Friday, June 23, 2017

House of Cards - Season Four

Sharon and I finished the fourth season of House of Cards on Father's Day night. We finished season one in October of 2016, season two in November of 2016 and season three in April. This season was originally released on March 4, 2016.

Season four picks up right where season three left off with the Underwoods estranged. The season ends with the Underwoods and the cabinet sitting in the Situation Room watching the terrorists' live video an execution. In between, the season is a mishmash of a number of different plots, including Claire's mother, an assassination attempt, an ascendant Republican candidate, search engines and an open convention.

I enjoyed season four a lot more than season three. There were a lot fewer Doug Stamper stories... With season five released just have Memorial Day, we will have a catch to watch the current season with Jack while he is home for the summer.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sacramento Bee's 2017 All-Metro baseball team

Elk Grove High’s Riley Lamb was a star on the mound and with the bat. The USC-bound pitcher helped the Thundering Herd win their third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I banner.
ALL-METRO BASEBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Riley Lamb, Elk Grove, Sr.

FIRST TEAM

CATCHER

Diego Black, Christian Brothers, Sr.

INFIELDERS

Darren Baker, Jesuit, Sr. (Cal)

Tanner Carlson, Elk Grove, Jr.

Jack Filby, McClatchy, Jr.

Alex LeForestier, Christian Brothers, Sr.

Charles Middleton, Lincoln, Sr.

OUTFIELDERS

Patrick Smith, Oak Ridge, Sr.

Nathan Thimjon, Frankin, Sr.

Justin Williams, Cosumnes Oaks, Jr.

PITCHERS

Tanner Cunha, Christian Brothers, Sr.

Jack Hinrichsen, McClatchy, Jr.

Darren Nelson, Granite Bay, Sr.

Trenton Denholm, Oak Ridge, Sr.

Tyler Pon, Capital Christian, Sr.

DH

George Spithorst, Elk Grove, Jr.

UTILITY

John Lagattuta, Davis, Sr.

Ryan Holgate, Davis, Jr.

Jake Jordan, Elk Grove, Jr.

Matt Voelker, Granite Bay, Sr.

Chase Thatcher, Del Oro, Sr.

SECOND TEAM

CATCHER

Drew Giglio, Franklin, Sr.

INFIELDERS

Sean Acrea, Oakmont, Sr.

Jeffrey Jamison, Del Campo, Jr.

Caden Laffan, Christian Brothers, Sr.

Justin Mico, McClatchy, Sr.

Andrew Williams, Whitney, Sr.

OUTFIELDERS

Brett Graber, Captal Christian, Jr.

David Joseph, Del Campo, Jr.

Jase Weckman, Marysville, Sr.

PITCHERS

Xavier Carter, Capital Christian

Brian Freitas, Elk Grove, Jr.

Dylan Garrett, Laguna Creek, So.

Robert Gasser, Oak Ridge, Sr.

Justin Salisbury, Oakmont, Sr.

Aiden Taylor, Rio Americano, Jr.

DH

John Papapietro, Inderkum, Sr.

UTILITY

Evan Gibbons, Franklin, Jr.

Richard Meyers, Del Oro, Sr.

Kenny LeBeau, Granite Bay, Sr.

Carlos Salaiz, Oakmont, Sr.

Kenny Williams, Elk Grove, So.

HONORABLE MENTION

CATCHERS: Logan Appino, Cordova; Max Aubrey, Liberty Ranch; Cole Brown, Rocklin; Griffin Duisenberg, Davis; Michael Farley, El Camino; Ben Grigsby, El Dorado; Emani Jones, Del Oro; Jeremy Kolb, Elk Grove; Michael Nelsen, Vista del Lago; Hayden Reyna, Yuba City; Troy Rice, Capital Christian; Gabriel Ruelas, Monterey Trail; Andrew Sanchez, Laguna Creek; JC Santini, Woodcreek; Cameron Skattabo, Rio Linda; Jake Sullivan, San Juan; Caleb Watson, Valley Christian; Ty Williams, Lincoln.

INFIELDERS: Vinnie Bachelier, Capital Christian; Tino Bethancourt, Oak Ridge; Kordell Brown, Elk Grove; Alex Crouch, Bradshaw Christian; Joe Hagopian, Jesuit; Mike Ingram, Christian Brothers; Lane Field, Whitney; Kevin Fitzgerald, Laguna Creek; Jacob Harris, Pleasant Grove; Matt Langbehn, Folsom; Isiah Lissade, Pleasant Grove; Nick McCormick, Vista del Lago; Cody Oldwin, Del Oro; Zach Reyes, Oak Ridge; Brennan Rozell, Lincoln; Troy Shields, Jesuit; Evan Stafford, Folsom; Cole Stone, Vista del Lago; Chase Tarr, Marysville; Alex Torres, Bella Vista; Justin Williams, Cosumnes Oaks; Eric Yermenos, Capital Christian.

OUTFIELDERS: Cameron Allie, Oak Ridge; Shane Betts, Placer; Adam Hughes, Bradshaw Christian; David Jorgensen, Capital Christian; Paul Martinez, Valley; Rudy Mendoza; Jorge Montoya, Sheldon; Jared Palmyra, Lincoln; Brent Schaeffer, Vista del Lago; James Sweet, Lincoln; Jacob Tucker, Christian Brothers; Dawson Weber, Pleasant Grove; Aaron Whittle, Union Mine.

PITCHERS: Tyler Adge, Jesuit; Josh Caldwell, Cosumnes Oaks; John Cross, Oak Ridge; Connell Ellner, Pleasant Grove; Shane Ellner, Pleasant Grove; Jakob Frederick, Del Oro; Kyle Galart, Pioneer; Connor Lane, Bradshaw Christian; Ryan Marcoccia, Del Campo; Leo Martinez, Lincoln; Brooks McKeighen, Valley Christian; Brady Rodriguez, Oak Ridge; Grant Stevens, Franklin; Brian Sullivan, Marysville; Nic Wilson, Rio Americano.

UTILITY: Ryan Aguilar, Rio Linda; David Alway, Valley Christian; Larry Ansel, Del Campo; Jaime Arias-Bautista, Woodland; Carson Blatnick, Oakmont; Corey Cater, Valley Christian; Donovan Gonzalez, Valley Christian; Steven Langley, El Camino; Addison Lueras, Ponderosa; Ryan Marcoccia, Del Campo; Kade McKechnie, Christian Brothers; Brandon Motehal, Mesa Verde; Tyler Mortensen, Davis; Andrew Taylor, Christian Brothers; Chris Rogers, West Campus; Keith Walker, Rocklin; Hogan Weaver, San Juan; Dustin Wymer, Rio Linda; Shawn Zamora, Elk Grove.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Rich Henning, Christian Brothers

An alum of the school who played baseball for famed coach Ron Limeberger in the 1970s, Henning guided the Falcons to their first Sac-Joaquin Section championship, doing so in Division III to cap a 29-2 season that included regular-season victories over Division I top seed Vacaville and longtime rival Jesuit. CB had lost four times in the section finals since 2002.

The 2014 All-Metro baseball team is here.

The 2015 All-Metro baseball team is here.

The 2016 All-Metro baseball team is here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wagner Family Wine Dinner

Sharon and I went to the Wagner Family Wine Dinner at Matteos with Sharon's brother Tom, our neighbors Rod and Kathy and two of their friends. In one of those small world stories, the distributor representative worked for the same company as Ben Borja and reported to him at one time.

We visited Wagner Family Caymus Vineyards last year while I was working in the Napa Valley.


We attended the Frank Family Wine dinner at Matteos in September of 2016.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Employee Orientation

I spent all day in a new employee orientation. Although I started in late October of last year, they had stopped this program in the fall and only restarted it again in the last couple of months. The agenda included: Who We Are (Mission, Vision, Values, & Our Seventh-day Adventist Heritage); Manifesto and Our Personal Inspiration; Touring Our Campuses; Wellness; Spirituality in the Workplace; LifeWork Center & @ Your Service; Community Connection & Mission in Action; Communication; Our New Building; Strategic Plan, and; Engagement, Culture and Our Diverse Workforce.

Monday, June 19, 2017

George Christopulos (1956 - 2017)

During Jack's freshman year at Jesuit, George took Theo, Jack and a couple of other boys to a Cal Football game. Additionally, several Jesuit pre-dance events were held at the Christopulos home, including the 2015 Jesuit Jr Prom and the 2015 Jesuit Homecoming.

George Christopulos passed away on June 10, 2017 after a 5-year battle with brain cancer, at the age of 61. George leaves behind his loving wife of 23 years, Katherine Procida, and their devoted children, Theo and Marisa Christopulos. George is survived by his sister Trici/Deanne Christopulos, brother Lyn Christopulos (Jennifer), and beloved nieces, nephews, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins and godchildren. George was born on May 28, 1956, to the late Paul and Irene Christopulos. He was introduced to the University of California, Berkeley, at an early age when he would accompany his father, who served as UC Berkeley Assistant Athletic Director, to events and football games. George's early passion for Cal never wavered. He became a student there and a life-long fan of Cal sports. George moved to Sacramento and enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate. He was also a lead negotiator in a promising attempt to bring an NFL team to Sacramento. George was a strong, kind and gentle soul whose greatest joys were his family and friends. All services will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 600 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento: Trisagion Service at 6pm on Thursday; Funeral Church Service at 10am on Friday, followed by a Celebration of Life in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to the Kesey fund in George's honor: donate.kesem.org/inhonorofgeorge.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day 2017

It has only been recently in the last fifteen years that I have started posting a consistent Father's Day note. After walking Tiber, Sharon and I headed to Arden Hills for a spin class. Afterwards, we shopped for groceries for the week.

The plan for the day was to head to the Arden Fair Mall to get me some sunglasses for Father's Day. I have had horrible luck keeping track of sunglasses in recent years. Jack went with us. With Sharon off shopping, I had a nice time wandering around the mall with Jack looking for a Sharks hat. I think that Jack has grown taller in the last year; I need to measure him again...

Following a lazy late afternoon watching the end of the US Open, Sharon made a great dinner of steak, potatoes and watermelon salad. I was rooting for Ricky Fowler to win, but Brooks Koepka ran away from the field. After dinner, Jack gave me a cast iron pan for cooking oysters.

Sharon and I finished the night watching the last two episodes of season four of House of Cards.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Very Long Day

After Sharon went to Boot Camp and I ran around Ancil Hoffman Park, we took off for an event at the Donum Estate Winery. Sharon became a wine club member there in February. Originally, it was supposed to be the opening of their new tasting room, but the building wasn't quite finished yet. It took two hours and twenty minutes to drive the 77 miles from our house to the winery! The world is a parking lot...

We met the Sanborns at the Winery. Additionally, Noel was there with a date and another couple. Noel originally turned us on to the winery. It was a very nice event, but hotter than hell. The winery has some amazing artwork.

From Donum, we headed to Kuleto Estate to pick up a wine shipment. By winding our way through Yountville, up to Kuleto and along Lake Berryessa, we missed most of the traffic back to Sacrmaento.

After stopping at the home and running a couple of errants at Emigh Hardware and PetSmart, Sharon and I had dinner at Zinfandel Grille. Sharon had a burger, while I had Thai Sea Scallops.

On the way home, we stopped at Sharon's brother Tom's house. We ended up visiting for a couple of hours.

We got home a little before 11 pm to a group of Jack's friends. To bed about 11:30 pm, I got up about 12:45 am to Tiber's barking. I ended up taking Tiber for a neighborhood walk at 1:00 am in the morning. As I said, it was a long day.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Nevada Historical Marker #122

Wandering home from the Petersen Shootout, I made a circuit around the Carson Valley stopping at a number of Nevada Historical Markers, including: Luther Canyon (Fay Canyon) [#118]; Walley's Hot Springs [#120]; Pottsville [#121]; Sheridan [#122]; Boyd Toll Road [#124]; Gardnerville [#129]; Minden [#130], and; Dresslerville [#131].

Sheridan
Nevada Historical Marker #122

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This marker is located at 879 Foothill Roard, Gardnerville, Douglas County, Nevada. There are 17 other historical markers in Douglas County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 38° 54' 04.6" N 119° 49' 33.2" W.

Nevada Historical Marker #122

In 1861, a blacksmith shop, a store, a boarding house, and two saloons comprised the village of Sheridan. The village had grown up around Moses Job's General Store prior to 1855.

The surveyor general, in his 1889-90 biennial report, stated that Sheridan was the metropolis of the Carson River West Fork farmers.

The Sheridan House, erstwhile boarding adobe, has been converted to a dwelling. It may be seen across the road. It is all that remains of the "metropolis."

Moses Job, an irrepressible man, climbed the peak above you, planted the American flag and with a shout named the peak after himself! You are looking into Job's Canyon, to its left is Job's Peak, to its right is Job's Sister.


Nevada Historical Marker #122

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Comedic Crime Drama From Duffield Gets USA Pilot Order

Comedic Crime Drama From Brian Duffield Gets USA Network Pilot Order - Dateline.com - 6/17/2017

After a string of darker new drama series like Mr. Robot, Colony, Falling Water and the upcoming The Sinner and Damnation, USA Network is returning to the character-based comedic crime one-one genre where it had a lot of success early on with series like Monk and Psych.

USA has given a pilot order to Olive Forever, from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins. Universal Cable Prods. is the studio.

Written by Duffield and to be directed by Matt Shakman (Fargo), Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive, a mysterious high school student with an affection for cat burglary-type shenanigans, mostly because she is a cat burglar. New to a sleepy town with a criminal underbelly, Olive must navigate new foster parents, new boyfriends, new gangsters… and new crime opportunities.

Duffield executive produces the pilot with his producing partner Nicki Cortese of Jurassic Party; Brian Robbins (Smallville), Matt Kaplan (The Lazarus Effect) and Brett Bouttier (Before I Fall) on behalf of AwesomenessTV; and Shakman.

USA has been adding series with female leads in the past years, with Olive Forever looking to join Queen of the South and the Jessica Biel starrer The Sinner. It features what would be the youngest lead ever for a USA scripted series.

USA is kicking off a new pilot season with Olive Forever. The previous batch of pilots at the network yielded three series, the upcoming The Sinner, Damnation and Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

My book for June was Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son by Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Hope Edelman. I finished the book on the flight to Seattle. The book is a dual memoir. Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez recount their lives in alternating chapters.

Sharon gave me the book for Christmas. She had listen to the audio book and really liked it. On the audio book, Sheen and Estevez read their respective chapters.

Several chapters of the book follow Esteves's filming of the The Way. Sharon and I watched this movie several years ago.

I give the book a lukewarm "B". I enjoyed the early chapters in the book and the section detailing the filming of The Way. Their first hand accounts of the filming of Apocalypse Now are pretty amazing! I just didn't find the last part of the book as compelling or well written as some of the earlier sections.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Selected 2017 College Baseball Statistics

I started wondering how some of the boys that Jack played baseball with and against were doing in college.

G GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG
Aaron Wong Chapman 40 14 55 15 17 3 1 2 11 4 5 0.309
Brian Morley Cosumnes River 42 42  164  37  50  14  40  25  29  0.305
Mychael Goudreau Azusa Pacific 54 53 219 47 66 14 1 4 41 15 23 0.301
Matt Clarke American River 40 32 138 24 46 7 1 2 29 10 12 0.301
Tanner Dodson Cal 54 54 184 29 55 14 3 3 26 15 25 0.299
Greg Romo Folsom Lake 40 38 132 33 39 4 4 3 22 23 21 0.295
Matthew Cantelme CSU East Bay 49 27 83 13 24 2 0 0 11 7 13 0.289
Nick Sogard Loyola Marymount 56 34 83 13 22 3 1 0 10 13 17 0.265
Alex Isola Utah 51 12 24 3 6 1 0 0 4 3 3 0.250
Bret Little Sacramento City 46 39  75  16  18  13  23  23  0.240
Nick Iwasa UOP 53 16 40  5 5 5 0.225
Joe McNamara Sacramento City 46 39  108  24  24  17  18  0.222
Joey Mejia UOP 53 15  23  2 5 6 0.217
Jared Alameda Cosumnes River 42 24  52  11  13  0.212
Alex Dailey Stevens Institute 43 17 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.111
Sam Stitlner UOP 53 RS 0.000
Niko Dugay Menlo Park RS 0.000
Chris Loeb MIA



















Sunday, June 11, 2017

2017 Bremerton Day 3

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Up a little earlier than Saturday morning, Wallen, Sharon and I took two of the dogs (Sadie and Rocko) to the Ueland Tree Farm for a hike. We ended up hiking a little more than four and a quarter miles in about an hour and twenty minutes. I will post a map in the next week.

After the hike, we had an adventure finding a place for breakfast. Coordinating with Jill and Becky, we ended up stopping at Home Made Cafe in Port Orchard and the Big Apple Diner in Bremerton before finally settling on the Yacht Club Broiler in Silverdale. The five of us had a nice breakfast on the deck with a view of the bay and some gorgeous weather.

Back at the Wallens, Sharon and I got cleaned up and packed. I called an Uber about 1:35 pm. The ride to the airport took us about an hour and forty-five minutes (1:46 pm to 3:31 pm). The traffic around the Tacoma Dome was horrible.

We breezed through the luggage check and TSA Pre security. After some awful service at Vino Volo, we caught a 5:15 pm flight back to Sacramento. Jack timed it almost perfectly and picked us up at the curb just after 7:30 pm.

We enjoyed the weekend! It was great to spend some time with the Wallens. I love John's company.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

2017 Bremerton Day 2

Phinney Bay Sunset

Sharon slept really late. Given how late she slept, I regretted not going for an early run.

Jill went out and got pastries from the Saboteur Bakery in Bremerton. When we were having lunch at Sitka & Spruce on Friday, the waiter raved about the bakery. Eventually, we had scrambled eggs and pastries for breakfast. The pastries were excellent!

We debated going for a hike and finally settled on driving up to Poulsbo. As a reminder of the city's early Scandinavian immigrants, downtown Poulsbo maintains a Scandinavian theme. Wallen and I hunted for an open brewery, while Jill and Sharon shopped. We ended up at Tizley's EuroPub.

The four of us met for lunch at The Loft. We had a great table on the deck in the sun. Although the original forecast for Saturday was rain, we had some very nice weather.

Back at the Wallen's, Sharon and I actually ending up taking a short nap... About time we got up, Becky showed up. She came for dinner and was planning to spend the night. Becky brought a dog that she was keeping for the week, a small lap dog named Maddy.

With Becky and Tal's wedding date set in the last week, there was a lot of planning going on over the weekend for the wedding. They are getting married in Kona in February 2018.

At this point, the fun began. With Nate and Sam heading out of town for the week, the Wallens were committed to keep their three dogs. Wallen, Sharon and I went over in the afternoon to pick them up. Nate and Sam have a large mixed breed german shepherd (Sadie), a medium sized australian shepherd (rocko) and an eight month old english bulldog. Bringing them back to the house, the dogs were pretty amped up. The four dogs and a cat were bouncing around the house and yard.

We finished the day with a late dinner of barbecued salmon, potatoes and asparagus. We spent lots of time around the fire pit watching the very late sunset.

Phinney Bay

Friday, June 09, 2017

2017 Bremerton Day 1

Seattle

Up at 5:00 am, we were out of the house at 6:00 am. Jack dropped Sharon and I at the Southwest Terminal. We caught a 7:45 am flight from Sacramento to Seattle. Boarding A29 and A30, we were able to get the two seat exit row.

On the ground in Seattle, we caught the Link Light Rail from the airport to the University Street stop. We walked a couple of blocks to Wallen's office. We connected with Becky and dropped our luggage.

Nate, Murphy, Sam and MadisonResearching places to have lunch in the week before the trip, Sharon picked Sitka & Spruce. It was about a 15 minute walk from Wallen's office up Pike Street to Capitol Hill. It was a very good lunch. We split a salad of raw asparagus, shaved rhubarb, pistachio oil and smoked egg emulsion and two entrees. The first entree was morels, sugar snaps, sea beans, a yolk and green garlic on fried toast, while the second was lamb sausage, pickled ramps, borani, spring legumes and sunflower seeds.

After lunch, we walked back to Wallen's office. He was back from his morning meeting. Collecting our luggage, we walked down to the Pike Public Market and bought some salmon and shrimp for Saturday night's dinner plus a couple of nice bottles of Oregon Pinot Noir.

We continued to the ferry building and caught the 3:00 pm ferry to Bremerton.

After getting settled at the Wallens, we headed to the Boat Shed to meet Nate, Sam and their kids. We had a nice dinner inside while it rained and hailed outside.

We finished the night around the fire pit on Phinney Bay. I ran out of gas fairly early and crashed.

Phinney Bay Sunset

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Spring IT Directors Workshop 2017 Day 1

I spent the day at the Spring IT Directors Workshop. The agenda included: Morning Inspiration; Welcome [Matt Fink]; Message from the President [Bill Wing]; Ministries – working better together; CTO Update; Physician Services Report; Business Continuity; Future of Human Performance; Finance Update, and; Change Management – HEAT.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Baseball North Playoffs

Jesuit was one and done this year. The school's baseball program has had very little success over the last four years. The team missed the playoffs in 2014, was one and done in 2015 and then was one and done again this year. In 2016, the team made a nice run winning two games and losing two games. Jesuit last won a Sac-Joaquin D1-North baseball championship in 2011 and last won an overall D1 baseball championship in 2009.
The 2016 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball north playoff bracket is here.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Nevada Historical Marker #124

Wandering home from the Petersen Shootout, I made a circuit around the Carson Valley stopping at a number of Nevada Historical Markers, including: Luther Canyon (Fay Canyon) [#118]; Walley's Hot Springs [#120]; Pottsville [#121]; Sheridan [#122]; Boyd Toll Road [#124]; Gardnerville [#129]; Minden [#130], and; Dresslerville [#131].

Boyd Toll Road
Nevada Historical Marker #124

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This marker is located at 2153 US-395 Minden, Douglas County, Nevada. There are 17 other historical markers in Douglas County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 38° 59' 18.2" N 119° 46' 45.0" W.

Nevada Historical Marker #142

William H. Boyd was granted a Utah Territory Franchise December 19, 1861, to provide a road to join Genoa to the Cradlebaugh Toll Road, the trunkline to the mining district of Esmeralda. Boyd's Toll Road is still visible to the northwest and southeast from this marker.

When the telegraph line from Placerville through Genoa was strung along it in 1863, the Boyd Road was also called "Telegraph Road." It was purchased by Douglas County from Henry Van Sickle and Lawrence Gilman in 1876 for $2,650.


Nevada Historical Marker #142

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Frame Family Dinner

While Tom and Eric were hiking the Camino, Tom sent a group text saying that he wanted to start a monthly Sunday afternoon family dinner. He has been trying to do it the first Sunday of every month.

Sharon, Jack and I headed over to Tom's a little after 2:30 pm. It was a big group, including Tom, Eric, Eric's girlfriend Ashley, Kevin, Leah, Lydia, Leah's mom Terry, Tim, Kathy, Erin, Erin's boyfriend Cormac, Eileen, Eileen's boyfriend Will, Sharon, Jack, Tiber and I. Just back from a trip to Seattle, Tom served a variety of Northwest dishes, including salmon and steelhead.

We watched the first half of game two of the NBA finals before heading home. The Warriors are manhandling the Cavs.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Herd is the word as Elk Grove three-peats in section baseball

This may be the last year that I follow the Sac-Joaquin baseball playoffs as closely as I have the last five years. Breyton Borja was on this year's Elk Grove team. Breyton played with Jack on the Outlaws and we become good friends with the family. Additionally, Sharon is friends with Riley Lamb's mom. Without specific players to follow in the future, I am going to focus more on the kids playing baseball in college that we knew...

The Elk Grove Thundering Herd celebrates after winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball title against the Tracy Bulldogs at Sacramento City College in Sacramento on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Thundering Herd won the game 22-6.

Herd is the word as Elk Grove three-peats in section baseball - Sacramento Bee - June 3, 2017
BY J0E DAVIDS0N

When the season started, three returning starters led the charge for one of the most storied sports programs in the region.

This would be their season, their time.

But there were doubts for the Elk Grove High School baseball program after a 1-4 start this season that improved to 6-7 amid a daunting schedule against powerhouse programs from across the state.

There is no doubt now about the Thundering Herd’s remarkable staying power and results after Saturday afternoon’s offensive outburst at Sacramento City College.

Erupting for 15 runs in the top of the fourth inning, including 14 with two outs, Elk Grove stampeded home with a 22-6 victory over Tracy in a game halted after five innings due to the mercy rule, reclaiming the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I series in two games.

It’s the eighth championship since 2003 for coach Jeff Carlson and the 11th in program history, tying small-school power Central Catholic of Modesto for the most all time, spanning seven divisions. Elk Grove represents the definitive dynasty for this section in this sport, punctuated by the second three-peat in the run and the fourth title in the last five years. Elk Grove also has 10 Division I North titles since 2002, making for one crowded trophy case.

And this is a team that will return the bulk of its lineup next season. No D-I program has won four straight titles since the tournament started in 1976.

“You appreciate every one of them, and you appreciate them even more as you go on,” Carlson said of the championships. “No one expected this out of us. We lost this guy, that guy (to graduation). We brought back a lot of young guys. There’s no way. But we found a way.”

As he has throughout the playoffs, USC-bound senior Riley Lamb led the way. He was one of the three returners along with junior shortstop Tanner Carlson, son of the coach, and junior first baseman George Spithorst. Carlson and Spithorst also produced throughout the playoffs.

Lamb went 3-0 in the playoffs and swatted three home runs, including a two-run bomb in the fourth to make it 15-6 as the Herd pounded out 22 hits. Brian Freitas, yet another junior, earned the win, his fifth without any defeats this season.

Elk Grove (23-10) batted around three times in the fourth against a Tracy team that came into the weekend at 25-4. The Herd went 6-0 in the playoffs and won 15 of the final 16 games.

Junior Jake Jordan had two RBIs in Elk Grove’s 4-1 Game 1 win in which Lamb pitched, and his RBI triple in the fourth put Elk Grove ahead for good, 8-6. Freitas had three RBIs and Shawn Zamora and Tanner Hutcheson two each.

“We had a lot of guys who worked really hard and who really wanted to get it done,” Jordan said.

Lamb said the fourth inning was, “insane. Never seen anything like that.”

He added, “I couldn’t be more proud for all the guys. It wasn’t just the top four batters, or top five. It was everyone. We all did this.”

Jeff Carlson told his team after the game, “I’ve been hard on you for a reason, and you’ll understand it later. Learn from this. Give everything you’ve got in everything you do in life.”