Western Sierra stays undefeated in league play

Wolves in thick of the race
By: Jim Linsdau of The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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Baseball Standings April 1

Valley Christian (6-0, 7-1) win over Bradshaw 5-2

Leroy Greene (4-0, 6-1-0) win over Buckingham 10-8

Western Sierra (3-0, 4-4) win over Foresthill 10-7

Trinity Prep (1-1-1, 2-1-1) win over Faith Christian 8-4

Buckingham  (0-2-1, 2-3-1) win over Lutheran 19-4

Lutheran (0-3, 0-8) loss to Buckingham 19-4

Sac Country Day (0-4, 1-5) loss to Leroy Greene 7-4

Faith Christian (0-4, 0-7) loss to Trinity Prep 8-4


Wolves Schedule

Apr 5 – at Lutheran 2 p.m.

Apr 7 – Sac Country Day at WSCA (Westwood) 4 p.m.

Apr 10-12 – Sutter Tournament TBA



After defeating Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League foe Lutheran Friday, the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy earned a 10-7 victory in Foresthill Saturday morning.

The Wolves rallied for seven runs in the final three innings to extinguish the Wildfires.

Western Sierra 13, Lutheran 2

After holding the Panthers scoreless to open the game held at Westwood Park, the academy’s home field, The Wolves unloaded for 11 runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Western Sierra head coach Colin Dalton sent a different pitcher to the mound each inning to preserve his bullpen for the Foresthill game. The strategy was almost flawless as the academy earned the win 13-2 in five innings.

“We were that team where other teams would bunt back to us just so that we could get out of the inning,” Dalton said when the program was started in 2014. “So we’ve come a long way.”

In spite of the fact the Lutheran program has been around since 2005, the Panthers have never been a strong club. It’s a dilemma teams like Western Sierra have going from teams that can beat them by 10 runs to those they beat by that same margin.

Because of it, Dalton said he has to constantly remind his players to stay focused and help to keep each other alert.

“In fact, I gave (the team) a hard time about the communication side of things because we weren’t talking in the infield,” said Dalton. “So no matter what, we try to communicate and that’s one of our biggest weaknesses is just getting better at communicating.”

There was pretty good communication Friday, with a few exceptions.

Adam Wright started on the mound for the Wolves and gave up one base on balls and struck out two. JP Cooper came on in the second inning, walking one, hitting one batter and striking out two.

In the third inning, Tyler Allen K’d all three batters he faced and Nathan Woodard nearly matched that. Woodard hit one batter with a pitch, but struck out three.

Skyler Biel gave up two runs on two hits, a fielder’s choice and a base on balls. The sophomore also struck out the final batter he faced to end the game.

“When we first started (2014) we had 18 kids, six of them seniors and only one of those seniors had ever played baseball,” said Coach Dalton. “One stopped playing when he was 12 and the others hadn’t played since T-ball.”

At the plate: Gabe Whitecotton (2-3, 3b, 2runs), Joe Dalton (2-3, 3b, 3runs, RBI), Bryce Mellish (2-4, 2b, 2runs, 2RBI), Tyler Allen (2-3, 2b, run, 2RBI), Adam Wright (3-3, 2-2b, 2runs, 2RBI), JD Van Kempen (2-2, run, RBI), Skyler Biel (2-5, 2b, run, RBI), JP Cooper (2-4, run, RBI), Nathan Woodard (3-3, RBI).

Western Sierra was scheduled to play at Lutheran Wednesday and return to Westwood Park to take on Sacramento Country Day at 4 p.m. Friday.

“I’m just really very proud of these guys because we talk about sportsmanship; we talk about playing well and being respectful of the team that we’re playing against and they were really good about that,” Colin Dalton said. “And they’re really good young men; I’m very proud of them. We’ve got six seniors right now and five of them are going to four-year colleges; that’s pretty good.”