While one Elk Grove team entered the season ranked nationally with Top 100-ranked players, it was the other team from Elk Grove that came out on top in the inaugural Boras Classic on Thursday.
Elk Grove (Calif.)
and Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.)
met for the Boras Classic northern regional championship at Sacramento State and the favorite going into the game was the host Thundering Herd. After all, Elk Grove was nationally-ranked to start the season and had top 100 players Ryan Tellez
and Dom Nunez
anchoring the lineup.
But Pleasant Grove is taking home the Boras Classic trophy. The Eagles broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the fifth and then put the game away with eight runs in the seventh inning for an 11-1 victory.
Both teams had nine hits, but it was Elk Grove's five errors and wild pitching that contributed to the lopsided Eagle win. Five players were hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, including four in a row with the bases loaded. In total, Elk Grove pitchers hit eight batters during the game.
, Josh Adams
and Matt Stafford
provided hits in the game for Pleasant Grove, with Stafford ripping a double. Adams, Nico Toni
and Beau Boyle
all had two hits in the win with Adams getting a triple and Toni rapping a double. Nick Madrigal
topped Elk Grove with a 3-for-4 effort while Dom Nunez
and Derek Hill
each had two hits.
Adams also got the pitching win as he went six innings and gave up one run on seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
Pleasant Grove will play the winner of the southern regional of the Boras Classic on April 13 at University of Pacific. The southern regional will be played next week in San Juan Capistrano.3rd place
Stockdale (Bakersfield, Calif.) 10, Rio Americano (Sacramento, Calif.) 6
The Mustangs managed only seven hits, but took advantage of five Rio Americano errors to claim third place. Zach Tanner
contributed five runs as he was 2-for-3 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored for Stockdale.5th place
Dougherty Valley (San Ramon, Calif.) 10, Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.) 4
The Wildcats bashed 12 hits to edge their East Bay counterpart Deer Valley to capture fifth place. Alex Murdoch
was 3-for-3 with a double while Ryan Winkler
was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Brian Hsu
and Cody Snider
each had two hits as well.Jordan Rohrberg-Gough
led Deer Valley's 10-hit offensive with three while Matt Gavello
and Antone Self
each had two hits.7th place
Rocklin (Calif.) 9, Yuba City (Calif.) 3
The Thunder racked up three runs in the first and six more in the second to cruise to a 9-3 win over Yuba City for seventh place.
, Evan Durgarian
, Logan Webb
, and Griffin Harrell
all had two hits apiece for Rocklin. Matt Miller
had a pair of doubles for Yuba City.9th place
Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) 7, Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) 1
One of the tournament favorites, Buchanan bounced back from an opening-round loss to win three straight and capture the consolation championship. Trenton Kemp
topped the Bears with a 2-for-3 performance that included a double and a run scored. Colton Worthington
was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Kody Batesole
was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.11th place
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) 4, Rodriguez (Fairfield, Calif.) 1
limited Rodriguez to one run on three hits while striking out eight to lift Oak Ridge to 11th place. Ross Dwelley
paced the offense with a 2-for-3 effort that included two runs and a solo home run.13th place
Pioneer (Woodland, Calif.) 7, Castro Valley (Calif.) 4
The Patriots rallied with three runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to edge Castro Valley for 13th place. Thomas Galart
was 2-for-3 on the day with two RBI while Seth Black
was 2-for-3 with a double and Andrew Fuentes
was 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.Luke Huerta
was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double to lead the Castro Valley offense.15th place
Foothill (Palo Cedro, Calif.) 8, Excel Academy (Stockton, Calif.) 0
The Cougars scored five runs in the first inning to end a three-game losing streak. Sean Clark
and Eli Putnam
each had a triple while Ryan Coleman
had a double among his two hits. Chase Larsen
got the win, going five innings and striking out five.