Wildcat ride


Wildcat ride

Kevaney Martin
Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area

This past week was the final Friday that the Cal Hi Sports Bay Area staff could be found roaming the sidelines under the lights filming a Bay Area high school football game.
For my final assignment of the football season, I was sent to Sacramento State to cover the CCS Open Division champions--the Saint Ignatius Wildcats. They took on the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 winner, the Granite Bay Grizzlies.
It was bitterly cold, but the chilly temperatures didn't seem to effect the Grizzlies or their leading rusher John Cooley-- who capped off three of Granite Bay's first five drives with a touchdown (25,11 and 3 yards). By halftime, Granite Bay was sitting comfortably with a 24-3 lead and was showing no signs of slowing down.
The Grizzlies picked up the second half where they left off finding the end zone two more times for 38-3 lead. It wasn't until the the 2:28 mark in the third quarter that Saint Ignatius's senior quarterback Jack Stinn dropped back and connected with Andrew Vollert in the back of the end zone for the Wildcats first touchdown of the game.
Stinn, who was named the WCAL Most Valuable Quarterback of the Year, threw for another touchdown in the fourth. That throw would be the last score of the game and the Wildcat season, one that ended in 45-17 defeat.
It was a tough loss for the Wildcats, but they played until the final down and left everything out on the field and that is truly all the SI fans and coaches can ask for. I want to congratulate the Wildcats on an outstanding 2012 season as well as all of the other Bay Area high school's that I had the pleasure of covering this year. Thank you for all of the great memories!

Belt relates to Arroyo's benching in slump: 'It doesn’t need to be bad thing'

Belt relates to Arroyo's benching in slump: 'It doesn’t need to be bad thing'

SAN FRANCISCO — At this point Bruce Bochy has had plenty of experience working young infielders into his everyday lineup, so he knew exactly which move to turn to when Christian Arroyo dropped into a wicked slump.

With Arroyo hitless in his last 21 at-bats, Bochy sat him Saturday night against the Braves. His plans could always change, of course, but Bochy said he planned to sit Arroyo at least one more game. It’s a move he used most notably in 2013 to help Brandon Belt get back on track.

Belt was in a 1-for-19 rut when Bochy kept him out of the starting lineup for an entire series in Philadelphia. He had just one pinch-hit appearance, but he returned for the opener of the next series in Tampa Bay, notching three hits and a homer. Belt batted .346 the rest of the way.

Asked about that experience and Arroyo's current one, Belt at first made a different point.

“Arroyo has actually been really good for us,” he said. “That road trip we just had, we faced a lot of really good pitchers. There’s nothing for him to hang his head about.”

Belt has actually had several “clear your head” breaks over the years.

“It allows you to reset a little, and with the pressure, you can release that a little bit,” he said. “For me (in 2013) it forced me to make (mechanical) changes and when you have time off you see everything more clearly. You can make changes or go back to something that was working for you before. He shouldn’t look at this as a timeout. It doesn’t need to be a bad thing. You can make adjustments and it can be a good thing.”

Bochy originally planned to rest Arroyo on Thursday in Chicago, but Eduardo Nuñez’s hamstring needed a day. Arroyo started at second Friday against a lefty but got the full night off Saturday. With Conor Gillaspie sidelined for several more days by a tight back and Hunter Pence out the rest of the homestand, there's time for the Giants to contemplate what they want to do going forward.

“We’ll get this sorted out,” Bochy said. “We’ve (worked) him pretty hard. This is to give him a chance to catch his breath, get his mind right, and work on some things.”

A's lineup: Alonso returns, batting fifth vs Yankees

A's lineup: Alonso returns, batting fifth vs Yankees

The A's get a big back back in the lineup Sunday in New York as they look to win a series against the Yankees.

Oakland A's (22-26)

1. Mark Canha (R) CF
2. Stephen Vogt (L) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Josh Phegley (R) C
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Andrew Triggs -- RHP

New York Yankees (28-18)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B
Michael Pineda -- RHP