May 16, 2011
Bella Vista defeats Sac 10-2 in D-II playoffs; Rocklin next

Mike Phelan went three for three and drove in three runs and Tom Lininger, Ryan Locke and Dustin Vaught had two hits apiece to lead Bella Vista to a 10-2 win over Sacramento today in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II outbracket baseball playoff game in Fair Oaks.

The win moves Bella Vista (20-8) into Thursday's 4 p.m. quarterfinals against defending section champion Rocklin at Sacramento City College.

Against Sacramento, Vaught and Jack Cronin each drove in two runs and David Dellaserra, Nick Dermejian and Cody Haley combined to scatted six hits.

Bella Vista finished as tri-champions of the Capital Valley Conference but received the No. 3 seed behind top-seeded Casa Roble and second-seeded Del Campo.

Sacramento, enjoying a revival season under coach Greg Norris, finishes 16-9-1. The Dragons were in the Metro Conference title chase until the final week of the league season. They finished third behind league champion McClatchy and second place Rosemont.

- Bill Paterson

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