A closer peek at the three Sac-Joaquin Section championship baseball games at Sacramento City College today:
Valley Christian vs. Brookside Christian, D-VII, noon
The Lions of Roseville are used to this stage, and thrive on it under veteran coach Brad Gunter Jr. VCA seeks its fifth D-7 championship in its sixth successive trip to the finals.
The Lions take on a Stockton-based team that is 23-6.
VCA features two aces in Jeremiah Moore and Jim Shaw. Moore tossed a two-hitter to beat Elliott Christian in Game 1 of a best-of-three series for a 1-0 victory with 10 strikeouts, and the 6-foot-6 Shaw tossed a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the clinching 6-0 Game 3 triumph. They both remain unbeaten lifetime in the postseason for VCA
Yuba City vs. Colfax, D-III, 3 p.m.
The Honkers are regulars in this game, and at Sac City. Under coach Jim Stassi, Yuba City pulled a championship four-peat from 2007-10, taking three titles at Union Stadium. In their sixth title game showing, the Honkers take on a surging Colfax, in just its second title game (1999). Colfax is a bonafide small-school power over the decades with scores of championships in football and girls and boys basketball. The Falcons seek their first in baseball.
Both teams had to sweep Games 2 and 3 to take their best-of-three series. Colfax got past one-loss Whitney and Yuba City squeezed past Lincoln with two walk-off, extra-inning efforts.
Dave Rodriguez continued the legacy of success at Yuba City in succeeding Stassi. He has an ace in Chandler Eden, who has struck out 22 in 12.1 innings of playoff work. Eden is a draft prospect.
He will be countered by Devon Loomis, who has sparkled in the postseason. Loomis is headed to USF.
Del Campo vs. Benicia, D-II, 6 p.m.
The Cougars are in a title game for the first time since 2003 and seek the program's third, after winning D-I banners in 1985 and '95. First-year Cougars coach Paul Martinez has leaders such as Derek Rodigo, Tyler Swank, Jared Biggs and Sam Long, all of many skills. Long will start on the mound today. He had a 14-strikeout gem in a 3-1 win over Bethel, which has a lineup of left-handed hitters.
The Panthers also have pitchers in Ryan Bohnet (9-0) and Steven Daini (6-0).
Benicia won the D-III section in 2011 after reaching the D-III finals the previous three seasons.
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