Alameda Teams to Compete for League Crowns

Angelica Sanchez--Encinal Pitcher Chadd Edwards charges to field a bunt in the Jets season finale against Piedmont High on May 6.

Alameda Teams to Compete for League Crowns

Both Alameda High and Encinal High baseball teams will compete for their league championships Friday, May 13.

Encinal High School (13-12) will face Piedmont High School (17-8) May 13 at College of Alameda for the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Shoreline League title. The Jets lost to the Highlanders twice this year. They fell, 14-9, on May 4 on the road and lost, 8-4, on May 6 at home (see story below). Encinal drubbed Hayward High, 12-2, in the Shoreline League semifinal on Tuesday, May 10.

The Hornets (19-6) will take on Berkeley High School (18-6) May 13, also at College of Alameda, for the WACC Foothill League title. The Hornets were 1-1 against the Yellowjackets this season. They lost, 3-1, on May 4 on the road, but rebounded with a 3-2 victory in extra innings May 6 at home. Alameda took down Bishop O'Dowd, 10-0, in the league semifinal on May 10.

The Jets' game takes place at 3:30 p.m. The Hornets' is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Jets' softball team (13-7) lost to Piedmont, 5-5, in the Shoreline League final on May 12. The Hornets' softball team (10-8) lost to Castro Valley High in the Foothill semifinal game on May 10.

Last week, before taking part in their league playoffs, the two baseball teams competed in their regular season finales.

The Encinal High baseball team entered the seventh inning down 5-4 to rival Piedmont High (16-8) looking to take back the WACC Shoreline League crown and punch their ticket to the playoffs. However, the Highlanders remained a thorn in the Jets’ side, and scored three runs in the top of the inning to pull off an 8-4 win on May 6 at Willie Stargell Field.

“Obviously not the result we wanted in the end,” said senior infielder Tate Johnson. “But we just told each other we hopefully will have another shot at them when it really counts.”
Johnson had two hits and a run scored in the game.

The Jets were atop the league standings before losing to Piedmont twice, including a 14-9 loss at Piedmont on May 4, in which Encinal committed 10 errors in one inning. However, the two teams will play a pivotal third game against each other Thursday, May 12 for the (WACC) Championship.

The game did not start well for the Jets as the Highlanders jumped out to a quick 5-3 lead after two innings. Senior pitcher Chadd Edwards, who was marvelous in his previous start, struggled early and often.

“I just wasn’t locating very well,” said Edwards. “The mound didn’t feel all too familiar for me for some reason.”

But Edwards got out of the third unscathed before senior Alex De La O came in to pitch three innings of shutout ball.

The game was a tale of missed opportunities for both sides. Encinal left the bases loaded in the second and third, hitting into a double play to end the third. Down 5-4 in the fifth, the Jets had runners on second and third with one out, only to have two batters caught looking on strikeouts. Piedmont left the bases loaded in the fourth and left runners on the corners in the fifth. De La O recorded a big strikeout to end the fifth.

“I was proud of the team, how they competed,” said head coach Trevor Sampson. “I told them to keep their heads up, the season is far from over…we get to play for the conference championship Thursday.”

The Jets ended the regular season second in the Shoreline League with an 8-2 league record. The Highlanders won the Shoreline League with a 9-1 league record.

Over the last four years Encinal and Piedmont have battled for Shoreline League supremacy. The Highlanders won a regular season title in 2021 and defeated the Jets in the 2018 WACC Championship. Encinal defeated Piedmont in the 2019 WACC Championship.

Piedmont has won 7 of its last 10 meetings with Encinal. Encinal defeated Hayward High 15-4 in the regular season finale on Saturday, May 7.

Alameda High
The Alameda High School (AHS) baseball team (18-6) ended its regular season with a 3-2 walk off victory in extra innings against Berkeley High (17-6) Friday, May 6 at Lincoln Field. The Hornets were down 2-1 when they tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Neither team scored in the seventh, but the Hornets came out victorious with a run in the in the bottom of the eighth inning.

It was the Yellowjackets first loss in league play this season. The Hornets finished third in the WACC Foothill league with a 7-3 league record. The Yellow Jackets won the Foothill League with a 9-1 record.

St. Joseph Notre Dame
St. Joes (15-6) lost a wild 11-5 extra inning contest to Head-Royce of Oakland on Friday, May 6 at home. The Jayhawks scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 and extend the game to extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Head-Royce scored eight runs to grab an 11-3 lead. The Pilots scored two runs in the eighth, but the game was never in doubt.

Pepperdine-commit Dylan Stewart threw five solid innings for the Pilots giving up two earned runs while striking out 10 batters. However, the Pilots’ three relief pitchers allowed nine runs in three innings.

The Pilots will face Concord High in their regular season finale on Friday, May 13, on the road.

Student journalists at Encinal High School contributed to this story.