The Elk Grove Thundering Herd for the ninth time has won the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division I North baseball championship. Friday night they defeated Franklin, its Delta Valley Conference rival, for the fifth time in as many games this season, by the score of 4-2.
Once again, it was another strong pitching performance by the Herd's Mikey Wright who threw a complete-game eight-hitter.
The difference was a key fifth inning rally when the Herd scored three times on only one hit. They drew five bases-on-balls in that frame alone, twice with the bases loaded.
Afterwards, I talked with Herd shortstop Nick Madrigal who had a key run in the fifth and a double in the seventh. He made the game-ending catch on a running, over-the-shoulder grab in leftfield.
Elk Grove will now take on three-time defending champion St. Mary's for the Section championship May 31 and June 1, also at Sacramento City College. That will be a best two-out-of-three series.
Elk Grove last won the Division I North championship in 2010. It's last Section title came in 2007.