Casa Grande’s Justin Bruihl had Tommy John surgery during his junior season and spent 15 months in rehab before returning to the mound. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Bob Padecky: Casa Grande pitcher’s journey offers perspective

An injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery and 15 long months of rehab taught Bruihl to use caution in pursuing his baseball career. Read Article →
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Petaluma softball star Joelle Krist
 on MaxPreps all-state team

A number of local athletes have earned statewide honors for their play this spring. Read Article →

Andrews, Gabbert named to all-state baseball team

Maria Carrillo, Petaluma grads named to Medium Schools All-State Baseball Team. Read Article →
Jason Bruihl returned to the mound for Casa Grande near the end of the 2015 season and pitched against Pinole Valley in a playoff game May 30. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s Bruihl gets scholarship to Cal Poly after Tommy John surgery

2015 graduate of Casa Grande will pitch at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Read Article →

All-Empire large school baseball team

The 2015 All-Empire large school baseball team. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo senior Clayton Andrews, All-Empire Large-School Baseball Player of the Year. 
(John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Large-School Baseball Player of the Year Clayton Andrews

Andrews' ability to put the ball in play is only one of his many talents. Read Article →

All-Empire small school baseball team

The 2015 All-Empire small school baseball team. Read Article →
Clear Lake senior Cole Brodnansky, the 2014-15 All-Empire small school baseball player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small school baseball player of the year Cole Brodnansky

Clear Lake senior bettered himself in just about every category this season. Read Article →
Oral Roberts' Anthony Sequeira, right, is greeted at the plate by teammates Matt Whatley (19) and Matt Brandy, center rear, after hitting a three-run home run against Arkansas in the ninth inning of a game at the Stillwater Regional of the NCAA college baseball tournament in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Former Petaluma players Comstock, Sequeira picked in draft

The men were picked by the Diamondbacks and Phillies, respectively. Read Article →

Phillies draft former Petaluma star Sequeira

Anthony Sequeira, an All-Empire selection by The Press Democrat during his junior and senior seasons at Petaluma High School, was drafted out Oral Roberts University in the 23rd round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday by the Philadelphia Phillies Read Article →
Francis Christy, then a Casa Grande catcher, was the Press Democrat's Large School Baseball Player of the Year in 2013.   (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa grad Christy drafted by Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected former Casa Grande baseball star Francis Christy with the first pick of the seventh round (196th overall) of the MLB draft on Tuesday. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Zach Scott pitched the first two innings of the no-hitter, then started the game-ending play with a tough play at first base. (The Press Democrat)

NBL all-stars get no-hitter to silence SCL

Six pitchers combined for a no-hitter in Sunday 's annual Kiwanis all-star game. Read Article →

NCS D6 baseball championship: Tomales loses to St. Bernard’s

Logan Thrap struck out 13 as St. Bernard’s Catholic defeated Tomales, 6-0, to claim the North Coast Section Division 6 championship Saturday in Eureka. Read Article →

Kiwanis All-Star baseball game is Sunday

Seniors from the NBL and SCL will put on their uniforms for the final time today when the Kiwanis All-Star baseball game is renewed at Sypher Field on the Santa Rosa JC campus. Read Article →
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High school baseball: Tomales ready to play for NCS title

Twenty Redwood Empire teams made the North Coast Section baseball playoffs this year, but only one remains standing: Tomales, which finished in the middle of the NCL II with a 6-6 record and was 10-8 as the NCS Division 6 playoffs began. Read Article →

Clear Lake’s perfect baseball season comes to end

The visiting Head-Royce Jayhawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 7-3 victory to end Clear Lake's hopes of a perfect season on Wednesday. Read Article →
Clear Lake coaches Rick Moreno, left and Derek Brodnansky give a quick team talk, Friday May 29, 2015 after a workout  at Clear Lake High School in Lakeport. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS baseball roundup: Clear Lake stays unbeaten with 2-1 victory

Undefeated and top-seeded Clear Lake pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Read Article →
Clear Lake High School senior Jared Strate takes batting practice in the team's batting cage on the old football field (the goal post has been standing for 50 years or more) which has always doubled as the baseball field, Friday May 29, 2015 in Lakeport. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Clear Lake baseball, softball teams have small-school power

Players have formed a special bond and it shows on the field. Read Article →

NCS baseball and softball schedules, Friday and Saturday

Schedules of games for Empire teams playing in the NCS tournament. Read Article →

NCS baseball: Cloverdale beats El Molino, 1-0

Cloverdale pitcher Chris Harms dominant in opening-round victory Read Article →

NCS baseball: Maria Carrillo, Piner, Ukiah fall in opening round

St. Vincent, Sonoma Academy victorious in first round Read Article →

Wednesday scores: NCS baseball and softball

A look at Wednesday's scores in NCS baseball and softball action. Read Article →

Tuesday NCS baseball roundup: Casa’s Joaquim blanks Campolindo

Casey Longaker belted a three-run homer in the first inning and Chris Joaquim pitched a shutout as Casa Grande defeated visiting Campolindo, 3-0, in the opening round of the NCS Division 2 bracket on Tuesday. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman batter Bryce McChinak lays down a bunt against Concord in Tuesday's first-round NCS playoff game.   (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman falls 2-1 in baseball playoffs

Cardinal Newman’s season came to a sudden and surprising end on Tuesday as the heavily favored Cardinals, seeded No. 2, lost to visiting 15 seed Concord 2-1 in the first round of the NCS Div. 2 baseball playoffs. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman vs. Justin-Siena

PD Preps Insider: Cal-Hi Sports honors for Barbosa, Vice-Neat, Flores

Cal Hi Sports, the state’s top authority on high school athletics, was kind to the Redwood Empire in doling out basketball honors recently. The popular web site selected three local girls for recognition. Read Article →
Michael Clark and the Cardinal Newman baseball team earned a No. 2 seed in the NCS Division 2 playoffs, which start Tuesday. (Crista Jeremiason / the Press Democrat)

NCS sets baseball, softball tournament fields

The Redwood Empire will be represented by 20 baseball and 18 softball teams in North Coast Section tournaments beginning on Tuesday. There are six divisions, based on school enrollment, in each sport. The finals will be June 5-6. When the brackets were released on Sunday, four area squads, including the two from Clear Lake, were […] Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Cal Clamar pitched during the NBL championship game held at Santa Rosa Junior College, Friday, May 22, 2015. Cardinal Newman defeated Casa Grande 2-0. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

NBL baseball: Cardinal Newman defeats Casa Grande 2-0 for tournament title

Cal Clamar pitched shutout; Newman capitalized on fielding error to score only runs. Read Article →
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SCL roundup: Petaluma wins softball title; Sonoma Valley claims baseball crown

Trojans rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Analy, 8-7. Read Article →

Newman needs 10 innings to beat Maria Carrillo 5-4

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals came up with two runs in the seventh inning against visiting Maria Carrillo on Wednesday to send the contest into extra innings, then scored again in the bottom of the 10th inning to outlast the Pumas 5-4 and reach the championship game of the NBL Tournament. Read Article →

Casa Grande drops Ukiah, runs win streak to 15 in a row

Chris Joaquim allowed no earned runs in six innings of work and the Casa Grande baseball team ran its winning streak to 15 consecutive games Wednesday with a 5-2 win over Ukiah to reach the title game of the NBL Tournament. Read Article →