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River Cats settle for division title

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 12, 2012 —

FROM THE RIVER CATS

The Sacramento River Cats forced the Reno Aces to the fifth game of the playoff series. But after leading Sacramento led 3-0 in the fifth inning they allowed Reno to score six unanswered runs and lost 7-4 at Aces Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The loss wrapped up a winning River Cats season.

The Cats wasted no time putting runs on the board on Sunday, plating two in the top of the first with RBIs from Kila Ka’aihue and Michael Taylor. Sacramento tacked on a third run in the fifth on a Grant Green RBI-single, scoring Josh Horton.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Cats starter Sonny Gray, who retired 10 in a row after allowing two hits in the first, gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at three. After a scoreless sixth, Reno put four runs on the board in the seventh, taking a 7-3 lead. Sacramento put a small rally together in the eighth when Green led off the frame with a triple, followed by a run-scoring double from Ka’aihue. Later in the inning, with Ka’aihue on third, Aces second baseman Taylor Harbin made a diving catch on a blooper from Daric Barton to end the threat.

After holding the Aces scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, the Cats came to the plate in the ninth, needing three runs to knot the game at seven. Reno reliever Sam Demel retired Sacramento in order, to close out his team’s 7-4 victory.

Gray allowed three earned on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings for the no-decision. Merkin Valdez suffered the loss, giving up four earned in 0.1 innings pitched. Green, Ka’aihue and Horton all had two hits, while Ka’aihue was the only Cat to drive in more than one run.

The River Cats finish their 2012 campaign with a PCL-leading 86-58 (.597) regular season record. They will try to extend their record-long stretch of PCL Division titles to seven in 2013. Tickets for the River Cats’ 2013 season are on sale now by calling (916) 371-HITS.

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Little League ‘Fall Ball’ signups

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 23 2012 —

[adrotate group=”9″] Walk-in registration for West Sac Little League “Fall Ball” will be accepted on Tuesday (7/24) & Thursday (7/26) from 6pm to 8pm at Wicked West Pizza in Southport.

Cost is $55 for T-Ball (ages 4 & 5) and $85 for all other ages including Juniors.

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Cabaldon: no threat from MLB team

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

With talks between the City of Sacramento and the Kings owners at a standstill, Sacramento Mayor  Kevin Johnson has let it be known that he wants Sacramento to get a new major league baseball team. Sacramento is a “major league city,” he said, and a stadium in the right spot could help jumpstart the city’s downtown railyards project.

  A major league team across would presumably “trump” the minor league River Cats baseball team and their relatively new stadium in West Sacramento.

  But West Sacramento’s mayor isn’t worried.

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON (News-Ledger/2012)

  “It doesn’t mean anything,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “The Oakland A’s aren’t interested, Major League Baseball and minor league baseball aren’t interested. . . There’s no impact (on West Sacramento and the River Cats) because it’s not going to happen.”

   The A’s want to go to San Jose — which is within the territory designated as under control by the San Francisco Giants, but which offers a larger market and more potential corporate sponsors than  Sacramento. The Giants are fighting the proposed A’s move. Meanwhile, Sacramento is in the A’s territory and the River Cats are affiliated with the A’s. The River Cats have some legal obligations to stick around until the bonds that helped build Raley Field are paid off — roughly another 20 years.

  The teams’ wishes are balanced by their obligations to their leagues and by the power of their leagues, making “an extremely complicated set of procedures for how these things happen,” said Cabaldon.

  And right now, neither Major League Baseball nor any of its teams is pushing to take a chance on the Sacramento market.

  So, Cabaldon said, West Sacramento’s government is not spending a lot of time studying Johnson’s baseball dream.

  The River Cats declined an interview request, but issued the following statement, with a reference to Mayor Johnson’s “Think  Big Sacramento” task force:

“We have not discussed the proposal with ‘Think Big’ or City of Sacramento officials. We are obviously proud of the community support of Raley Field and the success of the River Cats. We are focused on providing the best experience to our fans in and around the ballpark and have been excited to see (West Sacramento’s) Bridge District prepared for future development.”

[adrotate group=”7″]  Raley Field opened in 2000 in a former warehouse district in West Sacramento amid regional cooperation, after a bout of competition for the stadium site between West Sacramento and Sacramento. A regional coalition helped put together a bond package that helped finance it.

  River Cats spokesperson Zak Basch said the River Cats have drawn an average of 7,659 fans this year, and Cabaldon said the team was among the most successful in the minor leagues.

  When the stadium was designed, its 11,000-seat capacity was intended to be expandable to host a possible future major league team. The league’s requirements for a stadium have since changed — stadiums and teams rely more heavily than ever on items like luxury boxes —  and Basch said the expansion issue has not been studied lately.

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West Sac Phillies take the title

The West Sac Phillies (above) came from behind to take the District 6 Little League ‘Tournament of Champions’ title (photo by DE’ONNA JACK, Memories for Generations)

 [adrotate group=”7″] FROM DE’ONNA JACK

 ‘Winning a title, the hard way…’

  On June 16, District 6 Little League Baseball began its 2012 Major Division Baseball Tournament of Champions;,which consists of players from around the district.

  Players from North Natomas Little League, Sierra Little League, Antelope Little League, Rio Linda Little League and West Sacramento Little League participated.

  These players range in age from 10-12 and the teams in the tournament were the teams who won the most games in their respective leagues, giving them the chance to compete for the flag and championship.

  Any team loses two games goes home.

  The West Sac Phillies lost their first game on the 16th to Rio Linda Pirates by a final score of 1-0. The loss meant that West Sac would have to battle back the rest of the week to gain the chance to play in the Championship held on June 23.

  The North Natomas Auburn Tigers, on the other hand, won their first two games which gave them an undefeated status. Whomever ended up playing them would have to beat them twice. This would prove to be a task.

Mike Lamoreaux of the Phillies connects with a grand-slam swing (photo by DE’ONNA JACK, Memories for Generations)

  West Sac battled their way from the losers bracket winning each game they played the past week in order to gain a chance to play for the championship.

  On June 23, with Jacob Rapp on the mound, the West Sac Phillies shut North Natomas Tigers down, winning that game by a final of 15-3, thus forcing what they call an “If” game in the TOC’s.

  West Sacramento came back on Sunday with Alex Silva on the mound for most of the game and once again shut down North Natomas, 8-0, thus winning the TOC’s and the District 6 Flag for 2012.

  Mike Lamoreaux of the West Sac Phillies hit his first home run of the 2012 season during the Championship — a hitting a grand slam in that game.

  You can stay on top of many West Sacramento sports at the Facebook page of De’Onna Jack/Memories for Generations. Just click here.

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‘Heart of the City’: local youth leagues

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

BY DON SCHATZEL

It’s that time of year again, when everyone goes full speed for what seems like a short time, and then looks up and says, “Wow where did summer go?”

DON SCHATZEL

School may be out, but it’s a time of lots of soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball around West Sacramento.

Congratulations to Hannah Willover, the Our Lady of Grace School student recipient of the “Father Leo McAllister Scholarship” to St.Francis High School next year. Hannah received the scholarship for her exceptional community service, academics and athletics. There is only one scholarship of its kind awarded in the region every 4 years. Her books, tuition and uniforms are all paid for four years.

And to top it off Hannah as well as Celina Vallejos of West Sacramento just played for the Rancho Cordova Fury and won the All World ASA Softball tournament!

[adrotate group=”9″]    West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League District 6 dominance continues as the Tournament of Champions ends at Inderkum High School in  Natomas. The major division Lava Girls and the Fury finished in two of the top three spots. The Lava Girls came in third behind a great pitching performance by Gabby Ridenour, before dropping a tough one to the North Natomas Southern Miss Eagles. (North Natomas names all their teams after major universities and colleges).

The Fury won the tournament, beating the Southern Miss Eagles 8-2.

Amaryssa Medina struck out 14 in the championship game and smashed a base-clearing double to put the game away.

In recent years the West Sac “Chicas” were the 2010 tournament champs and the West Sac Angels were runner-up. Last season, the Angels came in third behind both Rio Linda teams, and this year West Sac teams finished first and third.

[adrotate group=”10″]   The Fury also represented District 6 Little League softball and West Sacramento in the Little League International-sponsored “Urban Initiative Tournament” in Stockton, winning 4 of 5 games before dropping the championship game 2-0 to Tahoe Tellec.

This is the second year in a row the West Sac team made it to the championship game.

Amaryssa Medina pitched a 1 hitter in the loss and bombed 2 homeruns in the tournament.
Congratulations to coaches John Blackmer, Jose Medina and Mike Lara of the  Fury, and Vic Lopez and Mark Gonzales of the Lava Girls for a great Tournament of Champions!

West Sacramento will be hosting the 9-12 and 9- 11 age group District 6 All Star Tournaments this year and the 9-11 age group Northern California Divisional Tournament.

The Junior Division “Chicas” and “Raptorz” completed great seasons, playing Morada, North Stockton, Rio Linda, Airport, Oak Park and  Parkway teams. The junior division all stars will now move on to the Regional Tournament in Chico. Best of luck to the Juniors and their coach Robb Dodd!!

Washington Unified School District after-school soccer league competition was won by Bridgeway Lakes Elementary, defeating Elkhorn  4-1.

Jaelyn Crimm hit the three-goal hat trick and Taylor Martin chimed in with a goal of her own. Bridgeway Lakes finished with an undefeated season!

Southport defeated Riverbank in the third place game 3-0.

Breanna Staffler scored and Emily Schatzel added 2 more for the Southport win.

Special note; Dale Calles coach of the West Sacramento soccer “Hooligans” has 19 players that have played in the school league and are now on the Hooligans teams.

United States Youth Volleyball League wrapped up at River City High school with a final match against Folsom, in Folsom.

The 13-15 age “Hooligans” finished the season with only two losses including one to the other West Sac team the “Blue Spiking Jays.” Hannah McCann, Taylor Lozano, Ryan  Neidlinger, Elise Quick and Emily Schatzel of the Hooligans completed their stellar season.

The Blue Spiking Jays of the same division also had a great season. Jacky Lamar, Mallory Cypress, Sydney Russo lead the Jays and both teams defeated Elk Grove, Natomas and Folsom.

Boys and girls  boxing is starting at Riverbank Elementary School and at the Recreation Center. West Sacramento has a long and proud boxing history with world champions and championship contenders. Call Parks and Rec 617-4620 for additonal information.

O.C. Jones & Sons Engineering, the City of West Sacramento, Centennial Rotary Club,  District 6 Baseball and softball, and the West Sacramento Little League are combining resources to help make improvements to Memorial Park. Volunteers and funding coming from the KNBR Radio, Centennial Rotary Club, O.C. Jones & Sons, and the TLC grant program received by D6 baseball and softball  to help improve Bay Area fields.

Thanks,  O.C. Jones & Sons and TLC Program.

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Time to start school again so I can relax?”

Nahhh!

Summer in West Sacramento is way to much fun!

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Ramirez gone from ‘Cats & A’s

MANNY RAMIREZ: superstar slugger played with River Cats while attempting to return to majors (courtesy of Oakland A's)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

The Oakland A’s organization granted outfielder Manny Ramirez his release the organization last week.

Ramirez, a former star player, with  returned from his suspension from major league baseball to play 17 games with the triple-A River Cats minor league team based in West Sacramento. After a slow start, he brought his batting average to .302 with three doubles, 14 RBI, 17 stikeouts, five walks and no home runs.

But the A’s did not open a spot in their major league outfield for him.

Ramirez is now a free agent who says he hopes to play in the major leagues again if there’s an opportunity.

Meanwhile, the A’s came off a couple of high-scoring losses to the Tacoma Rainiers over the weekend. On Saturday at Raley Field, the Rainiers prevailed 11-5, led by a 3-for-4 night at the plate by Chris Carter that included Carter’s 11th home run of the season.

[adrotate group=”7″]   On Saturday, The Rainers won 12-10 in a season-record four hour, seven minute game.

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Play date for kids at Raley Field

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The Sacramento River Cats will host a “Mommy & Me Day” at Raley Field from tomorrow (Wednesday, May 23), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event is open to kids ages six and under, with their parents. Activities include running the bases, playing catch, and playing in a bounce house and on an obstacle course. There will be free snacks for hte first 1,500 children, and also free parking.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., but parents are encouraged to pre-register by visiting www.raleyfield.com.

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