Notebook: Buck Earns 100th Career Coaching Victory

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By John Hull | @JohnHullEG

It was a special day for Elk Grove High School softball coach Amanda Buck on Tuesday. Behind another lights-out pitching performance by sophomore lefthander Aissa Silva, the Herd defeated St. Francis and handed Buck her 100th career coaching victory.

Alissa Silva. 

“Beyond thankful to have the opportunity to coach this amazing team at this amazing school. I bleed blue and gold and couldn’t be more happy to reach this milestone with this team,” Buck tweeted Tuesday after the game.

Buck, nee Fitzgerald, was the Herd‘s top career scorer in basketball in the years she played at Elk Grove, graduating in 2000, went on to play at Cal State-San Bernandino, then returned to Elk Grove as a physical education teacher and assistant coach for both basketball and softball. In 2009, Buck became the girls’ varsity basketball coach.

Her family was growing so after a couple seasons, Buck resigned coaching to be a mom. But, when longtime Herd softball coach Jeff Alexander resigned a few years back, Buck stepped in and has continued Elk Grove’s tradition as one of the area’s top high school softball programs.

In Silva, the Herd has another lights-out pitcher in the tradition of other outstanding hurlers Shelby Wisdom and Ally Crump. In March, she was named Maxpreps/NFCA’s West Region Player of the Week. Silva twirled a pair of complete-game shutouts, allowing just three hits (.087 opp. batting average), striking out 29 and walking just one. Silva held Del Oro to just two hits and fanned 17 in a 2-0 victory. She followed that with a one-hit blanking of Granite Bay on March 12 in which she sat down 12 Grizzlies in a 5-0 victory.

Buck’s career scoring record of 1,267 points was surpassed in 2017 by Mira Shulman, who finished her career with 1,934 points at Elk Grove. She wrapped up her college basketball season last month at UC-Santa Barbara.

Carlson, Lane, Moreno Earns Attention In College

Returning from a personal trip last week, I walked off my crowded airplane at Sacramento International to see at the gate Jeff and Caryn Carlson, parent of St. Louis Cardinals’ rookie outfielder Dylan Carlson. They were waiting for my plane to unload before it went on to Los Angeles. The Carlsons were going to board the plane to go see younger son, Tanner, an infielder at Long Beach State. The Dirtbags had a big weekend series with UC-Santa Barbara, a club ranked 25th in the nation.

Tanner, a sophomore, has been seeing plenty of playing time in both his first two seasons at Long Beach. Because the pandemic, most college teams have been playing games with no one in the stands. Now, parents and close friends are being allowed in to watch.

Speaking of proud parents, Pastor Rob Lane, fresh out of a prolonged stay in the hospital recovering from COVID-19, along with his wife Cara were in person recently at their son Conner’s Providence College game. Conner welcomed his parents by hitting four home runs in the contest. The elder Lane pastors Living Water Church in Wilton.

Connor played high school baseball at Bradshaw Christian.

And, Krystal Moreno spent a few days recently in the Oklahoma City area where her daughter Shea plays for Seminole State College. Last year at College of San Mateo Moreno hit .487 with a .545 on-base percentage and a .868 slugging percentage. She hit six home runs and stole 33 bases.

This season she’s having a season for the record books. The sophomore in 28 games has 13 homers, 64 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and is batting a whopping .626.

Moreno redshirted her freshman season at UCLA after a successful high school career at Sheldon.


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