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Del Campo baseball team gets bling

Oct 05, 2022 12:00AM ● By Story and photos by Shaun Holkko, sports editor

The Del Campo varsity baseball team received its rings for the 2022 section title team on Wednesday, October 5 in Fair Oaks.

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FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) – The 2022 Del Campo varsity baseball team received its championship rings on Wednesday after winning the 2022 Division III CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title in May.

The Cougars finished the season with a 29-6 overall record. Del Campo earned a Capital Athletic League (CAL) championship as well after completing the CAL schedule with a 13-2 record.

On May 25, the Cougars defeated top-seeded Vanden 4-2 in eight innings to win the section title game.

“[The championship] means a lot given that over two years during my high school career, I didn’t have any playoffs,” graduate Jordan Jacobson said Wednesday. “My freshman year we lost in the section championship. To leave with a ring, that meant a lot because that’s something that I always wanted to accomplish here.”

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Del Campo moved up to Division I for the CIF NorCal Baseball Championships. The Cougars’ season came to an end on May 31 with a 9-3 first round loss at No. 1 seed De La Salle of Concord.

“’Cause I got a really big team, and they need some really big rings,” rapper Drake said in the 2015 song “Big Rings.”

If the 2022 Cougars created a soundtrack to define their season, “Big Rings” would have to be the finale of the playlist because the rings they received Wednesday are big, beautiful, beaming, bejeweled and blinging.

“I gave them a picture of the actual final scoreboard of the game at Sac City College. As a lot of people know, I’m a Sac City alum,” said coach Kevin Dawidczik. “Being able to have the winning score on that scoreboard on the side of my championship ring, and for our guys, is even more special.

“It is big, but at the same time, I think they deserve to have something this big for the things that we accomplished.”

The boxes that the rings came in have each player’s names engraved on them. According to Dawidczik, the rings were made by Signature Rings and paid for by a combination of fundraisers, boosters and out-of-pocket cost.

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Players who graduated in the Class of 2022 and will not be returning next season include Jacobson, Surreal Haro, Austin Hughes, Hayden Hughes, Thomas Martinez, Logan McCord, Luke McCord and Tyler Moore. Jacobson is a freshman at Sacramento State and will be suiting up for the Hornets at John Smith Field in the spring.

One key player who will be returning to the Cougars’ lineup in 2023 is senior Matt Moses, who was selected as The Sacramento Bee’s Medium School Player of the Year last season. Moses thought his new ring was “cool and pretty heavy.”

“I think we’re going to be just as good as we were last year,” Moses proclaimed. “Our pitching is even deeper than last year. We have hitters coming back who are developed and even better than last year.”

The Del Campo baseball season begins February 25 with a road game at Vacaville.