League Results from Before Hiatus
Alameda high school baseball and softball teams played several games before the season was put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The California Interscholastic Federation postponed all spring season sporting events on March 12.
The Alameda High School (AHS) baseball team went 2-1 in its first three games of the season. The Hornets kicked off the regular season with a 11-7 win over West High of Tracy on Feb. 29. The Hornets were down 3-0 after the top half of the first inning. AHS came back with four runs in the second and third innings. The Wolfpack cut the Hornets’ lead to 9-7 after scoring three runs in the top of the fifth, but AHS responded with two insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning. AHS junior Mike Harris was the only batter with more than one hit going 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI. Senior Darrin Taira went 1-for-4 from the plate and drove in three runs.
The Hornets defeated Tracy High School, 2-1, on March 7, and lost to Windsor High School, 9-1, on March 10. They have had seven games postponed so far.
The Encinal High School (EHS) baseball team went 1-5 before games were postponed. The team began the season with a crushing 11-4 defeat to Oakland Tech on Feb. 22. The Jets tied the game at 4-4 after scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth. The match went into extra innings where the Bulldogs scored seven runs in the eighth inning to put the game away.
The Jets lost to Alhambra High of Martinez, 4-0, on Feb. 27; Antioch High School, 9-5, on Feb. 29; Kennedy High of Fremont, 12-1, on March 5; and Castro Valley High School, 16-3, on March 11. Their lone victory came in a 6-1 win over Skyline High of Oakland on March 4. The Jets allowed just two hits in the game.
The Jets have had several games postponed including the annual Willie Stargell Classic, commemorating the famed MLB player and Encinal High alum, that was scheduled to take place in late March.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) baseball team was 2-0 on the season. They took down Pinole Valley High, 7-5, to begin the season on Feb. 28. In the match the Pilots allowed five runs in the top of the first inning. The Pilots came back with two runs in the bottom of the first, three runs in the third and two more runs in the fourth inning. After giving up five runs in the first, SJND senior pitcher Michael Proffitt pitched scoreless innings in the second, third and fourth. Fellow senior Sebastian Hortubise pitched three scoreless innings to close the game. SJND senior Zachary Karch went 1-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs.
The Pilots also beat St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo, 8-4, on Feb. 29.
The AHS softball team went 3-1 before games were postponed. The team began the year with a 2-1 victory over El Cerrito High on Feb. 28. They also beat Campolindo High of Moraga, 10-0, on March 3 and Las Lomas High of Walnut Creek, 13-2, on March 10. Their lone loss came in a 6-2 defeat to San Ramon Valley High of Danville on March 5.
The EHS softball team was 0-3 on the season. They gave up double-figure runs in each of the three games. They lost to Acalanes High of Lafayette, 15-0, in the season opener on March 3. They lost to Livermore High School, 14-1, on March 6. Junior Kaitlyn Tien drove in the sole run for the Jets. They lost to Irvington High of Fremont, 10-0, on March 10. Freshman Madeline Leung went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Jets.
The SJND softball team did not even get a chance to start its 2020 season. They were to begin the year against Head Royce High School of Oakland on March 13. But the contest fell one day after the statewide postponement from the CIF. The Pilots were looking to begin its quest toward a North Coast Section (NCS) championship. Last year they advanced to the NCS Div. III semifinals where they were bounced by Marin Catholic of Kentfield, 10-0.