Delta College baseball’s four-year commitments

The Delta College baseball team is No. 1 in the nation for a reason. They’ve got talent that’s not just exceptional for junior college, but for NCAA Division I as well.

Delta plays Orange Coast at noon Saturday at the CCAA state finals, a four-team, double-elimination tournament at Fresno City College. Host Fresno and Palomar are also included, and play the 6 p.m. game Saturday. The semifinals are Sunday and the finals are Monday on Memorial Day.

According to the Mustangs’ website, five current players — three everyday starters and two starting pitchers — have committed to four-year programs, four of which are Div. I.

Here’s a look at them:

JACOB THOMAS (UC Davis)

Thomas, a sophomore shortstop from Bear Creek, heads to play for the Aggies, who used to be a Big West Conference rival of Pacific. The sure-fielding infielder has been unbelievable defensively, committing seven errors in 200 chances at the most difficult non-catcher position.

 

DEAN KREMER (UNLV)

Kremer, a redshirt freshman from Lincoln, is third in the state in wins, at 12-1, and has a 2.00 earned run average. He’ll pitch for UNLV, which was an NCAA regional playoff team a year ago. Kremer, if Delta goes with its usual 1-2-3, should start Sunday for the Mustangs.

 

COLLIN THEROUX (Oklahoma State)

Theroux is a muscular, power-hitting catcher who certainly looks like a late-20s professional player. He’s got a team-high (by far) with eight home runs, and is a calm leader as a backstop. He’s a sophomore from San Mateo-Serra, and is certainly a Big XII-caliber player.

 

RICKY DELGADO (UC Riverside)

Delgado, an unbeaten No. 3 starter — yeah, that’s a luxury — is 9-0 with a 1.82 ERA, and has saved Delta in do-or-die starts against Sequoias and San Mateo in the postseason. He’s a right-handed sophomore from Antioch-Deer Valley. It’ll be fun if he gets to face Thomas in the UC Davis lineup in Big West play.

 

ZACK PERUGI (Cal State East Bay)

Perugi, a lefty and solid hitter for the Mustangs out of the No. 5 hole, is headed to play in quite possibly the toughest Div. II baseball conference in the nation in the CCAA.

NOTE: All photos by Record staff photographers Clifford Oto and Calixtro Romias or correspondent Craig Sanders.

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Bear Creek’s Green commits to Holy Names

Bear Creek senior Andre Green poses with friends after signing his National Letter of Intent with Holy Names University men's basketball Tuesday. THOMAS LAWRENCE/THE RECORD

The tear of the anterior cruciate ligament, better known as the “ACL” in a knee, has become one of basketball’s signature injuries. It’s like baseball pitchers’ elbow woes, followed by Tommy John surgery. Or, the inevitable and often brutal concussions of football.

Many basketball players (see: former NBA MVP Derrick Rose) don’t look the same after an ACL repair, even if done diligently and thoroughly. Bear Creek’s Andre Green, though, is an exception.

“It was rough, but my family and my friends all motivated me to try and come back,” Green said Tuesday. “It made it a lot easier and I was able to come back stronger than I was before.”

Green tore his ACL as a freshman, but bounced back to become one of the top varsity basketball players in San Joaquin County three years later. He was the co-San Joaquin Athletic Association MVP with Chavez’s Lewis Hayes, and a second-team All-Area guard for The Record, along with fellow seniors in Elliot Christian’s David Lerma and Brookside Christian’s Kameron Vales.

Now, Green is taking his talents to Oakland, and NCAA Division II Holy Names University. Green signed his National Letter of Intent Tuesday afternoon at the front entrance of Bear Creek high school with his parents, brother Aidan, a sophomore, and plenty of friends.

“They just stuck with me the whole time, and they seemed to want my the most, so I thought that was the best fit for me,” Green said of Holy Names. “It was a nice campus, I liked it, the environment was good. That kind of sealed the deal for me.”

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Elliot Christian softball loses heartbreaker in finals

It was a heartbreaking Saturday for No. 3 Elliot Christian softball, which fell 7-6 to top-seeded Woodland Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII finals at Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton.
The Eagles’ Ashley Johns threw a complete game, and Bradi Kooyman went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI.
Woodland Daily Democrat reporter Daniel Herberholz contributed to this report

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Best of the Black and Orange: Pacific Baseball’s Statistical Leaders

Pacific baseball junior Brett Sullivan hits a home run against BYU April 30 at Klein Family Field in Stockton. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

As far as wins and losses go, it’s been an agonizing year for the Pacific baseball team.

The Tigers are loaded with veterans, and a starting rotation that seemingly would be one of the West Coast Conference’s best. So coach Ed Sprague, at the annual preseason fundraiser dinner, said he felt confident this team could challenge for the program’s first-ever NCAA Regional playoff bid.

Well, with three WCC games to go, the Tigers sit at 9-15 in-conference and 13-35 overall, ninth out of 10 teams. The top four squads advance to the WCC Tournament next weekend at Stockton Ballpark. At this point, Pacific is mathematically eliminated from that chance, and thus any hope of a postseason.

The Tigers, though, have had improved offense and pitching in conference play, just not enough for a major surge.

Here’s a look at the team leaders heading into the final weekend of the season, a three-game home set against last-place Portland.

Batting average: Tyler Sullivan, a senior from Lincoln who’ll almost certainly be taken in the MLB Draft, has rocketed through WCC play, and is up to .372 with a .439 on-base percentage.

Home runs: Tyler’s younger brother Brett Sullivan, a junior from Lincoln, has gone under where he’d like average-wise (.275), but has a team-high seven home runs, ahead of freshman Jed Sprague (6) and junior Gio Brusa (4).

RBI: Again, Brett Sullivan has reigned supreme, with 28 RBI in 47 games played.

Fielding percentage: Of consistent contributors, freshman Nate Verlin, from Lincoln, has the top fielding percentage at .985. He does play first base, one of the easier positions to have a high percentage (not necessarily the easiest defensively, but overall, sure).

Pitching wins: Jake Jenkins, the junior from Parker, Colo., who took awhile to get going, but has double the victories of any other Tigers starter with four. He’s 4-6 with a 6.75 earned-run average, which is far below expectations, but solid given his brutal start to the year.

ERA among starters: Senior Michael Benson, who began the season as a reliever, has a 5.43 ERA in nine starts.

Saves: Sophomore Vince Arobio has been the Tigers’ closer, earning a team-high seven saves, with a 3.41 ERA in 20 appearances.

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Area teams in Sac-Joaquin Section baseball, softball playoffs

 

East Union softball's Samantha Owen (right) turns a double play in an extra-innings win at Sierra April 16. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

The Sac-Joaquin Section baseball and softball playoff brackets aren’t released until Thursday (some leagues like the Mother Lode League and Valley Oak League need to finish this week). So in the meantime, here are the area teams who have for sure qualified for the postseason.

BASEBALL

  • St. Mary’s (TCAL co-champion, No. 1 seed)
  • Tracy (TCALco-champion, No. 2 seed)
  • Lincoln (TCAL co-champion, No. 3 seed)
  • McNair (SJAA champion, No. 1 seed)
  • Bear Creek (SJAA No. 2 seed)
  • Edison (SJAA No. 3 seed)
  • Sierra (VOL champion, No. 1 seed)
  • Manteca (VOL No. 3 or 4 seed)
  • Ripon (TVL No. 2 seed)
  • Escalon (TVL No. 3 seed)
  • Linden (MLL No. 3 seed)
  • Brookside Christian (CCAA champion, No. 1 seed)
  • VA Excel (CCAA No. 2 seed)
  • Elliot Christian (CCAA No. 4 seed)
  • Delta Charter (MVL No. 1 seed)
  • Ben Holt (MVL No. 2 seed)
  • Ripon Christian (SL No. 2 seed)
SOFTBALL
  • St. Mary’s (TCAL champion, No. 1 seed)
  • Tracy (TCAL No. 2 seed)
  • West (TCAL No. 3 seed)
  • West beat Tokay in one-game playoff for the final TCAL bid
  • Bear Creek (SJAA champion, No. 1 seed)
  • Franklin (SJAA No. 2 seed)
  • Chavez (SJAA No. 3 seed)
  • East Union (VOL champion, No. 1)
  • Sierra (VOL No. 3 seed)
  • Manteca (VOL No. 4 seed)
  • Linden (MLL champion, No. 1 seed)
  • Calaveras (MLL No. 2 seed)
  • Argonaut (MLL No. 3 seed)
  • Ripon (TVL No. 2 seed)
  • Escalon (TVL No. 3 seed)
  • Millennium (CCAA c0-champion, No. 1 seed)
  • Elliot Christian (CCAA co-champion, No. 2 seed)
  • Ben Holt (MVL champion, No. 1 seed)
  • Langston Hughes (MVL No. 2 seed)

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Saturday’s Cal League game: Ports 8, Giants 7

The Stockton Ports (11-12) held on to beat the San Jose Giants (7-16) 8-7 Saturday night in a game that finished too late for print for The Sunday Record.

Starting pitcher Dylan Covey (2-2) earned the win for Stockton, allowing two earned runs on six hits over five innings, with no strikeouts and four walks.

Michael Soto went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs, Tyler Marincov went 3 for 4 with three runs and Franklin Barreto went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Andres Avila earned his third save of the season, with two strikeouts and one hit allowed in a scoreless ninth.

Stockton hosts San Jose at 2:09 p.m. today at Stockton Ballpark in the series finale.

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Tokay football promotes Holst to head coach

It’s been a solid run for Tokay High football with one of its own in charge. Louis Franklin, a Tokay alum, coached the varsity football squad for eight seasons, and has departed after a string of three consecutive winning campaigns.

Franklin will become head football coach and a special education teacher at South Tahoe High beginning in 2015-16.

And the Tigers dipped into Franklin’s regime to find his replacement: as defensive coordinator Michael Holst was promoted to head coach this week. Holst, a 2003 Tokay graduate, was an assistant under Franklin the past seven seasons and a defensive coordinator the past six.

“I just learned a lot about dealing with high school kids. That’s one of the most important things in getting them motivated,” Holst said. “We went from a program that was winning a couple games a year to making the playoffs three years in a row.”

He’s also Tokay’s strength and conditioning coach. After playing at Tokay, Holst spent time in college football at Delta and Kansas Wesleyan. Being a college player and assistant made him more serious, he said, something Franklin helped alter for the better when he came home.

“He probably loosened me up when I first got there, I was probably a little more uptight about everything,” Holst said. Schematically, though, the two often agreed, and Franklin was always open to new ideas if his assistants felt strongly about it.

“I don’t think I ever felt handcuffed with him, and I think that’s one of his strengths and why he got so many on-campus coaches and as many good coaches as we have in this program,” Holst said.

The Tigers went 7-4 in 2014, earning the No. 13 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs and falling to fourth-seeded Merced in the first round.

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Tiebreaker Breakdown: TCAL Baseball Playoff Seeding

St. Mary's baseball's Matt Avila (right) slides back to first safely as Tracy first baseman Brett Mansell tries to apply the tag during their game in Tracy. St. Mary's won 7-0. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

Even as a reporter, you’ve got to remind yourself to do the proper homework.

So as I printed out the Tri-City Athletic League constitution*, which includes the baseball playoff seeding and tiebreaker rules and bylaws, that’s exactly what I was doing.

Little did I know I was printing the entire constitution, a 43-page monster. OK, today, I just have to focus on baseball.

And it’ll be an interesting Friday. All four automatic Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bids are locked up to St. Mary’s, Lincoln, Tracy and Lodi. Yet, the outright or shared league championship, and order of playoff seeding is yet to be determined.

St. Mary’s baseball (11-3 TCAL) hosts Lincoln (10-4) and Tracy (10-4) goes to West (3-11), both 4 p.m. games.

If St. Mary’s wins, it’s simple: the Rams are outright TCAL champions and the league’s No. 1 seed in the upcoming section Division I playoffs. However, if Lincoln beats St. Mary’s, it gets interesting.

SCENARIO 1: If there’s a two-way tie for first place, the tiebreaker will be a playoff game for the No.1 seed from the TCAL (early next week) held at the site of the team with the:

A) Best head-to-head league record: That would be St. Mary’s regardless now, having beat Lincoln twice in this series. There will only be a two-way tie for first potential if West upsets Tracy Friday and Lincoln beats St. Mary’s.

So, because of this limited scenario, if there’s a two-way tie for first, the game’s at St. Mary’s.

SCENARIO 2: If there’s a three-way tie for first place, the tiebreaker is determined by:

  • The two teams with the least amount of runs given up in the head-to-head league games between the three teams would have a one-game playoff to determine the No. 1 league seed. So, in this case, Lincoln beats St. Mary’s and Tracy beats West. Now, as of now, in this triangle of teams (Lincoln, St. Mary’s, Tracy), St. Mary’s has allowed 23 runs in those games, Lincoln has allowed 44 runs and Tracy has allowed 30. So, depending on what happens tomorrow, St. Mary’s and Tracy are by far in the best position to be in line for the one-game playoff.
  • There’s enough of a disparity here that I won’t go into the extra tiebreakers. St. Mary’s has allowed less runs and has the head-to-head against Tracy, so in this scenario it would host the playoff.
  • Remember, they are sharing a league title on the surface, but this is for section playoff seeding.
SCENARIO 3: If there’s a two-way tie for second place, the tiebreaker is determined by:
  • Best head-to-head league record: So if St. Mary’s wins and Tracy loses, that would put Lincoln and Tracy at five league losses each. In which case, Lincoln would have the edge for second place having beaten Tracy in 2 of 3. There’s no way St. Mary’s can tie for second place, so this is the answer for this one.
SCENARIO 4: If there’s a two-way tie for third place, the tiebreaker will be a playoff game… (I’m not going any farther because Lodi is in fourth place, but cannot reach any of the top three for a tie).

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New Pacific women’s coach has international roots

Bradley Davis’ childhood was anything but dull.

Davis, who was hired as Pacific women’s basketball’s new head coach Monday, is American, but spent time in Zaire, South Africa, Bahrain and Switzerland. He graduated from high school in Geneva. From the early-to-mid ’90s on, he’s been a Northern California mainstay, though (UC Berkeley BA in 1995, Chico State teaching credential in 1998, girls basketball coaching at Durham High (2003-05) and Chico High (2005-06).

Now, he replaces Lynne Roberts, who coached the Tigers for nine years, and he was an assistant for all of them.

And unlike 1991, he doesn’t speak fluent conversational French, he said with a chuckle Thursday, but he can still comprehend the language very well when he hears it.

Davis’ mother was a teacher, and after she separated from his biological father, she needed to take a job wherever she could find one. That ended up being central Africa. While abroad, Davis’ mother met his eventual stepfather, a U.S. diplomat.

That’s how Davis bounced around from nation-to-nation, picking up some French along the way.

He’s settled in Stockton, at least for the time being, where he lives with his wife Corrie Nichols Davis and daughters Genevieve and Esme.

Davis was the Tigers’ recruiting coordinator, as well as associate head coach, and you have to think his eclectic background and ability to mesh with and comprehend many cultures and nationalities must help him relate with players.

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Updated baseball, softball standings: SJAA, TCAL, VOL

St. Mary's baseball's Matt Avila (right) slides back to first safely as Tracy first baseman Brett Mansell tries to apply the tag during their game Monday in Tracy. St. Mary's won 7-0. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

We’re right around the midpoint of the high school baseball and softball league season, and it’s a good time to update how the San Joaquin County leagues are doing for large- and medium-sized schools. So here’s a look at the San Joaquin Athletic Association, Tri-City Athletic League and Valley Oak League (Which, OK, has two Stanislaus County schools in Oakdale and Central Catholic), and how they’re doing.

NOTE: As with most things, these are via MaxPreps.com. If win-loss totals are not updated, it’s because that respective team’s coach has not updated on the website.

SJAA 

BASEBALL

T1. Bear Creek 6-0 (13-5)

T1. McNair 6-0 (15-3)

3. Edison 5-1 (8-9)

4. Stagg 1-5 (2-11)

T5. Franklin 0-6 (4-13)

T5. Chavez 0-6 (4-13)

SOFTBALL

1. Bear Creek 7-0 (10-6)

2. Franklin 5-2 (8-8)

T3. Chavez 4-3 (7-10)

T3. Stagg 4-3 (4-11)

5. Edison 1-6 (1-15)

6. McNair 0-7 (0-11)

TCAL 

BASEBALL

T1. Lincoln 6-1 (16-3)

T1. St. Mary’s 6-1 (11-8)

T1. Tracy 6-1 (13-5)

4. Lodi 1-5 (8-10)

5. Tokay 1-6 (3-14)

6. West 0-6 (4-12)

SOFTBALL

T1. St. Mary’s 6-1 (15-2)

T1. Tracy 6-1 (13-4)

3. West 6-2 (12-5)

4. Tokay 5-4 (9-8)

5. Lincoln 1-8 (11-9)

6. Lodi 0-8 (5-13-1)

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VOL

BASEBALL

T1. Sierra 5-1 (11-4-1)

T1. Oakdale 5-1 (9-7)

T3. Central Catholic 3-3 (10-8)

T3. Kimball 3-3 (6-9)

T3. Manteca 3-3 (8-8)

T3. Weston Ranch 3-3 (8-10)

7. East Union 2-4 (3-13)

8. Lathrop 0-6 (3-11)

SOFTBALL

1. East Union 5-0 (15-1)

2. Oakdale 5-1 (11-6)

3. Sierra 6-2 (12-3)

4. Manteca 4-2 (11-4)

5. Kimball 3-4 (5-11)

6. Central Catholic 2-4 (5-9)

7. Lathrop 0-5 (6-8)

8. Weston Ranch 0-7 (1-13-1)

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