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Free bus ride to San Francisco for Giants’ victory parade

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 30, 2014 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since publishing this article earlier this afternoon, we contacted the River Cats and learned that this bus trip is filled up.  A team rep said that season ticket holders were contacted first with this limited offer. The few remaining bus seats, he said, were filled up quickly with other fans.  If you’re interested in going by train, read on.

The Sacramento River Cats will take up to 130 people on two buses from Raley Field to the San Francisco civic center on Friday, in order to celebrate the San Francisco Giants’ victory parade.

The Giants won the World Series this year with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the decisive final game of the series. The River Cats, beginning this season, are the Giants’ “farm club” in minor league baseball.

The buses will depart Raley Field at 7 a.m. and will return in the afternoon.

If you’re interested in the free bus ride, RSVP to (916) 371-HITS (4487).

To travel separately, the River Cats suggests considering the Capitol Corridor train (http://capitolcorridor.org/tickets/). Look for #531, leaving Sacramento at 8:20 a.m., or #533, departing at 9:20 a.m. Take Amtrak to Richmond and transfer to BART and the Embarcadero Station (www.bart.gov).

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West Sac softball: Nor Cal champs!

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONS ALL: West Sacramento age 9-10 softball players Laura Garcia, Hailey Luna, Chloe Kitchens, Isabella Mendez, Coach Javier Cano, Vanessa Hensley, Claudia Medina, Mari Cano, Coach Troy Hensley, Jessica Baum, Julie Chand, Viviana Dazo, Coach Adam Medina, Amaya Patenga, Lilly Aversalo and Reyna Sandoval
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Photo by Robert Baum

BY DON SCHATZEL, NEWS-LEDGER COLUMNIST

The Girls of Summer!

“Congratulations” doesn’t say enough to the West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League team from West  Sac, all 100% of them, and they are the 2013, state of California, Northern California champions!

The team was brilliantly coached by Adam Medina, Javier Cano and Troy Hensley.

The players are Vanessa Hensley, Claudia Medina, Laura Garcia, Jessica Baum, Chloe Kitchens,Reyna Sandoval,Mari Cano, Lilly Adversalo, Julie Chand, Viviana Dazo, Amaya Pantega,Isabella Mendez, Hailey Luna.

BY DON SCHATZEL

BY DON SCHATZEL

Their journey started in North Natomas in the Disrtict 6 Tournament. Rio Linda and North Natomas both know the championship road goes through West Sac, and the West Sacramento girls demonstrated that once again by winning the District 6 Championship.

Then it was on to the sectionals in Marysville. The good news was that the games were at 8 p.m., and not in the heat of the  night. The bad was that by the time everyone got home, and coaches were no doubt replaying every pitch of the game in their minds, sleep came between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. You can’t be a zombie at work because you coached a softball game, so the stress on coaches is pretty high – but winning cures all!

West  Sac had to defeat Olivehurst Linda twice once in the semifinals and once in the finals to win the section banner. In hindsight O.L. did West Sac a favor with great pitching, defense and hitting, providing the competition we needed to prepare our budding hampions for the state tournament in Martinez.

West Sac teams have been in Martinez before. The home team there has won four state titles in the last few years, and when Martinez is not winning, it seems like Gilroy is. Both were in this year’s tournament.

West Sac brought a perfect blend of speed, hitting,  defense and pitching, defeating Gilroy 12-0 in pool play and then facing Martinez in the semi finals.

Three West Sac pitchers struck out 10 Martinez hitters. Pitchers Vanessa Hensley, Hailey Luna and Claudia Medina mixed in a fastball with a great changeup to help lead in a 7-2 win.

Hayley Luna had three triples and Vanessa Hensley also had a triple.

Martinez was baffled:

“Do we  play in for the bunt and risk them hitting over our heads, or do we play back and let Claudia Medina and Laura Garci?”

Then came the championship game versus our old friends from Gilroy.

Claudia Medina singled in the first inning. then Vanessa Hensley singled, Reyna Sandoval singled and Hayley Luna continued her hitting rampage with a double. Chloe Kitchens singled and West Sac was ahead 3-0.

Hayley Luna added a two-run homer and struck out nine Gilroy hitters. Mari Cano added a booming triple! Gilroy managed only 2 hits. It was great fun watching them play and represent our community with such style,  excellence and sportsmanship.

West Sac won 15-1 after five innings.  The victory was called early, due to the “mercy rule” invoked by the huge lead. West Sacramento’s All Stars and were crowned as state champions.

Southern California has  a champion team too, but at this age level the two champs don’t play each other.

The “Girls of Summer”: what a great accomplishment.

 

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Latest in West Sacramento youth sports

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

To those of you that see me out and about, thanks for letting me know you read these articles! I appreciate it.

The latest youth sports news:

Stonegate Elementary is champion of the boys division in Washington Unified School District basketball.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist

Riverbank was the host site, with cheerleaders, banners, and dragon mascots from Westmore Oaks.

Southport squared off against  Riverbank in the third place game and Southport was victorious, 44-33.

Southport raced off to a  21-12 lead and never looked back.

Nate Cornell and Kamron Johnston provided highlights for Southport and Shawn Shields had a great game for the hard-working River Otters.

The championship game featured the very tall Stonegate team, with an impenetrable 2-3 zone defense, against  Westmore Oaks. In the end, the Stonegate height was too much and they won the championship 38-28.

Isiah Peraa, Eric Creer, Sahil Gil, Miguel Martinez Brisyn Saludares, Lorenzo Burks were all pointed out as having outstanding games and season for Stonegate.

Elijah Fields lead the Westmore Oaks charge!

Evidently, there are lots of terrific players on their way to River City High School next year.

Youth softball, Baseball, volleyball and swimming are now underway in town, It’s the busiest sports season of the year.

Plans are being made now for next season’s metro soccer program, for those interested. Alberto Terrico is the organizer to call 510-673-7871 to play metro – the ‘best of the best’ soccer!

Softball and soccer at River City are having historically successful seasons, as the wave of young players continues moving into high school. It’s great fun to watch them play and represent West Sac.

The Attack, the Hitterz, Hooligans, Pumas, Saints, Dolphins, Tigers, and Arsenal youth sports teams in West Sacramento all continue their march to high school success.

One of the great opportunities provided to youth sports teams here is access to UC Davis and Sac State sports. The university games have very family-oriented pricing and  great quality of play in any sport. I happened to see what seemed like the entire West Sacramento softball family at the recent Sac State game vs Cal in women’s softball.  Cal is number 5 in the country, and won the game 1-0 on  a home run. Great seats, great facility, actually the highest attendance in Sac State softball history. Both Sac State and UC Davis have great programs and are perfect for teaching young athletes through example.

For the horse fans: West Sacramento Trail Riders Association is hosting their annual  dinner, raffle fundraiser on May 11. You can call me for tickets at 371-1513.

Hey, the sun is out finally, and this is the time of year to go outdoors.

Until next time.

 

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‘HEART OF THE CITY’: update on West Sacramento youth soccer& softball

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 28, 2012 —

BY DON SCHATZEL

West Sacramento: great athletes, great families, great community!

BY DON SCHATZEL (special to the News-Ledger)

Washington Unified School District youth soccer champions have been crowned and both boys and girls champs are from the same school. Elkhorn Village has swept.

The boys defeated Riverbank 3-2 and the girls upended previously undefeated Southport 2-1. Ashely Davis scored for Southport. Jessica Urbina, Mia Hendricks, and Yajaira Machuca were all standout players for Elkhorn, which finished the season with a 7-1 record.

Congratulations to the West Sac Soccer league teams competing in the upcoming District 6 Commissioners Cup. The defending champion U-19 (under age 19) team is coached by Sam Montoya. The U-16 (under 16) Hooligans, one of the two Hooligans teams participating at the Metro level this year, and U-12 Arsenal, last years finalist, will be there.

Teams from Carmichael, Elk Grove, Placerville, Nevada City, Rocklin, Roseville all compete.   The best of the best!!

Good luck to all!!

  Where have all the West Sac girls softball All Stars gone??

They’ve gone to “All World” tournaments in Elk Grove, Antelope, Carmichael, North Highlands, and to out-of-state tournaments. They are all playing on other teams — the Falcons, Adrenaline, Rapid, Sac Hitterz, West Sac Attack, All American.

Great players: Alexis Bennie, Morghan Smith, Alaina Guerra, Hannah McCann, Emily Schatzel, Jaz Hendrickson, Amarissa Medina, Anjelica Blackmer, Kylee Hall, Ally Snyder, Jordan Criswell.  Whenever I go out to a field there they are, and the fun part is when they play against each other so it looks like an older version of West Sac Girls Softball Little League at Alyce Norman Bryte playfields.

I guess this is good I can remember when they were 8 or 9 years old!!  There are a lot of teams in the Sacramento region  that would not be as good as they are without West Sac girls!

Congratulations, we are very proud of you!

A special thanks to Centennial Rotary for “kicking in” (pun intended) sponsoring the two Hooligans soccer teams this year by buying 16 soccer balls for games and practice. Without business support our community sports leagues would really struggle. I for one and many people I know will shop at businesses in town just because they sponsor youth sports. So thanks for your support.

Happy Holidays to all. Have a great and safe holiday season!

   (Editor’s note: we’ve also learned that the Michelin Soccer Progam and Radial Tire Center West Sacramento (operated by Kirby Pedroia) have donated $1,552 in funds and equipment to the West Sacramento Soccer Club. The tire shop is at 3111 West Capitol.)

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