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COMMENTARY

A record year for local baseball

By: Jim Linsdau of The Placer Herald and News Messenger
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The final chapter of the baseball season was written in Stockton last week when the Rocklin Little League Majors All Stars concluded their run at the Division II Northern California State Tournament.

The Rocklin Little League Seniors All Stars also reached the State tournament At American River College, where their season ended as well.

Matching their successes, only under different circumstance, was the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship won by Lincoln High School. Of course, that concluded the Zebras’ season; the Rocklin All Stars could have continued on had they taken their respective State championships.

Although the Rocklin All Stars accomplished what no other District 11 team did, they were just one of three teams that made it to the Section 4 championship. The Rocklin Little League Juniors and Lincoln Little League 10-11 All Stars also made it into the championship series in their respective Section 4 tournaments.

Neither the Juniors nor the 10-11 All Stars claimed the Section 4 titles, as did the Majors, but they were among the four local teams that emerged as District 11 champions.

Joining their counterparts in accomplishing that feat was Tri-City’s 9-10 All Stars.

All-in-all, Rocklin, Lincoln and Tri-City dominated District 11 play and District 11 made great runs at sections and state.

The Rocklin High School baseball team also made it to the playoffs – for the ninth year in a row. The Thunder also won three section titles, finished as runners-up in 2011 and lost by one run to eventual champion Woodcreek in the semifinals in 2012.

Whitney had one of those rare seasons in which they did not make the playoffs. It could have had a lot to do with moving into the Capital Valley Conference for the first time.

For those who doubt that, the Wildcats have made the playoffs four of the past six years. And they made it to the semifinals in 2013 before being knocked out by Colfax.

Lincoln’s championship was preceded by five straight playoff appearances, in which they were runners-up last year.

And that new kid on the block, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy out of Rocklin made it to the playoffs for the first time in just their second year of existence. There is something contagious about playing baseball in this area and it is called winning.

There will be more of that as fall approaches and the local high schools get back into the swing of things. Lacking the boldness to really step out on a limb, I am going to say there will be at least one of the aforementioned schools make it into the playoffs in all sports except one. However, I’m borderline on the one sport simply because only two schools participate in it.

In truth, I think three teams will make it in football, three in boys soccer, two in girls volleyball, two in cross-country and at least one in both girls golf and tennis.

That’s my prediction and I’m sticking to it.