Mar 082014
There's nothing like pee-wee baseball

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 5, 2014 —   Note: For the past few weeks I’ve been going over to a little hidden-away baseball diamond at Southport Elementary School to watch two of my grandsons practice with their teammates for their upcoming West Sacramento Little League season. Their team, called the Raptors, is being coached […]

Mar 052014
New park honors local athlete, judge: Jerome Barry played pro baseball in the early days

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 26, 2014 — By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor On Friday, the City of West Sacramento will host a double grand opening, celebrating both a neighborhood park and a water tank station in the Bridge District. The twin public facilities are located at 809 Ballpark Drive, alongside the Ironworks subdivision and […]

Jan 062014

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6, 2014 — The Sacramento River Cats announced today they are hiring for 150-200 seasonal positions in the upcoming 2014 baseball season at Raley Field. The club—which is entering its 15th season in Sacramento—is hiring clean team members, emergency medical technicians, ushers, “Kids Corner” representatives, Merlino’s Freeze workers, and several […]

Aug 262013
West Sacramento couple weds at the ballpark -- between innings

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 21, 2013 — By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor “Dinger” gave away the bride. That was just one unique thing about the marriage of West Sacramento natives Jalena Rusaw and Alan Slape, who made their vows during a 60-second ceremony between innings at Saturday’s River Cats game. “Alan and I were […]

Jul 232013
Brothers take different paths to UCD

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 — West Sacramento’s Chris Salazar graduated this spring from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering — with honors. The 22-year old earned a full academic ride in the school’s master’s program in structural engineering. His path to UCD took him from River City High School, […]

Jul 112013

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 Attend the River Cats game on July 13 and support local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs, which help represent children in foster care situations. For tickets, go to, selected CASA YOLO, and use the offer code: “Child.” Tickets are $10-22, and may be printed on your […]

Mar 252013

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — With baseball season getting underway, we just received this missive from the front office of the Sacramento River Cats here in West Sacramento. No doubt, there’s a degree of “tongue in cheek” going on here. The press release follows: “You’ve been warned: the moniker ‘River Cats’ is comprised of two words, with […]