Brett Sundberg had a triple, single and drove in two runs and sophomore Cody Smith scattered six hits to lead Del Campo past McClatchy 6-2 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II baseball playoff game tonight at Sacramento City College.
Daniel Newman also had an RBI double and Austin Evanski two hits as Del Campo (16-12) advances to noon Saturday's best of three series against defending section champion Rocklin at SCC. Rocklin defeated Bella Vista 7-3 in tonight's opener.
The right-handed Smith showed plenty of poise in striking out six while not walking a batter.
He allowed a run in the first after McClatchy's Jake Luigi tripled and another in the sixth but the damage could have been bigger after the Lions' Hunter Carolan, Luigi and Jared James led off the inning with base hits.
But Smith got No. 4 hitter Max Cordy to pop to short, then got a ground out (that scored a run) and a fly out to center to end the threat.
UC Davis scholarship recruit Cordy, who had pitched only five innings since April 5 because of back and shoulder woes, struggled with his control and was betrayed by three McClatchy errors.
He struck out eight but also walked five and hit a batter.
McClatchy, the Metro Conference champions, finish the season 21-6.
Del Campo, which finished in a three-way tie for first with Casa Roble and Bella Vista in the Capital Valley Conference, won its fifth consecutive game.
- Bill Paterson