With the dust settled on the spring sports season, in which, the St. Joseph Notre Dame men’s team was crowned a state champion, the attention of the Alameda sports scene has now moved to the diamond.

All six Alameda high school baseball/softball teams are underway in their 2016 season. 

The Alameda baseball team is picking up where they left off in 2015. The reigning West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League champions are 8-4 in the season so far including an impressive 3-0 showing at the Willie Stargell Easter Classic.

The Alameda Hornets’ baseball team continued its winning ways with a 15-4 victory over the San Leandro Pirates last Friday, May 1.

You wouldn’t know from the final score, but the contest was a close game, at least through six innings. The Pirates managed to score two run in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring the score to a 4-4 tie entering the top half of the seventh and final inning. The Hornets were able to regroup from the letdown of giving up the lead to score 11 runs in the seventh inning. It was the Hornets biggest offensive output of the season. 

The Alameda Babe Ruth League is holding a fundraiser dinner to support Alameda’s youth baseball teams.

“Grandpa Joe’s Pasta and Tri-tip Dinner” will be a five-hour event that will take place this Saturday, July 12, at the Alameda Elks Lodge located at 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Guests will be treated to a pasta and tri-tip dinner. There will also be a silent auction at the event. Tickets cost $40 in advance and $50 at the door. 

The Alameda Merchants dropped its last contest 7-1 to the Redding Colt 45s last Saturday, June 14, at Tiger Field in Redding. 

The Colt 45s jumped on the Merchants early and never took its foot off the gas. After not giving the Merchants a run in the top half of the first inning, Redding scored four runs in the bottom half. The Colt 45s also added runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings. Cam Gust’s home run over the right field wall helped ignite the Colt 45 offense. Three Colt 45 players — Hunter Smith, Colt Bickerstaff and Jack Falherty — drove in two runs.

There are many indicators that a school year is coming to a close: prom, graduation and the end of the spring sports season. Alameda high school athletes put together an impressive body of work on the diamond in the 2014 postseason.

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The St. Joseph Notre Dame High School Pilots (SJND) had a stellar 2014 season going 18-10 overall and 8-2 in the Tri-County Athletic League (TCAL) good for a tie for first place in the TCAL Rock League. 

The Baseball Collections of Duane Tom will be the subject of another one-of-a-kind art event at the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM), 1510 Webster St.

The show, which includes a unique collection of baseball ephemera paired with vintage baseball-themed pinball and pitch-’n’-bat games, opens Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. as part of the second Friday celebration of art in Alameda. The show runs through July 15.

“Collections are stories, and the collectors are the storytellers,” according to Tom. 

The Alameda High baseball team made its way to 8-8-1 on the season by winning two of its last three games. 

The Hornets split a home-and-home with Bishop O’ Dowd of Oakland last Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17. The Dragons won game one, on the Dragons home field, in a 12-2 blowout. The Hornets scored its only two runs in the first inning on a two-run homerun by Trevor Greenley. But the Dragons tied the game in the second inning, scored two runs in the third and fourth and six runs in the sixth inning.

With the spring season in full bloom Alameda high school athletes have made their treks from the basketball courts and soccer fields to the baseball diamonds. The spring baseball/softball season is a month into action and all six Alameda high school teams have put on some impressive performance so far.
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