May 13, 2013
Sizing up the Sac-Joaquin Section baseball playoffs, all divisions

Sizing up the Sac-Joaquin Section baseball fields...

DIVISION I NORTH
FAVORITE
* Davis (21-6)
With a flair for late dramatics, the Blue Devils beat Elk Grove twice on walk-off hits by Matt Trask, also a superb ace joined by Bobby Young, Jake Miille and Adam Inoye.
CONTENDERS
* Elk Grove (23-5)
The power source comes from Rowdy Tellez (.458, 13 2Bs, 6 HRs, 33 RBIs), the leadership from Dom Nunez (.397, 31 RBI) and the arms in David Smith (7-2) and Michael Wright (5-0).
* Granite Bay (17-9)
The Grizzlies join the D-I field after years of success in D-II and have pitchers in Travis Magness (6-2) and Gabe Meza (5-3) to make a run for coach Pat Esposito.
* Jesuit (20-7)
The Marauders offer two power arms for a title run in Julian Barron (4-2) and Chris Loeb (6-0) for veteran coach Joe Potulny, who seeks his sixth section title.
* Oak Ridge (19-8)
The Trojans are riding a 12-game winning streak, including two wins over Pleasant Grove, thanks to the defense of SS Alec de Watteville (.370) and arms Tommy Hummer (6-1) and Austin Root (6-2).
* Pleasant Grove (21-7)
The Eagles beat Jesuit two out of three last week for a warm up. Pitchers Matt Stafford (7-1), Dalton Gomez (7-3) and Josh Adams (5-2) lead the way, with Adams offering HR power, too.
* Woodcreek (20-6)
The X-factor in this tournament is the powerful right arm of ace Stephen Nogosek, who is rounding back into form after a break to rest for the defending D-II champions, who also feature pitcher Tyler Milani.

DIVISION II
FAVORITE
* Del Campo (20-7)
The Cougars have sluggers in Derek Rodigo (.452, 7 HR,) and Jared Biggs (.449) and a staff of Sam Long (4-0), Biggs (4-0), Tim Hall (3-0) and Mike Ramirez (3-0).
CONTENDERS
* Bella Vista (18-9)
Mike Phelan (.333, 25 RBIs) leads the offense an Matt Gunter (7-1) and Brayden Gomez (6-2) the staff that would love a rivalry showdown with Del Campo.
* Benicia (24-3)
Willie Calhoun (.425, 6 HR, 27 RBIs) fuels the offense and aces Ryan Bohnet (7-0, 0.46 ERA) and Steven Daini (6-0) the staff.
* Rosemont (23-5)
The Wolverines are eager for a title breakthrough behind Kevin Beatty (.388, 28 RBIs) and aces Tyler Masterson (8-1) and Jalen Brown (7-2)

DIVISION III
FAVORITE
* Whitney (26-1)
J.R. Robinson can do it all, batting .585, 15 2Bs, 6 3Bs, 46 RBIs and 7-1 with 0.91 ERA for the surging Wildcats, a team that can hit and pitch. Seek 1st title.
CONTENDERS
* Pioneer (18-9)
The Patriots have three scholarship arms to lead the way in Robert Daugherty (6-2, 1.88), Thomas Galart (6-2, 1.02) and Zack Aukes (1.40).
* Rio Americano (15-11)
The Raiders have some big wins this season (Buchanan-Fresno, Rocklin and Del Campo) and are hitting .352 as a team.
* Yuba City (17-10)
The Honkers have four D-III titles and seek another behind ace Chandler Eden (4-2, 1.70)

DIVISION IV
FAVORITE
* Vista del Lago (23-4)
The Eagles have a culture of winning on campus and have a number of football players in baseball uniform as an example under coach Scott Steffens.
CONTENDERS
* Oakdale (19-8-1)
Perhaps it's foolish to not list the Mustangs as the favorite as they have won the last three titles and 5 of 6
* Central Catholic (21-5)
A small-school power with seven D-V titles since 2003 and four in D-IV since 1998.
* El Dorado (18-8)
The Cougars have the arms for a push in Tim Hinrichs (6-2), Owen Mackendrick and Nicolaus Bonniksen (7-3) and have had a nice run of success over the years.

DIVISION V
FAVORITE
* Capital Christian (21-5-1)
The Cougars are batting .358 as a team, led by Mauricio Dubon (.453) and Ben Ritchey (.493) and have been in the title game three times since 2007 with a crown in 2009.
CONTENDERS
* ESCALON (18-8-1)
The Cougars seek a section four-peat and have a staff to make it interesting with Brent Montgomery (8-1), Ben Hood (5-2) and Nathan Chunn (4-2)
* Dixon (12-12)
The Rams have a slugger to fear in Korey Hall (.409, 27 RBIs) and pitchers John Jordan (5-0) and Nathan Karber (1.95 ERA).

DIVISION VI
FAVORITE
* Bradshaw Christian (20-6)
The Pride seek their third successive title game appearance and second crown in that span under coach Drew Rickert, who has ace Austin Ragsdale (6-1) and top hitter Grant Heisinger (.520).
CONTENDERS
* Mariposa (19-2)
The Grizzlies of the southern part of the Section won titles in 2008, 2010 and last season, and prefer not to detail any statistics on MaxPreps in an effort to remain sly. Truth is, this is a great program.
* Le Grand (13-11)
The Bulldogs have a recent 2-1 Southern League triumph of Mariposa that gives them great optimism for a rematch.

DIVISION VII
FAVORITE
* Valley Christian (16-10)
Never mind the overall record. Consider the schedule that guru coach Brad Gunter Jr. has put together to test his formidable squad as it seeks a three-peat and the program's fifth title since 2008.
CONTENDERS
* Brookside Christian (20-6)
The Knights reached the title game three times since 2007, winning it in once, and looms opposite of Valley Christian.
* Elliott Christian (19-3-1)
The Eagles of Lodi have an ace in Logan Vickers (9-0, 0.25 ERA) who has dominated all comers.
- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- Playoff preview/projection on podcast: ESPN1320.net



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