Pilots Shutout the Jets Behind Stellar Play from Pitching Trio

Arianna Ramirez Zalder--Encinal High School senior Jacob Baca pitches in the team’s 5-0 loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame on March 26.

Pilots Shutout the Jets Behind Stellar Play from Pitching Trio

St. Joseph Notre Dame’s baseball clawed back to .500 with a 5-0 win over Encinal High School on Saturday, March 26, on the road.

The Pilots were led by senior pitcher Dylan Stewart, who threw seven strikeouts in the shutout victory. What made Stewart’s performance even more stellar is he accumulated his seven strikeouts in just three innings. His two relief pitchers, juniors Matteo George and Daniel Velichko, also pitched well from the mound. The two combined for three strikeouts and allowed just two hits in four total innings.

It was another quality performance for Stewart. Stewart broke the SJND record for most strikeouts in a single game in his last outing (“SJND Pitcher Commits to the Waves,” March 24).

The Pilots scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the third inning. The game remained close until the seventh and final inning when the Pilots put the game away with three runs in the inning. The Pilots had seven hits in the game and a .259 batting average in the contest.

“We need to come together and work harder to accomplish what we want this year,” said Encinal Senior Alex De La O.

The win brought SJND’s record to 5-4 — they have since dropped a game to St. Mary’s of Albany, 10-9. The Pilots will face Making Waves Academy of Richmond on Friday, April 1, and St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo on Saturday, April 2.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Jets (2-9). EHS will face Tennyson High of Hayward in their next game on April 1.

Alameda High School
The Alameda High School baseball team defeated West High of Tracy, 16-1, on March 26 at home.

The Hornets (8-1) were too much for the Wolfpac on offense and defense. They scored four runs in the second and fourth innings and three runs in the fifth and sixth. The Wolfpac did not get on the scoreboard until the seventh inning.