California, SHC beat top teams in baseball final


No. 1 DeLaSalle, No. 2 Bellarmine stumbles

Whether it was a hint of impending playoffs’ unpredictability or one of those days, the top two teams in Bay Area News Group’s latest rankings ended the regular season in defeat on Friday.

Top-ranked De La Salle lost at No. 8 California 3-0.

Second ranked Bellarmine fell on the road against No. 10 Sacred Heart Cathedral 10-8.

De La Salle had already taken first place in next week’s East Bay Athletic League playoffs.

Bellarmine’s quest for the regular season championship of the West Catholic Athletic League ended Thursday when St. Francis capped off the title with a win over Archbishop Mitty.

All WCAL teams will advance to the league playoffs next week.

On Friday, Californian Noah Dutcher, Steven Verespey and Zach Robman had six hits and Dom Tuyor homered to lead the Grizzlies to their first win over De La Salle since 2014.

The powerhouse Concord had won the previous 15 matches between the teams.

Nic Bronzini and Cade Hannula also drove runs for California, which improved to 20-4 overall and 10-3 in the EBAL.

De La Salle dropped to 19-5, 11-2.


At San Francisco, Sacred Heart Cathedral built a 10-run lead in three innings, then stopped a massive Bellarmine rally. The Bells scored one in the fifth and seven in the sixth.

Justin Tapia had two hits and three RBI’s and Aidan Taclas had two hits and batted in a run for SHC (16-9-1, 8-6).

Thomas Trombatore scored three runs and Matthew Dicicco had two RBI’s for Bellarmine (19-6-1, 10-3-1).

The Bells and Valley Christian came in second in the WCAL standings.

No. 4 Valley Christian 5, Serra 0

Michael Singleton, Carter Will and Easton Kreshel combined to form a two-hitter and Louis Zulaica batted in two runs as Valley Christian ended the WCAL game with a home win over Serra on Senior Day.

Valley improved to 21-5-1, 10-3-1. Serra is 13-13, 4-10.

No. 5 Spur 4, Amador Valley 3

The battle for Pleasanton almost ended in loss when Amador Valley, who played at home, rallied for three runs in the seventh before Foothill got the last out.

Tyler Gebb threw six scoreless innings and Nick Walsh and Evan Bilter each had two hits and an RBI to lead Foothill (20-4, 10-3).

Mitchell Kreider and Brian Walrath each had an RBI for Amador Valley (6-18, 1-12).

No. 6 Palo Alto 20, Los Altos 3

Henry Bolte hit two homeruns, batted in seven runs and stole two bases – earning him 43 steals this season – while Palo Alto defeated host Los Altos in a game of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

Palo Alto scored nine in the second and eight in the third.

Dominic De Feo had three hits, including a homer, and three RBI’s, Jack Haight homered and Andre Hyrkin had three hits and two RBI’s for the Vikings (22-5, 13-1).

Palo Alto also got two hits and three RBI’s from Rowan Felsch.

Los Altos is 7-18, 4-10.

Alameda 3, No. 11 Berkeley 2 (8 innings)

Berkeley’s bid for an undefeated record in the West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division game ended when Alameda scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Yellowjackets (17-6, 9-1) enter next week’s playoffs as the top spots.

Alameda is 18-6, 7-3.

No. 12 Branham 15, No. 17 Santa Teresa 3

Two days after losing 10-0 to Santa Teresa in the opener of a two-game Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division series, Branham (19-6, 9-3) flipped the script in the rematch.

The Bruins, who played at home, scored 12 runs in the third inning en route to a five-inning mercy-rule victory. Santa Teresa (20-5, 9-3) won by Mercy rule in six innings on Wednesday.

The results left Branham, Santa Teresa and Live Oak tied with two games left.

In next week’s series, Santa Teresa will face Leigh (7-5 ​​in the league), Branham will face Sobrato (3-9) and Live Oak will face Willow Glen (3-9).

On Friday, Evan Williams had two hits, scored twice and drove in four and Keaton Cooper and Jason Armer knocked in three each to lead Branham.

Rick Vidal and Izaiah Alvarado each had two hits for Santa Teresa.


No. 2 St Francis 2, Valley Christian 0

Jessica Oakland homered and batted in two runs and Kate Munnerlyn threw a two-hitter and struckout nine when St. Francis outweighed Valley Christian on the road in a WCAL-game.

St. Francis is at 23-2, 8-0. Valley fell back to 15-9, 5-3.

no. 3 Archbishop Mitty 12, St. Ignatius 0

Mitty, who played at home to San Jose, scored five in the first and five in the second en route to a five-inning win over St. Ignatius in WCAL play.

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