SRJC: Baseball team falls in playoff opener; Mancini closes in on possible medal at state meet

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Using the long ball, San Joaquin Delta defeated visiting Santa Rosa JC, 2-0, Friday afternoon to take take the opening game of the best-of-three series in the CCCAA State Tournament.

That means Bear Cubs must win today and Sunday in Stockton to advance to the final four. First pitch today is 1 p.m.

The only runs Friday came on Phil Clark’s home run to right center in the third inning.

The blast was the only mistake SRJC pitcher Brandon Hagerla made in eight innings of work. He struck out four and didn’t give up a walk.

The Bear Cubs got two men on base with one out in the ninth, but Anthony Bender grounded into a double play to end the game. Delta, the top seed in the bracket, banged out eight hits while winning pitcher Matt Valencia limited the No. 3 Bear Cubs to five singles.

Dane Erbst and Weston Bryan led the offense with two hits apiece. In the first two rounds of the tournament, Santa Rosa lost the first game in both best-of-three series and came back to win two straight.

TRACK: MANCINI HAS STRONG SHOWING

On Friday, the first day of the decathlon competition at the State Meet in Walnut, Casey Mancini put himself in position to win a medal.

After five events, the El Molino alum is in ninth place and the first eight receive medals.

The highlight of the freshman’s day came in the 400 meters where he set a personal best by nearly a second.

“I didn’t reach my mark in the other four events,” Mancini said. “The 400 put me in a position to medal.”

On Wednesday, Mancini didn’t know if he’d be able to compete.

“My car was totaled by a cement truck,” he said. “I’m still sore, but luckily it’s nothing serious.”

Coach Dave Wellman is optimistic Mancini will medal.

“I think his stronger events are on the second day,” Wellman said. “He did really well in the first five events, so we’re feeling better good.”

Today, Mancini will compete in the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 meters.

Christian Nazareth was the other SRJC athlete participating in the first day of the two-day meet. He finished 11th in the 10,000 meters.

“I’ve been sick for two days,” he said. “I woke up with my head pounding but never considered not running. After all, it’s the state meet.

“Feeling like I did, I thought I did well.”

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