Two Teams Still on the Field after First Week


Two Alameda high school baseball and softball teams are still standing on the diamond after the first week of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs. 

Alameda High’s (AHS) dominant pitching led them to a 2-0 start in the NCS Div. II tournament. The Hornets still have not given up a run in their quest for a section title. 

AHS, the one-seed, beat Newark Memorial, the 16-seed, 7-0, in the first round on May 23. The Hornets scored all seven runs in the first two innings then coasted to the easy victory. 

The quarterfinal game was much more tense. AHS pitcher Bryan Woo pitched a gem against Tamalpais High of Mill Valley. The future Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student-athlete threw 10 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in more than six innings of play.  Alameda’s only score came in the first inning when Ryan Wong singled up the middle, and an error by Tamalpais, drove in junior Max Nyrop. The Red-Tailed Hawks got a runner to third base on just one occasion, when they had runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the fourth inning, but Woo retired the final 10 batters he faced. The Hornets’ record improved to 25-2-1 overall. AHS hosted four-seed Drake of San Anselmo in the semifinal game Tuesday at Lincoln Field.

Encinal’s (EHS) baseball season ended after a 9-1 defeat to Kennedy of Fremont in the second round of the NCS Div. III playoffs. The Jets’ offense could not withstand the excellent pitching from Titan Chandler Giles. Giles struck out seven EHS batters and allowed just two hits in the May 25 contest on the Jets’ home field. Encinal entered the contest as the three-seed in the 16-team playoff. The Titans pulled off the upset as the sixth-seed. EHS sophomore Jeriah Lewis scored the Jets only run in bottom of the second to close the gap to 2-1. However, the Titans were able to score seven unanswered runs to close the game including four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Kennedy sophomore Darren Parry went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the Titans’ offense. 

The Jets did win their NCS opener against Las Lomas of Walnut Creek, 8-7, on May 22. Encinal scored a walk-off run to beat the Knights. EHS senior Osiris Johnson, a future Cal State Fullerton student-athlete, went 2-for-3 from the plate with two RBIs. Encinal finished the season with a 19-8-1 overall record.

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) baseball team also lost in the NCS Div. III quarterfinal. The Pilots were defeated, 6-0, to Campolindo of Moraga on May 25. The Pilots could only muster one hit from sophomore Zack Karch. Pitcher David Republicano gave up four earned runs in six innings.

The 10-seed Pilots did beat seven-seed Eureka, 4-1, in round one on May 22. Republicano, freshman Aaron Garcia, sophomore Michael Shih and senior Jack Neugebauer-Drum had an RBI each. Hudson Hennigh (three innings) and Joseph Boyden (four innings) combined to dominate on the mound allowing just one earned run and striking out three batters. The Pilots finished the season with a 15-11 overall record.

The 12-seed AHS softball team began its NCS Div. II journey with a major upset over five-seed Montgomery of Santa Rosa May 23. The Hornets scored four runs in the second inning and withstood a late comeback from the Vikings to hold onto the victory. Senior Elizabeth Legg drove in two runs for the Hornets. Fellow senior Bella Vick, a future university of San Diego student-athlete, went 2-for-3 from the plate and scored two runs herself. The Vikings committed five errors in the contest. 

AHS was unable to keep the momentum going as they lost to four-seed Carondelet of Concord 4-0 in the quarterfinal on May 25. The Cougars stymied the Hornets’ offense to just 2-for-23 from the plate. The Hornets end the season with a 15-10 overall record.

Encinal lost 6-1 to Campolindo in the first round of the NCS Div. III playoffs on May 23 at home. The Jets closed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of third inning, but the Cougars scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to put the game out of reach. The Jets’ season ends with a 10-9 overall record.

After receiving a first-round bye in the NCS Div. IV playoffs, SJND took down Kelseyville, 7-3, in the quarterfinal on May 25. The Pilots were great at the plate going 10-for-32 as a team. Senior Sarah Mahler and junior Danielle Pohlson drove in two runs apiece. Junior Chantel Zavala went 3-for-4 from the plate and drove in a run.

The Pilots entered the tournament as the one-seed and favorite to win it all. They took on nine-seed Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa in the semifinal on Tuesday. The Pilots are 20-2 overall at this point.