Youth sports notes

Rockies taking charge in Roseville PONY baseball Pinto Division

Tennis player Sam Riffice rules in Canada; Cal Blues Barcelona is runner-up in Davis
By: Staff Reports
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Saturday night’s spotlight game in Roseville PONY baseball’s Pinto Division (7- and 8-year-olds) featured the division-leading Rockies against the Diamondbacks under the lights at Maidu Park.

The Rockies set the tone by scoring five unanswered runs behind the 1-2 punch of Jojo and Jacob Vialpando, with outstanding base running by Ryland Druck.

Riding the pitching of starter Jackson Floyd and the dominating Nick “Smoke” Gonzales, the Rockies rolled to a 20-0 victory, and manager Andrew Druck has the Rockies poised and ready for the Tournament of Champions at the conclusion of the season.


Three Roseville-area teams earned runner-up finishes at the Davis Legacy Super Clasico Cinco de Mayo Edition last weekend.

Cal Blues Barcelona ’05 defeated the Davis Alliance 8-1, WSCS Ajax 10-1 and American River FC 6-1 before falling to San Juan 3-1 in the final of the U9 boys premier flight.

Darius Dukes scored seven goals for Barcelona, Alex Medina scored four and Adrew Duvane three. Ethan Wall, Travis Alfstad and Gabe Rasmussen also had standout performances.

Santos ’05 placed second in the U9 boys championship flight, sandwiching 8-2 and 3-2 losses to the San Juan Lightning around a 5-0 victory over the Davis Legacy and a 3-0 shutout over Cap FC.

Barcelona ’04 was the runner-up in the U10 boys premier flight. After losing to the Davis Alliance 10-8, Barcelona ’04 defeated the ACC Mavericks 6-4 and the Napa Lobos 2-1. Barcelona ’04 lost to the Davis Alliance 8-4 in the final.


Sam Riffice, 14, of Roseville played for a United States team that won the ITF North/Central American/Caribbean qualifying event in Montreal.

The United States defeated Mexico 3-0, Guatemala 3-0 and Canada 2-1 and qualified to play in the World Junior Tennis competition in the Czech Republic in August. Riffice won all five of his matches, taking 10 sets and losing just one.


Capital Crew, featuring several athletes from the area, competed in the U.S. Rowing Southwest Junior Championships last weekend at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. More than 2,000 rowers participated.

Granite Bay resident Olivia Hume of St. Francis and Granite Bay junior Brittany Owen won a silver medal in women’s novice four. Hume also won bronze in women’s second novice eight, and Owen won bronze in women’s novice eight. Granite Bay junior Ben Snedecor was on the men’s varsity eight team that finished fifth. John Coffey of Roseville and Ryan Lorek of Granite Bay placed sixth in men’s third varsity eight. Granite Bay junior Damon Elrod finished fifth in men’s second novice eight.


Roseville senior Virgie Velazquez scored a six-shot victory in the girls 15-18 division at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tournament at Sunset Whitney. Velazquez shot rounds of 43 and 35 for a 6-over-par 78.