Delta Saints Baseball Off to 2-1 Start

Tim Rapp
Saints Insider
March 16, 2016

River News-HeraldThe Saints are fielding a very young and inexperienced squad this year.  There are only three returning starters from last year’s team.

Senior team captain TJ Rapp, who batted .378 and was second in RBI’s last year, returns for his fourth and final year as a starting catcher and pitcher, followed by his brother, Jacob Rapp, a junior and third year varsity player who batted .413 and led the team in RBI’s.  Lastly, Cal Rooney, a sophomore, returns after a stellar freshman year in which he led the team in batting with a .422 avg., 35 hits, and 13 extra base hits.  Several of the other players were on the team last year, while others are new to the team, including three freshman and two sophomores.  Delta took second place in the CVCL and made it to the Division 6 playoffs off the fantastic pitching of Davis Uslan and hitting of Nick Mosher, Adam Kinsella, and Bryce Silva-Shipp.  Each of those players graduated last year leaving this team looking for a new identity.

This year’s season started for the Saints on Tuesday, March 1st when the Sacramento Country Day Cavaliers came down to Clarksburg.  On a beautiful day for baseball, the Saints continued a new tradition of having a Delta Alum, or community member throw out the first pitch.  Jake Breckenridge, a 1962 Graduate of Clarksburg High, lifelong community member, and loyal fan, threw a strike to Saint catcher TJ Rapp to start things off right.

Delta went on to win the game versus the Cavaliers by a score of 14 – 0 in 5 innings.  Jacob Rapp pitched 5 scoreless innings while striking out 13 batters and walking only one.  He kept a very young Sac Country Day
team off balance and limited them to only 3 hits.  The Saints were led in hitting by Cal Rooney, Travis Barton, TJ Rapp, and Jacob Rapp.  Barton got two hits as well as Rooney who also had 2 hits, including a double and four runs scored.  TJ Rapp had three hits and 3 RBI’s and while brother Jacob helped himself out with 3 hits, including a double and 3 RBI’s,  sophomore outfielder Jason Smario had a clutch hit knocking in two runs as well.  It was a solid win to start the season and gave the players confidence.

The very next day Delta hosted Elliot Christian and the inexperience of the young Saints showed up.  After taking the lead in the first inning 1-0, the Saints had a disastrous second inning in which they committed three errors on defense and gave up 7 unearned runs.  That inning proved to be too much to overcome as the Saints fell to Elliot 8 – 4.  TJ Rapp started on the mound and threw 4 solid innings, but could not overcome the lapses in the defense.  He ended up with four strikeouts and one walk on the day.  Freshman Julio Lewis came in to pitch with very little experience and did an outstanding job.  He threw three scoreless innings in relief and kept the Saints in the game.  The Saints were led in hitting by Tanner Martin and Cal Rooney with two hits each, while Jacob Rapp contributed with an RBI double.

The Saints game against Leroy Green Academy was rained out on Friday, March 4th.  They returned to the field this last Tuesday, March 8th to play longtime rival, Rio Vista.  Somehow the both teams were able to complete this game in the midst of one of the rainiest starts to a season in quite some time.

Delta started pitcher Jacob Rapp, while the Rams started freshman Bryce Ciaramitaro.  The Saints struck first with 3 runs in the first inning off of a few hits, walks, and a timely double by Jacob Rapp.  After the first, the Rams pitcher settled down and kept the Saints off the scoreboard.  Junior pitcher Ryan Mackey came in to relieve Ciaramitaro in the third with the Saints threatening to score some more.  Mackey came in and closed out the inning and went on to throw three more scoreless innings.  He struck out 7 batters, gave up only 1 hit, and did not walk a batter.  On the other side, Jacob Rapp was able to manage his way through a complete game.  He gave up two runs on eleven hits, and walked three batters.  Even though Rio Vista outhit the Saints 11 to 3, it was the inability of the Rams to get the clutch hit with runners on base and in scoring position that led to their demise.  The Saints three hits came from Cal Rooney, Travis Barton, and Jacob Rapp, who hit his third double of the young season.  Delta ended up winning the first meeting of these two rivals 3-2, and will face the Rams again onSaturday, April 2nd at Raley Field in West Sacramento.  This will be the third consecutive year that Delta and Rio will have squared off at the Rivercats home field.  The Saints won two years ago 10-0 and again last year 3-2 on a walk-off double by Adam Kinsella. This year’s game will hopefully be just as fun and exciting as last year’s.

Delta’s Upcoming
Home vs. Faith Christian on Tuesday, March 15th
@Leroy Green Academy on Friday, March 18th

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