Baseball Season Heads Into Home Stretch

 

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) Pilots baseball team took down Valley Christian of Dublin 10-0 in an in-league contest Thursday, May 4, at the college of Alameda baseball field. 

The contest lasted just four-and-a-half innings as the Pilots held a double-digit lead after the fifth inning. The Pilots started the contest with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning. In the bottom frame the Pilots bombarded the Vikings with eight runs. 

Valley Christian did not respond in the top of the fifth inning and the game was stopped due to the slaughter rule — when one team leads by at least 10 runs after the fifth inning — and the Pilots received the victory.

SJND was solid at the plate. They collectively went 8-for-22 at the plate with two doubles. Eight of their 10 runs were batted in, including three apiece from junior Michael Kamplain and senior Carson Bridges.

SJND starting pitcher Joseph Boyden was just as solid on the mound. The junior pitched five scoreless innings, and struck out four batters. He allowed just five hits and walked one batter.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Pilots and 12th in their last 13 match ups. SJND held teams scoreless in three of their last four wins (College Prep of Oakland 10-0 on April 28, Albany 8-0 on May 4).

The Pilots began the year 3-4, but now sport a 15-5 overall record and a 6-2 record in the Bay County East League. The Pilots are tied atop the league with Redwood Christian of San Lorenzo.

SJND will finish up a home-and-home series with Bentley of Lafayette tomorrow in their next contest. 

The Alameda High baseball team will finish the regular season today with the second of two games against Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland on the road. The Hornets sport a 13-9 overall record. They are 10-4 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League. 

Highlights of the Hornet season include a 5-1 victory over the Encinal High School Jets on April 19. The Hornets will next take part in the Foothill League tournament.

The Jets baseball team is 12-9 overall and 7-7 in the WACC Shoreline League. They will conclude the 2017 regular season with a game against Hayward today on the road.

The Jets beat the Hornets 7-1 in the Willie Stargell Classic on April 5. The Jets will compete in the Shoreline tournament after the regular season ends.

The SJND softball team has an 8-4 overall record and 4-1 conference record. The team is second in their division behind Head-Royce of Oakland. The team has two more regular season games, one each against Valley Christian of Dublin and Redwood Christian. The team will then take part in the Bay Counties East league tournament on May 19.

The Alameda Softball team is 9-11 overall. The team defeated Encinal 22-3 on March 27. The team will play its regular season finale against Redwood of Larkspur tomorrow at home. The team will then take part in the Foothill tournament.

The Encinal softball team is 4-10. The highlight of its season was a 17-11 victory over SJND on March 17. The Jets’ regular season ended yesterday with a contest against Drake of San Anselmo.