Del Oro enjoying Scott Boras' baseball tournament
Del Oro baseball coach Jeff Dietrich has nothing but praise for the Boras Baseball Classic — a 32-team, split-bracket tournament featuring 16 teams from NorCal and 16 from the southern part of the state.
The classic, after all, is one of the very few where schools get paid to play.
The tournament, which is funded by MLB agent Scott Boras and his brother, pays each school $1,000 to compete in it. Typically teams have to cough up some dough to be in tournaments.
“It’s a fun atmosphere,” said Dietrich, after his team earned an 8-5 victory Wednesday over Oak Ridge to improve to 2-1 in tourney play. “They’re doing a great job at the tournament. “There’s a lot of scouts, junior colleges, pros hanging out at the ballpark. Every game’s been fun and the kids are enjoying it.”
Against the Trojans, Del Oro (3-5) trailed 5-3 going into the top of the sixth. But the Golden Eagles used a five-run inning capped by a two-out, two-RBI Keith Heyer single to take the lead for good at McAuliffe Park in Sacramento.
Relief pitcher Aaron Richmond struck out 11 batters in the last 5 1/3 innings of the ballgame. Zach LaBar added two RBI and Jake Noah and Brenden Acosta chipped in with two hits.
The Eagles opened tournament play Monday with a 6-4 loss to Yuba City.
“We had a tough loss to Yuba,” Dietrich said. “We played our best game of the season through five innings. Keith Heyer had a perfect game going through four.”
The Honkers, however, scored six unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh to get the win.
The Eagles responded from the loss in the nightcap of a doubleheader Monday by rolling past Excel Academy, 11-1. Sophomore Kyle Yamada got the victory in his first varsity start, striking out 11 in five innings of work. Yamada also recorded a two-RBI triple vs. Oak Ridge, which beat Del Oro 4-0 earlier in the season.
The Eagles will take on a tough Buchanan (15-1-1) team Thursday at 4 p.m. Trent Homan is scheduled to get the start.
The winner of the NorCal bracket will take on the winner of the SoCal bracket, which starts play next week.
Del Oro will use the funds acquired from playing at the tournament toward its general baseball program fund and operations.
The Eagles will have at least two more games next week before Sierra Foothill League play starts on April 9 when Woodcreek comes to Loomis.
“It’s going to be fun,” Dietrich said of league play. “Everybody’s got some losses. I think it should be competitive.”