May 25, 2011
Rodriguez ends Yuba City's section baseball five-peat bid

For the first time in five years, Yuba City will not be playing baseball on Memorial Day.

The four-time Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champions were ousted from this year's tournament 10-3 by Rodriguez of Fairfield on Tuesday at McAuliffe Park near Sacramento State.

Rodriguez swept the best of three series in two games after rallying to beat the Honkers 4-3 in eight innings in Saturday's opener.

Rodriguez (26-4-1) will play Solano County Athletic Conference rival Benicia in Monday's 3 p.m. championship game at Sacramento City College.

Still is was a nice run for Yuba City (23-6) and first-year coach Vicente Luevano, who replaced popular Jim Stassi after he announced his retirement at the end of last season.

With only three returning starters and a new coaching staff, the Honkers won a fifth consecutive Tri-County Conference title and beat Whitney 9-0 to open the playoffs.

- Bill Paterson



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