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College Park pitcher dominates; Castro Valley upsets SRV


First division

No. 3 College Park 2, No. 14 Berkeley 0

Senior right-hander Nathan Leffel fired a complete game two-hitter, sending the Falcons (18-7) to the quarterfinals, where they will host a game Friday against Castro Valley.

Second year student Desmond Cobb participated in both College Park races with a double in the fourth. Leffel, whose Perfect Game profile lists him as an infielder and catcher but not as a pitcher, leads his team in innings pitched, ERA (under 1.00), hits and 11 doubles.

The 5-foot-11 Leffel hits left-handed. Cobb, who entered Tuesday’s game with a sub-.200 batting average, ended his well-timed slump with a liner to center, placing Hunter Pelayo And Samuel Johnstonboth on base with singles.

The Falcons are 9-1 in their last 10 games. Julien Ito was Berkeley’s unlucky loser. He went the distance, allowing five hits, walking none and striking out four.

Isaiah Mays And Antonio Nordman had hits for Berkeley, which finished the season 12-12.

Mike Lefkow

No.1 Granada 7, No.16 Dublin 0

AJ Martinez drove in one run with a single in the first and two more with another single in the fourth as top-seeded Grenada rolled at home in the first round of the NCS Division I playoffs.

The Matadors scored two runs in the first, added a run in the second and put the game away with four in the fourth as they extended their winning streak to 10 games.

Three pitchers – Parker Warner, Mason Ravera And Bryce Berry – combined on two batters with 11 strikeouts.

Warner, a Stanford-bound ace, pitched 4 ⅔ innings and threw 68 pitches, leaving open the possibility that he could be available for some outs in Friday’s quarterfinals at home against Monte Vista or James Logan.

Granada also had two hits, two runs and an RBI of Mike Boyd as he improved to 26-1. Dublin finished 11-14.

-Darren Sabedra

No. 2 Room 10, No. 15 Liberty 0

The Spartans posted twisted numbers in the first, third and fifth innings to take a 9-0 lead, then Carlo Garcia hit a one-out home run in the sixth to end the game, due to the 10-run rule in high school.

Liberty’s left-handed ace David Roberts had a tough afternoon, scoring six runs in four innings. Roberts, en route to Arizona State, allowed five hits and walked five.

Joe McGee got going right away for DLS (18-6) when he lined a leadoff single off Roberts’ non-throwing arm. That led the Spartans to two points, the only ones they needed. Hank Tripaldihero of last year’s playoffs for DLS, clubbed two doubles, scored twice and had an RBI.

Jamie Mullin also had two hits for De La Salle. Left-handed RJ Meynwho is headed to Santa Clara, worked the first five innings for the Spartans, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four.

Tristan Ainsworth had two hits for Liberty (13-14).

–Mike Lefkow

N°4 Acalanes 6, N°13 Liberté 0

Benji O’Rourke doubled, drove in three runs and scored a run to lead Acalanes past Freedom in a first-round NCS game.

Isaac Copen added a hit and two RBIs and Pierre Thorn scattered three hits in five scoreless innings as Acalanes improved to 22-3.

The Dons will host fifth-seeded Casa Grande on Friday.

Liberty finished 12-13.

-Darren Sabedra

No. 11 Castro Valley 5, No. 6 San Ramon Valley 3 (9 rounds)

Ninth inning home runs by Anthony Mares and starting pitcher Michael Olsen propelled the visiting Trojans to an upset victory.

Castro Valley (17-8-1) led 3-0 after five innings, but San Ramon Valley (16-11) scored three runs in the sixth to tie things up. From that point on, play continued into the ninth.

Mares, a junior, homered with one out to break the 3-3 tie, then Olsen added a solo shot with two outs.

Mares also worked the first 5⅓ innings before making way to the bullpen. Riley Eagan » was the star in relief, going three innings and allowing one hit and one walk. He had a strikeout.

Jack Hensley had three hits for SRV and Marco Jones clubbed a pair of doubles.

–Mike Lefkow

Section III

No. 5 Pinole Valley 4, No. 12 Moreau Catholic 3

Pinole Valley scored four runs in the first inning to erase a one-run deficit and that was all the offense it needed to come back at visiting Moreau Catholic in a Division III opener.

Max Castro hit at two points and Michel Macon And Daniel Rios each had two hits to lead the Spartans, who advanced to play fourth-seeded Campolindo in the quarterfinals Friday.

Rey Malan threw a complete game for Pinole Valley. He allowed three runs (one earned) and six hits and struck out eight.

Pinole Valley improved to 16-8. Moreau Catholic finished 12-12.

-Darren Sabedra

Division V

No. 1 Berean Christian 13, No. 16 Urban 0

Berean Christian put this one away early as the Eagles scored six in the first and five in the second for an 11-0 advantage. They added two to the fourth before ending it in the fifth because of the mercy rule.

Damon Neu completed three races and Bennett Wilson hit in two to lead Berean, who also got three innings on the mound of Luke Upshaw and two of Colton Swift. They combined for six strikeouts.

Berean (19-6) will face Sonoma Academy or Credo Friday in Concord.

Urban finished 7-9.

-Darren Sabedra

Soft ball

Section II

#3 Benicia 17, Newark Memorial 1

Morgane Kacalek homered, Emma French had two hits and four RBIs and Kyra Mason had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs as Benicia dominated visiting Newark Memorial in the first round of the Division II playoffs, called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Benicia scored four in the first and added eight in the third to put the score out of reach.

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