, though, were unearned thanks to a pair of costly errors. Mikey Wright pitched six strong innings for Elk Grove, but relief pitchers Mason Crump and Dave Smith were the victims of shoddy fielding, plus a couple questionable calls by the umpires. Trask' infield single scored Joe
Elk Grove's Mikey Wright
Murray for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Elk Grove coach Jeff Carlson is trying to balance his star-studded lineup of Rowdy Tellez, Dom Nunez and Derek Hill with a sprinkling of varsity newcomers including his own son, freshman first baseman Dylan, and sophomore infielders Carlos Moseley and Landon Gastelum. Second-year infielder Nick Madrigal has been joined by his twin brother, Ty, on the varsity squad, too. Ty is playing the outfield when he isn't pitching.


Other Teams To Watch ...

Speaking of St. Mary's, the three-time defending champions of the Sac-Joaquin Section, are now 7-11 on the season. The Division I teams in the southern half of the Section having good seasons up to this point have been Lincoln of Stockton (14-1-2) and Turlock (17-1).

Lincoln defeated Jesuit Saturday, 5-4. The Marauders took two of their first three DRL games last week over Oak Ridge. Joe Potulny's guys are now 9-4 overall, 2-1 in the DRL, a game in back of Pleasant Grove.


Minor Leaguers ....

After starting at catcher opening day for the Sacramento River Cats, David Freitas was shipped back to Double-A Midland in the Texas League April 6. He batted .250 in his brief stay with the River Cats. He's had a pair of starts for the Rockhounds since returning to Texas.

Knowing the frequent changes the Oakland A's like to do with the minor leaguers, don't be surprised if Freitas is back in Sacramento later this summer.

Elk Grove resident and former Jesuit Marauder Cory Vaughn is with the New York Mets' Double-A squad in Binghamton, N.Y. His high school teammate, catcher Andrew Susac, is also in Double-A, playing for the Giants' affiliate in Richmond, VA.

Former CRC and Elk Grove pitcher Raymond Hernandez is on the disabled list with what his father Rick says may be the same shoulder problem that bothered Raymond his senior year at Elk Grove. Last  season he pitched for the Class-A Visalia in the California League. Older brother David has yet to surrender a run in five innings of work thus far for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

College Baseball Notes ...

Oregon State University is off to its best start ever at 28-6 and they are now ranked sixth in most national college baseball polls. They have won all four of their three-game series in the Pac-12 thus far and are 10-3 in the conference.

Elk Grove graduate Jake Rodriguez has started 29 of the Beavers' games, mostly at catcher. He's batting .293 for the Beavers. He set a career high on March 17 by driving in five runs in a win over Arizona.

The fourth-ranked team in the country now is Cal State-Fullerton which has a 31-5 record after this past weekend's play. In a non-conference game last Tuesday, Elk Grove's J.D. Davis clubbed a grand slam to help the Titans defeat USC, 6-4.

The sophomore is now hitting .320 for Fullerton with three homers and 33 RBI's.

College Softball ....
Jolene Henderson knocked in a three-run homer in the tenth inning.
Cal's Jolene Henderson

After beginning the Pac-12 season with a sweep of Utah and taking two of three over Arizona, Cal has hit a bit of a rough road the past couple weeks. The Bears dropped two of three decisions to both UCLA and to Oregon.

Cal is now 7-5 in the Pac-12, but 32-8 overall.

Sunday, Cal pulled out a 5-1, 10-inning decision over UCLA. Sheldon's Lindsey Ziegenhirt drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly, then winning pitcher Jolene Henderson followed with a three-run homer.

Former Pleasant Grove pitcher Ally Carda took the loss for the Bruins. Her record dropped to 19-7. Carda is having quite an outstanding season at the plate for UCLA, batting .342 with 11 home runs.

The UCLAns are now 28-14 overall.






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