By Bill Paterson
Brady Dragmire struck out 11 and pitched his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth to lead Bradshaw Christian to a 4-2 upset of two-time defending champion Valley Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII baseball championship game today at Sacramento City College.
Valley Christian star Ryan Cordell, who shared Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic Conference co-MVP honors with Dragmire, allowed only four hits but was betrayed by poor defense.
The Pride (19-11), which lost twice to Valley Christian in league, scored three runs in the top of the first inning on a pair of Lions' errors and an RBI triple by freshman second baseman Austin Ragsdale.
Dragmire, who helped lead Bradshaw Christian to a section football title in the fall, was in trouble several times as the Lions had leadoff runners on base in first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
The junior righthander allowed six hits, walked four and hit a batter.
He escaped a huge jam in the fifth by striking out the last two batters after Valley Christian had closed to 3-1 on an RBI single by Jimmy Shaw, then an infield hit by Cordell off the glove of third baseman Tyler Takahashi that loaded the bases.