May 26, 2010
Granite Bay, El Dorado and Valley Christian advance to baseball title games

By Bill Paterson
bpaterson@sacbee.com

Three area teams have advanced to Sac-Joaquin Section baseball championship games on Monday. Here is a short recap:

Division II
Granite Bay 9, Roseville 3 at Sacramento City College - Josh Hall overcame a shaky start to scatter five hits, Jake Riffice went four for five and Andrew Knapp and Matt Gifford each drove in two runs as the Grizzlies (22-8) swept the Tigers (15-15) in the best of three series in two games. Granite Bay will return to the D-II championship game 6 p.m. Monday at Sac City against the winner of tonight's Oak Ridge vs. Rocklin game which is about to get underway.

Division IV
El Dorado 5, Manteca 1 at McAuliffe Park - Chris Rickon struck out nine and scattered four hits and to lead the Cougars (27-2) past the Buffaloes (18-10-1) and win the best of three series in two games. El Dorado will play Oakdale in Monday's championship game at a site to be determined.
Oakdale 4, Rio Linda 2 at McAuliffe Park - The Mustangs (22-8) scored the winning runs on a Knights' infield error that broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth. Oakdale swept the best of three series in two games. Rio Linda finishes 22-8.

Division VII
Valley Christian 10, Stone Ridge Christian 0, 5 innings at Galt Community Park - Ryan Cordell threw a two-hitter, Joey Parker had a three-run double and Junior Casas had two hits and drove in three runs as the Lions (19-7) beat the Knights (11-9) and advanced to Monday's championship game against Bradshaw Christian at a site to be determined.



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