Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Notes from the Boras: Day Two

Too bad that Pleasant Grove dropped its first two contests of the Boras Baseball Classic at McAuliffe Fields. In game one, they narrowly lost to J. Serra of San Mateo, 3-2. Then in its second-round game the Eagles had a 4-0 lead then gave up an "eight spot" in one inning and lost to Maria Carrillo from Santa Rosa, 11-6.

Serra went on to play the longest game of the tournament thus far. The Padres played 11 scoreless innings with Granite Bay and then finally won it in the 12th, 2-0.

This evening the Padres will take on St. Francis of Mountain View in one semi-final game. The other one it's Elk Grove vs. Clovis West.

The Golden Eagles used the pitching of Tyler Ewell to defeat Stockdale from Bakersfield, 1-0. Ewell had seven K's, walked four and allowed just two hits.

The semi-final games start at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

- There have been plenty of pro and college scouts hanging around the tourney. Name about any California college and I think I've seen them at the Boras.

Orsino Hill, father of Derek Hill, the former Herd centerfielder, was there Tuesday. He's scouting for the Dodgers. Derek is likely going to be in Class A baseball with the Tigers this year.

- Doing the public address last evening I was joined by Elk Grove infielder Carlos Moseley. He is such a funny, personable young man. We yucked it up a lot together and did a few call outs to Zach Leach and Joey Bellotti, Herd coaches scouting the Clovis West squad.

One thing we did poke some fun at (deservedly) is the lousy scoreboards at McAuliffe. There are so many lights out you have to guess what number is being displayed in many spots on those boards.

I know scoreboards aren't cheap, but someone needs to pony up the money and get this facility some new ones.

Back to Moseley... he's got some real baseball talent.  I think Carlos deserves a shot with a college somewhere.  He'll be a real addition to someone's baseball program.

-The next two days are the best days to watch the Boras as a fan. You will have a chance to see all 16 teams play.

Remember to park in the Sacramento State University lot to the north and west of McAuliffe Fields and walk over. Be certain you pay for parking there or Sac State's finest will give you a ticket. I believe adult admission to the Boras is around $9.

-No, no sighting of Scott Boras, yet. His brother, Gerry, runs the tournament.

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