Optimist all stars shine Saturday night

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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The 37th annual Optimist All Star Baseball Games will be played Saturday night at American River College. The opener, the small school game, begins at 4 p.m. and features a pair of Valley Christian Academy as members of the North squad. Catcher David Risucci and infielder Justin Reiner will join Lincoln High’s Matt Paul on the North roster. The nightcap, the large schools game, begins 30 minutes after the opener is complete, and it will feature a group of recent Major League draft picks in Yuba City’s Max Stassi, Jesuit’s Andrew Susac, along with Pat Stover and Jason Hampton of Rocklin. Granite Bay third baseman Sam Flajole and shortstop Travis Israel join that quartet on a strong North roster, which also includes Braden Avery and Randy Purdy of Oakmont.