Local Teams Miss Mark for Postseason Success

The Alameda high school baseball/softball season has ended with all of the teams coming up short of their ultimate goal of winning a North Coast Section (NCS) title. 

Baseball
The Alameda High School (AHS) baseball team entered the NCS Div. II playoffs as the No. 11 seed. They upset the No. 6 seed Sir Francis Drake of San Anselmo 8-4 on May 15. Five days later they defeated Windsor High School 14-4. The Hornets’ run at a NCS title ended with a 10-0 loss to Benicia High School on May 24. The Hornets finished with a 17-10 overall record.

After winning the West Alameda County Conference Shoreline League title, the Encinal High School (EHS) baseball team entered the NCS Div. III tournament as the No. 14 seed out of 16 teams. They lost in the first round to the No. 3 seed Sonoma Valley High School, 3-0, on May 14. In the contest the Jets accumulated just three hits. Starting Jet pitcher Cooper Vasquez gave up just one earned run and struck out eight batters. The Jets finished with an overall record of 13-12.

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) baseball team was knocked out of the NCS Div. III playoffs after the No. 8 seed Pilots lost, 4-3, to No. 9 seed Campolindo High School of Moraga on May 14. Pilot sophomores Aaron Garcia and Malachi Francois and junior Zack Karch each drove in a run. The team finished with a record of 16-9.

Softball
The EHS and SJND softball teams met in the first round of the NCS Div. III playoffs. The No. 4 seed Pilots outlasted the No. 13 Jets, 10-9, in a back-and-forth contest on May 17. The Jets ended their season with an 11-10 overall record. 

The Pilots advanced to the second round where they defeated Eureka High School, 4-1, on May 20. Two days later their season ended in a 10-0 loss to Marin Catholic of Kentfield. The Pilots ended their season with an 18-3 overall record.

AHS did not qualify for the postseason.