There were plenty of fireworks today as a number of area ranked softball and baseball teams clashed in league and nonleague play.
Among the baseball highlights:
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the seventh and all runners sprinting on the pitch, J.D. Davis hit a towering pop fly to short left field that dropped between two fielders and the top-ranked Elk Grove Thundering Herd rallied to stun the No. 4 Franklin Wildcats 8-7 in a Delta Valley Conference game Monday. Jon Zunich and Tyler Blake each had three hits for Franklin. Davis had three doubles for Elk Grove.
The unranked Del Oro Golden Eagles rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to stun the No. 6 Rocklin Thunder in a Sierra Foothill League game. Tommy Mullen went two for two with a double and two RBI for Del Oro. Chris Streeter went two for two with a home run and two RBI for Rocklin.
The unranked Woodcreek Timberwolves and No. 12 Roseville Tigers combined for 29 hits in a wild back-and-forth SFL game eventually won 12-11 by Woodcreek. Matt Parks led Roseville's 17-hit attack with two home runs, a double and three RBI. Garrett Nunally also went four for four with two doubles. For Woodcreek, Kramer Sutey was two for three with a home run and three RBI and Kyle Dixon three for three with a double.
Ben Eckels and Reinert Toft combined to pitch a two-hitter as the No. 10 Davis Blue Devils defeated Laguna Creek 7-0 in a DVC game. Josh Cosio had a triple, single and drove in two runs for Davis.
Jared Lawton, Jacob Wilkey and Sean Frost combined for a one-hitter in the No. 8 Casa Roble Rams' 2-1 win over Del Campo in a Capital Valley Conference game.
Among the softball highlights:
The No. 2 Sheldon Huskies overcame four errors and pitcher Alexis Cooper scattered three hits to beat top-ranked Elk Grove 4-3 in a nonleague game. Zamari Hinton and Danielle Henderson each had two hits for Sheldon. Carlee Gray had two hits for Elk Grove.
Ally Carda struck out 12 and allowed three hits and Amber Murray had a double and drove in two runs to lead the No. 5 Pleasant Grove Eagles past the No. 4 Oak Ridge Trojans 3-0 in a Delta River League game.
Erin Nicole and Maddie Phelps combined to scatter four hits in leading the No. 8 Bear River Burins past the No. 15 Del Oro Eagles in a nonleague game. Ashleigh Higginbotham had two hits and Stephanie Ceo a triple for Bear River.
- Bill Paterson