Baseball, Softball Teams Crowned Champions
Two Alameda high school teams were crowned champions over the weekend.
The Alameda High (AHS) baseball team won the North Coast Section (NCS) Div. II championship with a 4-3 victory over Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa Saturday, June 2, at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.
The Hornets won on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh. With the game tied at 3-3 and the bases loaded, the Hornets used a timely hit to win the game. The rally started with a single. A throwing error by a Puma pitcher allowed the Hornet baserunner to advance to third base. After two intentional walks, AHS received the go-ahead hit to be crowned NCS Div. II champions. This is the first NCS baseball title for the Hornets since 2006.
It appeared AHS was going to cruise to victory. They entered the final inning with a 3-1 lead and pitcher Bryan Woo was dealing from the mound. However, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single tied the game at 3-3.
The Pumas were the first to strike with a run in the second inning. It was the first run the Hornets allowed in four NCS playoff games. AHS rebounded with three runs in the sixth inning. Woo, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo signee, pitched 6-and-one-thirds innings and received a no decision. The Hornets had 10 hits in the game.
The Hornets took down Drake of San Anselmo in the NCS Div. II semifinals on Wednesday, May 30. The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Hornets finished the season with a 27-2-1 overall record.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) softball team won the NCS Div. IV title with a 4-0 shutout over Del Norte of Crescent City, on Friday, June 1, at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.
Freshman Carole Evans threw a complete game no-hitter. Evans pitched all seven innings, did not give up a walk and struck out five batters. Evans’ perfect-game bid was disrupted in the top of the fourth inning when an error gave the Warriors their first baserunner. Evans had retired the first 11 batters she faced. Though the Pilots gave up two fielding errors, the defense still made plays to keep Evans no-hit bid. Senior third baseman Tyesen Gordon, junior second baseman Caroline Bridges and junior first baseman Danielle Pohlson each made key fielding plays to get outs.
Evans also impacted the Pilots’ offense. She scored the first run of the game with a home run over the right field fence.
The Pilots scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of contention. Evans led off the inning with a double. Two batters later, a single to left by Gordon brought Evans home to make the score 2-0. Back-to-back errors allowed Gordon to score on an infield pop-up. Then junior outfielder Leslie Gomez doubled to score junior outfielder Chantel Zavala to make it 4-0.
The Pilots defeated Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa 11-1 in five innings in the NCS Div. IV semifinal Tuesday, May 29. In the game junior Caroline Bridges went two-for-four from the plate and drove in three runs. She also pitched all five innings and struck out three batters.
The Pilots finished the season with a 22-2 overall record.