Yuba City schedules heavy; awaits first MaxPreps ranking; Honker softball off to 4-1 start

Mar. 6—Yuba City High baseball's early-season schedule has featured two of the best in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I ranks, capped by Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the reigning SJS quarterfinalist at Winship Field on the campus of YCHS.

Yuba City showed glimpses of being able to compete with Folsom, starting with junior starter Brandon Pelechowicz keeping the Bulldogs scoreless for four innings. Pelechowicz kept Folsom off-balance with six strikeouts through three before getting pulled in the top of the fifth following two walks to leadoff the inning. Folsom took advantage of the early gifts as Devin Schuster found a hole in left for a two-run single, while Jacob Klapper smacked a scoring base hit to stretch Folsom's lead to 4-1 in the fifth — a sufficient enough cushion to leave with the win.

Against Whitney, the defending SJS D-I runner-up, Yuba City was beaten 15-0 in a run-rule shortened contest in the second consecutive matchup with the Wildcats. Yuba City has yet to appear in the weekly MaxPreps computerized rankings due to a failure to meet the minimum game threshold, according to MaxPreps.

Across the region, River Valley, which hosts Marysville today, sits top-20 in the rankings, while Marysville (1-3) is 35th as of Monday. Rankings are updated each Monday through the season.

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The top-3 in MaxPreps' rankings is Los Banos, Oakdale and Tracy, all of which are unbeaten.

Sac-Joaquin Section poll

Yuba City, fresh off a 16-0 win over MaxPreps top-25 Oakmont (2-1), moved to 4-1 on Wednesday with a run-rule shortened, 13-0 victory over Marysville (1-2). The Honkers are No. 18 in the rankings heading into a tournament in Chico starting Friday when Yuba City is likely to see a slew of top-notch Northern Section teams including Pleasant Valley. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Friday against Orland.

MaxPreps' preseason No. 9 Sutter opens its season Friday against Willows in a tournament.

Northern Section poll

While many in the Northern Section have yet to reach the minimum requirement to be ranked, East Nicolaus (29-2-1) was the top-dog most of 2023 in the NSCIF. The Spartans, under new leadership in head coach Dustin Massey, opened its season at home late Wednesday against River Valley in a battle with the SJS. On March 12, East Nicolaus welcomes in Yuba City for a 4 p.m. matchup. The following week East Nicolaus will host MaxPreps' preseason No. 3 Pleasant Grove at 4 p.m. in Trowbridge.

According to MaxPreps, Pleasant Grove could easily make a case for having the top 1-2 punch in the circle. Columbia University commit Madeline Lawson and University of Pacific commit Alexa Lewis both return to the circle in 2024, MaxPreps stated.