California, SHC beat top teams in baseball league finals
No. 1 De La Salle, No. 2 Bellarmine stumbles
Whether it’s a hint of the upcoming playoffs’ unpredictability or one of these days, the top two teams in the Bay Area News Group’s latest standings ended the regular season Friday in a loss.
Top-ranked De La Salle lost to No. 8 California 3-0.
Second-seeded Bellarmine fell on the road to No. 10 Sacred Heart Cathedral 10-8.
De La Salle had already clinched the top seed in the East Bay Athletic League playoffs next week.
Bellarmine’s quest for the West Catholic Athletic League regular season championship ended Thursday when St. Francis clinched the title with a win over Archbishop Mitty.
All WCAL teams will advance to the league playoffs next week.
On Friday, Californians Noah Dutcher, Steven Verespey and Zach Robman scattered six hits and Dom Tuyor homered to lead the Grizzlies to their first victory over De La Salle since 2014.
Concord Central had won the previous 15 games between the teams.
Nic Bronzini and Cade Hannula also drove runs for California, which improved to 20-4 overall and 10-3 in the EBAL.
De La Salle fell to 19-5, 11-2.
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In San Francisco, Sacred Heart Cathedral built a 10-point lead in three innings and then held off a massive Bellarmine rally. The Bells scored one in the fifth and seven in the sixth.
Justin Tapia had two hits and three RBIs and Aidan Taclas had two hits and one hit in a run for SHC (16-9-1, 8-6).
Thomas Trombatore drove in three runs and Matthew Dicicco had two RBIs for Bellarmine (19-6-1, 10-3-1).
The Bells and Valley Christian are tied for second in the WCAL standings.
No. 4 Christian Valley 5, Serra 0
Michael Singleton, Carter Will and Easton Kreshel combined on two hitters and Louis Zulaica hit two runs as Valley Christian closed out WCAL play with a home win over Serra on the senior day.
Valley improved to 21-5-1, 10-3-1. Serra is 13-13, 4-10.
No. 5 Foothill 4, Amador Valley 3
The battle for Pleasanton nearly ended in an upset as Amador Valley, playing at home, rallied for three in the seventh before Foothill secured the final.
Tyler Gebb pitched six scoreless innings and Nick Walsh and Evan Bilter each had two hits and an RBI to lead Foothill (20-4, 10-3).
Mitchell Kreider and Brian Walrath each had an RBI for Amador Valley (6-18, 1-12).
#6 Palo Alto 20, Los Altos 3
Henry Bolte hit two homers, hit seven runs and stole two bases — giving him 43 interceptions this season — as Palo Alto routed host Los Altos in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic De Anza Division game League.
Palo Alto scored nine in the second and eight in the third.
Dominic De Feo had three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs, Jack Haight had a home run and Andre Hyrkin had three hits and two RBIs for the Vikings (22-5, 13-1).
Palo Alto also got two hits and three RBIs from Rowan Felsch.
Los Altos are 7-18, 4-10.
Alameda 3, No. 11 Berkeley 2 (8 innings)
Berkeley’s bid for an unbeaten record in West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division play ended when Alameda scored the game-winning run in the home half of the eighth inning.
The Yellowjackets (17-6, 9-1) head to the league playoffs next week as the top seed.
Alameda is 18-6, 7-3.
#12 Branham 15, #17 Santa Teresa 3
Two days after losing 10-0 to Santa Teresa in the opener of a two-game Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division series, Branham (19-6, 9-3) turned the tables on the rematch.
The Bruins, playing at home, scored 12 runs in the third en route to a five-inning Grace Rule win. Santa Teresa (20-5, 9-3) won by mercy in six sets Wednesday.
The results left Branham, Santa Teresa and Live Oak tied for first with two games remaining.
In next week’s series, Santa Teresa takes on Leigh (7-5 in the league), Branham takes on Sobrato (3-9), and Live Oak takes on Willow Glen (3-9).
On Friday, Evan Williams had two hits, scored twice and led in four and Keaton Cooper and Jason Armer each hit in three to lead Branham.
Rick Vidal and Izaiah Alvarado each had two hits for Santa Teresa.
No. 2 St. Francis 2, Valley Christian 0
Jessica Oakland homered and hit in two runs and Kate Munnerlyn hit a two-run hit with nine strikeouts as St. Francis won on the road against Valley Christian in a WCAL game.
St. Francis is 23-2, 8-0. Valley fell to 15-9, 5-3.
No. 3 Archbishop Mitty 12, St. Ignatius 0
Mitty, playing at home in San Jose, scored five in the first and five in the second en route to a five-set victory over St. Ignatius in the WCAL game.
Jamie Hicks and Elon Butler each homered twice and hit four runs, Corri Hicks homered and Ava Markert threw a brace for Mitty (22-3, 6-2).
SI is 9-12, 2-6.
No. 13 Santa Teresa 5, Branham 1
Trailing 1-0 after five innings on the road, Santa Teresa scored a run in the sixth and four in the seventh to beat Branham in a BVAL Mt. Hamilton game.
Kokoro Sagae had a home run and two RBIs and Gianna Martinico had two hits, including a triple, and knocked out Santa Teresa (20-5, 10-2).
Branham is 18-7, 7-5.