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Bradshaw Christian Baseball Snags Section Title

May 29, 2024 05:09PM ● By Alejandro Barron

The Bradshaw Christian Pride pose with their Division V CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship banner at Islanders Park in Lathrop, CA on May 22, 2024. Photo courtesy of @AWilli004 on X

ELK GROVE, CA (MPG) - The other local teams in action last week on the diamond in postseason play included the Elk Grove Thundering Herd and Pleasant Grove Eagles in softball, while the Bradshaw Christian Pride competed for their section title.
Bradshaw Christian Pride (Baseball)  
The No. 1 seed with an overall 28-1 record heading into the Division V CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship, Bradshaw Christian Pride took down the Sutter Huskies by a score of 8-3. 
The Pride clinched their seventh section title in the program's history on May 22 at Islanders Park in Lathrop. 
One of the captains on this Pride team, Stanford commit David Wiser, started on the mound. He pitched a complete game while allowing four hits, surrendering three runs with only two being earned and six strikeouts, according to MaxPreps. 
Offensively the Pride were led by Jake Johnson, who went 1-3 with a triple for two RBIs, while Micah Nicholson, Alex Crosno, Brandon Burden and Landon Carter each drove in a run, according to MaxPreps. 
For head coach of the Pride, Drew Rickert, this is his sixth section title with the baseball program. He also won five section titles for the Pride’s football program. 
The Pride got back to the section title after coming up just short last year and will go on to play the Branson Bulls from Ross at home in the first round of the Division IV CIF NorCal Baseball Championship. 
Pleasant Grove Eagles (Softball)
The No. 3 seed Pleasant Grove Eagles faced off against the No. 2 seed Oak Ridge Trojans as they looked to reach the Division I CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game for the first time since 2014. 
Ultimately they came up short in extra innings with a score of 3-2 in favor of the Trojans on May 20 at their home diamond in El Dorado Hills.
Eagles ace Madeline Lawson started, although after the quarterfinal matchup, Eagles head coach Brian Cherry said she was dealing with tendinitis and soreness. 
Despite that, Lawson would pitch 7.1 innings while allowing five hits, three runs with one earned and nine strikeouts, according to MaxPreps. 
The Trojans got out to an early lead in the first inning, but the Eagles managed to tie the game in the top of the sixth by a score of 2-2, later getting walked off in the eighth inning, according to MaxPreps. 
The Eagles hadn’t given up a run throughout their playoff run until this game. 
Offensively, the Eagles were able to push runs across thanks to a home run from Madeline Lawson to help her own cause and an RBI double from Natalie Brozaitis, according to MaxPreps. 
The Eagles’ season was ended by the eventual section champions and ended with an overall record of 19-4 and Delta League champions with a 10-2 record. 
Elk Grove Thundering Herd (Softball) 
As for the Division II CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals, the No. 3 seed Elk Grove Thundering Herd faced the No. 7 Rocklin Thunder, hoping to reach their first section title since 2010. 
The Herd will have to continue waiting for that championship as they fell by a score of 6-4 to the eventual champions at their home diamond on May 21. 
The Thunder came out swinging as they tacked on three runs in the first inning on starting pitcher Madison Carda. 
Carda would go on to pitch 2.2 innings while allowing six hits and five runs. She was relieved by freshman Kaylee Buck in the third inning, who would go on to pitch 4.1 innings while allowing six hits but only one run. 
The four runs for the Herd were pushed across by Loie Moore, Angelina Barros, Katelyn Maciel and Annabele Focht. 
The Herd end with an overall record of 18-11 and as the runners-up in the Delta League with a record of 8-4.