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Nepotism not a factor in win

There’s little doubt that at some point of his career, Daniel Rackley has been given some guff about being the coach’s kid.

His dad, Dan, was his skipper throughout his Little League years and now is the coach of his American Legion baseball team.

But if anyone thought the son took the mound in Thursday’s postseason play because the dad was in the dugout filling out the lineup card – well, let’s just say junior made things pretty clear by game’s end.

The Nevada Union senior-to-be racked up eight strikeouts in a one-hit shutout, as he worked all nine innings of Grass Valley Post 130’s 8-0 win over Roseville at James Field in Auburn.

“You know, I’ve struggled with that, too,” said Dan Rackley of placing his namesake on the mound. “You know people think that the reason I’m putting him out there is because he’s my son. “But that felt really good. There was no doubt that he was the best pitcher out there today.”

The younger Rackley also provided a 2-for-5 night at the plate, as he was one of four Grass Valley players to pick up multiple hits. Brian Jordan led the way with a 3-for-5 performance, while Nick Gauldin and Mike Graning each went 2 for 5 with a double.

Post 130, the No. 4 seed, will play top-seeded El Dorado in a 4 p.m. semifinal today. With a win, Post 130 advances into the winner’s bracket final on Saturday, facing the winner of Thursday’s Auburn-Del Oro matchup. A loss will mean a second game – at 7 p.m. – tonight against the Auburn-Del Oro loser.

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